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Mondi introduces NextLiner

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Mondi has developed a sustainable polycoated kraft (PCK) paper release liner, which is being launched on a global scale. Such liners are indispensable to carry and protect pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) products, and currently are often discarded once the PSA products are used. Mondi’s NextLiner uses a recycled base paper with a coating made from renewable resources. Using recycled fibres and renewable materials can have a positive impact on the environmental footprint of NextLiner, used in graphic arts, tapes and other industrial applications. ‘Our goal is to be sustainable by design, so we have worked on innovating environmentally responsible Ne

Manroland Sheetfed launches new presses

Print Solutions: Positive About Print The launch of the Roland 900 Evolution large format press and new models of the Roland 700 Evolution now complete Manroland Sheetfed’s Evolution family of technologically advanced offset presses. Following the success of the Roland 700 Evolution press, launched at drupa 2016, the new Roland 700 Evolution Elite, Speed and Lite models bear all the hallmarks of innovation, productivity and quality that have become synonymous with the Evolution name, and a wealth of innovative automation technologies to benefit printers worldwide. Among these features are Autoprint, providing uninterrupted productivity from pre-press to post press at the touch of a button a

Flint Group launches TerraCode

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Flint Group Paper & Board has introduced TerraCode, a sustainable water based ink and coating range for paper and board packaging applications. Designed to support market demands for sustainable packaging, Flint Group presents an innovative bio-renewable product offering that can be tailor made for converters’ individual needs. Kim Melander, vice president and general manager of Flint Group Packaging Inks EMEA, commented: ‘Flint Group is acutely aware of increasing societal focus toward sustainable packaging. Therefore, we are pleased to present a full range of bio-renewable inks and coatings, for use in paper and board printing, which are designed t

Mako adds value to Racami transactional workflow

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Global Graphics Software has licensed its Mako SDK to Racami, the author of the Alchem-e customer communications management platform (CMM). Mako converts incoming documents into PDF and optimises these files for onward processing through multiple delivery channels such as email, web viewing, bill payment, and printing. Alchem-e is used to support the mass production and distribution of customer communications. Corporate clients are often looking to reduce operating costs, comply with government regulations, speed up printing times, and automate processes. One of the challenges in the industry is standardising the multitude of data and print streams that

Antalis adds new Padpak Guardian to its on-demand cushioning solutions

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Antalis has extended its range of protective packaging solutions with the introduction of new PadPak Guardian from Ranpak, which brings together many of the benefits of other Ranpak converters into one, compact, fast and simple to use machine. PadPak Guardian is an in the box solution that, unlike other machines on the market, is able to convert both single and two-ply paper, offering businesses greater versatility from just one machine and providing an sustainable alternative to traditional plastic cushioning. The paper is fed from a pre-folded block into the converter to create a variety of cushioning pads, on demand. The converter is extremely ada

Getting to know each other in a virtual world

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print At the beginning of July, Optima gave a ‘digital welcome’ to the new apprentices and students at the Digital Innovation Centre. The Covid-19 pandemic meant that it was not possible for the customary afternoon of getting to known each other to take place in person. Some 45 trainees and students starting at Optima in September and October respectively, and their parents followed the virtual event. The concept was very well received by the professionals of the future. The digital welcome ran for an hour. Sebastian Henke, director human resources, welcomed the trainees on behalf of the Optima management, and gave a short presentation of the company with

New Xitron website goes live

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Xitron has relaunched its website at www.xitron.com Focusing on product categories with the goal of comprehensive information retrieval, the new design fosters intuitive navigation through Xitron’s product mix. ‘As our products and markets have diversified over the last few years it became clear that end users, dealers, and OEMs needed an easier way of finding information,’ said Karen Crews, president of Xitron. ‘The new website solves that issue through design and functionality improvements.’ Xitron creates prepress RIP and workflow software based on core technology developed by Global Graphics Software. A Harlequin RIP OEM since 1992, Xitron’s Navigato

Mondi launches gaming app about workplace safety

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Mondi has launched a health and safety app as a new way to communicate to its colleagues on wellbeing in the workplace. Mondi Corrugated Solutions has launched the app to raise awareness of workplace safety rules in an accessible and entertaining way. The app entitled Heads Up! is free to download for all employees and the general public. The app incorporates the latest research on the psychology of safe behaviour into a game format to reinforce commitment to the nine safety rules across Mondi’s plants and mills. The game design takes its inspiration from corrugated boxes, the main product of Mondi Corrugated Solutions and features t

Arconvert-Ritrama merger strengthens its position in the UK and Irish markets

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print The acquisition of Ritrama in February 2020 by the Fedrigoni Group means that Arconvert-Ritrama is even more firmly positioned as a global supplier of self-adhesive papers and films, bringing huge benefits for customers in the UK and Irish market. Not even the current health crisis has stopped Arconvert-Ritrama from forging ahead with its ambitious plans for growth and one of its next steps is the moving of operations and customer service to Manchester. The message from Marco Nespolo, CEO of the Fedrigoni Group, is that ‘we are faster, bigger and stronger’. He recently stated that, ‘during the crisis, the group has not pulled back one inch on the str

New Midlands depot for LPR

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Leading pallet pooling business, LPR, is continuing its expansion plans despite the impact of Covid-19. During July 2020, LPR UK & Ireland opened its first Midlands depot – Coventry. The site, capable of processing four million pallets per annum, is operated by James Jones & Sons (Pallets & Packaging) Limited on behalf of LPR and will enable the specialist pallet pooler to achieve its double digit, year on year, growth. This new site is the culmination of more than 18 months’ hard work by the team, led by Simon Wood, operations director, to ensure that the site and operating capacity will provide both future proofing and reinforce its extensive cover

Baker Labels makes efficiencies with Hybrid software

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Over the last 18 months, Brentwood based label manufacturer Baker Labels has transitioned its pre-press studio department to use Hybrid’s software system, including the products Packz, Proofscope and Cloudflow. As early adopters of digital print, in 2006 Bakers was one of the first companies in the UK to install HP Indigo print technology. Since then it has made continual investment in digital print capabilities, culminating in the current configuration of three HP Indigo WS6900s, an HP Indigo 20000 and two Screen Truepress L350UV +LM inkjet presses. This gives the company a comprehensive digital print solution for anything their customers may requir

Parkside collaborates with Touchguard to launch anti-microbial packaging

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Parkside has collaborated with high tech surface protection supplier, Touchguard, to launch a new packaging solution incorporating an antibacterial coating. The new development enables brands to protect consumers against potentially harmful bacteria. By incorporating new Touchguard over lacquer, the innovative anti-bacterial design delivers a surface finish that inhibits the growth of bacteria. Utilising a silver based technology, the coating can be applied as a water or solvent based finish and is ideal for a range of packaging formats including flow wraps, lidding films and pouches. New product development technical manager at Parkside, Mark Shaw,

Holographic labels successfully prescribed in battle to foil counterfeiters

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print New data has revealed that speciality security printer Eltronis has successfully aided the resurgence of two pharmaceutical brands that saw massive falls in sales due to counterfeiters. Pharma companies Biotehnos and Rompharm, both based in Romania, had seen significant declines in sales of their Alflutop and Rumalon brands in Russia. On investigation, it became apparent that the success of both brands had made them a lucrative target for counterfeiters, to the extent that almost half of the branded drugs in the Russian market were showing as fake. Not only did these counterfeits impact on sales by replacing genuine products with those of unknown qua

‘Pick a colour’ using the new Perspex Distribution website

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Perspex Distribution has announced the launch of a redesigned website providing an interactive colour selector containing over 250 materials, supporting the online requirements of printers for product images and quick access to technical information. The site features new product photography enabling visitors to quickly view their entire product range, a fresh navigation and an improved technical library. An interactive colour library has been developed giving visitors’ visibility of the UKs largest range of Perspex acrylic colours, and a tool to compare all other products within their range including Alupanel aluminium composite, Palight PVC foam and ac

Recyclable moisture barrier coating for the food packaging industry

Packaging Solutions: Positive About Print Retail and consumer food packaging often relies on polyethylene or ‘wax’ coated paper and cardboard to resist moisture and seal out contaminants. The problem is that these packaging materials are much more difficult to re-pulp than regular uncoated paper and corrugated board and typically cannot be recycled through normal channels. To replace these environmentally problematic materials, Cortec Corporation has pioneered EcoShield Barrier Coating, an environmentally friendly alternative to polyethylene and wax paper coatings for the manufacture of moisture resistant paper and corrugated boxes. EcoShield Barrier Coating is a water borne barrier coating

Fathers Finishers opts for C&T chains and gripper bars

Print Solutions: Positive About Print C&T Matrix has long been associated with quality creasing matrix across the globe. Over the past five years, the company has expanded its product range to fit evolving customer needs. Working with partner Conway Machines Inc, a producer of premium quality gripper bars, chains, and sprockets, C&T now offers a full range of products suitable for die cutting machines including Bobst, Iberica, Brausse and many more. Simon Shenton, managing director at C&T Matrix, said: ‘We realise that customers have very few options to source certain products and invariably have to endure long lead times and high prices. One of the advantages of C&T’s global reach is that w

Web to print empowers international print recovery

Print Solutions: Positive About Print With tens of thousands of print businesses around the world having to contend with challenges from falls in demand through to how they can produce their products and still engage with customers, Vpress is witnessing a very surprising international trend. ‘What we have witnessed across our international customer base is nothing short of astonishing,’ commented Kelvin Bell, sales director at Vpress. Kelvin added, ‘There has been an intense and sustained migration for print businesses towards web to print and e-commerce as they adapt their offering to be purchased, specified and personalised online. ‘This really is a massive acceleration of the trend toward

TheMagicTouch: Live from Dunstable

Print Solutions: Positive About Print TheMagicTouch has announced that the refurbishment of its Dunstable showrooms and training facilities is now complete with the addition of new HD cameras and enhanced audio features. This new innovation enables the company to conduct ‘live’ online demonstrations, technical support and product updates in a professional and efficient manner to either group sessions or even a one to one basis. Over recent years, the company has experimented with Skype, Facetime and various other online options, however during the lockdown the growing familiarity, popularity and ease of use of Zoom makes the visual contact with customers a more productive and informative exp

Elmtree Signs installs Jetrix

Print Solutions: Positive About Print Based in Southampton for over 35 years, Elmtree Signs prides itself on delivering an extensive range of large format projects. These include interior and exterior signage, wall covering, window graphics and vehicle livery. Therefore, a Jetrix LXi7 LED-UV printer from InkTec, with its 2.5 x 3 metre flatbed, will be right at home, as it is ideal for exactly these sorts of jobs. Plus, the cooler temperatures generated by the LED curing system enables a wider more unusual variety of media to be printed on. Ian Powell, director at Elmtree Signs, said: ‘After looking at the large format printer options out there, going for the Jetrix was just simply the obviou

Single use PPE kits perfect for people on the go

Print Solutions: Positive About Print The challenges faced by the enforcement of mask wearing in shops and supermarkets could be helped thanks to the creation of single use PPE kits. Shoppers could face fines of up to £100 if they don’t abide by the new rules, which come into force from 24 July. But now online portal Where The Trade Buys has created a simple solution which is perfect to be stocked in shopping centres, cafes, kiosks and even vending machines – with the added bonus of being a marketing tool for businesses. The company also believes they would be useful for businesses to give out to staff returning from home working for the first time, who may be nervous about using public tran

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