Sun Chemical celebrates 30-year partnership with Skymark This year marks the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Sun Chemical and UK packaging manufacturer, Skymark. Sun Chemical has been the main inks supplier to Skymark since the company was established

in 1987. It supplies 95 per cent of Skymark’s wet material including inks, lacquers and coatings for the flexible packaging market for food, hygiene, personal care and medical products. As Skymark’s business has grown over the years, so has its requirement for inks. Today

Skymark has four printing presses that are capable of printing up to 10 colours with a combined print output of over 45 million metres a month across a range of substrates including PE, OPP, laminates and paper. Paul McCoy, national sales manager, Liquid Inks

UK and Ireland, Sun Chemical, said, “We’re delighted to be able to celebrate this landmark anniversary with Skymark. Thanks to the quality of Sun Chemical’s products, expertise and service, we’ve built a mutually beneficial relationship with Skymark over the last 30 years. During this time, the flexible packaging market has developed and we’ve been on hand with the latest developments and products to help Skymark move forward with the market.”

Zünd UK evolves with a new name, new technology and new faces

Following its acquisition by Swiss family business, Zünd Systemtechnik, earlier this year, St Albans-based Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) has announced an official name change to Zünd UK. The new, simpler name reflects a continued progression for the company, one of the leaders in digital cutting technology. New technical innovations will be on

show at Zünd UK’s dedicated demonstration centre following a forthcoming refurbishment. New Zünd machines fitted with over-cutter cameras and laser modules, both of which were unveiled at FESPA this year, will be on display for customers seeking an in-depth look at Zünd technology, away from busy trade show floors. Zünd UK is also planning to hold a number of open house events next year, introducing more people to its cutting-edge range. Furthermore, Zünd UK has announced the appointment of new sales personnel. James

Newnham, Paul Whitford and Steve Rowbotham have all been appointed sales account managers, while Thomas Scott has been hired as a new sales technician. As part of the changes at Zünd UK, the email addresses for sales and support teams have

also been altered to and respectively. The phone and fax numbers remain the same. Zünd UK will be exhibiting at Advanced Engineering in Birmingham, November 1-2, 2017.

CMO Council study reveals marketer responsiveness impact on brand performance

How quickly and effectively marketers respond and adapt to on-going consumer feedback has become a new determinant of brand performance, reports the Chief Marketing Oficer (CMO) Council in a survey report recently released. According to 90 per cent of the 150 brand marketers

surveyed, responsiveness – or the ability to source, understand and then quickly react to feedback, preferences and needs – is important, if not critical, to the delivery of an exceptional customer experience.

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Essentra awarded silver position by top sustainability ratings agency

Essentra has been awarded a silver rating from EcoVadis, one of the industry’s top supply chain ratings agencies. EcoVadis was the first collaborative platform to provide sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Essentra has been ranked in the top 23 per cent of

suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in the category ‘Manufacture of other articles of paper and paperboard’. Essentra is also in the top 15 per cent of suppliers assessed by EcoVadis in all categories. The rating recognises the company’s commitment to progressing its sustainability efforts through initiatives that include creating packaging designed for easy recyclability, and investing to expand on its waste management and reduction processes. Essentra has also advanced its learning and

development programmes with an increased commitment to training employees on health and safety and best working practices. Read more on the Converterwebsite

Domino to launch fluorescent security ink for its K600i printer

Domino Digital Printing Solutions is launching a new fluorescent ink for its K600i Piezo Drop on demand inkjet printer at Labelexpo Europe 2017, Hall 9, Stand A60, Brussels, Belgium, September 25-28. For security printing and brand protection, this addition

to Domino’s ink range, UV80CL, will help businesses tackle counterfeiting and forgery. Domino’s UV80CL ink prints clear, but it appears as

fluorescent green under an ultraviolet UV-A 365nm blacklight. It can be used to print 2D codes, barcodes, alpha numeric codes, images, graphics and personalised data printing, all of which may be used in security, authentication and anti-counterfeit applications. The combination of printing variable data with green fluorescence creates a high complexity rating, which would be extremely difficult to replicate.

UPM Raflatac introduces new dissolving paper material

UPM Raflatac is expanding its range of transport and logistics labelling solutions for the European market with a new dissolving label material that is suitable for direct thermal printing. The new Dissolving Paper Thermal Eco and the Dissolving Paper Plus are both for

applications where labels need to be removed quickly without an additional washing process and without leaving any paper waste or adhesive residue. Short-term labelling solutions are used in a variety of logistics and transport applications,

particularly where containers are labelled and used multiple times. Some typical examples are recyclable crates and airline meal trays. Dissolving Paper Thermal Eco is designed for direct thermal printing and can be considered

as BPA and BPS free. Both Dissolving Paper Plus and Dissolving Paper Thermal Eco dissolve quickly, even in cold water, without requiring any additional washing processes. The labelled surface is left clean of residue, and because the paper face and adhesive dissolve completely there is no risk of filters or drains becoming clogged with waste. “Removing labels without leaving residue behind can often be a challenge, but the

Dissolving Paper Plus and Dissolving Paper Thermal Eco are specifically designed for these types of situations,” said Jouni Iiskola, segment manager, logistics, UPM Raflatac.

6 September 2017

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