Esko will host its first in-person Innovation Summit of the year next month, giving packaging professionals from across the industry the unique opportunity to interact and discuss how to overcome the challenges of today - and prepare for those of tomorrow.

Packaging Innovations and Empack returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 16 & 17 February 2022 to kick-start the year for the whole packaging journey, from design and development through to packing, filling and fulfilment.

The Body Shop, WWF, Atom Bonds, True Skincare, and Juni Cosmetics are just some of the big names set to inspire the future of packaging when they take to the stage at Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging London 2021 at Olympia on 1 & 2 December.

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, today opened its call for entries for the 2021 Ideas that Matter grant program. Established over 20 years ago, Ideas that Matter invites designers from around the world to show how print design can improve the lives of others.

Nobelus, known for its specialty line of films for the print and packaging trade, extends its successful smudge-resistant thermal film line with the launch of SmudgeProof™ Laminate with DigiBOND™ adhesive.

On stand D14 at Packaging Innovations London, 1 & 2 December 2021, GMG Color will be showcasing its colour solutions including the recently launched GMG ColorBook Pantone® licensed colour guide, the GMG contract proofing solution with powerful spot colour capability and the GMG ColorPlugin for multicolour conversions and ink optimisation directly in Photoshop.

Materia Viva, like the nature that inspires it, is one of the new products being launched over the next few days by Fedrigoni Group, leading global producer of high value-added special papers for packaging, publishing and graphics, as well as self-adhesive labelling products. Materia Viva is a vast collection of high-quality, high recycled content papers - between 20% and 100% - made with natural cellulose-alternative fibres such as cotton and hemp (exclusively from FSC® certified forests), some of which are new but some of which have been available in the company’s portfolio since 1996 and have been revisited and improved. 

With the undoubted rise in eco-consciousness, sustainability should now be at the heart of print service providers (PSPs)' business operations. The third of HP's series of Coffee Talks - taking place on 14th October 2021 - will focus on circular design and the 10 steps PSPs can take to move to more sustainable business operations.

Packaging engineering students from across Europe will continue to benefit from the latest technology in their studies, after Esko again underlined its commitment to supporting future generations of packaging industry workers.

Kristi Duvall, Vice President of Sales for The BoxMaker, has been selected as a recipient of the 2021 Women in Wide Format Award. One of six women being honored by this year’s program, Kristi is the only winner representing the packaging industry.

Lecta will resume its participation in trade shows following the easing of pandemic restrictions.

HYBRID Software, the global software development company supplying solutions for label and packaging printing, has announced the re-launch of their product website STEPZ. Based on the award-winning PACKZ technology, STEPZ is the entry-level software perfect for digital printers looking to enter the HYBRID Software world.

This year everything in the Zünd booth revolves around efficient cutting of a wide variety of packaging materials, from solid and corrugated cardboard to wood-based materials such as MDF. A Zünd cutter fully configured with automatic material-handling automation represents a perfect example of digital cutting with exceptionally high process reliability.

The very best in packaging for premium markets including drinks, beauty, and gifting will be on display for industry professionals to discover when Luxury Packaging, co-located with Packaging Innovations, returns to London’s Olympia on 1 & 2 December 2021.

Highcon has announced the appointment of Juergen Freier to the role of VP and GM Highcon Europe, effective October 1, 2021. In this role he will be responsible for driving Highcon’s sales and building the company’s business across the region.

The prototype Conic is a new wood-based packaging solution that will enable brands to reach their sustainability targets while maintaining their premium position. Developed by Holmen Iggesund through collaboration with partner organisations, the new solution uses an emerging technology to replace plastics with natural materials for formable products.

Esko | Brand Solutions will partner with X-Rite® Pantone to showcase the latest collaborative software solutions helping CPG and life sciences brands to leverage packaging artwork, content, and color management for success at PACK EXPO, Las Vegas from September 27-29.

FM Future, the organiser of the market-leading digital events for the print technology industry, announces the launch of the hybrid FuturePrint & Pack Summit which will take place 11 November in Cambridge UK, with digital content streamed globally on a weekly basis from November 18.

X-Rite Incorporated and Pantone LLC, global leaders in color science and technology, announced they will showcase the latest print quality management solutions a PACK EXPO in Las Vegas from September 27 to 29, 2021. X-Rite joins its sister company Esko in booth C-2035 to demonstrate an integrated ecosystem of color software and measurement solutions to help consumer brands implement sustainable print quality control programs across their packaging supply chain.

For the second year in a row – before the annual The Congress on November 9 – VIGC (Flemish Innovation Center for Graphic Communication) is organizing a Hackathon on October 25 and 26. This year it will be renamed to the European Graphic Arts Hackathon. Of course with good reason…

ePac Flexible Packaging (ePac), the industry leader in digital printing for flexible packaging, has launched in Australia, with its first manufacturing facility opening in Melbourne in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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