Mimaki , a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting systems, will be attending two important industry events during October 2017. As a partner sponsor at Luxepack Monaco (2-4 October), Mimaki will be showing the ability to print directly on luxury items such as perfume bottles, as well as solutions for producing other types of luxury packaging in Hall Diaghilev, Stand DD2bis. At Print in Progress in Paris (11-12 October), the company (stand E18) will participate in two hubs: Industrial Printer and Textile Transformer.

How should packaging look to attract shoppers? The answer comes care of viscom in Düsseldorf from 18 to 20 October 2017. With the new Packaging Area and the “Focus Day POS, Display and Packaging” on the second day of the trade fair, Europe’s trade fair for visual communication offers a packed programme for packaging experts. The stated aim is to connect creative minds with the packaging industry – in line with the viscom motto “We connect”.

Komori Europe Corporation and Highcon Systems Ltd. have entered into a strategic selling agreement, further strengthening the existing Highcon relationship with Komori in Japan and America. Komori Europe is in the process of installing a Highcon Euclid III digital cutting and creasing machine at the Komori Graphic Center-Europe in Utrecht and will sell and support the entire Highcon® product line in France, Italy, UK and the Netherlands.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Sun Chemical and UK packaging manufacturer, Skymark.

BOBST – one of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, and Radex – a startup company owned by multiple stakeholders with a long track record in the field of DOD inkjet digital printing, today announced the launch of Mouvent, a joint venture that will become the digital printing competence center and solutions provider of BOBST. Mouvent, which is comprised of 80 employees in Switzerland, will focus on inventing and delivering the future of digital printing.

Tonejet’s Worldwide Sales manager, Marvin Foreman has been busy supporting the growth of a company on the verge of disrupting the craft beverage market.

Family owned and run Beatus Cartons is a design and manufacture company that produces creative and versatile cartons for a range of products; from counter displays and confectionery boxes to shelf-ready packaging. Specialising in folding cartons, including customer samples and small promotion items, the Wales based business is one of the only companies in the UK to provide this type of packaging on solid board, litho laminated and plastics – all at one facility, by the same team of professionals.

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.

Pixartprinting has further added to its already huge fleet of Durst printers and has become the first Italian company to install the packaging version of the Rho 1312, Durst's flagship flatbed printer.

Ultrachem has launched Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive which is formulated for use on film to board and film to film bonding. The company says its Fastbond Adhesive gives high bond strength when used with suitable boards and treated/coated films and is ideal for not only food, but all types of general packaging applications.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) has developed a cost effective breakthrough method for printing memory circuits directly, e.g. onto consumer packaging. VTT says because the required production technology is quite simple, no major investments are required.

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