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Industry associations have recognized the high quality production capabilities of Esko Full HD Flexo by presenting adoptees with a number of prestigious awards. "Launched just over a year ago, Esko Full HD Flexo continues to conquer the industry and provides converters worldwide a unique way to achieve excellent flexo print quality results," comments Thomas Klein, Vice President Digital Flexo at Esko. "We congratulate our customers with their outstanding achievements and are very proud with the recognition of their work!"

 

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Most recent were the EFIA Print Awards. Along with packaging printers RKW Finland and Pa-Hu Full HD Flexo customer Marvaco, a leading prepress house in the Nordic region, won double gold for International Flexo Print on Paper, and Flexo Print on Film with the Hau Hau Champion and Koff Lite designs (Marvaco.fi). In addition, PPP Digital Imaging, a UK-based provider of quality flexographic repro, was recognized with a gold award in the Technical Innovation Supplier category for its PPP Fusion solution that combines the capabilities of Esko Full HD Flexo with PPP’s techniques to achieve the ultimate flexographic printing plate (PPP.co.uk).

 

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Earlier at the FlexoTech International Awards, JV Uniflex (Uniflex.by), one of the largest flexo packaging and self-adhesive label specialists in Belarus, was awarded the Supreme Award for their ‘Moskovskiy Kartofel’ entry, which was also recognized for Flexo Job Previously Printed By Another Process. "It demonstrates our advances in flexo printing, a breakthrough which was possible thanks to the Esko products, Full HD Flexo and Equinox we implemented," said Eugene Lungin of Uniflex.

Even at the early beginnings of Full HD Flexo in 2013, two Esko customers were honored for their ground-breaking work at the DFTA Awards. Bischof + Klein (bk-international.com), one of Europe's leading full-service suppliers of flexible plastic and paper packaging and technology, won gold in the category for flexible packaging category pet food while Glatz Klischee (Glatz.at), a specialist in packaging prepress and plate production for flexo printing and corrugated board, was recognized with the gold award in the snacks and sweet category.

Henkel will be present at the Interpack show this year with numerous innovations and proven adhesives systems. The focus is on solutions that Henkel has engineered in response to the requirements of the packaging industry.

The major themes for the present and future include, among others, food safety, occupational health and safety, sustainability, lighter packages and the effects of volatile raw materials markets. Henkel, the world’s biggest adhesives manufacturer, will be tackling these challenges with a broad range of applications and products at Interpack.

Sustainable innovations for glass labeling
Glass bottle labels are exposed to such influences as strong temperature fluctuations and high humidity, particularly in summer. Labeling adhesives have to retain their stability and thus prevent the label detaching from the bottle in ice water or when condensation water forms. At the same time, the label should be easy to remove during the washing process for returnable bottles. With its broad application and performance spectrum, casein-free Aquence XP 190 satisfies these requirements, performing just as well as adhesives based on casein.

 

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Henkel offers a comprehensive product portfolio for different types of PSA labels

Since Aquence XP 190 is casein-free, its price is not subject to seasonal fluctuations like that of adhesives based on milk protein. In the grip of a steady, long-term rise, the casein price reached an all-time high in recent months. There are no signs at present of a trend reversal, as demand from other industrial sectors is also increasing and availability depends on milk output. Experts therefore expect a continuation of the upward price trend in the medium and long-run. Casein-free Aquence XP 190 is thus an efficient and economically sustainable alternative to conventional labeling adhesives for the beverage and liquid food industry.

Foamed adhesives yield optimal results
In high-volume applications like lamination, efficient processes are particularly important. The innovative Aeration System from Henkel reduces process times during lamination in the corrugated board industry considerably, while creating potential for enhanced efficiency at the same time.

This proven system solution for the foaming of laminating adhesives allows clean machining even at high production speeds. The system consists of a Henkel laminating adhesive and a perfectly adapted third generation Glue Mixer, foaming the adhesive inline. By considerably increasing the volume of the adhesive, the system thus significantly reduces the quantity of adhesive required per unit of laminated area.

New hotmelt adhesive sets standards
With a processing temperature of 100 degrees Celsius, Technomelt Supra 100 Cool from Henkel is the new record-breaking hotmelt for the packaging industry. Featuring all the known positive aspects of the proven Supra product series, the innovation from Henkel offers superior efficiency in the end-of-line packaging process while also contributing to greater sustainability and increased work safety at the customer.

 

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Ice Label Test

The continuing trend toward higher bond performance, greater mileage, and long-term availability is increasing in importance in the consumer packaging industry. In addition to its low processing temperature of 100 degrees Celsius and its high bond strength, Technomelt Supra 100 Cool also is distinguished by its wide range of applications in case, tray and carton bonding. Field tests among consumer goods manufacturers all over Europe have shown that the low processing temperature of Technomelt Supra 100 Cool reduces the required energy input by up to 50 percent relative to conventional hotmelts. Like all products of the Technomelt Supra series, Technomelt Supra 100 Cool is suitable for bonding food packages.

Freedom System and Central Hotmelt Feeding System
The Henkel stand will showcase an innovation that Henkel has developed in cooperation with the Nordson Corporation, a leading manufacturer of precision dispensing systems for adhesives and other materials. The Freedom System is a combination of tailormade hotmelts and high-end application equipment. Customers benefit enormously from the system and the different degrees of freedom it offers that gave the innovation its name. Thanks to innovative adhesives formulations, customers gain a measure of independence from raw materials markets, and they can set up the system with ease and virtually anywhere in their facility. They can reduce downtimes and escape the complexity of traditional dispensing systems. With the Freedom System, material is well optimized.

Another innovation at the trade show is the Central Hotmelt Feeding System. This new unit from Henkel enables customers to supply several adhesives application systems from a central adhesives store at the same time. This is made possible by an intricate piping configuration in which granular hotmelt is conveyed by compressed air and via an adjustable valve to the hotmelt application system. The system is cost-effective and saves energy during the production process. Smart software makes the feeding process easy to control.

Henkel presents product portfolio for self-adhesive label production
At Interpack, Henkel is presenting its extended range of pressure-sensitive adhesives for the production of self-adhesive labels, tapes and films. By closing its acquisition of the high-performance adhesives business of the US specialty chemicals company Cytec Industries in 2012, Henkel again strengthened its competencies in this specialty adhesives sector and now offers an even broader product portfolio.

The acquired PSA technologies are put to varied use across multiple industries to give special characteristics to self-adhesive labels, films and tapes. For the label industry, Henkel today offers a comprehensive range of pressure-sensitive adhesives that is designed for a multitude of removable, repositionable and permanent applications and covers all common technologies: water-based, solvent acrylics, hotmelts and UV-curable adhesives.

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As part of an "asset deal", Erhardt+Leimer acquired the Theta Print product segment from Theta System Elektronik GmbH in March. This new acquisition included the high-end video system ELSCAN dualView, which is now available for purchase from Erhardt+Leimer. The company has also enhanced its color, color density and register measurement and closed-loop control expertise.

Erhardt+Leimer print inspection solutions are an accepted standard across the world. With their NYSCAN 100% inspection system and their ELSCAN OMS4 video system, the inspection specialists at Erhard+Leimer were already well positioned on the market – and have now crowned their portfolio in this segment: With ELSCAN dualView, Erhardt+Leimer now provides a print image monitoring system par excellence, which has a proven reputation earned over several years of successful operation.

Top image quality

With web speeds of up to 1300 m/min, the image representation of the two 5 megapixel cameras integrated into the camera unit is unsurpassed in both color reproduction and contrast. ELSCAN dualView catches your eye because the images taken by the wide angle lens have virtually no distortion. The fall-off of light towards the edges is compensated perfectly.

 

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ELSCAN dualView also has a comparatively wide field of view: Erhardt+Leimer provides the two versions "Standard" (140 mm x 117 mm) and "Large" (230 mm x 192 mm). To fulfil the special requirements in packaging printing, the company is also planning a system with two 12 megapixel cameras and a 460 x 345 mm field of view. As with the other versions, the mounting dimensions are very compact.

LED replaces xenon flash plus special flashes for a variety of applications

ELSCAN dualView uses an LED flash which has several significant benefits compared to a conventional xenon flash: the LEDs last for the entire camera lifetime, while xenon flashes may need to be replaced after some years, depending on the intensity of use. The LED flash is operated with a non-hazardous low voltage of under 48 V – xenon lamps require high voltages. Furthermore, the LED flash supports variable adjustment of the flash time, thereby achieving a high definition camera image even at very high web speeds. The color reproduction quality is much higher with LED flashes.

E+L provides highly specialized solutions for the packaging and security printing segments, even by integrating additional flashes into the ELSCAN dualView camera housing: a UV flash facilitates recognition of otherwise invisible security elements and a varnish flash for inspecting printed varnishes and embossing.

Simultaneous presentation of overview and detail

As standard, ELSCAN dualView supports the use of two adjacent monitors. This gives the operator both a wide repeat excerpt and a detail of the printed image at the same time. The inspection specialists at Erhardt+Leimer remain true to their principles: just as in the ELSCAN OMS4, the camera housing integrates both a wide angle and a zoom lens camera. The ELSCAN dualView camera unit is also maintenance-free: the fixed focus lens contains no movable parts.

Just like its "little brother" ELSCAN OMS4, ELSCAN dualView also provides an overview of the repeat for quick navigation with a user-friendly and intuitive mouse operation. Touch screen operation is also available as an option.

Getting started with spectral inline color measurement

With the takeover of Theta Print, Erhardt+Leimer has not only acquired a technically outstanding video system but have also set the points for entry into the market segment "spectral inline color measurement". According to Dirk Schröder, sales division manager for Paper and Foil at Erhardt+Leimer, the company is continuing to develop its "globally outstanding position in the print inspection segment". With 15 subsidiaries on four continents and over 1500 highly skilled staff, the family-run company is optimally equipped to meet the requirements of the global market.

Source: Erhardt+Leimer

Customer Colebourne & Partners complements event program to share first-hand experiences about the shift to digital production.

Xeikon and its Aura Partners will present how the digital production of folding cartons can transform the business of packaging printers and converters at the Xeikon Café on Packaging Innovations, taking place May 20 till 22. Attendees of the event will have the opportunity to see Xeikon’s label and packaging application suites in action and learn more about game-changing innovations in digital production. One of the suites highlighted will be the Folding Carton Suite.

Packaging, especially folding carton, has become a powerful tool to maximize the product’s selling power, build a brand image and protect it. This has posed certain challenges for packaging printers and converters, of which the biggest challenges are ever-shorter runs, a much broader variety of SKUs and increasingly faster turnaround times. Despite the complexity of the folding carton supply chain, folding carton appears to be standing its ground. Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, explains: “For brand owners pursuing customer intimacy, folding carton has more going for it than its cost. The perceived value of a quality full-color carton box is just so much higher than that of any other type of packaging. Folding carton is therefore ideal to grow and nurture that all-important customer loyalty.”

Xeikon and its Aura Partners answer the needs of the challenged Folding Carton market

In a market still dominated by offset printing, shorter runs and more different versions means more frequent make-readies of presses and converting equipment, which adds to the cost and does not improve turnaround times. Digital printing technology has the capability to make the folding carton supply chain more efficient and cost-effective. Because set-up and make-ready costs are minimal, small runs can be produced cost-effectively. Moreover, every print can be different, last-minute changes are no problem and updates can be made in short turnaround times. Xeikon digital printing technology has several unique advantages when it comes to meeting the market’s requirements in terms of format flexibility, cost, print quality, color accuracy and consistency, lightfastness, food safety and brand protection. This makes the Xeikon 3000 Series presses, that were specifically developed for label and packaging applications, ideally suited for folding carton printing.

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Because there is more to folding carton production than the printing, Xeikon has gone one step further by offering an integrated solution: the Folding Carton Suite. At the core of this suite is a Xeikon 3000 Series press, standard equipped with the four process colors CMYK and orange or Durable Clear toner, and complemented with four supporting components: (1) software, (2) print media, (3) consumables and (4) pre-and post-printing equipment. It is the result of a close collaboration between Xeikon and its Aura Partners. Together, they developed the most compact integrated solution that enables a single operator to not only print, but actually produce printed cartons ready to be folded and glued in one go.

Integrated solutions on show at the Xeikon Café

At the event a Xeikon 3000 Series press, equipped with CMYK and Durable Clear toner, will be printing packaging designs on Iggesund carton substrates, in roll-to-sheet mode. CHILI Publish will demonstrate how their dynamic online editing software enables last-minute changes to images or text. The prints produced on the press will be finished offline, on different systems that can be integrated with the Xeikon 3000 Series press. This set-up provides visitors with the opportunity to compare the advantages of each of the options

shown. There will be live finishing on a Kama sheet-fed flatbed die-cutter and on a Bograma sheet-fed rotary die-cutter with Rotometrics cutting dies. Samples finished using a Highcon digital die-cutting machine will also be showcased.

In addition, there will be live printing of paper cups on a special substrate from Stora Enso, with assembled examples of these paper cups on display. Argos Solutions will demonstrate its offline solution for applying a raised spot varnish. Visitors will also be able to assess the advantages of using web cleaning modules. Both Meech and Argos will have their modules on show. Finally, there will be demonstrations of the various software tools included in the Folding Carton Suite, such as Xeikon ColorControl.

Aside from the live demonstrations and displays, Aura Partners attending the event will describe their contributions to the Folding Carton Suite in detail during several technical seminars, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Meet the Customer: Colebourne & Partners

Weymans is convinced that conventional folding carton producers still hesitant about going digital will not hesitate any longer: “What better opportunity to find out how digital production could work for them than by listening and talking to someone who has actually made the move? We’re very pleased that one of our successful customers, Colebourne & Partners, has agreed to come and share their experiences.”

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Colebourne & Partners (www.candppackaging.co.uk, ‘C&P’) is a privately-owned packaging manufacturer, based in Melksham, Wiltshire in Southwest England. Established more than 35 years ago, the company set out as a carton converter, providing services to blue chip customers in the food and retail industries. Today it is being run by the second generation, with food packaging accounting for the best part of the company’s business. The majority of the food packaging produced is for direct food contact applications. Typical examples are lids used to cover aluminum trays or ovenable board trays for ready-made meals. The company currently produces about 75 million of these lids a year.

Driven by its commitment to continually improve, C&P often sat down with its long-standing customers to identify points for improvement. Not surprisingly, the major issues usually turned out to be long lead times and large stocks. After careful consideration, C&P decided to move into digital printing and production, which meant a complete overhaul of its production workflow. Having installed a Xeikon 3500 digital press, C&P now prints roll-to-roll, converting the printed web using a separate offline converting and finishing solution. While C&P used to outsource the printing to other service providers, it can now keep the entire production in-house.

The advantages of the new digital production workflow are huge: lead times have dropped from 8 or 12 weeks to 1 week and the required storage space for stocks has been reduced to a quarter. While in the past stick-on labels and standard printed cartons were used to mimic versions, printing different versions of a carton has now become extremely easy. And with food regulations changing every so often, being able to produce short-run versions at short notice avoids unused stock having to be shredded. Also, the minimum job order size used to be 12,000; but now jobs can be as small as 250.

Easy and free registration

Weymans sums up the reason to come to this Xeikon Café event: “To anyone thinking about attending, I’d say: You don’t often get the chance to learn from first-hand experiences, so grab it with both hands!” The Xeikon Café will take place at Xeikon’s production site in Lier, Belgium, from May 20 till May 22, with basically the same program each day, so participants can choose the date that best suits them. Attendance is free but registration is required online at www.xeikoncafe.com.

Award winning label printer Mercian Labels has marked its 45th anniversary with a celebration including all its staff.
The Staffordshire based printer was incorporated on 11 April 1969 and originally traded from a town-house in the picturesque village of Penkridge.  Now based at its modern purpose-built factory in nearby Cannock, the group employees 37 people across 2 sites, trading with over 20 countries and over 9,000 businesses.

 

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MD Adrian Seele with the 45th Anniversary cake

”45 years of trading marks another significant milestone in our growth story” commented Managing Director Dr Adrian Steele. “The business continues to enjoy year on year growth thanks to the fantastic team we have at Mercian Labels.  Our reputation for manufacturing labels that are delivered with speed and backed by excellent service has seen us continuously acquire market share in the UK in recent years through the recession.”

 

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Current factory


“Holding a small celebration to mark the anniversary on our 45th birthday to recognise this success was appreciated all round” added Steele.  ”If nothing else, we all got to enjoy a wonderful celebration lunch with a surprise cake!”

 

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Original factory

Korozo, the leading flexible packaging and carrier bag producer in Turkey, has become the first Kodak Certified Partner in Turkey, Middle East and Africa, successfully meeting all requirements for the KODAK Certification Programme for KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates.

Korozo Ambalaj Sanayii ve Ticaret A.S, based in Istanbul, is Turkey’s largest converter. The company invested in the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System in 2013 and has utilized the plate technology to achieve gravure-quality print for the first time across a variety of substrates including flexible packaging, foil, film, paper, plastic bags, labels and envelopes. In doing so it has seen immediate results, enhancing its Ultra HD Flexo Printing operations and enabling it to further strengthen its global credentials and international relationships.

 

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Achieving Certified Partner status demonstrates to printers and brand owners that KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates produced by certified providers are made to a standard Kodak global specification, representing a feature set that drives industry-leading efficiency, stability, and quality in print.  It is a benchmark for quality and efficiency that reflects the high standards of the customer operations and the product being produced, and is supported by comprehensive data measurement and recommendations from satisfied clients.

Commenting on receiving the endorsement, Mr Aslan Kilic, PrePress Manager at Korozo said:    “We are delighted to be the first Turkish company to receive this accolade from Kodak. The certification is a testament to the high standards we have in our operations and production and shows that Kodak confirms the quality of our production as a business partner. The Turkish print market is an exciting industry to be part of and through the certification we are proud to be at the forefront trailblazing the Kodak technology for our customers.”

Komal Sharma, Cluster Director for Emerging Geographies, EAMER at Kodak said: “By working with companies that have achieved Certified Partner status, all partners in the production chain can be assured that they are receiving a product that is manufactured to a global specification. The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System sets new standards in efficiency, stability and quality of flexo printing and Korozo’s success in the short time since investing in the system is testament to the positive influence the technology can have on a business.

“Consisting of a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Imager which uses KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology to offer outstanding process quality and control, the system works by applying a highly dense flat structure to the plate while it is completely isolated from oxygen. This stable dot structure produces consistently high quality prints and, combined with operational efficiencies such as excellent ink transfer, minimal downtime between jobs, longer run length capacity and plate lifespan, reduced waste and set-up time, has resulted in a digital flexo plate imaging solution that provides exceptional results.”

Elaborating on the positive impact this has had for Korozo, Mr Killic continues: “The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System has demonstrably improved the quality of our flexo printing through the improvement of sharp details, intense colors, high contrasts and consistency in print quality.  Our decision to invest in Kodak plate technology over its competitors was made in part due to positive customer feedback and undoubtedly by highlighting the quality of our plates the certification is in turn supporting our role as leaders in a competitive market place.”

avery dennison logo Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials today announced their CleanFlake™ portfolio was named “Top Product of the Year” in the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards.

“We are excited that our CleanFlake portfolio has been recognized by Environmental Leader,” said Don Nolan, president of Avery Dennison’s Materials Group. “Industry experts predict that PET usage will increase dramatically over the coming years, and we are proud to offer a solution that will ensure more of that material will enter the recycling stream.”

The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line.

Scores were determined by a panel of independent judges representing international consumer packaged goods brands, retailers, universities, electronics manufacturers and other organizations.

“PET is one of the plastics most in demand, and loss due to contamination is truly significant,” one Environmental Leader judge wrote in an evaluation of the CleanFlake portfolio. “Avery Dennison’s CleanFlake solves a very real problem with genuine innovation and is just what I consider to be worthy of acclaim.”

Direct printing, paper labels and standard pressure-sensitive labels applied to PET bottles tend to lower the recycling efficiency and the quality of recycled PET. In 2010, 1.5 billion pounds of PET were collected for recycling in the United States, yet reclaimers reported yield losses ranging from 24.4 percent to 32.2 percent due to contamination by labels, adhesives and other components – amounting to a loss of over 40 million pounds of bottles.

CleanFlake is a patent-pending adhesive technology that “switches off” when submerged in a recycling bath so the label cleanly separates from the PET flakes. Although these labels adhere firmly to PET bottles or containers during use, they detach readily in a conventional recycling facility and float to the surface of the bath, allowing clean PET flakes to sink to the bottom for easier reclamation.

An Avery Dennison™ Greenprint life cycle analysis showed that if 50 billion square inches of typical pressure-sensitive labels were changed to CleanFlake™, there would be a 75 percent reduction in solid waste.  This amounts to more than 53,000 tons of waste – the equivalent of the waste generated by more than 20,000 U.S. households.

This is the seventh industry award Avery Dennison has received for the CleanFlake Portfolio. The company received the Sustainability Award at Labelexpo 2013 in Brussels and the Global Green Award during Labelexpo 2012 in Chicago. In addition, it received the Society of Plastic Engineers Environmental Award in the Design for Sustainability category in 2013 and the Koreastar, Asiastar and Worldstar packaging awards between 2012 and 2013.

Source: averydennison.com/

image Mark Andy Inc. has appointed  Kevin Gourlay to vice president, Rotoflex. With more than 30 years of dedication to the leading inspection/rewinder line, Kevin brings a breadth of knowledge, experience and vision to the role.  In recent years, with Gourlay’s leadership, the offline finishing brand has continued to place significant focus on its equipment and service offerings. Moving forward as vice president, Gourlay will continue this trend, extending the Rotoflex portfolio with new and innovative products and offering enhanced retrofit and service plan options to its installation base of more than 7000 machines worldwide.

To support the future growth plan, Gourlay has recently appointed Ken Daming to business director, Arpeco.  In his new role Daming will drive the sales efforts of new equipment, as well as support the parts and service team dedicated to the horizontal product line.

Additionally, since the Arpeco acquisition in 2010, the unique equipment profile has joined the Rotoflex product portfolio, giving converters the option of a horizontal platform, now with advanced Rotoflex controls and web management technology. The offerings in the Arpeco line by Rotoflex include the Tracker S, Tracker L and VisionTrack, a full range of unique horizontal equipment.

“Kevin and Ken are superior resources in the world of offline finishing,” states Kevin Wilken, president and CEO, Mark Andy Inc. “We are excited to welcome them into their new roles and believe their experience and market knowledge will further support the global growth initiatives of this extremely important brand in the Mark Andy portfolio.”

Equipment is not the only focus of the expanded Rotoflex team. New engineering developments in controls architecture and web management have been significant as well. Under the direction of Manohar Dhugga, director of engineering and service for Rotoflex, the URC 2.0 controls system has grown into one of the most versatile and robust solutions in the industry, offering key functions including one key system setup, multiple secure label count sensors for accurate roll counting, “smart” fault placement to minimize production time and a robust job save/load capability for all job-related variables. Any Rotoflex or Arpeco installation can be retrofitted with this URC 2.0 controller as well as numerous other advanced features found in today’s finishing departments.

Source: www.markandy.com

image Taghleef Industries announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Derprosa Film from 3i Group, Baring and other minority shareholders. The transaction, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of Taghleef Industries and Derprosa Film, is subject to customary completion conditions and is expected to close by the end of April, 2014.

The business has been strengthened with a new management team during the period of ownership by 3i Group, Baring Private Equity and other minority shareholders. This team has successfully restructured the business and has focused on international expansion and the development of high margin products. Today, Derprosa Film is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of specialty films for graphic arts applications for luxury packaging and is a leading supplier of films for flexible packaging converters in Spain.

“Once part of the Ti Group, Derprosa Film will have access to resources deployed on all continents and will be able to accelerate the penetration of a set of very innovative technologies”, said Detlef Schuhmann, CEO of Ti Group.

Maite Ballester, Managing Director at 3i Spain, commented: “We have worked with the management team to accelerate the business by focusing on product development and entering new markets. In the last four years alone, the company has developed and launched more than 14 products and it also has a strong pipeline of products to launch. We are pleased to have supported the business and look forward to seeing the company’s continued growth.”

Source: TI Films

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FLEXcon, an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced that Cummins Label is leveraging the Company’s Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Adoption Program and expertise to reduce the risks of delays to market, lower the costs associated with end product certification, and increase sales.

Cummins Label is an integrated label converter that services the Food and Beverage industry, Medical Device Manufacturing, Personal Care, Pet Products, Agricultural Chemical, Lawn & Garden and other specialty markets. The company is committed to providing the highest levels of quality, service, innovation and technical support to its customers.

Working closely with FLEXcon, Cummins Label was able to successfully integrate numerous UL-recognized FLEXcon products into their own UL portfolio. These include THERMLfilm® NEXgen™ products which offer the next generation in topcoat, film and adhesive technology solutions, as well as “greener” options such as a more eco-friendly adhesive and the industry’s first post-consumer waste release liner. FLEXcon’s UL program enabled Cummins Label to offer more competitive label products to the marketplace, and also to provide more eco-friendly solutions for their increasingly environmentally conscious clientele.

“As a label converter in a highly competitive industry, we can’t afford the time or expense of UL testing ourselves," said Scott Nagel, Cummins Label. “FLEXcon’s UL Adoption Program enables us to offer more competitive label products while clearly demonstrating our commitment to customers' safety requirements.”

Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is the United States’ largest and oldest recognized testing laboratory, which offers consumers the confidence in continuous product compliance when making their purchases. The UL mark – which is actively sought by most manufacturers and familiar to millions of consumers – indicates compliance with rigorous industry safety standards in North America. It certifies that the product has been evaluated and found to comply with all applicable UL requirements.

“FLEXcon offers the broadest portfolio of UL-recognized products in the industry and continues to lead the charge when it comes to UL education,” said John Bennett, vice president, FLEXcon. “For years, we have been committed to helping converters streamline the process of achieving UL label compliance to fulfill industry and consumer-safety standards while reducing time and costs. Our UL Adoption Program offers them more incentive to get their products approved to ensure consistent quality and gain the international compliance and recognition they desire.”

Sagawa Printing Group Ltd., one of the largest printing companies in Japan with 2,155 employees and more than 100 billion JPY in annual sales, has purchased two KODAK FLEXCEL Direct Systems. Sagawa chose the FLEXCEL Direct System, an award-winning direct engraving flexographic platemaking system recognized by the 2013 InterTech Technology Award of the Printing Industries of America, for its superior quality and productivity advantages.

Sagawa Printing is currently building on its formidable nation-wide branch network and large production network. This effort includes work at Japan’s leading gravure printing plant, the Hino Plant located in Shiga, which is the company’s offset and gravure printing center. As part of this expansion, the company plans to provide premier solutions in four areas: printing, digital data, distribution and RFID.

In addition to its traditional businesses of commercial printing, Sagawa Printing is entering into the new business of package printing. The firm is constructing an exclusive worksite for flexographic printing, where two KODAK FLEXCEL Direct Systems for flexographic platemaking will be introduced, together with two flexographic printing presses, two extrusion lines and two laminators.

“In our quest to purchase a platemaking system, we focused on direct engraving systems because we’ve been using large direct engraving machines for publication gravure printing,” says Akihiko Uyama, Director, Sagawa Printing. “A simpler platemaking process was another advantage of direct engraving platemaking systems. We decided to incorporate the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System because of its high productivity based on unique, high-power semiconductor laser imaging technology. It’s also easy to use, which was another key to our selection. We are looking to Kodak Japan to provide us with a deeper knowledge of flexo printing and higher quality products, including plates.”

In alignment with these bold moves, Sagawa decided to incorporate water-based flexographic printing to enhance its environmental footprint. Overall, the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System is positioned at the core of Sagawa’s platemaking process for flexographic printing with water-based-ink, driving success in the printing process with its superior quality and productivity potential.

 

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“The fact Sagawa Printing has selected the FLEXCEL Direct Systems shows how aggressively we’ve been digitizing the platemaking process in the flexographic industry and providing solutions optimized for that purpose as well as improving product performance,” says Hiroshi Fujiwara, Managing Director, Kodak Japan. “In suggesting solutions to Sagawa Printing we focused on how our industry experience could help them meet their goals.” We’re looking forward to developing flexo printing in the flexible package industry with Sagawa Printing.”

The KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System features innovative, energy-efficient, high-power semiconductor laser imaging technology, Kodak-formulated press-ready elastomers and workflow software for accurate image reproduction. This outstanding combination of technologies offers sleeves and plates for flexographic printing superior in both quality and productivity potential. In the round” (ITR) platemaking for flexographic printing, which was once labor intensive, is now made much simpler by the FLEXCEL Direct System.

Package printing accounts for approximately 30 percent of the Japanese printing industry, with gravure printing dominating the flexible packaging segment with more than 99% market share. However, flexographic printing is attracting more attention in the Japanese package printing market as a result of a great improvement in its quality and because of its environmental advantages. This trend has caused an increasing number of companies to consider switching to or initiating flexographic printing programs.

The FLEXCEL Direct System forms part of an innovative portfolio of KODAK Flexographic Solutions designed to help printers and pre-press providers transform the capabilities of flexo printing and improve productivity.

Polyonics Introduces New Black Laser Markable Label Material with Enhanced Durability for Applications Involving High Temperatures and Harsh Chemicals.

Polyonics has developed a black laser markable label material for applications involving high temperatures and harsh environments. The new XF-537 combines a high temperature and dimensionally stable polyimide film together with a durable cross linked black top coat. The unique material can be easily ablated with a wide variety of low power lasers including CO2, YAG, vanadate, fiber and UV to produce high contrast linear and 2D bar codes and alpha numeric characters. It also provides static dissipative performance to help prevent harmful ESD (electro static discharge) events occurring in static sensitive components and devices.  

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The new Polyonics XF-537 laser markable label material (LML) is well suited for those labeling applications where traditional thermal transfer printed labels have failed due to harsh environments and poor read rates. The XF-537 far exceeds the durability, temperature and chemical resistance of thermal transfer printed labels as well as the traditional polyester (PET) and acrylic LML materials on the market. In addition, the XF-537 improves read rates in direct part marking processes by providing consistant high contrast bar codes along with rework and repositioning options to help reduce manufacturing scrap rates.  

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The Polyonics XF-537 includes a 25µm (1mil) polyimide film and durable black antistatic top imaging layer. The LML material also includes a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) and 55# glassine liner for handling and die cutting with a variety of PSAs available to best suit each application.  

Applications for the XF-537 include;

• High resolution linear and 2D bar codes

• Automotive under-the-hood labels

• Ultra-high temperature asset tracking

• Labeling for harsh environments including strong chemicals

• UDI medical/pharmaceutical labeling

• Antistatic labeling (peel voltage <100v with liner removal)

• PCB and electronics tracking

• DOD/IUID military asset tracking

• Protecting static sensitive devices

• Durable goods marking

• Collecting in-process data

• Rework option for direct part marking

Release liner is a key market segment which specialist global business-to-business market research, publishing, and advisory services company AWA Alexander Watson Associates assesses in its ongoing activities. The company has just published its 2014 Global Release Liner Market Update 2014. Across all market segments, it brings together the important facts on volumes, growth rates, market structure and regional characteristics, and raw material trends. It also shares the results of AWA’s annual ‘voice of the industry’ survey, which include globalization, M&A activity, sustainability and environmental issues, industry costs and profitability, and growth expectations by region.

 

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The Global Release Liner Market Update 2014 is available now to order online at www.awa-bv.com, and will shortly be joined by two new additions to the library of reports on release liner – 2014 editions of the company’s established in-depth North American Release Liner Market Study and Asian Release Liner Market Study, which partner the new edition of the European Release Liner Study published last year.

image Rather than shipping them around the world, more and more especially foreign newspapers are printed decentralised with dye-based aqueous inkjet – starting on islands, now also in Rome and Berlin. These newspapers are not suitable for the production of new bright, graphic paper: In the deinking process*, the soluble colours bleed and stain other paper fibres. Just before the IPEX 2014 fair in London, for the first time a web-fed aqueous inkjet printing system has delivered good deinkable printed products. Test prints from KBA’s high-performant RotaJET on uncoated newsprint paper have shown good deinkability in lab tests arranged by INGEDE.

 

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Four years ago, Xerox’s solid ink technology has been presented at IPEX which is currently the only one in the market that without applying costly pre-coating materials to the paper receives “good” deinkability according to the ERPC Deinkability Scores**. The highest possible rating “good deinkable” is also achieved by prints from Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720, a B2 sheet-fed digital inkjet press, using coated paper with an inline pre-treatment. This printer had also been presented at the last IPEX.

The RotaJET inkjet technology works with a polymer pigment ink, where the polymer stops the jettable fine pigments from bleeding into the fibres, collects them, and thus im-proves both brilliance and removability. An optional “Control Fluid” improves the deinkability even further.


Constant Improvement, Result of a Consistent Dialogue
Already before drupa 2008 INGEDE had pointed at problems in recycling the prevalent inkjet prints. While dry toner prints are generally good deinkable, with inkjet prints this worked only on a few special papers. “A comparably small amount of prints with water soluble dyes or pigments can make a whole load of paper useless for the production of new graphic paper”, explains Axel Fischer, chemist and INGEDE’s expert for recycling digital prints. “The recent developments are a nice acknowledgement for the consistent dialogue of the paper industry with the digital printer manufacturers which we lead for a couple of years now. They also show that it is Undeinkable inkjet news at a hotel newsstand in Cyprus actually possible to design inkjet prints in a way that they work well in the existing system of paper recycling. For the future, we can expect more positive development in this sector.”

With all three systems, good deinkability goes hand in hand with better image quality – these inks tend to less bleeding and less strike through.

INGEDE is an association of leading European paper manufacturers founded in 1989. INGEDE aims at promoting utilisation of graphic paper for recycling (newsprint, magazines and office paper) and improving the conditions for an extended use of paper for recycling for the production of graphic and hygiene papers.

* Deinking is the removal of printing ink during the paper recycling process.
** ERPC is the European Recovered Paper Council. The “Deinkability Score” system is available from the ERPC web-site www.paperrecovery.org.

labelexpo americas logo Labelexpo Americas, the industry’s premier trade show for label and package printing in North and South America is expecting a 10% increase in its show floor size as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Currently over 95% of the total exhibition floor is already sold and the exhibition’s footprint is on track to cover 194,000sqft; up from 185,000sqft in 2012.

Returning to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago, between 9-11 September, Labelexpo Americas will feature over 400 exhibitors including 62 exhibiting for the first time. Many big name exhibitors have significantly increased their presence at the event.
HP’s Indigo Division is Labelexpo Americas’ largest show exhibitor, taking a booth that covers 8,500 sq ft – one of the biggest ever exhibition stand sizes in the show’s long history. HP Indigo will use the exhibition to showcase its comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end solutions for label, folding carton and flexible packaging converting solutions. Other exhibitors who have enlarged their booths include AB Graphic International, Epson, Karlville Development and Screen USA.

“Labelexpo Americas is a strategic platform to interact with customers, partners and brands in the key segments of labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging,” said Yogev Barak, Director of Current Business, HP Indigo. “HP is driving the digital transformation of these markets with a full portfolio of solutions that help converters diversify their business models and reach new customers.”

Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series commented: “Labelexpo Americas is undeniably a key vehicle and highlight of the year for our exhibitors. Enabling them to tap into the rapid growth opportunities offered by this resilient specialist and niche market sector, there is nowhere better to allow them to launch and demonstrate new products and network with high quality, influential visitors. Comprising the latest industry developments alongside the newest technological innovations and solutions, Labelexpo Americas 2014 will again be the most compelling event on the label and package printing sector’s calendar.”

image UPM Raflatac is planning to increase production capacity in Asia Pacific by investing 14 million euros in its asset platforms in China and Malaysia. These initiatives will support UPM’s growth target of adding EUR 200 million of EBITDA in the coming three years. The plan is to build a new coating line in the company’s self-adhesive labelstock factory in Changshu, China. The plan also includes machinery upgrades in Changshu as well as the Johor Bahru factory in Malaysia. The machinery investments are estimated to add more than 50% new coating capacity in the region for UPM Raflatac.

“We are now investing to expand our excellent manufacturing platforms in Changshu, China and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Our business has seen a rapid growth in Asia over the past years and these investments will give us the needed capacity for continued growth, and take our capabilities and quality to the next level. These developments will clearly improve our competitiveness towards meeting customer demand in the future,” comments Tapio Kolunsarka, Executive Vice President, UPM Raflatac.

Source: UPM Raflatac

Avery Dennison Materials Group todayhas appointed Jeroen Diderich vice president, global marketing. In this role, Diderich will be responsible for the business’s end user and converter marketing strategies, as well as product management across the Label and Packaging Materials and Graphics Solutions business segments.

Jeroen Diderich

Jeroen has more than 10 years experience with Avery Dennison. He led the Materials Group supply chain and operations organization in Europe beginning in 2003. Most recently, Jeroen served as vice president, sales for Materials Group Europe where he led the regional sales organization to improve customer satisfaction, commercialize market-differentiating innovations and grow the business’s sales pipeline.

Diderich received his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences and his master’s from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He will continue to be based in Leiden, The Netherlands.

After the successful installation of a GIDUE M5 servo press at Imprimerie Harani,  GIDUE is proud to announce that a new GIDUE press has been sold to the Algerian converter Concept Emballage.

The company, led by Faycal Akouche, is based in Algiers. It has been working in the labels and packaging industry for many years and has become specialized in the production of self- adhesive labels.

GIDUE Combat MX

The MX press installed has been purchased in a fixed configuration of 370 mm width, 8 flexographic print units, 8 UV lamps, 1 die-cutting station, cold foil and full set of printing tools.

Faycal Akouche, Concept Emballage’s General Director, quotes: “ GIDUE MX press has been the best solution for a company like ours. We were looking for a press able to print high quality labels with short set-up times and waste and GIDUE provided us exactly what we were looking for. “

GIDUE Distributor’s Saverio Monopoli comments: “Since its launch, the GIDUE MX 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”

Cristina Toffolo, GIDUE Vice President Marketing, concludes: “We are proud to have Concept Emballage in our clients portfolio and we hope to build a long-terms relationship based on customer satisfaction and mutual growth in the packaging industry

Source: http://www.gidue.com

The Label Printers has won TLMI’s prestigious Singer Award for Management Excellence – Medium Category – for the 5th time in a row, in their 5th year of eligibility.

The Label Printers has once again won TLMI’s (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, Inc.) Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence. Bill Kane, The Label Printers Chief Executive said, “We don’t run our business to win awards – but awards are a good outcome of a business well run. The Eugene Singer Award is always an honor – and a testament to our employees’ efforts. We manage our inventory, we invest in technology, and we do all of the little things – and it all adds up.”

 

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Lori Campbell, Chief of Operations, said in an email to notify all of the company’s employees about this 5th consecutive Singer Award on the night she accepted it, “…At The Label Printers I believe we have ingrained in our DNA a sense of never being satisfied, never content to rest on our laurels. It is one of the attributes that makes me most proud to work here…That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. We should (and will!) celebrate our achievements, accolades, and awards and bask in the momentary glory….just as long as we keep asking “ok, what’s next?...Congratulations to us all and now let’s get back to earning next year’s award!!”

TLMI calls “the prestigious Eugene Singer Award for Management Excellence…one of the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute’s highest honors…this award recognizes excellence in business management, measured and defined by an established set of ratios through the participation in the TLMI Management Ratio Study. The Singer Award is given annually to four narrow web converting companies; each company within a certain sales range category [which are]: Small company – annual sales of less than $6 million, Mid-range company – annual sales of $6 to $14 million, Medium company – annual sales of $15 to $35 million, and Large company – annual sales greater than $35 million.” The Label Printers won in the Medium category.

The Singer Award is a coveted honor both because it validates the performance of strong companies, but also because the companies submitting applications for it represent nearly 40% of the North American label market, and include the biggest competitors in the business.

 

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Campbell says, “Winning an award is great…I’m thrilled for our organization, no doubt about it!  But there is also real value in the TLMI Management Ratio Study, which is a powerful TLMI member benefit. The Singer Award is statistically based, providing us with useful, robust management information. It’s one of the best, if not the best, benchmarking tool available to companies in our industry. I’m always eager to see the report, because I want to know if we made improvements in the areas we identified last year or where our numbers might have slipped.  The award is the icing on the cake and the experience of letting the employees receive the outside validation of their work.”

The company has now won the award for the fifth time in a row, in their fifth year of eligibility.

The Label Printers is a leading custom label and packaging manufacturer, serving a widely diverse customer base around the globe – ranging from Fortune 100 to start-up businesses. The company serves industries as varied as wine, pharmaceutical, and electrical. The Label Printers takes special pride in their quality, which is backed up by their ISO 9001 Registration (with an acceptance rating which has stayed at a consistent and nearly perfect 99.6% since 1989).

Source: www.TheLabelPrinters.com

imageCF Labels Ltd, has invested in its third Elite DSR High Speed Die Cutting Slitter Rewinder from Bar Graphic Machinery

The self-adhesive label converter, specializes in A4 sheets and roll to roll labels, and Gary Burton, managing director comments: “As it is our policy and overall business objective to provide the highest quality it is imperative that the die cutting slitter rewinding equipment that we use in this demanding market enables maximum productivity.”

As for its equipment of choice he states: “The BGM Elite Die Cutting Slitter Rewinders have proven to be outstanding, especially in achieving high speeds with very difficult substrates. Another major benefit of the Elite die cutting systems is the adaptability of the machinery to fit our exact requirements. This has proven to be extremely beneficial for the products we manufacture.”

Reliability is paramount and this is why CF Labels chose the third system: “As a dedicated label manufacturer it is essential that we meet our customers’ very high demands. Service, backup, and technical knowledge has also enabled BGM to shine through as a leading supplier to CF Labels.”

Daniel Carr, sales manager of Bar Graphic Machinery, adds: ‘We are delighted to further our partnership with CF labels. They have shown strong commitment to BGM and we are proud to be a part of their continuous growth and expansion plans.’

Source:  www.bargraphic.com

In recent years, P.E. LABELLERS and its subsidiary OMME France have positioned themselves as privileged partners in the champagne sector; after Laurent Perrier, De Castellane, Salon Delamotte and G.H. Mumm, a prestigious name was added at the beginning of 2014, that of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, rounding out the top producers of champagne in the world.

 

PE Labellers

For years, a user of cold glue technology, Veuve Clicquot has converted to Made in Italy self-adhesive, preferring the P.E. LABELLERS brand to label their bottles, with the purchase of three Modular Plus 2320 (the largest in the range) labelling machines, each equipped with eight self-adhesive labelling stations, centring system with camera, laser marking, flaming system, label positioning detection system with camera and automatic size change system.

The three top-of-the-line rotary labelling machines provide the customer with:

- the maximum technological innovation currently available in the labelling sector

- the highest level of safety and protection for users

- complete remote support for remote machines, including label checks.

 

Source: PE Labellers

The casein-free adhesive Aquence XP 190 for the labeling of glass containers ideally complements the high-performance Henkel portfolio, while the packaging hotmelt Technomelt Supra 100 Cool exhibits the lowest application temperature on the global market.

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Whether applied to a dry or a wet and cold bottle, the label sticks. And it stays stuck, even when exposed to ice and cold. Then, at the end of the cycle, the label can be removed without problem.

Next Drintec (September 16-20) will see many producers from around the world presenting their new technologies and concepts relating to the manufacture, bottling and packaging of beverages and liquid foods. Given the scarceness of resources and ever-increasing raw material prices, such innovative, sustainable product solutions have never been more in demand.

A high-performance alternative
Glass container and bottle labels are exposed to influences such as major temperature fluctuations and high air humidity, particularly in the summer. Labeling adhesives also need to offer the kind of stability that prevents labels detaching from a bottle in iced water or when exposed to condensation. However, it is also important that the label can be readily removed when it comes to cleaning the bottle. With its wide application and performance spectrum, Henkel’s casein-free adhesive Acquence XP 190 meets these requirements without being inferior in any way to casein-based adhesives. It offers good initial tack with fast curing and drying. It also exhibits very good adhesion, a fact that contributes to substantially reducing adhesive consumption.

Because Aquence XP 190 is casein-free, its price is not subject to the kinds of seasonal fluctuations that affect adhesives manufactured on the basis of milk protein. The casein price has been steadily rising for some time now, and has reached an all-time high in the last few months. And this trend is expected to continue as the demand from other sectors is also increasing while yield is dependent upon milk production. And experts predict that prices will continue to trend upward. Casein-free Aquence XP 190 therefore offers an efficient and economically sustainable alternative to conventional labeling adhesives for the beverage and liquid food industries.

The new record-holder among hotmelt adhesives
A further innovation from Henkel is the hotmelt adhesive Technomelt Supra 100 Cool, suitable for the bonding of packaging such as six packs and larger beverage boxes. Thanks to the bond strength of the hotmelt, such packages are able to reliably withstand high levels of wear and tear during transportation of even heavy bottles. And because of the cold flexibility of this adhesive once applied, the beverage boxes can also be stored in the refrigerator or a cool basement without becoming brittle.

Practical trials performed by consumer goods and beverage manufacturers have shown that, compared to conventional hotmelts, adhesive consumption can be reduced by 25 up to 40%. Furthermore, the low application temperature of Technomelt Supra 100 Cool reduces energy input by as much as 50%. Because of the shorter melting time, moreover, the packaging machinery can be started up more quickly, and the stress placed on machine components and applicators is substantially reduced. Combined with the advantages of the proven Supra product range, Technomelt Supra 100 Cool brings higher efficiency in the packaging process while at the same time contributing to more sustainability in the customer’s operation.

With the innovations of Aquence XP 190 and Technomelt Supra 100 Cool, Henkel is integrating innovation with sustainability while at the same time providing ground-breaking product solutions for the beverage and liquid food industries.

Source: Henkel Adhesives

From April 6 to 9, the International Card Manufacturers Association will be hosting the ICMA EXPO in Fort Lauderdale. One of the central topics at the exhibition will be the United States transitioning to the EMV standard in order to prevent credit card fraud and skimming by reading magnetic strips. The PIN protection solutions by Schreiner PrinTrust ensure that the personal identification numbers (PINs) reach the consumer without having been compromised. The opaque PIN covers deliver maximum processing and tamper security, customized design options, modular security levels, as well as ease of use by the consumer.

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In the wake of the Liability Shift, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA are planning to enhance the security of electronic payments in the US market by adopting the EMV standard. The conversion to “Chip & PIN,” i.e. credit cards with integrated chip processors and PINs being entered to authorize transactions, requires solid preparation by banks and credit card companies, including secure mailing of the personalized cards and personal identification numbers. Schreiner PrinTrust offers an extensive of portfolio of tamper-proof PIN covers. 

Maximum security with PIN Safe labels
The PIN Safe label provides tamper-proof sealing of the PIN between two security labels. An opaque, neutral base label is initially applied to the mailer. After variable printing of the personal identification number, the PIN Safe label is applied on top of the PIN and effectively covers the printed code. The recipient of the PIN mailer exposes the PIN by simply rubbing off a protective layer. PIN Safe offers customized design options in terms of size and color. The central scratch field can also be provided with a holographic image. Standard or customized holographic designs are available. A partial peel-off effect is integrated into the colored film. As this void effect becomes visible when someone tries to peel off the label, even laypersons can immediately detect a counterfeiting or tampering attempt.

The PIN protection solutions by Schreiner PrinTrust meet the highest security requirements. Extensive tests by independent institutes such as FOGRA and PIRA have confirmed that thanks to the PIN Safe protection label personal identification numbers cannot be spied out by chemical or physical means without such attempts being noticed.

From April 6 to 9, the International Card Manufacturers Association will be hosting the ICMA EXPO in Fort Lauderdale. One of the key topics there will be the influence of NFC and mobile payment on the card manufacturing industry. Schreiner PrinTrust will be showcasing a solution that combines the advantages of contactless cards with the convenience of integrated NFC solutions for mobile phones at the exhibition. The NFC-Sticker turns any handset into a cashless means of payment which is readily available and works in the existing payment infrastructure.

 

NFC

Fast, easy and secure: The highly flexible and thin NFC-Sticker is based on the time-tested technologies for contactless credit cards and ensures effective and secure NFC functionality in the existing payment infrastructure. Mobile phones, which are always within reach, are ideally suited as carriers for the sticker, which thus complement or provide an alternative to contactless cards. Due to its special shielding layer the NFC-Sticker by Schreiner PrinTrust delivers reliable performance even on metal housings. In addition, the design enables short transaction times and high read ranges. 

The NFC-Sticker can be customized according to the particular requirements, for instance by modifying the chip and layout. A MasterCard® certified product version is available as well. It allows consumers to use the label like a contactless credit card on PayPass™ terminals around the world.

Schreiner PrinTrust, Booth 30

Source: http://www.schreiner-group.de

Fix-a-Form International has recently undergone some management changes. Alan Bonnett, General Manager for the engineering team has retired after 18 years of diligent service and dedicated contribution to the licensee network. Alan joined the team in 1996 having worked previously at a local incandescent lamp manufacturers as Chief Engineer.

He has handed over the role to Derek Brown, a former Service and Project Manager for KBA. Derek has worked in the printing industry for over 30 years and is a qualified engineer by trade.

Derek commented: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Fix-a-Form team, especially at a time of significant growth in demand for on-pack information such as booklet labels.”

Andrew Denny added: “It’s great to have Derek on-board. Alan leaves behind him a legacy of development. We feel very positive that the changes to our team will provide us with new ideas and opportunities to the benefit of the licensee network.”

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Security logistics labels from Schreiner ProTech showcase the label industry's expertise in product authentication.

image FINAT, Europe’s international industry association for self-adhesive labels, is active in promoting the achievements of its members, many of whom are label converters, through its annual label competition, whose winning entries go forward for judging in the prestigious World Label Awards. Both competitions demonstrate the versatility, flexibility, and technical skills that print on to self-adhesive labelstock can deliver. One area where self-adhesive labels have, in recent years, proved particularly adept is in the creation of security labels to help brand owners to provide authentication data for their products, and foil the perpetrators of today’s huge global business in counterfeit goods and ‘grey market’ trading.

The world’s biggest brand

Global sales of fake goods are now estimated at $650bn per annum, making 'counterfeit’ the world’s biggest brand. As well as threatening the welfare of purchasers, fake goods negatively affect customer brand loyalty and, of course, the brand owner’s profitability.

A winning example

A fine example of an effective security logistics label from Schreiner Group’s ProTech division has been honoured in the 2013 World Label Awards competition. Proclaimed the winner in the technical category covering combination line print, the Schreiner security logistics label features a complex package of overt, covert, and digital security features. It demonstrates ‘best practice’ in leading-edge layered security solutions for high-value and sensitive goods -- in this case, critical OEM automotive spare parts – and it has already found commercial success for authenticating BMW spares.

Why use a label?

Labels are the preferred carrier of security features of all kinds, since they provide an accessible substrate which may be checked for authenticity in a number of ways. With self-adhesive labels in particular, the opportunities to build covert security features into or under the label face, or in the adhesive, are diverse.

Three levels of security

The three major areas of focus are the provision of devices for visual authentication (with the naked eye, or with a scanner of some kind); secure tracking systems (creating a continuum through the supply and distribution chain); and anti-counterfeiting technologies – often bespoke -- that are difficult, or impossible, to replicate. Such devices may be overt or covert, to provide the broadest possible umbrella of protection for everything from ethical pharmaceuticals to legal documents, designer handbags, automotive parts, prepared foods and their ingredients, toys, and computer software. They can involve the use of the label substrate itself (eg with security watermarks), inks and coatings, Data Matrix codes, holography, and even chemical taggants and microtaggants -- including DNA -- which are detectable only with dedicated specialist scanners.

The key to success in the real world

The Schreiner ProTech security logistic label’s specification brings together a complex cocktail of such features – some of which require professional authentication, and all of which need brand owner involvement in developing and using their company’s own security labelling system. As Thomas Völcker, Director, Business Development and Marketing at Schreiner ProSecure, explains: ‘Security is not just a matter of technology today. It’s a matter of educating the people who have to authenticate the product.’

Visible tamper evidence

Such education will begin with checking entry-level packaging features like security seals, which will readily provide tamper evidence without the use of any tools except the naked eye.

Covert features

At the second level of security, covert features are added to the Schreiner security logistics label via the printing process, including two- and three-dimensional demetallized holographic stripes which produce different (and identifiable) optical effects when they are viewed from different angles.

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Security inks deliver additional features. Thermochromic inks, which change colour at different temperatures, fade to show a ‘genuine’ message when the labelled pack is at body temperature. UV luminescent inks produce a hidden text line and other marks when viewed under a black light. Additionally, a high-resolution random pattern, printed from an extra-high-resolution digital master, is printed on the label to enable authenticators to detect label copying. Anyone copying the pattern illegally will achieve less precision and technical detail in the image, since it is being copied from previous printed matter and not from the digital master. (It will in fact be slightly blurred). A simple scan with a handheld device or even a smartphone and will uncover this blurring and identify the fake.

Track-and-trace functionality

Finally, a unique track-and-trace security product batch code is added to verify the integrity of the logistics chain. As with all advanced authentication labelling solutions, customer-specific features can be added to order – and Schreiner ProSecure offers many additional options.

Foiling the fraudsters is now a major concern on high-value goods such as automotive spares, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and on wines and spirits. Multi-layer security labels from FINAT member companies such as Schreiner ProTech are contributing significantly to reducing the damage for both purchasers and brand owners.

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Schreiner Group were also victorious in the Innovation category in the 2013 FINAT Label Competition with their Electric Conductive Films – produced using advanced printing and diecutting techniques, and used in electrical and electronic applications such as membrane touch switches and other conductive functions.

The first ThermoFlexX imager in Greece has been installed by label and flexible packaging printer Forlabels.

Forlabels operates from 3,500 sq m plant in Schimatari, Boeotia, near Athens, where it runs flexo, digital, thermal, cold-foil and screen printing equipment. In addition to comprehensive pre-press facilities the finishing department includes laminating and die-cutting plus a host of other processes for producing self-adhesive labels.

 

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It has invested in a ThermoFlexX 48, which has a maximum plate size of 900 x 1,200mm that best suits the work produced at the site.

Forlabels production and plant manager Vasilis Chatzichrysos said: ‘We decided on ThermoFlexX after extensively testing the functionality and output of its imagers.

‘We are in no doubt that ThermoFlexX models distinguish themselves from other flexo imagers by providing the highest output quality on the market. We were also greatly impressed by the productivity of the ThermoFlexX imager, which is unmatched even at higher resolutions. The installation of the ThermoFlexX 48 has significantly improved our production times.

Source: http://www.forlabels.gr/

Clondalkin Group company Chadwicks has developed a high-impact packaging solution for a new household cleaning range from Jeyes.

The recently launched household trigger spray range has been branded using a decorative shrink sleeve solution from Chadwicks which provides a 360 degree print area allowing for maximum shelf appeal and a distinctive finish.

Jeyes

The 50 micron, polyester sleeves were printed using high definition screening producing a quality print finish on the new trigger spray range of cleaning products for the kitchen, bathroom and windows. Each of the premium trigger spays has a special feature allowing it to be used from any angle, 360 degree print on the sleeve and 360 degree spray on the bottle.

Melanie Billows, Jeyes Brand Marketing Manager, said: “This was a high profile product launch for the company and so the quality of the finished job was essential.  Chadwicks listened to what we wanted, came up with a solution and produced a finished product that we’re proud to add to our range.”

James Yarrow, Sales Manager at Chadwicks, said: “This was a new project for us so it was important that we demonstrated our ability to work closely with a client offering creative and innovative solutions that meet the desired result. We know when we’ve done our job when a customer leaves us happy and we see our high-impact quality graphics on the finished product on a supermarket shelf or in someone’s shopping trolley.”

Jeyes has a strong presence in the UK and 60 countries worldwide, offering consumers around the world specialist ranges of products and solutions for cleaning and freshening the home and garden.
Chadwicks has more than 50 years of experience in the flexible packaging industry and is a world-leader in pre-cut lid manufacture and a supplier of choice in shrink sleeve production.

Source: http://www.chadwicks-sleeves.com

Steinhauser recently installed technology upgrades to their presses and finishing systems. Almost every piece of printing and finishing equipment in the facility was enhanced by newly installed systems, which brings their efficiency, waste reduction, and productivity to an all time high.

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Their HP Indigo WS6000 is now equipped with an HP In Line Priming Unit to reduce waste from offline coating processes and gain control of primer coat weight. Additionally, an AVT Helios II was installed to obtain 100% defect detection, PDF comparison, color monitoring, and roll mapping.

Each of their Comco Proglide presses has also been outfitted with the AVT Helios II systems. To further increase efficiency and quality on these flexo presses, CC1 Apollo 2 systems were also installed. These systems assist in fully automating circumferential registration and constantly detect errors in lateral and circumferential registration.  Steinhauser’s CEI rewinders have also been upgraded to the AVT Work Flow Link to work directly with information from the AVT Helios II to increase production and accuracy in the finishing process.

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About Steinhauser:

Steinhauser, Inc is a digital and flexographic label and packaging printer located in Newport, KY. Steinhauser prints labels, shrink sleeves, and flexible packaging for many industries with a focus on Health & Beauty and Food & Beverage.

http://www.steinhauserinc.com

The conference program for Label Summit Latin America 2014 is now available as registration opens for its 11th edition. The continent’s largest dedicated event, Label Summit Latin America has led the way in professional and commercial development for over a decade and will be held for the first time in Colombia at the InterContinental Hotel in Medellín, between 14-15 May.

Consisting of 17 sessions, the two-day conference program will explore various topics surrounding industry trends, prepress, printing and finishing technologies and brand development, product design and positioning. Don Nolan, president, materials group, Avery Dennison will deliver the keynote presentation. His industry overview will take a look at new developments in printing and consider how technological developments offer future growth opportunities.
The first day also includes Maria Alexandra Gruesso Sanchez, executive chairman of ANDIGRAF. She will analyze the Andean region’s label market and examine how to encourage economic growth through partnerships, imports, exports and serving foreign markets. Day one will also incorporate a look at sustainability, investing in prepress for value adding applications and a digital printing panel discussion which will weigh up selecting the right press and how to integrate a digital press into an existing business model. There will also be an Andean printer panel discussion with panelists including: Fredy Alberto Gallón of Colombian-based Servibarras, Jaime Yoshiyama of Peru’s Kuresa, ETIFLEXO’s Kevin Blanco from Venezuela, Bolivian-based Juan Carlos Zamorano Somoza of Flexo Print and Francisco Arias of Ecuador’s Sismode.

Day two will focus on issues around brand development, product design and positioning as well as harnessing new technologies and innovating for the future. Evelio Mattos, creative director of Design Packaging will tackle the new realities of label and package design and share his insight through client case study examples such as Chateau Ste Michelle Wines, Barneys New York and Sephora. Neuromind’s Dr Henry Castillo will probe the application of ‘neuromarketing’ to label and packaging design and illustrate the impact of design on consumer decisions and how neuroscience can be the master key to entering the mind of the consumer.

The conference program will conclude with a series of short talks each giving a snapshot of the latest new technologies and applications being developed for the label industry. Aspects being covered will include UV systems vs LED, developments in print inspection, analyzing packaging in contact with food and delivering in line spectral color management. Confirmed speakers for this include: Carlos Pescott Jimenez of GEW, John Thome of BST Pro Mark, Klöckner Pentaplast’s Guillermo González, Carlos Clement from Gerlab Chemical Services, JM Heaford’s Nick Vindel and Luca Tubbini of X-Rite.

Aimed at label and package printing converters and printers, brand owners, label designers and industry suppliers, Label Summit Latin America also features a table-top exhibition. Expo and conference visitors will be able to find out about the latest in materials, ancillaries and presses from over 30 leading industry suppliers including Arclad, Avery Dennison, EFI, Flint Group, Gallus, HP, Mark Andy, MPS, Nilpeter, Omet, RotoMetrics, Sun Chemical, UPM Raflatac and Xeikon.
Tasha Ventimiglia, event director for Label Summit Latin America said: “Label Summit Latin America 2014 will provide delegates with an unrivalled opportunity to network, exchange ideas and hear about the newest cutting edge technologies and techniques. With access to the latest trends, real life case studies and industry leaders and experts, attendees will gain useful and valuable knowledge and advice which they can then use to influence and shape the future direction of their business.”

Early bird rates are available until 25 April with two day passes costing from COL $375,000 (US $195). One day passes cost COL $350,000 (US $190) and exhibition-only tickets retail at COL $35,000 (US $19). Delegates can register to attend at http://www.labelsummit.com/colombia.

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