Packaging

This will be the first drupa for Miraclon, which says it is developing modern flexo systems for packaging printers, and will have nine new Flexcel NX technologies on its stand.

Sales at the world’s biggest packaging business Amcor, which includes Australia’s biggest flexibles printing operation, fell by seven per cent in the third quarter, but EBIT rose.

New lollie packs produced with Xeikon Titon  toner technology and Sappi Seal Silk paper are demonstrating sustainable and fully recyclable packaging solution that is also food-safe, claim the companies.

Global containerboard and corrugated board demand is facing a series of challenges and shifts in market dynamics across the next five years, according to print and packaging industry analyst Smithers.

Esko is co-exhibiting at drupa with sister businesses X-Rite, Pantone and Enfocus, as the company focuses on giving the market solutions for ultra-short turnarounds.

The final countdown is on to enter the inaugural PKN Women in Packaging Awards, which are open to all women engaged in printed packaging and converting companies. Entries close on 24 April.

The proposed US$11bn acquisition of WestRock by Smurfit Kappa has been given the go-ahead, with its NSW folding carton print site to become part of a US$34bn a year business.

In its first drupa as a standalone business, Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems will debut what it says are advanced new robotics, and next generation digital cutting technology.

Daniel Brunton assesses the threats and opportunities emerging in the corrugated packaging sector as a new wave of digital corrugated machines are being prepared for release, and say proponents, will address a surging market.

An investment of $80m in the Whakatane Mill will boost board production by 66,000 tonnes a year to 230,000 tonnes, and will pave the way for a further increase of 100,000 tonnes a year capacity. Whakatane produces the Formakote range supplied by Ball & Doggett.

Kellie Northwood, CEO of print industry employers’ group Visual Media Association, presented on the benefits of fibre packaging, on the ecoporium stand at the Appex trade show in Melbourne.

Bridge Road Brewers harnessed the power of print and digital connection to achieve a Top 5 ranking in the coveted GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beer Poll. The job was printed by East Coast Printing.

Agfa has unveiled its B1 SpeedSet 1060 water-based inkjet printing press, aimed at the packaging market, with the press now being fine-tuned at several early adopters.

IVE will build a $150m-a-year folding carton business, with major investments to drive growth at its JacPak acquisition, and at Silverwater, where existing commercial presses will be leveraged into a packaging production workflow, along with new folder gluers and die cutters.

Heidelberg’s press sales for the first three quarters of its financial year are steady compared with last year, with its EBITDA up by eight per cent, in what the company said was a weakened market.


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Spicers is boosting its diversification strategy and drive into new markets with the acquisition of Signet Packaging. The deal will mean packaging will account for a third of the Spicers business.