iSys Label Partners with UniNet as OEM

image iSys Label,  Canadian developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label printers, is pleased to announce a partnership with UniNet as OEM of their label printing technology. This agreement went into effect September 1st, authorizes UniNet to distribute the line of printers throughout their global network as the iColor™ 700 and 900. In addition to the sale of these products, UniNet will also provide full service, support, and carry stock of the consumables for the label printing equipment.

Designed for in-house production of labels, these short to mid run digital label printers are renowned for printing single-pass, die-cut label labels on demand - making it easy to go from printer to applicator in one step. With media width ranges of 3 to 12.9 inches and lengths up to 1200 feet per roll, they make light work of printing on self-adhesive label stock, tag stock, and approved films/synthetics. These roll to roll digital printers are compact enough to fit in any office environment and greatly complement existing workflows and other print technologies.

Randy Rickert, Director of iSys Label, commented “As the demand increases for our short to mid run label printer line, it’s becoming more crucial for us to work with larger strategic partners to reach end-users in a more effective and efficient way. With UniNet’s extensive history in the print industry and established distribution network, we believe they will add a large amount of value throughout the chain and we look forward to creating an even stronger partnership in the near future.”
In the recent months UniNet has joined the iSys Label team at Labelexpo Americas and Graph Expo, which both took place in Chicago last month. Joe Dovi, COO & Executive Vice President of UniNet, said “we are so excited to bring on this new line of printers which is a perfect complement to our growing range of iColor printers and services.”

UniNet will be showing the iColor™ 700 and 900 digital label printers at upcoming trade shows including Pack Expo, West Pack, Packaging Innovations, Graphics of the Americas, and many others in the forthcoming year.

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Lean Flexibles Install a High Performance Universal X6 Slitting Machine

Lean Flexibles are a fast growing supplier and contract slitter of flexible packaging materials based at Hinckley, UK. Lean offer short lead time supply of a range of materials including PET, OPP, PE, CPP and multi-layer laminates. In choosing the Universal X6 slitting machine, Lean needed a wider web machine which minimised job set up times, produced consistent high quality rolls and was able to run at high speed.

The Universal X6 machine is designed for processing flexible materials. A typical specification includes digital web guiding, automatic knife setting (Computaslit), additional tension zone through slitting, closed loop rewind tension control, constant geometry contact rollers, automatic core alignment (Computacore) and a running speed of 600m/min. The machine is designed to be simple to operate with a 22inch touch screen interface. A typical changeover, including setting 20 shear knives can take less than two minutes making the machine ideal for short run work. The integrated drive and control system offers precision and repeatability with extensive diagnostics including dynamic circuit diagrams. All this performance in a machine with a small footprint.


Commenting on the investment, Darren Beardsley, Technical Director of Lean Flexibles said “To achieve our business objectives, we needed productivity, consistency,reliability and the ability to process thin extensible films through to rigid APET films.The Universal X6 has met our requirements and more. Setting shear knives used to take two people to lift the cutter shaft out and back in and the knives would take a long time to set. Now we programme the next slit pattern whilst the machine is running. Once the machine stops, the knives are set faster than we can load a new parent roll into the machine. The additional tension zone through slitting has helped us achieve consistently good quality slit edges even when running low rewind tensions. During our acceptance trials at Universal, we tailored the machine to our specific requirements, ran a range of materials and saved the settings in the recipe system. With load cell measurement of rewind tensions we know that we can return to these settings and achieve exactly the same tension profile allowing us to run at 600m/min with confidence.”

Alan Jones, MD, Universal Converting Equipment added “Lean chose to spend more than they originally planned by investing in technology that will pay back for years to come. To compete in their markets they needed to minimise downtime and maximise running speed in the knowledge that rolls will always be good quality. This is what the Universal X6 has been designed to achieve year after year. Although the X6 incorporates a lot of technology, it is based on fundamental design principles - keep the web path as short as possible, use feedback devices to ensure the machine is doing exactly as required, make the structure rigid so alignment stays perfect and ensure the machine is easy to set up and operate. Load cell tension feedback, automatic knife positioning and core alignment dramatically reduces downtime and increases the time the machine is making money.”

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CHILI Publish awarded “Most Promising Young Company in Belgium”

CHILI Publish, the creator of powerful online document editing software, is awarded by UNIZO as Belgium’s “Most Promising SMB” in a highly competitive national competition. CHILI Publish was one of five regional finalists selected for this prestigious honor, and the finalist in the competition, with recognition that was awarded last Friday on Belgium’s National Entrepreneur Day. UNIZO is a Belgian advocacy group dedicated to protecting the interests of entrepreneurs, sole proprietors and professionals in all fields and at all socio-economic levels in the Flemish Region, at the federal level and in the European Union.


CHILI Publish receiving the award for ‘Most Promising SMB’ during the UNIZO gala ceremony held Friday November 21st – with from left to right, Bram Verniest (COO), Kevin Goeminne (CEO) and Joeri Paeleman (CTO)

“We are absolutely thrilled to be the recipient of this important recognition,” comments Bram Verniest, COO of CHILI Publish. “The award is especially exciting in light of the fact that we don’t manufacture a hard goods product, raw materials or machines. Software manufacturing requires the collaboration of a lot of smart, passionate people, and the UNIZO award recognizes those smart and hard-working people that make up the CHILI Publish team. My hearty congratulations go out to my colleagues at CHILI Publish whose passion and dedication made this national recognition possible.”

CHILI Publish Plugs In The Power

The company’s flagship product is CHILI Publisher, the hottest online document editor on the market today. Viewed as a game-changer by experts in the dynamic publishing technology segment, CHILI Publisher offers more than 150 editing, layout, and design tools that can be used with a variety of document formats, including PDF files, XML-based documents, Collada files, and those imported from Adobe® InDesign®. The solution also provides users with the ability to view edits, folding, and even personalized objects, in 3D. Administrators can give users varying degrees of access, depending on their skills and permission level. All job sizes and formats, from single pages through multi-page documents and snippets of articles; up-to to the most complex, odd-sized, folded die-cuts and packaging items, are accepted. Users can also create documents in CHILI Publisher.

The professional-level solution integrates with a broad range of workflows and production platforms. System integrators can choose how to incorporate CHILI Publisher software into any workflows and applications, such as web-to-print, magazine publishing, packaging, brand management, and yearbooks. CHILI Publisher is distributed by a broad and growing portfolio of well-known partners around the world.

“The UNIZO award validates our product development and go-to-market strategies,” Verniest adds, “and gives us extra encouragement to continue on the path we have been traveling. We are also grateful to the many partners and customers around the world that have recognized the power of CHILI Publisher and have integrated it into their products and daily workflows.”

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Diflex wins over new customers with the acquisition of a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Overview

Diflex has always opted for technological innovation, offering prepress and supplies for the flexographic industry that set it apart from other suppliers to the market. Its success is based on the experience of its staff, around 60 employees working in the company's three branches located in Madrid, Valencia and Portugal, and on the guarantee of quality and respect for the environment, which have been certified for years. To serve all the sectors of the flexographic market, the company has created three distinct divisions: Diflex embalaje Flexible [Flexible packaging], Diflex División Cartón [Paperboard Division] and Diflex Suministros [Supplies].

Gilles Corbé, Key Account Manager for Packaging and Commercial Imaging at Kodak Iberia, presents the certification to María Teresa Mesa

Gilles Corbé, Key Account Manager for Packaging and Commercial Imaging at Kodak Iberia, presents the certification to María Teresa Mesa

A year ago, Diflex decided to acquire a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System in order to meet customer demand for digital plates capable of overcoming the limits of flexography, enabling the company to offer a wider range of options for its customers’ container and packaging innovations. After twelve months of operation, Diflex has just achieved Kodak Certified Partner status for its work and is satisfied with the results achieved with this image processing technology, as well as the innovative materials in the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, which have enabled it to expand its customer base.


Since its inception in 1995, Diflex has enjoyed unstoppable growth thanks to a strategy of production process digitisation and automation, entailing continuous incorporation of new technologies to provide the best possible responses to customers’ flexographic needs. In view of this corporate philosophy, it is no wonder that Diflex was looking for a digital plate production system that would offer efficiency in production, stability and repeatability, as well as high image quality, and according to the company’s Managing Director, María Teresa Mesa, this is precisely what FLEXCEL offers.


María Teresa Mesa explains that in the company's decision to acquire this technology, “the decisive factor was seeing the high-quality results obtained with KODAK FLEXCEL NX System in various types of printing, as well as the results achieved by other printers who were already using these plates and were satisfied with the reported benefits in terms of faster job start-ups and fewer losses. This, combined with our customers’ demand for this service, led us to go ahead without hesitation and invest in a KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, and we can now safely say that we are very satisfied with the results as they are exactly as we had expected.”

Diflex's Director, Miguel Ángel Ruiz, describes some of the advantages of working with FLEXCEL NX Plates: “They practically eliminate the need to divide line screens, and KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning helps to increase density throughout the tonal scale and make it possible to eliminate some spot colours. Some of these plates last between two and five times longer than other digital plates and come up to color faster, reducing start-up time and preparation waste by 25%. They also allow us to achieve a cleaner run with fewer stops.”

For Ms Mesa, the acquisition of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System “was the right decision, as it has helped us win new customers by expanding our range of solutions and providing higher quality results. This enables our customers to obtain better printing results without having to invest in any equipment themselves.”


Diflex's Director feels that “becoming a Kodak Certified Partner is a bonus for our customers as it represents a guarantee that work will be carried out properly. Not just because we say so, but also because we comply with all the criteria laid down by Kodak. Therefore, when we explain that these plates will improve process stability and consistency, provide better screens and process printing, better ink adaptability or ease of adjustment, they can be sure that this is what they will actually get as we can back this up with certification.”

If having this certification represents a benefit to regular Diflex customers, Ms Mesa also feels it serves as a good letter of introduction to potential customers. This new technology has helped the company to win new customers in the food, plastics and label markets. If we add to this a wide range of products and services, as well as personalised customer service, Ms Mesa has no doubt as to the key to the company’s success.

Gilles Corbé, Key Account Manager Packaging Commercial Imaging Kodak Iberia, explains that, “the Kodak system utilises KODAK SQUARESPOT Imaging Technology to offer exceptional repeatability and image quality. Combined with the KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning option, which considerably improves ink transfer from the plate surface, gravure-like solids can be obtained without the need to lay down more ink. This means that the printers can avail themselves of a wider range of colours in comparison with traditional digital flexography.”

Bearing in mind Diflex’s corporate philosophy of offering every available technology on the market to allow customer choice, Ms Mesa is convinced that the company will continue to integrate new advances as they arise in the market. Consequently, it currently has in its sights the possibility of introducing the KODAK Plate for the corrugated paperboard market.

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UPM Raflatac offer updated and new Selection Guide for Durables labelling

image UPM Raflatac introduces the updated selection of labelling solutions for industrial, outdoor, machinery and appliance labelling in Europe. These products offer a diverse set of specifications to meet the requirements of specific applications. Advanced water-based and UV-cured adhesives offer environmentally responsible choices.

As a category, Durables labelling has widely varying requirements for resistance to exposures including heat, chemicals, moisture, mechanical stress and outdoor conditions including UV light. The type of material being labelled also places demands particularly on the adhesive according to the surface energy and smoothness.

To meet these requirements, UPM Raflatac’s Durables range incorporates solid face stocks with and without topcoats, plus overlaminating films for extra print protection, mechanical resistance and an extended service life. The latest non-solvent adhesive technology offers the same or better performance than traditional solutions, and with much-reduced environmental impacts.

A newly published ‘Durables Selection Guide’ gives information about each product’s technical characteristics and makes it easy to look for suitable label materials for technically demanding applications. The guide is available for download on the UPM Raflatac website, together with full technical details on UPM Raflatac’s Durables product range.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Brigl & Bergmeister increases capacity

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

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

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

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


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Sales Success in Turkey For GIDUE MX Presses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Installation to Tanitim Etiket

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FTK Ambalaj purchased the second GIDUE M5 UV Flexo Press

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Esko Announces Leadership Transition

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

Carsten Knudsen

Carsten Knudsen

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

Udo Panenka

Udo Panenka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits - Superb control, improved efficiencies and top quality results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beverage Innovation Award for the @KronesAG DecoType

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

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


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

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

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

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

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South Africa’s first Gallus ECS 340 for RAKO Tamperseal

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Enhanced Folding Carton Suite

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


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

Compact inline varnishing module for major productivity and improved optimization

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

Close partnerships and cooperations

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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