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Uflex transforms tortilla chips’ packaging for Whole Foods

India’s flexible packaging firm Uflex has developed a new pouch for Whole Foods Market’s tortilla chips.

The pouch has three layers – 12.5 micron coated polyester, 18 micron BOPP treated on both sides and 35 micron polyethylene. The packaging structure is that of a 3D flat bottom pouch.

The pouch is reverse printed and the same machine has the facility of carrying out registered top coating either in matte or gloss thereby rendering a transparent window. To impart a paper like organic look, a special registered matte coating was applied on the glossy polyester film. A concealed press-to-close (PTC) pocket zipper has been provided on the front panel of the 3D pouch for reclosing with a perforated strip for easy opening. The new packaging offers shelf life of tortilla chips increased to 90 days.

Five panels provide room for 360 degree branding.

Talking about the new packaging for Whole Foods Market, Anup Sachdeva, Joint President, Packaging, Global Exports at Uflex said: ‘Earlier in December, especially for the Christmas Season, we dispatched one million new pouches to the co-packer by air. The new pouches are now on the retail shelves and I understand from the client that the response has been terrific. The matte finished paper-like pouch perfectly lives up to the image and ethos of the organic food packed inside.

‘More importantly the inks that we have used in the converting process are toluene and MEK-free, further emboldening the brand image in the organic space. Consumers are quite appreciating the PTC zipper on the front panel for the great convenience that it brings.

‘We are getting more enquiries from tortilla and other snacks brands in the US that are still using conventional paper packaging. We are very hopeful of more business transactions fructifying in the near future.’

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Print Square Installs Lombardi Synchroline 330 & VINSAK LSR 330



VINSAK has recently installed Lombardi Synchroline UV Flexo Press with VINSAK LSR- Slitter and Rewinder at Print Square, Libaspur, Delhi.

S K Aggarwal, Director at Print Square, said that Print Square, which catered to major clients from the pharma segment, was looking to enter the label printing business and provide more solution to its clients. “We wanted to include a flexoPress at our factory. So, we decided to go for Lombardi Synchroline 330 based on positive reviews from the market.”

The Synchroline 330 is an eight-colour UV flexo press. The machine is equipped with a pre-registered system, a Corona treatment unit; a Lombardi patented Air Blade System (ABS), and servo motors on each of the printing as well as die-cutting units of the press.

The Synchroline with Vinsak LSR 330 will act as a complete flexo solution for both label printing and finishing, said Agarwal. “The Synchroline will be used for label printing with lamination and gold foiling; Vinsak LSR 330 will be used for slitting and rewinding of printed labels while the EyeC 100% Inspection system will give added advantage to detect faulty labels.”

Massimo Lombardi, Director of Italian label press manufacturer Lombardi Converting Machinery credited Vinsak for the success of installing the third Lombardi Synchroline in India with a span of 18 months. He added “Synchroline 330 is our next-generation full servo UV flexo press and it is getting popular because of precision and ease of use.”

Neeraj Sharma, executive director at Vinsak, said, “It’s a good investment for Print Square considering Synchrolineflexo press with LSR to enter into flexography market. Print Square will definitely reap fruits from this investment as the huge flexo market is there to be captured in India.”

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Uflex Launches Direct UV Offset-Printable PET film

UV offset printing on non-absorptive surfaces is getting popular by the days. It gives an ultimate packaging solution for Board Lamination and Decorative Printing. The challenge in this segment, however, remains the availability of right kind of substrate where direct printing can be done without any primer/ treatment.

This is because liquids do not wet surfaces with free energies lower than their surface tension. On the contrary, an extremely high surface free energy as compared to the surface tension of the ink will also result in poor wetting and adhesion. Therefore according to printing industry experts, for best wetting and ink adhesion on to non-absorptive surfaces the ‘dyne level’ or the surface free energy of the substrate should be about 10 dynes above the surface tension of the ink.

Unfortunately many polymeric substrates have the too low surface energy required for good printing and ink adhesion and therefore the substrate has to be remedially modified in order to make it printable.

This modification is usually done with an adjustable corona treatment or by applying a suitable primer coating. Corona treatment is fast and relatively inexpensive, but surface dyne levels are susceptible to loss or decay during prolonged storage and upon contact with some fountain solutions. Precautions must be taken to obtain a uniform dyne level that is not too high. Corona treatments can at times also dramatically increase troublesome static charges in the material treated. Therefore to avoid this, primer coatings that adhere to both the substrate and to the subsequently applied inks are used. This, as one could well imagine, is an elaborate and time-consuming process that has been posing further challenges for the convertors.

With this problem statement at hand, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex Limited has engineered a specialty polyester film F-UVC film which is suitable for direct UV offset printing without requiring any primer/ treatment. The film is available in both bare transparent and metallized variants, where the un-metallized side is used for UV offset printing and UV curing. The metallized polyester film i.e. FLEXMETPROTECTTM (F-UVC-M) is available in optical density ranging from 1.4 to 2.2. The wide range of optical densities gives choice to the customer to use the product for the diverse range of applications. The metal bond between the metal and the film is 130-180 gms/25mm.

There are several benefits of Direct UV Offset Printable PET Film:

  • It is suitable for direct surface printing without primer/ corona treatment;
  • The lead time is minimum at convertors’ end;
  • Yields excellent print results, high gloss and clarity with high quality resolution for pictures and half tone jobs with good scuffing resistance;
  • It is suitable for high speed machines and is versatile, tear proof and crack resistant;
  • It offers excellent smoothness, flatness and ink adhesion.

J.K. Sharma, AGM, Technical Service and New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited highlighting the benefits of the Direct UV Offset Printable PET Film said, “Primer coating for rendering the films printable is a cumbersome and time consuming exercise at the Convertors’ end. The coating machine is a big capital investment in itself. Therefore with this new innovation by Uflex, the convertors can heave a sigh of relief. Not only does the film increase operational efficiencies of convertors but also restricts their capital expenditure.”

Pramod Sirsamkar, President – Technical & New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited said, “This is a great product for UV curable offset printing giving excellent scuff resistance, adding value for both the customer and the end user. The demand for this film is very encouraging.”

Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited expressing delight at the new launch said, “Our feedback loop in the global market is very strong. We are always in touch with our clients globally and are promptly responsive to their needs. Convertors had been facing difficulties with primer coating of the films as it takes a lot of time. This had been impeding their productivity. I am happy that the team at Uflex addressed the pain point of convertors by engineering the UV Offset Printable PET Film, which now permits surface printing without any treatment.”

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Stefan König to be Appointed President of Bosch Packaging Technology

Dr. Stefan König will become President of Bosch Packaging Technology on 1 January 2017. Dr. König holds a PhD in data mining and has been a member of the executive management since 2011. He oversees technology (comprising engineering, manufacturing, and quality), the confectionery and food, and liquid food business units, as well as assembly systems and special machinery. Dr. König will succeed Friedbert Klefenz, who is set to retire from Bosch Packaging Technology on 30 June 2017.  Klefenz will provide consulting to Bosch until his retirement.

Upon joining the Bosch Group in 1998,  Klefenz assumed leadership of the Pharma Liquid product group at Bosch Packaging Technology. He has been president of Bosch Packaging Technology since April 2002. “Friedbert Klefenz has played a key role for years in advancing Bosch Packaging Technology as a leading provider of packaging and process technology. He has also helped make the division more international. We want to thank  Klefenz for his years of commitment to the company. We also wish Dr. König great success in continuing his predecessor’s great work,” said Dr. Werner Struth, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Dr. König, who has been associated with Bosch since 1997, has held various positions, including a stint in the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector. In 2009, Dr. König transferred to the Bosch Packaging Technology division, where he initially oversaw the Assembly Systems and Special Machinery business unit.

Uwe Harbauer will join the executive management of Bosch Packaging Technology as in charge of sales on 1 January 2017. A mechanical engineer, Harbauer has worked for Bosch Packaging Technology at various sites in Germany and Switzerland since 2000. He will retain his current position as management spokesman for Bosch Packaging Technology’s pharma business unit.

Meanwhile, Klaus Albeck will continue to be the member of the executive management responsible for finance and administration as well as IT coordination.

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Manjushree Technopack acquires Varahi

Manjushree Technopack Limited, a Bengaluru-based plastic manufacturer has acquired Delhi-based rival to get access to a base in Northeast and making it the largest supplier of rigid plastic packaging products in the country.

The acquisition will get it access to 100 new customers including Dabur, Patanjali and SC Johnson and expand its revenue to over Rs 800 crore, the firm said in a statement. Manjushree did not disclose the cost of the acquisition.
With this, Manjushree — whose clients include Coca- Cola, Nestle, PepsiCo and GSK — who is also the maker of Horlicks will have eight units taking its total production capacity of 4 billion units per annum by January.
The 45-year firm builds packaging solutions for FMCG, beverages and pharmaceuticals companies. Its manufacturing units are located in Noida, Baddi and Pantnagar with a combined production capacity of 20,000 metric tonnes.
“This is a significant milestone for Manjushree as it marks our first strategic investment towards industry consolidation. We were impressed by their manufacturing capabilities. With this acquisition, Manjushree gets a solid foothold in North India and cross-selling products of between Manjushree and Varahi’s customers will give us a huge positive growth. Our aim is to become a 360-degree rigid packaging solutions provider for brands across India and this gives us an impetus to serve our existing and new clients with world-class packaging solutions,” said, Vimal Kedia, Managing Director, Manjushree Technopack Ltd.
Manjushree expects to boost its sales by gaining access to registered designs and patents filed by Varahi. The Bangalore-based company currently owns over 100 registered designs and patents, which will allow it to produce containers from 5ml to 20 litres, in over 1,000 different shapes, sizes and designs.
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Pamex 2017 edition set to grow atleast 50 percent BIGGER!!

Building on the incredible success of last edition, Pamex is all set to raise the bar in 2017,
5500 sqm already booked a year ahead the Show.

Pamex is organized by All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) in association with
Print- Packaging. Com (P) Ltd. Previous year the Show witnessed copious trades, over 300 exhibitors and 20441 trade visitors setting new trends in Print Industry. The next edition, Pamex 2017 will be happening at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai from 18 to 21 December, 2017.

Industry titans like Insight Communication & Print Solution India Pvt. Ltd., Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt.Ltd., P S Graphics, Pratham Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Excel Machinery (Guj) Pvt. Ltd., Monotech Systems Ltd., TechNova Imaging Systems Pvt Ltd., Techno Graphic Services India Pvt. Ltd., Megabound (India) Pvt. Ltd., FujiFilm India Pvt. Ltd., Provin Technos Pvt. Ltd. have booked as much as larger space to display their machines and give trade visitors a hands-on experience of latest technology.

Other exhibitors to showcase solutions for all printing and printing related needs are Alpna Visual Packaging Aids,Manroland Web Systems Inc., APL Machinery (P) Ltd, Dongguan Hongming Machinery Co. Ltd., MLM Papers, A S Print Aids (P) Ltd. / Capital Graphic Supplies, Paper Bind International PTE Ltd, S Kumar Multi Products Pvt. Ltd., Sahil Graphics, Chemline India (P) Ltd, Vallava Graphic Machinery Company, Advanced Graphic Systems, Mehta Cad Cam Systems Pvt. Ltd., Stallion Innovative Machines.

“The upward trend, affordable technology and digital innovations have revolutionalized the print industry in recent years. In such exciting times Pamex’17 will give that extra boost to the industry, benefiting the manufacturers of machines, printers and the end users.”  said Tushar Dhote, Chairman of Pamex Organizing Committee.

“Pamex is set to grow atleast 50% over the 2015 edition in terms of exhibitor space. The prodigious success of previous edition is reason behind enormous bookings a year ahead the show. It should attract twice the visitors.  We can see phenomenal enthusiasm among people from the industry who are eagerly looking forward to it. Not only the old participants but many new companies are signing up. Pamex is extensively promoted in neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China and UAE to enhance the international characteristics of the event.  Pamex’ 17 will have more launches and latest technology on display, offering more business opportunities.” said Neetu Arora, Director of (P) Ltd.

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MagnaColours Launches New Discharge Range

MagnaColours Ltd, a supplier of water-based textile inks, has released a new range of formaldehyde-free discharge bases. In a Magna patented concept, they have developed a formaldehyde-free method of discharge printing, whilst promoting wash-durability, a key requirement for brands.

As a company that exclusively provides water-based, environmentally sustainable alternatives for the textile screen-printing industry, this marks another triumph for screen printers and brands alike. The range creates bold, bright and beautiful discharge effects, using a formaldehyde-free method, with no compromise on quality, nor does the garment need to be washed after curing.

“There was a demand from manufacturers to effectively print onto dark materials using discharge techniques, without having to use formaldehyde products,” said Tom Abbey, Magna Colours Managing Director. “As the leading producer of water-based inks, this was something we were perfectly placed to do. It was a long standing idea in the industry that water-based inks could not achieve the same results as those containing formaldehyde, but we’ve provided an outstanding solution, once again.”

While wanting to eliminate the use of formaldehyde, another key requirement was wash durability to prevent fading. To meet the toughest demand, Magna developed MagnaPrint Discharge Fastness Enhancer. They have provide a solution to an industry problem, helping brands to provide safe, environmentally friendly, durable, high quality products for their customers.

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Esko Makes New Appointment for South Asia

arnabESKO has appointed Arnab Maiti as Sales Director, South Asia. Newly appointed Arnab will head the current Esko South Asia sales team and will be based out of Mumbai (India).

Prior to his current position, Arnab spent nearly 15 years in Kodak serving across various regional and national sales and business management roles. With diverse experience of selling capital equipment, software solutions and consumables, Arnab has worked all over India and its neighbouring geographies.

His strengths lie in direct and indirect sales, strategic management, deep technical acumen, interpersonal skills and leading and development of diverse teams.

A printing engineer from Jadavpur University, Arnab pursued his post-graduate studies in Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.


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Konica Minolta launches bizhub PRESS C71cf in India

Konica Minolta has forayed into the high potential industrial printing segment in India with the launch of bizhub PRESS C71cf printing machine.

Bizhub PRESS C71cf is targeted as an optimum printing solution for small and medium size businesses in the label and packaging segment.

According to company officials, the machine which uses the Konica Minolta’s dry toner technology is an end to end printing solution for mid-range businesses operating in the label printing segment with varied requirements.

The machine offers printing resolution of 1200 dots per inch (dpi), equivalent to 3600 dpi *1200dpi/8bit and prints images with a maximum size of 1195×320 mm.

Company is of the view that the major challenge upfront the digital printing segment is the lack of computer literate, IT proficient and internet savvy business professionals in the industrial printing domain. Hence, the new digital printing solutions have been tailored considering this challenge and offer ease of use features.


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Ardagh Launches 3D Design Studio For its Customers

Ardagh’s  latest innovation is a free design service that enables its customers to convert 2D artwork into 3D models, is streamlining a process that can often cause inconvenient and costly delays when developing new packaging designs or making modifications to existing packaging.

Ardagh’s new online 3D Studio service is user friendly and free of charge for Ardagh customers. Without having to invest in additional 3D design software, design or packaging development departments can download a 3D model including their artwork from the 3D studio within a matter of minutes. Ardagh’s main product portfolio has been made available in the 3D library and new formats are added continuously.

The ability to visualise artwork in the form of a 3D model at the very early stage of the packaging development will facilitate discussions with marketing and production colleagues, resulting in a much swifter decision making process.

“Delays at the early stage of any new development can be avoided by various departments having access to a 3D visualisation of shape, shelf appeal or functionality of a design”, explains Martin de Olde, Marketing Manager Metal Europe at Ardagh’s Food & Speciality division.

He adds: “With Ardagh’s 3D Studio you can access 24/7 and in real-time as many versions of a design as you want at the touch of a button. This represents a very powerful tool in anydiscussion with colleagues and markets, with potentially significant savings on launch timelines.”