Esko has given 3D packaging design software Studio 16 a new series of tools with the launch of Esko Studio 16, part of the Esko Software Platform 16. Studio is a unique set of tools for 3D packaging design made for all packaging artwork professionals.

The day when you can pop into your local supermarket armed with your near field communications (NFC) enabled smart phone to make purchases based on your own personal data is coming one step closer to reality. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a specialist consortium creating a world class UK manufacturing supply chain that will enable the widespread adoption of packaging incorporating NFC based technology.

CMYUK has installed a Zünd S3 digital cutting table and an EFI VUTEk GS 2000 LX Pro printer at the Northampton factory of Nene Packaging, enabling it to produce packaging and display samples for customers of all sizes.

According to Landa Group chairman Benny Landa, the company’s Nanographic Printing presses will start shipping in early 2017. However, not before you put your hand deep in your pocket to pre-order following all the hype at Drupa – again.

The Food Technology and Packaging Centre of the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE’s) Loughry Campus is facilitating a unique learning experience for its students with the assistance of its newly acquired Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter and JV300-160 solvent printer through Belfast-based authorised Mimaki reseller Dennis D Evans.

Mimaki is working with ESKO to simplify digital packaging production for companies that produce packaging samples and mock-ups, as well as small packing runs and personalised packaged goods.

Zünd has released a new RM-120 routing module specifically for packaging manufacturers with a need for routing foam packaging and protective inserts. Packaging producers can now efficiently and economically create complete packaging systems –including protective inserts – on the same machine.

Antalis says it is stepping up the pace of its development in the growing packaging and visual communication distribution markets, acquiring a range of European companies representing total sales of around €130 million. The announcement comes off the back of the acquisition of PaperlinX’s Packaging companies in the UK, representing sales of around €30 million.

Xeikon has launched two new premium silver metallic toner colours, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver, for label and packaging printers and converters using Xeikon’s digital printing technologies.

A visit to FESPA has enabled Netherlands based customised packaging specialist Doosopmaat.nl to find the right single pass digital print solution to fill a growing need for on demand production for a growing client base. As such the Rotterdam based company placed the first order worldwide for AEG’s Sprinter bespoke wide format system to provide the high speed and colour quality the company was looking for.

Constructional packaging design and development is at the heart of Yorkshire-based Concept Packaging, who embraced its investment in a Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter some fifteen years ago, which rapidly became an integral part of its design and prototyping provision and is still going strong today.

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