Transcend Packaging starts Italian paper straw production

Packaging Solutions Green Solutions UK based sustainable packaging company, Transcend Packaging, has announced it is growing its European presence by expanding into Italy with an additional production facility, dedicated to producing sustainable paper straws for both quick service restaurants and on-pack straw customers. Transcend is a global pioneer in sustainable packaging and the first major producer of paper straws in the UK and Italy. The Italian factory will have capacity to produce up to two billion paper straws per year, nearly 40 million per week, consisting of both quick service restaurant and u-bend Industrial straws. These will be produced at the new location in Ala with contrac

Aztec Label invests in GMG technology

Packaging Solutions Aztec Label, the Kidderminster based trade manufacturer of high quality self-adhesive label and tag products, has invested in a combination of GMG proofing technologies to ensure the most consistent and highest quality colour results for its customers. The specialist label company has introduced GMG ColorProof and ProofControl software to the business to proof demanding colour and material combinations and provide verification that proofs are accurate for CMYK and spot elements. In addition, GMG OpenColor, allows custom proofing profiles to be created with the utmost accuracy. Colin Le Gresley, managing director of Aztec Label, said: ‘With GMG OpenColor and GMG ColorProof

Dantex PicoJet – Inter-colour Pinning technology

Packaging Solutions Recent successful on-site and online demonstrations of Dantex PicoJet and PicoColour, have shown how customers have been greatly impressed by the print quality offered by Dantex’s UV inkjet systems. This is thanks, in large part, to Dantex’s Inter-colour Pinning technology. There has always been some debate regarding the shape of dots between contact and non-contact printing systems. Whilst contact printing is able to place a dot that is well defined, in non-contact printing and especially in the early generation of inkjet technology, dots were not as well defined as we would have wished. The bigger the dot, the greater the weight of the dot, and therefore the wider sprea

Meeting rising demand for paperboard, sustainably

Packaging Solutions Print Solutions Growth in on the go eating, use of pharmaceuticals for an ageing population, the need to create stand out on crowded shelves and, of course, pressure to reduce use of plastic are just some of the factors driving the increasing demand for paperboard. But how can packaging producers help their clients to meet this demand while also keeping their sustainability targets on track? Fortunately, Antalis has the answer. It can support customers with an ever growing portfolio of sustainable graphic and cartonboard products and services. Antalis began developing its range of sustainable products and supporting services more than two decades ago and now has one of t

Parkside helps All Real Nutrition make the move to compostables

Packaging Solutions Irish brand, All Real Nutrition, has launched its first ever range of healthy, natural protein bars in compostable packaging after a collaboration with packaging solutions provider, Parkside. The move represents a further step in the brand’s sustainability journey, utilising a new pack specifically designed to provide a practical sustainable option that benefits the environment, without compromising performance. Niall Harty, co-founder of All Real Nutrition, said: ‘We are delighted to announce this progression into 100% compostable packaging. Our collaboration with Parkside has enabled us to achieve an all-round compostable, organic and certified product, with packaging w

swissQprint flatbeds with vacuum innovation

Print Solutions swissQprint flatbed printers now come equipped with a new vacuum table that is subdivided into as many as 256 segments. The user can switch segments on or off quickly, easily and steplessly at the touch of a finger thanks to the Tip Switch Vacuum (patent pending). This eliminates tedious and time consuming masking and taping, not least in the gap between boards and dual rolls. Because there is no air leakage, the vacuum develops its full force and reliably holds down even unruly media such as corrugated board. The vacuum table also incorporates a cutting channel that provides a defined and precise trimming edge for roll materials and thin media. For tandem production, the vac

Future of Flexible Packaging & Printing Industry hybrid seminar

Packaging Solutions When: 21 and 22 October 2020 The world is moving fast, stay ahead of the curve with the latest and greatest technology, global and regional trends at the Future of Flexible Packaging & Printing Industry hybrid seminar from Comexi and Informa Markets. Meet the leaders in flexible packaging and printing technology providers, manufacturers, and major manufacturers, addressing current and future global and regional trends, environmental and sustainability, and productivity. Hamillroad will also present how two flexo printers have utilised the powerful benefits of Bellissima DMS with MacDermid ITP60 plates, while using their existing equipment, to transform their businesses. 

First Evolution Series in Ireland installed at IMEC Media

Packaging Solutions Since Simon J Burke set up IMEC Media in 1999 the company has enjoyed an extended period of solid growth – but it was the installation of a Mark Andy Evolution press in 2020 that really kick started the business in terms of increased productivity and new market opportunities. Today, the operation that began with four people in a small unit in Bray, County Wicklow, has grown into a modern facility in Rathcoole, near Dublin and employs a staff of 15. Simon Burke explained the background: ‘We started by building a customer base in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors that were booming at the time and moved into food labels when the production equipment was enhanced to allo

Inverform – a new paperboard alternative to plastic food trays

Packaging Solutions Iggesund Paperboard’s new Inverform for ready made food packaging trays ticks all the boxes for sustainability and performance. Made from pure cellulose fibres, Inverform has been specifically developed for pressed and folded trays used in food packaging. It has an exceptional formability and is the ideal replacement for traditional solutions, such as plastic trays. ‘Iggesund Paperboard has a long tradition of working sustainably and producing material that won’t harm the environment. Inverform was developed largely in response to the plastic pollution problem,’ said Stefan Söderberg, sales manager, Iggesund Paperboard. The extensive use of plastic materials is linked to

i2r adds new profiles to premium Eclipse range

Packaging Solutions i2r Packaging Solutions has added two new profiles to its popular Eclipse range – a unique collection of black and gold lacquered, aluminium foil containers designed for the premium ready meal sector. The additional trays take the range to 11 containers in various dimensions, which cover all different portion sizes and increase commercial choice. The Eclipse containers complement high quality ready to cook convenience products, including red meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and even desserts. Designed to provide remarkable sturdiness, the range ensures consumer confidence throughout the storage, cooking and serving process. The range offers a number of advantages, includin

Konica Minolta increases stake in MGI Digital Technology

Print Solutions Packaging Solutions Konica Minolta has announced an additional investment in MGI Digital Technology (MGI). The two companies formed an equity and business alliance in January 2014. O September 30, 2020, Konica Minolta acquired an additional stake in MGI, bringing the stake together with the existing stake to 42.3%. MGI, which has 204 employees, was founded in 1982 and has its headquarters in Fresnes, France. MGI’s digital decoration printing machines use 100% inkjet heads manufactured by Konica Minolta and respond to the need for high value added printing that highlights the appeal of products, such as foil stamping and embossing. MGI is also expanding into electronic circui

Jaymar Packaging adds new plate production

Packaging Solutions Jaymar Packaging Ltd, Crewe, has announced details of an upgrade to its B1 pre-press system by purchasing an Agfa Avalon N8 engine to take over from its existing system. The machine was purchased from Dennison Group, which then sub-contracted Prepress UK to provide a pre-press audit, software upgrades, and calibration of the company’s two manroland R700 B1 format presses. Dennison Group has been a long term pre-press partner for Jaymar, and its relationship with Prepress UK also goes back a number of years. Roy Milner, managing director of Dennison Group, said: ‘With spares becoming ever more difficult to obtain for the existing unit, we were delighted to be able to assis

Metsä Board’s paperboards receive new home compostability certificates

Packaging Solutions Metsä Board has announced that two of its folding boxboards, MetsäBoard Natural FBB and Pro FBB OBAfree, as well as two food service grades, Natural FSB Cup and Pro FSB Cup, have now received home compostability certificates complying with NF T 51-800 standard. The company’s eco barrier paperboard MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB already holds the same certificate. ‘In order to enhance a circular economy our main target is that our paperboards are recycled after use. But recycling is not always possible – the paperboard may be contaminated due to its contents and therefore cannot be recycled. In such a situation compostability is the next best alternative,’ said Helena Moring-Veps

Yeo Valley Organic launches ‘always on’ connected packaging

Packaging Solutions Yeo Valley Organic has rolled out connected packaging across all products as part of its new ‘Put Nature First’ brand platform. Working with connected consumer agency SharpEnd, Yeo Valley Organic can now engage directly with its consumers through its most scalable media asset. Consumers will be able to use their smartphones to scan the ’Moo-R’ QR codes which can be found on over 100 million products. Linking to the ‘Yeokens' reward programme, and bringing to life the company’s ongoing nature led initiatives, customers will have access to specific product information, brand content and future promotions. The dynamic digital experiences adjust based on the product, customer

Bacardi says ‘ho, ho, no’ to packaging waste this Christmas

Packaging Solutions Bacardi is cutting cardboard waste this Christmas, by introducing a smart new design for its online gift packs which uses 25% less packaging. Available exclusively from Amazon, the new premium gifting from Grey Goose vodka and Martini Non-Alcoholic aperitivo, can be shipped to online shoppers without any need for additional packaging. The packs, ideal for those looking for Christmas treats that are kinder to the planet, are made entirely from cardboard certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and feature beautiful interior designs, adding to the thrill of opening these special gifts. Part of an ongoing sustainability commitment to become the most environmentally

Presentation box puts product and packaging in complete harmony

Packaging Solutions Luxurious colour co-ordinated packaging from rigid box specialist Pollard Boxes is helping to establish brand image and identity for the latest advanced hair dryer from ghd. The Pollards box provides high impact packaging that maximises visual communication between ghd and its consumers to deliver a clear statement about the hair dryer in terms of both its technical performance and aesthetic appeal. The quality of the materials, the snug fitting lid and familiar ghd foil block branding all help to promote a high value image. An eye catching and complex foil pattern replicates a vortex to convey the power of the new hair dryer. The high performance of the product is furthe

ABG investment helps future proof CV Labels’ offering

Packaging Solutions A B Graphic International has recently supplied pharmaceutical labels specialist, CV Labels, with an SRI Omega inkjet press. The machine, configured for the pharmaceutical market, includes a Rea Jet HR Inkjet system to allow multi-lane coding in high resolution, ABG’s integrated fleyeVision 4k 100% inspection system with complete touchscreen operation and barcode and numbering modules. CV Labels haa a 30 year history of collaboration with ABG, which began with its first machine, an Onda Letterpress, and, more recently, investments in a number of slitter/rewinders. ‘We have had a highly productive relationship with ABG for many years and value its machines for their quali

Parrot Print responds to pandemic uplift with fourth Epson SureColor SC-S80600

Print Solutions London personalised photo canvas printing business Parrot Print has invested in its fourth Epson SureColor SC-S80600 following a period of record growth. Founded by photographers with a genuine passion and understanding for providing customers with top results, Parrot Print sells directly to consumers via its website www.parrotprint.com. It made the latest addition to its responsive print production environment to address rapid growth driven by an increase in orders placed during lockdown. ‘We saw a sudden 400% increase in sales volume over the lockdown period,’ explained Matt Dahan, owner of Parrot Print. ‘We needed to expand our printing capabilities and packing stations to

Roland DG launches SC-RD rotary axis creating new opportunities

Packaging Solutions IndPrint Roland DG has boosted the versatility of the VersaUV LEF and LEF2 Series benchtop printers with a clever accessory that makes it possible to print directly on and around the entire surface of cylindrical objects. The SC-RD rotary axis is quick and simple to install, which means printers can immediately start developing new revenue opportunities in the personalised print market. The SC-RD rotary axis complements the incredible printing power of VersaUV LEF-20, LEF-200, LEF2-200, SF-200, LEF-300 and LEF2-300 UV-LED benchtop printers. Roland’s new device enables these machines to extend their renowned versatility to print directly to the whole surface of cylindrica

The Label Makers gives luxury hand sanitiser the Steel River look

Packaging Solutions The Label Makers has teamed up with Tees Valley based gin distillers, Steel River Drinks, to create an impactful, industrial looking label for a premium hand sanitiser gel product called Stainsby gel. Made using gin ingredients and at 70% ABV spirit, the Public Health England compliant hand sanitiser was initially given away to charities and care homes amid shortages caused by Covid-19 coronavirus. The product is currently at retail and aimed at discerning consumers wanting a more upmarket hand anti-bacterial product for their homes and spaces. With £2 from the sale of each product going to local causes, over £1000 has been raised so far. Steel River Drinks, the brainchil

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