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Koenig & Bauer publishes its annual report for 2019
With its strategic focus on the growth market of packaging, Koenig & Bauer is on track to reduce the dependency on politically volatile und lumpy security printing business by increasing revenue and earnings in this area. Through the acquisition of Iberica and Duran, the joint venture with Durst as well as various partnerships in the software field, the portfolio for packaging printing markets was expanded further. Following a testing phase of the CorruCUT sheetfed flexo press for analogue direct printing on corrugated board, the prestigious pilot customer and development partner Klingele accepted the newly developed machine after a demanding factory acceptance test. The machine is now producing in two shifts at the Klingele plant in Delmenhorst near Bremen, Germany.
Caldera launches new upgraded range of PCs
French RIP software developer Caldera is launching a range of three new PCs with enhanced processing power to provide their customers with a combined hardware/software solution. The C1, C2 and C3 v2020.01, have been developed in conjunction with DELL to be plug-and-print – they come pre-loaded with Linux OS and Caldera RIP. The idea is to offer users the peace of mind that comes with having a device that has been tested and guaranteed by Caldera, and that’s ready for immediate use. The new range of PC will allow to better take advantage from recent V13 pipelines and unleash the unrivalled power of your Caldera RIP.
Ghent Workgroup creates dedicated Commercial Print landing page
The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) announced a new Commercial Print landing page on the gwg.org web site. This area consolidates all relevant information for creatives, publishers and printers dealing with advertisements and commercial print work.
Sun Chemical to implement surcharges on prices of solvent liquid inks in Europe
Sun Chemical will implement surcharges affecting its solvent liquid inks in Europe, effective 1 April 2020. The current situation is causing considerable pressure on the supply chain of alcohols - in particular, ethanol. With supply already limited in the second half of 2019 due to a bad crop of raw materials increasing the demand for fuel ethanol, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused further increased demand for pharmaceutical and sanitized products, with governments considering allocation measures. While availability is reducing globally, prices are increasing quickly.
Third RotaJET for decor printer
Interprint GmbH from Arnsberg, Germany, since October 2019 a member of the Toppan Group, is continuing its successful investment strategy in digital print. The company recently ordered yet another RotaJET digital web press from Koenig & Bauer. The new press is scheduled to enter production in the first half of 2021. With the RotaJET 225, Interprint will be able to process web widths up to 225 cm.
Sun Chemical issues updated supply chain statement
As the Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19) spreads, Sun Chemical continues to monitor the changing economic landscape and the impact to its global supply chain. In response, Sun Chemical has issued the following statement from Jeffrey Shaw, Chief Supply Chain Officer.
Emmanuel Bareaud appointed President Flint Group Narrow Web
Flint Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Emmanuel Bareaud to President Narrow Web effective 30 March 2020. This appointment will ensure strategic consistency as the organisation continues on its journey to fully commercialise their innovative and market leading offering to print and packaging converters worldwide.
Abbey Labels doubles die-cutting speed with MPS and AB Graphics
Abbey Labels recently installed an automated MPS EFS 340 flexo press, equipped with an integrated AB Graphics Fast Track semi-rotary die cutting system. The innovation, a world first, is part of Abbey Labels’ ambitious operation optimization program.
ABB to upgrade paper machine drives, motors and electrical control systems at WestRock mill in Washington, USA
WestRock Company—a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions—has selected ABB to replace its dry end drive system. This includes upgrades to its PM12 paper machine drives, motors and the installation of the ABB Ability™ System 800xA control system at its mill in Longview, Washington, USA. Installation and commissioning of the project is planned for completion by year-end 2020.
Faster processing for coated metal sheets and increased production efficiency in metal printing
Metal packaging places particularly high demands on inspection. State-of-the-art inspection solutions for metal printing by experienced partners are the only way to increase production performance. ISRA VISION, the world’s leading supplier of surface inspection systems, has now added additional functionalities to its two proven inspection solutions: CoatSTAR, the system for 100% inspection of coated sheets before printing and at the backside of the sheet; and DecoSTAR, the system for 100% printing inspection of metal sheet decorations. The new features ensure even greater production efficiency.
Brother introduces an all-star product line-up to suit SME embroidery business need
Brother, the leading designer and manufacturer of specialist embroidery machines, has brought together an all-star line-up designed to meet the embroidery and personalisation needs of small to medium businesses – from home, to start-up, to those looking to diversify.
Miraclon announces return of Global Flexo Innovation Awards
Miraclon, home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions, announces the return of the Global Flexo Innovation Awards to honor companies that are at the forefront of the transformation of the flexo industry. Christopher Horton, former senior vice president of SGS, will chair the independent international judging panel that will comprise a rich selection of flexo industry influencers, technical experts and CPGs.
Siegwerk to “rethINK packaging” at interpack and drupa 2020
Siegwerk will showcase its extensive ink and packaging expertise at this year’s interpack components and drupa presenting its wide-ranging ink and service portfolio concretely addressing future printing and packaging trends. With the motto “rethINK packaging” Siegwerk’s participation will be explicitly devoted to the company’s efforts to shape the future of packaging for a circular and digital world.
Kodak announces efficient connectivity between KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 8.4 and Canon’s PRISMAsync Print Server v7.2
Kodak has announced the integration between KODAK PRINERGY Workflow 8.4 and Canon’s PRISMAsync Print Server starting with v7.2. This new integration provides PRINERGY users a quick, seamless, and efficient method to set up, control, and monitor print jobs.
Innovations optimizing production efficiency to be launched at interpack
Products being launched at the interpack Processing & Packaging Expo in Dusseldorf 7-13, May, 2020, along with existing solutions shown there, will help manufacturers cost-effectively maximize uptime, performance and quality. This applies not only to product coding, but also more widely, by making it easier for producers to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) through quicker access to packaging line insights overall.
Baumer hhs points to the growing significance of investment protection with its drupa 2020 slogan “Taking Care of Your Investment”
In view of rising market demands on industrial adhesive application, Baumer hhs in decades of close cooperation with customers has successively expanded its range of both solutions and services. They support customers worldwide in a variety of ways, helping them maintain maximum efficiency in production long-term. As the leading global manufacturer of industrial adhesive application equipment and the associated quality assurance systems, Baumer hhs will be showcasing the options it offers in this sector at drupa 2020 under the slogan: “Baumer hhs – Taking Care of Your Investment”.
be.responsible, sustainable textiles from bergertextiles
Climate change and environmental protection have already been considered by bergertextiles in 2014 with the introduction of the first sustainable and award-winning textile for large format digital printing. True to the motto: “be.responsible”, bergertextiles is now presenting its expanded product range with sustainable textiles for brilliant printing applications at Fespa 2020 when the event takes place after it have been postponed.
Marabu and Roland DG deliver digital flatbed solution
Marabu and Roland DG EMEA have unveiled a joint solution for industrial printing tasks (including operator control panels, overlays and front-panel foils). Roland is supplying the hardware, while Marabu is providing the corresponding water-based digital printing inks.
Heidelberg with New Management Structure – Change in the Management Board
The Supervisory Board and Management Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) have decided to reorganize and further streamline the management structure. The Management Board of the global market leader for innovative solutions and products in the printing industry will be reduced to two persons and will in future consist of CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer and CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg.
Plastica cut production costs by 25% with AVT print inspection solutions
Hats off to SC Plastica SRL, a Romanian packaging specialist coming up to its 30th year, for its long history of visionary investments. Founded as a family company in 1992 by Ioan Holdis and his wife, Plastica originally focused on producing polyethylene packaging. Then, as the market developed and Plastica won large retail jobs, the Holdis family realized they would need to invest in state-of-the-art printing equipment. Several rounds of major investments between 1997 and 2013 were instrumental in propelling the company toward its current focus on producing packaging for the pharmaceuticals, food and agricultural products industries.
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