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‘The Wow Factor’: Roland S-Series transforms packaging samples for Monro

Packaging Solutions Monro has installed a Roland VersaUV S-Series UV-LED belt printer, enabling the packaging specialist to offer substantially more complete mock ups to its customers. Working with a broad range of retail brands, both domestic and global, Leicestershire based Monro develops packaging products to meet every need, from retail shopping bags to cosmetics containers to branded packing materials for e-commerce goods. Until recently, the company was either sourcing complete packaging samples from international print service providers – a process which could take over four weeks – or showing its customers mock ups that were not finished. However, since January 2019 the new VersaUV S

Jet Press the perfect choice to print Nick Knight ‘Roses’ project

Print Solutions One of Britain’s most celebrated fashion photographers, Nick Knight, has worked with some of the world’s leading fashion designers, including Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. He has photographed advertising campaigns for iconic brands like Christian Dior, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent. He has directed music videos for Lady Gaga and Kanye West. And, all the while, British photographer Nick Knight has been working on a personal project: taking photos of roses from his garden – on an iPhone. For years Nick Knight has also been devoting several hours of his own time, on a Saturday or Sunday morning picking roses from his London garden, arranging them on

Roland DG launches SF-200 for sensitive applications – even children's toys

Print Solutions IndPrint Roland DG EMEA has launched the SF-200, a desktop eco solvent printer developed for sensitive applications including toys, food containers and medical instruments. The SF-200 runs highly durable yet safe inks, that retain their vibrancy and image quality while meeting standards for safety. The desktop system can accommodate objects and media up to 538 x 360 mm and up to 100 mm in height, with extensive material compatibility ranging from ABS, PVC, TPU, PET, PP and PPMA to wood, aluminium, glass and leather. This makes the printer perfect for highly specific print requirements, whether the user wishes to print a full colour design or piece of text directly to a singl

Esko brings innovation and added value to customers with the release of Software Platform 18.1

Packaging Solutions Esko continues to bring innovations to market while delivering outstanding value to its customers, unveiling a host of new updates for its integrated software platform which will bring operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain. From 25 November, significant new functionality has become available to customers with the release of an 18.1 update of the Esko Software Platform, the suite of software solutions from Esko, the global supplier to the label, packaging and wide format sectors. These include: ArtPro+ – updated with a patented new trapping concept, expanded support for Action Lists and new Dynamic Marks. ArtiosCAD 18.1 – enhanced canvas layout,

Online retailers can drive Christmas sales by boosting the ‘opening experience’

Packaging Solutions With seasonal shopping about to hit its peak, online retailers are being urged to take advantage of the growing trend for sharing ‘opening experiences’ by creating exciting packaging that can drive sales at the most wonderful – and fiscally vital – time of the year. ‘These days, unboxing involves a lot more than simply breaking a seal or lifting a lid, particularly in the e-commerce world where brands may not have a physical touchpoint with the consumer,’ said Joanne Offord, managing director of gift box packaging solutions specialist BoxMart. ‘Unboxing an item immerses the consumer in the theatre of the opening experience and the ability to share this with others through

Successful trials of BEWiSynbra's 100% recyclable EPS

Packaging Solutions BEWiSynbra Group recently introduced EPS made from 100% from recycled material. Now Hirsch Servo Group has, as the first customer, successfully completed the first trials and produced a limited edition of packaging made of 100% recycled EPS in its Austrian headquarters. BEWiSynbra Group, one of the leading producers of expandable polystyrene (EPS) in Europe, has successfully produced 100% recycled EPS, which in turn can be recycled over and over again. ‘The response to our 100% recycled EPS has been overwhelming. Today only a small portion of EPS is reused, and an even smaller portion recycled. Our new product has the potential to change that. It is a sustainable alternat

Contract Pack & Fulfilment celebrates 13th year at UK’s largest packaging show

Packaging Solutions Packaging Innovations 2020 will welcome Contract Pack & Fulfilment for the 13th year when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 26 and 27 February. Supported by the BCMPA (the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics) the show will feature the BCMPA Hospitality Lounge and host 20 exhibiting members, offering an unrivalled opportunity for brand owners, manufacturers and e-commerce companies to meet potential outsourcing partners. Rodney Steel, chief executive of the BCMPA, explains why contract packing and order fulfilment have become an integral part of the packaging supply chain. Q. How has the so-called ‘contract packing’ industry changed and

Ravensbourne University Student, Dariusz Kowalczyk, announced as winner of National Packaging Design

Packaging Solutions The winner of a national design competition – run by Pro Carton and its UK counterpart, BPIF Cartons – that promotes young talent in the packaging industry, has been revealed as Ravensbourne University student, Dariusz Kowalczyk. Each year, Pro Carton, the European association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers, challenges designers to develop an innovative packaging concept using cartonboard. The winner of this year’s UK Young Designers Award, Dariusz Kowalczyk, picked up the prize of an iPad for his ‘Big Yellow Driving School’ car toy packaging designed to incorporate the cartonboard packaging as part of the toy thus extending its life before it is then recycled. A

Inkcups introduces the Revolution

IndPrint Inkcups has announced its latest innovation and most advanced system to date – the Revolution high speed digital cylinder printer. The Revolution is a fully automatic machine capable of printing high quality, full colour graphics at approximately 600 parts per hour. It features automatic load/unload, integrated pretreatment and patented Helical printing technology. Common applications include stadium cups, pint glasses, stainless and plastic tumblers, cosmetic jars, glass and plastic bottles, beer cans, oil filters, and many more. ‘We are thrilled to announce the release of the Revolution,’ said Ben Adner, Inkcups founder and CEO. ‘I feel it is everything we intended to achieve when

Leach unveils the thinnest lightbox ever

Print Solutions Following nine months of investment, graphic display specialist Leach has revealed a new ultra slim wall mounted system designed to bring further flexibility to the retail sector. This latest innovation – entitled the Thinesse – is the thinnest fabric graphic illuminated lightbox available on the market, with a depth of only 18 mm. Suitable for use across retail stores and any commercial environment, the Thinesse – like Leach’s other display systems – allows for easy installation of interchangeable fabric graphics, which promotes re use of the lightbox itself for investment longevity. The product – which is lightweight and therefore easy to transport – is ideal for small to m

Talking Print launch Talkies – a self-service personalised audio card and video book tool

Print Solutions Talking Print, a company that helps brands and consumers bring print to life with audio, lights and video, has announced the launch of its Talkies service. The first of its kind, Talkies enables consumers and businesses, along with printers, marketing and creative agencies, to create their own high quality, personalised audio cards and video books online, on-demand. Using Talkies, audio and video content can be easily uploaded either online or once the product arrives. The service also provides a straightforward design process, offering ready to use templates, or if customers prefer, the ability to upload their own bespoke design and imagery. These audio cards and video book

Low carbon packaging company expands workforce

Packaging Solutions Sustainable secondary packaging specialist TrakRap has made two new key appointments after a sizeable investment enabled it to pursue its ambitious growth plans. Steve Crane has joined the company as business development manager, a role that involves winning new sales opportunities and introducing TrakRap’s low carbon secondary packaging system to organisations in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. Steve has held engineering and sales roles at companies in the packaging industry for more than 30 years. He joins TrakRap from packaging machinery manufacturer Adpak, where he spent 20 years as the company’s area sales manager, maintaining successful relationships

Spectra creates new pack range for Topp Skincare

Packaging Solutions Topp's three step anti ageing skincare system for men takes advantage of Spectra’s highly versatile tubular collection, with six extrusion blow moulded packs in HDPE. Dan Smith, field sales representative at Spectra, said: ‘Topp’s packaging perfectly illustrates the flexibility of our popular tubular design, highlighting the moulding benefits of HDPE with its sharp shoulder contours and smooth feel.’ The new range also shows the breadth of Spectra's tubular offering with the beard oil in 30 ml, the post shave balm in 50 ml and the beard wash, shave lotion and face wash products in 75 ml. For an environmental solution, the Topp Body Wash in 250 ml, was also made using Spec

Galloways is first user of Heidelberg Assistant

Print Solutions Poynton based Galloways is a well established business which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. The team constantly assesses the marketplace and regularly overhauls internal processes to ensure they continue to add value to customers, and to facilitate future growth. With this in mind, Matt Galloway, a member of the sixth generation of the Galloway family to lead the company will be the first Heidelberg Assistant user in the UK. ‘The Heidelberg Assistant is a key solution in the digital transformation process. The innovative applications of this open digital platform offer our customers access to important performance data and introduce a new era of digital custome

Baker Labels invests in two Ashe slitters

Packaging Solutions Baker Labels has made a £300,000 investment in two Ashe Slitters for its materials department – Baker Materials. The Ashe Diamond and Solitaire slitters replace previous machines that had run for 20 years and will add efficiency, extra safety and speed to production. The Diamond slitter (affectionately now named Neil!) comprises a duplex rewind section with rotary slitting and control console, a separate shaftless unwind stand and reel lift and an offload trolley. It can slit at speeds of up to 500 metres per minute and has maximum web width of 1650 mm. The Solitaire slitter (now named Bruce) comprises a free standing slitting/ unwinding machine together with a separate s

Precision Printing investment delivers three-fold production increase

Print Solutions Precision Printing and WhereTheTradeBuys.co.uk have chosen a Photobook Technology MitaBlock 450 gluing machine from Intelligent Finishing Systems to elevate its service for trade buyers. Andy Skarpellis, Precision Printing’s chief operating officer, said: ‘We already had a layflat solution but it was an entry level machine and we needed the next level up. We wanted something that could cope with the increased demand for photobooks and reduce the amount of work we were outsourcing. It has enabled us to manage 90% of the jobs inhouse now. It was also important to drive new products to market for existing clients.’ He continued, ‘There were also a number of things that stood out

One stop shop for intralogistic solutions

Print Solutions Böwe Systec has signed an agreement to take a majority stake in SGA Conveyor Systems AB, a Swedish manufacturer and integrator of conveyor systems that is based in the Gothenburg area and, that is now officially part of the Böwe Systec Group. SGA Conveyor Systems was founded in 1990. Its individually tailored picking and transport solutions have established it as a strong partner for logistics centres. It is particularly strong in the e-commerce market, where companies are increasingly handling their own distribution logistics. The product portfolio of SGA Conveyor Systems includes roller and belt conveyor systems as well as sorting, picking and packing systems. Tommy Klasson

Printcraft takes new Speedmaster

Print Solutions To celebrate its tenth anniversary as a member of the Card Factory Group, Printcraft has replaced a Speedmaster CD102 with a Speedmaster XL106-6+L. The new Speedmaster is already producing 1.4 million impressions a week so is on target to complete its first year in production with 75 million impressions, working a four shift system. The Card Factory Group, which opened its 1000th store last month, uses Printcraft to produce all its greetings cards without a handmade element, gift wrap and point of sale products. The Speedmaster XL106-6+L, part of a £5 million investment in kit this year, comes highly specified. It features Autoplate XL, Inpress Control 2, Hycolor Multidrive a

New Drytac ReTac Woodgrain finish gives depth and texture

Print Solutions Drytac has announced that a stunning new ReTac Textures finish is now available globally. New ReTac Textures Woodgrain has been designed to add depth and texture to static, flat graphics, giving them incredible visual appeal. The embossed woodgrain effect finish really makes images stand out, making it perfect for eye catching interior promotions, wall graphics, custom wall murals, interior décor, retail displays, trade show graphics and signage. It is also an ideal material for textured labels, decals and stickers. Like the other products in the popular ReTac range, ReTac Textures Woodgrain features the innovative ReTac ultra removable and repositionable adhesive, making it

New managing director for Yamato UK

Packaging Solutions Yamato Scale Dataweigh has appointed a new managing director. Chun Ha has joined Yamato’s UK operation from Japan where he has served as general manager for global sales since joining the company in July 2015 and more recently as executive officer and deputy executive general manager of the automatic weighing business unit. He joined Yamato in Japan from Schneider Electric where he undertook a number of senior roles from business development manager to business unit director, having lived and worked in Japan for the past 22 years. Following on from Chun Ha joining the company, Yamato will continue to pursue new, turnkey projects and grow its proposition, as well as contin

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