Mercian Labels installs world’s first Xeikon Cheetah

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce the first installation of its breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah digital label press, just months after the dedicated label printing solution was announced. UK-based Mercian Labels is the world’s first pilot site of the Xeikon Cheetah and has chosen this innovative, high-speed press to help it continue its double- digit growth path. Xeikon Cheetah, the most productive five-color digital label press in its class, will be installed early February at Mercian Labels’ new factory in Staffordshire, and run alongside their existing Xeikon 3000 Series digital press; as well as hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet technologies for an exceptionally Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director of Mercian Labels, comments: “We have chosen to adopt the latest generation of Xeikon digital label printing technology on the back of above-average growth in the digital part of our business, where we have run out of production capacity. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah will better position us for expected growth and we are confident the capacity to be quickly filled.”


Prior to the investment, Mercian Labels thoroughly evaluated other potential options available on the market. “We looked at competitive technologies from liquid toner to UV inkjet as well as the latest offers from Xeikon dry toner,” says Steele. “Every investment has to have a ROI. We like to sweat our assets, regardless of whether they are software or hardware. We are in the business of making money – not just labels. Everything has to earn its keep, and we are convinced that the Xeikon Cheetah will definitely do just that.”

“The advantages of the new press will be measurable in terms of speed and reduced running costs,” continues Steele. “As a result, we expect to take more market share from what is traditionally flexo territory as digital becomes more competitive on longer runs. What is compelling is that it will open up a larger share of the market for us. We will look closely at how digital can grasp even more jobs that used to be printed in flexo, thanks to the faster running speed and lower consumables cost. With increased capacity, the cost point also goes down. And with a genuinely different cost base to our competitors, we can improve Mercian Labels is proud of its independence when it comes to software and the benchmark the company has set in the UK for three-day lead times. “Our mantra is speed and service,” says Steele. “This means we must be very informed about and accurate with our pricing, so we can offer the benefits of the best of both digital and UV flexo technologies to our customers.  As a full service label printer we see both areas growing at a similar pace for different reasons; thus our strategy is to offer the best technology for every specific demand.


Customers increasingly want to deal with one supplier for their custom packaging requirements, and not be forced to use multiple suppliers who only serve a narrow profile of work because they refuse to adopt the best of both digital and analogue worlds, and in different product areas such as cartons as well as labels.  That is why we have already taken a small but significant step into digitally printed cartons, adding to our label business. This move has really connected with our customer base.”

Also important to the investment was the strong relationship Mercian Labels has with Xeikon: "This is not the first time we have entered into an R&D agreement to be an early adopter,” Steele explains. “Our long- standing and successful relationship with Xeikon is key to us as a user. We understand the technology and strategy, and how it will benefit us in the future. We wouldn’t have embarked on being the first global Xeikon Cheetah user unless I had a high degree of confidence in the platform and the relationship to get any issues sorted out quickly. You have to have faith and confidence in the strategy of the company. We think we will get to full production capacity very early based on customer demand, our talented staff and our very productive relationship with the digital printing experts at Xeikon.”

The investment fully supports Mercian Labels’ expansion following growing demand for its digital and security labelling products. Previously based in a 6.000sq ft. site in Cannock, the company’s new 24.000sq ft. factory in Staffordshire represents a significant increase in capacity. Now spread over two sites, with 50 staff and 31.000sq ft. of label and carton manufacturing capacity, the £3.4m turnover firm has a customer base of approximately 9.000 and is acquiring around 40 new customers a month. “We have experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth and see our future growth coming from various combinations of product innovation, market share and acquisitions. We formally completed our merger of AC Labels in Derby into the core Mercian Labels business at the end of last year and remain acquisitive,” states Steele. “The Xeikon Cheetah will solve a number of headaches for us and it can count on a very warm welcome to the Mercian family by both our production and sales teams.”

Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, concludes: “The Xeikon Cheetah represents the most important advancement in the digital label market in 15 years, and we are delighted that innovative operations like Mercian Labels are adopting its cutting-edge technology. Its unrivalled speed can deliver a previously unattainable mix of speed, quality and efficiency that will enable our customers to stand To showcase the new Xeikon Cheetah, Mercian Labels and Xeikon will be holding an exclusive preview event at the Mercian Labels premises in Burntwood, Staffordshire. This two-day event will take place in the afternoon of February 24th, one day before the Packaging Innovation show at Birmingham NEC; and in the afternoon of February 25th, the first day of the Easyfairs show.

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FLEXcon Expands DPM® Product Line with Introduction of DPM® UVCM

Labeling product provides greater UV blocking protection for the durable goods and transportation markets and offers a choice between gloss and matte

FLEXcon, an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced the extension of its DPM® product line with the launch of DPM® UVCM. The over-laminating film is a five-year exterior durable polyester film. It was designed with the tactile feel of a polycarbonate film, and provides the UV-resistance that polycarbonate does not to protect the graphics. The product was developed for compliance labels, nameplates, brand identity labels, warning and instructional markings, or any label that requires an extended life overlaminate. This complements FLEXcon’s existing DPM line of overlaminates which includes a gloss finish five-year UV-blocking overlaminate, DPM® UVCG, as well as standard two-year options.

“Creating this new product allows FLEXcon to meet the needs of our customers by providing a matte finished, exterior durable product for the durable goods and transportation labeling industries, which will replace polycarbonate,” said Ron Ducharme, product manager, Product Identification Business Team for FLEXcon. “By expanding our DPM product line, we are able to offer customers the five-year UV blocking protection they need in a previously unavailable matte finish.”

DPM UVCM is a 2.0 mil clear matte UV-blocking polyester film that provides excellent label protection and the best in clarity for a matte film. The overlaminating polyester resists temperature extremes, abrasion and chemical exposure for maximum label protection that lasts up to five years. DPM UVCM comes with a permanent pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive that bonds well to base film substrates and is backed with an ultra-smooth polyester release liner for excellent adhesive wet out. The product is also U.L. certified.

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NiceLabel and Chemwatch collaborate to offer free GHS Cloud printing solution, including free regulatory data

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) requires manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of chemical substances and mixtures to adopt the standard by June 2015. NiceLabel has launched a free easy-to-use GHS Cloud solution that allows suppliers and users of secondary containers to print GHS compliant labels from any color label or The GHS regulation affects any organization (e.g. laboratories in hospitals, universities, schools, etc.) that supplies chemicals or uses chemicals within the workplace. It covers all hazardous chemicals and may be adopted to cover chemicals in the workplace, transport, consumer products, pesticides and pharmaceuticals.


The GHS system provides a universal means of conveniently identifying substances that can pose serious risks to health and safety, helps keep people informed and safe, and prevents businesses from losing manpower and “In order to support organizations in their effort to comply with the GHS labeling regulation and to contribute to the health and safety of the workplace, NiceLabel has developed a free and simple Cloud solution that allows anybody to print GHS compliant labels from their browser. This free solution is particularly suitable for smaller suppliers and laboratories that require the use of secondary containers such as bottles, flasks, cans or beakers,” said Ken Moir, Global Marketing Director at NiceLabel.

The free NiceLabel GHS Cloud solution, powered by Chemwatch Annex 6 regulatory data, contains 4500 chemicals (so-called 'pure substances') and allows chemical users to print GHS compliant labels from their browser. The free solution includes pre-deigned ready-to-print compliant labels, Annex 6 regulatory data and pictograms in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese. The label designs are optimized for color label and laser printers. Additionally, 150,000 pure substances, online mixture calculations and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) in 47 languages are available for purchase.

“GHS labelling requirements are challenging. The Chemwatch solution is comprehensive and takes into account the detail, often hidden in the "fine print", associated with the Code. It also takes into account the differences prescribed under different national requirements. Chemwatch is pleased to be part of a new joint initiative with NiceLabel and anticipates the new solution will prove to be an invaluable tool for SMEs and laboratories,” added Dr. Bernie Bialkower, Principal, Chemwatch.

NiceLabel has worked with many leading chemical companies to address the most complex, global labeling challenges, including GHS labeling requirements. The company’s labeling solutions are designed to meet the rigors of GHS while supporting both large and small scale deployments with numerous products and packaging variations. To learn more about NiceLabel’s GHS compliant labeling solutions or to try a live GHS cloud printing demo, please visit

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Innovative Sidel patent successfully enforced for third time


Sidel has yet again succeeded in protecting its intellectual property (IP) in the US. This is the third time the company has enforced its IP rights on the same key innovation, which demonstrates Sidel’s commitment to developing and implementing innovative PET solutions and to protecting its rights to such innovations.

The patent claims made by Sidel against the U.S. company Blow Mold Services (BMS) resulted in BMS being barred from selling new and rebuilt components featuring Sidel’s spindle chain technology and the validity of Sidel’s patent US 6,125,996 being reconfirmed. A critical part of the blow moulder, the spindle chain, transports the preforms within the oven for efficient heating prior to blowing. Sidel’s technology is precision engineered to withstand high oven temperatures for long time periods, delivering the preforms to the moulds in optimum condition for reliable blowing and overall performance.

The settlement with BMS was reached in October 2014, and prior settlements regarding infringement of the same U.S. patent had been reached with B&G Products and XL Engineering.

Sidel’s focus on innovative technologies is evidenced by its more than 620 patent families – over 50% of them focused on its blow moulders alone – which are maintained in key jurisdictions around the world. Recent technological innovations include Sidel Matrix™, Sidel StarLite™, RightWeight™ and Predis™ – the world’s first dry preform decontamination technology that remains one of the most pivotal advancements in sustainable PET packaging technology and safety.

“We work closely with our customers to find the right solutions to improve their production lines; to keep up with the fast-paced market demands; and to meet the needs of consumers, both today and tomorrow”, says Alessandro Paini, Sidel Vice President of Product Management.

With over 160 years’ experience, Sidel is proud of its technological and engineering innovations, all of which are designed to enable Sidel equipment to perfectly adapt to its customers’ varying beverage production requirements, improving product safety and ensuring smooth, consistent operation. Use of Sidel OEM technologies ensures that the equipment can withstand the stresses and pressures of high output beverage lines. The use of non-original third party parts, therefore, poses significant risks of premature wear and damage to the equipment, resulting in reduced performance and higher production and maintenance costs. Original Sidel Services™ spare parts are designed, tested and approved by Sidel engineers to provide long term security in production.

In response to this latest IP enforcement, which ensures that Sidel can continue delivering the most reliable, highly-efficient equipment to its customers, Tim Bast, Sidel’s Vice President of Intellectual Property comments, “Our strong focus on IP protection and zero tolerance of any infringement of our patents enables us to continue to invest and bring innovative PET solutions to our customers to help them better serve the market”.

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The First GIDUE MX2 sold in Portugal

thanks to the cooperation of its certified distributor JF ALVES, the first GIDUE Combat MX2 has been sold to the Portuguese converter Codimarc.

Founded in 1997 in Oliveira S. Mateus, Codimarc represents one of the biggest converters in the Portuguese overview. Lead by José Sampaio, Codimarc is specialized in the production of  labels, coding and labeling for several referent markets : Logistic and Transport, Agro-food Industry, Pharmaceutical & Chemical Industry. Company’s mission is all along focused on the supply of integrated solutions that combine the most advanced hardware, software and services that involve any type of coding and labeling solutions.

“In Codimarc we work and invest a lot to give to the growing market demand the most transparent and credible labels. Our team of experts offers help in selecting solutions and technical assistance in order to give customers the most responsive, and effective financial stability.” commented Cristina Azevedo, Codimarc CFO.

The press purchased by Codimarc is an MX2, 370mm width, 8 printing stations and 2 die-cutting stations.   GIDUE MX2 press has demonstrated to be a top entry level press, that provides high quality results and that no needs great investment in terms of price. It is a press dedicated to the production of labels and, thanks to its short web-path, it minimizes the set-up waste while high precision drive-belts guarantee a perfect printing register over time. The press requires no maintenance, no operator intervention and no specific greasing.

José Sampaio, commented: “GIDUE MX was a good investment in terms of quality and price, the press is incredibly handy and the Flower head is a miracle of simplicity and durability. Thanks to GIDUE narrow web inline machine, we are able to convert in one-step process. GIDUE invented a very smart press, we were looking for such a product”.

Maurizio Trecate, Vice President Sales of GIDUE, concluded: “We are proud of this investment. It is a success  to have Codimarc in our clients portfolio and we will keep on working hard to build a long-terms relationship based on customer satisfaction and mutual growth in the packaging industry also in the Portuguese market.”


From Left: Maurizio Trecate(VP Sales of GIDUE) ; Josè Sampaio ( Director at Codimarc); Jorge Alves (GIDUE distributor in Portugal)

Source: Gidue

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MCC Acquires English Beverage Label Specialist

Multi-Color Corporation (MCC) has announced the 100% acquisition of Multi Labels Ltd, effective, January 5, 2015.

Multi Labels is based in Daventry, near London, England and specializes in premium alcoholic beverage labels, especially for spirits and imported wine with annual revenues of approximately £10m (USD15m).

This acquisition completes MCC's plans for Wine and Spirit labels in the UK and Ireland, complementing our Glasgow and Dublin operations. Multi Labels' technology and supply base is common to our operations.

Nick Monk and the management team will continue to run the business. "We welcome Nick and the team to our group and look forward to continuing to grow the Daventry based operation together." said Nigel Vinecombe, MCC President and CEO.

Nick Monk, Multi Labels / Managing Director commented: "The Multi Labels team looks forward to an even brighter future as part of MCC, global leaders in Wine and Spirit labels.”

Source: Multicolor Corporation


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Fort Dearborn Expanding Shrink Sleeve Capacity

Fort Dearborn have announced the purchase of a new PCMC Aquaflex ELS-MAX press for its Elk Grove, IL facility adding significantly to the capabilities, efficiencies and capacity to support our continued shrink sleeve label business growth.

The flexographic press is capable of printing water-base and UV inks in up to 10 colors. The press also features servo driven (gearless) and sleeve technologies for fast changeovers as well as the latest drying technology.


“This press acquisition will ensure that we are able to meet the evolving needs of our shrink sleeve label customers”, commented Jeff Brezek, President and CEO, Fort Dearborn Company. “As part of our re-investment strategy, we remain committed to continued capital investments across our business to support our customers’ business objectives and Fort Dearborn’s continued growth”, added Jeff.

The new press expands Fort Dearborn’s dedicated shrink sleeve production equipment that includes flexographic, rotogravure and digital printing capabilities.


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Michelman’s Ginger Cushing Appointed to AIMCAL Board of Directors

image Ms. Ginger Cushing, Global Sales Manager – Packaging at Michelman has been appointed to the board of directors at the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), by AIMCAL President, Mr. Dan Bemi.  Active with AIMCAL in the United States and Europe, she has written and delivered numerous technical papers for conferences, short courses and symposia around the world.

Ms. Cushing joined Michelman in 2007, and is responsible for growing worldwide business for water based coatings for food packaging.  She began her career as a research chemist, and has held management positions in R&D, technical support and sales.  Ginger holds a Master of Science in polymer chemistry from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Ms. Cushing is also active with TAPPI, where she has served as a division chair and was honored with the organization’s Division Leadership and Service Award. In addition to her professional duties, Cushing volunteers with hospice patients and enjoys playing golf.

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Colordyne 3600 Series Engine Upgrade Allows Print Speeds of 275 feet per minute


Colordyne Technologies has improved the already superior performance of the 3600 Series with a new Aspen Memjet engine upgrade. The upgrade allows the CDT 3600 Sprint, CDT 3600 Rotary Pro and CDT 3600 Laser Proconfigurations to run at speeds of up to 275 feet (84 meters) per minute with a resolution of 1600 x 1375 dpi at that speed. Actual speed will be dependent upon the print jobs' inks, drying, substrate, operating adjustments and specific job limitations, but no other inkjet system can meet this resolution and speed.

Other benefits of the CDT 3600 Series include:

  • Maximum material handling speed of 300 ft/min for future technology upgrades
  • Enhanced print quality: send uncompressed files directly to the print engine
  • More powerful RIP: faster data processing, RIP and print on-the-fly to eliminate time to first label
  • Reliable user-friendly interface capable of running a wider range of applications

In 2014, Colordyne Technologies introduced its 3600 Series, which joined the company's Production Class family of digital print system solutions as a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system. With an enhanced precision web handling system powered by Memjet™ technology, the 3600 Series made its mark as the next generation in digital color printing.

"This enhancement further exemplifies Colordyne's commitment and ability to provide the fastest speeds and highest resolution at the lowest capital cost in the industry," says Ron Brown, technical director at Colordyne.

To learn more about how the CDT 3600 Series can improve your operations, or to learn more about Colordyne's other print solutions, visit

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Innovation, expertise and experience in partnership

image RadTech Europe, the international association promoting the radiation curing technologies, anticipates a full and exciting agenda of activities in 2015 – driven by unprecedented interest in the UV/EB curing technologies across an ever-widening range of industries. Established in 1988, the association was driven by a desire to create a formal profile for the industry’s even then extended value chain, and to establish a pan-European platform where members could meet, share knowledge, develop joint themes, and educate. That process continues today – in an even wider context.

New place, new format, new applications

RadTech Europe’s major focus will be on its 2015 conference – a biennial event which uniquely brings together its members’ diverse interests and expertise. The 2015 event’s headline is ‘UV/EB now: new place, new format, new applications’. Located this year in Prague, Czech Republic, 13-15 October, RadTech Europe 15 will offer an in-depth agenda featuring both plenary and parallel sessions, with a complementary exhibition which will additionally provide an ideal location for delegate networking, as well as for commercial presentations on new product introductions from RadTech Europe member companies.

Conference agenda

The planned conference agenda reflects the variety of topics at the heart of the UV/EB market today – including water-based technologies, advances in photochemistry and polymerisation; developments in formulations, coatings, and equipment, graphic arts applications (including digital print and packaging); industrial usage from wood and paper coatings to plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing; and, of course HSE and safe usage.

There will be an additional focus on the considerable base of innovation in the industry, which is responding to the enormous interest in the benefits of radiation curing as compared to ‘traditional’ curing/drying technologies. New and emerging application areas, such as field-applied coatings, textiles, photovoltaics, aerospace, and the nanotechnologies, will be explored, along with tooling and technology advances, for example in the area of UV LED, and innovations in chemistries, synthesis routes, and the use of renewable materials.

EB curing seminar

The RadTech Europe 2015 calendar will feature additional events, such as a dedicated EB curing seminar to identify and evaluate the advantages -- in terms of low energy usage, low operating temperatures, and photoiniator-free systems -- that today’s smaller, better inerted electron beams deliver.

Best practice, safety in use

Central to RadTech Europe’s concerns is the raft of best practice and regulatory documents that guarantee the safety of radiation curing in all its applications. 2015 will see the continuation of the association’s active participation in the new review of the EC reference document on the best available techniques for surface treatment using organic solvents (BREF STS). The document, which is being evaluated by a large number of stakeholder organisations, specifies emission limits and other environmental permit requirements, and includes information on alternative technologies to lower VOC emissions – a key benefit of UV and EB curing technologies. The review process is expected to take approximately three years.

RadTech Europe is also involved in the working group applying for the extension of the exemption of mercury in “special purpose discharge lamps” under the RoHS directive on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – an arena which is of importance to UV mercury-vapour bulbs.

Food-safe UV-cured inks

Other areas where the association is making positive contributions include REACH and the German Printing Ink Ordinance, now in its fifth draft, which is currently at the core of existing European standards for the safety of printing inks in food packaging materials in terms of non-migration, low odour, and no taste transfer. 2014 saw RadTech Europe organise a dedicated seminar on this issue to great interest of the industry.

…and now in three dimensions

Radiation curing technologies may have been around for more than 70 years, but they are today very much central to the launch pad for a real 21st-century innovation: 3D printing or additive manufacturing. This process involves building three-dimensional objects/ products individually, in plastic, from a digital file. These creations may be medical devices, toys, custom jewellery, electronics, automotive components, and many other consumer and industrial products. But they all share one manufacturing feature: radiation curing.

A new industrial revolution?

The exceptional interest in the possibilities of 3D printing/additive manufacturing market that is currently being experienced has intensified interest in all aspects of UV/EB curing. RadTech Europe President David Helsby is in no doubt that the association’s 2015 agenda will include a strong and growing focus on this sector. ‘Additive manufacturing is going viral,’ he says, ‘and our members’ science, expertise, and experience are critical to turning what is currently an embryo technology into a new industrial revolution.’

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Sidel services identified as best performer in awards


Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has received two awards for its service levels to customers following an independent study into service performance in the beverage industry by a leading German university.

The study was commissioned by international publishing house HB Media. Professor Michael Koch, head of the Plastics Technology team at the Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany, was responsible for conducting the study. The objective was to assess the quality of the service provided by machine manufacturers in the PET packaging technology sector, with a questionnaire distributed in seven languages to approximately 1,000 participants in 334 companies.

Based on the findings from the questionnaires, Sidel was identified as the best manufacturer of stretch blow moulding and filling equipment in two categories: its ‘reachability’ in terms of customers’ plants and also the ‘close proximity of its technicians’.

Independent study of drinks packaging market

Sid Johari, Executive Vice President for Industrial Operations at Sidel, received the award from Alexander Büchler, Publisher & Managing Director of PETplanet Insider magazine. Commenting on the award, Mr Johari said – “We are delighted to receive the award as it is the result of an independent evaluation of the service levels in the beverage industry.”

Dag Gronevik, Vice President for Services, added – “We conduct our own extensive annual survey with our customers which always generates some very useful feedback. One of the key findings from our 2014 survey was the importance of production equipment that can continue to deliver with a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). Crucial in supporting this is an effective services operation. Flexibility was also recognised as key to meeting the demands of a new, more discerning customer. For example, if you have an adaptable line supported by an adaptable services team you can more easily change production to a new bottle design to boost the brand, or a new liquid to capitalise on a new local growth trend, or implement new technology to reduce energy usage. We are particularly pleased to win these categories of the awards because offering global experience backed by local sales and service support to our customers has been, and continues to be, a real focus for us at Sidel. It is very rewarding to get recognition from the many companies who took the time to complete the questionnaire from which the awards were decided, that this approach is working well.”

Dedicated business unit

The importance that Sidel attributes to the service side of its business was recently demonstrated by the company setting up Sidel Services™, a new dedicated services business unit that aims to deliver greater value to the beverage products, installed Sidel equipment and bottom line of beverage producers globally. The unit was developed based on the feedback from over 1,000 individuals within hundreds of Sidel customers worldwide. Part of this process was the introduction in 2014 of new initiatives in spare parts logistics and technical support, providing customers with better access to the people and the parts that they need.

The report by Professor Koch is entitled “Service Performance – Key Measure for Equipment Servicing" and it clearly highlights that service plays a vital role in the decision making process of beverage producers. When asked ‘How important is the overall service performance of an equipment supplier in after sales activity for future purchasing decisions from your perspective relative to other aspects’, over 60% of respondents said that ‘Overall Service Performance’ was most important. Drawing from his findings and some of the areas identified for potential improvement, Professor Koch also stated that “…it certainly emphasises the need for a local presence in rapidly growing and highly diversified markets.”

There are six teams within Sidel Services: Maintenance, Line Improvement, Training, Spare Parts & Logistics, Line Conversions & Moulds and Packaging. Together, the teams, comprising experts located all over the world, are focused on increasing value for beverage customers in five key areas: Product quality, Efficiency, Flexibility, Cost optimisation and Brand support



Sid Johari, Sidel’s Executive Vice President for Industrial Operations


Dag Gronevik, Sidel’s Vice President for Services

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Customer Collaboration Central to X-Rite Showcase

The importance of creating long term, holistic and customer centric relationships will be the focus of X-Rite Europe’s presence at Packaging Innovations, NEC Birmingham, February 26 and 27 on Stand H23.

The global leader in color science and technology will showcase its range of market leading hardware and software solutions developed to maximize end-to-end color control. It will also demonstrate its commitment to customer education to support continued growth and success.

image ColorCert helps to better understand the color tolerances specified by operation managers or customers and ensure that production falls well within those tolerances.

“We want to demonstrate to customers how our solutions can ensure they have a complete end to end approach that delivers maximum consistency, productivity and end user satisfaction,” comments Tim Smith, Sales Manager UK, Inks and Packaging at X-Rite Europe.

“We will talk through our range of solutions to identify what is required today as well as how we can support them long after their investment. That way they can be confident they are always delivering the best service and we can continue to show how our constantly updated portfolio will enable them to offer market leading results well into the future.”

Among the solutions taking the spotlight are eXact and eXact Scan, the next generation in handheld color measurement that enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color avoiding unwanted reprint and rework.

image X-Rite eXact™ is a next generation handheld color measurement solution that takes into account the new business needs and dynamics of a global supply chain. X-Rite eXact enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color across the entire color network and avoid unwanted reprint and rework

ColorCert software will also be presented. The dashboard allows procurement and brand owners access to supplier scorecards for monitoring the production process across the supply chain. Also being highlighted is PantoneLIVE and the newly updated Pantone Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards.

“Every company is different and has their own unique requirements,” adds Mr. Smith. “These can range from market strengths and sector specialisms to size and customer demands. They can also change as trends emerge. That is why at Packaging Innovations we will be looking to get to know and understand each one of our visitors so we can make a bespoke recommendation.”

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FLEXcon Answers Growing Demand for Resealable Food Packaging with Launch of optiFLEX® RESEAL™ BARRIER

FLEXcon, an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced the launch of optiFLEX®RESEAL™ BARRIER Clear, a new PVDC-coated film that serves as a barrier against moisture to maintain food freshness and the moistness of wet wipe products. The product was developed specially for resealable packaging to retain moisture and prevent drying of produce, meats, cheeses and wet wipes, or to keep moisture out to prevent staling of nuts and other snack foods. The polypropylene leveraged in this product offers excellent tear resistance and durability for repeated opening and reclosure of flexible packaging substrates, and the superior film conformability provides maximum label and graphic coverage. Further, the film clarity is ideal for achieving the no-label-look on printed flexible packaging material..

The food packaging market continues to grow, largely due to the increased demand for resealable packaging, which is moving far beyond wet and dry wipes and into the food packaging arena. Resealable packaging has become very popular with food packaging manufacturers as an alternate packaging design, and with consumers for its convenience.

“As the use of resealable packaging continues to increase, there is a growing need in the food market for packaging materials that enhance shelf life by maintaining food freshness,” said Michelle Lamontagne, market development specialist, Product Identification, FLEXcon. “The barrier properties of the PVDC-coated polypropylene provide moisture control ideal for these purposes, and this product serves as an example of our continued effort to meet the unique needs of the food packaging market.”

The film complies with 21 CFR 175.320 and 21 CFR 177.1520 for food contact, and the adhesive complies with 21 CFR 175.105 for indirect food contact. The resealable pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive bonds well to low- and high-surface energy laminated flexible packaging substrates with clean, quiet and consistent reclosure, and the adhesive offers excellent clarity and wet out characteristics.
optiFLEX RESEAL BARRIER Clear utilizes a 2 mil clear PVDC-coated flexible BOPP film with a resealable adhesive and TRACrite™ 120 polyester release liner which offers superior on-press performance for tight-registration graphics. Further, the print-receptive surface of the film is compatible with flexo, rotary screen, rotary letterpress and hotstamping, and its excellent surface smoothness allows for optimum ink laydown.


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L’Oreal and Avery Dennison collaborate to reduce environmental impact of labels

image L’Oreal Americas (OR:EN Paris) and Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.

The collaboration has already produced a comprehensive Avery Dennison Greenprint™ assessment showing how thinner label materials can reduce environmental impacts. Avery Dennison Greenprint™, a screening lifecycle tool launched in 2010, is the first of its kind in the label industry.

“We strongly believe in a sustainable supply chain, and this is ingrained in our business practices,” said David Wolbach, assistant vice president – Packaging Hair – L’Oreal Americas. “However, to achieve the ultimate goal of reduced-impact materials, we cannot work alone. It is essential that all facets of the value chain – material suppliers, printers, consumers, and recyclers – collaborate together to establish a clear and transparent low-impact product stream globally.”

When L’Oreal announced its strategy to meet tomorrow’s sustainability challenges, Sharing Beauty with All, the company committed to a number of sustainability targets, including the continued improvement of its packaging’s environmental profile. In doing so, L’Oreal is considering packaging in the most comprehensive way possible, including labels and their precise environmental impact.

According to L’Oreal, the Avery Dennison Greenprint™ method allows them to look at impact of its label materials, including the raw material extraction, manufacturing, and ultimately the label’s end-of-life. This approach is able to identify where the biggest environmental impacts lie and to devise strategies on how best to mitigate these impacts.

This method guided L’Oreal in its decision to transition the labels for some of its leading products to Avery Dennison’s Global MDO substrate, which is designed to lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste generated in disposal.

“It is equally important that we have the necessary information available to understand the environmental impacts of the materials we are using,” Wolbach added. “This helps us immensely in our material selection process.”clip_image001

By switching from Avery Dennison’s Global Co-Ex film product to Global MDO, L’Oreal has reduced environmental impacts from 7% to 19% across the categories of fossil material, water use, energy use, GHG emissions and solid waste.

Improvements in sustainability require collaboration across the value chain, including converters recommending the right material to brands,” said Rosalyn Bandy, Avery Dennison Sustainability manager, North America. “L’Oreal’s leadership in improving the environmental profile of packaging is driving the value chain to work closer together.”

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MPS selects Northern Graphic Solutions as its central and eastern Canadian distributor

MPS Systems North America Inc. (MPS) has named Northern Graphic Solutions Inc. (NGS) as its distributor for its high-quality flexo and offset presses in central and eastern Canada.

“We are excited to join the MPS team,” said Jerry Wynia, president of NGS. “We truly believe MPS is the leader in print quality and production efficiencies, offering its customers a real competitive advantage with today’s challenges. With its emphasis on ease of control, press operators really love running this press, thereby using the maximum potential of the technology as well as bringing quick returns to the ownership.”


Kees Nijenhuis, MPS’ vice president of North American operations, believes NGS is a great fit with MPS’ “Operator Focused, Results Driven” philosophy and will be an outstanding partner, serving the printing companies of Canada extremely well.

“By combining the technical innovation and high quality manufacturing of MPS with the market knowledge and customer service of NGS, we can optimally satisfy the needs of the Canadian market. Together we have an outstanding ability tohelp customers improve their entire printing process, which will enable them to excel even further. Together with NGS and our North American organization, we’re building a best-in-class sales and service organization,” he said.

MPS has been selling and servicing its presses in North America for several years, and in May the company announced it was strengthening that presence by expanding its sales, installation, service and assembly operations. This partnership with NGS is another step in fulfilling this goal.

“With MPS’ value-added features, their presses bring additional opportunities to our customers,” said Wynia. “One example is the trend to thinner and thinner unsupported packaging films. With its unique web transport system and Crisp.Dot®technology the press can easily handle these materials with an extremely stable register.”

One of the flexo presses NGS is offering its customers is MPS’ flagship: the EF printing press. The EF is an automated multi substrate press available at 13, 17 and 20 inch, which includes the Crisp.Dot technology and features a choice of either plate rolls or print sleeves. This high-quality production press features both UV and hot-air drying technology, allowing users to print diverse substrates including film, paper, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging.

Leading the sales and service effort for NGS is Jerry Wynia and Jim Neate, sales and marketing manager. With local support based in Toronto and Montreal, NGS will be able service all of central and eastern Canada.

MPS/NGS agreement

One of the flexo presses NGS is offering its customers is MPS’ flagship: the EF printing press. The EF is an automated multi substrate press available at 13, 17 and 20 inch, which includes the Crisp.Dot technology and features a choice of either plate rolls or print sleeves. This high-quality production press features both UV and hot-air drying technology, allowing users to print diverse substrates including film, paper, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging.

Leading the sales and service effort for NGS is Jerry Wynia and Jim Neate, sales and marketing manager. With local support based in Toronto and Montreal, NGS will be able service all of central and eastern Canada.

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