The Royal couple visited Lessebo Paper

Print Solutions HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM Queen Silvia visited Lessebo Paper on September 26 to celebrate the 300 year anniversary of paper production in Lessebo. During the day, Their Royal Highnesses participated in the anniversary ceremony as well as a guided tour of Lessebo Paper. A ceremony was held at the adjacent manor, where the royal couple, county governor Ingrid Burman and acting county council Kristina Zetterström, amongst others, participated. The anniversary was celebrated with a variety of speeches, plays, music and dance. Göran Johansson, chairman of Lessebo Paper, described the history of Lessebo mill in his speech. After the ceremony, the party was offered a guided tou

DS Smith helps Waitrose launch UK’s first cardboard grape punnets

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Waitrose & Partners wanted to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic packaging to help meet a company wide pledge on packaging sustainability. To provide an innovative and sustainable solution for its Duchy Organic grape punnet, the supermarket turned to fruit supplier Primafruit and DS Smith to begin a collaborative packaging design process. By bringing the three leading companies together, Waitrose & Partners achieved a packaging solution that would not only reduce the use of plastic packaging but also optimise the pack line to ensure efficiencies were gained throughout the supply chain. In collaboration, Waitrose & Partners, DS Smith and Primafruit prod

Coherent’s new laser solutions for the packaging industry

Packaging Solutions Coherent featured its range of laser based sub-systems and turnkey solutions for converting and label processing at Labelexpo Europe. The company’s PowerLine C series sub-systems integrate a CO2 laser, scan and beam guiding optics as well as an intelligent control software to enable a wide variety of kiss cutting, slitting, perforating, and marking tasks. Furthermore, a variety of configurations, including beam splitting and beam switching optics, deliver maximum operational flexibility. Additionally, Coherent provides complete, Class 1, turnkey solutions that integrate their sub-systems (with as many as nine different laser sources) with part handling, vision and other f

Jet Press 750S awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing

Print Solutions Fujifilm has announced that its third generation B2 inkjet press has been awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing, including Fogra51 and Fogra52 accreditation for premium coated and uncoated woodfree substrates respectively. This follows tests carried out at Fujifilm's Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels, using the companys’ own proprietary XMF ColorPath colour management software. The exhaustive testing process assessed and approved the Jet Press for: PDF/X conformance. Proofing substrate colour, gloss and fluorescence. Colour accuracy (gamut). Uniformity, permanence and light fastness. Fading (drift). Long and short term repeatability. Rub resistance. Col

Sustainable fashion from Favini

Print Solutions At Luxepack Monaco 2019, Favini will launch Refit, the new paper made with textile and wool production residues. Today consumers are looking for greener products, as well as in luxury goods, fashion and design producers find added value to brands thanks to sustainability, with legislation paying increasing attention to environmental issues dictating stringent directives. It is in this context, that Refit satisfies the most demanding of requests for recyclable packaging of high aesthetic and technical quality. Refit is the new paper conceived and produced by Favini. A company with impressive experience in creative reuse since the 1990s with its Shiro Alga Carta. Its portfolio

Plastics industry launches ‘PackScore’ to help brands create sustainable packaging

Packaging Solutions The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced the launch of a new sustainable design tool for plastic packaging – PackScore. The tool has been developed for brands, retailers and designers to use at the earliest stages of packaging design, to assess whether the packaging can be easily recycled, and adjust the product’s features to ensure it can. PackScore, which is supported by Recoup and based off the Recyclass system developed by Plastics Recyclers Europe, allows users to answer a series of simple questions in order to receive a recyclability rating from A to F. The tool also highlights features of the packaging such as light-weighting or the use of recycled conte

Double Rapida 145 investment for Bell & Bain

Print Solutions Following the purchase of J Thomson Colour printers to form an impressive £30 million turnover group, Bell & Bain has invested again in two new Rapida 145 presses. The highly specified new presses, both perfectors, an eight colour and a four colour, will be installed in Bell & Bain’s Thornliebank site in Glasgow and will increase capacity to match the desired growth aspirations of the newly formed group. Having been founded in 1831, Bell & Bain is one of the oldest independent book and journal printers with bindery facilities in the UK. Bell & Bain Holdings group chairman Stephen Docherty stated, ‘We already know what these machines can do so it was an easy decision for us. H

Domino launches new after sales solutions

Packaging Solutions To complement 41 years of heritage of developing proven and reliable digital inkjet printing solutions, and in its continuous quest to provide customers with added value services that help to grow business, Domino Digital Printing Solutions has launched two new after sales solutions at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The first, Evalu8, is a new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Tool, which has been developed to help Domino's customers maximise their investment and profitability. Louise Adcock, N-Series product manager at Domino Digital Printing Solutions, said: ‘Our customers are at the forefront of our development plans and Evalu8 represents a valuable addition to our product

FachPack 2019 points the way ahead for Europe’s packaging industry

Packaging Solutions About 44,000 trade visitors took the opportunity to learn about innovations and trends in the packaging sector from the 1591 exhibitors in attendance at FachPack, which took place in Nuremberg from 24 to 26 September 2019. The event attracted a much larger number of visitors from outside Germany than in years past. The first ever key theme to be chosen, environmentally friendly packaging, was right on trend and was a thread running through the 12 exhibition halls and the supporting programme. Attendees eagerly used the chance to network and discuss the best packaging options at the exhibition booths, forums and special shows. The German Packaging Award and the Sustainabil

THE SOLUTIONS AWARDS: Vote for your favourite finalists!

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Green Solutions The Solutions Awards is a dazzling celebration of all that is positive in print, paper, design, service and the environment. The entrants are all leading creative companies who show exactly why print is so dynamic and exciting. You can show your support for these companies, and see some wonderful examples of print based projects, by voting for the nominees here There is also a People’s Choice section at the end, where young university students who have taken part in the Brief Cases initiative have produced some brilliant work, so give them a bit of support too – and show them just how friendly the graphics industry is. And, new this year,

EasyCut Pro now available

Print Solutions EasyCut has announced the launch of its ultimate sign design and vinyl cutting software – EasyCut Pro. EasyCut Pro offers carefully integrated digital design, print and cut and direct to vinyl cut wide format jobs from one application. It is meant for businesses or sign shops that use the larger vinyl plotters, but is also ideal for the small to mid size sign shop that produces vinyl cut signage. The software comes with powerful and full featured sign making software on market. It combines highly intuitive user interface, and the professional vinyl cutting features that takes sign making to the next level. It makes it possible for anyone to create high quality, printer ready

World premieres at Heidelberg Label Day: FoilStar Cure and new Performance Package

Packaging Solutions Heidelberg has presented its extensive portfolio around label production at not one, but two events in September. Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberg, demonstrated all the possibilities around digital and conventional label printing as well as digital finishing in the narrow web field at Labelexpo in Brussels (Gallus digital press folder). At the Label Day at the Wiesloch-Walldorf site, visitors saw complete production workflows for wet glue and in-mould labels (IML) on Speedmaster machines. The IML production showcase featured not one, but two world premieres. With the FoilStar Cure, it is now possible for the first time to realise the reliable application of cold foil on

Creation boosts eco plate capacity to meet sustainable demands

Packaging Solutions Creation Reprographics has extended its capabilities by investing in additional eco friendly flexo plate production capacity ahead of Net Zero. The business has secured an additional Asahi AWP water washable plate processor to serve the needs of the industry, in response to the impending carbon regulations laid out in the Net Zero campaign, which aims for carbon neutrality by 2050. Creation originally pioneered the use of innovative AWP plate in the UK and has notably now fully eliminated harmful solvents from its platemarking process. The company is focused on helping converters in the packaging, labels and wide format sectors to reduce their overall CO2 emissions throug

Easyfairs acquires majority stake in Milan-based Packaging Première exhibition

Packaging Solutions The organiser of Packaging Innovations, Easyfairs, has added to its packaging portfolio with the acquisition of a majority stake in high end Italian packaging exhibition Packaging Première, which takes place on 26 to 28 May 2020 in Milan. Packaging Première is a ‘selective’ exhibition dedicated to designers, luxury packaging manufacturers and international brands, held in the heart of Milan, the Italian hub of fashion and design and home to the headquarters of many of the world’s leading luxury brands. It has grown exponentially since its launch in 2017, with the third edition in 2019 boasting 242 exhibitors, 13,000 square metres and 6700 visitors, and focuses on packagin

MBO secures the future of Arjowiggins Creative Papers

BREAKING NEWS The management team of Arjowiggins Creative Papers has announced a successful management buyout of its UK operations, protecting hundreds of jobs and safeguarding two historic paper mills in Aberdeen and Kent. The company has been trading in administration since January 2019 following insolvency proceedings against French parent companies Arjowiggins and Sequana. The business will now be led by an eight strong experienced leadership team headed up by current managing director Jonathan Mitchell. The management buyout covers Arjowiggins Fine Papers, which runs the group’s Stoneywood mill in Aberdeen plus an office in Basingstoke, and Arjowiggins Chartham, which operates the Chart

SOS supply integrated hardware and software – with integrity

Print Solutions RAP Spiderweb Printers of Oldham has just installed a new B2 CTP system – the Cron 36H – along with RealPro workflow software, from SOS (Service Offset Supplies). When the company decided to replace an ageing low-chem CTP system, several contenders were invited to pitch, with some disappointing results, according to director James Tattum. ‘We buy right. We really do our homework. We were offered a replacement CTP package from a major supplier. It took me a day to work my way through the figures and found it was a smoke and mirrors deal which only benefitted the supplier. They also made some technical claims about the compatibility of rival equipment and software which we quic

Roland DG raises the bar with new VersaUV LEC2-300

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Roland DG Corporation has announced launch of the VersaUV LEC2-300 30” UV printer/cutter. The VersaUV LEC2-300 delivers exceptional print quality and is ideal for the on-demand production of custom labels and packaging prototypes. The LEC2-300 can also be used for bespoke point of sale and signage. According to Kohei Tanabe, president of the Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, the LEC series printers are capable of creating special effects using UV ink and contour cutting printed images on demand. ‘Since we introduced them in 2008,’ he said, ‘the LEC series has been used by a broad range of printing businesses for countless applications, includi

MakerBot broadens Method material

IndPrint MakerBot is continuing to expand its materials portfolio with the availability of ASA (acrylonitrile styrene acrylate). ASA is part of MakerBot’s line of Precision Materials for Method and is ideal for outdoor applications that need to withstand harsh environments, such as in the automotive, power and utilities, agriculture, oil and gas, and mass transit industries. ASA is an engineering grade material with high weather resistant properties, which make it optimal for outdoor applications. ASA is available for Method X, a powerful manufacturing workstation with an up to 100°C circulating heated chamber capable of providing a superior print environment for industrial level materials.

Screen launches new digital label printing machine with CGS colour management

Packaging Solutions Screen Graphic Solutions has presented its latest developments in digital label printing at Labelexpo. The Truepress Jet L350UV SAI enables optimised colour reproduction, colour expression, superior scalability and impresses with improved print quality. Thus, Screen provides the right answer to the current needs of the globally growing label printing industry, which shows an increasing demand for small print runs in the segment of high end luxury products. In addition to that, Screen is focusing on another key trend: the new Truepress provides seven ink slots, making it possible to work alongside CMYK with white, orange and blue, which enlarges the colour space in a speci

Bobst launches new hybrid press Master DM5 at Labelexpo 2019

Packaging Solutions Bobst has announced the world premiere of its latest innovation – a hybrid label press, which provides the best possible combination of digital and DigiFlexo printing in a single press. The Master DM5 – which has ‘Mouvent Inkjet Digital Technology Inside’ – is associated with total flexibility for high added value labels, with extremely short job set up and fast return on investment. It is the most digitally automated press in the label market, with the highest print quality and productivity. ‘The Master DM5 is our first ever fully digitally integrated hybrid press and represents a new era in the production of self-adhesive labels with totally new standards of productivit

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