Agfa to showcase how its ECO³ prepress solutions make newspaper printers more profitable at 2018 World Publishing Expo

At the IFRA World Publishing Expo 2018 (WPE, October 9-11 in Berlin, Germany), Agfa Graphics will focus on how its ECO³ prepress solutions can make newspaper printers’ operations more economical, ecological and convenient. Key elements highlighted will include the recently launched Avatar V-ZH printing plate, the Attiro ZH Clean-Out Unit and the latest version of … Read more →

Sun Chemical to have new CEO in 2019

Sun Chemical (Parsippany. NJ) has appointed Myron Petruch as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Petruch assumes the leadership of Sun Chemical after serving as President of Sun Chemical Performance Pigments and General Manager of its Pigments Products Division since 2008. He succeeds Rudi Lenz, who’ll transition to the new role … Read more →

Hop Industries releases its 2019 Hop-Syn Product Guide and Samples Book

Hop Industries (Lyndhurst, NJ), manufacturer of durable Hop-Syn synthetic papers, has announced the availability of its 2019 Product Guide and Samples Book. The new resource features the company’s range of environmentally-friendly synthetic papers, and now includes a companion guide with how-to articles that address the multitude processes and applications for its durable substrates. The 24-page … Read more →

Mactac expands Chill AT and Chill AT Extreme label solutions

The Mactac Performance Adhesives Group (Stow, Ohio) is further expanding its all-temperature Chill AT and Chill AT Extreme label product lines. With a versatile temperate range spanning -65 to +150 degrees Fahrenheit, Chill AT products “are formulated for demanding cold-temperature applications while also delivering superior adhesion at room temperature.” Typically used in refrigerated and frozen … Read more →

Avery Dennison launches new reflective films portfolio

Avery Dennison (Mentor, Ohio) has launched a new portfolio of reflective vinyl films. The new line includes V2000 Beaded Reflective Film, printable V4000 Beaded Reflective Film, and Visiflex V8000 Series Prismatic Reflective Vinyl. Each of the new reflective vinyl films provides increased visibility in a variety of applications, including indoor signage, outdoor signage, striping, fleet … Read more →

GSE adds new Ink Manager software module for label and packaging printing

GSE Dispensing (The Netherlands/Charlotte, NC) has enhanced its Ink Manager software by introducing an optional module that brings improved control of costs and job procedures, as well as better traceability in label and packaging printing. GSE Ink Manager software enables converters to minimize ink-related waste, provide improved ink yields, reduce set-up times, enhance reporting and … Read more →

Cascades to close two Ontario production facilities

Numerous local and national Canadian consumer media outlets have reported that Cascades (Kingsey Falls, Quebec) will be closing two corrugated packaging plants in Ontario as part of its ongoing efforts to reorganize, streamline and optimize its operations. The closures, expected to take place by the end of 2018, will affect about 65 workers at its … Read more →

Agfa launches first preheat-free chemistry-free violet printing plate

Eleven years after the worldwide launch of the first chemistry-free violet newspaper CtP plate, Agfa Graphics has launched the Avatar V-ZH Violet Plate – which does not require ant pre-heating. “The plate marks the next milestone in terms of economic and ecological platemaking,” said the OEM. “Based on our customers’ successful experiences with our violet, … Read more →

Siegwerk acquires leading Québec ink company Ultra Inks

Siegwerk Druckfarben AG & Co. KGaA (Siegburg, Germany), one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has purchased Ultra Inks Incorporated (Encres Ultra Inc.). The Canadian specialist in flexographic inks is located in Bois-des-Filion, Québec, and focuses primarily on water-based flexo inks for narrow-web and paper-and-board applications. Both parties … Read more →

Sun Chemical to increase prices of all inks, coatings and consumables in North America

Sun Chemical (Parsippany, NJ) will increase prices across its entire portfolio of inks, coatings and consumable products in North America, effective October 1, 2018. A combination of ongoing raw material supply disruptions, the escalation of transportation costs, and governmental initiatives (ranging from tariffs to changes in environmental regulations) continue to challenge the supply chain and … Read more →

Association For Print Technologies praises ITC’s termination of Canadian Paper Tariffs

The Association for Print Technologies’ (APTech) through its Vice President of Government Affairs, Mark J. Nuzzaco, has praised the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to terminate duties on Canadian uncoated groundwood (UGW) paper (i.e. newsprint) previously imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department. He also endorsed the statement issued by Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers … Read more →

Neenah introduces 100% pure cotton papers

Neenah (Alpharetta, Georgia) is expanding its cotton fibre paper category by adding new Neenah Cotton Papers – a 100% cotton paper line manufactured by the paper mill. The company has been producing pure cotton papers since the late 1870s. “Neenah Cotton Papers truly represent everything Neenah brings to the art and science of papermaking – … Read more →