Tetra Pak Japan Expands Use of Green Electricity for First Time to Production of Aseptic Paper Packages
Packaging 08/31 2009 16:17
Nihon Tetra Pak K.K. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Carl Schafer), a leading food processing and packaging solutions company signed an agreement on green energy with Japan Natural Energy Company Limited in April 2008, as part of its measures to prevent global warming, and has been using green electricity since then.
In fiscal 2008, the Company signed an agreement for 1 million kWh of annual green electricity (power generation using natural energy), under which it has been manufacturing paper package using green energy.°°» Read More
Printing 08/25 2009 07:06
Hingham, MA, USA (August 24, 2009) °¶GMG proofing entries again delivered excellent results during the 2009 IPA Proofing RoundUP, overseen by Dr. Martin Habekost, Dr. Abhay Sharma, Larry Warter and Mike DiCosola. The event was conducted during the IPA Technical Conference, held from June 8-10 in Rosemont, IL, USA. GMG results reflected previous outstanding performances at previous IPA events and at similar events worldwide.
Since its inception in 2004, the IPA Proofing RoundUP has led to substantial improvements in the quality of proofing technologies and techniques, and GMG has scored exceptionally well at each event. In 2006, IPA Proofing RoundUP results demonstrated for the first time that vendors were able to produce proofs within industry tolerances for visual match, using only color management numerical techniques. In 2007, vendors and users had little difficulty achieving a very close match to the reference file in a laboratory setting. But in 2009, anecdotal reports from users had indicated that the actual practice of proofing was still far from these potential results. Therefore, the IPA Proofing RoundUP returned as part of the 2009 IPA Technical Conference to explore the actual state of proofing in everyday, real-world, production environments.°°» Read More
Printing 08/25 2009 07:01
Orlando - August 24, 2009 - The Printing Association of Florida (PAF) proudly announces that Gerardo Zamora Reynoso, Director General of Centro de Autoedicion Zamora, CAZ S.A. de C.V. (Grupo CAZ) is the recipient of the 2010 Graphic Arts Leaders of the Americas (GALA) Young Entrepreneur Award.
Gerardo Zamora Reynoso will receive PAF's prestigious GALA Young Entrepreneur Award during the annual reception held in conjunction with the Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference, Miami Beach, Fla. February 25-27, 2010. The 2010 GALA reception will be held at the W Hotel, South Beach.
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Pittem/Brussels, NSS releases a new version of its web2print platform Vit2Print. The latest version incorporates enhancements and additions in order to meet the demands of package and label printers. The company demonstrates its °»web2print for packaging°… at Labelexpo in hall 9, booth H30.
The software consists of several modules. Graphic companies select those applications that fit and improve their workflow. The entire suite offers an all-round prepress workflow solution however each module can be used independently. Let°«s have a closer look at the main applications for packaging and label printers within the Vit2Print suite.°°» Read More
Packaging 08/24 2009 13:29
Arlington, Va.; Aug. 21, 2009 – For years the PACK EXPO trade shows have hosted the world°«s leading packaging producers , and PMMI created PACK EXPO Selects™ to acknowledge their most innovative packaging developments.
°»PACK EXPO Selects is one way we draw attention to advancements in product packaging,°… says Ben Miyares, PMMI vice president, industry relations, who°«s overseeing the 2009 competition. °»This award recognizes and underscores the roles played by PACK EXPO exhibitors in the conception, development and production of inventive commercial packaging. This year, a number of entries touted bio-degradable packaging and material efficiencies.°…
The fourth annual PACK EXPO Selects competition received 27 qualified entries (40 entries in all) from a range of PACK EXPO exhibitors. Just 10 made it as finalists in this year°«s competition.
The finalists will be displayed in the Lower South Hall in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations®, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. The Showcase itself is part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas°« new — and sold out — Brand Zone.°°» Read More
Packaging ≫ Flexible Package 08/24 2009 12:33
Fukushima Printing Industries Co.Ltd., (2-1-6, Shimo-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 161-8554, Japan. TEL. +81-3-3953-0121) is offering small lot liquid filling packages printed by rotary letter press or rotary offset. At first, only a matt varnish type was available, but now, they add gloss varnish, hologram and PET over-laminated type.
Hologram types are not laminated hologram films, but they are engraved hologram patterns in a process of UV drying. Laminate types are assumed to be used as primary packages for food. They are laminated PET film (16µm) and winded immediately after printed in order to avoid touching inside of films to printed surface. Prices are...°°» Read More
Packaging 08/21 2009 07:45
Arlington, Va.; Aug. 20, 2009 –PMMI and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today announced that GMA will launch its new upstream initiative, °»GMA Upstream,°… during this year°«s PACK EXPO event in Las Vegas (Oct. 5-7; Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.). "GMA Upstream" will focus on achieving new levels of manufacturing and engineering excellence within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and packaging solutions industries – solving tomorrow°«s manufacturing issues today.
°»GMA member companies develop and market some of the leading brands that drive consumer sales around the globe, and are long time PACK EXPO attendees,°… notes Charles D. Yuska, President & CEO, PMMI. °»Having GMA host its °∆upstream initiative°« during PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be a strong value-add to our joint customers, and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on a successful launch.°…°°» Read More
Printing 08/21 2009 07:35
Pittsburgh, PA - August 20, 2009 -- The Web Offset Association (WOA) has released its 2009 Resource Directory of suppliers to the offset printing industry in affiliation with Printing Industries of America. This value-added online resource showcases the industry's top suppliers. It is available at http://www.printing.org/offsetdirectory.
The WOA Resource Directory contains contact information, descriptions, the products and services of each company, and most importantly, how they can help printers. This new service will make it easy to search and find a supplier specifically catering to a printer's needs, creating a great resource for members of WOA and Printing Industries of America.°°» Read More
Plastic 08/19 2009 07:24
The Dow Chemical (°»Dow°…) responded to film converters°« need for materials offering better optics, improved toughness and faster processing opportunities by announcing a range of innovative new film resins for use in food and specialty packaging, industrial and consumer packaging, and health and hygiene applications. The new products include developmental DOWLEX™ NG (Next Generation) Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) Resins that take LLDPE performance to a new level, new ATTANE™ NG (Next Generation) Ultra Low Density Polyethylene (ULDPE) Resins that allow the use of ULDPE in more demanding applications, and a developmental high-pressure Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Resin created to run at faster rates on blown film lines in blends with LLDPE.
°»Dow is committed to driving innovation across its strong Polyethylene franchise to meet the clear needs of converters in these challenging business conditions,°… said Anand Sundaresan, food and specialty packaging market manager for Dow°«s Basic Plastics business in North America. °»The LLDPE, ULDPE and LDPE products we are announcing today advance a continuous track record of innovation that started in the 1930s and is showing no signs of abatement.°…°°» Read More
Application Fields 08/11 2009 07:34
Fortum and Valmet Automotive have agreed on collaboration to develop an electric concept car and the related recharging technology. The goal is to introduce a fully-electric concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. The solutions developed will be utilized in widening the offering by Finnish companies on the fast-growing electric car market.°°» Read More
Printing 08/10 2009 11:42
1,000 days to go until drupa 2012 – on 7 August 2009 the countdown starts for the print and media industries' leading global trade fair. A positive networked, cross-media campaign will set international standards and put the drupa community in the mood for the industry's summit meeting. "Especially in these difficult economic times we're certain that it is more important than ever before to show our colours. Within the scope of companies' marketing activities, participation in trade fairs continues to play an important, one could even say a vital, role," is how Werner M. Dornscheidt, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, underlines the relevance of drupa. "The leading international trade fairs for the different sectors are especially successful in penetrating the various markets and this is why they rank very highly in the marketing mix of the exhibiting industry."°°» Read More
Printing 08/07 2009 14:18
Pittsburgh, PA, August 6, 2009 -- Printing Industries of America today unveiled The Green Guide for Graphic Communications: Growing and Profiting through Sustainability, a free, members-only online resource to help printers and packaging houses capitalize on their environmentally-responsible performance.
The Green Guide includes the most comprehensive environmental self-assessment tool available to date, to printing companies. The tool enables a printing facility to accurately assess its green performance across a range of criteria; to use this assessment to establish a niche position in the marketplace; and to effectively communicate its "green" story to prospects, customers, and other stakeholders.°°» Read More
Coating 08/07 2009 14:14
Metso has signed a contract with the Chinese Shouguang MeiLun Paper Co., Ltd., for the supply of a large coated fine paper production line to the company's mill in Shouguang, Shandong province, China. Shouguang MeiLun Paper is part of Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings Limited, one of the biggest paper producers in China. The total value of the order is approx. EUR 150 million. Metso estimates to book the order in the Q3 order backlog once the contractual down payment has been received.°°» Read More
Dow Kokam Receives $161 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant for Next-Generation Battery Production
CONVERTING PRODUCTS ≫ BATTERY 08/07 2009 08:38
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Townsend Kokam LLC today announced their proposed joint venture, Dow Kokam, has been awarded a $161 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a new generation of high-power battery technology to supply the automotive industry and power the next generation of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Dow and Townsend Kokam will use the federal funding to establish manufacturing operations, including construction of a new 800,000 square foot facility in Midland, Michigan. to produce affordable advanced superior lithium polymer battery (SLPB) technology for the hybrid and electric vehicle markets. Construction is expected to begin by late October 2009 and battery production is slated to begin in early 2011. The facility will employ up to 800 people.°°» Read More
Materials 08/07 2009 08:29
Arkema and The Dow Chemical Company have entered into an agreement for Dow to meet FTC required divestitures related to its acquisition of Rohm and Haas Company. This comes ahead of the November 27 deadline.
Arkema will buy a Clear Lake, Texas, acrylic acid and esters plant and the UCAR Emulsion Systems specialty latex businesses in North America for a fair value consideration of U.S. $50 million¹.
The proceeds from the sale are accretive to Dow's shareholders and will be used for further de-leveraging.
The selection of Arkema as the buyer must be approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the two companies will be shortly reviewing the proposed transaction with FTC authorities. It°«s expected to close in the 4th quarter of 2009.
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NCA to Sponsor Confectionery Pavilion at PACK EXPO 2010. Leading Confectionery Group to Partner with PMMI to Promote Event and Pavilion
Packaging 08/06 2009 10:52
Arlington, Va.; Aug. 5, 2009 – PACK EXPO International 2010 will feature the Confectionery Pavilion sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), PMMI announced on Monday. This is the first time NCA has partnered with PMMI to produce a pavilion within the Western Hemisphere°«s largest, most comprehensive packaging and processing trade show.
°»NCA°«s Supplier Members are pleased and excited about this new partnership with PACK EXPO,°… says Ross Bainbridge of Bainbridge Associates, Chairman of NCA°«s Supplier Advisory Committee. °»I have spoken to a large number of our supplier members, and everyone is looking forward to this new partnership and the opportunities for supplier and manufacturing members. We are expecting a strong exhibitor presence in the new Confectionery Pavilion and, with PACK EXPO°«s resources, we will be able to market effectively to the entire confectionery manufacturer industry.°…°°» Read More
Metso to acquire coater and doctor blade business from Pacific/Hoe Saw&Knife Company in the United States
Coating 08/06 2009 08:33
Metso and Pacific/Hoe Saw&Knife Company ("Pacific") have entered into an asset purchase agreement whereby Metso will acquire the coater and doctor blade business of Pacific International, a division of Pacific, located in Portland, Oregon, the United States. The transaction is expected to be finalized and the business transferred during the third quarter of 2009. The net sales of the purchased business is less than USD 10 million a year. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction value.°°» Read More
Packaging 08/04 2009 15:22
For the second time now iF International Forum Design GmbH will be awarding the °»iF packaging award°… at interpack 2011(http://www.interpack.com/). Held for the first time at interpack 2008 the competition met with a great response with 148 entries from 17 countries. The iF packaging award is aimed at °∆innovative forces°« throughout the entire packaging sector and relevant processing industry such as producers, developers and designers of packaging, packaging material, wrapping, packaging graphics or packaging machinery. °»interpack is the ideal platform for the iF packaging award and we are delighted that this cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf is also to continue in 2011,°… said iF Managing Director Ralph Wiegmann. °»With its international focus the iF packaging award meets interpack°«s claim of being the world°«s leading fair and venue for the global packaging sector,°… explained interpack Director Bernd Jablonowski.°°» Read More
First FESPA Stakeholder Survey On Economic Impact Shows Printers Positive About Upturn. One third of survey respondents anticipate business recovery by mid 2010
Printing ≫ Screen Printing 08/04 2009 15:11
The results of FESPA°«s first stakeholder Economy Survey suggest that wide format printers and their suppliers worldwide are broadly optimistic about the chances of business recovering to pre-recession levels within the next 12 months.
Some 14% of survey respondents already report signs of recovery, with a further 23% expecting fortunes to improve in the second half of 2009. 25.6% of the sample expects the upturn to come in early 2010, with a similar figure anticipating recovery by the end of 2010. Less than 12% foresee current trading conditions lasting into 2011. 83% of respondents believe themselves to be well positioned to take advantage of the conditions if the market rebounds.°°» Read More
Printing 08/04 2009 08:49
Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BLD), a leader in process automation technology for the global printing industry, announced today that it has received an order for approximately $1.3 million.
Gulf Printing and Publishing Company (GPPC) has ordered Baldwin ProTech automatic blanket washers for its existing CROMOMAN semi-commercial presses. This order was secured in cooperation with the German printing press manufacturer manroland. Completion of the installation and commissioning of Baldwin°«s cleaning equipment is scheduled for March 2010.°°» Read More