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FINLAND • Charles Héaulmé takes the lead as the new President and CEO of Huhtamaki. He will succeed Jukka Moisio, who steps down after a long and successful tenure. The transition will take place on April 26, 2019, following the annual general meeting.

 

Charles Héaulmé joins Huhtamaki from Tetra Pak, where his latest position has been Vice President Europe and Central Asia since 2015. Prior to this he has worked in various business and finance leadership roles in Tetra Pak in different geographies since 1999. He has also held financial controlling roles in Bosch Braking Systems Division 1994-1999 and served as a senior auditor in KPMG during 1990-1993.

FINLAND n Charles Héaulmé takes the lead as the new President and CEO of Huhtamaki. He will succeed Jukka Moisio, who steps down after a long and successful tenure. The transition will take place on April 26, 2019, following the annual general meeting.

 

Charles Héaulmé joins Huhtamaki from Tetra Pak, where his latest position has been Vice President Europe and Central Asia since 2015. Prior to this he has worked in various business and finance leadership roles in Tetra Pak in different geographies since 1999. He has also held financial controlling roles in Bosch Braking Systems Division 1994-1999 and served as a senior auditor in KPMG during 1990-1993.

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IRELAND • According to a study, 40% of the total demand for plastic in Europe is for packaging requirements. Hence, Smurfit Kappa has launched a packaging design competition in a bid to encourage the development of sustainable packaging solutions. It seeks ideas from designers, engineers, inventors and creative thinkers, to address the growing challenge of non-recyclable waste.

 The sustainable packaging design competition outlines two specific challenges. The first challenge involves the development of an alternative for the plastic stretch wrap used around pallets during storage and delivery. The second is for the development of a fully paper-based parcel with thermal protection for chocolates. This packaging is to be used in e-commerce sales channels.

 

The competition is open until 29 March 2019. The winner of each design challenge will receive EUR 8,000 and their innovation will be exhibited at the Smurfit Kappa innovation event in May.

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The printing and converting industry for packaging production across labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated boards is undergoing a massive transformation. It is important for all converters to understand the main challenges ahead and to be prepared. The Bobst Group closely assesses the market to ensure customers and future clients will have the solutions they need in a changing environment. The company recommend proactively addressing the following seven topics.

  1. The packaging roles – protect, deliver, appeal

 The role of packaging has been evolving over the years. While protecting the goods is still the number one priority, it needs to be done in a sustainable way often using thinner materials and more sophisticated design. With the rapid development of new retail formats (particularly e-commerce), the delivery mechanism of boxes is becoming more complex and the packaging production needs to be done differently and faster with more productive and flexible machines, while delivering the highest quality. Brand owners use packaging to stand out on the shelf and to appeal to customers. The recent trend requires shorter production runs, repeat orders and flexibility, which is putting more pressure on converters to adjust their packaging production line capabilities. This leads nicely onto the second major topic.

  1. Conventional and digital

For decades, the printing and converting of packaging has used conventional methods. But new digital solutions are now enabling significant progress, meaning brand owners and converters can do things that were not previously possible. Digital will not completely replace analogue, but will provide the flexibility required for shorter production runs driven by new trends such as customisation, security and traceability needs. Bobst is investing heavily into digital capabilities for packaging printing across a wide range of substrates. While there is little doubt that digital will positively contribute to packaging production, it will require more than a digital press to deliver effective packaging production. Which brings us onto the third challenge.

  1. The digitalisation of the workflow

One of the biggest challenges is the management of various interfaces between different equipment and between the brand owner, the agency, the printers and converters. Automation will help to fully optimise the machines’ uptime and enable effective communication between the one ordering the boxes, the one producing them and all the others in the middle. While printers and converters spend a lot of energy to select the most productive machines, they sometimes underestimate the complexity of the entire workflow. This is where Bobst expertise is critical; the company understands that the maximum print or converting speed indicated on a machine is theoretical until it is well managed for the most effective packaging production at the right price. Which takes us to the next challenge.

  1. Cost pressure

We live in a world where we all want more for the same – or even better, for less. Brand owners, who are the ultimate decision makers on the packaging, want better, faster, more customised, better secured, but they do not want to spend more. The truth for packaging production is that the cost of a given box should not be higher than it is today. The overall packaging production costs are impacted by three major elements: quality, productivity and costs. These three factors are all very important and they should not be seen in isolation but across the entire chain from designing to printing to converting and to packing. We are all familiar with the concept of a chain being as strong as its weakest component. This is the same for packaging production especially in an integrated workflow. Bobst is integrating digital printing, quality checks and zero default converting into the entire chain so that customers can rely on the highest quality at the best price.

  1. Sustainability

This is a topic we all need to take into consideration. Packaging production will need to process more advanced substrates, thinner materials and more demanding designs – all with the same productivity, more flexibility and definitely at the same cost. Ideal waste management means zero fault packaging. The ability to manage repeat orders and legal regulation changes will also be high on the requirements list. And with sustainability, we always need to keep one eye on the future: do not only look at what you print today but what will be printed tomorrow.

  1. Workforce education and staffing

Hiring in this industry can be challenging – talented individuals who fully understand the industry requirements are rare, and the industry is sometimes perceived as less attractive than others. The move to new digital solutions across the production chain will make packaging production more attractive. Training of existing staff members need to be integrated in workforce planning. The Bobst Group faces the exact same challenge and by working closely with universities, schools and by promoting apprenticeships, it can help clients to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.

  1. Services

This is not about the break and fix of a given machine but rather the daily relationship needed with suppliers – indeed, they should be ‘partners’, rather than ‘suppliers’. With the advent of the internet of things, more and more equipment is connected directly with the manufacturers, and preventive maintenance is no longer science fiction. The Bobst Group has a complete range of services embracing the entire printing and converting process. It always aims for excellence, and can leverage more than 125 years of experience in servicing clients across the globe. All this leads to higher uptimes, longer life spans of equipment, optimised production quality and costs and overall better return on investment.

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GERMANY • At ICE Europe, which will take place from March, 12th to 14th, 2019 in Munich, Erhardt+Leimer (E+L, Stadtbergen/Germany) will present new and proven products from the sector of measuring and automation technology for the converting industry. The new digital infrared wide band sensor FR 61 is particularly suitable for the precise acquisition of the position of homogenous, opaque materials. Even transparent materials (transparency of up to 70%), e.g. cloudy plastic films can be detected.

The particular advantage of the sensor is its large measuring range: 3 variants with measuring ranges of 160 mm, 320 mm and even 480 mm are available. The web can be acquired and guided in the entire sensor field of view. Format and width changes during production can be undertaken reproducibly, quickly and without manual adjustment. It is also possible to evaluate up to 4 edges simultaneously.

The actual edge position and diagnostic information are displayed on the sensor’s integrated display. The Ethernet interface on the device and an integrated web server make possible servicing and access to status values, warnings and alarms as well as the complete configuration using a standard web browser. The wide band sensor operates with the transmitted light principle. Due to the overlapping arrangement of individual infrared light paths, there is a correspondingly large measuring range with a high resolution of 0.01 mm and high linearity. An integrated exposure controller largely compensates for effects such as external light and soiling. Optionally, the sensor is available with an air purge system.

With the proven FE 52, E+L will also present a color line sensor with a trigger mode such that web guiding based on a single criterion directly in the printed image is possible. This individual criterion can be a color line or a contrast feature, for example an individual letter. As such, technical orientation lines used only for web guiding and cut off after the printing process are no longer required.

Along with the sensors, Erhardt+Leimer will present at ICE its systems for web guiding, web tension control and the measurement of the weight per unit area and the thickness of coatings. The E+L stand is in hall A5, stand 1110.

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ITALY • The Italian industry of printing and converting machinery is enjoying a continued positive trend. According to preliminary data released by Acimga – the association representing the companies in the industry – 2018 revenues have grown by 10 %, following an already impressive + 8.7 % in 2017. The industry of graphic, paper and converting machinery is now worth a total of € 3 billion.


60 % of revenues are generated by exports (€ 1.84 billion). Following a slight drop (– 0.3%) experienced in 2017, the industry has received the 7.6 % increase in exports favourably. Foreign sales data shows the high appreciation other countries have for these machines, produced by small- and medium-sized Italian companies. Domestic sales also enjoy double-digit growth, with Italian manufacturers selling goods on the domestic market for € 1.15 billion – a 14.2 % leap over last year.

Imports from foreign countries are also booming with an increase of over one fifth of the total value (+21.7%). Foreign production covers slightly over one third of Italy’s demand, while the remaining two-thirds are covered by the domestic industry.

“These are exceptional results” – comments Acimga’s president Aldo Peretti. He adds: “The Industry 4.0 plan has certainly helped and given further momentum to an already very lively industry. We will soon be starting individual plans for our companies to guide them to innovation 4.0 with the support of SDA Bocconi. However, we won’t just be taking care of our own members; we plan to increasingly integrate more of the supply chain together with Assografici and Assocarta, so that manufacturers of printing machinery can expand their horizon to the whole industry.”

Peretti also refers to the Print4All Conference, a two-day event planned on March 21st and 22nd at Fiera Milano gathering machinery manufacturers, printers, influencers and brand owners: “We are happy with 2018 results but are already looking forward to 2019 and the 2021 edition of Print4All”.

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GERMANY • With its announcement less than a year ago that it was making a major investment in its Kehl mill, the Koehler Paper Group (Oberkirch/Germany) took the first step towards a new paper machine capable of producing papers for flexible packaging. Koehler has now acquired Wilfried Heinzel AG, also known as heinzelsales, as an experienced partner to market the papers for flexible packaging in France, Spain and Portugal.

Together with heinzelsales, Koehler wants to work on securing the future business success of single-sided coated papers with barrier functions and sealing ability. The papers for flexible packaging are used in a wide variety of products. These include chocolate and muesli bars; pudding and granola; sugar sticks; bags for instant soups, rice, and pet food; ice cream cones; banderoles and lids for yogurt cups; and much more.

Koehler’s goal is to replace plastic in these flexible packaging materials with paper wherever possible and practical in order to help replace nonrecyclable packaging with paper.

Wilfried Heinzel AG is the global sales network of the Heinzel Group, based in Vienna, Austria. In partnership with producers from across the globe, the company sells a wide range of paper and pulp grades through local sales specialists in Europe and other regions of the world.

The Koehler Paper Group is a manufacturer of specialty papers and now also moving into the field of papers for flexible packaging with its new PM8 paper machine. With over 1,800 employees at its four locations, Koehler produces more than 500,000 tons of various specialty papers and, at the same time, operates various power plants in order to be able to generate 100 percent of the energy for paper production from renewable sources in the medium term.

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Dear readers,

The team of flexo-gravure.com wishes you a pleasant and relaxing holiday season and a good start to a successful New Year 2019. We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your confidence in flexo-gravure.com. Starting again on 07 January 2019, we look forward to continue to provide you with the latest news covering all segments of flexo and gravure package printing.

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USA • Dutch company Apex International added Pete Schwab and Kevin Glendon to the North America technical sales team. Schwab is the Technical Sales Representative for the North Midwest of the US. With over two decades of experience with flexo printing, he is a perfect fit for continuing growth in that region. Glendon, who has worked in the flexo industry for over ten years and has sales experience, is also a new Technical Sales Representative for the Midwest, servicing Apex customers in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Schwab and Glendon join another new team member, Gustavo Soto, Direct Technical Sales Representative for Mexico. Soto’s addition was announced in October 2018 as he is the first direct representative in the country for Apex in several years.

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GERMANY • At the first technology event of the W&H Academy in November 2018, 30 customers and partners informed themselves about current market developments and possibilities for optimizing production for package printing in flexo and gravure printing. Theoretical aspects were demonstrated practically live on the presses in the printing technology center. Further events are already planned.

With ist technology events, Windmöller & Hölscher (W&H) offers a format in which the practical challenges of packaging printing, the strengths of the individual processes and the practical consequences for everyday production are discussed. In November, the event covered a wide range of topics, from today’s requirements of brand manufacturers to technical topics such as residual solvent values, opacities and repeat tolerances with critical materials. In addition to the W&H experts, partners from the materials supply industry were also on hand as contact partners. What’s special: In addition to the presentations of 11 speakers, practical applications were demonstrated live at the Lengerich printing technology centre.

The W&H Academy will be offering further technology events in the future. The dates will be announced on the W&H homepage.

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USA • Just six months after being appointed to head up technical support for Vetaphone products in the USA and Canada, the Wisconsin-based Works Corporation has a made a significant impact according to Vetaphone’s Area Sales Manager, Ted Wolski.

Established in 2003 by Rob and Eric Hopfensperger, “The Works”, as they are best known, have an extensive portfolio of customers from more than 200 small family businesses to major international groups and OEMs.  Together, the two guys bring more than 40 years of experience and expertise to the converting market, having worked throughout the US and in 25 other countries around the World from Europe to Asia

Set up to offer after sales service, complete preventative maintenance, machine re-build and repair, equipment and plant moves and installations, as well as special project management, The Works Corporation can be contacted via the Vetaphone office in Chicago, or direct at support-us@vetaphone.com

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