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Erhardt+Leimer announce new Nyscan Web:Inspector

The stunning new interface is completely redesigned with the user in mind. The first thing operators notice about the new system is ease of navigation in the modern UI. It’s more intuitive, perfectly organized, and a pleasure to view. During the design phase, we conducted exhaustive user tests to ensure that it met our goals, which were to deliver a simpler and more effective system to our customers. The new Nyscan is also designed to provide a consistent user experience across all of our vision products. This assures cross-functional users can more easily adapt to our technology whether it be 100% Print Inspection, Web Viewing, or Missing Label Detection. Features such as touch screen compatibility, sizable windows, and flexible screen resolution are but a few of the benefits you will notice.

Car Dealership Almost Gets 1:1 Right

One of the only places from which I get personalized direct mail is the auto dealership that occasionally services our SUV. I received another personalized piece this past week, and while I think they continue to do a better-than-static job of things, I continue to see omissions that could make the difference between us buying…

Take the Codimag short run Challenge Aniflo Live print tests at Labelexpo

Are you looking for a solution for printing short runs that is more profitable than digital and faster than flexo? Are you tired of watching practiced demos at trade shows? Codimag announces that they will be running customer jobs Live at Labelexpo on their Viva 340 press with Aniflo keyless anilox inking technology. Either bring your files on a memory stick to booth # 5803 or send your files to us at then watch  your  job go from file to printed labels in 30 minutes or less.
Codimag will print a proof of your job then print your job using 6-color expanded gamut using Esko Equinox technology all at Labelexpo! Watch  LIVE how quickly and easily the Viva press with Aniflo keyless anilox inking technology can  deliver unbeatable print quality that is predictable & repeatable with inline finishing!

Codimag Viva’s many advantages:

  • Low cost ($4) plates.
  • Quick 5 minute CTP plate making,
  • No click charges,
  • No print or die cylinders to change,
  • No Impression settings,
  • No sticky back tape,
  • No Priming required, Use standard substrates,
  • No expensive/proprietary digital inks, low cost inks from multiple ink suppliers,
  • Low waste,
  • Rapid changeovers,
  • Inline finishing (screen, hot foil with saver, cold foil, emboss, lamination, die cutting),
  • Excellent profitability for short to medium production runs!
  • True offset print quality and predictability!

Take the Codimag short run Challenge – run your job LIVE at Labelexpo and compare print quality, job costs and process efficiency with digital & flexo!

Toyo Ink group opens second factory, expands operations in India

The Toyo Ink Group continues to expand its manufacturing foothold in India, one of the fastest growing economies in the region. Just last month, the company inaugurated its second production site in the country, in Dahej, Gujarat state, along the eastern coast. The new US$17-million (1.7 billion yen) facility has commenced production of offset inks to satisfy demand in the rapidly growing printing market in India. With a production capacity of 10,000 m. tons—nearly three times that of the company’s first manufacturing facility in Delhi—the Gujarat plant strengthens the Toyo Ink Group’s ability to meet local demand while ensuring a consistent supply of high-quality products on a global level, particularly to neighboring markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“Growing demand has pushed production at our Delhi plant to capacity,” explained Shingo Nishikaze, chairman of Toyo Ink India Pvt. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Toyo Ink Group. “With the establishment of a second inks plant, we are well-positioned now and in the future to support our customers’ growth in India and its neighboring regions. This is an important step in implementing our SCC-III mid-term growth strategy. Toyo Ink is working to expand our worldwide operations while enhancing our global supply capabilities to respond quickly and effectively to our customers’ evolving needs.”

Since the establishment of Toyo Ink India in 2007, the Toyo Ink Group has steadily created an infrastructure on which it has built a broad production, sales and logistics network. Toyo Ink India first began manufacturing offset inks at its Delhi plant in 2008. To meet growing local demand, it expanded production to include inkjet inks in 2011 and gravure inks for the food packaging sector in 2012. Its three branch offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai are strategically located to support sales and distribution activities as well as serve customers throughout the country with technical support such as color matching and blending services.

In 2013, the Toyo Ink Group established a manufacturing joint venture for azo pigments with Heubach Colour Pvt. Ltd., a leading producer of organic pigments. Located in Ankleshwar, also in the Gujarat state, the production site for the new alliance Heubach Toyo Colour Pvt. Ltd. is expected to come onstream soon with an annual capacity of 2,000 m. tons. Heubach Toyo Colour will supply the Toyo Ink Group to meet its internal consumption requirements for high-quality and cost-competitive materials as well as offer pigment products to its global customers.

With its proximity to emerging markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, India is ideally positioned as a strategic hub for the Group’s manufacturing and global supply chain needs. Going forward, the Toyo Ink Group plans to strengthen its local presence and diversify its business in the country.
“India is a market that holds immense potential for the future for us,” said Bodi S. Kampani, CEO and managing director of Toyo Ink India. “In the current fiscal year, Toyo Ink India intends to boost our gravure inks production capacity and scale up our inkjet inks operations with further enhancements to the Delhi plant. In addition, in Gujarat, we plan to install new equipment for the manufacturing of resins and adhesives and expand production of plastic colorants, with the aim of later creating a production base for compounds developed in conjunction with Group products. The Toyo Ink Group is working to develop a multi-faceted operation to help meet burgeoning demand and contribute to the enrichment of life and culture of the people in India and surrounding areas.”

Labelexpo Americas to host Craft Beverage Day

Labelexpo Americas 2014 will feature the Craft Beverage Day on September 11, the final day of the show, to provide details of how to create labels that ‘stand out in a crowded marketplace’. The program, which takes the form of a half-day conference and is only available for breweries, distilleries, and wineries, is designed to increase understanding of all aspects of label production, from materials used, the machinery involved, adhesives and the latest design trends.
Danielle Jerschefske North America editor of Labels & Labeling will introduce the morning program, before Roman Artz, technical project manager at Inland Label, presents a ‘Craft Beverage Labels 101’ presentation reviewing different types of labels and trends that sell more products, label processes and design tips to differentiate brands on-shelf, and options for labels on aluminum cans and glass bottles.

Clara Meinen, owner and creative director of One Sweet Design, will present a session entitled ‘Designing labels for brand consistency and shelf impact’, in which she will look at labeling design for print efficiency and brand consistency, communicating with designers and print providers to meet expectations, and leveraging the power of print technologies to increase sales, drive brand awareness and growth.

A tour of the Labelexpo Americas 2014 show floor will then take place, including stops at HP Indigo, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials and the Smart Mart feature area, before a networking lunch, converter panel discussion and Q&A session conclude the Craft Beverage Day program.

The expert beverage label converter panel will include: Inland Label’s Artz; Craig Bakken, vice-president of innovation at Smyth Companies; Travis Pollard, vice-president of sales and marketing at Paragon Label; Dan Muenzer, vice-president of marketing at Constantia Flexibles; Kevin O’Brien, director of food and beverage at Multi-Color Corporation; Jonathan Cates, plant manager at CCL Portland; and James Stone, technical business development manager at G3 Enterprises. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees can continue exploring Labelexpo Americas 2014.
Craft Beverage Day is sponsored by Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials, Delta Industrial, Flint Group, Green Bay Packaging, HP Indigo, Xeikon, Sun Chemical, Henkel, CGS Publishing Technology, K Laser, Wausau Coated Products and UPM Raflatac.

Avery Dennison adds five new products to its wine labeling range

White is the most-used colour in wine labels, with different shades

needed to reflect specific application needs and brand images. These White Rainbow materials broaden wine labelling range still further, and offer unique opportunities to differentiate.

White is the most-used colour in wine labels, with different shades needed to reflect specific application needs and brand images. Avery Dennison has added five new products to its wine labeling range to extend the number of white label materials, which it said are ‘by far the dominant label color for wine and spirits producers’. With these White Rainbow label materials, Avery Dennison now offers brand owners and designers an opportunity to broaden their wine labelling range still further, and offer unique opportunities to make their products really leap out from a retail shelf, and communicate a very pronounced brand identity.

New extra-white papers gives optimal colours when printing – the brighter the white, the greater the contrast. They also deliver improvements to the appearance of fine details. New textured papers are available too, allowing to create unique labels with a strong brand presence. All five White Rainbow papers will ensure impact on the shelf: this range of papers takes its inspiration from global trends, and fits a variety of consumer targets.
The five new White Rainbow products include two paper-based products (Rustique Extra White FSC and Martelé Extra White FSC), the ‘tree-free’ Pure Cotton material, True Linen FSC and Pampa FSC.

Rustique Extra White FSC’ and ‘Martelé Extra White FSC are said to give designers a new whiter-than-ever shade, while Pure Cotton has been evaluated at 30 percent higher whiteness when compared with other 100 percent cotton fiber wine labels on the market today. True Linen FSC is said to have a natural and elegant textile finish and Pampa FSC a ‘rich and luxurious feel’ due to its micro diamond shape.
Avery Dennison said the new range will be valuable to a large proportion of brand owners as 80 percent of wine labels are currently white, ‘in no small part because the color conveys a sense of authenticity and premium quality’.

First MPS EXL-Offset Press for Ulrich Etiketten

A worldwide, well-known and high-quality brand of UV flexo and offset press solutions for label and packaging printers, MPS today announced the sale of an EXL-offset press with 8 colour UV print stations and a web width of 430mm to Austrian label printer Ulrich Etiketten. The EXL-offset press will expand their production of self-adhesive, booklet and other specialty labels and marks the 7th MPS press for Ulrich Etiketten, joining six installed MPS flexo presses.
Ulrich Etiketten, a fifth-generation family business since 1868, is an Austrian market leader and highly reputable throughout Europe for the production of self-adhesive labels. The company selected the MPS EXL-offset press based on innovative technology, attractive price point, and reliability with the successful performance of their existing six MPS EF flexo presses. The EXL-offset press built with variable sleeves combines six offset print with two flexo print stations, and will be equipped with various converting units such as multi-lamination and de-lam/re-lam for the printing of booklet labels.
M.A. Florian Ulrich, CEO of Ulrich Etiketten comments: “We are very happy with MPS. The quality of MPS presses and our long-term relationship led to our decision to once again opt for an MPS press.”
Eric Hoendervangers, co-founder of MPS comments: “We see it as a great compliment that a quality-oriented Austrian company such as Ulrich Etiketten has opted for our EXL-offset press. MPS has a very high rate of repeat customer sales, however when a loyal MPS flexo customer adds a first MPS offset press to its machine park, it confirms that our technology, service, and printing knowledge helps label printers in their success. In general, we have noticed a growing interest at an international level for our EXL-offset presses since its initial launch at Labelexpo Europe 2011.”

Ulrich Etiketten produces high quality product packaging for all industries in an impressive production area of 13,000 m2 using state-of-the-art printing machines that cover all areas of printing technology such as UV offset, UV flexo, UV letter press, UV screen printing and digital printing as well as hot stamping, and cold stamping. Particular areas of focus are pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, the food industry, beverage production, electronics, EDP and logistics.

USPS Promotes Emerging Mobile Technology

The United States Postal Service is running an Emerging Technology promotion for business mailers who incorporate Near Field Communication or Augmented Reality into their direct mail (Standard Mail letters and flats. Nonprofit Standard Mail letters and flats). The promotion is part of a USPS effort to promote the “best practices for integrating direct mail with…

Social Media Tipping Point

For years, industry experts have proclaimed that the time will come when social media marketing is as effective as traditional marketing. Some are suggesting that the release of a very successful new album using only social media may provide a blueprint of future marketing successes and act as a tipping point. Late last year, Beyoncé released her latest album, Drunk…