Successful ANJ PrintCity Workshop, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Over 30 members of the Associacão Nacional De Jornais (ANJ) attended a joint Workshop meeting organised with PrintCity at Zero Hora in Porto Alegre, Brazil in September.

Following an introduction to the Brazilian market by Ricardo Pedreira, the ANJ Executive Director, the main session was led by PrintCity members manroland web systems, Océ and Trelleborg. The Workshop focused on new business models and opportunities for newspapers in Latin America, plus an update on the latest Lean & Green industry thinking. After the meeting a tour of the press facilities at Zero Hora was followed by a dinner.

Ricardo Pedreira confirmed that the day had been very successful, commenting, “Our ANJ members found the Workshop with PrintCity members very useful and productive. Sharing information, opportunities and samples about value added printing, press productivity and lean & green good practice created a very positive discussion and learning experience for all.”

Workshop Topics

A series of interactive presentations & audience discussions included these topics:

  • Green and Lean – Mutually dependent objectives
  • New possibilities with digital printing solutions and offset/digital combinations
  • Protecting investment in installations – web ...

PrintCity - Digital Printing Enters Packaging Sector - Dawn of New Era

Dawn of New Era – Digital Printing - Emerging Value Added Packaging Opportunity

PrintCity Alliance members provided inspiration and proved that digital printing is the new ‘added value’ opportunity for the packaging sector at the Océ Production Printing drupa Follow-up Event, Poing, Germany, September 25-28.

Océ together with Bobst, Eltosch, Esko, Kurz, manroland web systems, Merck, Metsä Board and WEILBURGER Graphics demonstrated that digital printing is an emerging and powerful new Value Added Packaging (VAP) technique and opportunity:

  • Industrial digital printing now available to the packaging industry – it is a new dimension for value added printing, additional to classical print technologies
  • Many proven Value Added Printing techniques will become digital
  • Digital is the latest ‘added value’ opportunity in creative packaging

In the powered by PrintCity Value Added Packaging (VAPack) area, the complete range of 25 creative samples (5 innovative designs + 5 variations of techniques & materials on each), complete with ‘how do they do that’ tutorials was available for brand owner ...

PrintCity PRINT: SEEN! LEAN & GREEN Book gains GRAPH EXPO 2012 Positively Print Award

The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has announced the award recipient of Positively Print, a print advocacy program designed to promote the power of print in today’s media mix. The 2012 awardee, PrintCity’s PRINT: SEEN! LEAN & GREEN publication, was recognized following the EXECUTIVE OUTLOOK Conference on October 6, the eve of GRAPH EXPO 2012, the year’s largest graphic communications exhibition and conference in the Americas. GRAPH EXPO 2012 runs from October 7-10, 2012, in Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Nominated candidates were evaluated on their originality and perceived effectiveness in delivering the message of print as an integral - and effective - component of today’s integrated marketing campaigns.

“The purpose of the Positively Print program is to share examples of creative and effective print advocacy campaigns with the entire graphic communications industry,” said Ralph Nappi, President of GASC. “We want to demonstrate to companies involved in print that advocating for print can be done and helps to carry a powerful message that will benefit the ...

Baumer hhs - Improved safety and quality of packaging thanks to dynamic fail safe controls

Setting and maintaining high quality standards is currently the crucial role with regard to packaging systems with high throughput rates. This especially applies where the protection and preservation of health are concerned: in medical technology, food and beverage industries. However, mix-ups, at a minimum, affect the efficiency of a system in less sensitive sectors as well and lead to costly complaints. For this reason, Baumer hhs focuses all engineering investments beyond merely using basic sensors to monitor its systems, rather it has always used intelligent mechanisms that only enable an approval to be given when all quality criteria have been met without exception. With over 25 years of experience, Baumer hhs is a leader in the field of quality control in the production of folding cartons and print finishing.

Mix-ups are one of the most typical problems occurring with industrial packaging systems. Cartons, blister packs and other containers are filled incompletely or with the wrong product and, in the worst case scenario, end up incorrectly declared in the hands of the customer or consumer. The consequences are not always as serious as with pills and other medical or pharmaceutical products. Consumers trust that the packaging contains exactly what its label promises. In addition, if the wrong composition of individual parts in multi-packs occurs, such as incorrect or missing product information or package inserts, it is certain to entail a number of complications. That reason alone is enough to counter this risk with a greater level of attention. Recalls are financially costly and also may severely damage a company's image in the industry.

High requirements due to GMP guidelines

The GMP (Good Manufacturing Practise) guidelines apply to the production of food, animal feed, pharmaceuticals and medical productions worldwide. Among other things, they require measures to prevent cross-contamination and mix-ups. One way to p ...

PrintCity to give Value Added Packaging inspiration - Viscom Frankfurt 2012 – October 25

PrintCity Alliance Managing Director Rainer Kuhn will be presenting the latest trends and opportunities for Value Added Printing & Packaging at a Viscom Symposium on October 25, during this year’s Viscom fair in Frankfurt.

A broad range of special samples have been created within the PrintCity Value Added Packaging (VAPack) initiative to give inspiration to designers, brand owners and marketers. At the Symposium titled Customer Attraction at the Point of Sale – Actual Trends, Rainer Kuhn will show how Value Added Printing & Packaging can provide differentiation and create an incentive for customers to buy.

More information on this special event is at:

PrintCity Value Added Packaging – world leading combined experience

The PrintCity VAPack project has been active for two years now and includes the combined knowledge & experience of leading suppliers of materials and equipment. It focuses on the needs of brand owners & designers to give inspiration, to open discussions on the latest opportunities & benefits in using value added packaging techniques.


Esko launches Automation Engine 12

Dynamic prepress workflow completes Odystar/Nexus/BackStage integration; now fully automated workflow for hybrid press jobs

Esko ( announces full details of  Automation Engine 12, a major component of the Suite 12 software for the packaging, label, sign making and display industries, which was launched at drupa 2012.

Automation Engine 12 takes workflow automation to the next level. Esko has completed the promised integration of its three legacy workflow applications - BackStage, Nexus and Odystar - into one single platform. Customers using these servers can now upgrade to Automation Engine 12 and benefit from its robust and scalable, fully database-driven framework, while maintaining their current workflows.
In addition, Automation Engine 12 achieves standout performance from all other products in the market by being the first to provide full workflow automation for jobs that combine multiple printing techniques. This allows for complete automation of complex packaging print jobs for the first time. Parameters such as trapping, preflighting and distortion can all differ depending on the printing process.  Using Automation Engine 12, a printing process can be assigned to every separation in the file if necessary. ...

PrintCity Value Added Packaging power for Océ Production Printing Event - September 25-28

PrintCity Alliance members invite visitors to ‘be inspired’ by their Value Added Packaging VAPack display and creative samples at the Océ Production Printing drupa Follow-up Event, Poing, Germany, in September 2012.

To attend, register at:

Join the Digital Future - Océ Production Printing Event

Don’t miss the Océ Production Printing drupa Follow-up Event in Poing from September 25 to 28. Learn more about the added value of integrated solutions covering the entire business value chain. Visitors will be introduced to, and see live demonstrations of, the revolutionary Océ InfiniStream® technology with its liquid toner technology that matches offset in its quality, productivity and media versatility.

This new technology targets the market for the digital printing of packaging. In parallel, at the Value Added Packaging Days powered by PrintCity visitors will meet recognized experts from the packaging industry, talk to substrate, workflow and finishing partners and get the low-down on the latest trends and solutions.

At the Event Exhibition, running from September 25 – 28, visitors can see:



Attendees at NIP28, Labelexpo Americas, Gravure Association of America, Digital Print for Packaging, and IMI Europe’s 20th Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference to Receive First-Hand Education on Landa Nanographic Printing™ Technology.

Rehovot, Israel, 4 September 2012 – Landa today announces that two of the company’s Nanography™ experts will participate in five upcoming speaking engagements, further affirming its commitment to education about this revolutionary category in digital printing. Attendees at IS&T’s International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP), Labelexpo Americas, Gravure Association of America, Smithers Pira’s Digital Print for Packaging, and IMI Europe’s 20th Annual European Ink Jet Conference will have the opportunity to learn the latest about Nanography from Landa’s Gilad Tzori, Vice President of Product Strategy; and Sharon Rothschild, Packaging Product Line and Segment Manager.

NIP28 (An IS&T Conference) - September 9-13, 2012, Quebec City, Quebec
Gilad Tzori, Vice President Product Strategy, Landa Digital Printing, will present the NIP28 afternoon keynote address, “The Nanographic Printing Process”, on Wednesday, September 12 at 2 pm. Tzori will focus on Landa’s breakthrough technology and the qualities of Landa Na ...

manroland sheetfed GmbH - “We buy performance…” says manroland sheetfed press customer

Since drupa, legendary press builders, manroland sheetfed, has seen a rise in enquiries for their printadvice® service, with new orders from Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Consider a near-perfect press with a 98% performance rating, a process organization that performs at 80% and a team performing at 70%. Though all factors show fairly high ratings individually, the press performance is actually only at 55% of its full potential. The press technology is only one of the factors, the organization in and around the pressroom as well as the people operating the presses all influence the actual output.

Firstly manroland sheetfed presses are designed so they can be upgraded at a later date with many additional options, if required. Once the press is in production the printadvice® team helps identify performance optimization potential through professional analysis of the OEE-press data and on-site expert reviews. Organizational performance can then be improved by experienced advisers who provide support in PSO standardization, press/prepress calibration and work processes optimization on site.

Known as the TOP program, after only one year of launching the service, manroland sheetfed already has around 100 current TOP projects worldwide. Feedback from customers is positive indicating that small improvements in eac ...

manroland sheetfed GmbH - We trust and rely on manroland..!

Taiwanese printing companies repeat press orders

A leading Taiwan enterprise, the Ting Hsin International Group, the largest instant noodle manufacture in the world, has been running 10 manroland sheetfed offset six-color ROLAND 700 presses and operating 3 shifts, for 23 hours continuously, every day since they set up their own printing house in 2007.

As Ting Hsin International’s products demand superior print quality and high volume production, after a series of rigorous tests and careful comparison with other well-known leading global press brands they once again ordered a six-color ROLAND 700 which not met but exceeded their requirements. The average output per machine per year is around 90 – 100 million sheets. The Ting Hsin International Group thanked manroland for helping them to achieve higher efficiency and higher productivity.

Another prestigious Taiwanese packaging print company, Shang Yang Printing, also demonstrated their trust in manroland sheetfed presses with a number of repeat orders. They ordered their first manroland six-color ROLAND 900 press with coating unit in the early 1990s, as their production requirements grew they purchased their second manroland sheetfed of ...