Berry Global supports government’s mask manufacturing mandate

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Packaging specialist Berry Global Group is collaborating with The Medicom Group to design the manufacturing solution and guarantee the supply of non woven fabric intended for use in producing hundreds of millions of face masks annually as part of Medicom’s agreement with the British Government. Medicom is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical and respiratory masks. To do so, Berry is investing in a new meltblown non wovens line, to be outfitted with its proprietary charging technology, at one of its UK based facilities to increase capacity of material necessary in the production of European standard Type IIR and N99-equ

Fujifilm launches Shop Local Campaign

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Fujifilm has launched a new ‘shop local’ marketing campaign to support photo retailers re-opening following the long lockdown period. Since photo retailers UK wide have been permitted to open their doors since June 15, the shop local message is being advertised nationwide to help small businesses boost sales after the long period of closure. The campaign also aims to inspire customers to rediscover the joy of photography by visiting their local store, all while supporting independent photo businesses. The initiative builds on the helpful services already offered by Fujifilm during lockdown, which includes a suspension of all partner fees until August 202

Barrier coated paperboard – the alternative to plastic for smart packaging

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions: Positive About Print The hunt for materials that can replace plastic is intense. Innovation work is being done on a global scale to find renewable alternatives to plastic so that humanity can reduce the huge impact on the environment from our use of plastic. Many solutions are being tried but we still have no material with all of plastic’s great advantages without its devastating disadvantages. Instead of waiting for that magic material, which may never come, packaging buyers concerned about the climate should consider the existing alternatives and move to composite materials. Proven packaging solutions already exist that combine a renewable material suc

New ImagePerfect SafeTouch delivers protection against bacteria

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Spandex is launching ImagePerfect SafeTouch, an antimicrobial laminate for use in environments where it is important to minimise the spread of bacteria on surfaces. ImagePerfect SafeTouch (IP 2830-111) is an 80 micron clear film, available in gloss and matt finishes. The film incorporates the highly effective antimicrobial agent zinc pyrithione and delivers over 99.99% proven protection against the growth of a range of common bacteria, fungi and parasites. These include Escherichia coli (E. coli), Staphylococcus aureus (Golden Staph), Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Salmonella, Listeria, Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae), Enteroco

International Paper launches corrugated dividers

Print Solutions: Positive About Print International Paper has launched its innovative Space Divider series as some countries around the world lift Covid-19 related restrictions. The corrugated separators come in many different shapes and forms, enabling businesses, restaurants, schools and public administration offices to meet social distancing requirements to keep people safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Printable in full colour, the separators can also serve to reinforce messages of care or applicable safety procedures in a visually appealing and memorable manner. ‘Our corrugated space dividers are enjoying already great popularity,’ said Eric Chartrain, vice president and ge

Lockdown opens up floor graphics floodgate

Print Solutions: Positive About Print In 27 years at Fantasy Prints, Paul Martin, marketing and social media manager, has never ordered multiple pallets of the same product for the Berwick-upon-Tweed signage, printing, clothing, and gift business. Neither has he had any demand for floor graphics, but the Covid-19 Lockdown has changed all that. In the last eight weeks, Fantasy Prints has consistently reordered large volumes of materials from CMYUK’s Safe Spaces range to meet the unprecedented spike in demand for external and internal floor graphics. An individual customer alone, recounts Paul, accounted for an entire large consignment of Utack multi-surface textile for installation across 350

Antalis introduces floor graphic sticker for dry toner print

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Due to the increased demand for floor graphics solutions, Antalis has added Xerox Floor GraphiX for dry toner printing to its range. This floor graphic is perfect for indoor environments including retail outlets and supermarkets, airports and travel hubs, events and conference centres. Requiring no lamination after printing, Floor GraphiX is a fast way to produce anti-slip certified floor graphic stickers. It is also easy to apply and reposition on both hard and smooth surfaces, including low pile carpets, and to remove after use. It is made of ultra tough polyester that resists tearing whether under pressure from anything such as pallet trucks to stilet

New four pillar approach to sustainability from Flint

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions: Positive About Print Flint Group Packaging Inks has identified four strategic pillars key to successfully achieving its sustainability ambitions. Outlined in a new whitepaper, the four pillars set out a programme of objectives and milestones that align with the company’s vision of realising a truly circular economy within the packaging industry. Doug Aldred, president global packaging inks, said: ‘The new four pillar approach provides our sustainability task force with clear areas of focus. Sustainability is a huge topic for the industry but there isn’t a single defined path that results in success. This is a journey that we share with our customers, sup

Box Inc expands its packaging marketplace

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Box Inc, the digital business to business marketplace for corrugated board packaging, has experienced strong demand, recording a 400 % growth in volumes in May compared to April. The monthly packaging volumes now count in hundreds of thousands. Since its entry on the German market in early 2020, Box Inc has experienced a strong demand from both customers and suppliers to use its digital marketplace for corrugated packaging. As a result, the marketplace is rapidly expanding its range of products by partnering with additional suppliers. Customers who submit a request for quotation via Box Inc will benefit from an even wider range of corrugated packagin

Be creative: Design competition for children

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Masterplanner and architect Stephen George + Partners, in conjunction with the Heaven Company, the force behind the incredible Brief Cases initiative for graphic arts students in universities, is running a fantastic mini design competition for younger children to keep them creative whilst away from school. For three years, The Heaven Company has worked with Stephen George + Partners in providing 10 week lessons to children in school years 7 to 10 (ages 11 to 14). With the current circumstances, it was decided that this was a perfect opportunity to run a fun architectural inspired competition to keep both parents and children entertained; and there is a c

The Alexir Partnership celebrates 30 years by becoming employee owned

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print The Alexir Partnership has transferred complete ownership of the business into the Alexir Partnership Employee Ownership Trust (EOT). This change ensures that Alexir’s core values are protected and helps with productivity, morale and resilience. With over 30 years of experience in the food packaging and contract packing industry, the Alexir Partnership has announced that it is now employee owned, which will help to ensure the continued success and growth of the company. The transition creates a real partnership amongst the 162 Alexir employees who all benefit collectively by becoming partners in the business. The same board and management team will r

Custom printed face masks

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Face masks have become a common sight in our everyday lives. Face coverings are available in a variety of materials and styles such as face shields. They are slowly conquering the world of fashion, too. ‘To enable our customers to send out a promotional message with face coverings, we have added various face mask styles to our product range that can be custom printed,’ said Christian Würst, chief commercial officer of Onlineprinters. The company sells printed products such as flyers, posters, brochures, business cards, exhibition systems and promotional items, including face masks over its online shops to customers throughout Europe. Onlineprinters carri

Printing from a distance with Renault DP World F1 Team

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Like most in-house graphics professionals, Joe McNamara and his colleague David Colman, have seen a sharp rise in demand for social distancing graphics and signage as Renault DP World F1 Team’s Technical Centre prepares to reopen. It is 10 am on Wednesday morning and, with a tight deadline, Renault DP World F1 Team’s head of graphics should be in his print room, not sitting in a home office, in his shepherd’s hut at the bottom of his garden, in a video conference call with the Roland DG marketing team via a fast broadband link. A long time friend of Roland, Joe’s relaxed persona is nothing new, but there is an additional air of calm and tranquillity abou

Royal Mail extends Covid-19 ‘open for business’ scheme

Print Solutions: Positive About Print The Strategic Mailing Partnership has welcomed a move to significantly expand a new incentive to help organisations hardest hit by the current coronavirus pandemic. Demand for Royal Mail’s Covid-19 Open for Business Incentive has prompted an increase to the overall volume cap of the incentive from 20 million items to 120 million. Launched in early May, the incentive will run until the end of December and is designed to help organisations engage directly with customers and supporters, and to reach out to prospective customers. SMP chair Judith Donovan CBE has described the scheme as a lifeline for businesses that have been decimated by the effects of the

Hand sanitiser spike is here to stay, says BCMPA

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print The BCMPA, the association for contract manufacturing, packing, fulfilment and logistics, has reported that significant increases in enquiries for personal care products are showing no signs of tailing off. Enquiries to the BCMPA for personal care items rocketed by over 500% shortly after the coronavirus lockdown was implemented, while enquiries across all sectors in April 2020 went up 60% compared with 2019. In the same month, interest in the production of hand sanitiser and antibacterial products represented 90% of the total enquiries for personal care items. While the proportion of new hand sanitiser enquiries fell slightly in May, figures remain

Anglia Print becomes the first UK printing company to gain B Corp certification

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Anglia Print has achieved another first. It has become the first commercial printing company in the UK to gain B Corp certification. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose.

Rigid investment meets growing demand for corrugated packaging

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Rigid Containers has installed the latest Mitsubishi Evol at its Wellington site in the South West of England, to ensure it can continue to meet the growing demand for sustainable printed corrugated boxes. The Mitsubishi Evol is a high performance, quick set box maker, capable of running at speeds of 350 blanks per minute. Once printed and die cut the boxes move to the highly accurate folding and gluing section for manufacture according to each customer’s specifications. The Mitsubishi Evol joins the Bahmueller Turbox folder gluer, Bobst Dro six colour rotary die cutter and BP Agnati Quantum corrugator and forms part of over £4 million invested to de

New products support safe communication

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Reopening of schools and social distancing: two apparently opposite concepts, which institutions and public opinion have been discussing for weeks. From kindergartens to universities, the need is to start up again safely, without renouncing an environment that is welcoming and conveys creativity. To do this, versatile tools and supports are needed, adaptable not only to the characteristics of each structure, but, above all, customisable with lively and captivating graphics and messages, capable of making the return to class more pleasant, albeit with facilities reorganised according to current regulations. The answer to this comes from Guandong. The comp

TheMagicTouch adds 15 colours to range of Premium Flock

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Over recent years, due to the boom in personalisation using HTV products onto workwear, sportswear, fashion and promotional garments, TheMagicTouch has witnessed a growing increase in the use of flock for garment decoration. Having always been considered a more upmarket option than standard flex, the raised effect of flock is also widely compared by many to give the look and feel of embroidery. The raised transfer effect gives a quality appearance on t-shirts, hoodies, high-viz garments, polo shirts, bags, caps, jackets, sports shirts and most other cotton and polyester apparel. The new additions take the choice of Premium Flock colours to 40, which is c

Cotswold Printing Company makes 30,000 PPE masks for local hospitals

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Cotswold Printing Company, a family owned business specialising in wide format printing, is using Canon’s Clear Display Film to produce disposable PPE face masks for local NHS staff, with 25 volunteers working to produce the equipment. When the Covid-19 outbreak began, Cotswold Printing Company moved quickly to use its Zünd digital flatbed cutter to produce critical PPE equipment for local NHS staff, utilising the support of 25 local residents who volunteered to help assemble the visors. As it already owned two Canon devices, a Colorado 1640 and an Arizona 1360 XT, Cotswold contacted Canon to supply the stocks of clear film suitable for making the visors

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