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New Amcor Lemon Top package for Cliffstar-bottled brands

Lightweight PET juice package design taps lemon’s shape, texture and natural origins to heighten shelf appeal and reduce costs
It’s called “Lemon Top” and for good reason. Customers of Cliffstar Corporation, the USA’s leading private label juice provider, will soon roll out the unique package into retail food outlets nationwide. The 32-ounce PET bottle from Amcor PET Packaging looks and feels the part with its lemon-peel texturing on its lemon-shaped top. Embossed leaves further communicate the natural goodness inside, and in keeping with tradition over many years, the deep ‘Cliffstar green’ color is synonymous with its lemon juice packaging.

“This is an updated design with far more brand appeal for our customers. It looks great and is beyond anything else on the market, which will draw interest from more consumers and help drive sales in various departments throughout a store” said Jason Krause, Cliffstar’s Director of Marketing.

“In the past, most private label and store brands have fo…

Krones Checkmat for comprehensive label inspection

Perfect label positioning is crucial to the quality of product packaging. The label inspection unit provided by the Checkmat EM from Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, uses a total of four cameras to inspect the height, the rotational alignment and the precise position of the labels in relation to each other. The system reliably handles a huge diversity of labels. It should be emphasised that container orientation in terms of mutual alignment of the label and an embossed glass feature can be verified. Further details are possible after prior checking.


The Checkmat label inspection unit monitors the labels on the containers and can be relied upon to detect any irregularities. The CCD camera system provides users with a multiplicity of options for image processing: for instance, the labels are recognised by means of a wide-area pattern comparison, and inspected for position, alignment and quality; the error-tolerance is user-settable. The camera system’s image evaluation unit is linked to…

New MACtac® Biodegradable Paper Construction for Roll Label

Pursuing its environmentally friendly new products development policy, MACtac launches MACtab Biodegradable.

Coated with MP 198 acrylic emulsion adhesive MACtab Biodegradable is a white woodfree ECF paper designed for biodegradable roll label converting.
MACtab Biodegradable MP 198 is a certified biodegradable construction in compliance with the ISO 14855 norm.
If applied onto compostable packaging it complies with the EN 13432 norm if the label represents less than 1 % of the total packaging weight.

MACtab Biodegradable MP 198 is available in 2 meter width with exact width service. It is ideal for organic, food packaging and for all the branded products that are positioned as environmentally friendly.

VIA: MACTAC Europe


2008 IMDA AWARDS WINNERS

The In-Mold Decorating Association proudly has announced the winners of its
Second Annual Awards Competition.
The 2008 IMDA Awards Competition recognizes the industry’s best in-mold
labeled packaging and in-mold decorated durable products. The winning entries
were chosen based on creativity in design, engineering and innovation. The
winners of the 2008 IMDA Awards are:

􀂃 Best Part Design – Aspasie IML (Canada) for Swatch Buttons
􀂃 Best Thin Wall Packaging – North America IML Containers (Canada)for Chapman’s yogurtPlus
􀂃 Best Injection Mold Part – Polisport (Portugal) for Dirt Bike Spoilers
􀂃 Best Blow Mold Part – Viappinai Printing (Italy) for Seven Powers Perfume bottle
􀂃 Best IMD Durable Product – IGH Solutions (USA) for Nescafé Lenticular Cup
􀂃 Best Label Design – Spies Kunststoffe GmbH (Germany) for Mövenpick Schätze der Welt
􀂃 Label Design, Honorable Mention – Ropak Packaging (USA) for Preen Garden Weed preventer
􀂃 Best Product Family – Smyth Companies/Technimark (USA) for P&G Ola…

DFC Shrink Sleeves launch new website

DFC Shrink Sleeves have launched their new image through their new website, specialising in the manufacture of quality Gravure Shrink Sleeves. DFC Shrink Sleeves have been in operation for nearly ten years and have traded under the banner of DFC Packaging Group of Companies .

According to DFC Shrink Sleeves General Manager Ian Mackie, the time is now right for DFC Shrink Sleeves to become recognisable within the growing Shrink Sleeve market. Ian believes that the name change has made it easier for companies in the industry to understand what exactly DFC Shrink Sleeves do.

Ian Mackie stated that DFC Shrink Sleeves have always known that what they were doing was right, but in terms of marketing the company something was missing, changing the name and telling people exactly what DFC Shrink Sleeves does have now made it easier for their sales staff to get the message across.

With a new image DFC Shrink Sleeves are moving their Sydney office from Moorebank to Bella Vista. This reflects the g…

Modularised sleeve labeller: Krones Sleevematic M

The new Sleevematic M sleeve labeller is the versatile solution from Krones AG for a wide range of dress variants, whether it’s full-length sleeves, part-sleeves or tamper-evident sealing. As a modularized machine, the second generation exhibits even more compact dimensions. It can be put together from a choice of different reel holders and alternative shrinkage variants. Accessibility to the station has been improved, the functional dependability upgraded, and change-over of all handling parts has been simplified for concomitant gains in speediness.

With just a single height-adjustable station, it reaches an output of 27,000 containers an hours with a sleeve length of 200 mm. For high-speed applications, machines with two sleeving stations are used in tandem mode. This means the machine can be run with a lower sleeve speed at the station, with concomitant gains in terms of trouble-free sleeve handling. For placing part-sleeves, using a height-adjustable belt station is one option – en…

Toyo Ink Opens New Manufacturing Plant in Texas

In the morning hours of October 15, 2008, Toyo Ink
Manufacturing America, LLC, a member of the Toyo Ink Group, celebrated the grand
opening of its new manufacturing facility in a traditional Shinto ceremony held on the
factory premises in Bryan, Texas. In attendance were Mark Conlee, Mayor of Bryan
City; Randy Sims, Brazos County Judge; Ken Mallard, chairman of The Research Valley
Partnership; members of the Bryan Business Council, members of the City Council and
other local officials as well as Kunio Sakuma, president of parent company Toyo Ink Mfg.
Co., Ltd. among other Toyo executives from the United States and abroad.

Principle products to be manufactured at the new $20-million facility are specialty
polymers and related products, such as packaging inks, adhesives and coatings. The
modern, 55,000-square-foot facility sits on 22 acres of the Bryan Business Park and
includes two production plants, a warehouse and an administrative office.
Toyo Ink officially broke ground on the land nearly one …

Martin Automatic to exhibit at India Label Show

Martin Automatic will exhibit at India Label Show, to be held December 3-6 in New Delhi, India.

"The labeling industry in India is one of the fastest growing markets worldwide. We at Martin recognize the impact that India is making to the industry and we expect that this will be a great show." says Craig Thomson, Marketing Manager for Martin Automatic. "We will be there to support both our OEM partners and our end-users."

Visitors will see an MBS butt splicer and 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. After the show, this splicer will be installed on a KPG press at an Indian label converter, joining 2 other Martin splicer installations at this location.

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. Martin was 'green' long befor…

Langguth: New International Website Launching Soon

Langguth GmbH, Germany is scheduled to launch their new website in the next 3-4 weeks and has offered a sneak peak of the new design. Over the next couple of months Lagguth- America will also launch a new design keeping in the corporate theme of Langguth GmbH, Germany. Be sure to visit www.langguth.com to preview the new site.

NoBottle™ from Sidel Wins Bronze at Pentawards 2008

On 30 October at Monaco, the international jury at Pentawards 2008, a worldwide packaging design competition, recognized the creativity of the Sidel NoBottle™.

The sleek, elegant lines and the “creative quality” of the lightweight 500-ml water bottle from Sidel appealed to the 12 international judges at Pentawards 2008, the first and only worldwide competition exclusively dedicated to packaging design in all its forms. The judges gave the Bronze Medal to NoBottle™ in the Other Markets – B2B Products category. The awards ceremony was held on October 30th in Monaco, and all the prize-winning creations will be on display from January 26th to February 28th, 2009 at the DesignPack Gallery (24, rue de Richelieu) in Paris (France), a new exhibit space dedicated to packaging design.


The jury members, who are global experts in design and marketing, reviewed 688 packages from the world over, all designed in 2007 and divided into five categories: Beverages, Food, Body, Other Markets and Luxury. T…

Sidel Supplies Four Complete Lines to Modelo for the Record-Setting Piedras Negras Brewery

With more than 30 end-of-line robots, more than 20 laser-guided vehicles (LGVs), automated warehouses, and record-setting output rates, the new site currently being built by beer giant Modelo is one of a kind. The four bottling lines are all supplied by Sidel.

One of the world’s largest beer makers, the Modelo Group is building a new brewery in Piedras Negras, Mexico near the U.S. border. The Group will produce 10 million hectoliters of beer annually at the new plant for export to the United States and Canada. Piedras Negras will supply almost all of the volume exported to North America, which represents Modelo’s second largest market after Mexico. Three brands will be produced at the new plant: Corona, Modelo Light and Modelo Especial.


When construction is complete in 2010, this fully automated plant will be one of the most modern in the world. Sidel is the sole source for the plant’s four packaging lines: one for cans and three for glass bottles.


The can line will run at a rate of 66,0…

Krones “NitroPouch” process wins the German Packaging Prize

Yet another accolade for the “PET lite 6.6” 500-ml bottle developed using Krones’ “NitroPouch” process: to coincide with the opening of the BRAU Beviale in Nuremberg on 12 November 2008, the German Packaging Institute has now singled out the concept for the German Packaging Prize. The innovative “NitroPouch” process had already won the 2008 Water Innovation Award in Gold in the “Best Packaging Innovation” category, and also the WorldStar from the World Packaging Organisation. At 6.6 grams of PET, this new bottle constitutes a milestone in the field of lightweight beverage containers.. The “NitroPouch” concept, as the primary package, combines minimised material and energy consumption with maximised benefits for consumers and the natural environment.

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. Secondly, nitrogen is used to build up a defined pressure i…

New Offset /Flexo Xpannd 450 for labels and sleeves introduced during the next GIDUE Open House

Larger print width and top printing quality for shrink sleeves and self-adhesive labels

GIDUE latest combined offset/flexo press Xpannd 450, will be presented during the next GIDUE Open House on the 27th and 28th of November. The wider width of the press, 450mm, is convenient for printing both self-adhesive and shrinkable sleeves and makes offset/flexo combination a valuable choice for a larger number of converters.

The offset/flexo Xpannd 450 is a viable solution for label converters who want to increase profitability during the actual market slowdown. With its characteristics of high printing quality at lower operating costs, full versatility on the choice of the substrates (from rough papers to shrinkable materials), total flexibility on the choice of the available technologies (offset, flexo, silkscreen, gravure, hot stamping, etc.), limited ‘risks’ on difficult high-end jobs, 'glocal' standardisation and lower offset plate costs for short runs printing, full digital flow in…

Gidue to launch wider version Xpannd at open house

Gidue’s latest combined offset/flexo press, the Xpannd 450, will be launched during an open house at the company’s Turate, Italy, facility on November 27-28.

The wider width of the press, 450mm, allows it to print shrink sleeves as well as self-adhesive labels, and therefore brings Gidue’s offset and flexo combination machine to a new range of customers.

The flexible, modular machine, which can print of a variety of substrates and can also include silkscreen, gravure and hot stamping units, has met with SID certification from the BVDM (German Association for Printing).

The press contains a patent-pending multi-process organizer, which allows handling and storage of offset cassettes and multi-process heads, thus reducing load handling by the operator.

‘Despite the present recession, Gidue has decided to “re-launch” itself in a series of new R&D projects. I believe that the label industry is suffering a general crisis due to production over-capacity and lack of differentiation within l…

Bird Brand Takes Flight with Eye-Catching IML Design

RPC Containers Oakham has achieved another success for its renowned capabilities in in-mould labelling (IML), with the decision by long-standing customer Bird Brand to launch its latest product in an IML-decorated pail.

Manufactured by R K & J Jones Limited, Bird Brand offers a range of preservatives, solvents, wood oils and other decorative products. Its latest launch, Shed & Fence One Coat Protection, offers consumers an effective and versatile wood stain solution that, uniquely, can be applied by brush, roller or sprayer to suit their requirements.

As a longstanding customer of RPC Oakham, R K & J Jones recognises the durability and convenience of its pail solutions and was quick to source a 5 litre container to ensure an appropriate packaging format for Shed & Fence One Coat Protection.

Traditionally, R K & J Jones has opted for printing as its primary means of decoration but, in order to maximise the impact of the new launch, the company decided to switch to IML.…

ExxonMobil Chemical Announces National Distributor for United States and Canada for the Films Business Unit

The Films business of ExxonMobil Chemical has announced today the launch of national distributors for its affiliates' oriented polypropylene (OPP) film products in the United States and Canada: Multi-Plastics, Inc., Lewis Center, OH, and Multi-Plastics Canada, Co. These additional sales channels for ExxonMobil Chemical OPP film products combine the strengths of both companies: ExxonMobil Chemical's OPP film innovative technology and quality, and Multi-Plastics' wide national coverage and supply chain expertise, to deliver advantaged customer value to the packaging marketplace.

"This allows our small and medium size customers to purchase the same ExxonMobil Chemical OPP film products from Multi-Plastics, whose business model is focused on quick order turn-around and service," says Laurie Cardillo, Sales Manager for the Americas.

Multi-Plastics, with its American Institute of Baking (AIB) certified facilities in Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, California and On…

Weber Marking’s Installation of the HP Indigo Press ws4500 is the Key to Driving New Profit Opportunities

HP announced that Weber Marking Systems purchased an HP Indigo press ws4500 from the show floor at the recent Labelexpo Americas trade show, a decision that points to the 75-year-old company’s decision to integrate industry leading HP Indigo digital technology into its flexographic label printing facility. With the new press, installed in September shortly after Labelexpo ended, the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based company is striving to improve overall profitable growth based on the evolving needs of its customer base.

“Converters like Weber Marking Systems, which owe their success and longevity to an ability to meet customer demand and provide excellent service, can improve profitability and do more for their clients with the production flexibility and true offset quality of the HP Indigo press ws4500,” said Jan Riecher, vice president and general manager, Americas Graphics Solutions Business, HP.

The seven-color press, which was purchased along with a Digicon finishing system from AB Gr…

Top world label honours for FINATmembers

FINAT members have won top honours in the 2008 World Label Association’s competition,
whichwas held in associationw ith Labelexpo USA in Chicago.

So good w as the quality of thew inning labels that the judges w ere unable to agree onw hich
was the absolute best and declined to name any as the ‘World’s Best’. Judges’ chairman
Tony White said: “We could not reach a unanimous agreement but two labels from FINAT
members were so good, each could be considered to be the best in the world.”
FINAT, the global trade association for the self-adhesive label industry, holds its ow n label
competition in conjunction w ith its annual Congress, thew inners of which go through these
world finals which this year saw eight winners from FINAT members, eight from America’s
TLMI label association and six from Japan’s JFLP organisation.
The quality of a tiny label, printed in Japanese, from Germany’s Schreiner Group GmbH for
attaching to a pharmaceutical syringe and a large Esso oil label printed by Turkey’s Detsan
Ba…

B & H Labeling Systems Introduces New Marathon® XLA

B & H Labeling Systems introduces the new Marathon® XLA, the latest addition to the successful Marathon series of roll-fed labelers. Based on the field proven Marathon XL platform, the Marathon XLA includes new design features that enhance the ease of operation while maintaining change part compatibility with Marathon XL models. Like the XL, the XLA offers fast size changeovers, low maintenance requirements, high operating efficiencies and the ability to handle containers from 8 oz. to 3 liters at speeds up to 650 containers per minute.

Marathon XLA features B & H's SMARTdrive™, a multi-axis servomotor drive-train with automatic label registration and timing that achieves extreme positional accuracy over the life of the labeler. Five independent servomotors communicate on a high-speed digital bus to synchronize label feeding, cutting, gluing and container transport, eliminating the gears, belts and chains found in traditional labelers. The complete Allen-Bradley drive-trai…

B & H Labeling Systems Launches New Web Site

B & H Labeling Systems announces the launch of its new web site at www.bhlabeling.com. The new site showcases the company's roll-fed and shrink sleeve labeling equipment as well as parts and services, offering extensive new content and enhanced navigation to better deliver valuable information.

The new navigation structure makes it easy for all visitors to quickly find the information they need. Visitors unfamiliar with B & H can easily search for information based on their industry and their application, while B & H customers can easily search by their target technology, machine model name or number, or for more information about parts and service.

Three new sections in the web site will be of interest to a wide range of visitors.

A section called "The Hidden Cost of Labeling" addresses the vitally important topic of the total financial impact of various labeling solutions. This section highlights the substantial financial impact labeling has on a production l…

CCS-310–The ICMA award winner becomes even more flexible.

Blumer, the innovative manufacturer of the ICMA Award winning CCS-310 has announced a dramatic increase in production versatility. The CCS-310 has already gained worldwide acceptance from renowned card manufactures for producing the highest edge quality in demanding card materials such as polycarbonate (PC). With the introduction of a new male-female cutting tool, the Blumer CCS-310 combines two punching technologies to provide the highest level of quality and versatility in the market today.

The use of PC and other complex mixed materials is increasing dramatically as the requirements for identity and security cards, including passports, becomes more stringent. As manufacturers use the CCS-310 to establish the bench mark for edge quality and cutting accuracy, they also increase their lead over the competition. In this demanding market, there is no substitute for the Swiss engineering and quality that is the trademark of Blumer products.



The CCS-310 incorporates advanced t…

PET Beer Bottle Celebrates 10 Years of Market Success

Still growing in popularity, the PET beer bottle celebrates 10 years of market success
It's something you hold in your hand. It's light and unbreakable. It retains the cold well. It's resealable. It's recyclable. It goes perfectly with stadiums, tailgating parties, the beach, concerts, picnics, and backyard barbecues, to name just a few venues. And this month it's celebrating its 10th birthday.
The guest of honor at the birthday party is the PET plastic beer bottle made by Graham Packaging Company.

It was in October 1998, culminating years of research and testing, that O-I Plastic, now part of Graham Packaging, and the Miller Brewing Company, now part of MillerCoors, introduced the innovative polyethylene terephthalate container that revolutionized beer packaging, changed the marketing landscape, and made life more convenient for American beer consumers.
The PET beer bottle has proven its practicality and earned still-growing popularity. Jeff Garwood, senior manager o…

Australian printer purchases equipment from Martin Automatic

Pemara Labels of Melbourne, Australia recently purchased equipment from Martin Automatic. As with most printers, they are constantly being pressured to reduce prices, while maintaining or improving their quality, and they found one key to their improvement with an MBSF automatic butt splicer and an LRD automatic rewind from Martin Automatic.

The challenge for Pemara was that they have a very diversified operation and their customers require a variety of printing methods including screen, off-set and digital. They needed versatile equipment that could be a work horse and found their answer in the Martin equipment. The splicer/rewinder combination will be placed on a Gallus press.

"Given Australia is a long way from America, we needed to make sure we have equipment that we can rely on. There are only a few suppliers that manufacture products that suit our presses and Martin Automatic is a recognized and reputable supplier" reports Andrew McNamara of Pemara Labels.

RPC Bramlage-Wiko delivers an “Exquisite” choice

RPC Bramlage-Wiko has launched a stunning new food tub design as part of its standard range, allowing a variety of markets to benefit from an eye-catching shape and the vivid decoration potential of in-mould labeling (IML).

Manufactured at RPC Bramlage-Wiko’s site in Celle in PP, the Exquisite concept comprises a tapered container base and wide-rimmed lid, designed to offer impressive on-shelf branding opportunities. The container can be specified in transparent or colored variants, while a range of lid colors can be manufactured upon request.


Importantly, both container and lid can benefit from the high-quality decoration afforded by IML, incorporating colorful graphics or complex, photo-realistic designs in up to eight colors.


Fully sealable, RPC Bramlage-Wiko believes that the design is ideal for a number of food applications, including ice cream, salads, spreads, dairy and cheese products.


Initially, RPC Bramlage-Wiko has developed a 1-cavity pilot mould for a standard 400g Exquisite …

Completely new

Translated and extracted from the original in German:


Together with our customer Nestle, GIZEH has completely redesigned the packaging of 5-minute terrine of Maggi. Major change is the optical wave form of decoration sector, which so far running around ribs peppy now cut off and so the optics of the container gives a great momentum. Key technical innovation: The PP injection pack is now inmould with a high-quality printed paper label decorated. The area of information now extends until the foot of the cup and has thereby significantly increased. All previous paragraphs and edges wereeliminated.

New High Barrier NatureFlex™ Film Launched

Innovia Films’ next generation of its flexible, compostable film, NatureFlex™ was officially launched today (6 November 2008) at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin.

The new film, NatureFlex™ NK, offers not only biodegradability and compostability, but also a moisture barrier approaching that of co-extruded OPP. This means it has the best moisture barrier of any biopolymer film currently available, which has been achieved through Innovia Films’ unique coating technology.

NatureFlex™ NK is a transparent, general purpose packaging grade suitable for various applications eg dried foods (biscuits, cereals, crisps, snack bars etc). The new product is also ideal for lamination to other biofilms. NatureFlex™ NK is available in 20, 23, 30, 45 micron thicknesses and can be used for a variety of pack formats – VFFS, flow wrap, twistwrap and overwrap.

The Labelmakers Group Commissions the First Alprinta 74V in Australia

The Labelmakers Group, leading Australian label producers with head office in Somerton in the state of Victoria, invested as first printing house on the fifth continent in an Alprinta 74V web offset printing press.


Managing Director of Labelmakers, Paul O'Sullivan, declined to comment on what exactly the Alprinta 74V would be producing. However he told, “that the new printing press from Muller Martini is very significant for our market.”

Livio Barbagallo, Managing Director of Muller Martini Australia, is pleased with the conclusion of the sale: “This is a fantastic success for us, to sell a press like this in the labeling market. It's important for us to have a great partner such as Labelmakers as reference.” The new Alprinta 74V will be installed next February and ready for production around six weeks later.

Axon Adds High-End Capabilities to Its Basic and Mid-Level Sleeving and Tamper Band Applicators

New Capabilities for the EZ-Series and EZ-Seal Applicators Demoed at Pack Expo 2008

Raleigh, NC - Axon, a division of Pro Mach and a leading manufacturer of fully automated, heat-shrink labeling, tamper evident banding, and stretch sleeving equipment, announced at Pack Expo 2008 the addition of high-end operator interface and communications capabilities to basic and mid-level EZ-Series and EZ-Seal shrink sleeving and tamper evident banding applicators. (Axon Booth S-2206)

All EZ-Series and EZ-Seal applicators now feature recipe storing capability, which significantly reduces changeover between product runs on the same line. Recipe storing ultimately helps to improve application consistency, lowering waste and increasing productivity and throughput. All EZ-Series and EZ-Seal applicators now offer:

* Customizable operator interface screens, programmable function keys, and true touch-screen technology to boost operator productivity
* I/O monitoring to shorten troubleshooting time and…

Ingeo™ Joins European Bioplastics Conference for the Third Edition

NatureWorks LLC confirms strong commercial status for Ingeo™ bioplastic and its international brand partners present at the 3rd annual European Bioplastics Conference hosted in Berlin, Germany on November 5th and 6th

ngeo™ biopolymer is set to take center stage at the European Bioplastic Conference in Berlin this year. Made by NatureWorks LLC, Ingeo™ is the first and leading commercially scaled biopolymer in production in the market today. Proof of that comes from recognizing there are more than 100 global Ingeo™ brand partners producing a full range of lifestyle innovations in over 20 different applications and selling today in 70,000 point of sales worldwide.

At this conference, this list grows to include new introductions in the beverage sector with Sant’ Anna, who is presenting their new Ingeo™ Biobottle for their renowned premium mineral water. Sant’Anna was founded in 1996, and is the market leader in Italy selling over 650 million bottles in 2007. It is the first commercial-scale…

FLEXOTECNICA F12 WIN PRESTIGIOUS TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR BEST INNOVATION

Flexotecnica are proud to announce their success in the 2008 FlexoTech Awards as winner of the award for “Innovation in Printing Press/Finishing”. The annual event was held in London on Wednesday 15th October at the spectacular Hilton Metropole Hotel

Flexotecnica entered their new “F12”, 12 colour CI flexopress which was recently launched at Drupa 2008. The F12 beat off stiff competition from around the Flexo industry and fellow finalists from Omet Srl and Apex Europe Bv and the award was presented to Maria Costantino, Marketing Manager by England’s Rugby Union World Cup Winner, Matt Dawson. The event was attended by over 500 printers and suppliers from all corners of the European community, print quality was celebrated by entries on film, paper and board from narrow to wide web substrates. The F12, the world’s first 12 colour wide web CI flexopress, incorporates numerous important innovations to optimise flexopress productivity and efficiency.Twelve colours around a single CI means in…

Label industry stable in spite of world’s woes

Via FINAT we find an interesting prediction of the PS labelling situation in Europe. I enclose copy of the original PDF

Label industry stable in spite of world’s woes
With Europe’s economy in a state of flux, demand for self-adhesive labels will, at best,
remain stable during 2008, helped by strong demand for filmic roll products, Jules Lejeune,
managing director of FINAT, the medium’s global trade association, has forecast.
Presenting his state of the self-adhesive label industry report to FINAT’s 50th anniversary
congress in Paris, Mr Lejeune said: “It should come asno surprise that the economy is in a
state of flux. It is clear that the credit crunch, the situation in energy, raw materials and food
markets continue to undermine business confidence, although the over-valued Euro
has managed to dampen the effect of the oil and raw materials price increases.”
The self-adhesive industry saw total demand rise to just over 5.5-billion square metres
throughout Europe in 2007 –a 4.3 per cent increas…

National Adhesives Teams with Henkel To Offer Expanded Solutions

Bridgewater, NJ — In a move that brings customers expanded solutions for printing applications, National Adhesives has joined with Henkel Corporation (www.henkelna.com)
“This acquisition of National Adhesives by Henkel brings those in the graphic arts industry a comprehensive portfolio of systems solutions,” said Claus Koop, Market Segment Manager at Henkel. “Our customers continue to benefit from the strength of National’s established adhesive brands and gain the added advantage of even more products and new capabilities.”
National has led the way in graphic arts applications with innovative products, applications expertise and follow-up service. “Those strengths will continue to be mainstays under our new Henkel identity as our customers gain additional products and expertise that help grow their businesses,” said Koop

On Deck at GRAPH EXPO, Booth #3634:

100% recyclable drum

Henkel has developed the industry’s only totally recyclable drum, enabling binders to improve their environmental …

The Latest from Siegwerk’s Labels segment

It's brightly colored and can be printed at high speeds - find out what else makes UV Sicura Flex 39-8 such a success. You can read these and other success stories in the new newsletter edition of our customer segment Labels.

Further topics:

- FDA approves UV technology for food contact
- high-quality four-color set “XXL” for UV flexoprinting
- glitter effects now also possible for sleeves
- opaque white with low abrasiveness
- 4-day application seminar in China

The PDF is available for download here.

Leading label manufacturer ERO-ETIKETT goes digital with the Xeikon 3300

Xeikon has announced today that ERO-ETIKETT GmbH (‘ERO-ETIKETT’) has chosen the Xeikon 3300 to make the move to digital label printing.

A long-standing traditional label printer, ERO-ETIKETT serves leading businesses in the food and beverages, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Paying meticulous attention to detail and accurate color reproduction, the company has forged a solid reputation for high-quality label production. With the Xeikon 3300 the company will be able to extend its offering, incorporating all the advantages digital printing has to offer.