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MACtac® Printing Products Expands Bloom™ Line of Sustainable Products

New strong, recyclable PET liner paired with six facestocks allows for more labels per roll and less waste than paper alternatives As a part of its commitment to creating sustainable products that meet the needs of its customers, MACtac® Printing Products has expanded its Bloom™ Enviropath Products line with a new recyclable PET liner. Now available on six different facestocks with a hot-melt adhesive, the PET liner is thin and strong, allowing for more labels per rolls and less waste than paper alternatives. The new sustainable offerings are produced on MACtac’s advanced 100 percent solids pressure-sensitive coater, which does not emit volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). Available with a quick tack permanent adhesive, converters have a variety of environmentally conscious label solutions with the option of a 1-mil or 1.2-mil PET liner on six facestocks including: • TT9091-2: A premium thermal transfer paper • CHG9091-2: A 57# cast-coated high-gloss • SGL9091-2: A


Derby based label printers AC Labels have won the coveted award for 'Best Trade Manufacturer Of The Year' for the second year running. The specialist printers of variable barcode labels were again voted Top Trade Manufacturer by members of the Independent Print Industries Association from over 50 potential national candidates.   Peter Hartshorn, General Manager, was delighted to receive the coveted prize again. 'We were chosen on the criteria of innovation, consistent quality, delivery response and professionalism of internal staff', he said. 'This is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication shown by our team, and our determination to remain the printer of choice for manufacturers, retailers, logistics organisations and medical establishments throughout the UK. 'Something seemingly simple like a barcode can make a huge difference to productivity, allowing a fast throughput, accurate stockholding, traceability and timely delivery for a wide varie

VIDEOJET® Introduces the New DataFlex® 6320 and DataFlex® 6420

Videojet Technologies Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of coding, marking, and printing products, today introduced two new Thermal Transfer Overprinters (TTO) to its industry-recognized DataFlex ® product line. The new DataFlex 6320 and DataFlex 6420 are designed to address a range of flexible packaging and labeling applications in the snack foods, bakery, meat & poultry, confectionery and other markets. The DataFlex 6320, available in both 32mm and 53mm print width formats, is designed for low cost of ownership and is ideal for moderate speed applications including vertical form, fill, and seal. The high performance DataFlex 6420 offers higher throughput to provide more capability for faster marking applications. Offered in both 53mm and 107mm print width formats, the DataFlex 6420 application range spans ultrafast horizontal form, fill, seal and wide format coding applications requiring a significant amount of content. Both models offer advanced features to improve uptime and


Wastech has teamed up with Staffan Hagberg, formerly from Samuel Jones UK Ltd, to create and promote “Waste Handling Solutions and system” especially for the label printing industry “worldwide”. Wastech offers outstanding products and systems for label edge and matrix trim waste handling including recycling options. Newly developed products as Matrix Cutter and Trim Cutter will be released and introduced at Label Expo in Brussels 2013. Matrix Cutter offering a complete and silent mobile “stand alone” function for one or option two printing presses with both matrix and edge trim removal, cutting and compacting to bag or container to a very affordable price why it will be a completely different product from any other of its kind. Trim Cutter offering a mobile edge trim removal to bag or bin for one printing press. The Trim Cutter is a complete function again to a very affordable price. Both systems are powered by the well-known Lundberg tech. Lundberg Tech has been wo

Wasberger AB Announces “New organization”

Wasberger AB has acquired shares in the well-known Danish company Lundberg Tech who are producing waste handling system used worldwide. Wasberger AB will from now on be marketing Lundberg Tech products and systems towards the label printing industry worldwide. For the purpose to better focus on the task a new organisation called Wastech has been established and will also be selling the products under the brand name of Wastech. Wastech will offer from small single edge trim solutions to mobile stand-alone systems up to central system for matrix and edge trim waste removal and bailing or compacting. Wastech products and systems will be sold and distributed by distributors around the world. The Wasberger group is located in Sweden (Nordic), Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Italy and offers a wide range of commodity products as well as special products for the graphical label industry as well as Grafotronic conversion machines and equipment. ww

Lemmaco Announces “Scandinavian Partner”

Lemmaco Kft, the family company leading Hot & Cold foil and Thermal Transfer ribbon producer with Headquarters in Zsambek, Hungary with production facilities in Bulgaria, Romania and soon a new sales office in Austria. Lemmaco Kft. has teamed up with Wasberger AB, a well-known independent company serving the graphical label industry in the Scandinavian countries for more than 40 years, with representatives in each country having a deep knowledge of the label printing market and the converters’ requirements. The intention is to jointly develop the market in the Scandinavian countries with sales locally, offering the customers the extensive Lemmaco Product Range via a fast delivery service thanks to a top-notch logistics organization built up by Lemmaco and Wasberger. Lemmaco thanks to their 14-year experience actively innovating the Cold & Hot foil program as well as the extensive Thermal Transfer ribbon program, UV varnish and over-lamination films offers a wide range of s

Innovative Packaging for Venus Olay

Leading Edge Labels & Packaging has launched a range of innovative packaging solutions for Gillette’s razor Venus Olay brand. For the first time ever, Gillette Venus, a global leader in female shaving, and Olay, a global leader in skincare, have come together to deliver a new standard in shaving with the new Gillette Venus & Olay Razor.   With this new partnership it was only natural to launch these new products with equally innovative packaging and this was produced by Leading Edge Labels & Packaging. Using speciality inks and screen printed to give depth of colour the singularly finished printed plastic lids incorporate holographic varnishes providing greater impact and visibility and ultimately, stand out at shelf edge. Leading Edge also produced the corresponding printed die cut and creased insert cards to provide 2 of the 3 components for this innovative brand’s packaging. With multiple skus and languages for all components, these high profile launc

Drytac® Acquires Multi-Tac Inc.

  Drytac ® , an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products with locations throughout North America and Europe, has recently acquired adhesive coating company, Multi-Tac Inc. Based in Toronto, Canada, Multi-Tac has grown over the past 25 years to become an industry leader in the manufacture of high-quality pressure-sensitive products and custom coating solutions. The company operates two coating lines and serves a number of markets including flexible packaging, graphic arts, and unique label and tape applications. “The combined operation will result in improved efficiencies, greater flexibility and shorter development time from customer concept to finished product,” states Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac ® Group, in announcing the acquisition. “With an increased coating, slitting and sheeting capacity, we can not only expand our standard product range but grow our specialty custom coating services in North America.” He adds, “In addition to a comprehensiv

Prati appoints new sales agent in Spain

PRATI has announced a distribution agreement with its new Spanish agent: Maquinaria Esagraf. This company – known in all the Iberian peninsula for its competence and the excellent service – shares the same customer oriented PRATI philosophy. Maquinaria Esagraf is specialized in the printing industry, representing leading brands in Spain, such as Nilpeter, Blumer, GM, Unilux, Nikka and others. With an efficient technical service, with over 15 years of experience and with a well refurnished logistics warehouse, the company grants a local qualified sales support and technical service to the label converters. "We are very proud to have included a company like PRATI in our portfolio," says Eduardo Sa, General Manager. "Bonds between Esagraf and PRATI are the result of the concurrence of the corporate philosophy of their leaders and their future projects. PRATI has the objective to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, a goal that matches the rest of the

Labelexpo celebrates double win at AEO Excellence Awards 2013

The Labelexpo Global Series has won two coveted awards at the prestigious AEO (Association of Event Organisers) Excellence Awards which were held at London’s Old Billingsgate on 21 June. Triumphing in the Organiser Team of the Year category, the team also scooped the Marketing Campaign of the Year award for a record-breaking fourth time. Recognizing its work across 2012’s Labelexpo Americas, Labelexpo India and the South China Label Show, Labelexpo won the Organiser Team of the Year category for its commitment to working closely with venue partners, industry trade associations and exhibitors alike. With all three shows experiencing an increase in floor size and rising exhibitor and visitor numbers, the award highlights the collaborative nature of event organization, showcasing objectives and achievements, improved productivity, efficiency and performance. Lisa Milburn, managing director Labelexpo Global Series commented: “We are very honored to have won these two esteemed awa

KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Certification awarded to Reproflex 3

Kodak has awarded its first Partner Certification for KODAK FLEXCEL NX System in the U.K. to R3. The Newcastle-based packaging pre-media company delivers packaging and label applications to top brands throughout the U.K. and Europe and has recently doubled its capacity, expanding and building new premises of 12,000 sqft. The new certification programme for KODAK FLEXCEL NX System users has been put in place to support the packaging industry and provide a benchmark to help raise standards of quality and excellence. In today’s consumer goods market, there is a challenge to all brand owners to create, produce and develop a unique brand. Kodak and its customer R3 both understand the needs of global and local brands. Together they have worked to develop a tool kit that delivers a solution that competes with some of the world’s largest suppliers in the packaging sector. The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System has driven a step-change in flexography bringing a new level of efficiency, consistency and

Tetra Pak and Braskem to sign supply agreement on bio-based plastic for carton packaging in Brazil

In a carton packaging industry first, low density polyethylene from a renewable source planned to be used in all Tetra Pak packages produced in Brazil In a first for the carton packaging industry, Tetra Pak® today announces that it plans to sign an agreement with Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas, for the supply of low-density polyethylene (LDPE) made from sugar cane to its packaging material factories in Brazil. This breakthrough initiative, which will be limited in scope to Brazil only for the duration of the trial, is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2014. According to the plan, Tetra Pak will use bio-based LDPE as a component of its packages produced in Brazil. The planned move to bio-based LDPE means that 100% of Tetra Pak packages produced in Brazil, about 13 billion, will have up to 82% packaging material from renewable sources. “The new agreement to be signed with Braskem demonstrates our commitment to bring environmental inn

VIDEOJET® Introduces Next Generation Ultra High Speed Continuous Ink Jet Printers

VIDEOJET ® Introduces Next Generation Ultra High Speed Continuous Ink Jet Printers that Deliver More Content with Better Print Quality at Higher Speeds.   Videojet Technologies Inc. , a world-leading manufacturer of coding, printing and marking products, fluids and accessories for the product identification industry, today introduced the next addition to its proven 1000 Line ink jet printers. Providing the ultimate in print speed, the Videojet 1620 Ultra High Speed and 1650 Ultra High Speed incorporate the Videojet Precision Ink DropTM system and Videojet’s patented CleanFlow™ technology. The 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS printers deliver more code content for high speed packaging operations. Available on the 1650 UHS, Videojet’s Code Assurance and on-board Productivity Tools help reduce costly coding errors and virtually eliminate the major root causes of unplanned downtime. The Compromise between Speed and Content is Over The introduction of the 1620 UHS and 1650 UHS now provides cus

KODAK NEXPRESS Gold Solution Adds Sparkle to a Wide Variety of Print Jobs

Kodak previewed the NEXPRESS Gold Solution at drupa 2012 and has been busy perfecting the solution with beta customers around the world over the past 12 months. Boasting a large number of commercial and special projects produced during that time, KODAK NEXPRESS Gold Dry Ink has proven to be an attention-getting addition wherever it has been used. Customers have been eagerly anticipating the solution, which is now available globally.   Designed for commercial printers, photo printers, and in-plant printers, the NEXPRESS Gold Solution is a unique option for KODAK NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit Solutions , enabling printers to add a gold metallic effect as a fifth color. Early adopters in the beta program are finding that the combination of gold effects with the outstanding output of KODAK NEXPRESS Presses is opening new opportunities for adding value to digital print jobs. “We’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of different projects with NEXPRESS Gold Dry Ink, and our clients hav

Polyonics Introduces High Opacity Black Polyimide Tapes for High Temperature, Antistatic and Flame Retardant Applications

Polyonics manufacturers a broad portfolio of high temperature,   highly opaque black polyimide tapes   with ESD-safe and halogen free flame retardant (FR) options. The single and double coated tapes are designed specifically for masking and bonding applications involving light sensitive devices that also need to withstand the high temperatures and harsh environments typical of PCB manufacturing. Constructions are available with 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 mil polyimide films, acrylic and silicone pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) and both semi- and matte-gloss levels to help control the magnitude and direction of reflected light. Custom 0.5mil matte black polyimide is also available. Polyonics high opacity black polyimide tapes, specifically designed to manage light in high temperature light sensitive applications The  REACH and RoHS compliant tapes offer high dielectric strengths for electrical insulation and surface resistances of >10^4 Ohms (the heart of the dissipative

Digital Flex installs three Esko CDI Spark 5080 units with HD Flexo Technology

Esko high-definition systems enable Digital Flex to produce exceptional quality photopolymer plates for flexographic printing. Digital Flex, a Monza, Italy-based prepress services company that specializes in flexography, has installed three Esko CDI Spark 5080 HD Flexo systems. The Esko CDI Spark 5080 HD combines high optical resolution (4000 ppi) with high-definition screening to produce digital flexography plates that deliver outstanding quality and stability. The system offers many benefits including wide tonal range and color gamut; rich, dense solids; smooth transitions; and a simplified overall print conversion process.   Andrea Vergnano, Production Manager of Digital Flex, comments: “Flexography has always aimed at matching the output quality of offset and gravure. Thanks to Esko’s HD Flexo technology, our customers are now getting consistently outstanding results at a very competitive flexographic price.” A pioneer in innovation Digital Flex will celebrate 50 years

Nyco launches a low density Polyolefin sleeve

Clondalkin Group company Nyco, has launched a low density Polyolefin sleeve which vastly improves recycling efficiency The new low density Polyolefin sleeve now makes it possible to separate shrink sleeves from PET bottles or cups by automated recycling processes. The newly introduced material has excellent machinability, flatness and high tensile strength. The material can be stored at room temperature, which is another distinct advantage over many more traditional sleeve materials. As with all of the products available from Nyco, the polyolefin sleeve can be printed Rotogravure, UV Flexo and UV Offset. Nyco developed the sleeve in response to market demands for recyclable packaging. Nyco Sales & Marketing Manager, Sander Kool said, “We are very pleased to be able to offer this new product to the market. One of the main challenges in packaging today is to improve recyclability. This product is a great step forward. The material has a much lower density in comparison

Mack Color's third investment in Nilpeter technology brings productivity leap

Brazilian label printer Mack Color has bought its 3rd FB-3300 flexo press. Founded in 1984, the Sao Paulo-based company prides itself on having developed an advanced printing facility, operated by highly qualified staff and focused on fulfilling current and future customer needs through constant investment in technology. “This most recent FB-3300 has nine printing units, UV-varnish and cold foil, and a state-of-the-art register control system”, says Mack Color’s owner Marcos Rossi. “The servo-motors for each of the nine printing units guarantee a perfect register among different colours and complex, delicate images”. The company considers this press as their driving force to achieve high productivity and excellent quality, including value-added processes that allow high performance, special printing, such as silk screen printing, reverse-side printing, and cold foil. Mack Color bought two FB-3300A presses five years ago, replacing four Comco Cadets and two Gallus R 200s. Three mo

Lebanon's leading label printer installs a new Nilepter FA-3 flexo press

Label Plus in Bchamoun, about 14 km south of Beirut, has installed a Nilpeter FA-3 printing press. The fully-equipped machine includes eight flexo units, UV-curing, a maximum web width of 340 mm (13.5 inches) and a top speed of 175 m/min (574 ft/min.). As part of Nilpeter's well-established modular FA-Lines, the new press is expected to considerably increase the company’s capacity for high quality, primary self-adhesive labels. Haytham Sinno, General Manager and joint founder, says his company is Lebanon's leading label converter. 'We were established in 1998 and were the first company in the country to print roll-to-roll labels for automatic application machines using water-based and UV-cured flexo print units.' Besides supplying major clients in Lebanon, Label Plus exports labels throughout the Middle East, especially to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as to Nigeria and other African markets. Dubai-based Nilpeter Middle East supplied and installed the new FA-3.

Esko presents full range of label and tag solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2013

Global leader in prepress and workflow solutions delivers results that make label and tag producers smile.   Esko ( ) announced today it will be demonstrating an array of innovative solutions for the label and tag industry at Labelexpo Europe 2013 , scheduled for 24-27 September at the Brussels Expo in Belgium. The newest release of Esko's Full HD Flexo solution – Full HD Flexo for Labels – along with the popular CDI digital flexo plate imagers will be featured on Esko's stand 5B25 . Visitors should also not miss the opportunity to visit Esko for an update on the latest prepress and workflow solutions and applications within its Suite 12.       "The label and tag industry remains of strategic importance for Esko. In that respect, Labelexpo Europe is a pivotal event to showcase our dedicated technologies and solutions,” says Armand Gougay, Vice President EMEA at Esko. “We will take the opportunity to provide industry education on the lates

Avery Dennison Rolls Out New Select SolutionsT Portfolios

Avery Dennison today introduced its first Select Solutions™ portfolio of specialized pressure-sensitive materials. These new portfolios feature low minimum order quantities, day-of price quotations and four-day shipping, and will allow converters to address specific, unique-application label needs.       “The first Select Solutions portfolio is a collection of Holographic label materials which is ideal for commemorative products, seasonal packaging or instances where brand owners want to communicate a product’s premium nature and increase its shelf appeal,” says David Collins, director, prime papers, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials – North America. “By integrating holographic label materials with standard packaging, products can attract consumers and impact their decision at the point of purchase.” The portfolio of film and paper materials uses a multi-layered coating to refract light and create a variety of optical effects, including iridescent and prism

Flexible Woven Nylon Material for Electrical and Laboratory Applications

  Nylon label materials can offer significant advantages over polyester or polypropylene based films in terms of conformability.  This is very important when labeling rounded surfaces such as vials or test tubes used in medical and laboratory applications or identifying wire and cable bundles for the electrical industry .  The label needs to survive the life of the part identified and stiffness of a polyester or polypropylene material, over time, may cause failures such as flagging or delamination.  The flexibility of the nylon label would all the material to conform to a rounded surface and be less likely to see this type of failure.   Why is nylon better?  When compared to continuous film, the woven nylon absorbs the stresses that result from dimensional changes that occur from bending or at extreme temperatures.  The aggressive 1 mil pressure sensitive adhesive allows for a strong bond in extreme low temperature when adhered to rounded plastic or glass surfaces.   The

ASQ receives delivery and installation of BGM Multiflex

ASQ, one of the largest label manufacturers in Belgium & Romania, has installed an Elite Multiflex Multiple Substrate Inspection Slitter Rewinder from Bar Graphic Machinery. Mr Ludo Buckinx, Director of the firm established in 2004, explains: “Over two thirds of the labels we produce are custom made. This in itself continuously presents new challenges for which we strive to find inventive solutions such as the Elite Multiflex Multiple Substrate Inspection Slitter Rewinder.” The company has recently invested in excess on flexible packaging and label presses to expand its  opportunities and as a result can work with a wide array of materials. “This meant we required a finishing machine capable of completing a multitude of substrates,” states Mr Buckinx. “After a number of demonstrations, from a range of suppliers, our decision was easily made when we visited Bar Graphic Machinery. The Elite Multiflex ran effortlessly with several of our bespoke products, achieving outstandin

Fort Dearborn Company Acquires AC Label

Fort Dearborn Company today announced that it has acquired AC Label which includes St Louis Litho and St Louis Pressure Sensitive. AC Label was a portfolio company of Emigrant Capital Corp., the private equity subsidiary of Emigrant Bank. “The acquisition of AC Label enhances Fort Dearborn’s leadership position in the decorative label marketplace by broadening our geographic footprint, capabilities and market penetration,” said Fort Dearborn Chief Executive Officer Jeff Brezek. “We are very pleased to add ACLabel to the Fort Dearborn Company organization and look forward to the opportunity to expand our presence in the spirits, beverage, nutraceutical and confectionery end markets”. Fort Dearborn supplies a complete range of label solutions including cut & stack, pressure sensitive, roll-fed and full body shrink sleeve labels across multiple printing technologies including digital, lithographic, flexographic and rotogravure. The company will now have three additional facilities

Seeing is believing with Xeikon at Labelexpo Europe 2013

Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announces its presence at Labelexpo Europe 2013. This year's edition, which is returning to Brussels Expo in Belgium 24-27 September, will be Xeikon's strongest-ever label trade show presence. Located on its stand 9H45 , Xeikon will demonstrate its hardware and software solutions that have positioned the company as leader in the digital label market. Xeikon is also a sponsor of the Package Printing Zone in Hall 12. “We are especially excited about exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2013,” says Filip Weymans, Director Business Development and Marketing Labels and Packaging at Xeikon. “The historic size of the show makes it a terrific opportunity to continue our mission of educating the label and packaging markets about the benefits of digital printing. In that spirit, we are launching an innovative program called "See The Proof" that gives converters first-hand experience with the technology and see the outstand