Exhibitors and speakers hailed Packaging Innovations, Luxury Packaging and ADF London’s return to London Olympia this September a huge success, as it celebrated its biggest and busiest edition to date.

Sappi, a leading global producer of packaging and speciality papers today reported it is again exhibiting at FachPack, scheduled for 25 to 27 September 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany. Sappi will be located in Hall 9, Stand 9-260 at the show. The trade show, with a focus on packaging, technology, finishing and logistics, is a key platform for the manufacturer of speciality papers and boards for presenting its innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to a broad European expert audience. Well-known brand owners, agencies, packaging manufacturers, printers and print finishers will be showcasing their latest products and solutions while also seeking new and innovative ideas.

CHILI publish, introduces a first novelty wave for its flagship solution CHILI publisher, the Universal Graphics Engine. The enhancements establish the solution as a new comparative benchmark in the VDP business segment. An Illustrator® plug-in fulfills a long-standing request from the packaging market. An overall performance increase within the software secures an impressive loading time for a faster and more direct time-to-market for companies looking to increase their conversion rates.

Ebro Color, a specialist in short-run cardboard packaging, chooses Fujifilm's Jet Press 720S as its first ever digital press investment.

Esko and Scodix, announce a collaboration to include Scodix packaging enhancement applications within the Esko Studio suite including, Scodix Foil™, Scodix Embossed Foil™, Scodix Sense™ for UV embossing and Scodix Spot™ for varnish applications. Scodix presses bring unrivalled and unique digital enhancements to printed materials for both commercial print and folding carton in a post-print process including multiple premium quality applications on one platform. Both the Scodix Ultra2 series and the Scodix E106 Digital Enhancement Press offer unmatched, high-quality capabilities, which enhance printed materials by layering polymers digitally onto printed products. These effects add value and help packaging stand out on the shelf in a highly competitive consumer market.

As the world’s population continues to grow, the expansion and importance of the packaging and label markets for the print industry also continues to increase. Every two years, the biennial Labelexpo Americas trade show features new products and technologies designed to connect the graphic arts with brands, marketing agencies, print buyers and consumers. This year, MGI and Konica Minolta (Booth #5721) will be highlighting the strength of their shared roll-fed digital Industrial Print solutions with the JETvarnish 3D Web embellishment and AccurioLabel 190 printing presses.

The Ghent Workgroup has designed a user-friendly interface to make it simpler for end users to easily navigate and find GWG settings within the most commonly used applications for professional publishing workflows. The application settings can be downloaded and installed from the GWG website. GWG settings are designed to help the user to automatically and properly create and check the quality and reliability of all PDF files.

With the acquisition of Canadian Ultra Inks Inc. (Encres Ultra Inc.), Siegwerk further expands its Canadian business while strengthening its local service, infrastructure and portfolio for label and packaging printers.

The label industry has continued to face the challenges of producing more labels faster—but in shorter runs. This has resulted in lead-time pressure and the growing complexity of workflows supporting the need for greater efficiencies. At the center is the need for supply chain partners to help brand owners build engaging, omnichannel, go-to-market campaigns, with labeled products at the core of the workflow. It requires Esko’s seamless ‘Packaging Connected’ vision, linking Esko’s broad portfolio of label production technologies with a wide range of industry partners to assure ‘best-in-class’ solutions. This is no better exemplified than Esko’s presence at many booths at Labelexpo Americas 2018.

For brands and retailers, packaging is an important part of their consumers’ experience. Luxury packaging has the ability to distinguish the products that sit within, while reinforcing a brand’s identity and character. To support customers with delivering inspirational and memorable packaging solutions, Antalis will be at stand G64 of the Olympia London from 12-13 September 2018 to offer visitors expert advice in choosing the best material solutions.

Scodix announced the sale of the first E106 system in North America to TPC Printing & Packaging. The installation is planned for November 2018, replacing the UltraPro with Foil TPC Packaging installed in May 2017.

The exceptional versatility and user-friendliness of the 8910 CIJ printer from Linx Printing Technologies is delivering increased efficiency and convenience for Glowcroft Contract Packing. The company is also benefiting from Linx’s newly launched Printernet service, which enables it to remotely monitor and control the Linx 8910.

Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H), leader in machinery and systems for the manufacturing and converting of flexible packaging, is developing its first digital, single-pass press for flexible packaging using Xaar 5601 printheads. The printhead was selected as a result of successful performance tests conducted over several months last year.

Matthews International’s subsidiary SGK, the leading global brand development, activation, and deployment company, has chosen its partner for the future. HYBRID Software and its CLOUDFLOW workflow solution will be used by SGK facilities worldwide. Earlier this year, SGK installed more than 400 seats of HYBRID’s PACKZ PDF editor in their production facilities while performing an extensive pilot program, code-named “Shockwave”, which tested PROOFSCOPE and CLOUDFLOW for live automated production in selected facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. After more than 12 months of dedicated effort by SGK and HYBRID, the pilot program was a huge success and PROOFSCOPE and CLOUDFLOW have now been deployed for live production worldwide.

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of packaging and speciality papers and boards, today reported that it is exhibiting for the first time at LUXE PACK Monaco, scheduled for 1 to 3 October 2018 at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum. At the show, Sappi will be located in the Diaghilev Hall 9, Stand DG26. For more than 30 years, the world’s most prestigious brands have gathered at LUXE PACK Monaco to learn about advances in innovative packaging for luxury products.

Reflecting The Print Show 2018 theme ‘Energise Your Business’, Xeikon will highlight and demonstrate a wide range of exceptional print production capabilities for commercial print, labels and packaging sectors. The company focus will be on customer engagement to discuss and present the greatest possibilities and synergies of its digital print production solutions that continue to be expanded under Flint Group’s ownership.

Brands and suppliers in the packaging, sign and display supply chains face many challenges in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive marketplace. Esko can help: During this series of five seminars attendees will receive a wealth of new ideas and approaches for the future of their businesses.

Kodak announced it has begun a process to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division. The company has engaged UBS Investment Bank as its financial adviser for the transaction.

With the end of the summer months set to kick off the Christmas retail period, Antalis is encouraging office dealers to make the most of the seasonal peak to unlock new opportunities in packaging.

In a land rich with ancient culture and history, the Israeli printing industry has always been a leading force for adopting new advanced technology. That trend was recently confirmed when a trio of the country’s foremost service providers implemented three different new MGI JETvarnish 3D digital embellishment presses in the packaging, label, commercial print and trade finishing market sectors.

Continuing on its mission to help customers perfect their packaging materials and procedures, Antalis has opened a new flagship Smart Packaging Centre at the company’s head office in Coalville, as part of ongoing expansion plans for its burgeoning bespoke packaging solutions and services.

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