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Verstraete: Interest in IML on the increase in North Africa and the Middle East

IML technology is becoming an increasingly global phenomenon. Printing Company Verstraete has been an active player for years in the European, Russian, North and South American markets. Since the beginning of this year we have started up projects successfully in North Africa and the Middle East too. One of the partnerships has been entered into with International Engineering Union in Cairo, Egypt. They are successful suppliers of products which include three different pots and lids for El Rashidi El Mizan, a well-known manufacturer of “Halawa”. This company has been able to achieve significant growth since the introduction of IML packaging.

FLEX TOPS THE INNOVATION CHARTS FOR 2008

Omet's new label printing press, the X-Flex, has been short listed for one of the FlexoTech International Awards this year. The event has been regularly supported by Omet as part of its ongoing commitment to technological innovation

The X-Flex, which was launched at Labelexpo Europe 2007, has already won leading international prizes, including the FTA Technical Innovation Award 2008 in America.

Among the main innovative features of the multi-awarded X-Flex are its reduced setup time requirements and the quality of its print register throughout acceleration and deceleration, thanks to the completely automatic Vision 1 system.

Add this to the minimal waste levels that result from the design of its printing unit that combines the print cylinder with the chill drum in a single roll, and it is easy to see why the X-Flex is so popular with label converters.

One of the X-Flex’s key advantages is the way it can make fast format changes that reduce expensive stoppages and reduce substrate…

OXY® Benefits from Airless Dispensing

The latest range from leading US acne treatment brand OXY® is using Magic Star and CD Smart dispensers from RPC Bramlage-Wiko to provide accurate and convenient dosing of shaving products.
OXY® best-selling lotions and treatments, manufactured by Mentholatum, are clinically proven to help prevent and treat teenage male acne sufferers. The brand has recently launched a range of shaving solutions that combine OXY® deep pore cleansing with exfoliation, conditioning and sun protection for a gentle shaving experience. Mentholatum, keen to differentiate the range on-shelf from conventional shaving products, approached RPC Bramlage-Wiko USA and was quick to recognize the advantages of metered-dose airless pumps, whose unique performance is relatively rare in the US shaving market. RPC’s Magic Star range offers controlled dosing and hygienic application across a range of viscosities, while its ingenious and easy-to-use airless dispensing system provides the required amount of product in one m…

Multifilm Packaging Chooses 8-color PRIMAFLEX Press to Increase Productivity and Expand in New Markets

Multifilm Packaging's intention to invest in their printing department had been in discussion for some time. They recently decided on a 52” 8-color PRIMAFLEX CM flexographic press, based on W&H's reputation as the market leader in advanced technology, reliability of the equipment and positive feedback from other W&H customers that Multifilm visited, confirming that the machine performed even better than promised.

“Historically, our business has been long runs, 3 to 4 colors, and simple print designs,” says Chris Rogers, Vice President of Sales. “As we have grown into other areas, we have seen more of our business shift into shorter runs, more colors, and more complex print designs with screens and process printing. We needed a printing press that could dramatically improve our productivity on all our current business and provide the opportunity to expand in our newer markets by offering 8 color printing.”

Multifilm Packaging, located in Elgin, IL, is a vertically i…

Mars First Confectionery Company to Launch Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Globally

Mars Consumer-friendly Nutrition Information Part of Larger Health and Nutrition Program.Mars, Incorporated today announced it is proud to be the first confectionery company in the US to voluntarily implement Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) nutrition labeling on all of its chocolate, non-chocolate confectionery and other food products. All packages will be redesigned to feature new graphics on the front and back of packages, which contain consumer-friendly, clear and easy to understand nutrition information that will help consumers make informed choices at the point of purchase. This announcement is part of a global initiative Mars is undertaking around the world.

"Our redesigned labels are the latest examples of Mars' commitment to health and nutrition. By providing clear, concise and understandable information to consumers about what's inside all of our products, we will help them to make informed decisions about the foods they eat," said Bob Gamgort, president of Mar…

Successful Introduction of Nilpeter within the Indian Market

Nilpeter has arrived in India with a bang. The last year saw the narrow web market leader make an emphatic footprint in the Indian label and converting market. One of their flagship narrow web flexo combination models, the FB-Line series, has been welcomed by the Indian converter with as many as seven high-end presses already running in this short time span.

What is even more interesting is the fact that five out of these seven presses are the servo versions, which is clearly indicative of the fact that the Indian converter, too, just like any other converter around the globe relies and trusts the Nilpeter brand equity when it comes to a choice for a high-end combination press.
It all started with the sales of a combination FB-3300 S press to Ajanta Packaging at their Daman unit. Ajanta had to make a move into the full rotary flexo workflow after having achieved major success with their intermittent offset. The Nilpeter FB-3300 S was chosen after a lot of due diligence and a comprehen…

National Labels of Pennsylvania, USA, takes over its first MO-4 in Nilpeter A/S, Denmark

Growing business for National Labels in the high-end sector of value-added health & beauty labels made Nilpeter's introduction as the first sleeve-based narrow web combination offset press the dream come through. This led to the investment in the first MO-4 - and plans for more to come.

The new MO-4 was taken over after several days of production simulation on live commercial blue chip cosmetic labels – with an exceptional result. It will be the first MO-4 Nilpeter delivers to the American market.
Jim Shacklett, III, Chief Executive Officer, National Label Company, says, “The Nilpeter offset presses are vital to achieving our goals of increased quality, performance, and flexibility in today's competitive world. The new MO-4 allows us to improve our quality and reduce our waste of time, material, and set-up resources. The performance of the Nilpeter MO-3300 Servo is a benchmark in our industry; however, after intensive testing on our new MO-4, we are pleased to see further …

Colortrend Returns to RPC for Labelling Capabilities

Following the successful rebranding in 2006 of the Colortrend paint range using in-mould labelled (IML) pails from RPC Containers Oakham, the company has selected the same combination of container and label for two new product ranges. At the same time, a third range has been repackaged in the same container using distinctive post-adhesive label designs.

One of Ireland’s leading independent paint manufacturers, the company has launched its new Colortrend easi-prep and Colortrend Woodcare ranges to expand its product portfolio. Colortrend easi-prep comprises four water-based primers for walls, wood and metals, under the slogan, “A great result depends on a great start!” Colortrend Woodcare features five coating types, including wood stain, satin finish and platinum varnish.

Like the earlier rebranding of its core brand, Colortrend required attractive designs that are devised to enhance consumer appeal and present a consistent quality image. RPC Oakham’s expertise in IML decoration has a…

Label-Aire Sleever Series Model 8300 Economy Sleeve Labeling System

Label-Aire, known for its advanced pressure-sensitive labelers now offers an advanced yet economical sleeve labeling solution. Label-Aire is proud to introduce the NEW Sleever Series Model 8300 Labeling System.

Label-Aire's NEW Sleever Series Model 8300 is a fast, efficient, and easy-to-operate single head shrink sleeve labeling system that can easily handle most tamper-evident, overall-, middle-, and full-body sleeve (including sustainable film) applications. Specifically designed for high speed runs of up to 250 products per minute, the NEW Model 8300 will easily handle all industry standard sleeve materials and a wide range of container shapes and sizes.

The Label-Aire Sleever Series Model 8300 is designed to meticulous specifications including: Easy-to-operate PLC controls, stainless steel/anodized aluminum construction, high-speed operation, and stepper drive technology. Further Sleever Series Model 8300 features and benefits include:

HMI touch screen - User-friendly control…

Just 6.6 grams of PET for 500 millilitres of water

An accolade for the best packaging innovation in 2008: Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, won the 2008 Water Innovation Award in Gold from the trade periodical “bottledwaterworld” in the "Best packaging innovation" category for a 0.5-l PET bottle weighing a mere 6.6 grams. This year’s competition, organised by Zenith International Publishing, attracted 201 entries from 40 different countries.

Krones’ "PET lite 6.6" bottle constitutes a new milestone in the field of lightweight beverage containers. With a mere 6.6 grams of PET, 500 millilitres of still water can be “packaged”. The innovative features here include firstly dividing the bottle into different functional sections. In the upper section of the bottle, a small diameter has been chosen, thus achieving enhanced grip stability for the user. This grip area has been additionally reinforced with special grooves, so that at this point the bottle can even be labelled when empty. The lower section of the bottle is s…

Customers Celebrate Success of the New Generation of Machines with Muller Martini

Following the successful introduction of the new generation of machines at drupa ‘08, 120 Swiss customers attended the open house at the training center in Oftringen and toasted together with Muller Martini to their successes in the Swiss market..

Results to be proud of: Since the introduction of the new generation of machines in May,at drupa 08 with Brülisauer Buchbinderei AG in Gossau/SG, Abächerli Druck AG in Sarnen, AVD Goldach in Goldach, Vogt-Schild Druck AG in Derendingen (each a Primera E140), Kreis Druck AG in Basel, Druckerei Herzog AG in Langendorf, Sihldruck AG in Zurich and Sailer Druck GmbH in Winterthur (each a Presto E90), already eight Swiss companies have invested in a new saddle stitcher. A success story that Muller Martini celebrated together with its customers at the open house at the training center in Oftringen.

CEO Rudolf Müller expressed his pleasure, “that our new generation of machines is well received by you and that you believe in our new technologies.” A…

Martin Automatic to exhibit at CPP/PackExpo

Martin Automatic will be exhibiting at CPP, November 9-13th; they will be located inside the AIMCAL pavilion at booth #9664.

"PackExpo has for years been an important show in the packaging industry," says Craig Thomson, Marketing Manager for Martin Automatic. "The confluence of packaging, package printing and converting is drawing more press and process line manufacturers, as well as end-users of our equipment, to this show. We will be there to support both our OEM partners and our end-users."Visitors are invited to discuss and to discover how non-stop roll changing and web handling technology from Martin can improve their productivity and limit their waste. In today's economy, notes Thomson, converters must look even more closely at waste reduction. "This is really what automatic roll changing is all about. We joke that Martin was 'green' long before the term was invented and before the recent emphasis on sustainability and waste. With automatic sp…

Knowing what´s what for ultimate food safety

"I spy with my little eye something which you cannot see" – those who do not believe this are not familiar with the high–performance HEUFT solutions for foreign object inspection in food and should secure their place on the free seminar of the same name in Burgbrohl now. The food sector will become the focus of attention on Wednesday 22 October 2008, following the successful start to the HEUFT TeKnowledge series of events, with the subject product safety during the drinks filling process: neutral, outside experts, satisfied users and competent specialists from HEUFT SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH will present new methods for increasing food safety by means of a precise foreign object detection.

The programme of the all–day seminar "I spy with my little eye something which you cannot see" will combine valuable, theoretical basic principles with real, practical examples from the foreign object inspection field.

Detecting foreign objects: legal background and practical applicat…

Xeikon achieves resounding success at Labelexpo Americas 2008

Xeikon (www.xeikon.com), a division of Punch Graphix, legendary for pioneering the first digital color presses, announced today that it had an extremely successful Labelexpo Americas 2008.

The Xeikon booth was the hub of activity throughout the show. With continuous stream of visitors, it was one of the major attractions in the Digital Experience Hall. Xeikon’s latest digital color label technology platform received a very positive feedback from label converters who were impressed with its productivity, image quality and eco-friendliness. Many label converters were of the opinion that the Xeikon technology is truly inimitable as it combines the best characteristics of flexography and short-run digital. In addition, the industry experts recognized the innovative capabilities of the Xeikon solution and bestowed the company with the New Innovation Award at the Label Industry Global Awards gala held during the show.

At the show, the company demonstrated the Xeikon 3300 digital label pres…