Antalis adds Katz Display Board to its growing portfolio

Print Solutions In response to increasing demand from customers looking for more sustainable alternatives to plastic based products, Antalis’ Visual Communications division has introduced Katz Display Board to its ever growing sustainable product portfolio. Katz is an environmentally friendly alternative to the use of PVC and PUR foam boards for retail and point of sale sectors. Developed to withstand store conditions, including variations in temperature and humidity, it is ideal for the production of in-store point of sale advertising and display, signage and hanging signs, floor standing display units, counter top displays, and shop décor and display. Its high quality, smooth white surface

Drytac transforms store window into Christmas wonderland

Print Solutions The Christmas spirit has arrived in Bath with shoppers treated to a magical snowy window display at The Loft, printed and installed by Drytac. Located in the historic city's creative Bartlett Street Quarter, The Loft is a contemporary concept store that houses independent women's fashion and homeware retailer Blue. To match Blue's individual style, it needed an eye catching yet minimalist window display to prepare for the Christmas shopping season. Located in nearby Bristol, the Drytac Academy got involved to provide a stunning window graphic, printed on a Fujifilm Acuity printer on ViziPrint Impress Clear UV. ViziPrint Impress Clear is an optically clear, recyclable PET film

Latest RMGT press for resource

Print Solutions resource, a Leeds based marketing company with its own litho and digital printing capability, has announced details of an exciting upgrade to its litho printing equipment. Following detailed discussions with MPL, the UK distributor of RMGT sheetfed presses, the company was able to trade back its existing Ryobi 925 for the very latest version of that A1 format press – an RMGT 925 equipped with LED-UV for instant drying and fully automatic simultaneous plate changing for lightning fast job changeovers. During the five years since its previous litho investment, the company has successfully rebranded itself as a full service agency providing creative design, web based marketing,

Croxsons supplies non alcoholic gin brand with eye catching packaging

Packaging Solutions In answering the growing demand from consumers for healthier drink choices, Croxsons has recently worked with Sea Arch, a start up producer of non alcoholic gin. The premium spirit, blended and bottled in England, contains 11 botanicals and is twice distilled in a traditional copper pot with spring water. Croxsons, a Queens Award winner for international trade with a 150 year old heritage, teamed up with the Devon based newcomer to supply a pair of distinctive bottles that have been designed and developed to Sea Arch’s exact brief. Taking inspiration from the fresh and rugged coastal environment, the bottles – a 700 ml Moonea bottle and 250 ml version – are spray coated w

‘DigitalXtra’ RMGT 524 LED-UV for Healey’s

Print Solutions Healey’s Print Group, Ipswich, has announced details of the purchase and installation of an RMGT 524 LED-UV B3 format litho press. The machine, sold under the ‘DigitalXtra’ banner by UK RMGT distributor MPL, was purchased to boost the busy print company’s litho capacity. Philip Dodd, managing director of Healey’s, said: ‘We have been seeing increasingly buoyant volumes of litho work coming in. Whilst our digital workload is still very strong, we were beginning to experience some difficulties in keeping up with litho demand during certain busy periods with our Heidelberg 75 XL B2 press. ‘Historically we came from a B3 litho background, so when we spoke to the team at RMGT we c

The Label Makers produce vibrant new label for alcohol free spirit

Packaging Solutions The Label Makers has produced a new look for distiller non alcohol spirit brand, Amplify. Seeking to ‘refresh the alcohol free ‘spirit’ sector’ and positioning itself as ‘spirited, carefree, adventurous, sociable and uncompromised’, the vibrant new label features a bespoke painting by artist Sophie Abbott, which has been faithfully reproduced by Leeds based brand design consultancy, Elmwood, which worked closely with the premium label manufacturer to achieve a high quality result. Amplify is launched by speciality drinks supplier, Intercontinental Brands (ICB), which has previously worked with The Label Makers on a number of label projects. ‘The label was digitally printe

Look to the future now, Stradale Italia’s future has only just begun

Print Solutions For Sam Hill, everyday feels like Christmas since he achieved his boyhood dream this September of owning and running his own garage. But, this is no ordinary garage. Stradale Italia is a Ferrari and Maserati diagnostic, service and repair centre, and Sam is there to give owners of these supercars the very best in personal service. Son of Dave Hill, extreme fringe wearer, flamboyant dresser and lead guitarist of ’70s glam rock group Slade that gifted the world with that rampant seasonal classic Merry Christmas Everybody, Sam has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, a car mechanic, rather than those of his musician father. ‘I used to get up in the night and go downstai

New Customer Care business unit from Tresu created to reduce the cost of printing

Packaging Solutions Tresu has created a new business unit in order to provide its customers with lifetime support and help customers drive down excess waste, cost and down time. Tresu Customer Care helps customers increase their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which impacts the costs of production – and yields a lower cost to print. Customer Care has two primary goals: maximising uptime and driving down the cost to print. All Tresu customers, including those with chamber doctor blade systems, pumps and printing machine equipment, will benefit from the Customer Care service, that now includes both reactive and preventative maintenance support. ‘Today’s production environment is far dif

BoxMart proud to be 'Made in the UK'

Packaging Solutions As the provenance of products becomes increasingly important to socially conscious consumers, BoxMart is proud to be ‘Made in the UK’. Concerns such as carbon emissions from manufacturing, the environmental impact of international shipping and unethical working conditions in some countries are all front of mind for today’s shoppers, which consequently makes the issue of product origin and provenance hugely important to retailers aiming to improve their social responsibility, and deliver products – and packaging – that taps into consumer trends and habits. ‘More consumers are turning to home-grown retailers as they look to play their part in the ongoing fight against clima

New environmentally friendly barrier paper for food packaging

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions Paper based packaging that is used in bakeries, food outlets and quick service restaurants often contains a treatment of a non decomposable high fluorinated chemical, known as PFAS. Now BillerudKorsnäs is launching Repel Pure, a paper where the grease resistant barrier is plant based and totally biological. ‘Today we see an increasing demand for alternatives to PFAS treated products. After working a long time to find a sustainable alternative to surface treatment with high fluorinated substances, we are today very proud to present our paper Repel Pure,’ said Helene Biström, executive vice president Division Paper at BillerudKorsnäs. The bio based barrier

Put your mobile away and shine a light on the forest

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions This year’s season’s greetings card from Iggesund Paperboard, is a mystical forest in the form of a pop up shadow box with fine laser cut details and shimmering silver ink. Using the recipient’s mobile phone, it comes alive through a clever lightshow which mimics the magical illumination of the aurora borealis. The theme, ‘Shine a light on the forest’, relates to the origin of Iggesund’s flagship product Invercote as well as the important role that sustainable forestry and fibre based products can play in mitigating climate change. The concept was designed and created by Erik Hluchlan and Erin Fudge Smith at Structural Graphics, a print marketing agency w

Yamato ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ raises cash for Save the Children

Print Solutions Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK has held its annual ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ to raise funds for charity Save the Children. The team went into the office dressed in their favourite Christmas jumpers as part of the annual office ‘Christmas Fuddle’, where everyone brings in festive treats to share. Although it was a bit early, Team Yamato joined the official Christmas Jumper Day campaign which raises much needed funds for Save the Children. Event organiser Leanne Mann said, ‘So far, we have raised £81 but there is still time for people to donate and there is more to come from text and via Just Giving. The official Christmas Jumper Day is on Friday 13 December so our Just Giving page and

Growing BCMPA membership highlights benefits of outsourcing

Packaging Solutions Over 30 new members joined the BCMPA (British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association) during 2019, underlining the continuing growth and popularity of outsourcing in the UK markets. The BCMPA says membership grew across a wide variety of industry sectors including chemical, personal care and pharmaceutical, while the largest increase was in food, drink and nutraceuticals with 11 new members. Total membership now stands in excess of 150 companies. ‘We are delighted at the number of companies that have recognised the value of joining the association over the past year,’ commented Emma Verkaik, head of membership development. ‘This demonstrates not only the growing i

Focus Label Machinery updates website

Packaging Solutions Focus Label Machinery has launched a new version of its website, which can be accessed at www.focuslabel.com The stylish site includes information about the company’s label printing machines, applications, testimonials, company news, and much, much more. There is also an interesting blog section, and the company welcomes feedback from visitors about any particular issues they would like to see covered in it.

The European paper industry is ready to rise to the climate challenge

Green Solutions Print Solutions The European paper industry welcomes the EU Green Deal Communication and the set of proposed actions planned for March 2020, in particular the European Climate Law, the New Industrial Strategy, the Circular Economy Action Plan 2.0 coupled with the Sustainable Products initiative and a new Forest strategy. ‘The carbon neutrality objective requires the European pulp and paper industry to become even more sustainable, efficient and innovative. It demands that we continue on our transformational journey while maintaining our competitiveness. Our industry is up to the challenge,’ said Jori Ringman, director general at CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Indu

Pantone colour of the year 2020 – Classic Blue

Print Solutions Pantone has announced that Pantone 19-4052, Classic Blue, is the colour of the year for 2020; a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought provoking 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. ‘We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,’ said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. ‘Imbued with a deep resonance,

GMG Academy releases 2020 portfolio

Print Solutions In the coming year, the in-house academy of colour management expert GMG will continue to offer its knowledge in a variety of ways. In addition to the free webinars, which globally attracted hundreds of viewers to the screens in 2019, multi day workshops will be part of the spectrum supplied by the GMG Academy. One particular concern of the Tuebingen based company is to provide a comprehensive range of services to its customers. GMG’s products are complemented by three know how areas: service, consulting, and the GMG Academy ensure that users can fully exploit the potential of GMG colour management tools. The GMG Academy, being an excellence centre, is characterised by effici

Designer Bookbinders’ Transferring Design initiative funded by The Printing Charity gains momentum

Print Solutions Following Designer Bookbinders’ launch of its Transferring Design initiative and four successful introductory pilots promoting the craft of bookbinding, Designer Bookbinder fellow, Mark Cockram, recently ran a follow up, three day workshop at Lincoln College of Art and Design, supported with funding from The Printing Charity. Twenty-five students from the College’s UAL art and design foundation diploma course attended, alongside two tutors. The three day workshop was the start of a newly established Codex unit as part of the students’ learning programme, giving them the opportunity to gain practical skills and professional creative practice. Jeanette Koch, trustee and honorar

Smurfit Kappa and Wings for Aid create disaster relief packaging solution

Packaging Solutions Smurfit Kappa and the Wings for Aid Foundation have joined forces to create an innovative packaging solution that facilitates the delivery of emergency supplies into hard to reach areas. The pack can be dropped from a plane without any damage to the contents. This was proven in prototype tests during which a pack of 30 eggs, a notoriously fragile product, remained intact following a drop from 100 metres. Wings for Aid was attracted by Smurfit Kappa’s sustainability credentials and the company’s long term expertise in paper based packaging. The packs can be easily reused for other purposes such as shelter, but if left behind in the outdoors, they will break down easily due

Sulapac and Quadpack join forces for sustainable cosmetic packaging

Packaging Solutions Sulapac and Quadpack have entered into a preferred partnership agreement to provide microplastic free packaging for cosmetic customers worldwide. The partnership ensures that both Sulapac’s existing and new clients will be served more efficiently, having access to a wider range of innovative products, a larger production scope and a broader capacity of customisation in cosmetic packaging provided by Quadpack. ‘We have got thousands of enquiries from cosmetics customers all over the world about our Nordic Collection and it has been sold out already in August 2019. The partnership with Quadpack, one of the top 10 European providers of cosmetic packaging, ensures we can more

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