At a conference entitled Packaging regulations and the impact on the packaging supply chain organised recently by Amaplast (Italian Plastics and Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds Manufacturers' Association) and UCIMA (Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers' Association), leading figures from the packaging industry and institutions discussed the critical issues arising from the New Packaging Regulations and the various strategies that have been adopted. The importance of the topic for the industry was reflected by the presence of more than 150 companies.
Koenig & Bauer recently underlined its commitment to the Vietnamese market with its participation in the Print & Pack 2022 trade fair in Ho Chi Minh City, and with a dedicated roadshow. The scale of the two events reflects the strong growth of the local industry, which is characterised by an increasing number of international players. There are around 2,000 printing and packaging businesses in the country, among them companies from all over the world that have chosen to invest in Vietnam. Trade volumes and the national economy are expanding rapidly.
Technology Group Voith is conscious of its social responsibilities and for a long time now has been demonstrating its commitment to society through a wide range of measures. Last year, Voith stepped up its commitment by launching the #VoithCares program. Within the scope of this initiative, Voith employees from all locations were invited to nominate projects at non-profit organizations where they volunteer to receive support from Voith. During the submission period, around 100 applications were received from employees from all around the world.
Flexo Wash joins ERA. The company offers cleaning solutions for individual needs of gravure printers worldwide. The Danish-based company specializes in cleaning equipment and eco-friendly cleaning liquids for the flexographic and converting industries and has an experience of 30 years in developing innovative cleaning technology.
Our constantly changing production range spurred Rheinpfalz on to overhaul their mailroom. To process large numbers of supplements even more efficiently, a second Ferag EasySert insert line was commissioned at the Oggersheim printing centre in Ludwigshafen-Oggersheim in late autumn 2022. Die Rheinpfalz is one of the biggest daily newspapers in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, having celebrated its 75th birthday in 2020. Rheinpfalz’s printing centre in the Oggersheim neighbourhood in Ludwigshafen first came into being in 1979. The site benefits from excellent transport connections, being in direct proximity of the Bundesstrasse B9 main road and the nearby surrounding Autobahn motorways.
Preliminary statistics for 2022 released by Cepi, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, show the impact of high energy prices and of an eroding EU and global economic growth. The sector can, however, capitalise on positive long-term trends, which the EU Green Deal Industrial Plan could accelerate.
From 14 – 16 March 2023 the corrugated and folding carton industry, as well as the printing community, will gather for the 6th edition of CCE International at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Incorporating the offerings of InPrint Munich, industry professionals can benefit from the enticing Open Seminars and InPrint Munich Conference, deep-diving crucial industry topics. The show will be co-located to ICE Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the conversion of flexible, web-based materials.
Stora Enso, global provider of renewable solutions, has contracted ABB to upgrade two of their mills in Sweden to ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pulp and paper to manage and streamline end-to-end production and improve overall mill efficiency. Migrating to ABB’s MES will offer new functionalities and customized features that meet Stora Enso’s specific site requirements. Most importantly, the system will interface with the mill’s ERP, DCS, QCS, WIS, laboratory devices and more for true integration and greater visibility over systems and processes across the entire manufacturing chain. This will give operators, supervisors, production engineers and plant managers the insights to act and optimize, in turn improving productivity and end-product quality while reducing waste.
As an addition to the proven OceanCoat roll cover, Voith has now developed the OceanCoat P. The new coater backing roll cover is specially made for high-demand positions in blade coater applications. Due to its new polyurethane chemistry and unique filler concept, OceanCoat P is optimized to meet the requirements of stable profile conditions and highest wear resistance.
Bobst and Sauber Technologies have announced a new technology partnership. A multi-year strategic agreement between the two innovative Swiss companies will see Sauber Technologies supply state-of-the-art 3D printed parts, engineering, and development for Bobst’s inkjet label presses and support future developments.
Stora Enso Oyj and AFRY have agreed an engineering assignment for converting a decommissioned paper machine into a consumer board production line at the company’s mill in Oulu, Finland. The rapid growth of the renewable packaging sector continues due to demographic changes and overall long-term economic growth, while the increasing focus on sustainability, particularly in the consumer goods industry, is contributing to wider adoption of fibre-based packaging solutions.
The 3rd international exhibition of machinery and equipment for pulp, paper and cardboard, SPAPER, will take place from March 7-9, 2023 in Zaragoza, Spain. Emtec Electronic GmbH will be represented at the event by IDM Test.