2nd Packaging Inspiration Forum of the PrintCity Alliance

Gröbenzell – The PrintCity Alliance is inviting brand owners, designers, printers and finishers to take part in its Packaging Inspiration Forum for the second time. Following the successful launch in Düsseldorf in April, this series of events is now to be continued in Hamburg on 19 and 20 February 2014. Together with other hot topics, new possibilities in finishing, digital printing and the smart packaging field will again provide a highly interesting basis for visitors to gather information and engage in discussions.
“For me, as a packaging designer, the event was so interesting because it gave me exhaustive information in a short time on technical innovations in printing processes and special finishing techniques,” said Kirsten Herb-Gorissen from the Gorissen design agency after the event in April 2013. “There was a great variety of speakers, and the open-minded exchange between the experts gave me a good overview of the opportunities and difficulties of individual process phases.”

The existing concept – comprising keynote presentations by renowned speakers and interactive sessions – will be retained, as will the extensive networking opportunities. “What happens between the presentations is always particularly important. The overall concept optimally supported this exchange,” remarked Jürgen Kleinhans from Bacardi Deutschland, “I’m looking forward to the next event.”

Increased attention will be paid to inviting creative workers, agencies and manufacturers of branded goods. It is essential for the packaging industry to further expand the dialogue with these groups. The venue will be the Grand Elysée in Hamburg. Details regarding the programme and registration will follow in the next few weeks. Preliminary registration is already open to anyone interested at info@printcity.de.

Gallus has its finger on the pulse at Labelexpo 2013

With visitor numbers at its stand up over 30 percent on 2011, numerous promising contacts and impressive machine sales in the double-digit range, Gallus enjoyed an excellent Labelexpo. Due to the many new suppliers of digital presses, countless visitors were looking for guidance in their decision-making process to ensure future-focused label manufacture. With the Gallus Print Shop concept, Gallus demonstrated the practical combination of digital and conventional printing methods along with the finishing of printed rolls in the production environment – an impressive portfolio of solutions.

Ipex 2014 addresses the future of print with Future Innovations zones

Ipex 2014 visitors will have the opportunity to view and learn more about printed products and technologies that are set for rapid expansion over the next few years. Covering photo products, digital print on packaging, 3D printing and printable electronics, the Future Innovations zones on the show floor will showcase examples of these products, as well as the technologies and relevant suppliers that will help print service providers expand into these areas.
The whole production chain – from websites to printing technologies, binding and dispatch – will be represented in the Photo Products Zone. Printers will also be shown how they can maximise profit margins by easily setting-up websites for consumers to upload pictures for photo albums, calendars and other personalised products.

In the Digital Print on Packaging Zone, visitors will learn about the range of opportunities that lies in this emerging market, which is often compared to where photobooks were a decade ago, while the 3D Printing Zone will address a technology that is both fascinating in itself and staggering in its potential. As a completely new field for print, it will focus on applications that printers can exploit for themselves and their customers.

Visitors to the Printable Electronics Zone will see examples of products that can be created using different printing techniques, including litho, flexo, gravure or inkjet. As many of the opportunities with printed electronics have now moved from lab testing to proof-of-concept production, this zone offers the ideal opportunity for printers to explore how they can get involved to deliver the high volumes of printed electronics the industry will require.

Gareth Ward, Ipex Future Innovations curator, comments: “These emerging technologies and processes offer a wealth of new and exciting opportunities – print service providers should definitely plan to spend time in the four zones during their time at the show, while it will also provide excellent insight for the marketing service community to understand the growing areas of applications that add value to the marketing mix. Ipex 2014 is the ideal event to investigate how the print industry will be influenced over the next few years, and to meet with relevant suppliers to ensure they’re fully up-to-date when looking at the future strategic direction of their businesses.”

Neenah named HP Indigo preferred Media Partner

Neenah Paper announced that it has been named as a member of the HP Indigo Preferred Media Partner Program. The agreement reflects Neenah’s commitment to supporting the needs of the HP Indigo printer community for premium substrates, with specific emphasis on premium uncoated papers.
“Neenah is proud and honored to be chosen as a HP Indigo preferred media partner,” said Kingsley Shannon, Director of Marketing, Fine Paper, Neenah. “This recognition is the result of many years of cooperation to create a larger market for premium papers within the digital print market. Neenah strives to create and deliver products that meet and exceed the most exacting standards in digital printing, and partnering with HP Indigo allows Neenah the opportunity to increase its network of customers who value high quality digital papers.”

“Partnering is in our DNA,” said Yogev Barak, Director of Business Management, HP Indigo. “This deeper relationship with Neenah ensures our commercial media customers have access to a quality end product and the ability to consistently achieve their printing goals with HP Indigo. Given the recent launch of The Design Collection by Neenah and breadth of assortment in color, texture and finishes, we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Since 2006, Neenah has manufactured high-performance digital papers created with its proprietary Universal Digital Finish -perfect for HP Indigo printers. Through Neenah Digital, Neenah offers the most comprehensive offering of premium uncoated digital papers in the industry: 14 brands, 38 colors, 15 finishes and 13 weights including a range of environmentally certified options. Neenah HP Indigo papers are third party certified by the HP Indigo® Substrate Certification program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Printing Applications Laboratory.

An HP Indigo preferred media partner must meet a set of criteria that demonstrates its ability to provide superior service and support, regional and global coverage, and environmental responsibility concerns. “Neenah is a well-recognized manufacturer and supplier that has developed consistently high-quality solutions to expand applications and businesses. We expect Neenah will help accelerate the speed of adoption of digital among print service providers, while meeting exacting customer demands and providing a unique competitive advantage to HP Indigo customers,” said Barak. 

Direct communication and new opportunities for collaboration between Neenah and HP will reduce the time needed to develop new media products, as well as enable expanded service and support for Neenah customers. Neenah and HP will also work together on promotional programs to the HP Indigo customer base.