Northern Irish mailing house upgrades its cutting

Print Solutions This autumn, mailing and fulfilment house Tricord will install a Polar D56 Eco guillotine, replacing a 25 year old model which was bought second hand and has been used by the Lisburn, Northern Ireland, company for the past ten years. ‘The old Polar has done fantastically well but we did look at other supplier options. We needed a cutting machine to handle A4 and A3 work, much of it digital and often two up or four up work. Our analysis showed that Polar was the best; it met the mark,’ said David Wright, general manager. He gives four reasons for his choice. He likes the laser beam safety features, the ease of use (some other models were ‘clunky’), the Polar mark of quality an

Heidelberg launches new modern ergonomic design for Speedmaster XL 75 and CX 75

Print Solutions For many small and medium sized printing companies, the 50 x 70 cm format is the perfect fit for their product range in commercial and packaging printing. Many packaging printers in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics segment in particular use the 50 x 70 format, which offers benefits for small folding carton sizes and a high level of embellishment, as well as short runs. Over 19,000 delivered Speedmaster CD 74, XL 75, and CX 75 printing units are evidence of the demand for this model series in this format. Reason enough for Heidelberger to now upgrade the platform with a modern, ergonomic design to enhance its user friendliness. Delivery of the redesigned Speedmaster CX 75 and

Esko Print Control Wizard Software scoops 2019 Intertech Technology Award

Packaging Solutions Esko Print Control Wizard has received recognition scooping a 2019 InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America. Developed by Esko to respond to a call from the flexographic printing industry to simplify the implementation of screens and dot gain curves in the reprographics’ process, Print Control Wizard software offers the sector a standardised approach to screen and curve creation. Designed to improve the flexo plate making process and flexographic print quality via Crystal Screens, Print Control Wizard takes process parameters like ink, printing press, substrate and aniloxes into consideration for screen and curve creation. Print Control Wizard output

Tower Products Europe seeks dealer support after more expansion

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Tower Products Europe, manufacturer of environmentally sensitive pressroom chemistry, is expanding its dealer network across sheetfed, heatset, coldset, narrow web and flexo printing markets. Germany, Benelux and the UK are key countries where TPE is looking to recruit selected, exclusive dealers for its wide range of products. These include fountain solutions, washes and auxilliary products such as cleaners, conditioners and lubricants. The products are recommended by printer manufacturers within the framework of their worldwide ‘Preferred Partners’ programme. In every segment a Fogra or Isega certified solution is available. For the flexo printing indus

CP Media announces partnership with Kong Media

Print Solutions CP Media has signed a partnership agreement with Kong Media. The mutually beneficial arrangement will see the two companies collaborating on projects nationwide with CP Media marketing Kong Media’s sites in targeted direct market campaigns. CP Media has commercial activities with a growing number of asset owners and manages over 3000 sites situated in some of the busiest locations, in cities and towns across the UK. More recently the company’s assets portfolio expanded to include digital screens in some of Yorkshire’s key transport hubs. The new partnership will allow both companies to further develop their portfolio of solutions by offering large format media platforms in ci

Guandong announces ongoing support

Print Solutions ‘Interior decoration represents a huge opportunity for a wide variety of new products. In order to help print producers to develop their business and fully exploit this new opportunity, we need to assist them in raising their customers awareness of the products and possibilities available,’ with these words Edoardo Elmi, founder of Guandong Italia, welcomed the annual meeting with the press, which this year was full of news and special guests. In addition to journalists, also present were Reed Exhibitions, Alberto Masserdotti as president of the association Fespa Italia and Mauro Oliva, managing director of Alpac, as Guandong ambassador. The entire Guandong board of directors

Tower Products Europe exceeds first year sales and celebrates milestone

Print Solutions Tower Products Europe, manufacturer of environmentally sensitive pressroom chemistry, has started its second year of business in buoyant mood after exceeding sales expectations and celebrating a milestone. The European manufacturer, which is known as TPE, is also celebrating the 200th printing press to be transferred over to the Tower Millennium fountain solution – all its moistening additives are either ISEGA or Fogra certified. Habo DaCosta in the Netherlands, which achieved the landmark deal, is converting to alcohol free printing with TPE products manufactured in Europe. TPE is a joint venture company set up in August 2018 by Wifac in the Netherlands and Tower Products In

Watershed Group continues to pioneer innovation in label production

Packaging Solutions The Watershed Group, one of Ireland’s largest privately owned international labelling and packaging companies, has just completed a €3 million spend that included a move to new headquarters in Dublin and the addition of another Mark Andy P5E Performance Series flexo press. The factory move, which was carefully planned and handled by a team of technicians from Mark Andy UK to ensure no loss of production, offers Watershed twice as much space as before, and is seen as key part of the Group’s €30 million revenue target over the next two years. With 11 Mark Andy presses distributed across the group’s production sites in Ireland, Germany and Poland, the commitment to the Ameri

Smurfit Kappa’s e-commerce expertise leads to impressive sales growth for flower provider

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa has created an innovative e-commerce packaging solution which has led to an impressive growth in sales for a fresh flower provider. Jardines de Los Andes is a leading Colombian flower grower that developed a brand called ‘Enjoy Flowers’ to target customers through the e-commerce channel. Enjoy Flowers approached Smurfit Kappa to create a sustainable pack for online customers that would withstand a complex e-commerce supply channel from Colombia to the US while preserving the quality and freshness of the flowers. The new packaging made an immediate impact with sales growth of a wedding bouquet line that was introduced a year ago surging by 300%. The packaging

Xerox launches suite of multifunction printers with WiFi Direct and mobile printing

Print Solutions Xerox has announced a new series of three affordable print devices designed to enhance small office mobility, without compromising image quality, security or the user experience. Comprising the Xerox B210 printer, and B205 and B215 multifunction printers, the devices offer high speed wireless connectivity, allowing users to print anywhere, at any time. Each device features WiFi Direct technology that enables wireless printing without a router and mobile print functionality with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria and Android support. The series reaches print speeds of up to 31 pages per minute, while delivering high resolution 1200 x 1200 dpi enhanced image quality. Ta

The Accelerator Zone at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2019

Packaging Solutions For the first time ever, the Accelerator Zone will be at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London on 11 and 12 September 2019. Companies with an innovative new product or solution are encouraged to apply and showcase their development. It could be a new material, new pack format or technological application, such as augmented reality. ‘Our event is committed to showcasing the most innovative packaging solutions on the market,’ said Paul MacDonald, Easyfairs global brand director for packaging. ‘Whilst there is much innovation going on within the larger companies in this space, there are some really exciting start ups who are unable to participate in the show but

bakergoodchild is offering a powerful tool to help build your customer base using ‘Partially Address

Print Solutions bakergoodchild is to utilise Royal Mail’s new, heavily discounted, service – Partially Addressed Mail. This innovative direct mail strategy will allow advertisers to find new customers without the need for personal data collection. The concept is simple – instead of addressing an item to an individual, the mail will in fact be addressed by using demographic postcode data, to target likely households that fit the necessary criteria. By addressing mailing items in this way, bakergoodchild is able to assist its customers with acquisition and can also provide improved efficiency by taking out existing customers and postcodes that do not fit the criteria. This means huge savings o

DSM launches ‘I AM Tomorrow’ Challenge to drive innovation in 3D printing

IndPrint Royal DSM has announced the ‘I AM Tomorrow’ Challenge, an acceleration program for start ups and scale ups focused on data analytics, AI and other advanced software solutions for large scale 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. Launched in collaboration with HighTechXL, Hexagon, and Ultimaker, the challenge offers select companies a spot in a ten week acceleration programme designed to launch or mature their businesses. After the acceleration programme, participating start ups may be eligible for funding or a partnership with DSM. Additive manufacturing is emerging as a more sustainable, transparent, and cost effective way to manufacture products by reducing waste and

Horizon system trims production times for CDS

Print Solutions After a company wide review, communications agency CDS has invested in a Horizon HT-30C three side trimmer from Intelligent Finishing Systems. The new trimmer was chosen to expand production capacity and streamline workflow during peak demand at CDS’s Aylesbury digital print arm. It will be joined by a Perfecta 78 Eco guillotine. CDS operates from ten locations nationwide including Leeds, Norwich and Northern Ireland, plus on-site units at Queens University in Belfast, Middlesex University and Waltham Forest Council. It works with Transport for London, the Ministry of Defence and the Metropolitan Police, and specialises in contract work for the wider public sector and univers

Ashford Colour Press optimises production efficiency with Fujifilm’s Platesense solution

Print Solutions Since 1980, Hampshire based Ashford Colour Press has been providing printing and binding services to a diverse range of publishers, including large educational and academic brands like Pearson and Oxford University Press. In response to the rapidly changing book printing industry, Ashford is developing its Gosport facilities to further improve its services to customers. It has a new factory set up, including a revamped pre-press department which, following a successful assessment in March 2019, now includes Fujifilm’s XMF Workflow Solution, two new Zac processors, low chemistry Superia LH-PLE plates and Fujifilm’s flagship pre-press programme, Platesense. ‘Our ability to prod

Spandex introduces ImagePerfect 2926 Easy Glass self-adhesive film

Print Solutions Spandex is launching the latest addition to the established ImagePerfect range of specialist window and glass films. Ideal for short term promotion, ImagePerfect 2926 Easy Glass is an ultra clear printable self-adhesive polyester window film designed for ease of use even by non-professional installers, such as retail staff. ImagePerfect 2926 Easy Glass balances the ease of application of a static cling with the performance of a self-adhesive vinyl. Thanks to its removable adhesive system with clean peel properties, the new film is easy to apply and reposition, and can be removed without leaving any residue on the glass surface. The static properties of the Easy Glass clear ca

New Airplus Void Recycle from Storopack

Packaging Solutions The new film, Void Recycle, produced by protective packaging specialist Storopack, is ideal for companies who take sustainability seriously. This air pillow film consists of polyethylene (PE) and at least 50% recycled material. It offers the outstanding material properties of PE, which is both durable and robust, and also helps conserve resources. The recycled raw material within the film comes in part from Storopack’s in-house production and is fed into the film production process in the form of recycled plastic granules. Further recycled material is sourced externally. ‘Recycling is a continuous process when it comes to using materials efficiently and sustainably. Indee

Tonejet opens new facility as Cyclone storms ahead

Print Solutions Tonejet has opened the doors to its new facility in Melbourn, Hertfordshire. The new space represents a milestone in the company’s journey, allowing it to ramp-up manufacturing to meet worldwide orders for its unique Cyclone direct to pack digital printing systems. Every aspect of Tonejet’s Cyclone printing system, which provides low cost short run digital decoration for beverage cans, is assembled and tested in-house at the new premises – from the novel surface priming system to the digital print engine itself. In addition to providing capacity for manufacturing, the new facility enables Tonejet to demonstrate the Cyclone system in its full end to end production form. The si

Mondi extends Nautilus range

Print Solutions Mondi’s uncoated recycled fine paper brand Nautilus has been extended to include a full portfolio for professional print and office applications. All Nautilus papers are part of the company’s Green Range, are FSC certified and carry the EU Ecolabel. As a 100% recycled paper, Nautilus Classic additionally features a Blue Angel certification. The range is available in ten substances from 70 to 350 g/m2 and sheet formats for offset printing, as well as in reels, SRA3, A3 and A4. Johannes Klumpp, marketing and sales director for Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, said: ‘With the new and improved Nautilus mill brand, we prove our commitment to the recycled paper market. When it comes to c

DTM Group announces its cooperation with OKI

Print Solutions DTM Group has added OKI’s Pro1050 digital LED five colour label printer to its product portfolio to be distributed through its subsidiary DTM Print (formerly Primera Europe). Working closely with OKI Europe, the EMEA head office of the Japanese printer manufacturer, DTM Group will make the device available through its distribution channels in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and the CEE region. With its expertise and experience in the range of digital label printers, the company has contributed significantly to the success of Primera Technology's well known LX- and CX-Series colour label printers in the EMEA region. In particular, it has positio

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