Phoseon Technology introduced the FireJet FJ645 UV LED self-contained, air-cooled curing lamp for flexo applications

Inks 
Domino launched UV95, its new 7-color food packaging compliant UV digital ink set available for use within its N610i digital label press. UV95 is for use within non-direct food contact applications and has been formulated for many non-direct food...

Avery Dennison launched a wide range of new products, including its new Surfas adhesive technology,designed to create a stronger hold on rough finishes such as corrugated boxes

Sustainability 

Labelexpo Europe saw material suppliers launching products using post-consumer waste, renewable sources and steering towards waste recycling. Exhibitors and visitors were keen to explore more than just downgauging of materials. There were discussions on...

AVT, co-located with its partner Esko, showed its newest automated inspection equipment supported by next-generation workflow automation

Artificial intelligence – or machine learning – is starting to make an impact, particularly with inspection systems. We are moving from detecting defects to preventing defects. Camera systems are learning what a print error is and how it is caused, and will increasingly make suggestions back to...

FujiFilm demonstrated its Flenex FW water washable plates and flexo processors

Miraclon, the new home of Kodak Flexcel plate systems, launched in the European market its Flexcel Ultra technology. Still based on the core Flexcel technology, Ultra is a solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based processing technology which can produce a press-ready plate in under an...

The 9th edition of Labelexpo Asia will be bigger than ever before

The show will cover three halls this year, up from two in 2017, with 13,000sqm (14,000sqft) of exhibitor space. 

Attracting some of the region’s most exciting brands and many of the industry’s most prominent international players, there are already 300 exhibitors on board. Chinese...

GM sold a DC350 digital converting line and a SR350 inspection slitter rewinder to UK converter CS Labels

Domino sold a 7-color N610i inkjet label press to Label-Pack. The press will be delivered directly to the Belgian-based label converter after the show. The deal represents Label-Pak’s first step into inkjet printing.

Erhardt+Leimer sold 15 of its new...

Lombardi Invicta i2 press

Mid-web for films 
A standout trend is the rise of the mid-web press, typically 26in (660mm) wide. These presses meet the need for greater productivity but also the wider format required to produce filmic labels such as shrink sleeves, wraparound labels and flexible...

Yoshiaki Inoue, Seieido Printing president

The Japan Label Forum, now in its 13th year, addressed these issues head on, and the potential answers which emerged, driven by artificial intelligence, connected devices (IoT) and environmental responsibility, demonstrate how the label and packaging industries might contribute to a more...

Following the recent rebrand of Finat’s Young Managers Club, Piotr Wnuk spoke to members of the new Young Professionals Network (YPN) during Labelexpo Europe to find out about their goals and the challenges faced by young professionals in the label industry

L&L: Why did you decide to rebrand? 
Mikaela Harding, Pulse Roll Label Products: We felt that the Young Managers Club, as it was previously known, had lost traction. We were losing members and the congresses were not as popular as we would have liked....

The two 8-color Nilpeter FB3300S flexo screen presses at Gaez

Based in Arganda del Rey, near Madrid, Gaez is a self-adhesive label and folding carton converter serving the Iberian cosmetics industry, which accounts for 90 percent of its 11.6m euro turnover. The remaining business comprises pharma and high-value retail packaging niches.

The folding...

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