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Industry support builds for Pure Digital Show in Amsterdam

ollowing the success of Labelexpo Europe 2017, products such as Mouvent’s three new label printers and technologies such

as FFEI’s new High Laydown have been revealed to the industry. A review of the four-day event is included in this issue, featuring highlights from Epson, BST, Dantex and more.

Additionally, we have a look at how production waste can be more valuable than

currently perceived — creating larger returns from the sale of recycled material — and how ‘going green’, adopting energy efficient practices and lowering a carbon footprint can create big savings in manufacturing firms. Also, we take a look at the new rising trend in flexible packaging, shrink sleeve solutions, which creates premium finishes on all product types, and we investigate solutions that safeguard metal components and protect against corrosion.

Julie Peppiatt Assistant Editor / Twitter: @convertermag

Natural Nutrients captivate Dragons’ Den with Creation Reprographics

Packaging artwork produced by Creation Reprographics for popcorn by Natural Nutrients has caught the eyes of the hit BBC Two show, Dragons’ Den. Creation Reprographics is a specialist packaging

artwork, reprographics and plate production company that partnered with the new nutrition brand, Natural Nutrients, to deliver three packaging designs for its popular popcorn products, Protein Popcorn. Natural Nutrients produces clean, natural dietary supplements and sports nutrition products. As a start- up business, the company recently presented its product range in the Dragons’ Den seeking investment for its natural food solutions. Craig Newbigin, director of Natural Nutrients, said, “In 2013 I was working as a personal trainer. Many of my clients asked where the best place was to buy natural supplements. After extensively researching the market, I realised it was very difficult to find a single brand that offered high quality products, provided 100 per cent transparency of its ingredients and didn’t contain lots of unnecessary artificial ingredients – so I decided to create one.” Creation produced press-ready artwork for three different Protein Popcorn

flavours including: Kale, Tomato and Chilli, Simply Salted and Sweet Vanilla. Not withstanding the reprographics and plate production work, the company supported the brand with the sourcing of high quality printed flexible packaging, including fingerprinting of the selected vendors’ presses, and delivered efficiently and cost-effectively against the specification. Natural Nutrients received interest from four of the Dragons: Deborah Meaden, Peter

Jones, Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani, following a pitch by Craig and his business partner Liam Sheriff. After a discussion, the duo accepted a joint offer of £100K with a 17.5 per cent stake in the business put forward by Jones and Lalvani.

The Pure Digital Show, which will take place in Amsterdam, has attracted support from some of the leading names in print technology, including HP, Canon, Felix Schoeller, Mimaki, Tonejet and Sihl. Since the launch, the response has been strong as exhibition space is confirmed at the RAI, April 17-19, 2018. Frazer Chesterman, co-founder, said, “The Pure Digital Show is a new digital print event that is designed for the creative industry and this is why we are gaining some impressive support. It is unique and indicative of a changing market where new events are needed to perform a new role. As with the InPrint Show, Pure Digital will bring new people and businesses together, creating fresh opportunities and markets for an industry under pressure to compete at the highest level.” The Pure Digital Show will be comprised of exhibitors, top-

level speakers and live demonstrations of digital print applications. The event will show that digital print is a fast, flexible and dynamic media that deserves a place in the creative value chain. Pure Digital will give visitors access to exploit this digital technology to the greatest possible effect. Read more on the Converterwebsite

FFEI celebrates 70th anniversary!

FFEI, one of the global developers of digital imaging solutions, has announced 70 years of innovating and manufacturing creative imaging technology across the fields of life science and digital print. In 1947, John Crosfield founded an engineering firm specialising

in printing press control systems. Responsible for introducing one of the first digital colour scanners for digitising high quality photographs in the 70s, the company has continued to go from strength to strength winning numerous awards through the years. Following various acquisitions including De La Rue in the late

1970s, DFEI in 1987, then Fujifilm in 1997 — which involved a name change to Fujifilm Electronic Imaging — the company was acquired by its management in 2006 and remains a privately owned British company today. FFEI has been responsible for developing products ranging from CTP, digital pathology scanners and most recently, digital inkjet systems such as Graphium and Printbar Uncovered. Based in Hemel Hempstead, the company employs around 90 staff.

ebeam Technologies speeds-up electron beam innovation in China

ebeam Technologies, the developer and manufacturer of electron beam (ebeam or EB) solutions, has recently announced the installation of an EBLab at Zhongshan EB Curing Technologies Co. (EBC). A technology start-up, EBC is focused on the research and development, application and promotion of electron beam curing and is located in Zhongshan Torch Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, in Zhongshan City, China. The EBLab from ebeam Technologies is a standalone, compact, and easy-

use unit.With the installation of an EBLab from ebeam Technologies, EBC’s technical research team will be able to develop new ebeam curing systems that reduce cost and complexity, streamlining manufacturing and delivering efficiency and sustainability benefits in a variety of industries including print and package converting. EBC will support its customers through the industrialisation process and customisation of ebeam applications from the research and investigation of products and processes to pilot plant tests to final mass production. October 2017 5

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