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Printpack Inc. Introduces Neo Affinia™ PETG Film for Shrink Sleeve Applications

Neo Affinia™ PETG is being introduced by Printpack, Inc for shrink sleeve/label applications. It is part of our Affinia™ Series shrink films that are exclusive to Printpack. The unique attributes of Neo Affinia™ will create many new creative ways to package and market consumer products. Shrink labels, like the “Nut Hill Café” label is produced with Neo Affinia™. It has a distinctive matte finish, providing a soft and velvety touch for the consumer. The labels present a differentiated natural look on the store shelf. It is a white film offering a superior light barrier for products that are negatively impacted by exposure to light. It has a 70+ % shrinkage rate so it is particularly good for highly contoured containers. In regard to sustainability, it will deliver more film per pound due to its lower density and high yield. This film is surface printed up to 10 colors in rotogravure or flexographic. It is well suited for the health and beauty industry as well as dairy and juice market

Cliffstar Corp. unveils its own premium beverage line

New Chadwick Bay brand in Amcor Powerflex™ PET Bottle is a first for leading private-label beverage supplier. Cliffstar Corp ., one of the largest private-label beverage suppliers in the U.S., is offering for the first time its own brand of premium beverages. The Chadwick Bay line, produced by Harborside Inc., a Cliffstar subsidiary, includes single-serve enhanced juice, enhanced water, organic juice, and smoothies bottled in an attractive and lightweight PowerFlex™ polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle from Amcor PET Packaging, Manchester, Mich. The Chadwick Bay line of shelf-stable products is the first foray into the branded beverage market for Cliffstar, a longtime major supplier of private-label beverages. The company studied the U.S. market and identified a price gap between national brand and private-label products, according to Matt Walker, Cliffstar Director of Marketing. “We think this is the appropriate time to introduce a premium ‘mid-tier’ alternative that gives retai

Fresh Sleeves for the most popular cream yoghurt in the Czech Republic

The long-standing cooperation between the Czech dairy Olma and Greiner Packaging is moving in a new phase: The cream yoghurt “Florian” has recently been made available on the market in sleeved K2 cups. “Florian” is regarded as the most popular cream yoghurt in the Czech Republic. Its new packaging emphasises the freshness and quality of its content. Kremsmünster, 23 October 2009. – For many years the dairy farm Olma has placed its trust in packaging made by Greiner Packaging. To date, one of the highlights of cooperation between Greiner Packaging and Olma is the first Czech dairy product in a sleeved cup. Sleeved all over for strong communication Since then, Greiner Packaging has gradually increased the strengths of sleeve technology. This decoration variant is in high demand and suitable for the creation of the most versatile shapes and high-quality colour and print. For the popular cream yoghurt “Florian” all of the cup surface is used – from the sealing rim to the bottom. This

DuPont Packaging Graphics Develops Cyrel® XD Digital Plate System

DuPont Packaging Graphics today announced development of the Cyrel® XD Hybrid Digital Plate System that allows flexographic platemakers to produce a hybrid digital dot using their existing digital workflows.  The resulting hybrid digital dot has a flat top and broad supports similar to those produced in an analog workflow. “The Cyrel® XD system will allow digital platemakers to use their existing computer to plate (CTP) and plate making systems to produce the hybrid digital dot on an ‘as-needed’ basis.  A low-cost modification to the UV main exposure unit will allow the flexographer to turn the Cyrel® XD system ‘on’ when they wish to produce a hybrid digital dot or ‘off’ when they wish to produce a traditional digital dot,” said Ray Bodwell, marketing manager for DuPont Packaging Graphics. “The commercialization of digital Cyrel® in the mid-90’s introduced the digital dot and ushered in an era of improved consistency, productivity and quality in flexography,” noted Bodwell. “However,

Quay Vodka

Quay Vodka is artisan crafted using the finest European wheat for ultra smoothness and a touch of hand selected rye imparting the perfect rounded flavor with a note of sweetness on the flawless finish. The new spirit is available in 750 mL glass bottles and can be enjoyed in any cocktail or on its own. SOURCE: Glass Packaging Institute

Over 700 new members have joined the "Digital Printing Labels" group on LinkedIn during the past 11 weeks.

Since LabelExpo 2009, we are the world's largest Label Printing business networking LinkedIn group. Our global members include: Label & Packaging Print Buyers, Advertising / Promotional and Direct Marketing Agencies, Digital Label / Decals and Pacakge Printers / Converters, Consultants, Application and Substrate specialists and Global Printing and Converting Equipment Manufacturers, Solution Providers and Print Industry Media Publications. The latest short to medium run Digital color Label printing systems and new generation Converting systems have recently and continue to experience quantum leaps in technology, quality, speeds and improved cost efficiency serving a growing market. Our DPL group will post only the most relevant and latest News & Discussions from our Members, all of the global Labeling and Packaging conferences, Expos, market research reports and Label & Packaging buyers. All yielding new Applications and Disruptive Innovations for this rapidly e

Extremely Rugged

The ((rfid))-High-Temp Label by Schreiner LogiData resists harshest ambient conditions—whether temperatures up to 220 °C (428 °F) or chemicals in the paint shop—undamaged. The label enables automakers to mark vehicle bodies prior, during and after painting. Harsh conditions require rugged solutions. This also applies to marking vehicle bodies during the painting process. Due to the high temperatures and aggressive chemicals in the paint shop it has been difficult to mark car components between the welding stage and final assembly up to now. The ((rfid))-HighTemp Label by Schreiner LogiData facilitates the production processes of automobile manufacturers. It is suitable for high temperatures and can be equipped with a paint mask. In addition, the ((rfid))-HighTemp Label achieves reliable reading ranges even in metallic environments. As a result, production process steps can be automatically controlled and perfectly coordinated. Schreiner LogiData offers the ((rfid))-HighTemp label


UK label printer of the year - An Exeter company picked up the coveted title of ‘Label Printer of the Year’ in a glittering event last night (Monday, October 19). James Townsend & Sons Ltd struck gold in the prestigious PrintWeek 2009 Awards, equivalent to the print Oscars, despite tough competition. The family-owned company, which employs 90 staff, prints millions of labels every year for top selling food and drink products. Company Director Gareth Coles said: “We’re delighted to see our company recognised as the best of the best in a highly competitive field. “This fantastic award recognises the commitment of our highly skilled team and our investment in cutting-edge technology. “We invest heavily in both our people and our plant to provide customers with the highest quality labels to help make their products stand out from the competition.” The award judges were impressed by the range of the company’s work, which demonstrates its versatility with different types of print,

Xeikon Forms Alliance with TLMI

Xeikon , a division of Punch Graphix, legendary for pioneering the first digital color presses, today announced that the company has entered into a joint alliance with the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute, (TLMI). Under the new arrangement, Xeikon will offer new Xeikon 3300/3000 customers a complimentary first-time TLMI membership. Frank Sablone, TLMI President, commented, “Our mission is to provide our members with the tools and resources needed to help them grow their businesses. With this generous offer from Xeikon, we’ll be able to share our knowledge base with an expanded group and play a role in strengthening the industry overall.” The joint arrangement between Xeikon and TLMI was implemented to help companies within the tag, label and packaging industries fine tune their business initiatives in a shifting economy. This offer will give new Xeikon 3300/3000 customers a wealth of resources to tap into. As a TLMI member, companies have access to TLMI’s financial ratio and be

Successful showing by Ziegler Paper Mill at Labelexpo 2009

In September 2009, Ziegler Paper Mill showed its premium-grade papers at the world’s largest trade fair for the label industry in Brussels. The mill was using this platform to increase and maintain contact with customers and its presentation met with a resoundingly positive echo with a large number of visitors. These complied with the request to “Please ask” displayed on the Ziegler booth to obtain the information they needed about the mill’s specially selected products for the labelling sector. Particular interest was aroused by Ziegler’s top-quality Z-Release, Z-Bond Classic 70 g/m2 and Z-Plot 450 56 g/m2 special papers. Thanks to their high level of brightness and opacity, Z-Bond Classic and Z-Plot 450 are ideal for label applications. Suitable for both inkjet printers and laser printers and copiers, their outstanding flexibility makes them the perfect choice for further processing and conversion. Coated on both sides, Ziegler’s Z-Release release liner can be silconised o

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Ferromatik Milacron Brings its New Hybrid High-Performance Machine to Fakuma

Injection molding machine maker Ferromatik Milacron will present a model of its new hybrid high-performance machine series at booth B3-3203 during Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, October 13 through 17, 2009. The VITESSE 300 with a clamping force of 3,000 kN and an international size 1,650 injection unit will be demonstrated in a complete production cell with an in-mold labeling system from Star Automation . Using a single-cavity mold from Abate Basilio , the machine will produce a 5.7 liter polypropylene pail, including in-mold labeling , in a cycle time of 9.9 seconds. Standard equipment on this machine includes a high-performance barrier screw with a mixing head and an L/D of 25:1 for optimal melt quality and even color distribution. At Fakuma the new VITESSE series will be unveiled to the public. “The VITESSE takes its name from the French word for “speed”, the most remarkable feature of the new machine series”, said Robert Trube, Director Sales & Marketing at Ferromatik Mi

NEW – rotec® Premium Sleeve for the Highest Print Performance

At this years flexo fair Proflex in Stuttgart, Germany, the rotec ® Premium Sleeve from Flint Group Flexographic Products was presented for the first time and raised a lot of attention. It offers maximum dimensional stability overtime to cope with special printing requirements as well as unique upgrades to meet individual needs. Higher print speeds, standardised ink systems, weight restrictions or continuous strive for higher print quality – this and further factors have lead to an increasing demand for sleeves with an even more advanced quality. Subsequently for certain applications sleeves are required, where the outer diameter or ‘runout’ are not altering overtime and therefore an exact register accuracy and constant parallelism during printing can be counted on. The rotec ® Premium Sleeve meets this requirement perfectly due to its special construction. This new printing sleeve is characterised by minimal tolerances for the diameter and for the r


Linerless labeling is experiencing a revival of interest in the light of the packaging industry's focus on sustainability and reduced costs.   In response, market research and consulting firm AWA Alexander Watson Associates has published a timely evaluation of the current market and technology characteristics of linerless labeling:   The Linerless Label Market:  a market overview of current and future opportunities.      A new title in AWA's concise AWAreness™ Reports series, the study provides a focused insight into the current, developing technology platform;  the markets where linerless labels are successfully used today; issues and challenges for converters and users of linerless labels;  and future opportunities.      Says Corey M Reardon, President and CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates:  'Everyone involved in the labeling value chain, particularly in self-adhesive labeling, can benefit from an awareness of the capabilities of linerless labels, which represent b

ECO EIT™ and ECO Booster™: Sidel is launching its first ECO Services to respond to bottlers’ and bottle manufacturers’ economic and environmental concerns.

How does one ensure profitable use of production capacities, while also reducing environmental impact? The answer is just three letters long: ECO. At Drinktec, Sidel launched a new family of products and services, that is aimed at helping bottlers and bottle manufacturers improve the productivity of their equipment in a demanding business context, while also delivering better environmental performance. The first two ECO Services, ECO EIT™ and ECO Booster™, help reduce the impact of packaging materials (lightweighting, use of recycled materials, etc.), decrease water and energy consumption as well as waste and emissions. ECO EIT™: Quantify in order to manage energy consumption better This new module for the EIT™ (Efficiency Improvement Tool) supervisory system uses measurement equipment 24/7 to record data about energy consumption (air, water, electricity, gas, etc.) for a machine, a zone, an entire line or even the whole plant. This unique solution facilitates correlation between

ADHESLEEVE A real revolution.

The two MACROPROBLEMS peculiar to this type of labelling machines have been eliminated in one go. Standard Roll-fed machines utilise: HOT MELT  Glueing the label edges by means of a glue roller is known to present some disadvantages: glue spray and relevant cleaning of the application cylinder; deposit of residual films or labels in the glue regulator (production stops due to cleaning operations); periodic cleaning of the pads during the working shifts; oily fumes produced by the glue heating (150°); LABEL CUT  till today, on all roll-fed machines, the label cut is performed by interaction of rotary cutting blades and one or two fixed ones. The difficulties in the adjustment of the blades during their replacement (4 to 6 hours) are well-known, as well as the production stops due to imperfect label cut. ROLL-ADHESLEEVE Is the  cheapest  and  most ecological  solution in the field of Roll-fed labelling. It uses reels already featuring glue strips, which are applied to the la

Security printing goes for digital plate processing

Flint Group Flexographic Products offers the first digital plate for security printing - nyloprint® WS 230 S Digital Since film manufacturers announced that special films for security plate making will no longer be available, the security printers are forced to search for alternative technologies to image their letterpress plates. An efficient option is the mask ablation of digital plates. The technology is already established in the flexo and letterpress market for many years. The digital plates are masked with a black layer which is imaged by a diode, YAG or fibre-laser at a resolution of up to 10,000 dpi. This technology not only eliminates the film processing and the disadvantages of the image transfer via film, it also offers significant quality improvements for the security printers. In addition to digital plates for direct and indirect letterpress security printing, Flint Group Flexographic Products now offers a digital version of the stencil plate. Hence conventional film p

HUECK FOLIEN Adds Three New Products to Its Range of Films for Tamper Evident Labels

Three new products enlarge the range of films for tamper evident labels manufactured by HUECK FOLIEN. The first two products are a plain metallised and a holographic embossed silver security film with a totally invisible hidden message (VOID, checkerboard, ), which becomes visible when the label is tampered with. The third new development is a label film with an invisible hologramme, which upon tampering with becomes visible. An additional security feature in all three products is a dry-peel coating, which fully covers the adhesive thus making it impossible to put the once removed label back on. SOURCE

Coca-Cola announces £13m (US$21m) investment in new can line at largest soft drinks factory in Europe

Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) today celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Wakefield plant, the largest soft drinks manufacturing site in Europe. CCE is also announcing plans to invest £13m in a new can line at Wakefield which will increase production by an additional 2,000 cans every minute. The site at Wakefield opened in 1989 as part of an original investment of £90m. Over the past 20 years, a further investment of £150m means the factory now produces over a million cans of product every day. The new production line will increase the site’s capacity from over 66 cans per second to over 100 cans per second. Over the years the site has established itself as a leader in sustainable development and to mark its 20th birthday, the site’s new pre-form area will be opened by local MP, the Rt Hon Ed Balls. The new area is the result of a £6m investment which will allow the factory to produce its own pre-forms, which are then blown into PET bottles, helping to cut production costs and


Avery Dennison Roll Materials Europe has introduced a 23 micron PET release liner to its Fasson self-adhesive labelstock product range — the thinnest PET liner available in the marketplace. The launch of Fasson PET23, says Avery Dennison, is aimed at extending the use of film liners into a much broader arena than the clear-on-clear-film 'no-label look' applications for which they are already the accepted solution. Fasson PET23 offers practical advantages for label conversion, high-speed dispensing, and liner recycling. It is a key initiative in the continuing pursuit of productivity and sustainability improvements by Avery Dennison to deliver the best possible total applied cost for self-adhesive labels for both label converters and end users. Partnering both film and paper facestocks Fasson PET23 is launched initially with two Fasson film facestocks — Fasson PP Light Top Clear and White — as well as a paper facestock, the multi-purpose Fasson MC Primecoat. Al