PrintCity: Excellent Results from the Production of the Real Life Samples

The sample folding cartons created in the framework of the Real Life Sample project exceed all expectations. The visitors to the first Packaging Inspiration Forum and the participating companies are highly satisfied with the results of production in Weiden.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate the interplay of design, form and finishing on the basis of a realistic example, produced by means of highly flexible and economical inline production involving various printing and finishing technologies.

The samples were produced on a Gallus ICS 670 in Weiden.

Efficient inline production

The modular machine used for this purpose was equipped with 7 EVA (Easy Value Add) platforms including 5 flexo modules, a cold-foil module and a hot-foil stamping module, inline cutter, inline die-cutting and embossing station, inline waste stripping station, and delivery unit. Intended for use as food-safe secondary packagings for chocolate, two different designs with a high degree of finishing were each produced in two different finishing versions, as mixed forms on two different substrates. In each case, a holographic cold-foil, two different hot-foils, two pigment coatings, UV gloss and haptic soft dispersion coatings were applied in a single pass, with various blind embossing, die-cutting and creasing ...

Company Folders, Inc. Announces Launch of First-of-Kind Folder Design Gallery

Easy-to-use platform bridges gap between designers and clients

Keego Harbor, MI – Company Folders, Inc. has announced the launch of a new folder design gallery on its website at

This collection of printed presentation folder designs is aimed to provide graphic designers and folder purchasers with fresh ideas and inspiration, as well as encourage collaboration between them.

“Customers who lack graphic design experience often have trouble creating folder artwork that truly represents their brand,” said Company Folders, Inc. CEO Vladimir Gendelman. “Likewise, after years working with professional graphic artists, we know plenty struggle with gaining new exposure and new clients. Our new folder design gallery is geared toward solving both of these issues with a single easy-to-use platform.”

Currently, the online showcase contains over 240 unique designs created by a wide range of graphic artists and organized by various categories. Users can sort by industry (such as real estate, finance and insurance or manufacturing), by design style (including bold, retro, classic and more), or by imprint method. This makes it easy for small business owners ...

PolyIC Presents Innovative Applications for Thin, Integrated Control Elements at LOPE-C 2013

PolyIC presents a touch demonstrator for automotive control elements at LOPE-C. PolyIC furthermore presents new application samples of the transparent conductive PolyTC® films and demonstrates how printed electronics can be integrated into packaging.

LOPE-C is the most important international conference and exhibition for the organic and printed electronics sector. The exhibition takes place in the International Congress Center (ICM) in Munich from 12 – 13 June 2013. The conference starts one day earlier on 11 June 2013. For more information, go to:

PolyIC highlights the great importance LOPE-C has for the company and the entire industry in its role as gold sponsor again this year. PolyIC presents innovations and applications for various products, especially from the automotive and white goods sector.

The "Centerstack Air" demonstrator is a novelty. This demonstrator shows the use of PolyTC® touch sensor film for control elements in the centerstack in automotive applications. As the name "Centerstack Air" already suggests, the demonstrator contains two ventilation elements which are controlled by the demonstrator's touch wheel. The predecessor of this demonstrator was already introduced with great success at the Fakuma Exhibition in October 2012. It was produced in cooperation with PolyIC's parent company, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG, and with other par ...

PrintCity: Successful Packaging Inspiration Forum of the PrintCity Alliance

The visitors to the two-day Packaging Inspiration Forum were highly satisfied with the way the event went. The exchange of experience and information on the industry's "hot topics" between brand owners, creative workers, folding-carton manufacturers and suppliers will be continued in further events.

At the Forum in Düsseldorf on 24 and 25 April, some 90 experts from the packaging industry discussed current topics and let themselves be inspired by keynote presentations. The focus was mainly on the subjects of finishing, brand protection, packaging management and digital printing for the packaging industry.

"For me, as a packaging designer, the event was so interesting because it gave me exhaustive information in a short time on technical innovations in printing processes and special finishing techniques," sums up Kirsten Herb-Gorissen from the Gorissen design agency. "There was a great variety of speakers, and the open-minded exchange between the experts gave me a good overview of the opportunities and difficulties of individual process phases. I particularly liked the presentation by Ms. von Buch, because it made it clear to me that producers, traders and we, as designers, have a responsibility towards the consumer - and that we have to do justice to this responsibility. That should be reflected in our work."


PrintCity: High-end finishing of folding cartons in efficient inline-production

As part of the Value Added Packaging Initiative, the members and partners of the PrintCity Alliance are launching a new project entitled "Real Life Sample".

The successful presentation of the VAPack sample folder at drupa 2012 is now being followed by a continuation focusing on new production technologies.

Gravure, screen and flexo printing, conventional (also food approved) and UV, digital printing, hot and cold foil application, embossing and debossing, Iriodine and numerous coating versions are the parameters of the project.

"The aim of this project is to give a realistic demonstration of how high-end finishing, creative shapes and forms, design and packing technology interact in the packaging sector and make a decisive contribution to brand-building, positioning and value added. An extremely flexible production system, an innovative and visually very striking folding-carton design, and collaboration with a leading folding-carton manufacturer like AR Carton, open up new worlds," says Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager Rigid Packaging at Sappi Alfeld GmbH. ...

Sappi to Participate in the Packaging Inspiration Forum

At the PrintCity-sponsored event, Sappi Fine Paper Europe will focus on creating added value in the packaging supply chain and demonstrating complete packaging concepts in their best light

Taking a look at the bigger picture and bringing home new ideas: this is the goal for attendees at the Packaging Inspiration Forum on the 24th and 25th of April at the Renaissance Hotel Düsseldorf. The event will be addressing a German speaking audience only. It is presented by the member companies of the PrintCity Alliance, including Sappi, is designed to promote the exchange of information and knowledge among everyone involved in the packaging supply chain. Brand owners, designers, printers and converters will learn about the technologies, substrates and finishing solutions that are available today for the development and production of value-added packaging, and discover how those processes can be optimised through the entire value chain.

Sophisticated Finishing Equals Greater Shelf Appeal
From Sappi's perspective, one of the key issues the company is continually addressing through its research and development efforts is the ever-increasing demand on substrates, especially the bright white virgin fibres cartonboard grades for which Sappi is known in the market, and the high quality and versatile printing and finishing opti ...

manroland web systems: Executive Vice President Peter Kuisle leaves manroland web systems

Peter Kuisle, Member of the Executive Board leaves manroland web systems GmbH by March 31, 2013.

Kuisle has been responsible for Sales, Service, and Marketing and has been Managing Director of Eurografica GmbH for many years. He will take a new professional challenge. “The Executive Board and the staff members would like to thank Peter Kuisle for his commitment and active support in our successful business development,“ says Managing Director Eckhard Hoerner-Marass.

In the future, Hoerner-Marass will take over the responsibility for Sales, Service, and Marketing.

The manroland web systems group has achieved a positive result in the short fiscal year 2012. The company has re-organized its web offset business and plans a significant increase in turnover and profit for the year 2013. ...

New SENOSOFT® MATT COATING with a tactile experience from WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH

Improved formulation for an even more noticeable effect

The WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH starts the year with a completely newly developed formulation of its SENOSOFT® WB MATT COATING. This new coating not only improves the soft tactile effect, but also brings properties and values that are sure to increase a graphic designer’s heartbeat. It is so that the new SENOSOFT® WB coating reaches gloss values lower than 10 gloss points, differentiating it optically from other matt coatings. Furthermore, despite its soft and velvety surface it is also suited for hot foil stamping applications and can be spot-coated with UV lacquers. The scratch resistance was improved and reaches very good values for a matt coating. It is likewise possible to use it on double sided applications as well as on many finishing procedures thanks to its safe blocking resistance.

Through the addition of a special hardening additive it can even be used over glossy OPP films or metalized PET laminated board and at the same time improve its resistance to chemicals. ...

manroland web systems: Integrated Inkjet for Germany

After a development phase with manroland web systems, Axel Springer launches its business model nationwide

manroland web systems has received an order from Axel Springer AG for 19 additional Integrated Inkjet installations. The publishing house has decided to equip its newspaper presses with inkjet imprint systems at all German sites.

Integrated Inkjet, the application for variable-data imprinting in newspaper production, is on its way to becoming a true broad-based solution. manroland web systems is at the forefront of this development with the company’s Integrated Inkjet technology; Axel Springer AG is its first pilot user. The Berlin-based media conglomerate will now equip all of its newspaper presses with a total of 33 inkjet installations. manroland web systems will integrate the majority, a total of 23 units including previous orders, in existing press equipment at nine Springer printing sites. This order marks a crowning achievement in a successful development partnership, as Anton Hamm, Vice President Service and printcom at manroland web systems, explains: “We are so pleased to have come this far in our partnership with Axel Springer. By working together, we were able to develop the ideal inkjet solu ...

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH – new distribution partner in Iran

Morakab Naghsh Afarin Mfg (PJS) is the new distribution partner of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH

During a lacquer training in course of a visit of the Iranian Company Morakab Naghsh Afarin Mfg (PJS) at the main site of WEILBURGER Graphics in Gerhardshofen, a contractual collaboration regarding the distribution of the products of WEILBURGER Graphics in Iran was agreed.

The Iranian company was represented by the Managing Director Mr. Reza Amini and the Technical Manager Mr. Mohsen Amini Najafian. The main office of Morakab Naghsh Afarin Mfg (PJS) is based in Teheran and there is a further branch 120 km apart from Teheran. The company has been active in the graphics industry for more than 10 years and its focus is based on the distribution of high quality products for almost all printing processes. All employees dispose of a high technical expertise and market knowledge.

Mr. Arno Dürr, Sales Manager of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, about the new distribution partner: “During my visit in Teheran a few weeks ago I noticed that especially the packaging industry in Iran is experiencing a steep development. Western Standards are more and more chosen as a reference for proprietary products and the brand owner ...