The Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) today announced the winners of its 2018 Student Design Challenge. The winning teams presented their designs to executives from the top paperboard packaging manufacturers in North America alongside the winners of the Paperboard Packaging Council’s (PPC) Annual Carton Competition at PPC’s semi-annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Litmus Mockups hasn't stopped progressing since it was founded four years ago, and hit the accelerator in 2016 with the installation of a Roland DG VersaUV LEC-540 reducing turnaround times from days to hours. The Yorkshire company has now picked up the pace further, installing another VersaUV LEC-540 in July 2018.

Gerber Technology announced the debut of a new tool kit designed specifically for packaging and finishing applications at SGIA. This is in conjunction with their acquisition of MCT Digital announced on Oct. 1, 2018. The combination of these companies unites the engineering expertise and innovation of two leading players in the sign and graphics and packaging industries.

Esko will show Scanpack visitors how they can deliver shorter turnaround times while maintaining high quality and increasing profitability with its Packaging Connected approach.

HP have announced that ePac Flexible Packaging, the all-HP Indigo digital flexible packaging leader, is purchasing 20 HP Indigo 20000 digital presses to expand its business strategically throughout the US.

All in Print visitors will have the opportunity to learn how Flint Group’s broad range of technologies, systems and solutions can support their business goals and profitability aims.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division announces ‘Product of the Year’ honors for the OnsetM, a high quality B1 format, 27.8” x 39.4” (707 mm x 1000 mm) inkjet printer, designed for the evolving needs of the commercial, display graphics, packaging and industrial print markets. The OnsetM will be showcased in Fujifilm booth #1119 at the upcoming SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18 – 20, 2018.

The organizer of Labelexpo Americas is pleased to report that the 16th edition of the biennial trade show was the largest in its history. A total of 487 exhibitors were spread across the biggest floorspace yet, at 203,642 sqft, with almost 30% of exhibitors new to this year’s show.

Invaluable networking potential, the transfer of knowledge and the birth of new opportunities: this is Pentawards Live! Following the debut collaboration in April this year, Packaging Innovations Netherlands and the Pentawards will join forces to present a new event for the international packaging design community, to be held at the Passenger Terminal in Amsterdam on February 13th, 2019.

Mimaki will be showcasing innovative solutions for packaging, visual communications and retail enabled by digital printing at two important French events this autumn. At LUXE PACK, scheduled for 1 to 3 October in Monaco, visitors to Mimaki’s Booth #DD02BIS will see how easy and effective it is to take luxury packaging to a new dimension with UV and 3D inkjet printing. At Print in Progress, scheduled for 10 to 11 October in Paris, visitors to Mimaki’s Booth E50 will learn how easy it is to produce personalised promotional items as well as stunning signs, interior décor and more. At both shows, Mimaki experts will be on hand to discuss the business needs and potential solutions with attendees.

RealityBLU, an augmented reality (AR) platform provider, will showcase its BLUairspace® platform at PRINT18, September 30 – October 2, at McCormick Place in Chicago. With BLUairspace, print service providers can quickly turn printed materials, such as product packaging, signage, transactional print, marketing collateral and more into interactive mobile experiences. PRINT18 attendees can see a demonstration of the BLUairspace platform in the Solimar booth #1600 and Konica Minolta booth #1611.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division’s Graphium UV digital hybrid inkjet press for labels, packaging and specialty print extends capabilities at Onalaska, Wisconsin-based Empire Screen Printing.

After several years of extensive development with key industry players, HYBRID Software is pleased to announce the commercial release of Variable Data Printing (VDP) for its PACKZ PDF editor and CLOUDFLOW workflow suite. These products are being demonstrated concurrently at three major international tradeshows: Labelexpo Americas (Chicago, Illinois), CorrExpo (Indianapolis, Indiana), and Fachpack (Nuremberg, Germany), and are available for immediate delivery.

HP at Labelexpo Americas 2018 will demonstrate its latest innovations across the HP Indigo Digital Press portfolio, a suite of solutions designed to create profitable growth and new business opportunities for labels and packaging converters.

One year after the launch of DuraLink, Memjet announced the company has signed new OEM partners, formed alliances with strategic primer & integrator companies and hired new personnel to support the demand from OEM partners around the globe. Memjet and its OEM partners will be showcasing these developments at Labelexpo Americas Sept. 25–27 in Rosemont, IL and PRINT18 Sept. 30–Oct. 2 in Chicago.

Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and cutting machines, will be showcasing innovative solutions for printing on a wide variety of media at FachPack, the trade fair for packaging, processing and technology, scheduled for 25 to 27 September in Nuremberg, Germany. Mimaki will be exhibiting in Hall 8, Stand 8-301 at the show, in partnership with Ernst Mendel GmbH. Visitors to the Mimaki stand will see innovative workflow automation solutions, as well as stunning examples that demonstrate the possibilities enabled by Mimaki’s advanced printing and cutting technologies. The company will also hold a technology demonstration of a new silver ink that will enable users to create metallic effects and colours on substrates such as wood, glass, metal and more.

Electronics For Imaging (EFI), have reported that General Data is upgrading its production operations with the EFI™ Packaging Suite workflow, featuring Radius® software as the workflow’s core MIS/ERP technology. The Cincinnati-based company chose the EFI system in part because of EFI’s longstanding commitment to addressing users’ challenging workflow needs.

The airport environment has always had a well-established association with fragrances, and this year has seen a number of premium fragrance brands take advantage of this emotive space and increase their presence at Heathrow.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced a strategic partnership with Memjet. Combining Memjet’s printing technology with the hardware expertise of Konica Minolta has resulted in the creation of digital inkjet print and labeling solutions that deliver the speed, quality and affordable cost of ownership that print and label providers need to succeed in today’s changing markets. These solutions will be showcased at the upcoming Labelexpo Americas 2018 (Konica Minolta, booth 5721), at PRINT18 (Konica Minolta, booth 1611 and Memjet, booth 1804), and SGIA EXPO 2018 (Konica Minolta, booth 3769).

The organizer of Labelexpo India is hosting an exclusive Brand Innovation Day on-site at Labelexpo India 2018, taking place at India Expo Center & Mart in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, on 22 November. This is day one of the four-day show.

Esko reports that in the past 12 months, over 300 million packaging jobs were processed through Esko workflows; a staggering number that shows significant increase over the previous 12 months.

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