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Labelexpo Americas highlights package printing opportunities

This year’s Labelexpo Americas sees the debut of the Package Printing Workshops. A brand new feature area, the daily workshops will showcase the opportunities digital pre-press and printing can bring to folding carton production, plastic bucket decoration and high quality tubes. Xeikon (digital printing and converting), Esko (design, pre-press, and workflow), RotoMetrics (die cutting technology) and cartonboard, film and heat transfer materials suppliers have in conjunction with Labelexpo and Package Print Worldwide magazine developed three comprehensive workshop sessions. The sessions are a valuable addition for label converters looking to diversify into other applications, package printers interested in seeing what digital technology can offer, label and pack designers and for brand-owners looking to understand what digital can provide their business in terms of short-runs, different versions and variations, personalization, faster to market and enhanced supply chain solutions.

Emirates Printing Press strengthens its packaging business with an investment in a Gallus ICS 670 inline machine system

Emirates Printing Press L.L.C. (EPP), a globally successful, quality oriented printing house headquartered in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, decided to purchase an inline machine system from Gallus Stanz- und Druckmaschinen GmbH. The Gallus ICS 670 will be used to make folding carton products in a seamless process – from the roll to the finished, die-cut blanks. For the 600 people strong company this investment is the next step in following its strategy to expand its activities in the packaging sector.   The Gallus ICS 670 destined for EPP comprises four gravure units, nine EVA (Easy Value Add) platforms, a rotary embossing unit, and the Gallus FCL 670 flat-bed die-cutter. Emirates Printing Press will use HiDef flexo printing™ and screen printing modules on the EVA platforms. Other finishing methods such as cold foiling, lamination, hot foil embossing, or rotary hot foil embossing can also be integrated in the platforms as options.     "It was the one-of-a-kind p

PRATI to showcase fastest booklet labels production at LabelExpo Americas

PRATI introduces its complete workflow for booklet labels production including VEGA plus BOOKLET and SATURN BOOKLET solutions on Stand 717, Hall A, at Labelexpo Americas, which takes place in Chicago, September 11-13. Specifically designed for the off-line production of booklet labels, the 75 m/minVEGA plus LF 330 BOOKLET has a web width of up to 330mm and can apply - in register - a booklet label on the base label. It is ideally suited to pharmaceutical and agro-chemical sectors as well as the food industry where this type of label is perfect for promotional content on packaging. It runs unsupported and self-adhesive labels - standard, coupon, flat, curved, and thick booklet - regardless of the diameter.Delivered in a modular format, it can be adapted to meet customer’s requirements.   The new SATURN BOOKLET inspection machine is equipped with the BKL web path up-grade, big idlers, special nipping wheels and an out-standing web guide system. The SATURN BOOKLET deliv

Mitsuo Komiyama honored with special recognition award

The judging panel for the Label Industry Global Awards 2012 has awarded Mitsuo Komiyama, chairman of the Japan Federation of Label Printing Industries, the Label Industry Lifetime Special Recognition Award. The award was presented during the VIP reception on 26 July as part of the 2012 Label Forum Japan which is being held at Tokyo’s Bellesalle Shiodome Center. Mr Komiyama was born in Tokyo in 1942 and joined the Fuji Shikou Co. (currently Lintec Corporation) in 1965. After working in Fuji Shikou’s sales department, he established Mimasu Seal Printing (Nakano-ku, Tokyo) in 1985 which became MSP Incorporated (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) in 2005. Focusing on the industrial label market, the company has three factories close to Tokyo in the Yamanashi Prefecture and operations in Thailand and the Philippines. A prominent force in the Japanese label sector for over 40 years, Mr Komiyama has been responsible for strengthening Japan’s cooperation with the global label industry and trade ass

WS Packaging Group Expands Product Portfolio To Include Flexible Packaging Flexible packaging line provides “go-to-market” strategy for brand owners

WS Packaging Group, Inc. has added flexible packaging to its broad portfolio of packaging products. From easy-to-convert paper-faced pouching materials for dry foods and powdered ingredients such as soup or drink mixes, to film-faced pouching products with optimal barrier and sealability characteristics for snacks, coffee, wipes, lotions, liquids, pet food, among others, the new flexible packaging line offers a wide range of products for a variety of markets and end-use applications. In addition, the flexible packaging line offers paper- and film-faced lidding for dry, powdered and liquid applications. “Flexible packaging allows us to further leverage packaging as a primary point of differentiation for our customers’ brands, and to accomplish such with speed and versatility,” said Mark Moorhead, director of marketing for WS Packaging. “Brand managers can use flexible packaging to revitalize their product image with longer shelf life, better taste, product safety, convenience


Videojet Technologies Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and laser marking products, fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, will be showcasing both new and enhanced solutions designed to offer fast and effective product coding on its E10 stand at PPMA, Birmingham NEC, September 25 th   to 27 th   2012 . “PPMA is an exciting venue for us, and we look forward to displaying our product integrity solutions that offer greater traceability and peace of mind in packaging production,” says Videojet UK Managing Director Ian Watson. “We will be unveiling some new additions that address emerging market demands, the details of which will remain under wraps until the show. In addition, we will be demonstrating enhancements to existing products that will help our clients improve their service offerings.”   Videojet will be highlighting the 1000 series range of small character continuous inkjet printers at the show. These products are idea

iSys Label to Showcase the EDGE 850 & APEX 1290 at LabelExpo Americas

Visit iSys Label in booth #6515 at the upcoming LabelExpo Americas tradeshow in Chicago for live demonstrations of their newest product to hit the market, the EDGE 850 - a short run digital label press solution printing at speeds up to 9.14 meters/minute (30 feet/minute/6ips).       Developed for the short run label production market, the EDGE 850 can print on a variety of die-cut, kiss-cut or roll substrates. This innovative label press is easy to operate using the EDGE2Print software and an auto adjusting form synchronization rewinder system, allowing operations to stage a job in minutes so you can say goodbye to ordering huge quantities of pre-printed labels. Designed for in-house production of labels, users will be capable of printing 2000 labels in less than 20 minutes and have the finished roll ready for immediate application.   In addition to the EDGE 850, iSys Label will also be showing their flagship product, the APEX 1290 - a digital label press for short to mid

InkWorks Printing LLC Chooses FLEXcon in Helping Consumers Transform their Wall Space

FLEXcon , an innovator in adhesive coating and laminating, today announced  it has been selected by InkWorks Printing to exclusively supply the self-adhesive material for their Wall Pepper product line. With Wall Pepper, consumers can create custom photo murals for decorating their home, dorm room or office, without the worry of damaging surfaces. Working with FLEXcon, InkWorks developed Wall Pepper, a self- stick canvas fabric that can be imaged with personal photos. Using FLEXcon WALLdeco ™, Wall Pepper delivers photo murals that are easy to apply and easy to remove from flat, smooth painted wallboards, while leaving no adhesive residue. Customers can purchase online by simply dragging and dropping their photos into a number of different templates ( ). Wall Pepper allows the customer to be the artist by creating decorations with their own photos or artwork and is also the perfect solution for the do-it-yourself (DIY) consumer that is looking to person

Laser die-cutting workshops unveiled for Labelexpo Americas 2012

The organizers of Labelexpo Americas have announced further details of the Laser Die-Cutting Workshops which will take place as this year’s show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago, between 11-13 September. The well-attended technology workshop format will return to the show floor with a live demonstration and comparison of four machines in Hall F. Sei Spa, Spartanics, AB Graphic International and Delta Industrial are taking part in four workshops which will be run by a neutral moderator. Each of these manufacturers’ machines will test a different cutter profile: blank die-cut computer-over-printable labels, prime product labels, industrial labels and special label solutions. Pre-printed labels for cutting at the show – with all the necessary re-registration eye marks and codes – are being produced by Xeikon, EFI Jetrion and Mark Andy, with MIS input from CERM and EFI Radius. Origination for the label designs has been undertaken by EskoArtw

Mercian Labels encourage microbreweries to amend label content to comply with the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal

Mercian Labels is urging UK micro breweries to review their labelling to ensure that they support the UK government’s current alcohol strategy.  A large number of current beer labels on the market need to be redesigned to comply, making it an ideal opportunity to make the move to digitally printed pressure sensitive labelling.   Recent data indicates that compliance with the 9 Public Health Responsibility Deal Alcohol Pledges is currently approximately 60%, with full compliance due by the end of 2013.  Core labelling content to be included 3 principle messages about alcohol unit content, pregnancy and alcohol and sensible drinking guidelines.  In total, there are 9 pledges that breweries are asked to sign up to.   Hugo Gell, Sales Director of the Mercian Labels Group commented “There has been a lot of progress already by UK breweries to include this important new information on alcohol use, but inevitably it places addition commercial pressures on already tight margins to re

ROTOCON Now Representing Multi Print Systems (MPS) in South Africa

ROTOCON today announced its representation of Multi Print Systems (MPS), a leading UV flexo press manufacturer headquartered in The Netherlands. MPS EF-410 Machine   MPS produces unique printing presses that aim at high-end label, flexible packaging and carton board markets. Built with servo-drive technology, and a design philosophy based on quality, productivity and flexibility, MPS flexo presses are trend setting for the converting industry. Automated Print Control (APC) of all relevant press settings and the iControl digital machine interface offering an ergonomic press control system are just two of the latest innovations brought to the industry by MPS.   A spin-off company from ROTOTEC, an industry leader providing more than 30 years experience in precision engraving and die sinking, ROTOCON will focus exclusively on print and finishing machine applications. The company is led by Pascal and Patrick Aengenvoort.   ROTOCON also represents ROTOCONTROL leading edge f

Häuser KG Broadens Portfolio and Adds Value with the KODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Digital Production Color Press

Cologne-based Häuser KG has bolstered its operation after installing the KODAK NEXPRESS SX3300 Digital Production Color Press to its offset printing line. The system has enabled the company to widen its product range and increase profitability on smaller print runs. Häuser KG also runs , one of Germany’s leading online printers. The two businesses have around 70,000 customers, based in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland, including 1,200 print companies and commercial resellers who outsource production to Häuser KG. The company’s client base predominantly comprises professionals operating in the advertising, marketing, industrial and commerce sectors. Boosting revenue via the internet In 2002, joint Managing Director, Heiko Mazur, explored the idea of creating an additional sales channel by offering the company’s print products online. A year later, the company launched its web portal, , which was developed and p


Heat shrink sleeve labeling is one of the most popular solutions today – particularly for beverages. The visual aesthetics are complemented by tamper-evidence and, on glass, by physical protection from shards in case of breakage. AWA Conferences & Events will hold their second annual workshop for professionals in this key packaging and labeling sector on 4-5 October 2012, at Hotel Casa 400 in Amsterdam. .   Taking as its agenda ‘a guide to technologies and processes’, the workshop is an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge base on all aspects of the subject, from film selection, conversion, and application technologies to end use. It is an interactive, ‘hands-on’ event that will benefit participants from the disciplines of R&D, quality control and assurance, engineering, sales, and marketing.   Leading the workshop are Dr William Llewellyn, Vice President and Senior Consultant, AWA Alexander Watson Associates; Seamus Lafferty, Vice President, Sales and

New label solutions confirmed for Labelexpo Americas 2012

There are over 400 exhibitors taking part in this year’s Labelexpo Americas making it the ideal place for label converters, brand owners, buyers and decision makers to visit. Underlining the show’s importance to the label industry, the show’s organizers have confirmed there are over 100 new product launches scheduled to take place during the show’s three day run between 11-13 September. Showcasing the latest in machinery and consumables, label solution launch highlights include: Avery Dennison (stand 119) is featuring a wide variety of new products that have been developed to help converters address an array of end-user market applications. New items include: Avery Dennison Shrink™ PS which is a pressure-sensitive label for shrink wrap bags utilized in the fresh and processed meat industries. It will also be showing a selection of wash-off labels that easily peel away in the recycling process and a new patent-pending durables film technology which has been created to eliminate


Videojet Technologies Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and laser marking products, fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, announces the availability of the Videojet 8510, a compact inkjet printer specifically designed to meet industrial coding application requirements for the packaging industry. The Videojet 8510 is also marketed under the name Wolke m600 touch in Europe. Offering unmatched ease of operation and maintenance, the Videojet 8510 provides maximum uptime with fast, simple cartridge changes. The Videojet 8510 is ideal for a wide range of primary and secondary coding and marking applications that ensure product integrity. Its touchscreen interface allows operators to access all common operations in five or fewer touches, reducing the learning curve and increasing operator productivity.       Simple Operation, Easy Maintenance This highly functional, user friendly thermal inkjet printer incorporates the advantages o

New Half-Size Mitsubishi Press Rounds Out Press Format at The Standard Group

Industry trends over the past several years played an influential role in The Standard Group’s most recent press purchase. The packaging specialist, a user of large-format Mitsubishi presses for more than 20 years, diversified production capabilities at its Southern Standard Cartons facility in Louisville, Ky., with the installation in May of a 28-inch Mitsubishi Diamond 1000LS sheetfed press. “The Standard Group traditionally has been a large-format shop, but we have seen the marketplace change,” said Lou Cortes, president and CEO. “Certain segments of business don’t have high-volume requirements. The marketplace has adapted to changes in the requirements for reduced turnaround times and inventory risk.” Although Cortes envisions a time when digital print engines may hold the answer to shorter-run package-printing requirements, he believes the technology has not yet matured sufficiently to be a viable alternative to offset. “After spending time speaking with Mitsubishi, we concl

PMMI Launches EXPO PACK Guadalajara

PMMI, the owner and producer of EXPO PACK México, PACK EXPO International and PACK EXPO Las Vegas, has announced a new, regional trade show that will be held biennially in Guadalajara, Mexico. PMMI will launch the biennial EXPO PACK Guadalajara February 27–March 1, 2013, anticipating a 3,000 net square meter show floor, 100 exhibitors and 4,000 attendees. “Our decision stemmed from the continued success of EXPO PACK México, requests from current EXPO PACK exhibitors and market research data,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. “We’re starting small, and focusing our resources on high quality attendees and exhibitors, to build a strong foundation for future events.” In 1993, PMMI purchased EXPO PACK México as a 50 percent partner with OPREX, acquiring 100 percent in 2005. In June, PMMI strengthened its commitment to Mexican packagers and processors by expanding membership in all categories to qualified Mexican companies, and by launching PMT en Español, an online, S


New from specialist publishing and market research company AWA Alexander Watson Associates is ‘ Label Markets Africa & Middle East Market Study & Sourcebook 2012 ’. The report is the company’s first-ever analysis of these markets, and it offers an in-depth assessment of the opportunities and challenges across all the major labeling technologies – pressure-sensitive, wet glue, sleeving, and in-mold. The world after BRIC With the BRIC countries well on the way to becoming developed, stable economies, the countries which will succeed them as emerging domestic and foreign investment markets are now a timely focus. Seven out of the top ten fastest-growing economies, 2011-2015, according to the International Monetary Fund, are in Africa; and this new study evaluates the continent and its Middle East neighbours in the context of the global label market, profiling the regional value chain, active geographical and demographic market segments, and the relative importance today and to

New Aquaproof Orion

An innovative ‘paper-like’ wine and spirits label with film performance A unique innovation from Avery Dennison has brought new levels of ice-bucket resistance to premium bottle labels. The new Aqua Proof Orion labelling material is the answer to one of the big challenges facing wine and spirit producers: how to ensure that brand image survives intact, even when facing serious end-use challenges.   Outstanding wet resistance Aqua Proof Orion offers the look and feel of a conventional premium paper label, in combination with the greatly improved performance of a film label. Offering the ultimate wet resistance during long periods of ice water immersion, the new product combines Fasson® S2047N adhesivewith a ‘touch and feel’, pearlescent, embossable film – a film that appears like textured paper. Maintaining authenticity Uncoated papers and wet-glue labels are still in use because they offer an authentic and familiar brand image to consumers. Unfortunately, moisture absorpt

Presstek Appoints Spicers Canada Limited as Distribution Partner

Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRST), a leading supplier of digital offset printing solutions to the printing and communications industries, has signed a distribution agreement with Spicers Canada Limited, a leading distributor of graphic arts, sign and display, and industrial packaging equipment and consumables solutions as well as fine paper in Canada. Spicer is based in Vaughan, Ontario, and operates 15 distribution centers across the country. Under the terms of the agreement, Spicers will distribute Presstek’s 34DI and 52DI digital offset presses, Vector FL52 CTP systems, and consumables for these products. Evan Cambray, Spicers’ National Category Manager, Graphic Systems and Supplies, says, “Presstek DI presses fit perfectly with our core operating values of supplying printers with solutions that enable them to grow their businesses while achieving environmental sustainability. The capabilities of Presstek DI presses align nicely with the trends we are seeing in the Canadian market


In 2011, the famous French Champagne producer G.H. MUMM bought a labelling machine being the top of P.E. LABELLERS’ range, i.e.  a labeller of modular design equipped with five stations being installed on a carriage and working simultaneously, as well as a non-stop system that allows the highest operativeness, productivity and effectiveness level to be achieved.     Along with a self-adhesive non-stop system, this labeller avails itself of the best P.E. LABELLERS cold melt glue system, modular stations being replaced in case of need, i.e. when another type of label depending upon the different bottle packaging is required, as well as a centring system using photoelectric cells and being a perfect solution to ensure the highest accuracy level in terms of container orientation and later label application. The orientation system of this machine is supported by a plate-handling servo drive system; this system can be programmed and called up by a control panel, in order the user t

Edale FL-350 put through its paces, UK customer delighted with investment

Almost ten years to the date that Douglas Storrie Labels Limited installed their first Edale 5 colour Alpha, the company then went on to buy the company’s first ever Edale FL-350 press, championing the UK manufacturing company. This move kept in tradition of founder Douglas Storrie who was infamously proud of his British company with British machinery, offering great quality products and services to the British market. Over the last few years of global financial difficulty, Douglas Storrie sales increased and a major investment was made into new equipment. In September 2011, the first ever Edale FL-350 8 colour servo press was installed, primarily for the production of self adhesive labels, tickets and tags but with a view to venture into other fields which the press allows; namely flexible packaging. According to Storrie’s Managing Director Nigel Storrie, “ it was necessary to invest in expanding production capacities because business with new customers has grown significantly ”.

Sprint Print & Packaging increase flexibility with Edale solution for Scratch Card production in Nepal

Sprint Print & Packaging, based in Kathmandu, Nepal have experienced rapid growth and as part of their expansion plans the company installed a seven colour Edale combination UV/IR Scratch Card line with a wide range of additional options. Sprint, who are from a printing background, were previously in commercial printing for the production of newspaper and magazines. More recently, with the introduction of the new Edale press, the company have expanded into scratch card and label production. The 510mm wide press is configured with seven UV/IR flexo units, an Edale CR80 card stacker; which takes multiple streams of standard format CR80 cards from a die cut unit and transports them in a continuous stack in discreet lanes, in sequence, and a complete personalisation system including digital variable data printing, data verification , void product logging and tracking. The Edale system offers a highly productive single pass telephone card production; this latest installation is ba