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Humidity Solutions launches humiditydirect.co.uk

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Humidity Solutions have announced the launch of humiditydirect.co.uk – a new e-commerce site for the sale of humidification and dehumidification equipment and spares. The advantage of humiditydirect.co.uk is that orders can be made at any time of the day, seven days a week. Customers can immediately see if their parts are in stock and delivery is free. Account set up is quick and easy, and order management means that all orders can be tracked, and repeat orders can be made at the click of a button. John Barker, managing director at Humidity Solutions, commented: ‘The launch of humiditydirect.co.uk allows us to provide a quick and easy round the clock serv

Weerg 3D prints the valves for emergency respiratory masks

IndPrint: Positive About Print ‘At this particular moment we feel that it is our duty to make a contribution, by putting our industrial production capacity at the service of initiatives capable of concretely helping health facilities in need,’ said Matteo Rigamonti, founder of Weerg. He is telling how his revolutionary e-commerce company has decided to collaborate with the project that bears the signature of Isinnova and FabLab Brescia, for the creation of emergency respiratory masks by modifying a Decathlon snorkelling mask. ‘Thanks to the technologies we have, which ensure precision, repeatability and speed for print runs that reach thousands of pieces, we are able to produce parts of medi

Iggesund’s UK mill accident free in 2019

Print Solutions Iggesund Paperboard’s paperboard mill in Workington did not have a single accident that led to absence during the whole of 2019. Quite an achievement, especially considering that more than 320 people work there, in a heavy process industry. David Inglesfield, health and safety manager at Workington, asserts that the mill’s success year after year is by no means down to pure chance. It is about a tradition of systematic and proactive work to create an accident free workplace. ‘We have built up a safety culture over many years and we are constantly working hard to keep it alive and well,’ said David. ‘Safety is everyone’s responsibility and requires commitment. Everyone also ne

InPrint Munich 2021 to co-locate with two trade events targeting the packaging sector

IndPrint Packaging Solutions InPrint Munich 2021, the international exhibition of print technology for industrial manufacturing, is teaming up with Ice Europe and CCE International, two leading trade events devoted to the latest innovations in converting and finishing, as well as corrugated and cardboard production technology, with a strong visitor interest also in printing for packaging solutions. The industry has welcomed the move to create a powerful, multifaceted platform with increased opportunities and synergies across related markets. The new show dates are 9 to 11 March 2021; the venue remains unchanged at Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. The print technology sector is constantl

Y Soft contributes face shields towards fighting Covid-19

IndPrint: Positive About Print To help address the lack of protective equipment for doctors and other workers who are exposed to the risk of viral infection on a daily basis, Y Soft Corporation is using its 3D printers to produce protective face shields and binder strips for hospitals across the world. The face shields – which are being produced using the Y Soft be3D eDee printers, designed for the education sector – are being donated for free to hospitals to help protect medical workers. Y Soft is currently producing around 500 of the shields per day, which can be re-sterilised. The plastic face shields use a piece of shaped plastic to cover the face and a 3D printed ‘frame’ is used to conn

Business forms printer keeps presses turning for frontline services

Print Solutions Derbyshire based trade business forms printers, Print4Printers is maintaining production to assist businesses and public services that are working at full stretch to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Matt Kent, managing director, said: ‘A considerable number of the NCR sets, books and pads produced are supplied indirectly to health services, social care companies, pharmacies and transport/logistics companies. We noticed an increase in the number of orders in this sector during the week prior to the lockdown announcement of 23 March.’ The online business consulted with its 10 staff and decided to continue production, with safe and social distancing added to the existing Coronaviru

C&T reassures customers of its continuity in service and product supply

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Following the UK government’s announcement to apply further restrictions on the movement of people and to increase isolation, C&T Channel Matrix (C&T) has taken action to ensure continuity of its service and product supply. Simon Shenton, managing director at C&T Matrix, said: ‘We recognise the important role that C&T and its customers play in supporting the packaging, food and pharmaceutical industries at this challenging time. The health and safety of our employees and their families is our primary concern. We have therefore adopted a number of temporary policies in order to continue to support all our stakeholders throughout this period.’ Simon added,

A statement from European Carton Makers Association

Packaging Solutions Folding cartons: a vital piece of the retail supply chain during Covid-19 crisis Cartonboard packaging is proving to be an essential item that is helping to maintain an effective supply chain for food and pharmaceutical products during the Covid-19 crisis. Folding cartons are facilitating the hygienic and efficient movement of products into these markets, which have seen significant increases in demand. Folding carton manufacturers are continuing to operate their facilities across Europe, in line with their responsibility as an essential industry, in a bid to keep supply chains moving. Mike Turner from ECMA commented, ‘During the Covid-19 crisis, the value of packaging ha

Stratasys coalition for face shield production with 3D printing

IndPrint: Positive About Print A coalition of companies and universities assembled by Stratasys to produce face shields leveraging 3D printers now numbers more than 150. Among others, the list includes Boeing, Toyota Motor Company, Medtronic, Dunwoody College of Technology, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Minnesota. Last week, in an effort to confront the Covid-19 pandemic, Stratasys set an initial goal to produce 5000 face shields at no cost to recipients through its own and partner resources by March 27. This includes both a 3D printed visor and a clear plastic shield that covers the entire face. Stratasys said that number was exceeded and the coalition should be a

Perspex clear acrylic UK production increased by 300%

Print Solutions In response to unprecedented demand due to Covid-19, Lancashire based acrylic manufacturer, Perspex International Limited, has prioritised increased production of Perspex clear acrylic to fulfil requirements for protective Perspex acrylic screens across the UK and Europe. Protective screens are set to be a familiar sight for shoppers as stores move quickly to increase protection for key workers, such as supermarket workers and pharmacists, from the growing threat of Covid-19. The company distributes Perspex acrylic in the UK from five regional branches. Large PDL stock holdings enabled an immediate response to the first wave of orders, with Perspex acrylic delivered the next

GMG provides free additional ColorPlugin licenses for home office use

Print Solutions In order to assist in keeping businesses operational during the Covid-19 pandemic, GMG Color is offering its customers free temporary licenses of the GMG ColorPlugin tool for Photoshop that they can use while working from home. The company is able to set up additional licenses for use on a Mac or PC at home, for an initial six week period. This will enable users to continue creating RGB to multi-colour separations, of up to seven colours directly in PhotoShop, with the ability to see a colour accurate preview of the results. GMG UK managing director Karl Gessner commented, ‘At this time more than ever, it is important that we work together and assist others in the industry, i

European cartonboard industry secures supply chain during pandemic

Packaging Solutions Following calls from the packaging industry, the European Commission has confirmed that the transportation of packaging materials, including paper based cartons and cartonboard, for essential industries such as food and pharmaceuticals, will be able to use its ‘green lanes’ and has updated its ‘Guidelines for Border Management’ to reflect the recommendation. Short term demand for cartonboard has increased by around 30% as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with particular spikes in demand for production of packaging for dry foods, confectionery, frozen food and pharmaceuticals. To secure the supply chain during hauliers need to be able to transport raw materials to packag

New compact two side and wraparound labeling machine

Packaging Solutions The new 362E two side labeling machine from Herma has a modular design and handles large batches just as efficiently as small. It is ideal for those who need to frequently change batch sizes. Thanks to its compact design and user friendliness, it is ideally suited to buffering production peaks or for quickly setting up a new production line. It is ideal for labelling products such as disinfectants, cleaning agents, shampoos, shower gels and roll on deodorants. Thanks to reliable product alignment and stabilisation, with the 362E, it is possible to label up to 200 products per minute on the front and back. Furthermore, the 362E can also be converted to different product di

Paper industry calls for recycling: more important than ever

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions The Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented. The paper value chain is committed to keep its operations to deliver all essential paper products, such as hygiene products, including toilet paper, packaging for food or pharmaceuticals, whilst taking all necessary measures to protect workers, suppliers and customers. The European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) is asking all authorities to enable crucial industries such as paper to continue production and to facilitate transport and cross border shipments for the supply of these goods. ‘In these critical times, it is more than ever important to keep the supply for our industry running, in order to secure packaging fo

Antalis offers extra support for customers

Print Solutions As the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation continues to evolve, Antalis has announced how it aims to support customers through this unprecedented time. Monitoring the situation very closely, the company is planning and preparing for each likely eventuality to ensure that its service will be as robust and consistent as possible. David Hunter, regional managing director UK and Ireland, said: ‘Antalis’ top priority remains the health, safety and well being of our employees, customers, partners and their families. Like many others, we have already implemented many measures to mitigate risk, including enabling teams to work from home, additional hygiene measures, non-contact deliveri

Berry Global provides protection materials across Europe

Packaging Solutions Berry Global Group is proudly providing a multitude of products from around the globe in the fight against Covid-19. The teams at Berry are pivoting quickly to further broaden their support of customers across regions. As one of the largest suppliers of plastic packaging and nonwoven fabrics, Berry makes materials for the world’s leading and emerging brands. These products range in use from healthcare materials to packages for food preservation, many of which have seen a demand surge in the fight against Covid-19. These critical materials include nonwoven fabrics for face masks, N95 respirators, disinfectant wipes, and protective apparel. For the packaging side, the compa

Live Covid-19 updates to aid business continuity

Packaging Solutions A Covid-19 dashboard has gone live on the website of packaging supplier Quadpack (www.quadpack.com), to help keep stakeholders informed of the effects of the virus on the company’s global operations. This dashboard shows real time information about the status of Quadpack’s factories in Europe and those of its supply partners in other parts of the world. Other information regarding support, shipping and logistics is also shown. To date, the company is maintaining operations without significant delays. In Asia, business is starting to return to normal. In Europe and the US, the majority of office staff are working from home, supported by secure, cloud based, collaborative s

Choose moves into hand soap with innovative packaging

Packaging Solutions After fighting to save the oceans and the planet, Choose is now turning its hand to helping us keep heathy and safe in these uncertain times. The company has announced the launch of its eco friendly antibacterial hand soap, in its biodegradable paper bottles. The bottles are 100% plastic free and biodegradable. Made from recycled newspapers and naturally sustainable materials, consumers can enjoy Choose products knowing that it is keeping the oceans free from plastic! All Choose products are plastic free products and available on the website: www.choosepackaging.co.uk

Arconvert and Ritrama respond to the Covid19 emergency

Packaging Solutions A message from Arconvert and Ritrama, part of the Fedrigoni Group. Arconvert and Ritrama are committed to supporting the health sector and the supply of essential necessities throughout the course of this pandemic, and to provide continuity of service at all times. In an unprecedented global crisis such as the one we are now facing because of Covid19, Fedrigoni Group is committed to ensuring continuity of service and protecting the supply chain of essential necessities. From the beginning of the emergency, Arconvert and Ritrama have been operating fully, without interruptions, to serve the food and pharmaceutical industries and the health sector, while working tirelessly

Asahi Photoproducts announces new AFP-Leggero flexographic plate

Packaging Solutions Asahi Photoproducts has announced the availability of a new flexographic plate. Asahi AFP-Leggero CleanPrint plates have been specifically designed for printing on lower quality low liner corrugated board. This super soft plate delivers kiss-touch printing without board crush, good ink density with reduced washboard effect, and is ideal for simple brown box corrugated applications such as fruit trays and single colour logo type printing. ‘With the growing use of corrugated board packaging around the globe, brands and retailers increasingly seek ways to increase quality appearance and protect their goods at the same time,’ said Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi Photoproducts’ tech

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