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Packaging & Digital Printing Highlights for PrintCity at Balkan Print Forum

The Seventh Balkan Print Forum held in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 18-19 proved that the current focus of the PrintCity Alliance on Packaging and Digital Printing trends & opportunities is highly topical.

In particular, the audience of over 180 people from 13 countries found the PrintCity Value Added Packaging (VAPack) initiative presentation by Rainer Kuhn, managing director of PrintCity to be of interest, with many interesting discussions and the opportunity to take away creative packaging print samples and tutorials.

The Balkan Print Forum was supported by PrintCity Alliance members manroland web systems, Océ, Baumüller, Kurz, Procemex, Sappi and UPM. The event was hosted by the Printing Industry Union of Bulgaria, manroland Bulgaria and a Bulgarian printing company.

Dr. Dimitar Rozalinov, Editor-in-Chief of the Package, Printing & Converting Magazine, Bulgaria, and Professor at the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (UCTM), Sofia, stated, "I had many questions about packaging before the presentation. They are now all answered. Thank you very much!"


manroland sheetfed GmbH and VIP Systems Group announce cooperation

manroland sheetfed GmbH and VIP Systems are pleased to announce a Partnership Agreement on Sales and Service to provide ultimate printing technology to the Russian market. manroland`s offset printing machines satisfy a wide range of requirements in the printing of commercial and packaging products. Both partners will combine their activities to provide complete solutions which meet the highest requirements in printing and put special effort in supplying the highest quality and after sales support.

VIP Systems, which has been working in this market since 1996, has a stable technical and commercial platform and an excellent reputation in the Russian market is ready to use its experience and expertise to further strengthen manroland`s position in Russia. This will be done with highly qualified professionals focused on providing high quality service.

Mr. Günter Franz, MD of VIP Systems comments that the new cooperation is a big challenge for both partners.”But there is no doubt that the main target for us must be to establish a system of workflow that fulfills expectations of the custome ...

New trends in flexo printing - SENOFLEX® Workshop 2012 of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH

Gerhardshofen, 29. October 2012 – Also this year, WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH hosted again a successful SENOFLEX® workshop in Gerhardshofen for the current trends and requirements on flexo printing at the office.

The following experts were invited this year:
Georg Selders, Apex Deutschland GmbH
Jürgen Kleinhans, BACARDI GmbH
Heiko Döring, D. & W. Flexo-Manufaktur GmbH & Co. KG
André Göpfert, Göpfert Maschinen GmbH
Koen Verplancke, Metsä Board
as well as Dr. Alexander Faber and Klaus Fleischmann of WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH

After the welcoming of Mr. Günter Korbacher, managing director of WEILBURGER Graphics, a common tour through the company and a presentation of the extended laboratory and stock wing as well as a common lunch snack, the presentation and discussion round started regarding the following topics: ...

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:

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