Directly printed PET bottles in Nature MultiPacksTM win German Packaging Award 2014

Each year under the patronage of the German Ministry for Economy and Energy the German Packaging Award is presented to only the very best ideas and innovations in the packaging industry. This year a specialist jury of 16 selected nominees from a total of 230 submitted entries. One of the prizewinners for 2014 is NMP Systems GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of KHS GmbH, which convinced the expert team with its new Direct Print and Nature MultiPackTMdevelopments – both currently at the prototype stage and which won the award as an overall concept. In combination they produce a multipack where information is printed directly onto individual PET bottles bonded together by dots of adhesive, thus producing a packaging system which is not only completely new but also extremely sustainable.


Brilliant print quality
In the direct digital printing process PET bottles are decorated with non-migrating UV inks, thus doing away with the need to apply labels. The containers are printed with CMYK process inks, white and – if required – special colors with an optical resolution of 1,080 x 1,080 dpi. The result is a brilliant color image. The UV inks dry within milliseconds and have an outstanding adhesion, therefore perfectly retaining the quality of the decoration during further processing of the bottles on the line, shipping to the retail outlet and handling by the consumer. Extensive research has confirmed that KHS' direct digital printing process is completely safe for the printing of food packaging. The printed PET bottles are of course also bottle-to-bottle recyclable.

Focus on flexibility, sustainability and cost reduction
Companies which utilize the Direct Print process profit from a very high level of flexibility indeed, as the required print images can be transfered straight to the bottle. Compared to the classic labeling system the time to market intervals are much shorter. The system is also especially sustainable and cuts costs. Labeling materials and adhesive are now completely superfluous. At the same time no more logistics are needed for label procurement, thus reducing costs for logistics and also CO2 emissions. If we assume, for example, that a classic labeling machine applies 36,000 labels per hour on 220 days of the year in two-shift operation, around 60 metric tons of labeling materials plus the necessary adhesive can be saved when the Direct Print system is used.

The two buzzwords "sustainability" and "cost reduction" are equally applicable to the newly developed Nature MultiPackTM. Here, PET bottles are simply bonded together by dots of specially developed adhesive which ensures very good pack stability. Consumers simply twist the individual bottles off from the rest of the pack. Compared to conventional multipacks, where containers are wrapped in film, it has been proved that the Nature MultiPackTM requires up to 85% less packaging material and saves up to 67% energy during production. The new packaging system can be applied not only to PET bottles but also to glass bottles and cans.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer, CEO of KHS GmbH, says, "We've taken new paths with Direct Print and Nature MultiPackTM, giving our customers the chance to be innovative leaders on their markets. The German Packaging Award 2014 once again underlines the viability of these two systems for the future. We're very pleased that a team as highly qualified as the expert jury for the German Packaging Award has specifically voted for this new and sustainable packaging system."

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Brigl & Bergmeister increases capacity

B&B have ordered a new film press (SpeedSizer) from VOITH for their paper machine at the Niklasdorf mill, replacing the conventional size press. In addition, a non-contact energy-efficient compact infrared and air-drying combination (qDryPro) will be installed, and the steam and condensate systems as well as the air-handling system will be modified.

These investments will increase annual capacity in Niklasdorf by 5,000 tons, at reduced energy consumption. In addition to improvements in the quality of the existing product range, this will make it possible to develop innovative speciality papers. Installation is scheduled for September 2015, as an addition to the new headbox already installed in April 2014.

At the Vevče mill in Slovenia, too, modernisation and extension measures are being implemented, initiated in 2013 by installation of a film press. Here, development focuses, among other things, on improvement of the barrier properties of flexible packaging papers.

Already today, wet-strength label papers in B&B quality can also be produced in Vevče. By expanding this segment at both mills, B&B seek to further expand their position as global market leaders in label papers for the beverage industry.


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Sales Success in Turkey For GIDUE MX Presses

In terms of profitability, 2014 has been a successful year for GIDUE Technology, especially in the Turkish market.

Thanks to the great cooperation of its Turkish certified distributor IMEX Group, GIDUE is proud to announce that in the last few months several GIDUE MX printing machines have been installed to some important converters in Turkey.

Among them it is important to highlight Yeniler Etiket. Founded in 2004, Yeniler Etiket is a Turkish converter, based in Istanbul, that is specialized in the production of thermal and logistic labels. The cooperation with GIDUE started in spring 2013 during Printtek Expo, when they decided to purchase their first GIDUE UV Flexo press: a MX 370 mm width, 8 colors and 1 die-cutting station, that was the one exhibited at GIDUE booth.  Following the successful results achieved with the first installation, Mr. Mehmet Akdag, Owner and Director of the company, decided to keep on investing on GIDUE technology and after less then 6 months he installed the second GIDUE press, an MX2 370 mm width, 8 UV Flexo colors and 2 die-cutting stations.

“We bought the first MX during the exhibition in Istanbul and we were so happy of this investment, that in 6 months time we decided to buy another GIDUE press. With the growing demand of the Market for high quality labels, it is necessary to operate with advanced systems and GIDUE technology is exactly what we were looking for. ” commented Mr. Mehmet Akdag, Director of Yeniler Etiket.

The resounding success of GIDUE technology has spread across Turkey and after the first installation to Yeniler Etiket, 2 other GIDUE MX UV Flexo presses 370mm , 8 colors and 1 die-cutting station, have been purchased and installed to 2 other big Turkish converters: Etimag and Tanitim Etiket.

Lead by Mr. Oguz Okur, Etimag is a big converter based in Istanbul that has been operating in the Labels and Packaging Industry since 1998 and that is specialized in the production of Shrinkable Sleeves and Pharma Labels. Etimag’s mission is all along focused on the complete satisfaction of customers needs through the use of the latest high-technologies available on the market and the help of a pool of dedicated experts.

“We saw GIDUE presses in a famous Print House in Istanbul and we were immediately surprised by its performances and the ease of the operations. We have therefor decided to add it in our machinery inventory and today I can say that we are more then satisfied with this investment.” quoted Mr. Oguz Okur, Director of Etimag.

Tanitim Etiket is another example of converter that, after the great impact of GIDUE MX press on the Turkish market, has decided to invest on GIDUE Technology.  As it was for the first two companies here mentioned, also Tanitim Etiket is based in Istanbul and it is one of the major converters in the Turkish overview. It has been founded in 1980 by Mr. Taner Sansal and it is specialized in the production of Cosmetics and Food Labels.

“The cooperation with GIDUE distributor IMEX Group started several years ago and we have always been such satisfied with every investment, that when we decided to buy our first UV Flexo press, we had no doubt about where to go. GIDUE MX press is really the ultimate solution for every converter that wants high quality in printing with a moderate price.” affirmed Mr.  Taner Sansal, Director of Tanitim Etiket.

Since its launch in June 2012, more than fifty MX presses have been installed worldwide. MX presses makes GIDUE technology available to a large number of converters who need top print quality, or would like to change from letterpress to UV-Flexo, at an affordable investment level.  An 8 colors MX UV Flexo press, entirely loaded with GIDUE quality, is the best possible option today available in the market.

Cristina Toffolo, GIDUE Vice President Marketing concluded: “Turkey is an attractive market in which to deal with a large rate of expansion. Its growth in the packaging industry is becoming a leading reference in Europe by showing signs of modernization typically Western. GIDUE provides a wide range of solutions for the Labels and Packaging industry: Digital Automation, Tension and temperature control, multi-process and added value converting, it offers exclusive solutions and best value for quality and innovation in the Turkish market.


Installation to Tanitim Etiket

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FTK Ambalaj purchased the second GIDUE M5 UV Flexo Press

The Turkish converter FTK Ambalaj has recently invested on the second GIDUE M5 printing machine.

With more than 20 years of experience in the Labels & Packaging industry, FTK Ambalaj is one of the leading companies in the Turkish overview. Founded in 1992 by Mr. Mehmet Asman, Owner and Director of FTK Ambalaj is specialized in the production of Shrinkable Sleeve Labels.  The company’s mission is focused on the complete customer satisfaction that is provided to both the national and the international market, by giving a higher level of products produced with the most updated technologies available worldwide.

“ The use of advanced technology is fundamental to boost the company to a higher level. In these years we’ve been working hard to become an international company, a pioneer of Innovations in the Packaging Industry. GIDUE Technology is completely in line with our mission: it is the most up-to-date, state of the art printing technology on the market that help us to reach our main goals.” commented Mr. Mehmet Asman.

The collaboration with GIDUE started in 2012, when they decided to install the first M5 UV Flexo press, 370mm width and 8 printing stations. The decision to invest on GIDUE technology came from the successful experience of the Production Manager of FTK Ambalaj, Mr. Muharrem Karaca, that, in a previous job experience, had been working on a GIDUE printing machines for ages and was so satisfied with its results and with the ease of its operations, that wanted to work again with GIDUE Technology.


From Left: Mr. Muharrem Karaca and Mr. Mehmet Asman , FTK Ambalaj – Mr. Giorgio Deliziosi, GIDUE ; Mr. Mert Gonenc – IMEX Group

“In my experience I’ve been working many years on GIDUE presses and I think that they are the best solution for every converter that is looking for the best quality with the minimum waste.” quoted Muharrem Karaca.

Following the positive experience of the first investment, FTK Ambalaj has recently invested on a second GIDUE M5 UV Flexo Press , 430 mm width and 10 printing stations, that will be installed in their plant in Istanbul within the end of the year.

“When we bought our first GIDUE press, our production manager knew GIDUE technology very well and it is also thanks to his positive feedbacks If we decided to install a GIDUE press. Now that we have experienced the concrete results achieved with the installation of the first GIDUE M5 press, we have decided without hesitations to purchase second one. “  affirmed Mr. Mehmet Asman.

“We are glad of this further investment of FTK Ambalaj. This kind of sales success are a perfect example of the deep relation of mutual confidence and trust that GIDUE establish with its customers during the years. ”  concluded Mr. Giorgio Deliziosi,Sales Area Manager in GIDUE.

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Esko Announces Leadership Transition

Esko today announced that Udo Panenka, Senior Vice President for Global Sales & Marketing will succeed Carsten Knudsen as President on 1 January 2015. Over the near term, Carsten Knudsen will continue to support Esko and Danaher in an advisory role.

Carsten Knudsen

Carsten Knudsen

"Under Carsten’s leadership, Esko has built a loyal and growing customer group, created world class technology, and with a strong team, driven excellent growth and established itself as a leader in its served markets”, said Joakim Weidemanis, Vice President and Group Executive for the Product Identification Platform, Danaher Corporation.

Udo Panenka

Udo Panenka

Udo Panenka joined Esko from Kollmorgen, another Danaher business, earlier this year, where he was Vice President & General Manager for Industrial Automation in Europe and India. Udo joined Kollmorgen in 2008 and has served in several key leadership roles with increasing responsibility.

“We want to thank Carsten for his leadership and tremendous impact on the success of Esko” said Joakim Weidemanis.

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KODAK Technology, Combined with Passion and Experience, Deliver High Quality Results and Improved Efficiency for DigiFlex Group s.c.

DigiFlex Group s.c., based in Otwock, is a modern flexo prepress company filled with creativity and passion, and success built on a combination of talent and technology. The company’s most recent investment is a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide-C System, enabling plate making up to 1067x1524mm and driving optimum production quality and efficiency.

Solution - Passion, Expertise and Kodak technology lift DigiFlex Group s.c. above its competitors

According to the owners of Warsaw-based DigiFlex Group s.c., Joanna Sychowicz and Piotr Kolera, the combination of creativity, passion and investment in market-leading technology, which includes Poland’s first KODAK FLEXCEL NX Wide-C System, is the cornerstone of the company’s success. The owners believe this has helped it distinguish itself from competitors and has been key to securing an expanding customer base of flexo printers from Poland and abroad.

Piotr Kolera (left) and Joanna Sychowicz – owners of DigiFlex Group s.c.

Piotr Kolera (left) and Joanna Sychowicz – owners of DigiFlex Group s.c.

The company’s decision to invest in digital plate-making solutions was driven by the owners’ need to provide customers with quality results in line with their continually-evolving business plan. Previous experience of the efficiency and reliability of Kodak’s technology was also pivotal, and cemented the decision to select the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System.

“We had worked with Kodak several years earlier, and explored all the advantages of digital plate-making,” Joanna Sychowicz explained. “We knew what results we could expect when using it in daily production and that gave us the confidence to purchase our KODAK FLEXCEL NX System.”

The installation  consists of a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Imager, a dedicated FLEXCEL NX Laminator, the unique KODAK FLEXCEL NX Thermal Imaging Layer and KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates – high quality digital photopolymer printing plates that are suitable for printing on multiple substrates, including paper, films, foils, and label stocks. The award-winning technology delivers plates that ensure efficiency and consistency on the press while delivering high quality image reproduction.

Benefits - Superb control, improved efficiencies and top quality results

According to the owners, one of the biggest advantages of the DigiFlex Group s.c. is the extensive experience of its staff in flexo printing plates, linked with their sustained passion for their work.  Joanna Sychowicz states: “Equipped with the right technology, we are able to control all the processes occurring in flexo printing houses and everything that happens during the printing process itself. As a result, we can foresee all the potential challenges at the prepress stage and prepare printing plates in a way that guarantees the highest level of production quality. KODAK FLEXCEL NX System technology is a key part of being able to deliver this.”

Printing plates prepared with the FLEXCEL NX System are very durable and can be used for very high volumes.  Piotr Kolera confirms: “It has been ideal for one of our big projects which consists of 500,000 meters of continuous printing on a 900 mm wide web.  We used a single set of printing plates, maintaining very stable quality during the whole run.”

DigiFlex Group s.c. has also set itself apart from its competitors through its use of Unique HQ - the company’s own system designed to deliver higher quality printing plates which can manage special requests easily, such as higher color saturation, better stability of ink coverage, and maintaining superb readability in very small fonts. This option, only available at DigiFlex Group s.c., is thanks to the selective application of structures laid on the printing plate’s image surface. Aside from this unique offering, the company uses KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning. The printing plates provide increased quality of the final product whilst allowing for savings in ink usage, substrate, energy and time. In doing this, the standard approval process on press has been reduced from several hours to as little as 20-30 minutes.

Offering specific customers examples as proof of success, Joanna Sychowicz says: “One of our publishing customers contacted us when his circulation numbers began to drop. After a detailed analysis of his situation we offered a solution based on our prepress technology which resulted in an increase in orders. Other DigiFlex Group s.c. customers have been successful in acquiring new clients and significant orders due to higher quality products achieved when using our plates.  We are delighted to be such a key part of our customers’ success, making them attractive to new brand owners and business partners.”

“Kodak’s technology combined with our expertise is ensuring our customers’ success as well as our own,” Piotr Kolera concludes. “Our solutions are of the highest quality, comparable with much more expensive gravure printing, and we can deliver significant operational benefits as well as eliminating problems that most printers have to deal with continually during flexo production.”

Jolanta Wisniewska, Managing Director at Kodak Polska, says: “We are extremely glad to support such companies as DigiFlex Group s.c. in their development and are delighted to share in their success, delivering customized solutions that drive quality and efficiencies.”

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Beverage Innovation Award for the @KronesAG DecoType

Excellently engineered machinery and innovative container design – that convinced the jury: digital direct container printing with Krones’ DecoType machine won the Beverage Innovation Award 2014 in the “best technology innovation” category.

Digital direct printing on containers and packages in ongoing production offers huge potential for the beverage industry and the household/cosmetics, converters and glass manufacturer market segments, and unlocks innumerable fresh approaches. Compared to dressing containers in labels, direct printing provides significantly enhanced freedom for attractive, individualised design, and is ideally suited for supporting product launches and marketing campaigns. The use of contemporary decors or rapid-response launching of newly developed products enables clients to react swiftly to changes and new trends on their chosen markets.


Increasing demand for individualisation leads to decreasing batch sizes with concomitantly small label runs. Digital direct printing is an ideal (and affordable) replacement. For the design people, digital direct printing likewise provides new options, e.g. haptics and visual appeal can be combined, or uneven surfaces printed on. Furthermore, artwork can be simply and immediately converted into a printed image. And variable data like barcodes or the sell-by date can be easily integrated, all the way through to individual product tracking.

With the DecoType, using UV inks, imprint heights of up to 200 millimetres can be achieved. The machine is a modularised, compactly dimensioned design, suitable for handling empty plastic containers made of PET, PP or PE. These can be either cylindrical or special-shaped bottles. A printing capability for glass and metal containers is currently under development.

Integrated printing units with ink supply and automatic push-button mean simple change-overs. The automated printing-head cleaning process also runs at the touch of a button. The top-up functions run smoothly and dependably, while arc emitters ensure reliable UV-drying.

Digital container decoration using the DecoType also enables container structures to be printed on that hitherto could not be handled with existing labelling technology. The decoration technology, highly flexible thanks to digitisation, avoids any overproduction of labels, no longer requires any label adhesive, and reduces storage costs. Short change-over times can be achieved in actual use.

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South Africa’s first Gallus ECS 340 for RAKO Tamperseal

A Gallus ECS 340 forms the new centrepiece at T/A RAKO Tamperseal (Pty) Ltd., part of the global RAKO GROUP. The eight-colour UV flexographic printing machine with cold foil unit for finishing is the first of its kind in South Africa and another competitive boost for this relatively young company.

It was primarily the ability of the Gallus ECS 340 to produce both self-adhesive and SSL labels that led to its deployment a few weeks ago in Cape Town – as this was a major factor in the decision by RAKO Tamperseal to opt for this particular press. The 29-man company can now offer both kinds of technology under one roof and, thanks to the Gallus ECS 340, meet the ever-growing demands of its customers.

The Gallus ECS 340 is the first machine from Gallus to be used at RAKO Tamperseal, and so far managing director Uwe Bögl has nothing but praise for the new press: “At just 1.1 m, the extremely short web path between the printing units has dramatically reduced the waste, and the optimized settings of the impression cylinders are another key success factor. The Gallus ECS 340 has helped us to reduce our setup times to an absolute minimum.” Steve Skerrett, managing director at RAKO Tamperseal, adds: “We can totally rely on the register accuracy of the Gallus ECS 340 for our production needs. It allows us to focus on preparing the next job without constantly having to check the print results. What I like best about the press is its technical granite base, which means it runs extremely quietly and with little movement. This enables us to maintain excellent printing quality for our customers, despite running at the maximum production speed of up to 165 m/min.”


Uwe Bögl and Steve Skerrett, managing directors at RAKO Tamperseal, have nothing but praise for the new installed Gallus ECS 340.

RAKO Tamperseal recently attended the “Gallus Innovation Days” at Gallus headquarters in St. Gallen. “When we learned that Gallus would be running an open house event, we certainly didn’t want to miss out on the world premiere of the new digital printing press for labels,” explains Uwe Bögl, “and I have to say that the prototype of the Gallus DCS 340 really convinced us. The growing demand for short runs and personalised or versioned labels is also an increasingly decisive factor in our competitiveness. I can’t see any print shop bucking this trend over the next few years. Gallus is the only all-round supplier to offer tried-and-tested conventional products alongside brand new digital printing methods under one roof – which is a key advantage from our point of view.”

The entire RAKO GROUP has benefited from using Gallus machines for a number of years now – the fact that it has acquired five new machine systems this year alone speaks for itself. Sundrin Moodley, African Region Sales Director at Gallus, is delighted at the company’s evident trust and the progressive establishment of the Gallus brand on the rapidly growing African markets: “With its global network of regional sales and service organizations, Gallus guarantees fully comprehensive, locally based customer service. The economic and quality assurance aspects of Gallus machine systems are also highly appreciated on the African market and provide evidence that top print quality and cost-efficient production do not necessarily have to be mutually exclusive. This all leads me to believe that Africa will form another growth area for label printers in the future – and one where Gallus can offer success and security as a long-term partner in this field.”

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Xeikon’s Folding Carton Suite addresses brand owners and packaging converters at Emballage 2014 in Paris

Xeikon will be showcasing a host of innovative technologies for its first time attendance at Salon de l’Emballage 2014. Located on stand 6 E 110, the company will demonstrate its enhanced Folding Carton Suite along with its recently launched Web Varnishing Module. The company will also be cooperating with partners Zünd, CERM and customers Imprimerie Bouley and 5Sept Etiquette to present a wide range of applications specifically developed to address the changing needs of brand owners and packaging converters. The Salon de l’Emballage is taking place November 17 to 20 at Paris Nord Villepinte.


“Over the past few years our portfolio of digital solutions for labels and packaging has significantly increased, and we encourage converters and brand owners alike to come check out what we have on display at Emballage. We will be thrilled to meet up with them and engage in some insightful conversations,” comments Filip Weymans, Director Segment Marketing and Business Development Labels & Packaging at Xeikon.

Enhanced Folding Carton Suite

At the show, Xeikon will be showing its enhanced Folding Carton Suite that now offers a basic press configuration where the print stations are equipped with orange toner, in combination with CMYK. The extended color gamut achieved with this configuration ensures the accurate production of a wider range of brand colors. Producing folding cartons digitally is perfect for specific seasonal packaging, intensive test marketing, just-in-time delivery contracts and customization of shorter runs and appeals to smaller geographic and demographic market segments. With the Folding Carton Suite, Xeikon offers a ready-to-use package, making it easy for customers to configure an efficient and cost-effective set-up for the digital production of folding cartons. It is the ideal solution for packaging converters who need to add high quality cost-effective short runs of folding cartons to their mix of offerings as well as for commercial printers looking to enter the packaging market.


“Our strategy is to pursue growth in the folding carton market and we are thrilled at being able to demonstrate for the first time the continuous enhancements we have made to the Xeikon Folding Carton Suite at Emballage 2014 in Paris,” says Weymans. Eager to provide the best end-to-end digital printing solutions to the market, and address the changing needs of brand owners and packaging converters, our Folding Carton Suite allows them to digitally produce the same high quality packaging but for a whole range of new applications, allowing them to build new revenue streams with higher profit margins.”

Compact inline varnishing module for major productivity and improved optimization

At Labelexpo Americas earlier this year, Xeikon expanded the inline finishing options available for its digital presses with the launch of the Web Varnishing Module. This extremely versatile unit can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates making the module the perfect fit for folding cartons, which require varnish-free areas for glue strips and production data. The module is also an extremely compact solution to apply spot varnish on a large variety of substrates including self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. The new inline module enables the operator to see the results immediately and to make any corrections, if required, in order to achieve the desired effect. This eliminates the high expense and job delays when varnishing is done off-line and the entire job has to be reprinted if the end result is not acceptable. Finally, the Web Varnishing Module is an important addition to the Xeikon Suites, enabling further optimization of the processes and workflows used by printers and converters. At Emballage 2014, the Web Varnishing Module will run inline with the Xeikon 3050 Digital Press, fully equipped with unwinder and in a roll-to-sheet configuration.

Close partnerships and cooperations

At Emballage, Xeikon will also be printing wet-glue wine and champagne labels in cooperation with its customer, Imprimerie Bouley, a family-run label converter located in the heart of Burgundy that specializes in wine, spirit and beverage labels. With ever shorter print runs and delivery requirements, Imprimerie Bouley switched from offset to digital beginning 2013 and opted for a Xeikon 3030 Digital Press – upgraded now to a Xeikon 3300 – and the results have been outstanding. The benefits of wet-glue labels include high quality graphics, high speed applications and volume runs and the ease of label removal on returnable containers.

On display will also the very popular Clics Boxes from Belgian toy manufacturer Clics. These folding carton toy boxes can be customized with photos and text, making an original gift for kids. They will be produced by a folding carton suite powered by a Xeikon Digital Press and finished by digital cutting specialist Zünd.

Finally, Aura Partner CERM, a solution provider in business management and automation solutions for the labels and printing industry will also display an offline Xeikon X-800 Digital Front-End and integrated workflow configuration with MIS system while French customer 5Sept Etiquette will showcase to attending visitors samples printed on its Xeikon 3300 Digital Label Press, acquired last year.

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Lebanon’s leading water bottler, Tannourine water, increases production and improves efficiency with Sidel


Sidel, a global provider of liquid packaging solutions, announced that Tannourine Water, one of Lebanon’s leading bottlers and distributors of pure and natural mineral water, will have its production capacity increased, after installing a Sidel Matrix™ Combi water line with a capacity of 31,500 bottles per hour. Tannourine Water was also able to improve their current bottle design by integrating the patented Sidel StarLite™ water base, which will further help the Lebanese bottler save energy consumption during blowing and reduce the amount of PET needed, while still retaining a great performing bottle and consumer experience.

Tannourine Water has been sourcing natural mineral water from the Tannourine Mountains for over 30 years, and with its own expertise has been able to source and bottle one of the purest natural mineral waters in the country. The company distributes its products to all of its customers nationwide and even beyond to neighbouring Arab countries, West Africa and Australia. It sells around 150 million litres of water per year, which accounts for the company’s leading position in today’s competitive global markets. According to figures estimated by Euromonitor, consumption of bottled water in Lebanon is expected to rise from 92.4 litres per capita in 2014, to 95.4 litres per capita in 2015.

“We are confident that the Sidel Matrix Combi line will help us meet our objectives in the market and achieve operational excellence, as the criteria we followed to make our decision included capital cost, maintenance and running costs, technical capabilities and after-sales support,” said Georges Makhoul, General Manager of Tannourine Water.


The Sidel StarLite base increases durability, stability and overall resistance of the bottles. Additionally, the design offers a more energy-efficient method of production, allowing producers to blow the bottle with a lower amount of air pressure, resulting in savings in terms of energy and the amount of PET used for the overall production of the bottles. The base was designed by Sidel’s packaging team, part of its Sidel Services™ business unit, and made available to producers worldwide. A similar base is also available for carbonated soft drinks, offering the same advantages.

“Equipped with the latest proven technologies, our Sidel Matrix Combi system offers a higher level of performance, greater efficiency and improved uptime. We’re delighted that Tannourine Water chose our equipment, and we hope to continue working with them to introduce even more innovative packaging solutions into the Lebanese market,” said Karel Brussen, Regional Commercial Manager of Sidel in Lebanon.

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UPM Raflatac at Emballage: Safe and sustainable solutions for food and personal care labelling

UPM Raflatac’s Label Experts are present on stand 6 G 131 at the Emballage packaging exhibition in Paris from 17 to 20 November, introducing safe and sustainable solutions for labelling food and personal care products.

Labels and regulation in the food packaging chain

Under the EU 10/2011 regulation on packaging materials containing plastic and in contact with food, each company in the packaging value chain is responsible for forwarding documentation related to the safety of their products. Label end-users and brand owners in the food industry have the final responsibility to check for compliance, and labels are now classified as part of any plastic packaging and wrapping.


UPM Raflatac supplies a wide range of labelstock products in combination with adhesives formulated for food safety and tested to comply with regulation permissions and limits. High quality Declarations of Conformity are available for quick and convenient distribution – significantly reducing the risk of product recalls and providing valuable safeguards for brand reputation.

Do you know the environmental performance of your labels?

UPM Raflatac is also showcasing the Label Life tool, which calculates and compares the environmental impacts of label materials and different recycling options. Calculations are based on the most comprehensive lifecycle assessment (LCA) study in the industry, which collects raw material and energy inputs from the labelling value chain, and converts them into outputs in terms of emissions to air, water, land and waste.


UPM Raflatac’s LCA model is based on the international ISO 14040/44 standard for systematic analysis of environmental impacts. Label Life provides credible information for comparing the environmental performance of self-adhesive labels, consistent with the methodology used by large brand owners to evaluate their own environmental impacts.

Solutions for recycling labelstock by-products throughout the packaging value chain

Treatment at the end of life is one of the hotspots determining the environmental performance of self-adhesive label materials. UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® waste management concept offers solutions for the closed-loop recycling of paper labelstock liners, the re-use of label manufacturing residuals for UPM ProFi® composite materials, and energy recovery at UPM’s paper mills. By providing alternatives to landfilling and the associated costs, RafCycle offers label converters, packers and brand owners opportunities to manage their businesses more sustainably, efficiently and profitably.

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Sego Group Becomes First Printer in France to Invest in KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting System

Expanding the capability to meet the demand for short runs and meet its customers’ variability requirements, Sego Group is creating new opportunities with a Kodak high-speed hybrid digital printing solution.


The Sego Group, a printer covering the entire graphics supply chain, has decided to invest in hybrid technology. This privately-owned French printing house has opted for the KODAK PROSPER S20 Imprinting System, set to go into operation in November 2014 at its production plant in Taverny, near Paris.

The system uses KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology and the KODAK CS410 System Controller to deliver a powerful solution that utilises existing equipment (a 48-page press with an output of 50,000 copies per hour) without compromising on speed. This new technology will enable the Sego Group to provide customers with new advertising opportunities with highly targeted products.

“As users of Kodak innovations for many years, from prepress technology with KODAK PRINERGY Workflow to KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plates and the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Platform, it was quite natural that we should turn to Kodak when we sensed the emergence of a new market segment,” says Hervé Richard, the Sego Group’s chairman.

“In actual fact, our major retail customers are constantly seeking to go further with the regional segmentation of their sales brochures, whilst maintaining the lower costs provided by offset printing. Publishers now want to personalise their media in order to derive maximum value from advertising or to insert unique flash codes, for instance. Paper is facing ever sharper competition from other media, especially digital. This investment enables us to substantially increase the impact of messages put before readers, delivering unparalleled added value to our customers.”

From now on, the Sego Group’s customers will have access to regional advertising that is variable in each edition, while still being able to maintain offset reliability, productivity, cost of ownership and quality. In turn, an improved return on marketing investment for the advertising sector can be achieved as variable promotions are known to improve response rates and designing highly targeted advertisements and competitions can help to attract new sources of income.

Claude Desbrugères, Cluster Business Director, France & Benelux, adds: “After a number of installations in neighbouring European countries, we are delighted to see the French market opening up to this technology. Kodak is asserting itself as a pillar of the graphics industry in the offset, hybrid and digital sectors.”

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Agfa’s SYNAPS XM synthetic paper certified for use on Kodak NexPress digital production color presses

A leading provider of functional foils in a wide variety of application markets, Agfa Specialty Products announced today that its synthetic paper SYNAPS Xerographic Matt (XM) has been certified as a qualified substrate for use on Kodak NexPress digital production color presses by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).


The RIT Print Applications Lab conducted a number of evaluations to determine the optimum engine dependent settings for SYNAPS XM135. Selection criteria for the different settings are based on: dry ink adhesion, color density, overall image quality, sufficient discharging, and no artifacts such as excessive curl or blistering. As a result it was confirmed that SYNAPS XM135 functions as expected under the evaluation conditions and is qualified for the Kodak NexPress 2100 Classic through SX platforms with appropriate corresponding NexStation DFE software.

“We are very pleased with this certification as it confirms SYNAPS as a most easy-to-use solution for print houses who wish to switch seamlessly from print jobs on paper to synthetics using their standard printing technology – be it digital or offset.”, said Ivo THYS, Global Sales Manager SYNAPS at Agfa. “It means that customers can start working with SYNAPS with almost no learning curve to quickly reach print quality and productivity as with paper.”

Weatherproof and unmatched tear resistant, SYNAPS XM and SYNAPS Offset Matt (OM) are both polyester-based and respectively coated for toner and offset printing. Uniquely, for a number of applications SYNAPS XM also allows for pre-printing fixed data with offset and subsequently individualizing with variable data via dry toner printing. It is available in weights of 135 gsm, 230 gsm, 300 gsm and 450gsm.

Thanks to its versatility, proven performance and consistent quality, SYNAPS’ reputation in the market is growing as a cost efficient alternative to lamination and becoming the preferred choice for an ever growing multitude of applications requiring lasting durability.


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Sidel shares beverage production hygiene expertise at World Congress


Sidel has reported an excellent response to its presentation at the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) 2014 annual world congress. The subject matter was ‘Food Declaration Management’, an initiative which Sidel started in 2009 and which is now the fundamental basis on which the company structures its food safety and hygienic design processes.

The EHEDG world congress provided an ideal opportunity for Sidel to demonstrate and to share its expertise and experience in Food Declaration Management. This remains a fundamental part of the company’s commitment to the shared duty of all stakeholders in the supply chain to the non-negotiable requirement for product safety in today’s food and beverage production.

International knowledge and experience

Sidel was among an impressive panel of experts presenting at the annual congress, which included internationally recognised consultancies, companies, laboratories and universities. The Sidel presentation for the world congress focused on how Food Declaration Management enables Sidel to handle all the information relating to the suitability of its equipment and components used in the PET bottling of beverages throughout the entire life cycle, from the initial idea through to production. This involves various hygienic design specialists at a number of its manufacturing sites, including Parma and Mantova (Italy), Octeville (France) and Beijing (China).

Sidel is a member of the EHEDG, a worldwide network of experts which provides guidance and practical assistance to manufacturers of food processing and packaging equipment, food manufacturers, national and international regulatory bodies and other stakeholders. The annual world congress plays a fundamental role in the Group’s aim to create a central, internationally recognised source of excellence by imparting knowledge on the hygienic engineering of equipment and by specifying best practices in respect to their hygienic operation, supply and maintenance.

Food Declaration Management

Food Declaration Management is a process through which a benchmark in food safety and hygienic design is applied across different projects to ensure a high level is always maintained. The Food Declaration certificate has to be issued by all suppliers of any components or machinery that comes into contact with the food or beverage, providing proof that the equipment is safe and suitable for such use. For Sidel, this applies to the process machines and the fillers that are in direct contact with the beverage itself.

The end product safety is embedded in the Sidel process of New Product Development (NPD), ensuring that hygiene and safety rules are systematically applied each time something new is designed. It starts right from the outset, with training for the team responsible for the design of the components and machines so that they know and understand the specific hygienic design rules and guidelines relating to food-contact areas, thereby avoiding contamination during production. It also involves the Sourcing and Procurement team to enable them to work with suppliers to ensure the right certification is obtained when buying parts. For the Quality Department, it requires collection, checking and releasing through an IT system all the information which proves the suitability of the relevant components for food-contact. The Manufacturing Team is, of course, also heavily involved in the process, applying best practice when assembling the machines.

The EHEDG congress is staged in a different country each year, with the 2014 event taking place in Parma, Italy from 30 to 31 October, in conjunction with the Cibus’Tec Food Pack exhibition. Delegates from all over the world attended the event, eager to learn and to share good practice on the hygienic engineering of equipment and facilities for the safe production and processing of food and related products.

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Source: Sidel

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Keynote and conference program announced for Labelexpo South China

image Details of the keynote presentation and conference program have been announced for Labelexpo South China 2014. Being held 3-5 December 2014 at Guangzhou’s Pazhou Exhibition Center, the two day conference will also be supported by a daily Live Technology Clinic.

Day one will explore subjects including flexo technology and smart products as well as include the keynote presentation being given by Jari Haavisto, vice president, Greater China, UPM Raflatac. A comprehensive guide to flexo technology, materials and performance will include presentations from Steven Fan of GIDUE China, Jason Zhao of DuPont and Flint Group’s Sam Chen. The day finishes with a look at smart products which are being used to encourage consumer interaction and spending and will feature a look at RFID by Henrick Quek of Top Print Labels as well as an overview of NFC by Peng Cheng Li Cultural Technology and conductive ink solutions for electronic packaging by Sun Chemical.

The second day will tackle digital printing and anti-counterfeiting. The digital printing session will consist of presentations by Yajuan Liu of Beijing Founder Electronics who will highlight the importance of prepress and workflow automation for profitable printing. She will be followed by a comparison of technologies and printing processes from Xeikon and a roundup of how to optimize print finishing by Brotech Graphics. Meikei Printing will conclude the conference by discussing the latest security solutions for brand protection with a look at new technologies, counterfeit and tamper-proof options and instant verification for product authenticity.

Labelexpo South China 2014 will also see the debut of the Live Technology Clinic. The hour-long sessions will be held on the first two days of the fair and give show visitors access to one to one discussions with a panel of label and package printing experts. At the clinic, experts from companies including Kinglabel Adhesives and Beijing Hengli’an amongst others, will be available to give advice on all aspects of label and package printing technology as well as help printers realize their potential, solve challenges and increase their opportunities. Topics will include: digital printing, in-mold labeling, RFID/smart labels and conventional printing processes.

Bringing together label, packaging and general printers, brand owners and label designers, the exhibition will feature some of the industry’s leading Chinese and international press and material manufacturers. Participating exhibitors include Brotech, Label Source, Nuova GIDUE, OMET, Soontomax Label Material Co, UPM Raflatac, Weifang Donghang Graphic Technology Inc, Xeikon, Zhe Jiang Wei Gang Machinery Co and Zhongtian Machinery.

John Davy, divisional director of Labelexpo South China commented: “This year’s conference program and technology clinic offer South Chinese printers an incredible educational and valuable networking opportunity. The individual conference sessions have been devised to act almost like mini master classes so that delegates get a topline, but comprehensive overview of the latest technologies and hottest industry issues and trends surrounding them and how they can advance their businesses accordingly.”

Entry to the show is free and visitors can pre-register by visiting​

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