BELGIUM • The new XPS Crystal 5080 is a digitally controlled exposure unit providing nearly simultaneous exposures supporting all major photopolymer flexo manufacturers. As part of an automated platemaking system linked to a CDI imaging unit, the system is said to offer plates capable of printing at the highest quality levels on diverse substrates. One of…
Paul Vaughan, managing director, overseeing Esko's XPS Crystal exposure unit at Reprographic Systems (Source: Esko)
ITALY • Beginning at 14:00 at Uteco’s Converdrome in Colognola ai Colli in Verona, the company will introduce its new EcoOne while speakers highlight the new EB frontier. Presentations by Ebeam, Sun Chemicals and others will be followed by live demonstrations. Please see the attached full brochure or contact Uteco directly for more information.
GERMANY • Taking place in Munich, Germany on 19-20 June, the European Rotogravure Association (ERA) brought together representatives from the gravure printing and supply industry to discuss the current status of digital printing and give their perspectives about its impact on markets.
The conference was moderated by ERA Secretary General James Siever, with (left to right) Jürgen Freier of HP and Dr Andreas Kraushaar of Fogra (Source, ERA)
DENMARK • The provider of flexo and offset prepress equipment has expanded heavily over the past two years and now landed a major service contract in China.
Klaus Olsen, general manager at GKS International (Source_ GKS)
SPAIN • The provider of solutions for the flexible packaging industry closed its participation at the Interpack 2017 trade fair with 170,500 visitors from 168 countries and with more than 2760 exhibitors from the packaging process industry.
(Left to right): David Centelles (Comexi), Thomas Schneider (WPO President), Jeroen van der Meer, Gemma Bessa (both Comexi), and Comexi’s president, Manel Xifra receiving the WorldStar Award 2017 (Source: Comexi)
RUSSIA • Constantia Flexibles Group has started up a new laminating machine at its manufacturing site in the Krasnodar region to serve growing demand in the domestic food packaging industry.
Employees of Constantia Kuban (Source: Constantia Flexibles)
ITALY • On May 2017, the first “Flexo Best Practice Tool Box Technical Meeting” took place in Milan at the ATIF offices. The technical meeting started the coordination of the works, aiming to prepare and finalise the project over the course of the next months. Representatives of supporting companies, experts from the icm.Print team, and the…
The “Flexo Best Practice Tool Box” will eventually cover all aspects of the flexo printing process (Source: FTA Europe)
UK • The packaging and coatings solutions manufacturer has developed a new multilayer film with an integrated sealing capability that will enable recycling of current polythene lined packaging trays.
The new multilayer film will enable recycling of current polythene lined packaging trays (Source: Coveris)
EUROPE • Heidelberg is expanding into the consumables segment by taking over the coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region of its strategic partner Fujifilm Europe.
FRANCE • More than 200 attendees from 120 customers attended Bobst’s technical seminar at the Lyon Competence Center about the new THQ (Très Haute Qualité) FlexoCloud technology. Developed by Graphilabel, a specialist in graphic solutions for narrow web, security and anti-counterfeit solutions, and adapted by Bobst, THQ can – according to the company – lead to…
Bobst believes their new THQ FlexoCloud Technology can lead to a shift in corrugated post-printing (Source: Bobst)
USA • Five of the six “Best of Show” winners at this year’s 2017 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards used Esko CDI digital flexo imagers. Additionally, more than 70% of all awards were submitted by companies who are customers of Esko CDIs and/or software.
In March, editors from Flexo & Gravure Global visted the vast ICE Europe 2017 convention in Munich. Below are several videos from our interviews there.
COLOMBIA • Increased print quality gained from using nyloflex FTF Digital flexographic plates supplied by the Flint Group has enabled Agraf Industrial to win an award from Andigraf. According to Flint, Agraf has worked for years with the tradeshop V&V Interflexo, who introduced the technology to progress Agraf from using high definition with standard digital plates…
Participants in the competition are shown above with their awards. From left to right: Gustavo Ruiz of Agraf Industrial, Erik Oliveros of V&V Interflexo, Vagn Knudsen of Agraf Industrial, and Mauricio Perez from V&V Interflexo, Source: Flint Group
GERMANY • The acquisition sees the Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global producer of rigid plastic film and packaging solutions, combining with the UK-based Linpac Senior Holdings and its subsidiaries, a film producer and converter for food packaging in Europe. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Combined the two companies will have annual revenues of…
Klöckner Pentaplast logo
SWEDEN • In the spring of 2017, the Flint Group, Packaging & Narrow Web Division, Segment Paper & Board opened its new Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in Malmö, Sweden. In October 2016, Lohmann‘s “Bonding Engineers” opened their Technology Centre (TEC) at the company headquarters in Neuwied, Germany.
Left to right: Thomas Holzer und Silvia Casellato, Market Manager Graphics at Lohmann und Lars Keldebäk, Print Shop Manager Flint Group Sweden (Slource: Lohmann)