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his month we discuss the growth of e-commerce and its effect on the global brown box making

industry. This sector is predicted to be worth $204 billion by 2023, up from $169 billion in 2017. The packages used to deliver online goods are now seen

as more than just a basic delivery device and their potential to carry printed messages, used for targeted advertising or to re-enforce the company’s branding, is beginning to be recognised. To find out more, turn to pages 10 and 12. Sustainability continues to be a key theme in the packaging industry and according to Steve Mulcahy, CEO of Contact Originators, in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for sustainable packaging, manufacturers must constantly create new environmentally friendly technologies (PG18).

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Yes we CAD! Antalis Packaging invests

in cutting-edge design table Pressing ahead with ambitious expansion plans for its booming packaging division, Antalis has transformed its bespoke offering with the addition of a new cutting table at the company’s head office in Coalville, Leicestershire. In a bold step forward for the business, Antalis

has invested a six figure sum in a brand new Zund high-performance cutter G3 L-2300 – a dual module cut and crease cutting table featuring a maximum cutting size of 1800mm x 3200mm. Committed to going the extra mile for its customers, the new industry-leading kit, available for use from 1 July, means the Antalis team can now create live samples for new and existing customers on-site to show how their packaging will look, while bespoke packaging samples can be turned around in just 24 hours. Establishing Antalis as a packaging manufacturer for the first time, the new cutting table means the company will also own the intellectual property rights to its highly sought-after designs, which for customers means a simpler, more streamlined process of packaging design and production.

Creation Reprographics embarks

on smart manufacturing Specialist packaging artwork, reprographics, plate and screen producer, Creation Reprographics, is taking printing into a whole new era of smart manufacturing through enhanced digital systems. Creation has embarked on a collaboration with Label Traxx, an MIS specialist for the

label industry who provides business management software systems for narrow web flexo and digital label converters. Matt Francklow, managing director of Creation, said: “The printing world is facing many technological changes that increase the urgent demand for premium quality products and services, which can only be supplied by a high level of productivity. This requirement needs sophisticated processing systems and more automated manufacturing. “Label Traxx provides a central system to manage the entire print workflow

from beginning to end. By using the system, a label printer can place an order for flexographic plates online and the purchase order will feed directly through to Creation for processing.” Creation has embedded the Label Traxx solution in to its own software,

CreationLink, a streamlined and automated digital workflow system. This advanced solution fully integrates all business activities – from artwork to plate production – into a single automated process to deliver enhanced production efficiency and client satisfaction.


Employees at St. Ives company Linx Printing Technologies have raised £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK by taking part in a range of fundraising activities over the course of a year. To reach the sum, colleagues at the coding and marking specialist organised car washes, bake sales and raffles – and also participated in Cambridgeshire’s annual Chariots of Fire race, which saw 33 colleagues run the 1.6 mile course in relay teams of six. The Chariots of Fire race is one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity

events. Inspired by the film of the same name, it was founded in 1992 and has since raised more than £1 million for local and regional charities. “We were very impressed with the commitment the Linx employees showed when training for the race – it was typical of Linx’s broader commitment to fundraising for dementia research,” commented Holly Noon, fundraising officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The £10,000 will now go towards vital research into the four key areas the charity focuses on: prevention, cause, treatment and cure. It is estimated that 850,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK, while one in 14 people over 65 have the condition. One in three children born in the UK this year will go on to develop dementia later in their lifetime. “Every year we donate to one main organisation that means a lot to our

staff, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is a perfect example of this,” commented Jose Gomez, Linx’s managing director.

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