Designed for CPG and Life Sciences brands and marking the 30th anniversary of the global event, EskoWorld 2021 virtual brand conference will be held on May 19th and 20th. With two half days of presentations and discussions with leading brands and industry experts, the event is set to showcase the latest market trends and support packaging executives on their digital transformation journey.

Esko has today (April 6th) launched the latest generation of its award-winning native PDF editor for packaging and label prepress, ArtPro+. With a new Variable Data Printing module and full integration with HELL gravure equipment, the latest version of the market-leading software delivers a further boost to prepress operational excellence.

Every day, Graphic Display World receives press releases from manufacturers describing their latest products. One of those companies is Color-Logic. The Color-Logic products address metallic printing and embellishments—areas that are increasingly popular among designers. So, we decided we needed to learn more about Color-Logic and its products.

CMYUK has been appointed as the UK go-to-market partner for Highcon Systems Ltd, the leader in digital die cutting and creasing for the folding carton and corrugated converting industry.

Esko has today (29 March) unveiled a major new release of its market-leading Automation Engine workflow solution, packed with new capabilities and for the first time available as a Software-as-a-Service (‘SaaS’).

Jackson Paper Manufacturing Co., a leading US corrugated board provider, is expanding operations with the launch of digital printing services on the industrial-grade HP PageWide C500 digital press, as it expands its sustainable corrugated range of products.

Pentawards, the leading network dedicated to recognising global packaging design excellence, is excited to announce its first ever Sustainable Design jury panel. The five sustainability experts have been selected from across the branding and packaging industries and will have the important task of judging Pentawards’ new Sustainable Design category.

Esko has announced that registration for its annual technology showcase, EskoWorld, is now open – with a packed agenda for this year’s week-long virtual event.

Durst Group, manufacturer of future-oriented digital printing and production technologies, is restructuring its successful Label & Flexible Packaging segment. The current Segment Manager Helmuth Munter will retire at the end of 2021 after more than 40 years with the company. He will be succeeded in the role of Global Sales Manager Label & Flexible Packaging by Thomas Macina. The native of South Tyrol comes from HP Indigo, where he was most recently Labels Business Manager EMEA in Barcelona.

Italian ink manufacturer JK Group has unveiled a number of new initiatives that see it supporting a trend towards improved sustainability in the wake of the pandemic. The Dover Digital Printing company has developed a new way of packaging its reactive inks to reduce its environmental footprint, while at the same time has announced extended shelf life across all of its ink ranges.

Ranpak Holdings Corp. (“Ranpak”) (NYSE: PACK), a global leader of environmentally sustainable, paper-based packaging solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, today announced that all of its European manufacturing facilities have obtained a Chain of Custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) and that, going forward, packaging products produced by Ranpak for the European, Middle East and Asia-Pacific markets will be FSC certified. The designation further solidifies the company’s mission to ‘Deliver a Better World™’.

In order to accelerate the growth of the global inkjet business, FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants, Inc. (Newcastle, Delaware, USA, hereinafter referred to as FFIC Inc.), a U.S. subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation will construct a new production plant for pigment dispersions, which is a colorant for water-based pigment inkjet inks. Construction will start in April 2021 and is scheduled for completion by 2022. The investment for this construction is approximately 19 million USD.

The BoxMaker, a leading Pacific Northwest manufacturer of corrugated packaging, broke ground on a new production plant in Lowell, Arkansas on March 16th, 2021 as part of a multi-million-dollar investment to effectively address growing demand across the country for digitally produced packaging and displays.

Leader in integrated software and hardware solutions, Esko, has partnered with UK-based supplier of high-quality and innovative products for cats and dogs, Making Pet Food Matters (‘MPM’) to streamline the MPM artwork process, introducing cost and time-saving benefits.

Based in the Kansas City suburb of New Century, Kansas, Stouse is a trade-only specialty print provider. It supplies applications such as labels, decals, magnets and signs to promotional products distributors, commercial printers and marketing and advertising agencies. The company opened its doors as a screen and flexographic printer in 1977 and has since grown into a market leader with 40+ years of consistent sales growth. At any point in time, there are some 3,000 active jobs in the shop.

Toppan Printing (Toppan) (TYO: 7911), a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has developed a more eco-friendly manufacturing method for offset printing that combines oil-based biomass ink with water-based varnish. ECOLUSTER is an addition to Toppan’s “SUSTAINABLE-VALUE™ Packaging” lineup, which is part of the recently launched “TOPPAN S-VALUE™ Packaging” range targeting added value for society and fulfilling living.

Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd., the parent company of the specialty chemicals manufacturing conglomerate Toyo Ink Group, and ITOCHU Corporation, a leading global trading house, have entered into a cooperative agreement to establish a plastic recycling scheme for the recovery and reuse of multilayer film packaging materials. Specifically, by using their respective technologies and vast business networks, the two firms will develop the materials technology needed to create real circularity of multilayer flexible packaging by making currently unrecyclable multilayer plastic packaging into a recyclable material by 2022. The collective goal is to boost the plastic material recycling rate to more than 40% in Japan and abroad. At present, the recycling rate in Japan is about 27%.

Esko, the global developer of integrated hardware and software solutions for the label, packaging and wide format print industries, has launched a new whitepaper – Cloud Freedom – delivering operational efficiency, data security and flexibility for print and packaging suppliers. This latest tool follows the successful launch of the company's Digital Maturity Model program in 2020 designed to help management teams meet the growing need to strategically address business digitization, automation and connection.

Labelexpo Europe will take place in April 2022, Labelexpo Americas in September 2022 and a new US Label Congress is announced for September 2021.

V-Shapes, an innovative supplier of vertically integrated products and services for convenient, hygienic and sustainable single-dose packaging, today reported that South African company EasyPack Packaging has acquired a V-Shapes ALPHA vertically integrated machine for the manufacture of single-dose sachets that can be opened with one gesture using one hand. In addition to producing hand sanitizer, the company also packages and exports food products, such as honey, peanut butter, grappa, olive oils – anything liquid to semi-solid.

V-Shapes, an innovative supplier of vertically integrated products and services for convenient, hygienic and sustainable single-dose packaging, today reported that it has partnered with TrojanLabel, an AstroNova Company, to integrate the TrojanLabel T2 high-volume digital inkjet press into its V-Shapes PRIME packaging machine. This integration delivers high quality 1600 dpi printing in-line on sachets using designed-for-recycling materials developed by V-Shapes and partners that can be printed using digital inkjet technology. The TrojanLabel T2 digital inkjet printer prints at an impressive speed of up to 12 inches per second with Memjet printheads.

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