BOBST Africa and Middle East is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its existence
To celebrate its 25th anniversary in fitting style, Bobst Africa and Middle East Ltd. organised an event in Tunis attended by Jean-Pascal B o b s t , Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Bobst Group SA, S a m i r Khoudja, Managing Director of Bobst Africa & Middle East, Zied Laadhari, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, Aziza Htira, Chief Executive Officer of the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX), Jenny Piaget, Councillor to the Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia and numerous other guests.
Matrix Imaging Solutions Enters the Inkjet Market with Installation of the Océ VarioPrint i300
Approaching its 30th year of business, Matrix is a privately held company that provides industry-leading transactional and promotional mail products and services to over 500 esteemed clients around the country. Known as pioneers in the transactional document arena, Matrix has evolved into a multifaceted print service provider with an ability to design and create effective communication materials for customers of all sizes.
One of Africas Largest Print Companies Becomes a Full Service Soft Signage Provider with EFI VUTEk FabriVU Printer
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. reported that Sandton, South Africa-based Beith Digital has established a full soft signage offering for its customers and raised the bar for image quality and productivitywith its EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340 printer. Despite already holding a market-leading position in display graphics, for some time now Beith Digital has seen its existing customer base increasingly in need of soft signage products.
Kodak Releases Substrate Expansion Kit for KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Presses
Kodak is expanding the range of new applications printers can offer their customers with the latest update to its portfolio of the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Platform. Now commercially available around the world, the KODAK NEXPRESS Substrate Expansion Kit expands the types of paperboard and synthetic substrates NEXPRESS Presses can run.
C.J. Graphics becomes first printer worldwide to acquire Xerox iGen 5 digital presses with complete set of available features
Toronto’s C.J. Graphics, Canada’s most awardwinning commercial printing and graphic arts companies, is taking digital printing to the next level with the first installation, globally, of ‘fully-loaded’ Xerox iGen 5 Digital Presses. “The new iGen 5 technology has been characterized a game-changer w i t h revolutionary capabilities.
Polish commercial printer continues modernisation
Polish commercial printer Białostockie Zakłady Graficzne (BZGraf) commissioned a new eightcolour Rapida 106 perfector for 4-over-4 production at its Białystok plant. With this new press, already the fourth Rapida to be installed at BZGraf, the company expects to increase its productivity in the segments for full‑colour c o m m e r c i a l printing and books by over 40 per cent.
Gotha Druck und Verpackung GmbH & Co.KG Chooses Goss Sunday 5000
Gotha Druck und Verpackung GmbH & Co., a full-service web offset print provider, has signed a deal for a Goss International Sunday 5000 press to boost capacity at its production site in Günthersleben- Wechmar, Germany. The Goss Sunday 5000, configured with two PCF-3 combination folders will give Gotha Druck operational flexibility w i t h o u t reducing the m a x i m u m o u t p u t capability.
New Colter & Peterson PRISM PC Paper Cutter puts Gateway Digital Press on the Finishing Fast Track
As much as the St. Louis Arch was recognized as the “Gateway to the West” when it opened in October 1965, the d i g i t a l f r o n t i e r figures to be prominent in the future success of G a t e w a y D i g i t a l Press. The St. Louis p r i n t e r ’ s business is s k e w i n g more digital these days, requiring management to find the right equipment to handle greater demands. That’s one reason for the installation of a new Colter & Peterson 32- inch PRISM paper cutter with Microcut.
Dunapack starts operating three Valmet IQ Moisturizers in Austrian facility
Dunapack Mosburger has started operations of three Valmet IQ Moisturizers delivered to its corrugated line in Strasswalchen, Austria. The new solutions are expected to improve corrugated box quality and enhance the overall performance of the facility. Dunapack Mosburger Strasswalchen Corrugated Line manager August Hauser said: “Higher quality, more diverse papers together with improved production and smaller, justin- time orders make it more and more challenging to act against warp with standard temperature, speed, and glue settings.
Bosch launches new filling and closing machine for pharmaceutical industry
Bosch Packaging Technology has introduced a new filling and closing machine, expanding its AFG series portfolio for the pharmaceutical industry. The new AFG 5000 can be used for pharmaceutical powders in glass vials offering multiple usage options to manufacturers. Bosch Packaging Technology product manager Dieter Bandtel said: “During development, our main focus was on flexibility.
Epsilon Makes the Most of Its Digital Opportunity with Digital Finishing from MBO
Epsilon, a global, datadriven marketing innovator with U.S. print production facilities in St. Louis, Mo. and C h i c a g o , Ill., views finishing as integral to the success of its continuous digital production capabilities—with results that have exceeded its expectations. Epsilon’s story makes a compelling case for foresight and cooperation a m o n g digital print providers and their press and postpress suppliers to implement solutions that work together to boost a company’s overall efficiency and profitability.
Kodak Introduces the ACHIEVE NEWS Platesetter
As newspaper publishers look for new ways to streamline their operations and rein in costs, Kodak introduces the latest addition to its highly automated thermal CTP portfolio for newspapers at IFRA World Publishing Expo. The new KODAK ACHIEVE NEWS Platesetter delivers the stability and reliability of Kodak’s thermal CTP technology at an affordable cost, enabling publishers to print exceptional quality and consistent, vibrant color images to attract both readers and advertisers. Available in early 2018 worldwide, The ACHIEVE NEWS Platesetter arms newspaper printers with a host of features that drive more speed, efficiency, and control into their platemaking process, while also improving their operation’s sustainability.
BYK presents the industrys broadest additive portfolio for water-based applications at Chinacoat 2017
Chinacoat is evolving rapidly as a leading venue for the Asian coatings industry, and it takes place again in Shanghai, China. As the global leader in additives for water-based applications, BYK has accompanied this growth right from the start and is showcasing its numerous innovations and trusted products. The focus is on differentiated water-based additive solutions that BYK is using to satisfy the needs of the Chinese market.
Ulma Packaging develops new air-tight bag system for food packaging
Ulma Packaging has developed a new VFFS Air Extraction System (Tight Bag) to address the issue of excess air in food packaging. The new bags are expected to enable manufacturers to decrease the size of the boxes and add additional packs in each pallet. It will also eliminate the need to make holes or microperforations as it is done in conventional packaging to reduce space, which also decreases the shelf life of the food products.
Clariant to introduce Tri- Sorb Desiccant tablets to test blister packs
Specialty chemicals manufacturer Clariant, along with its Healthcare Packaging business unit, is set to introduce Tri-Sorb molecular sieve desiccant tablets which have been designed for USP moisture testing of blister packs.
GSK deploys Thinfilm’s SpeedTap tags for Flonase brand
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has commercially deployed Thin Film Electronics’ SpeedTap tags to create interactive ‘smart’ shelves that will facilitate communication with consumers at the time of purchase. GSK has started the initiative with the introduction of these interactive shelves for its Flonase brand in retail stores across Canada.
Kodak Adds Analytics Enabled Dynamic Print Planning to PRINERGY Cloud Services
Kodak announced the addition of Dynamic Print Planning to KODAK PRINERGY Cloud Services, its analytics-enabled cloud platform offering print service providers (PSPs) solutions to minimize cost and risk while driving business growth.
Opus Trust Marketing Invests in Pitney Bowes' Technology to Accelerate Growth
Pitney Bowes Inc. a global technology company providing innovative products and solutions to power commerce, announced that it has won a contract with Leicester-based Opus Trust Marketing. The contract will help Opus Trust accelerate growth and deliver its ambitious strategic development plans. Opus Trust specialises in m u l t i c h a n n e l communications, critical document printing and mailing for a diversity of high profile clients, including 20% of the FTSE 100.
Valvoline introduces new Easy Pour Bottle for cars
Motor oil and automotive lubricants supplier Valvoline has launched the new Easy Pour Bottle. The new bottle makes the process of changing oil easier, comes with an easy pull tab to ensure clean opening, as well as precision pour spout and anti-glug tube to provide accurate pouring.
Massachusetts-Based Hub Folding Box Adds Leading-Edge EFI ERP Workflow
Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (reported that Hub Folding Box Co. has chosen the EFI Packaging Suite – which features Radius ERP software as its core ERP technology – to be its nextgeneration workflow solution. The new workflow upgrade is an investment for future growth for the Mansfield, Massachusettsbased company, a thirdgeneration family business founded in 1918. Hub Folding Box is replacing a largely homegrown solution that has been in place for nearly two decades.
Konica Minolta Launches Professional Print Division Headed by Charles Lissenburg
Konica Minolta has launched a Professional Print Division in Europe that has Charles Lissenburg in a new role of General Manager. He will be at the helm of the teams that will focus on providing products and solutions leading to business efficiency and value improvement for commercial and industrial printing customers.
Hybrid Software Sells 1,500th Package
HYBRID Software achieved a major milestone at Labelexpo Europe 2017 with the sale of the 1,500th license of PACKZ, its professional native PDF editor for labels and packaging. The order was placed by French digital printer MR Cartonnage Numérique.
RPC Tedeco-Gizeh extends plastic vending cup deal with NIVO Group
RPC Tedeco-Gizeh, part of the RPC Bebo division, has extended its vending cup contract with NIVO Group, an independent vending operators group based in the UK. Under the extended deal, RPC Tedeco-Gizeh will continue to produce plastic vending cups in multiple sizes for the members of the NIVO group.
Comexi expands its position in Africa
The group has recently installed a Comexi F2 MB at Natpak facilities in Zimbabwe. Comexi, specialist in solutions for the flexible packaging industry, is expanding its presence in Africa. The group has installed a new Comexi F2 MB at Natpak's facilities in Zimbabwe, a clear example of the overall growth strategy that the group is developing.
BOBST receives FEFCO 2017 Gold Award for Innovation
BOBST has been presented with the coveted FEFCO Gold Award for Best Innovation 2017 for its Premium Gap Control at this year’s European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO) Technical. The BOBST Premium Gap Control is an independent unit positioned after the counter ejector on the Flexo Folder Gluer. It ensures that 100% of delivered boxes are folded with total quality and to exact specifications, bringing total control of the folding process and major resource savings.
Just Digital spends big on Xerox and Duplo
The machines were installed over the summer at the Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire-based p r i n t e r ' s 4,000sqm site in the main to help a l l e v i a t e bottlenecks and act as an addition to Just Digital’s current kit roster of nine presses and 29 finishing machines. Production manager Callum Higgins said that the bottlenecks were causing a backlog of work for the finishing team and additional firepower was required for a surge in recent orders.
Shilp Gravure opts for Kodak Flexcel NX 5080
Shilp Gravures is one of the largest gravure cylinder manufacturers in India and diversified to flexography a couple of years ago. The new Flexcel NX system, ordered at at Labelexpo Europe 2017. Vidhu Gautam, sales director of flexographic packaging division for the Asia-Pacific region at Kodak, said: ‘This is the first time that Shilp Gravures has decided to collaborate with Kodak and grow its business, especially in the space for converting gravure designs for flexography.