Future Links November 20th 2014
Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers Courier’s expansion into the Latin American market, Heidelberg’s new packaging machines, how to select the right finishing for a printed product, Smurfit Kappa’s new facilities in Spain, a fact-finding mission on food ink migration and a paper recycling plant as part of the circular economy.
Courier expands presence in the Latin American market
Courier Corporation, one of America’s leading innovators in book manufacturing, publishing and content management, announced its acquisition of a 60 percent interest in Digital Page Grafica e Editora, a digital printer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This move expands Couriers presence in the South- and Latin American educational market.
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Heidelberg targets packaging market with new machines
Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG will be presenting several new solutions for folding carton production at the Packaging Days, which will be held on November 26-27 at the company’s Wiesloch-Walldorf site. The company confirms the importance of the packaging market and its readiness to meet the market’s needs with press and postpress products.
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Finishing is more than just an afterthought
While much effort is typically spent on finding the right printing equipment and processes, finishing often plays a much smaller role. Yet it is finishing that turns the printed sheet into an actual product. FESPA’s Neesan Cleary discusses the pros and cons of the finishing processes laminating, cutting, and welding.
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Smurfit Kappa opens new facilities in Spain
Smurfit Kappa is looking to capitalize on a growing demand for packaging in Southern Europe with the opening of a new facility in Ibi, Spain. The 22 million USD production center will house production lines designed specifically for the manufacturing of the company’s Bag-in-Box liquid packaging ranges.
More at Outputmagazine
Fact finding mission on food ink migration
The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has begun a fact finding mission to better understand chemical migration from packaging into food, and if more regulation is needed. So far, there is no internationally unified regulation about inks for food packaging and the FSANZ will also take note on how the EU and US are approaching the issue.
More at i-Grafix
Recycling paper factory becomes part of the circular economy
A recycling paper factory in the Netherlands shows that it can use much more than just recycled paper. A case in point: phosphate produced as a waste byproduct at a baby-food factory, to be fed to bacteria in an anaerobic fermentation tank at the mill. A New York Times article explores the issue and demonstrate how paper mills can become part of the circular economy where recycling is no longer restricted to paper alone.
More at The New York Times