Print and Packaging Coalition announces 2018 Legislative Summit dates

A coalition of printing and packaging industry associations has announced joint cooperation in sponsoring the 2018 Print & Packaging Legislative Summit, June 19-20, Washington, DC. This event will bring printers, packaging converters and suppliers together for public policy and political education as well as direct interaction with Members of Congress and the Administration. In the 2018 Summit AICC, the Independent Packaging Association, the Fibre Box

Association (FBA) and the Printing Industries of America (PIA) will be joined by NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and Idealliance.“We are excited that NPES and Idealliance are joining with us in 2018,” said AICC president, Steve Young. “Our members share a common manufacturing process of putting ink on paper, converting the product and shipping to a customer in a job-shop setting. Our suppliers are also a part of this effort as our members rely on their technology to remain innovative and competitive.” The Print & Packaging Legislative Summit debuted in 2017 as a rebranding of the former

AICC and FBA Corrugated Industry Washington Fly-in. In 2016 members of PIA, which also sponsored a similar event, joined the summit resulting in the inclusion of even more representatives from the printing and converting industries. Young said he will be extending an invitation to print and packaging groups to join the effort.

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Less of the same approach could help cut recycling confusion

‘UK businesses can make it easier for consumers to recycle their products by producing less waste in the first place, as well as using the same common types of packing materials,’ said Antalis Packaging. This comes as a recent survey by waste

management firm, Virido, revealed that the British public is increasingly confused about what products can be recycled, and recycling rates fell for the first time since last year. According to the study, 60 per cent of UK

householders are not confident they put their waste in the right bins and fewer than one in five (16 per cent) feel recycling labelling on product packaging is easy to understand. This is despite UK consumers recognising the need for recycling. Almost half of those questioned stated that the government’s target to recycle 50 per cent of its waste by 2020 is not ambitious enough. Jason Poxon, Antalis Packaging technologist, said, “It’s a real shame to see that although the

British public avidly supports recycling, the majority are confused about what and how to recycle. From our experience, a big issue lies in the vast array of packaging materials and formats in today’s saturated market, which can make recycling a minefield, not to mention the tendency for over-packing.” Read more on the Converterwebsite

Aleph showcased at SGIA Expo

As one of the leaders in the international digital printing industry, Aleph, an Italian company, recently took part in SGIA Expo 2017, New Orleans, October 10-12, showcasing a LaForte Paper Industrial Printer for the textile and sign graphic market. Since its first reveal at ITMA 2015 in Milan, the LaForte

Paper has achieved recognition from the Italian and international market for its performance, printing results, technology and speed, which all enhance production. The distinctive elements of this printer include the

design, which reflects its strong and stable performance, and the easy-to-use interface, convenient for users. The number of LaForte printers installed in Italy and abroad continues to increase and customer feedback is positive.

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IPEX announces its Future Skills programme

A Future Skills programme will run throughout all four days of the IPEX show, October 31 to November 2, at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The show includes a packed guest speaker programme

from a diverse cross-section of the print and design industry. A panel debate, on November 2, will deliberate on what

is currently happening to encourage young people to look at the industry as a serious career path — from engaging students to providing the means to help them succeed. This will include an interactive session to find out what potential employers need from young people. Rob Fisher, event director, said, “Our Future Skills

conference has been designed to inspire, engage and help the print industry promote itself. For young people considering a career in print, or those that are just starting out, and for printers looking for guidance on filling the skills gap this is a must-attend event. Speakers will explain how the industry can attract young talented individuals as well as highlighting the career opportunities on offer.”

Essentra shortlisted for two packaging and beauty awards

Essentra, a global supplier of health and personal care packaging, has been shortlisted for two industry awards for its work on the ‘Nivea Love Lips’ lip care gift pack. In this year’s UK Packaging Awards, Essentra was

announced as a finalist for both the ‘Cartonboard Pack of the Year’ and the ‘Best New Design and Packaging’ awards at the Pure Beauty awards. The product is a gift-pack including a trio of lip balms

in a variety of Nivea’s popular flavours. Essentra worked closely with Beiersdorf to create the new gift-pack, unrestricted by seasonal stereotypes, which would ensure consumers were presented with the same products, but in a new gifting option that could be purchased all year round. Nivea Love Lips incorporates many bespoke features, such as a magnetic closure component and the use of premium foils, multi-colour varnishes and embossing on a luxurious silk material.

Sun Chemical offers new migration-compliant metallic inks

Continuing to meet the needs of customers to help them improve productivity, create new revenue opportunities and contribute to a more sustainable future, Sun Chemical is introducing a set of migration-compliant metallic inks for sheet-fed offset printing. The new set of inks — part of the company’s SunPak FSP range of bio-based, lithographic

inks for board and paper — comprises four colours: silver, rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold. This is ideal for food packaging, as they have been fully certified as migration- compliant, the inks deliver printability and visible metallic brilliance. Developed to ensure that there is no batch-to-batch variation and offering a storage life

of 12 months, the new inks will be despatched to customers as a ready mixed, one-pack system, so that the customer does not have to spend time mixing the inks onsite and only needs to handle them when adding them to the press. The new inks have been validated in tests by existing Sun Chemical customers with

positive results. The feedback indicates that the new range of metallic inks delivers storage stability, is robust on press and has drawn level with standard oil-based metallic inks in terms of metallic brilliance.

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