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 ...

PrintCity: Packaging Inspiration Forum – Düsseldorf – April 24/25 – Save the Date Now...

The PrintCity Alliance invites Brand Owners, Designers, Printers and Converters to attend its new Packaging Inspiration Forum on April 24/25 in Düsseldorf. Focused on Value Added Packaging (VAP) and the knowledge that ‘VAP Sells’, the event will have speakers from top organisations in the packaging industry. Importantly it will also include high value interactive sessions on opportunities, benefits, techniques, materials and far more. 

The event language will be German, and the agenda will include a main session with thought provoking presentations and several topical break-out sessions over 2 days.

Attendance Benefits

This unique event is a great opportunity to meet, learn and share knowledge on the evolving value added packaging topic. It focuses on the demands & challenges of the packaging industry to find and exploit creative Value Added Packaging solutions to:

...

PrintCity: Thank You Mr President…

Members of the PrintCity Alliance have a big ‘Thank You’ for Helmut (John) Dangelmaier, their President since 2001, when he steps down on December 31st, 2012. 

When he joined the Alliance it was in its early days following drupa 2000, and John played a leading role in guiding and helping grow all alliance worldwide activities and the PrintCity team. With more than 40 years in the Graphic Industry and experience of working within research organisations FOGRA and GATF, cross-industry organisations such as the Web Offset Champion Group, plus being President of MEGTEC Systems for 12 years, John Dangelmaier brought PrintCity unique industry experience.

John has represented PrintCity at International Conferences, Seminars, News Conferences and the Alliance Annual Congress, with authority, knowledge and good business advice.

Josef Aumiller, manroland web systems and Vice President of PrintCity emphasised John Dangelmaier’s contribution to Alliance activities by saying, “A unique idea needs unique people, acting with great passion to make it successful. John was extremely well regarded in the globa ...

8th Franconian Lacquer Specialties of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH

For the eighth time in a row a full success

Its already the eight time that WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH which is established in the Franconian Gerhardshofen hosted the “Franconian Lacquer Specialties” on 25. October 2012. Once again the event was fully booked and more than sixty attendees followed the comprehensive programme. Under this year’s theme “Innovative finishing” the attendees can listen to presentations regarding chances and trends in the printing and packaging market as well as regarding health and fitness at work.

Topics and speakers in this year were:
  • “Trends and chances in the packaging printing”, Alexander Dort, Alexander Dort – CMD
  • “From web to finished product”, Stefan Hagn, Gallus Stanz- und Druckmaschinen GmbH
  • “Coating: yesterday, today and tomorrow”, Rainer Buchholz, STI Pro Grafik GmbH
  • “Health – a key success factor”, Siegfried Gänsler, Die Schwenninger Krankenkasse
  • “Technology for the drying of dispersion coatings and the curing of UV lacquers”, Ronny Müller, Elto ...

manroland sheetfed re-organization complete

manroland sheetfed, the German printing press builder, announced today that it has concluded negotiations with its workers council over the dismissal of 77 workers. The company announced its intentions in September and those dismissed will leave the company by 30th November, 2012. 

As part of the negotiations the dismissed employees have the opportunity of joining a government backed “transfer company”, which provides 80% of salary for up to 12 months and assistance finding alternative employment.

A spokesman for manroland said "the heavy restructuring which took place in January was very much a rough cut. Since then we have been fine tuning our processes and although it is unfortunate to have to let more people go, with these fine tuning measures the business is now very efficiently structured and we do not anticipate any further headcount reductions in the foreseeable future."

The company also announced that it is closing its nearby Mainhausen factory, which carries out packing and final dispatch of the company's presses. The spokesman said the 2.9 hectare site will be sold for housing development in due ...