The local label printing industry could receive a major boost in the new year, with China looking at ending its effective ban on Australian wine, which stopped approaching 100 million wine labels being printed.

Some 37,000 label print professionals walked through the doors of last month’s Labelexpo, the first since 2019, and which was taking place for the last time in Brussels following a 40-year run.

A B Graphic International, represented in ANZ by Currie Group, launched a record 25 innovations at Labelexpo last month, including its ABG Connect automated workflow solution.

The Print Lounge has ordered New Zealand's first Durst Tau RSC 340 E LED label press, with Steve Sheppard placing the order through local supplier Aarque.

OKI is showing its sheetfed and webfed entry-level label systems for CMYK+White label and pouch printing on all kinds of media, including metallic effect and synthetics, as well as standard stocks.

Owned by Aldus Group, API Foilmakers is featuring all its product grades, launching its new foil colour gallery online, and talking about its plethora of sustainability activities.

Pouch line manufacturer Karlville is highlighting its KS-SUP 400 range, which it aligns with HP Indigo print systems, to create a pouch-making factory for print businesses.

Nilpeter is presenting what it says is its visionary take on The Future of Flexo, highlighting short-run flexible packaging and labels, and showcasing the next generation of printing innovation, with the FA-26 and FA-17.

A B Graphic International is showcasing its non-stop unwind and rewinding system for the HP Indigo V12, and has a large range of digital embellishing systems, turret rewinders, and traditional finishing on the stand.

Now owned by Canon, Edale is introducing its new generation FL5 Single-Pass Carton Production Line, with a web width of 600mm and a repeat size of up to 711.2mm – greater than a B2 plus sheet size format.

Prati is promoting its DigifastOne finishing line, which is fully digital from inkjet module to laser die cutting and turret rewind, based on the company’s Futura field-upgradable open platform technology.

Durst Group is introducing Hawk Eye technology, which uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist operators, and automate the print quality, on its Tau presses.

Labelexpo is the trade show debut of the new Gallus One digital label press, designed to remove the total cost of ownership barrier for the adoption of reel-to-reel digital labels, with automation and the cloud.

Fujifilm is demonstrating its new Jet Press FP790 digital flexible packaging press, live streaming from Fujifilm’s beta customer in the UK, with the 50 metres a minute press designed to meet the multiple needs of today's market.

Represented in ANZ by Currie Group, Omet is running live demos on the new K-Flex flexo press, which is designed to print everything from thin film to lids, and is showing its new Sfera management software.


MGI Digital Technology is unveiling two major innovations in self-adhesive label finishing: the MGI JETvarnish 3D Web Compact, and the MGI Octopus Web, for digital die-cutting of self-adhesive labels.