Shi Jianping is general secretary of the Flexo Printing Branch of the Printing Technology Association of China (PTAC)

L&L: What are the major responsibilities of the Flexo Printing Branch of the Printing Technology Association of China? And what is its role in China’s industrial development? 

Shi Jianping: The Flexo Printing Branch of the Printing Technology...

Editor's note - growth to the sheet-fed offset label market

We are in the midst of what looks like a war on plastics driven by increasingly frenzied publicity over waste plastics clogging up the oceans, as viewers of the BBC’s superb Blue Planet season will know. Even former CEO of Asda/Walmart, Andy Clarke, is openly calling for supermarkets to stop...

Jimit Mittal, vice president, Inkjet Products and Solutions at Monotech Systems

Labels and packaging is the fastest growing segment globally. In India, due to deaccelerated growth in commercial offset printing over the last seven years, and a growth of 17 percent year-on-year in labels and packaging, many commercial printers have diversified or diverted focus to this...

A Vetaphone corona treatment unit

The need for surface treatment to improve the adhesive quality of ink and lacquers on plastic surfaces was established back in the 1950s, and the invention and development of corona treatment, as the process became known, has largely mirrored the requirements of the market in terms of...

2017 witnessed the biggest ever Labelexpo Europe show

The strength of the label industry outside the developed nations is a direct result of the growing middles class, primarily in India and China, but also now across the ASEAN region, Africa and the Middle East. In the latter markets, along with Latin America, the younger profile of the consumer...

At Labelexpo Europe 2017, an MPS EF press was shown with Talk To Me connectivity

Changes and trends that impact on the environment and sustainability, the continued development of digital printing and hybrid press technology, more sophisticated color management, new embellishing techniques, remote diagnostics, internal logistics, ever-more comprehensive management...

Key outcomes from the study included the importance of catching the eye, with bright colors and large labels making consumers stop and look

According to the Tetra Pak 2017 Index, based on research conducted with KTNS, packaging has an important role to play as a gateway to greater consumer engagement. The report says that brands need to focus their online engagement on a new generation of influencers: ‘Super Leaders’, a digital...

Waste as collected at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Solid waste streams in a label plant can consist of matrix, edge trim, and set-up material, plates, inks and containers. Today it is estimated that 85 percent of label industry-specific material waste, matrix and release liner, is sent to landfill.

There are three key barriers to overcome...

Automation in labels and packaging industry

‘MPS strongly believes that automation is the future, as it is becoming harder and harder to find and keep skilled operators today. With our own presses being equipped with maximum automation, combined with the state-of-the-art systems of our partners, we’re making life on the print shop floor...

Adam Battrick, sales director at Meech

The types and levels of contamination differ in label printing, as do the reasons why web cleaning is necessary. Is it solely a maintenance issue or also a customer requirement? Given that any web cleaning system will have to fit into an existing production line, how does this influence the...

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