EFI Acquires DiMS! organizing print

imageEFI™ has announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of DiMS! organizing print, a developer of comprehensive MIS/ERP systems for print and packaging companies.

Based in Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands, and founded in 1986, DiMS! offers multi-language, seamlessly integrated MIS/ERP workflow products.              

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, it is not expected to be material to EFI's Q3 or full year 2014 results. DiMS! employees have joined EFI's Productivity Software MIS/ERP group.

"DiMS! organizing print is a respected provider for print MIS/ERP software serving some of the industry's top European and multinational print and packaging companies," said Gabriel Matsliach, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Productivity Software. "Europe is a fast-growing and very dynamic region for EFI, so we are excited to have DiMS! team members and customers join us as we continue creating more value for customers around the world with efficient business and production workflow solutions."

"EFI has outstanding capabilities as the world's leading print MIS/ERP provider and it has always been one of the most progressive firms in our industry in championing integrated workflows," said Gerard Marneth, former CEO of DiMS! organizing print. "The DiMS! organizing print team is pleased to join EFI to offer advanced, productivity enhancing MIS/ERP solutions. Together, we can help customers worldwide set new benchmarks for reduced waste, faster turnaround time and administrative efficiency."

EFI has assumed support operations for DiMS! customers. DiMS! technology also will be integrated with EFI Fiery® digital front end technologies for automated digital print production.

For additional information about EFI, visit www.efi.com

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Fort Dearborn Company Launches Wood Veneer Labels


Fort Dearborn Company has announced the launch of a wood veneer substrate for pressure sensitive labels.

Since the label substrate is made from real wood, each label has a unique wood pattern reflecting the quality of the packaging as well as the product contents.

The labels are ideal for spirits, wine, high-end beverages and gourmet food applications. Printed digitally with various finishing options (tactile varnish, etc), the labels are suitable for smaller volumes.

Product Benefits:
- Each label has a unique, real wood pattern
- Printed digitally and suitable for smaller volumes
- Various finishing options available

Source: Fort Dearborn

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Xeikon Café on Document & Commercial Production Suites puts the spotlight on total solution offerings for digital print

Xeikon will showcase dedicated solutions suites for digital wallcoverings, book production, DM and large format – complemented with first-hand user experiences.

Print is here to stay, but the market is pushing towards shorter runs, faster turnarounds and lower costs. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for more sophisticated customization and personalization. How can digital production cater for these needs? Where is it heading? And how can it turn short to medium runs of ever more complex designs into profitable business? Printers, service providers, publishers and marketing specialists can find the answer at the Xeikon Café on Production Suites (www.xeikoncafe.com), organized by Xeikon and Xeikon Aura Partners, Tuesday October 7th and Wednesday October 8th, 2014. This edition of the Xeikon Café centers on the digital production of all sorts of documents and commercial printed materials, and offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore how digital production could drive and improve business.

Four production suites to cater for a whole host of applications

“Digital printing answers many of the challenges today’s print producers and print buyers face. But there is more to print production than printing. Print buyers have little use for unfinished cut sheets, let alone rolls of prints. They want the finished product,” says Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing & Business Development Document Printing. “This is why we have gone one step further than developing state-of-the-art digital color presses. All along we’ve been listening closely to what our customers need. And so have our Aura Partners. Together we have developed total solutions, or suites – carefully selected and thoroughly tested combinations of equipment, technologies and capabilities, enabling our customers to produce not only head-turning prints, but fully finished products as well.”

Document Production Suite

Mertens adds: “So far we have developed four production suites, targeting different applications: the Document Production Suite, the Book Production Suite and the Large Format Production Suite are built around a Xeikon 8000 Series press, while our Wall Covering Suite comes with a Xeikon 3500.” In addition to the Xeikon digital color press, which is the centerpiece, each suite has four supporting components: workflow software, print media, consumables and pre- and post-printing equipment. These components are either developed in-house or offered by Xeikon Aura Partners.

Large Format Production Suite

Depending on the finishing equipment chosen, the Document Production Suite is a fully integrated solution for the production of direct marketing material of virtually any size or format, ready for mailing or short-run high-quality transactional printing. Built around two Xeikon 8000 Series presses, the Book Production Suite offers two solutions, one to print and finish book blocks in a single pass and one to produce finished covers. This suite can be easily integrated with online ordering systems and prepress tools, turning it into a full-fledged web-to-print book production system. The Large Format Production Suite is ideally suited to support unbridled creativity, format flexibility and productivity on an unmatched range of print media, which is why it is mostly used for POP/POS displays, non-standard format mailings and art reproductions, banners and panels. And finally, the Wall Covering Production Suite is an all-in-one solution for the production of customized and/or short-run high-quality wall coverings. Like any of the suites it can be easily integrated into a web-to-print workflow, or any existing workflow.

What is on show at this Xeikon Café?

Participants will see the complete range of production suites in action, featuring live job preparation, production and finishing of real-life applications.

The capabilities of the Document Production Suite and the Book Production Suite will be demonstrated through the live production of a full-bleed mailing, cookbooks and coffee table books on a Xeikon 8800. These applications will also feature an inline cut and stack solution as well as an offline casemaker and bookmaker from Unibind. Retail posters will be printed and finished on a Xeikon 8500 combined with an inline Web Varnishing Module, giving a flavor of what the Large Format Production Suite could bring to the table. The Wall Covering Suite, a Xeikon 3500 with a roll-to-roll slitting and rewinding solution from Tecnau, will be producing designs from Rebelwalls on Felix Schoeller satin and matt wallpaper.


wall covering production suite

Moreover, for each of the production suites, Xeikon customers will talk about their business and about how their suite fits in. Several Aura Partners involved in the development of the suites will also be present. And of course there will be plenty of opportunity to network, ask questions and exchange ideas on digital production.

Why attend?

“We’re looking forward to welcoming printers, service providers and print buyers as well as publishers, brand owners, product or brand marketeers, agencies and other marketing communication professionals,” says Mertens. “Whether you’re new to digital production or have already integrated digital printing into your workflow, this event promises to be the ideal opportunity to discover the huge potential of digital printing and automated production workflows, and to learn how integrated digital production solutions can help even established print producers grow their business further.”

To those looking for yet more reasons to attend, Mertens adds: “It’s not often you get the opportunity to see all four production suites in action in one place at the same time. And what better way to find out what digital production could mean for you than by listening to and exchanging ideas with print producers who know from personal experience how to turn digital production into a success.”

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The Xeikon Café will take place at Xeikon’s production site in Lier, Belgium, on Tuesday October 7th and Wednesday October 8th, 2014. The program will be the same each day, so participants can choose the date that best suits them. Attendance is free but registration is required online at www.xeikoncafe.com.

About the Xeikon Café on Production Suites

The Xeikon Café on Production Suites will be held at Xeikon’s production site in Lier, Belgium, on Tuesday October 7th and Wednesday October 8th, 2014. It will be hosted in collaboration with the following Xeikon Aura Partners: Argos Solutions, Horizon, Felix Schoeller, Mondi, Tecnau, Unibind, ShopMyBooks, CreateMyBooks, UPM, Weko.

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Mondi exhibits expanded industrial bags offering, broad range of flexible packaging at Pack Expo 2014

Mondi in North America will exhibit its expanded line of industrial bags and a broad range of flexible packaging at Pack Expo 2014. The exhibit marks the first time Mondi will showcase its expanded portfolio of industrial bag products since acquiring the industrial bags business of Graphic Packaging International in July of this year.


“Visitors to Pack Expo faced with bag and flexible packaging challenges will find a host of ready made solutions, as well as expert technical assistance, at Mondi’s booth,” says Allen Ennis President, Industrial Bags, Mondi in North America.. “Mondi’s recent acquisition of Graphic Packaging’s industrial bags business gives us the largest selection of industrial bags in North America, and our flexible bag products and engineering expertise can successfully address nearly any application requirement.”

At the show, Mondi will display a full range of Industrial Bag products, as well as flexible packaging and related products.

Industrial Bag products:

  • Peel Pak®- Bag-in Bag concept for dairy and food products.
  • PinchPro®- Single ply bag constructed of WPP/paper or all poly heat-sealed to preserve product freshness.
  • Slider Bag- EZ open-reclosable bags.
  • Hybrid bags constructed of paper/poly for added strength

A variety of multiwall and consumer style bags that meet a broad variety of product needs.

Flexible Packaging and Related Products:

  1. Square Bags that support a variety of diverse applications
  2. Large and small spouted pouches, flexo, flat bottom and stand up pouches, flat bottom bags and wicket bags.
  3. Laminated films, components, as well as roto and flexo printing, retort, pillow bags, mono- and siliconized films.
  4. FlexZiBoxes® with a variety of different handles

At the show, Mondi will occupy Booth 7914.

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hubergroup braces itself for the future

image hubergroup boosts its activity to sustainably meet the highly competitive business in a market environment with all its constantly growing challenges. As announced today, hubergroup will further align sales structures and strategic segments by merging its two largest entities in Europe.

hubergroup will merge the two German companies Michael Huber München GmbH and Hostmann-Steinberg GmbH into the new hubergroup Deutschland GmbH. In this merger, redundant structures will be eliminated and processes will be noticeably optimised. In addition, the two producing factories in Celle and Munich will be organised along specific product lines, enabling hubergroup to focus on specific market segments for quickest response time in order to maintain and improve customer satisfaction.

In addition to the activities in Germany, hubergroup will also bolster its market presence in Switzerland so they can adjust better to the regional requirements. Stehlin+Hostag AG and the just acquired AMRA Farben AG in Rapperswil-Jona will merge to hubergroup Schweiz and service the Swiss market entirely from Rapperswil-Jona.

hubergroup says this activity will expand its position as a service-oriented, quality-ink manufacturer. "The upcoming steps are means to ensure sustainable business in a highly competitive market. Shortly after arranging re-financing under improved conditions, our financially solid company now focuses on long-term organisational layout so we will be ready for the future," explains Heiner Klokkers, Member of the Board of MHM Holding GmbH. "As a reliable partner to our customers, quality and service is of highest priority to us. We will continue to set the standard as a supplier of printing inks, printing varnishes and printing products that meet the highest demands," he says. "To ensure all this, we will substantially improve the efficiency of our processes."

Although these measures will create noticeable strengthening of the sites in Germany and improve sales structures of hubergroup Schweiz, job cuts will be unavoidable. Due to its close-down, the Swiss site in Lachen will have to bear the major burden, while the German sites are only affected with minor cuts. To keep the impact socially acceptable, the management of each site is in close contact with the workers' council.

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Labelexpo Americas marks 25th anniversary with record edition

image Labelexpo Americas 2014 closed last week after enjoying its most successful ever edition. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the show registered a 12% increase in footfall with 16,029 show visitors and achieved an 83% onsite rebooking rate for 2016’s event.

Boasting over 440 exhibitors, Labelexpo Americas again played host to several hundred product launches. Highlights included new digital presses such as HP’s WS6800 and the Cheetah from Xeikon. Other major launches included Mark Andy’s Digital Series hybrid inkjet/flexo press and Nuova Gidue’s M5 UV flexo press. In addition numerous new inks, ancillary products and label stocks were unveiled including new point-of-purchase and vulcanization tire label portfolios from Avery Dennison, Flint Group’s expanded EkoCure UV-LED range, Sun Chemical’s new Solaris System and UPM Raflatac’s thinner PET film label stocks.

As well as a bustling show floor, Labelexpo Americas 2014’s new feature areas were well received by show visitors. The twice-daily Package Printing Workshop sessions presented by Delta Industrial and Xeikon were well attended by label converters looking for new ways to diversify and grow their business. The interactive Smart Mart demonstrated some of the latest developments in active and intelligent labels and packaging with the newest advances in augmented reality, QR codes and scanners, RFID and NFC-enabled smart tags, temperature indicating packaging and films that prevent food spoilage all showcased.

The conference program attracted almost 1,100 delegates (its highest ever number) and consisted of 16 different sessions and 64 individual moderators, panelists and speakers. Highlights from the conference program included the CEO and converter panel discussions as well as the ‘Internet of things’ and inkjet technologies presentations.

Tasha Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Americas’ event director commented: “Thank you to everyone including the TLMI, all of our exhibitors and industry partners who have helped make our 25th year the best and biggest yet! The show’s success underlines just how much confidence has returned to the American label and package printing industry. People were there to do serious business and from the feedback we’ve had, we know many exhibitors have enjoyed healthy sales as well as generating a high volume of good quality sales leads.”

Quotes from exhibitors and speakers:
Monica Martinez, ACOBAN: “With the presence of many Mexican converters at Labelexpo Americas, ACOBAN decided this was the year to invest in a booth. Not only does the Mexican association of label converters and narrow web have over 20 converters and suppliers, but has over 600 students studying at their technical school focused in becoming technicians and graphic designers in the flexography industry in Mexico. By having something so substantial to offer to the Mexican market, both converters and suppliers from around the world can achieve market penetration as well as synergy between companies by becoming a member of ACOBAN. Labelexpo was definitely the right place to launch the Association’s brand new APP for the iOS system.”

Joseph G. Scott, Afinia Label: “Labelexpo Americas provided a steady flow of qualified buyers who showed great interest in our exciting new lineup of label printing and finishing solutions: the DLP-2000 Digital Label Press and DLF-1000 Digital Label Finisher. We received a number of immediate purchase commitments for both of our new label finishing products. This was not surprising, since our DLP-2000 is one of the fastest and most cost-effective digital label presses on the market, and offers a complete, in-line label printing and finishing solution. Many visitors to our booth were also looking for full-color, digital, on-demand label printers.”

Darin Lyon, Anderson & Vreeland: “The response to our exhibit was overwhelming. Over the past 18 months A&V developed strategic partnerships with vital technology manufacturers, in concert with our customers, to introduce world-class solutions that will influence the future of flexography. Labelexpo Americas represented the culmination of these efforts and the level of excitement was unparalleled. Our new products and innovative technologies attracted large numbers of people to learn about expanded gamut, digital printing’s new advanced features, and how to grow their business in the future.”

Matthew Berkeley-Hill, Berkeley Machinery: “Berkeley Machinery had an excellent show with many enquiries and 21 positive leads. Visitors to our stand saw our unique service, of offering custom designs for client's specific requirements, as a major benefit to them.”

Enrica Lodi, CARTES: “CARTES, the well-known Italian manufacturer of printing and finishing machines impressed visitors to its booth at Labelexpo Americas with its "state-of-the-art" in semi-rotary die-cutting units. This edition of Labelexpo Americas has seen CARTES close important deals/contract with companies from the American markets, which attests the efforts of CARTES in reaching and realizing customer expectations.”

Tom McNally, CAS Corporation: “Labelexpo Americas 2014 provided an excellent platform for CAS Chemical to introduce its thermal transfer ribbon product line up to the Americas and international marketplace. Our full line up of formulations including the new wash care ribbon for textile applications was well received and created exceptional interest from show attendees.”

Cindy White, Channeled Resources: “Channeled Resources launched two new product lines at Labelexpo Americas. Atlas Tapes, acquired and physically relocated this summer, made its debut in Rosemont. We knew splicing and mounting tapes were a natural fit, but we were surprised by the variety of inquiries for specialty tapes which speaks to the entrepreneurial spirit of our customers. We also introduced the first in a series of non-pressure sensitive products it will feature. Customers expect cost savings from CRG and have found that in Paper Tyger, a durable paper and lower cost alternative to Tyvek® and other synthetics. Tyvek® is often an over-engineered material for our customers’ applications. The energy in our booth was palpable as we surveyed current and prospective customers.” 

Gary Falconbridge, Colordyne: “We were pleased with the high booth attendance Colordyne experienced at Labelexpo Americas 2014. Our visitor inquiries were the most they have been to date at a show and attendees were more eager than ever to learn about digital color printing, inkjet and laser die-cutting. Colordyne’s focus on providing continued innovation and forward-thinking high-speed full color digital printing solutions is supported by Labelexpo’s ability to provide an educational and exciting visitor experience!”

Gerald Clement, Computer Productivity Services Inc: “We were very happy with the interest expressed in our capabilities supporting multiple plant systems and our more powerful full Microsoft Dynamics GP based user and lower cost shop floor user options. As a result of valuable feedback from Labelexpo Americas attendees we now allow estimators to easily experiment with different press, tooling, material and finishing variables to quickly determine to lowest cost conversion methods for each quantity to produce.”

Jason Newville, Delta Industrial Services: “Labelexpo Americas was one of our best shows this year, we were really able to showcase our flexibility and versatility. We were impressed by the large number of qualified visitors who were planning to make purchasing decisions by the end of the year. Delta delivered two truckloads of equipment to demonstrate at this show, three unique Delta Mod-Tech® solutions; digital print finishing, laser die cutting and medical converting and pouching, all were very well received. Delta also participated in the Package Printing Workshop, one of Labelexpo’s education areas, this area generated a lot of interest, attendees liked seeing Delta’s many rotary converting technologies and the way they are used in a variety of industries. Overall this was an exceptional show.”

Aaron Sanborn, DIP Company: “DIP Company exhibited at Labelexpo Americas 2014 and found it to be a very successful show. It gave us the opportunity to reach numerous new prospects, provide them with product awareness and demonstrate how our “Quick Change” pan liner systems benefit them by decreasing their changeover times, reducing water contamination and increasing overall press speed. The show generated a total of over 75 qualified leads and by exhibiting at Labelexpo Americas our sales team was able to open new dialogues with a great deal of customers and prospects at one time, thus making our company more efficient. Although the exact figure of expected sales is hard to determine, we know that having the opportunity to demonstrate our product line will definitely result in new customers and more business. Overall, Labelexpo Americas was a very positive experience for DIP Company and we will continue to exhibit there for years to come.”

Jordan Emily, Discount Labels: “As a first-time exhibitor, Discount Labels was very pleased with the quantity and quality of booth customers. Hundreds of qualified attendees stopped by to explore partnering with us for digital label solutions. Meeting one-on-one gave us the chance to listen to their unique challenges, talk through viable solutions, and showcase our innovation. The conference sessions were also valuable. It was enlightening to learn from others while solidifying our own strategic direction as a leader in the custom label converter market. Among all the new technology, we especially enjoyed being catapulted into the future of retailing with the Smart Mart and the “Internet of Things” session. The greatest Expo value, however, came from the conversations we had. In this digital age, we are appreciative of the opportunities to talk to our partners and customers in person about the future, and Labelexpo Americas provided the perfect forum to do just that.”

Scott Schultz, Eckart America: “For Eckart America, Labelexpo Americas has proven to be a great launch platform to introduce innovative ink technologies, particularly new UV products for shrink sleeves and LED applications; and this year’s event brought extraordinary attendance to our booth, creating quality connections of both new prospects and existing customers.”

Tim Zula, Esko: “Throughout the world, Esko has had very successful shows with Labelexpo for quite some time. Visitors to the booth are always very targeted and interested in label production, attendance is very strong with busy aisles, and it seems Esko always plays an active role in the conference agenda. Labelexpo Americas 2014 was no exception. We found that those who stopped by the booth were particularly interested in extended gamut—an increasingly popular topic—and Full HD Flexo, an enabling technology for expanded gamut printing.  Our design and workflow tools always garner interest, and there is always a crowd watching the Kongsberg table in action. We were, once again, pleased to participate at Labelexpo.”

Andy Hobsbawm, EVRYTHNG: “As a software platform that powers smart packaging to connect products to the Web, it was important for us to showcase our technology in Labelexpo Americas' Smart Mart. It was great to meet label converters and brands keen to explore smart packaging opportunities to engage consumers and improve supply chains.”

John McKay, FLAG: “Did you follow the flags to the Flexo Label Advantage Group (FLAG) Labelexpo booth for buying group savings? Many did and FLAG grew its membership by more than 20%. FLAG is the buying group for label converters who want to reduce their costs while still remaining independent. Labelexpo Americas was a tremendous show for us this year. Our buying group concept in this market was brand new four years ago and now converters are really starting to understand that there is great strength in numbers.”

John Bennett, FLEXcon: “Well attended by major influencers, Labelexpo Americas 2014 was a great opportunity to connect with industry experts as well as customers and prospects, many of whom made significant purchases the week of the show. FLEXcon was happy to be a part of the Inkjet Trail, providing press manufacturers with approved products, such as THERMLfilm®NEXgen™and DRUMcal™, to help create superior labels that stand up to the challenges of the real world.”

Eric Thibault, Flexomaid: “Labelexpo Americas has served Flexomaid™ as a spectacular launching pad. As a new player in the Automatic Anilox roll cleaning scene, the newly founded Canadian company Flexomaid™ turned a lot of heads and created an enormous amount of interest during the entire show.  Numerous attendees, distributors and OEMs visited to see our new patented technology that cleans anilox and gravure cylinders using a tiny amount of detergent and water. The company also launched its Eco-Maid line of cleaning detergents developed for anilox cleaning directly at the printing press as part of Flexomaid’s™ line of Global Environmental Cleaning Solutions. Visitors were also very impressed by the demonstration of the first “Quality Control Test’’ on the market, which takes only 30 seconds to indicate if a roll is clean.”

Robert Waddington, Frimpeks Inc: “This year’s show provided us with over 300 well-qualified leads, almost 50 request for samples to be sent out and numerous inquiries about our products and services. We had a lot of interest in our UV flexo ink line, specialty coatings, and pressure-sensitive roll stock.”

David Haley, FUJIFILM: “FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division is pleased to announce the show-floor purchase of Graphium, by Distinct Packabilities, a Kentucky-based print provider. Graphium is a digital hybrid, four color plus white UV inkjet press integrated with inline flexo and finishing. Fujiflm and Distinct Packabilities are going to establish a new standard for digital print quality in the flexible packaging and prime label markets. We’re anxious to get Graphium into the hands of our printers and start putting these super high quality, quick turn, short run printed products out into the marketplace. Our customers continue to need these capacities and their color and graphics quality demands only continue to proliferate. We feel we now have an incredibly powerful weapon in our arsenal that will allow us to meet and exceed these demands.”

Scott Waldal, gb Flexo Equipment: “We would like to congratulate Labelexpo Americas on a terrific show.  From gb Flexo Equipment’s standpoint, you made it easy to network…  We received a lot of traffic and made some very valuable connections. This was our first year as gb Flexo Equipment and we were pleasantly surprised by how many of our previous customers stopped by looking for equipment. We received over 20 new pieces of used equipment to list from the show. Thank you.”

John Borkovec, GFI Innovations: “Although traffic was a bit lighter on the final day of the show, overall we were very pleased with the number of people that visited our booth. We met with many people who came prepared and asked good questions about how our equipment could help their business, and I'm confident that some of these discussions will generate new customers for us."

Uffe Nielsen, Grafisk Maskinfabrik: “Classic GM units like the corecutter and sheeter proved still relevant to the market, but also new units gained a lot of interest. In particular the FB330 flatbed hot stamping unit was a showstopper, and the two finishing lines with integrated laser die cutters showed the future of finishing; both the large DC330 and the DC330 Mini “split” were very popular with the crowd. We met with several highly qualified potential partners, generated 100+ hot sales leads, and proved to ourselves and the market that we are still at the forefront on several important parameters of the industry such as price, lead time and new technology.”

Hiroyuki Takahata, Graphtec Corporation: “We are very pleased with the outcome from Labelexpo Americas 2014. We successfully launched our new full color digital label creation system LCX1000, and enjoyed our conversations with hundreds of people who visited our booth. We have got valuable feedback and input from them, and look forward to delivering the products and solutions that make their business easier. It was very exciting to witness the growing market opportunities in label printing at this convention. We have developed so many great new business opportunities during the event and I believe market requirements for short-run, cost reduction, shorter lead time and full color will keep driving stronger needs for digital solutions in label creation which we are strongly committed to."

Jazmin Cordero, Harper Corporation of America: “Global anilox roll supplier Harper Corporation of America celebrated huge success at the recent Labelexpo Americas 2014. Harper’s XDI graphic and printed electronics technology continue to be an eye-catching attraction and garner a lot of attention. Harper demonstrated its patented award-winning QD™ ink proofing system and showcased the QD™ Flexo Printing Head, its newest addition to the QD™ Multi-Process Flatbed Printing System. Also highlighted at Labelexpo was Harper’s newest HEX division, which is a partnership between Harper Corporation of America and MECA & Technology Machine, Inc. Through this division, Harper offers MECA products such as plate sleeves, bridges, mandrels, and mechanically engraved anilox rolls. These products have been designed to decrease downtime and minimize make ready.”

Richard Croft, Impression Technology Europe: “Labelexpo Americas 2014 exceeded all our expectations here at Impression Technology Europe. We found the demand for our complete short run digital solution, the Compress Range, was at the top of almost everybody’s agenda. From those looking to start from scratch, to experienced flexo printers looking for help with their short run demands, our stand was constantly busy. The interest in our newly launched Compress LF350 larger digital finishing solution was especially encouraging. In short we attended the exhibition with three pieces of digital printing equipment and returned to the UK having sold them all. The leads and contacts we have generated from this one exhibition will keep us busy for many months to come and will usher in a new chapter in the history of Impression Technology Europe.”

Wayne Middleton, Innovia Films: “Labelexpo Americas 2014 was a superb opportunity for us to connect and meet with our existing customer base and also seek new business opportunities across the region. We were able to showcase our established portfolio of label facestock films and demonstrate some of our new products such as UltraFoil and Plus Films and partnership working with converters and printers.”

Randy Rickert, iSys Label: "With every year that passes, iSys Label sees a substantial increase in the amount of patrons who are interested in the digital label printing market space. People looking for this technology seem to be more knowledgeable than in the past and are actively seeking digital label technology to fill their needs, whether it be in a print production facility or as brand owners looking to print their own labels. At Labelexpo Americas, iSys had distributors from all over the world and were very successful throughout the show with many installations happening immediately in the next couple weeks, as well as near future. The Labelexpo shows are something we look forward to all year long and we are excited to be attending the upcoming show in Brussels next fall.”

Sally-Anne Heaford, J M Heaford: “Heafords had its busiest ever Labelexpo Americas with high visitor numbers from North America and Latin America. The award winning and innovative “FTS” Narrow Web Flexo Plate Mounter, which radically simplifies and speeds up the mounting process, was being demonstrated on both our and the Agfa Pitman stand. It generated huge interest with over 200 visitors watching the demonstrations. The ease of use, repeatable accuracy and speed offers buyers the alternative to automation without the price tag. As at Labelexpo Europe last year the response to the FTS was excellent, every visitor who watched a demonstration saw the benefits instantly. The mounters on the stands were sold at the show and we are very busy responding to all the show enquiries.”

Alex Jordan, Jordan Products: “Labelexpo Americas was a great success for us, as we logged over 175 solid leads. Two separate visitors, both heads of new technology development at major converting companies, commented that our products were the most exciting new technology they had seen at the show. An industry trend revealed at the show was the growing demand for new security label technology. Converters expressed that their clients were requesting additional anti-counterfeit and tamper evident features and therefore there was a noticeable desire for new technology among converters walking the show."

David Morris, Kocher + Beck: “Kocher + Beck was excited with the number of both existing and new customers taking time to visit us at Labelexpo Americas 2014, and with the interest shown in our full product range. We were able to take the opportunity to talk both in depth and technically with customers about our dedicated ME75 flexible die, designed especially for thin PET liner applications. As well as our Tec Screen silk screen material, high performance Chrome flexible die, as well as the rest of our high quality tooling range. Kocher + Beck would like to take this opportunity to thank all visitors to Labelexpo Americas 2014.”

Angie Ostler, KTI: “Labelexpo Americas 2014 was a great show for KTI!  The booth traffic was consistently high with a tremendous amount of interest not only in the “KR” Series Turret Rewinder we showed but also in the many other automatic splicers and turret rewinders KTI markets. KTI is already busy working on new product developments and product enhancements as a result of the feedback from the show. KTI will be exhibiting at Labelexpo South China in December 2014 and Labelexpo Europe in the Fall of 2015, be sure to visit our booth to see what how we’ve grown!”

Micheal Lane, Lofton Label: “Labelexpo Americas offers our executive and sales team an outstanding opportunity to gain insight into the latest trends, industry issues and technology to drive business performance. The exposition features the widest array of label, film, equipment and support vendors that drives our ability to deliver creative solutions to our customers.”

Brittany Franzen, MACtac: “This year’s Labelexpo Americas was a great success. The visitors were very interested in learning about new products as well as understanding the breadth of products MACtac has to offer. Demonstrations are always a great way to show our products in action. Our cocktail and pizza party were a great hit as well and kept the conversations flowing. Overall the leads generated were even better than before, so we are excited to get back to work and finish the year strong!”

Ed Wiegand, The MATLET Group: “The converter panel discussion was excellent and the preparation really made the difference. I believe the panel was a great representation of the industry and the many players.”

Denny McGee, MPS America: “Labelexpo Americas provided MPS an ideal venue to present the company’s strong local organizations. MPS North America and MPS Latin America joined forces to present the added value of MPS’ flexo and offset printing presses at Labelexpo 2014. We had the pleasure to welcome a high volume of visitors to our stand. With the positive reception of our press technology and receipt of multiple orders, we achieved our goals of presenting both our high-end press technology and our strong local presence. Highlighted in the stand of MPS North America and MPS Latin America was the flagship EF multi-substrate UV and hot air flexo press, which is now available for both print sleeves and plate rolls. Additionally, MPS is a proud sponsor of Label Academy, a global training and certification program for the label and package printing industry that was unveiled at Labelexpo Americas.”

Cheryl Caudill, Multi-Plastics: “We have been a supplier to the narrow web flexographic market for over 30 years and celebrated our 35th anniversary by bringing over 30 employees from our sales, marketing, and executive teams from the US, Canada, and the UK to walk Labelexpo Americas and learn about the changes occurring in the industry. Additionally, we stayed on a few days to review what we learned and to have our sales meeting in Rosemont, IL.  As a supplier of unsupported plastic films for ticket, tag, overlaminates, and flexible packaging, it was excellent to see how much the industry is embracing thinner plastics and flexible packaging.  These two areas have been our largest growth markets, and we are pleased the market is diversifying into areas where we have the years of expertise and the personnel ready to help them grow!”

Phil Hartley, NewPage: “NewPage Corporation (NewPage) announced the introduction of Reflections™ at Labelexpo Americas.  Reflections is a new 60 lb. (89 gsm) high gloss cast coated alternative label paper designed for high-end wet glue and pressure sensitive applications that require smooth printing and a mirror gloss appearance, such as spirits, wine and pharmaceutical labels. This announcement brought heavy activity to the NewPage booth, with many inquiries and future collaborations discussed. NewPage will continue to come to Labelexpo Americas to meet with leaders in the label industry. The expo has become a significant part of our specialty paper marketing plan due to the representation of many of our current and future customers. The expo is a prime location to have substantive meetings and display innovations to our marketplace."

Paul Teachout, Nilpeter: “Visitors in large numbers accepted Nilpeter's invitation to “Join” the company’s display of UV-flexo presses for producing high quality labels and package printing at Labelexpo Americas. We saw visitors on our show floor really wanting to take advantage of the automation on the high-performance FB-3 and sleeve-based FA-4*. We presented a flexografic solution to meet the digital challenge and affect the cross-over point between flexo and digital. Now with a simple recall of a job and fast change of plate cylinders, the automation resets the job, and we are back in print and register with zero waste, and that is highly competitive. Another attraction was the Expanded Gamut process demonstrated on the FB-3, which produced impeccable labels and shrink sleeves. Also the FP-4 flatbed unit for hot foil and embossing on the FA-4* created much interest among premium-quality wine label converters.”

Michael J Brenner, NPPS: “FFH – Flexo For Hire and NPPS - National Printing and Packaging Services had a tremendous Labelexpo Americas 2014 show. Hundreds of show attendees who are owners and plant managers stopped to visit with us. Many of them are steady customers. We received dozens and dozens of requests for immediate recruiting help at the show. Nearly every visitor told us of the difficulty they have finding skilled pressmen and experienced sales representatives. Employment in the label and flexo industry is still growing. Great show!!”

Johanna Baumann, Pantec GS Systems: “Pantec GS Systems attracted an astonishing attendance and interest from label and package printing professionals at Labelexpo Americas. Featured was the SWIFT, a unit designed to save expensive foil and place holograms, tax stamps and brand protection while achieving foil savings of over 90%. Luxury, high value holographic foils were seen used to prove that foil costs with the foil saver are lower than foiling without it. Witnessed was also Pantec’s strong environmental awareness, foil is literally left gapless resulting in less waste. The Swiss technology demonstrated five lanes running hot foils and holograms, granted is a maximum of six with the standard model. Achievable is also a running speed of 80m/min. maintaining control on every step to guarantee quality affordably with luxury appeal foiling effects. New trends and designs can now be realized with perfection to deliver award-winning results.”

Bob McGilvery, Polyonics Inc: “Polyonics laser markable label materials and the XF-610; 5 mil polyimide hang tag where among the most talked about new product innovations at Polyonics booth # 3617 during Labelexpo Americas this past week.  The Polyonics team welcomed over 100 visitors to the booth to discuss printed circuit board labels, the benefits of antistatic and flame retardant properties as well as high temperature aluminum materials needed for identification of hot metals.”

Elinor Midlik, Prime UV-IR: “Labelexpo Americas was a great start to a bustling fall season. Lots of attendees, many from overseas. We signed up two international agents with orders in hand for Prime UV Systems. Great reception for our new PRIME UV MINI-MAX lamps for the narrow web market, and high interest in PRIME UV LED-MAX cassettes. Constant traffic at our stand and throughout the halls.”

Mark Strobel, Primera Technology Inc: “Labelexpo America 2014 was an extremely busy show for Primera. We showcased our popular CX1200 Color Label Press and FX1200 Digital Finishing System. We heard in many different ways that label houses are looking to go digital but without breaking the bank. They found Primera’s CX1200 and FX1200 to be the perfect fit for their company’s needs. We offer a well-proven solution that’s affordable, easy to use and has the flexibility to produce virtually any label in any size or shape. Moreover, quite a number of people told us that Primera had some of the best print quality they found at Labelexpo, regardless of price. That was definitely a nice thing to hear from so many industry professionals.”

Harvey Beaudry, Sohn Manufacturing: “Sohn Mfg. had a great Labelexpo Americas 2014. We had the average amount of visitors to our booth.  A lot of the visitors that we had were impressed with our reregistration die cutters; how compact and easy to use the units are. Especially now that we are offering speeds at 300ft/min.”

Bas Hoijtink, SPGPrints: “This year’s Labelexpo Americas generated an encouraging stream of inquiries for the DSI® UV-inkjet press, and a notable increase in visitors from Latin America and Asia. The press has been fine-tuned to achieve peak performance, in terms of productivity and quality, and the show was our opportunity to prove that – with success. The live demonstrations and sample portfolios gave inspiration to label converters seeking solutions for appealing product decoration, variable data and industrial resistance. Visitors were impressed by the screen-equivalent opacity, vividness, clarity of fine text and gradient of colors achievable. We even had a few inquiries from printers specializing in non-label applications such as furniture surfaces. SPGPrints’ low-migration inks, our highlighted product introduction at Labelexpo, attracted interest from major printing houses seeking safe digitally printed food and pharmaceutical packaging solutions.” 

Tony Renzi, Sun Chemical: “Sun Chemical had an overwhelmingly positive experience at Labelexpo Americas this year. The forum provided us with an opportunity to show how we can take our customers from concept to consumer by showcasing our full range of solutions for the narrow web, tag and label marketplace, including inks, coatings, consumables, brand protection, low migration, pre-press services with high-definition plate technology, packaging design and brand consultancy, and a dispenser program which lowers ink spend. We were especially excited to demonstrate how our electronic materials solutions like Touchcode make packages and objects communicate, engage consumers, and provide brand authentication solutions.”

Kevin McKell, Vetaphone: “Labelexpo Americas 2014 was a great success for Corona manufacturer Vetaphone and consolidated the company’s position as the preferred supplier of surface treaters for label printing and converting. We are very dedicated to the narrow web market and our position is strong with an 80% share worldwide. Coming to Labelexpo it is clear to see that OEMs and end-users recognize the quality and user-friendliness of our equipment and the interest from visitors has been over-whelming.”

Bjarke Nielsen, Werosys: “Werosys’ new digital finishing line was officially launched at Labelexpo Americas and received an overwhelming interest in the completely modular design that makes the investments in a Werosys finishing line future proof by allowing future upgrades and additional modules to be added when the need arises. The first two lines have already been sold and will be delivered over the coming months.”

John D. Pettus, Wikoff Color: “Wikoff Color Corporation appreciates everyone that came by their booth during this year’s Labelexpo Americas. Wikoff looks forward to building on the opportunities they discussed at the show and will be working diligently to follow-up with everyone that took their time to come by Wikoff’s booth. The products Wikoff Color showcased at the show, a new high-performance/low cost UV Flexo ink system, specialty UV and water coatings and their four color process UV LED inkjet printing, were well received.”

Karen Crews, Xitron: “We were particularly impressed with the quantity and quality of visitors to the various booths in which Xitron products were on display. We couldn’t have chosen a better launch point for our Navigator label and flexographic workflow tools.”

Tom Zumbiel, Zumbiel: “I found Labelexpo Americas to be very insightful, particularly the detail presented around digital printing in the conference sessions and on the show floor from the vendors. I am new to digital and it was a great place to get acquainted with it. There were excellent presentations on other topics as well. I’m glad I went.”

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LaserSecure technology by Schreiner ProSecure identifies counterfeits by means of invisible features in the ink

image Schreiner ProSecure with its LaserSecure technology offers manufacturers comprehensive protection of their products against counterfeiting. Authentication by means of the time-tested technology has now become even more reliable and faster due to a new generation of readers. They detect unique optical fingerprints incorporated in the inks used for LaserSecure, which enables the identification of discrete product items, grades or types of products. Authenticity can be verified either by a quick check or a forensic measurement technique.

In 2013, customs officials at the EU’s borders confiscated 36 million faked goods equating to an original value of 768 million euros. The steadily growing threat posed by product counterfeiting calls for solutions that make it possible to easily detect fakes along the value chain and to take them out of circulation. Schreiner ProSecure assists manufacturers in protecting their products against counterfeiting and tampering – from an initial analysis of potential risks and selection of the appropriate security technologies through to the provision of the required authentication equipment. LaserSecure is a time-tested anti-counterfeiting technology, which now offers even higher security thanks to new reading equipment. 

Invisible pigments provide proof of authenticity
For the LaserSecure solution, so-called ‘taggants’ are inconspicuously incorporated into a printing ink and processed in screen, flexo, letterpress or offset printing. The pigments are very robust, light resistant, durable and chemically inert, in other words resistant to liquids and acids, and toxicologically harmless. They withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius. The odorless and colorless taggants can subsequently be analyzed on the product for authentication purposes by means of dedicated readers.

The threat scenario determines the protection technology
LaserSecure technology is primarily designed for authentication by experts. Schreiner ProSecure has now further developed the technology and combines these features to create customized LaserHighSecure profiles. Their unique optical fingerprint identifies discrete product items, grades or product types.

Testing and reading technology for maximum reliability
Schreiner ProSecure provides three different authentication devices to prove the presence of the covert security features. The devices can either be used to determine the mere presence of the security feature in a quick test or to perform a detailed analysis of various emission properties of the pigment components as a forensic measuring technique. 

Customized security solutions instead of standard products
Early involvement of Schreiner ProSecure’s anti-counterfeiting experts in the product development process enables them to address a manufacturer’s specific requirements using a targeted approach. Therefore, it makes sense to think about marking solutions for authentication purposes as early as in the concept stage. Schreiner ProSecure will analyze the specific threat scenario of a brand owner or product and, based on this analysis, select the most suitable security technologies.

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GIDUE wins the Label Industry Global Awards for Innovation 2014

Following the nomination as finalist in the shortlist of the 2014 Label Industry Global Awards, GIDUE is proud to announce that it has been awarded with the Label Global Award for Innovation for the Digital Flexo Excellence™ Project, the latest revolutionary technology launched by GIDUE for the Labels & Packaging industry.Following the nomination as finalist in the shortlist of the 2014 Label Industry Global Awards, GIDUE is proud to announce that it has been awarded with the Label Global Award for Innovation for the Digital Flexo Excellence™ Project, the latest revolutionary technology launched by GIDUE for the Labels & Packaging industry.

The Label Industry Global Awards have been founded in 2004 to celebrate innovations and excellence and during the last 10 years it has become the highest label industry’s accolade, judged by the most important Label Associations (FINAT and TLMI) and the 3 main technical magazines of our industry. Sponsored this year by Flint Group, the Award for Innovation  rewards a specific innovation, introduced during 2013, by a supplier or converter company in the label industry.

On 9th September, the label industry awards gathered together some of the sector’s leading companies and individuals at the Label Industry Global Awards 2014 to celebrate the most advanced technologies of the Industry. Held as part of Labelexpo Americas 2014, the awards ceremony and gala dinner took place at the main Ballroom of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

GIDUE won the Innovation price for 2014’s edition with the Digital Flexo Excellence Project, the latest technology launched for the Labels and Packaging industry. Digital Flexo Excellence is a system of technologies developed to make the workflow, set-up and run of a flexographic press “digital” and fully automated. Digital Flexo Excellence presses are designed to deliver high productivity, costs reduction, flexibility and consistent quality, with “digital” efficiency, repeatability and ease of operation. With faster changeover times, higher press up-time, and minimum waste, it projects flexography into a new era in the label and packaging industry, challenging Digital printing on quality, efficiency and profitability also in micro and short runs.

Federico d’Annunzio, GIDUE President, affirmed : << We are proud that GIDUE Team work has been recognized with this Innovation Award. Since the year 2000, GIDUE technologies introduced many concepts and innovations, which today have become the standard for for our industry. This award is a high incentive for GIDUE to continue developing new technologies for the benefit of the Labels and Packaging.>>

Matteo Cardinotti, MD of GIDUE, commented : << Digital presses in combination with advanced automated flexo presses are the future for the next generation converters. We are happy that judges have understood the GIDUE Digital Flexo Excellence™ concept in this important moment of our industry. “Excellence™“ in Digital Flexo automation grants coverters very high profits and extreme flexibility. >>

Cristina Toffolo, GIDUE VP Marketing, added: << This award is dedicated to the entire GIDUE Team that in these recents years has worked hard to confirm and strengthen its role as an italian innovative manufacturing company. We want to deeply thank all our customers in the world, that have supported GIDUE with continuous trust and confidence by investing in our new technologies ; and our suppliers and distributors for their tight partnership and constant commitment. >>

Maurizio Trecate, GIDUE VP Sales, concluded that Digital Flexo Excellence™ presses have already been installed in Europe and soon in Middle-Eastern countries. <<We believe that GIDUE Digital Flexo™ and Excellence™ technologies will increase the manufacturing efficiency of many Labels and Packaging converters in the world. A new Digital Era for Flexography was born.>>

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The GIDUE team received the prize for the Innovation Awards 2014

Source: http://www.gidue.com

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NOREXECO gets license to become the first dedicated forestry and paper exchange

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has given NOREXECO ASA a license to operate as a regulated market exchange. NOREXECO plans to open up for trading before the end of 2014 and will become the world’s first and only dedicated exchange for pulp and recycled paper.

The license covers financial derivatives within forestry and paper. The first product listed on NOREXECO will be pulp (softwood and hardwood).



Stein Ole Larsen, CEO


Transactions on NOREXECO will only be open for exchange members. NOREXECO will offer a fully transparent system with equal risk management opportunities for all participants. Trading will be compliant with national regulations, EMIR (Europe) and the Dodd Frank Act (USA). All transactions will be cleared through the reputed partner European Commodity Clearing AG in Germany.

“The international pulp market has historically been volatile. Despite the fact that it is nearly the same size as the aluminium market, the pulp market does not have an established exchange for trading. We have been welcomed as a stabilizing factor, and we are very optimistic about the opportunity to move a large share of the trading from the bilateral and the OTC market to a fully regulated marketplace,” says Stein Ole Larsen, CEO of NOREXECO.

Larsen says that his ambition is to give both the industry and the financial sector a regulated exchange for financial contracts. “It is about time that the forestry and paper industry gets the same opportunity for risk management as other mature industries, and we are very excited to soon open up for trading,” Larsen adds. 

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The Label Printers Brand Protection Presentation At @Labelexpo Americas

imageThe Label Printers’ Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell, was invited to make a presentation on the subject, “Brand Protection: Maintaining Credibility and Integrity” at Labelexpo Americas biennial Expo and Conference in Chicago. The presentation moderator was Michelle Garza, DantexRBCor’s Vice President of Operations. The presentation topic covered a wide range of brand protection issues of interest to virtually everyone in this era of rampant counterfeiting.

The conference and Ms. Campbell’s presentation were attended by label and packaging converters, suppliers, and brand owners, so her speech had to speak to everyone’s interests.  She chose to take the point of view of building a brand protection strategy, rather than discussing individual solutions.  As the Chief of Operations of a label converter that has been in the brand protection business for nearly two decades, working with multiple anti-counterfeiting technologies/solutions and their inventors/suppliers, she is uniquely qualified to take that point of view.  As she says, “Converters are positioned to “vet” all of the different solutions, and we tend to be a practical bunch. For us, it’s ink on paper. So it’s more important to understand a brand owner’s problem and their existing supply chain.” She goes on to say, “There’s an ugly rumor that brand protection is expensive.  It doesn’t have to be.  It just has to be right for the job.”

To prepare for her presentation, Campbell says, “I started out with the assumption that there were naysayers in the audience or at least people that don’t yet recognize the scope and the size of the problem. So I talked about how consumer behaviors have changed over the years, especially with the advent of the internet. And I gave [attendees] a list of 30 counterfeited products that had been posted by the brand owners – and the list was just ridiculous – stuff like chainsaws and fake medicines, but also zippers, and Rubik’s Cubes. My point was if there’s a price tag on something you can bet there’s a counterfeit version somewhere.”

The challenge for solution providers is to get businesses to discuss their brand protection problems.  For many of them issues such as diversion, the “gray market”, “parallel trading”, etc. are becoming a bigger problem than counterfeiting.  Campbell’s presentation included a discussion of the three “typical” layers in an anti-counterfeiting solution – Overt, Covert, and Forensic – and some of the many tools – such as holograms, microprinting, security papers, nanotext, and forensic or molecular taggants – that are available to solution providers. The presentation also pointed out that brand owners have to consider the cost per application, the ease of integration, durability, flexibility, lack of availability, reliability, level of security, authentication ease, and the cost of devices.

Campbell concluded, “Companies have to understand the impacts beyond the technology and the problem, which cost $X. They also have to look at the organizational impact – training, marketing, the use of confidentiality agreements, etc. Virtually the entire organization needs to be a part of the process - legal, marketing, operations, quality, purchasing, logistics, supply chain, and human resources. Counterfeiting is a big problem, and it needs a complete solution.”


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Pro Mach to be Acquired by Affiliates of AEA Investors LP from The Jordan Company

imagePro Mach, Inc., announced today that affiliates of AEA Investors LP (“AEA”) are acquiring the packaging machinery leader from The Jordan Company. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014, and is subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pro Mach is a leading manufacturer of integrated packaging and processing equipment solutions, and provider of training, installation, parts, and service for customers worldwide. Through more than 25 brands in Bottling & Capping, Primary Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Material Handling, Identification & Tracking, and End of Line Packaging, Pro Mach provides automated solutions that drive efficiency and increase packaging line performance for diverse food, beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and industrial goods companies.

“We are proud to announce our new ownership under AEA,” said Mark Anderson, Pro Mach President and CEO. “AEA understands our business, shares our vision, and will provide significant support for Pro Mach and its management team as we continue to grow our company and fulfill our highest priority – serving our customers. Our outstanding management team will remain intact and continue to lead our growth and execute our strategy. With AEA’s support, we look forward to continuing our expansion in world markets and building on our position as the premier provider of integrated packaging, material handling, and processing solutions in North America and beyond.”

“Personally I’m very proud of all our employees and the hard work they put in every day to strengthen Pro Mach’s reputation as a leading integrated solutions provider and make us a success,” added Mr. Anderson. “We couldn’t do what we do without them and we are very fortunate to have such great teams at all our brands.”

Pro Mach’s brands include Allpax, Axon, Benchmark Automation, Brenton, Currie by Brenton, Dekka, Edson, Federal, Fowler, ID Technology, IPak, KLEENLine, Matrix, Orion, Ossid, Pace Packaging, Rennco, Roberts PolyPro, Shuttleworth, Tekkra, Wexxar/BEL, and Zalkin. Pro Mach’s Flexible Packaging Group also sells, integrates and supports Toyo Jidoki, Inever, and FLtècnics brand equipment.

“By providing a single source for integrated solutions and a wide range of stand-alone products, Pro Mach strategically solves important packaging, processing, and material handling challenges for a diverse range of customers worldwide,” said Tom Pryma, Partner, AEA. “Pro Mach and its brands have an excellent reputation for manufacturing exceptional products and delivering exemplary customer service. We look forward to working with the management team to expand Pro Mach’s capabilities and grow the company.”

Brian Higgins, Partner at The Jordan Company, said, "We are proud of what Pro Mach has accomplished in the marketplace and the success of our partnership. Their excellent management team has consistently grown the business, expanded their capabilities, and delivered superior products and services to its customers. We wish the Pro Mach team continued success under AEA’s ownership."

Barclays Capital is acting as financial advisor to Pro Mach and The Jordan Company.

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ROTOCONTROL Secures Booklet Machine Order at Labelexpo Americas from Power Press

Order for Brazilian label printer was led by MZ Maquinas, the ROTOCONTROL local agent in Brazil.


ROTOCONTROL, a manufacturer of leading-edge slitter/rewinder inspection machines, today announced the receipt of an order placed at Labelexpo Americas from Brazilian label printer Power Press for a ROTOCONTROL booklet machine. The order was led by Marcelo Zandomenico of MZ Maquinas, the local ROTOCONTROL agent in Brazil, and accepted on-site during the exhibition by Marco Aengenvoort, Managing Director of ROTOCONTROL.

Marcelo Zandomenico of MZ Maquinas; Hederson Monteiro of Power Press; Marco Aengenvoort of ROTOCONTROL at Labelexpo Amerias

The ROTOCONTROL high-speed booklet machine has full electronic control, provides a feeding unit for dispensing the inserts, is available in all current working widths up to 510 mm and produces booklet labels with variable scopes and formats. The booklet machine is equipped with a Longford International OS700X booklet feeder for the creation of extended content labels. The OS700X has proven production speeds of up to 35,000 pieces per hour with a placement tolerance of +/-0.5mm.
Power Press produces a range of self-adhesive labels for the chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, aluminum and plastic industries including barcode labels, pre-printed thermal labels, tags for clothing, booklet labels and more.

Hederson Monteiro, Director of Power Press comments: "We are pleased to award ROTOCONTROL an order for a booklet machine. Their impressive machine technology and configuration design provides the solution we need to further expand the finishing phase of our booklet labels, to supply the growing demand in the Brazilian market."


ROTOCONTROL designs and manufactures leading-edge finishing machines, including the LeoMat brand, for inspection, slitting, rewinding, die cutting, overprinting, digital labels and booklet labels for converters in the narrow web industry. Available globally, ROTOCONTROL offers machines from smaller basic rewinders to feature-rich, sophisticated models with multiple options featuring S-Drive Servo Technology enabling maximum web control for the most delicate film and foil materials.

Headquartered in Trittau (Hamburg), Germany ROTOCONTROL maintains the highest level of product quality through ease of use, absolute control and flexibility with a focus on operator safety and efficiency. ROTOCONTROL is the partner of choice in the finishing of label products.

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AVERY DENNISON tire labelling portfolio wins innovation award at LABEL INDUSTRY GLOBAL AWARDS 2014

Avery Dennison’s new portfolio of materials for labeling one of the toughest products to brand -- tires -- was named winner of the Innovation Award for companies with over 300 employees at the Label Industry Global Awards Tuesday, September 9.

The award recognizes the new portfolio’s ability to boost brand image, ensure tracking ability and adhere more securely.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for an innovation that addresses real challenges in the marketplace,” said Don Nolan, president of Avery Dennison Materials Group. “We are committed to developing unique products that create value and meet demanding needs for both our customers and end users, and this portfolio an example of that promise.”


Don Nolan, president of Avery Dennison Materials Group, accepts the Innovation Award from Guillaume Clement, vice president, Global Narrow Web of Flint Group, at the Label Industry Global Awards in Rosemont, Illinois September 9.

First in the portfolio is the Point-of-Purchase (POP) Tire Label, which features a film and adhesive construction with production-friendly gum patterns that increase conversion speeds. The POP label material incorporates a special back coating on the polypropylene film, which resists the migration of low molecular-weight components and processing aides from the tire surface — a common problem in the industry. The barrier prevents materials from bleeding through the surface of the label, preventing label curl and maintaining outstanding print quality and brand appeal.

“Tires are one of the most difficult of all labeling applications because of their ‘low-energy’ surfaces, which are inherently resistant to labeling,” said Mark Pickner, Durables segment director for Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials North America. “We developed this portfolio in close consultation with tire manufacturers, who helped us understand their pain points and identify effective new solutions. This kind of collaboration is a key part of our innovation process, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

The tire portfolio also features Vulcanized Tire Labels specifically designed to aid product identification. These constructions provide heat and abrasion resistance needed to withstand the extremes of the tire’s vulcanization process. As brands serialize their tires for tracking and safety reasons, the label material can be applied during the final stages and remain integrated and resistant to severe environmental conditions.

The Label Industry Global Awards, organized by Taursus, are held annually, alternating between Labelexpo Americas in Chicago and Labelexpo Europe in Brussels. The Innovation Awards are awarded to two companies — one with more than 300 employees and one with less than 300 — for a specific innovation in technology or business practice introduced in the label industry. Award entries were judged based on degree of innovation, practical impact in the marketplace and economic and environmental aspects.

More information about the tire label portfolio and other innovations Avery Dennison featured at Labelexpo this year can be found on the company’s virtual trade show at virtuallabelexpo.averydennison.com. Innovation experts will be available via chat to provide more information on September 16 and 17 on the virtual trade show site.

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Saudi Arabian NOVA Water bottler installs the fastest PET line from Sidel in the world


Health Water Bottling to produce 134,000 bottles per hour to meet rising demand for bottled water in Saudi’s booming market

To meet the growing demand for bottled water in the Saudi Arabian market, Health Water Bottling Company (HWB), a leading bottled water supplier in Saudi Arabia which produces water under the Nova brand name, has recently acquired a complete PET line from Sidel which will boast one of the fastest turnover rates in the world. With the new technologically advanced line, which embraces the last generation of Sidel Matrix™ equipment, HWB will be producing PET water bottles in 330 ml and 600 ml formats at a speed of 134,000 bottles per hour by February 2015.

Sustain industry-leading position

In recent years, demand for bottled water (both still and carbonated) in the Saudi Arabian market has risen dramatically and is forecast to grow even further in future years. Off-trade sales volume of bottled water rose by 52.4% between 2007 and 2012, growing from 1,063 to 1,620 million litres sold, and has come close to surpassing even carbonates’ sales. The increase in demand has been attributed to the growing population of Saudi Arabia. The nation recorded a 2% increase in population in 2011 and water, being such a fundamental necessity, drove up the demand for bottled water.


In light of this increasing demand, the turnout rate of Nova branded bottles is crucial. Sidel’s leading technology in PET line solutions will allow HWB to stay at the forefront of this growing market by boosting its annual water production capacity with an additional 134,000 bottles per hour, thereby sustaining its industry-leading position.

Sidel chosen as the unique supplier for the new HWB complete line

During the 15-year relationship between the two companies, HWB has purchased different standalone equipment from Sidel, ranging from blowing machines, to fillers and others. The company was operating lines that featured technologies from several different suppliers, which did not optimise the overall line efficiency in terms of energy cost and wastage. This is one of the reasons for HWB making the subsequent decision to choose one unique reliable solutions provider for a complete line to ensure line performance. Sidel was selected because of its expertise in engineering know-how and the high performance of its equipment and services.


“We have been using Sidel’s equipment in our lines for many years now and have consistently been satisfied with their service and after-sales support. We have decided that, due to their superior knowledge and technical capabilities, Sidel would be the best option for us in terms of a complete line,” said Harry Nowers, Plant Manager at Health Water Bottling Company.

A technologically advanced production line

Based on the latest proven modular generation of PET bottling equipment, the Sidel Matrix system offers a higher level of performance, very fast changeover times, greater oven efficiency and improved uptime.

With its new complete line acquisition, HWB will benefit from this latest Sidel generation of solutions. The line will be equipped with two Sidel Matrix Combis, integrating blow-fill-cap in one unique enclosure. Because of the neck-handling and positive transfer of bottles between blow moulding and filling, the Sidel Matrix Combi is not bound by the limitations imposed by air conveyors. It will offer HWB greater design freedom in terms of bottle shape and the ability to package lightweight bottles at high speeds. Moreover, its overall efficiency, ergonomic and hygienic design, compact size, easy maintenance and lower energy consumption will all contribute to real cost reductions for HWB.

“Given the large increase in demand for bottled water in Saudi Arabia, there is now a huge opportunity for water providers in the area and we believe that HWB has definitely made a good choice by selecting the Sidel Matrix Combi which will offer great production efficiency and potential bottle lightweighting possibilities. We are globally committed to providing our customers with reliable and innovative technology and are glad to see that our Saudi-based team is striving to uphold that commitment,” said Nicola Barusi, Regional Commercial Manager for Sidel in Saudi Arabia.

Based on 50-years’ experience in blowing and 40-years’ experience in PET, Sidel will also support HWB to reach a very high level of bottle quality due to the company’s blowing process expertise and high energy-efficient process. “Our mission is to constantly push the limits of technology and provide unique and innovative solutions for our customers, and we have definitely demonstrated that with this piece of machinery. We are very proud to have our name on one of the fastest lines in the industry,” said Andrea DelGrosso, Regional Commercial Director for Sidel



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Hariss International Wins Big With Sidel Packaging Design and Technology

Sidel's Modulomold™ technology and packaging design expertise helps Riham brand win an AfriStar Award and Medal

Sidel a global provider of liquid packaging solutions, today announced that Hariss International Ltd, a leading African producer of mineral water and soft drinks under the "Riham" brand name, had been awarded the AfriStar Award and Medal for the unique design of their bottles. The bottles were blown using Sidel's Modulomold technology, and their design was optimized and tested by Sidel's packaging experts.

Bertrand Cottard Business Development Manager - Blowing and Packaging Sidel receiving the AfriStar Award

The award was received by Bertrand Cottard, Business Development Manager - Blowing and Packaging at Sidel, during the ceremony that took place on the 10th of September in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside the East AfriPack Exhibition.

Over the past few years Sidel has established a significant presence in Africa, which is today one of the fastest growing markets for its businesses globally. The company has been collaborating with Hariss International since the latter's inception in 2005 and has been providing it with complete production lines and various equipment, supported by a range of services including packaging and preform design to help create unique bottle designs for the company's brands. The Modulomold technology features different mould inserts, allowing producers to easily produce customized bottle shapes with quick 30-second changeovers.In addition to utilizing the Modulomold technology, Hariss International's innovative and engaging bottle designs were also tested and validated by Sidel's packaging experts, who have decades of experience at optimizing and qualifying PET packaging for different supply chains globally.

Sidel's Modulomold technology and packaging design

"Sidel has had a long relationship with Hariss International, and we're delighted to hear that Riham has been awarded an AfriStar. The award reflects our continuous efforts to provide our partners with quality services and innovative products. Sidel's vision has always been to adapt packaging to the goals of the end product and consumer, and the Modulomold method is a perfect example of this. We look forward to continuing our work with Hariss and help them reach new levels of achievement," said Georgios Diakakis, Regional Commercial Manager at Sidel.

The AfriStar Awards, run by the African Packaging Organisation (APO),featured over 25 participating companies from eight different countries. This new awards competition is designed to showcase the very best of the African packaging industry. The judging criterion rewards entries that demonstrate excellent application and execution of packaging through the use of creative design, marketing or technology. AfriStar Award winners automatically qualify for entry into the World Packaging Organization (WPO) WorldStar Awards.

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