Marie Dalgar, Yuesai, Pechoin, Marubi and Suntory are just some of the leading packaging designers and international brands taking to the stage at ADF&PCD Shanghai as part of its hotly anticipated Pentawards Conference.

Label&Print, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019, will offer visitors an exclusive look at the future of the industry, showcasing the very latest products, services and technologies available to the packaging community. From leading sellers and manufacturers of print and labelling equipment, through to designing, branding and finishing experts, it is the must attend event in any packaging professional’s calendar.

Kyiv Cardboard and Paper Mill PJSC is an important player in the global packaging market. For their prototyping operations, the company recently invested in Zünd digital cutting technology. The move to digital cutting has resulted in significantly shorter development times, and the quality of the prototypes is now indistinguishable from that of the subsequently manufactured products.

Amid predictions that 2019 is set to be a challenging time for many UK businesses, leading packaging solutions supplier Antalis has revealed that improving the impact that packaging and packing is having on warehouse operations and transport logistics, whilst adopting eco-friendly solutions will be the key trends in the year ahead.

Premium Color Group is meeting surging demand for new business and its custom packaging line with high-end LED digital inkjet technology from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII). The Carlstadt, New Jersey-based company has installed an EFI™ VUTEk® LX3 Pro hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll LED inkjet printer that will significantly increase the company’s responsiveness and capabilities supporting PCG’s growing business.

The third edition of the Box in Box by Leonhard Kurz has been awarded the title "Special Mention" at the German Design Award 2019. The Box in Box is a sample collection of elaborately refined design boxes, which is published as an inspiration for creative packaging design.

Coca-Cola, Marks & Spencer, Iceland and Innocent Drinks are just some of the major names taking to the stage as part of Packaging Innovations, Label&Print and Empack 2019’s exclusive seminar programme.

Registration is now open for Gulf Print & Pack 2019, the Middle East’s leading trade show for the commercial and package printing sector. Returning to the World Trade Centre in Dubai, many of the industry’s leading manufacturers and a number of first time exhibitors have already seized the opportunity to exhibit at the show.

INX International Ink Co. has a solution for brand owners and food packaging providers looking for safe and sustainable alternatives with natural-based inks. INXhrc® offers a number of advantages that reduce regulatory risk for brand owners and printers and improves production efficiencies for printers and converters.

Idealliance in partnership with Agfa Graphics, will host G7 Training at Agfa Graphics’ Technology Center in Mortsel, Belgium, near Antwerp. Attend training and earn certification as a leader in printing, packaging, and color management.

With a record number of unwanted Christmas gifts expected to be returned in the first week of January, Antalis Packaging is advising retailers to overhaul their returns processes as the simplest way to cut the crippling costs presented by rising numbers of New Year’s returners.

Standwill Packaging in Long Island, New York, has invested in a Durst Tau 330 RSC UV inkjet digital label press in a move that Paul Standwill, the company’s Vice-President, says best meets the needs of customers.

Beams International says it 'felt like a bit of a guinea pig' when one of Europe's first Roland DG VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter systems was installed at its UK HQ in 2010. But eight years on, the packaging expert is using the same VersaUV LEC to print high-quality mock-ups for Christmas 2019.

Komori Corporation and Siegwerk launched their revolutionary high sensitivity K-Supply UV inks, setting new standards for consistent color print quality, versatility, hardness and eco-friendly performance.

Wallace Carlson Printing--a full-service commercial/packaging printer in Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA--recently received two silver awards in the 2018 Printing Impressions Gold Ink Awards competition. The winning entries--Merry-Go-Round Self Promotion in the Packaging and Folding Carton category, and Color Chrome M/FX Swatchbook in the Sample Books and Swatchbooks category--were both produced using the Color-Logic metallic color process. Announcing the awards, Wallace Carlson COO Charlie Cox said: "The outstanding metallic special effects made possible with our Color-Logic software simply wowed the awards judges--just as they wow our clients and bring in profitable new business. Licensing the Color-Logic process is one of the best procurement moves Wallace Carson has made in a long time."

Industrial Pack, the UK’s only dedicated show for industrial, transit and protective packaging, is set to make its debut alongside Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print at Birmingham’s NEC on 27 & 28 February 2019.

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has created a new landing page and published a new White Paper focusing on Packaging and Label production. This follows the recent announcement of a new ISO Standard 19593-1. The paper reviews today's trends, while the landing page includes discussion with leading players regarding the growth of the packaging sector and the upsurge in specialist and unique applications. It also reviews the development of digitization for printing and packaging technologies and processes. It focuses on GWG's work with packaging production specifications to date and the opportunities for the future of the entire packaging pre-production workflow.

The organizer of Labelexpo India is pleased to report its 6th edition of Labelexpo India, which took place at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida from 22 to 25 November 2018, was its largest show to date in the region. A total of 9,851 visitors from 55 countries passed through its doors over the four days of the show, 22.7 percent more than in its last edition in 2016 and the biggest visitor increase to date.

During its world Congress, held last month in Amsterdam, both the AIPIA President and its Chief Executive emphasized that the AIPIA (Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association) message has changed emphatically during 2018. No longer are we talking about ‘How it Works’, said Dick de Koning in his presidential opening address, it is now all about ‘What it can do for the Brand Owners’ he proclaimed.

The Onset X3, a full-bed wide format UV inkjet flatbed printer provides more opportunities at Southern Carton, a family owned and operated third generation solutions company specializing in packaging, based in Lewisburg, Tennessee.

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) is highlighting its complete and unrivalled portfolio of advanced corrugated packaging production technologies at this week's All4Pack tradeshow in Paris, including the launch of new print modes for the EFI™ Nozomi C18000 - the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet corrugated board press that is helping many of the world's leading packaging companies thrive with high-graphic, direct-to-board digital printing. EFI's exhibit in Hall 6, Stand L125 at the packaging event highlights the complete EFI portfolio of print and workflow solutions for advanced, integrated and automated corrugated production.

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