Posts Tagged ‘Labels’

  • Reducing label waste is worth it, says L’Oreal

    Label materials supplier Avery Dennison has teamed up with beauty company L’Oreal and waste management firm Wasteflex in an effort to eliminate liner waste from L’Oreal’s production chain.

    Currently, close to 300 million square metres of liner enters unsustainable landfills in Oceania each year, mostly made up of PET film, glassine paper, and polypropylene products. Avery Dennison’s liner recycling program diverts glassine paper from landfills and turns it into new products, which, according to Anil K. Sharma, vice president and general manager for label and graphic materials at Avery Dennison, supports the company’s sustainability goals. “As a materials science innovator committed to making a meaningful difference, we see sustainability as both a responsibility and an opportunity to lead. With our liner recycling program, brands now have a solution that will enable them to reduce the environmental impact from discarded label liner waste,” said Sharma.

    Avery Dennison undertook a similar initiative with Coca-Cola in the UK in 2015, turning waste PET label liner from Smart Water bottles into recycled plastic products. According to Marcel Cote, strategic marketing director, Avery Dennison, programs like these are good for customers as well as the company itself. “As the pioneer of the pressure-sensitive label industry, Avery Dennison has always focused on helping customers and brand owners achieve their goals by delivering label materials that can elevate brands, improve productivity and help products become more sustainable,” he said. “With the launch of our Avery Dennison Liner Recycling Service, we can offer a sustainable solution to divert glassine paper liner from landfills and into recycled paper products.”

  • Label printers move into packaging

    Next month’s inaugural Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will examine how increasing numbers of label printers are finding gaps in the packaging market.

    In a session focused on printers who were early adopters of digital printing, starting with labels – and who are now exploring growth opportunities in packaging, we’ll hear from companies like Kirwan Print Group, Soar Print and Excel Print.

    ‘Primed to move into the packaging sector’: Steve Matthews, CEO Excel Print.

    Guest panellist Excel Print CEO Steve Matthews will share his company’s journey from its establishment as a digital cut sheet printer in New Zealand in 1987.

    “We are NZ’s largest digital print provider and four years ago we diversified into the label industry,” says Matthews. “Recently, we’ve invested in equipment that has enabled us to start out our journey in the flexible packaging market.

    “We are experts in fit-for-purpose, cost effective label print solutions using state-of-the-art digital technologies We have a strong label and shrink sleeve operation and are now primed to move into the packaging sector. We currently supply trade partners with print as we are yet to have our own in-house finishing for flexible pouches.”

    LIVE’s Game-Changing Technology in Packaging Printing session will also feature Fred Soar, MD of Auckland-based Soar Print, who will discuss opportunities in the food and beverage industry, where artisan brands are proliferating, giving rise to a demand for short print runs of multiple SKUs.

     Other panellists and speakers at Print21 + PKN LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print will include: IVE Group executive chairman Geoff Selig; Orora Fibre group general manager Brian Lowe; Kellie Northwood, CEO ACA / Executive Director TSA Limited and APIA; PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay; Marty Stone – Australia Post’s head of category – simplifying business, small business; Currie Group director, labels and packaging, Mark Daws; Matthews Intelligent Identification CEO Mark Dingley; Gwen Blake, managing director of packaging design company Boxer & Co; Amber Bonney, creative director of The Edison Agency; Ian Douglas, solutions architect and director of Spawnit; tech entrepreneur Bill Atta; and Birdstone Collective director Ian Blair.

    Tickets are on sale here. 

    Find program details here.

    When: Friday 3rd August, 2018

    Time: 9am to 4pm

    Where: Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney 

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  • Memjet powers new Gallus label press

    The Gallus Smartfire is unveiled at the company’s Innovation Day in St Gallen, Switzerland.

    Gallus has unveiled a new low-cost digital label press using Memjet ink head technology. The Gallus Smartfire will complement the Heidelberg subsidiary’s existing Labelfire press.

    The Smartfire, launched at the Gallus Innovation Day held at the company’s HQ in St Gallen, is an entry-level inkjet label press which allows converters to get into the digital space without needing to invest in the high-end Labelfire. According to Michael Ring, head of digital solutions at Gallus, the Smartfire is easy to use and an ideal ‘starter model’ for digital labels. “With the Gallus Smartfire, we are focusing on new target groups who are looking for a smart entry into digital label printing. The Memjet technology allows us to offer an inkjet printing press that produces labels with a quality of 1600×1600 dpi while still keeping the investment costs at a low level,” he said.

    The press prints in CMYK with food-safe water-based ink, and, like Gallus’ other presses, also includes an in-line finishing unit with lamination, integrated cutting plotter, and semi-rotary die cutter. It has a compact footprint and a low power requirement, needing only a standard outlet, and its water-based ink means no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted during operation, removing the need for an exhaust system.

    The Innovation Day event also featured existing Gallus kit. As well as the Labelfire, Gallus’ conventional presses were on show: the high-powered Labelmaster Advanced, the benchmark RCS 430, and the popular ECS 340.

  • Digital labels are on a roll – Print21 Magazine

    Digital labels are booming as demand increases for shorter runs and variable data printing.

    With plenty of inkjet, dry toner and Indigo liquid toner presses going into label and print shops across Australia, it’s clear that digital labelling is undergoing a surge in popularity.

    In the latest issue of Print21 magazine, Jake Nelson delves into the growth of the digital sector and finds out why more and more converters are choosing to invest.

  • Xeikon Café warms up in ANZ

    (L-R) Bent Serritslev, Trevor Crowley, Dr Adrian Steele, and Richard Maarschall.

    Converters in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand found plenty of value in Xeikon’s first Cafe events in the region, with expert advice on the pros and cons of going digital.

    The Sydney conference, held at the Mercure in Wolli Creek, featured a lineup of speakers including Bent Serritslev, managing director of Xeikon Asia-Pacific, who gave an overview of the supplier’s business; Trevor Crowley, sales general manager for Xeikon Australia and New Zealand, who examined the different applications of toner and inkjet technology; Richard Maarschall from CERM, who presented an overview of the Belgian software company’s workflow offerings; and Dr Adrian Steele of Britain’s Mercian Labels, who charted his company’s digital journey and outlined the challenges around investing in digital capacity.

    According to Crowley, events like this are valuable for converters looking to expand their digital offerings. “When you have people like Dr Steele and his presentation, mapping out what his journey’s been like – the good, the bad and the ugly – there’s a lot of value in people seeing that, especially those looking to get into digital for the first time,” he said.

    Though just starting out, the conferences paid off for both the hosts and the attendees. “The roadshow events yielded some high-value discussions and meetings with a number of potential label customers interested in learning more about the Xeikon technology,” said Crowley. “Feedback from those who attended was that the information delivered around the Xeikon business, inkjet versus toner technology, and enterprise resource platform systems were very useful.”

    Xeikon Café visited Sydney on Monday the 18th and Melbourne on Wednesday the 20th, and Xeikon held meetings with key accounts in New Zealand on Friday the 22nd.  “The visits worked very well. It’s a model that’ll probably work well in this part of the world, lining up a few key accounts and having deep-dive visits over the course of a week or so,” said Crowley.

  • Workflow and inkjet star in latest ‘Xtraordinary’ Print21 magazine

    The latest issue of Print21 magazine is out now, featuring Fujifilm’s Onset X-series of flatbed inkjet presses, a deep dive into workflow, a profile of IVE boss Geoff Selig, and more.

    Print21 has hit the ground running at Yaffa Media with an issue packed full of news and features you can’t afford to miss. On the cover, Fujifilm’s powerhouse Onset X3 inkjet press wowed audiences at an open house for its customer Active Display Group with its lightning speed and stunning resolution. “We found print speed at high quality will ultimately enable us to become even more competitive in a challenging market,” said Stuart Gittus, general manager of operations at ADG.

    In a nine-page workflow special, Patrick Howard examines the new PDF 2.0 and XJDF standards, and asks what they mean for printers; the feature also looks at offerings from PrintIQ, Kodak, Ricoh, Esko, EFI, and Tharstern to help automate and streamline your workflow and prepress procedures.

    Carrying on the connectivity theme, Andy McCourt plugs in to how the industry is connecting to the world, socially, culturally and economically. “We are in effect primitives in a new culture,” he writes, and urges printers to seize the opportunities modernity has to offer.

    For this issue’s People in Print profile, Geoff Selig, executive chairman of IVE Group, one of Australia’s largest printers, shares his outline for improving the working lives of IVE employees. “It’s about having an open view and awareness around elements of inclusion,” he said.

    German press giant Heidelberg is taking the hard work out of operators’ hands, gradually moving towards a “push-to-stop” system where manual intervention only happens when it’s absolutely needed, as MD Richard Timson told Patrick Howard. “Most of our presses are completely under-utilised because there’s too much fog in between the processes. You don’t need to run a press seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. If you streamline some of these processes in this way you might be able to run a single shift and make as much money,” said Timson.

    In the packaging world, digital printing is making its mark on labels with a surge in press purchases across inkjet, toner and Indigo. That’s not the only area digital is reshaping, though – the humble corrugated box is receiving a makeover thanks to massive inkjet presses from companies such as EFI and HP. Jake Nelson delves into how the digital world is impacting both sectors, one job at a time.

    All that plus installations, profiles, and important news from the coalface makes this issue of Print21 magazine your vital long-weekend read. Check it out today!

    To subscribe to our print edition, go here or email

  • Dragon Printing ignites 2nd Labelfire

    Paul McCullum, (centre) pictured with Chiara Prati and James Rodden earlier this year at the Dragon Printing factory.

    A massive remake of the Mascot-based company’s printing hall is transforming the well-known trade label converter ahead of the installation of its new Gallus Labelfire 340 hybrid digital press.

    One of the best kept secrets in the closely-knit label converting industry is out in the open with Dragon Printing owners Paul McCullum and Fareydun Pourshasb revealing they are the buyers of the 2nd Gallus Labelfire 340 press in Australia and the 1st in Sydney. (The initial press went into Rapid Labels in Victoria last year.) Putting an end to months of speculation as to their identity, McCullum laughs about the level of interest and questions he’s fielded in recent times.

    “People were calling me up all the time. I told them it had nothing to do with me. But now that the engineers are actually here installing the press, it’s time to come clean,” he said.

    The installation is the final stage of a major revamp of the company’s production facility, with the entire press hall remade. New water, air and power supplies are now in place in the climate-controlled factory as the Gallus-Heidelberg installation personnel get to it. McCullum expects the new press to be in production by the end of the month.

    “We’ve been looking at digital for a long long time, but I’ve never been happy before about the quality or the speed. We knew we had to move, to make the change to digital sometime,’ said McCullum.

    “There’s always been work we’ve avoided. Short runs and other jobs we’ll be able to do now. Some job preparations are complex and can run into the thousand of dollars. The Labelfire will extend our offering to customers.”

    McCullum is convinced he’s made the right choice with the inkjet hybrid press after travelling extensively to Europe and beyond to observe different digital presses in operation. Quality and speed were main factors in his decision.

    “The output from the LabelFire is just astronomical. I first saw it three or so years ago and I’ve been keeping a close watch on it ever since. I’ve seen it in action at numerous sites in Europe, especially in Strasburg. We’ve waited ‘til they ironed out the bugs. I didn’t want to be the first.”

    The Gallus Labelfire 340 is the digital flagship of Heidelberg in the label sector and is the latest in a long line of Gallus presses for Dragon Printing. Its arrival makes sense of some aspects of the earlier ECS press already in production here.

    “We had the ECS 340 here and there were certain parts of that that didn’t make sense to me. I asked myself, ‘why the hell have they done that?’ Now I know. They’ve been working towards this for a long time.

    “Look, it just fits in with what we do. It’s a hybrid machine and there are finished products coming off the end. I always said we’d never consider digital unless it had inline converting.

    “I believe it’s got higher quality than any other technology on the market. The output is not too bad at 50 metres per minute no matter how many colours you’re running.”

    Once the press is in place, there’ll be some weeks of training from the Swiss instructors to bring Dragon Printing people up to speed. After that, there’s likely to be an Open House for customers.

    McCullum is looking forward to powering up the new press and getting back to business. “It’s a lot of work but we know it’s going to be worth it,” he said.





  • Labelexpo Americas 2014

    Labelexpo Americas 2014 will feature the Inkjet Trail for the first time. The Inkjet Trail will put four of the leading inkjet press manufacturers in the limelight as they use their respective technologies to each produce otherwise identical label designs. Featuring Domino, Durst, EFI and Epson, the challenge is simple as they each receive the same origination for a food, personal care and industrial label. Using the same paper, film and foil substrates provided by Avery Dennison, FLEXcon and UPM Raflatac, show attendees will be able to collect samples and compare the results for themselves.

    Running for the show’s duration, those who miss the scheduled Inkjet Trail sessions can collect label samples from the participating manufacturers’ booths at any time during Labelexpo. In addition, show attendees will also receive a folder on entry detailing the full Inkjet Trail schedule along with each label print job’s specifications and the press manufacturers’ machinery and process.

    Tasha Ventimiglia, event director for Labelexpo Americas commented: “The Inkjet Trail is a really interesting and valuable feature area for printers who are considering investing in an inkjet press. All of the press manufacturers are on a truly equal footing by using the same label stocks and artwork designs, so it will be a very useful insight into how their finished results will compare on things like ink migration or print quality.”

  • Gidue M5 hailed the quick-change king

    Fresh off its launch at LabelExpo a brand new Gidue M5 Excellence lands its first Australian install, touching down at Print Media Group early in the new year. Boasting the latest advances in complete hands-free automation, the state-of-the-art digital flexo press is touted to cover 95% of the PMS range with eight-colours.

    Distributed locally by Gulmen Engineering, the Gidue M5 Excellence is designed to deliver greater productivity for converters, with unprecedented efficiency across short to medium to long run work. It is claimed to have the lowest press downtime, less than ten metres wastage between jobs, and set-up times of as little as one minute. The M5 allows converters to prepare a new print and die-cut job on a running press and automatically changeover on the fly, without operator assistance.

    Eddie Gulmen, managing director of Gulmen Engineering, reveals it is the press’s innovative blend of digital and conventional technology that makes the quick-change a reality.

    Gidue M5 Excellence makes its mark at LabelExpo Europe

    “The system is fully automated. When it gets ready for a changeover, while it’s running it slows down, there’s a cylinder already pre-mounted onto a cradle. It basically takes the one that’s printing off impression and, like a carousel, moves it onto the next one. The system then brings all eight colours into register and you’re printing again with just ten meters of waste, and all without an operator touching a thing,” he said.

    According to Gulmen, the major obstacle to total automation has always been ink and roller changes.

    “The M5 Excellence uses Apex GTT (Genetic Transfer Technology) anilox rollers, which is what makes it possible for the whole automation to work. What it means is with the right prep you can now achieve 95% of PMS with eight colours, which makes it possible to hit that goal of total hands-free automation.

    “The M5 uses this special new generation of anilox manufacturing which effectively allows the ink to flow more freely. It basically offers a greater density of ink coverage. But that means is that if you prepare your artroom properly, and manage the plates right you can actually cover 95% of the PMS range with eight colours. That’s how we get the full automation, because you’re not physically stopping the press to change the rollers or the inks,” said Gulmen.

    Print Media Group will install the 430 mm M5 Excellence in early 2014, also running ExcelDie for closed loop in-line quality control.

  • Heidelberg SX 74 drives labels productivity for Garsu

    Lithuanian labels and packaging printer Garsu Pasaulis has boosted its productivity of metallised label paper by 70 per cent with a six-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74.

    The Baltic company produces a large number of metallised label papers in grammages ranging from 65 to 80 gsm. They invested in a Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74 with a chambered-blade coating unit in order to meet the requirements of the beverage industry and boost productivity.

    Vytautas Vainikonis, co-owner, Garus Pasaulis said, “The new Speedmaster SX 74 is the best possible press for us. It enables us to meet our customers’ stringent quality requirements and increase our productivity in the label segment.” 

    The Speedmaster SX 74 is being run throughout the day, seven days a week enabling Garsu Pasaulis to produce more than a million sheets a month. Its down time during production has dropped to virtually zero since the installation.

    “The stability of sheet travel, the dampening and inking system, and ease of use are particularly outstanding features of this press. The Speedmaster SX 74 has surpassed our expectations in productivity. We simply couldn’t achieve that with our previous press. It is also easy to use thanks to the Prinect Press Centre. Now the entire machine can be run from a central control station,” said Joans Jonaitis, technical director at Garsu Pasaulis.

    According to Jürgen Grimm, head of the sheetfed business at Heidelberg, the machines are proving to be popular in both the commercial and packaging printing sectors.


  • Goss to print labels on full-size web presses

    Web press manufacturer, Goss International, better known for its high-speed newspaper and heatset presses, is setting its sights on the label market. As a first time exhibitor at this year’s LabelExpo it will promote the benefits of printing labels on big, fast, web presses.

    Goss sees its Sunday Vpak presses as an alternative to flexo and gravure for printing wraparound and in-mould labels, shrink sleeves and pouches, claiming it offers the same production versatility on flexible and non flexible substrates with the ability to print unsupported films as thin as nine microns.

    Goss Vpak 500

    While the benefits of offset printing on board and paper are understood for sheetfed applications, Goss contends that a broad spectrum of production advantages offered by web offset are not yet fully appreciated. The web press manufacturer argues the Sunday Vpak presses have the ability to print at the same premium quality as sheetfed, often in excess of double the output speeds, on less costly substrates and to finish in-line thus reducing work in progress and cutting lead-times.

    “We’re excited to be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe for the first time. This key European trade show gives us a perfect opportunity to showcase Sunday Vpak capabilities to brand owners and converters. We want to emphasize how this game-changing, web offset solution can meet their growing demands for higher print quality, lower costs, shorter runs and faster turn-around times.” said David Muncaster, director of EMEA business development for packaging at Goss International.

    Goss will have on display the Vpak 3000 and Vpak 500 on stand 7L22 at the Brussels Expo on September 24-27. The two machines offer six standard web-widths from 521mm to 1905mm. They feature quick-change sleeve technology and come with the Goss Sunday gapless blanket technology.

    “Consumer markets are looking for ever more variety from brands they know and trust, so the requirement to cost effectively produce more packaging variations in smaller quantities is a trend that will continue to build,” said Muncaster.

    The rise of SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) is one of the key drivers behind the growth of web offset in packaging today, claiming the web offset ROI advantage versus flexo and gravure becomes evident when looking at the cost of plates and plate imaging, which becomes more critical as the number of image changes increases.