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Atlantic Zeiser Focuses Expertise on Label Printing at LabelExpo 2011

Atlantic’s Zeiser’s wealth of technological expertise is helping label printers create a highly competitive and responsive offering. At LabelExpo 2011, Brussels, from September 28 to October 1 Atlantic Zeiser will focus on the flexible adoption of the Drop-on-Demand (DoD) Inkjet-Technology while printing  variable data on different label substrates and -formats.       At booth R95 in hall 11 it will highlight its versatile drop-on-demand (DoD) inkjet printing technology in security and commercial label printing of variable data on different substrates and formats via its integrated DIGILINE Web 300 platform. Other production possibilities being demonstrated will include the  high-speed DELTA 105i greyscale printer outputting from roll to roll equipped with a VERICAM camera-based verification system guaranteeing zero-defects in the end product. It will print and code, from the roll, industrial labels from its partner, 3M as well. With a GAMMA 70 P full-colour module for CMYK i

UNO: The new line of slitters from COMEXI GROUP

PROSLIT, the Comexi Group trademark for slitters and rewinders has launched a new product onto the market: the new UNO slitter.With this new line, Comexi takes a step forward in offering solutions for projects with long runs that require diameters greater than 800mm. This new project was designed to offer a high performance machine with excellent regulation and fantastic results in output reels for customers who work with long runs and large output reel diameters. It is specially designed for rigid materials although it has shown good results for more flexible materials. PROSLIT UNO is perfect for projects with paper, self­adhesive, aluminum down to 12 microns and all kinds of rigid or laminated plastics that require long runs and slit reels with a large diameter. PROSLIT UNO has already been installed in two customers’ premises (two in Mexico and one in Germany) and has shown excellent results. UNO Features The new PROSLIT UNO is available in 1400mm and 1700mm widths. T

Ahlström Capital and Accent Equity finalized their arrangements to form a new packaging group

Ahlström Capital and Accent Equity announced in June their plans to combine the packaging industry operations of the two companies. The necessary arrangements have now been completed, and the new company, Arch Packaging Group, and its owner structure became effective as of 26th august 2011. The merger strengthens the competitiveness of the constituent companies A&R Carton and Flextrus, which will continue to operate on the market as separate companies and brands   Source:


CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in labelling and specialty packaging solutions for the consumer products and healthcare industries, announced today that it plans to invest $30 million during 2011 and 2012 to expand its CCL Label operations in Emerging Markets. The Company will build three new greenfield plants and also invest in additional capacity at some of its existing facilities.   A new third plant in Bangkok, Thailand will provide increased capacity and new technologies to support Home & Personal Care (HPC) and Beverage customers in South East Asia. CCL expects its Asian operations to approach 10% of global label revenues in 2012. Construction has also commenced on a new pressure sensitive label facility in Vinhedo near Sao Paulo to support HPC and Healthcare customers in Brazil. The new site will more than double the size of existing operations. Additional converting capacity will also be added to the Brazilian Sleeve plant in Criciuma to support rapid growth in t

UPP’s KODAK NEXPRESS SE3000 Digital Production Color Press Spearheads On Demand Print Service

United Arab Emirates publishing giant UPP (United Printing & Publishing) has chosen a KODAK NEXPRESS SE3000 Digital Production Color Press to spearhead its on demand print service. Established in 2006, UPP is one of the largest companies in the UAE and specializes in newspaper and commercial offset printing. With an annual AED 260 million turnover and 500 employees, it offers a wide range of commercial and newspaper print production services for print buyers from regional and international publishers, advertising agencies as well as corporate operations. Key clients include Abu Dhabi Media Company, Al Ittihad, Financial Times and educational books for Macmillan Publishers plus many weekly and monthly magazines for regional as well as international markets. Meeting Challenges The ability to flexibly and cost effectively meet the changing demands of the international publishing industry prompted UPP’s decision to invest in a KODAK NEXPRESS SE3000 Press —its first step into th

Collaboration between two companies creates non-toxic surface that inhibits bacterial growth

Imagine stepping into hospital, public bathroom, daycare center or restaurant and knowing that harmful bacteria cannot grow. This possibility is becoming a reality through a collaboration between two companies FLEXcon and Sharklet Technologies . The result is the product, Sharklet, the first no-kill, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly surface designed to inhibit bacterial growth through a chemical-free micro-texture, inspired by the microbe-resistant properties of sharkskin.  Replicating sharkskin is an example of the growing use of biomimicry, a design discipline that studies and replicates nature's best ideas.   FLEXcon , a Massachusetts based company and innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, is applying more than 50 years of film expertise to biomimicry, developing this new film application that will serve as a foundation for future Sharklet-patterned products. Each Sharklet micro-feature in the Sharklet pattern must be manufactured to a very specific height

S&N Labels Orders Second ROTOCONTROL RSD Finishing Machine

Order marks 16th ROTOCONTROL Finishing Machine sold into South Africa. ROTOCONTROL today announced the receipt of another purchase order from S&N Labels in South Africa. Ordered was an RSD 340mm web width Slitting/Rewinding Finishing Machine with one Die Cutting station.  This machine will complement their current ROTOCONTROL RSD Machine with the DRM dual rewind semi-automatic turret. The order was placed through Patrick Aengenvoort, Director of ROTOTEC, marking the 16th ROTOCONTROL Finishing Machine sold into South Africa.     Mr. Simon Grisdale, Managing Director of S&N Labels commented: "We are extremely pleased with the technology and performance of our current ROTOCONTROL finishing machine with the DRM turret that we invested in over a year ago. The machine is Operator-friendly with its ergonomic design and uncomplicated touch screen, and the DRM turret has greatly enhanced our productivity. With our production growth and requirement to add an additio

AGI World and Shorewood Packaging Merge to Create a Global Leader in Specialty Packaging Solutions

International Paper and Atlas Holdings today signed a definitive agreement to combine their consumer packaging solutions businesses, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. As a result of the agreement, Shorewood Packaging and AGI World , two leading global specialty packaging companies, will become AGI-Shorewood, creating one of the largest and most innovative specialty packaging businesses in the world with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.   "For more than a decade, Shorewood Packaging has been an important part of International Paper and has made many contributions to our company, particularly through leadership in innovation and creative services for customers," said Tom Kadien, senior vice president of International Paper's Consumer Packaging and IP Asia businesses. "By merging Shorewood with AGI, our employees and our customers will have many more options and opportunities in the future, an

New paper for in mold labelling

Stora Enso succeeded in developing a speciality paper that will enable the industry to reduce the share of non-renewable material required for packaging produced in injection-moulding processes. Every day, literally millions of packages – for the most part made of polypropylene – are produced using this technology. In the past, this process involved placing a printed film label – as the carrier of information, brand and advertising – in the mould before injecting plastic melt to create a finished pot.     With the new “InnoMould” paper produced at Uetersen mill, the film label can now be replaced by a paper label, reducing the amount of material of fossil origin. The special properties of InnoMould also result in additional benefits. The paper combines with the plastic melt to an integral unit that is much stiffer than packaging made using a conventional film label. The higher bearing pressure of the pot permits higher stacking and the walls of the pots can be produced with up to

Avery Dennison Expands Its Fasson® Customer-Ready Durables Portfolio To Include UL® Recognized B324 Durable Extreme Series ResinT Thermal Transfer Ribbon From ITW Thermal Films

Avery Dennison Expands Its Fasson® Customer-Ready Durables Portfolio To Include UL® Recognized B324 Durable Extreme Series Resin™ Thermal Transfer Ribbon From ITW Thermal Films   The Label and Packaging Materials division of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) has added a UL® recognized durable resin thermal transfer ribbon, from ITW Thermal Films, to its Fasson® Customer-Ready Durables Portfolio.   Designed to simplify durable goods labeling, the portfolio has six Fasson® base materials, a clear overlaminate and two adhesives. All are UL-recognized, which streamlines application matching, UL testing and qualification, and are proven to work in the vast majority of durable goods applications.   Pre-qualified by UL, the ITW Thermal Films B324 Durable Extreme Series Resin™ thermal transfer ribbon can be paired with all six of the Fasson basestock labels and adhesive combinations included in the portfolio. The pairings create ribbon/label combinations that match sp

Mercian Labels overhauls its short run label printing division website

The short run labelling division of the Mercian Labels Group has overhauled its website in support of its continued aspirations to secure additional market share in the competitive UK custom label printing market.     The new website devoted to custom label printing at showcases the company’s product range with a fresh and modern look and feel, whilst still retaining the core content that customers find so useful.     The Staffordshire based business operates digital, hotfoil and flexo technology to meet the varied needs of its diverse customer base, with a product range that includes digitally printed food labels , hotfoiled premium packaging labels , beer labels and bottle labels .     Commenting on the new look, Managing Director Dr Adrian Steele said “It is important that as UK market leader in short run label printing we showcase our capabilities properly.  As the biggest and longest standing UK specialists in short run label printing

Alwan Color Expertise launches the PC version of its leading print standardization solution at GraphExpo'11 booth 439

Alwan Color Expertise, a world leader in Color Management and Standardization technologies will launch the new PC version of its PRINT Standardizer™ software at GraphExpo'11, booth 439, September 10-14 2011. Alwan PRINT Standardizer v3.5, featuring a new automated G7™ and ISO 12647 conformance feature will be demonstrated in combination with Digital Information InkZone closed-loop solution. David Hunter, Alwan Color Expertise's representative for North America is excited about the new opportunities that Alwan's cross-platform solution offer to the market: "With PRINT Standardizer Mac and PC versions, Hunter says, "Alwan offers its users the possibility to take automation to the next level regardless of their press instrument, closed-loop solution, their prepress workflow or their hardware platform of choice."   Press embedded as well as press-side solutions such as InkZone closed loop automatically adjust the ink keys for printed solid

New Technology Is Here! Revolutionary LED Technology an Industry Breakthrough

After three years of research and development, Empire Screen Printing, Inc. of Onalaska, WI announces a break-through technology that delivers a new level of screen printing capability. Working in close cooperation with their partners, Empire is changing the future of screen printing by introducing UV LED Ink Curing technology that provides economically sound and environmentally friendly sustainable print methods.       This innovation was made possible by pulling together a key set of technology partners: Phoseon Technology , Nazdar Inks and Coatings , and Kammann USA . These companies consolidated their technical resources to design, develop, and execute a new screen printing paradigm. With this new capability, Empire can provide improved print performance with the knowledge their products are being produced in the most environmentally friendly method currently available in the screen prin ting industry.     "As a global supplier of technologically advanced screen

Bud Lights gets personal

  Spear has joined forces with Anheuser-Busch InBev to introduce a dynamic, interactive label. Brand developers of the best selling beer, Bud Light, turned to Spear to bring the product’s fun personality to life, via a customisable pressure-sensitive label.   Printed at their Tennessee facility, Spear’s technical team transformed the familiar Bud Light label to allow drinkers to add a personal touch. Incorporating metal activation technology, extensive testing was required to investigate accidental activation and abrasion problems. The end result – an exclusive area of the label on which consumers can customise their bottle by using a coin or key to write a message or draw an image. This not only allows the drinker to express their individuality, it also avoids bottle mix-ups and offers the chance for individuals to exchange messages or even phone numbers!     Mike Sundet, Senior Director of Bud Light comments, “Bud Light drinkers are always looking for fun, quirky ways to

TampoMechanica Stages Official Ceremony to Unveil New KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System

Russia’s TampoMechanica has transformed its flexo platemaking operation after installing the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System at its Moscow repro center. The new KODAK System will enable the company to significantly improve the efficiency and quality of its flexo plate production.   TampoMechanica began as a production and supply company. Today it offers consumables and equipment for general and specialist markets: flexo, letterpress, die stamping, screen, and digital. The company’s portfolio includes consumables and equipment for package printing, promotional items, industrial and household products, printing plate production, and ink mixing.   With several production sites across Russia, TampoMechanica is one of the largest of its kind in the country. The company’s equipment includes two KODAK THERMOFLEX Platesetters , now supplemented by the FLEXCEL NX System with a KODAK FLEXCEL NX Imager and KODAK FLEXCEL NX Laminator.   A fitting introduction for

VIGC helps improve QR code performance with new test service

Study reveals less than one quarter of QR codes are readable with average smart phone.   Designers, advertising and marketing agencies, and printing companies can now save time and money by producing more effective QR codes, thanks to a new test service from the Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication (VIGC).   QR codes are becoming increasingly popular because they enhance print jobs with extra information, such as web links or event information. However, a VIGC study revealed that less than one quarter of QR codes that it found in advertisements, magazines and brochures was readable with an average smart phone. This prompted the VIGC to launch its new QR Code Test Service, which will help producers improve the effectiveness of their QR codes.     "There are lots of really nice things you can do with QR codes,” says Eddy Hagen, General Manager of VIGC. “As a minimum you can include a web link so people can find out more about a product, service or

Rotoflex to Demonstrate Advanced Control System at Labelexpo Europe

Rotoflex, a global leader in slitting and rewinding equipment, is excited to display its most popular finishing models at the Labelexpo Europe 2011 show to be held 28 September - 01 October at the Brussels Expo in Belgium. The stand will feature a VLI 440, two (2) VSI 330s and a DSI 330, allowing attendees to see a wide variety of inspection, slitting, rewinding and die-cutting capabilities. On each of the machines in the stand and debuting for the first time in Europe, will be the operator-friendly Genesis advanced control system. Created and developed exclusively by Rotoflex, Genesis is available on new Rotoflex inspection/rewind machines. With a simple HMI, operators can monitor all functions and clearly identify faults and issues from a single screen. Integration of the system into multiple machines on the production floor allows operators to easily transfer from one machine to another without relearning the intricacies of a new control system. With the most sophisticated matr

KBR Graphics Canada Installs MGI Meteor DP60 PRO Digital Press at Imprimerie Contact

KBR Graphics Canada, a major supplier of printing equipment throughout Ontario and Quebec, has installed a new MGI Meteor DP60 PRO digital press at Imprimerie Contact, an award-winning Montreal full-service print shop. The new press, which was installed in April 2011, is the first of its kind on the island of Montreal. "The Meteor DP60 PRO digital press is the perfect complement to our company," says André Goyette, president of Imprimerie Contact. "Our customers and the market demanded it. The new digital press gives us high quality and greater flexibility along with our offset presses to satisfy their needs." The Meteor DP60 PRO, the most versatile digital press in the global graphics market, allows users to produce CMYK jobs at 2,400 dpi on the widest range of substrates from paper to plastics to envelopes from 20# to 16pt on the largest sheet size from 4 x 6 inches up to 13 x 40 inches. It produces offset-comparable output quality prints at 3,900 color

Perfect Printing Press invests in a six-color ROLAND 700

Third manroland sheetfed press for Jordanian packaging printer A subsidiary of the Al Nuqul Group in Jordan, the established packaging printer Perfect Printing Press, takes delivery of its third manroland sheetfed offset press. The company is a renowned supplier of packaging for, among others, sanitary products under the brand FINE. The decision of Perfect Printing Press (PPP) to stay loyal to manroland has different reasons: PPP praises manroland’s sales and service partner for the Gulf and Near Eastern region, Dynagraph, for its after sales support it has provided over the past decade and appreciates the durability and consistent printing quality manroland presses deliver. The ROLAND 700 features many characteristics that lead a press to success, e.g. flexible configuration possibilities, perfect ink distribution, flat sheet travel, smooth and gentle delivery, high substrate versatility as well as quick and easy makeready. manroland provides one of the shortest makeready times

Meritage Specialty Packaging Invests in Xeikon 3500 Digital Label Press

The eco-luxury packaging company will further expand highly specialized packaging applications range with digital press.     Xeikon , an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that Meritage Specialty Packaging Ltd ., a Vancouver, B.C. based provider of value-added printing and packaging solutions and systems, has purchased and installed a Xeikon 3500 digital color label press to help expand the company’s production of packaging components for the luxury goods industry.     Meritage provides leading edge visual packaging, helping graphic designers create highly differentiated brand packaging for their clients. Meritage uses the Xeikon 3500 to produce pressure sensitive labels and packaging for wine & spirits labels, cosmetics, health & beauty, retail fashion and other proprietary engineered structures.   Jay Tapp, co-founder and CEO of Meritage, said the exceptional color consistency and registration accuracy, along with the format flexi

Avery Dennison Secures UL® Recognition Of Additional Thermal Transfer Ribbons For Durable Goods Labeling

AVERY DENNISON SECURES UL® RECOGNITION OF ADDITONAL THERMAL TRANSFER RIBBONS FOR DURABLE GOODS LABELING Expanded portfolio of UL-approved label materials eliminates additional testing, saving time and money.   The Label and Packaging Materials division of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) has secured UL® recognition for four additional thermal transfer ribbons as part of its Fasson® customer-ready durables label portfolio.   The resin-based black thermal transfer ribbons are UL recognized for use with two UL recognized Fasson® base materials: a 3-mil synthetic paper that is a matte white polypropylene, and a 2.3-mil glossy white biaxially oriented polypropylene with a top coat. Both of the Fasson products are cost-effective alternatives to PET (polyethylene terephthalate) for indoor and select outdoor applications, and can be used with or without an overlaminate. ARMOR Industrial Coding and Printing, DNP IMS America Corporation, IIMAK, and ITW Thermal Films manufactur

Label-Aire® Sleeve Applicator 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 Sleeve Applicator Series Model 8300 Labeling System.     Label-Aire's NEW Sleeve Applicator 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 Sleeve Applicator 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 includ

EskoArtwork presents extensive portfolio at Pack Print International 2011

EskoArtwork will present its extensive portfolio of integrated packaging, printing, and sign & display solutions at Pack Print International 2011 . Delegates  visiting the stands of EskoArtwork distributors C.G.S Co. Ltd. (stand P-Q39) and Maepim Co Ltd (stand P-Q43) will see live demonstrations of how the company’s solutions can help packaging providers to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The event is being staged at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre, and runs from August 31 to September 3. “Pack Print is the ideal backdrop to show packaging professionals how our solutions can deliver significant time and cost savings,” says Jean Pierre De Moor, EskoArtwork Vice President Asia Pacific. “Asia is a very important market for us – we want to show customers how they can streamline production and improve how they operate.”     At Pack Print EskoArtwork will demonstrate the capabilities of its solutions and how they have helped establish the comp