As a leading supplier of machinery to the corrugated board, folding carton and flexible materials markets, BOBST believes strongly in encouraging young people into the industry and developing existing employees to future-proof the sector.

As the next step in MPS’ strategy to expand local presence in Asia, the Dutch-based narrow-web press manufacturer will establish an official Asia branch office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia early in 2018. Leading operations of the new branch will be Tim Klappe, who joined MPS on December 1, 2017 as Managing Director Asia Pacific.

Diva Art is a new one-side coated paperboard with an outstanding silk finish noteworthy for its printability and rich color reproduction in offset and digital printing, in addition to its perfect folding characteristics and exceptional resistance to cracking.

HYBRID Software will use the forthcoming Packaging Innovations 2018 event - 28th February – 1st March, NEC, Birmingham – for the worldwide launch of CLOUDFLOW 18.2, as well as showing the latest version of PACKZ, its professional PDF editor for the packaging and label markets.

Icon Graphics Limited has completed installation of the UK’s first Rho P10 250HS PLUS 6C + W inkjet printer from Durst, the manufacturer of advanced digital production technologies.

Packaging Innovations returns to the NEC on 28 February-1 March 2018, and is set to be the most innovative show to date. With over 290 exhibitors already signed up, the UK’s largest annual event for the whole packaging supply chain will feature the latest industry trends and technology, with many product launches planned for the show.

Tharstern, the MIS technology specialist for print, packaging and labelling industries, is in the running for a top industry award from the British Association for Print and Communications (BAPC).

Flint Group continues its leadership position in the Packaging Inks segment with the opening of its new facility in the cosmopolitan district of Beylikduzu, in Istanbul, Turkey. This new 3800 square meter manufacturing and distribution facility is conveniently located only 13 kilometers from the main container terminal on the European side of Turkey and is well positioned for exports to surrounding markets in the Middle East.

Exclusive data from the latest Smithers Pira market report ‘The Future of Industrial Packaging to 2022’ projects worldwide industrial packaging sales will be worth $52.72 billion in 2017. This value is forecast to grow across the next five years at an annual rate of 3.2% to reach $61.84 billion in 2022. The materials used to produce industrial packaging formats – sacks, IBCs, drums, crates/totes – are 14.56 million tonnes in 2017, this is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 2.7% across the same period to reach 16.62 million tonnes.

The iconic record label Island Records has partnered with Crown Bevcan Europe and Middle East, a business unit of Crown Holdings, to launch the world’s first “Shazamable” can for its Session IPA Beer. This collaboration was recognized at the Annual World Beverage Innovation Awards, held in September at Drinktec in Munich, Germany, where the range won Best Can or Alubottle. A stage for the most ambitious new products and developments launched by international companies during the year, the Awards are known for showcasing upcoming trends in the food and beverage industries.

Labelexpo Asia 2017 will present the Digital Trail and Smart Zone features for the first time. Taking place in Halls E1 and E2 of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) from 5 – 8 December, they will highlight the latest advances in these technologies and their respective applications for label and package printing.

Surrey-based, family-run business reveals how investing in a high quality, in-house prototyping solution from Fujifilm has helped to grow its business

Scodix, the world’s leading provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, today announces that the Scodix E106 press will be commercially available from December 2017. The next units are planned to be installed in the EU and USA during Q1 2018.

EFI have announced that Winder, Ga.-based packaging printer Progress Container & Display has purchased the EFI™ Corrugated Packaging Suite, an end-to-end solution that spans business management and manufacturing execution. The Suite, which is currently being installed at Progress Container, includes components for estimating, order management, scheduling, inventory management, production tracking and shipment planning.

Founded in Barcelona 30 years ago by Jordi París, Art & Servei employs 22 staff and produces a wide range of packaging, POS and merchandising products for major brands. In late 2016, París invested in his first digital press; a Fujifilm Acuity Select X28 with six colours, white and varnish. The investment quickly proved its worth and, one year on, the company has seen a major boost in productivity and efficiency.

Tonejet, the only manufacturer of advanced electro-static drop-on-demand digital print engines, has unveiled the Cyclone, the first industrial production direct-to-can digital printing machine, at InPrint 2017. The Tonejet Cyclone, with integrated Rockwell Automation iTRAK transport system, illustrating the numerous benefits of direct to shape digital beverage can printing.

Esko, the leading global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging, labels, sign and display industries, has launched the Kongsberg C66, a digital finishing table designed for short run production of corrugated applications.

In preparation for full commercial launch, Xaar will use InPrint 2017 to showcase its four colour print capabilities as well as the numerous advantages of its Xaar 5601 new Thin Film Piezo Silicon MEMS printhead. In addition, Xaar’s Jason Remnant will be presenting on “Revolutionary inkjet technology to take on the Packaging industry,” covering how features and technologies, such as those in the Xaar 5601, will help drive further digital adoption in the packaging industry.

Flint Group is pleased to announce the latest expansion to its African business with the acquisition of the remaining shares in Continental Printing Inks and Eagle Ink Systems. In September of 2015, Flint Group Africa was formed through a joint venture partnership combining two of the leading ink and coating suppliers to the Packaging and Print Media markets in South Africa. As of October 24, Flint Group has become sole owner of the entity.

Newtown has partnered with European company LYNX to bring these machines for the first time the UK market and will be the exclusive agent for the machines. If you’re currently applying hot melt and cold glues by hand to any form of print, point of sale or packaging materials then Newtown can help you reduce costs and speed up your production process!

Cosmo Films, a leading manufacturer of speciality BOPP films and CPP films will be showcasing its range of premium lamination films at the upcoming IPEX 2017 show – UK’s largest and most prestigious print solutions event, scheduled to take place from 31st October to 3rd November 2017 in Birmingham, UK.

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