January's top stories: BOBST's upgraded SelectMet system, Brodrene Hartmann's egg carton plant

BOBST announced that its SelectMet system has been upgraded to implement its F&K heritage flexo printing technology into the vacuum metalliser, and Brodrene Hartmann intends to set up its new manufacturing centre at Rolla, Missouri, US. Packaging-gateway.com wraps up the key headlines from January 2016.


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Firstan Quality Packaging procures two Komori presses

UK-based Firstan Quality Packaging invested £6m to procure two Komori 18,000sph presses.

A six-colour Lithrone GX40 with coater was installed last December, while a multi-unit Lithrone GX40RP with reverse printing and coating press will be installed by the end of May.

The presses include the inline Komori PDF Comparator, which checks every element of the printed sheet against the proof automatically, thereby finding even the smallest discrepancies.

This is particularly beneficial as the company manufactures foreign and multilingual versions of packaging.

In addition, the presses come with non-stop feeder and delivery pile logistics systems, which convey stock to and from the press and transport pallets that are empty from feeder to delivery so that they can be reused.

BOBST unveils upgraded SelectMet system for packaging printing

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Swiss packaging and label equipment manufacturer BOBST announced that its SelectMet system has been upgraded to implement its F&K heritage flexo printing technology into the vacuum metalliser

The integration eliminates the complexity of special lacquers and chemical baths used in the traditional demetallisation processes, making this system a simple and economic alternative.

The BOBST SelectMet process operates at speeds of up to 400m/min on the BOBST General K4000 platform.

Bericap shifts production from Singapore to Malaysia to focus on ASEAN markets

Plastic closure manufacturer Bericap shifted its production from Singapore to a new advanced facility in Johor, Malaysia.

The operations at the Singapore site were stopped last December.

The new plant will focus on producing and selling closures for food and beverage sectors, as well as non-food markets in the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), which has a population of approximately 550 million.

Bericap stated that it intends to sell the closures in more than 20 countries across Asia, Australia and the EU.

Brodrene Hartmann to set up egg carton manufacturing plant at Rolla, US

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Food packaging company Brodrene Hartmann intends to set up its new manufacturing centre at Rolla, Missouri, US.

The Denmark-based company will be investing nearly $30m for the new facility, which will be used to produce moulded-fibre egg cartons for the US market.

The firm will be manufacturing the sustainable cartons at the 334,000ft² centre with recycled newspaper sourced from the Midwest.

In order to ensure the scheduled start of the plant operations early next year, the firm will be initiating hiring for the facility later this year.

Printpack to invest $26m in rigid packaging unit expansion

American flexible and specialty rigid packaging manufacturer Printpack announced plans to spend nearly $26m to expand its manufacturing operations in Newport News, Virginia, US.

The expansion is expected to boost the company's production capacity and open up 50 new jobs.

Printpack has also announced plans to complete a separate recapitalisation programme this year to enhance its manufacturing capacities using advanced technology and industry equipment.

Printpack rigid operations director Jim Stevenson said: "We decided to expand in Virginia largely because our well-established, capable workforce provides us a solid base of expertise to build upon."

API cold foils enhance Edale's narrow web label presses

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Tthe Xaar Digital Print Bar System and cold foils by API are adding greater impact to packaging produced by Edale's narrow web label presses.

The technology is claimed to offer new visual screen effects for labels as it combines flexo and digital print with API's foils.

Printed products generated through Edale's narrow web label presses are applied with adhesive via Xaar's Print Bar System, which enables API's cold foil to be added as an integral part of the label design.

The Xaar system allows single-pass digital inkjet print and varnishes or adhesive. This can help users with economical and easy application of digital print and finishing to labeling and packaging lines.

Eticom chooses Xeikon 3300 narrow label press to expand flexo/digital production platform

Self-adhesive label provider Eticom chose Xeikon's 3300 narrow-web label press to extend its extensive portfolio of digital and flexo presses.

The new Xeikon 3300 features size and format capabilities currently unavailable with Eticom's current presses.

Xeikon's dry-toner electrophotography technology will now add to Eticon's existing flexo and liquid ElectroInk printing technologies to expand its capacity and increase its offerings range.

Study reveals migrating chemicals from food packaging is safe

A study conducted by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) indicated low levels of chemical migration in foods from their plastic packaging, eliminating the possibility of causing major health issues.

FSANZ carried out phase II of the 24th Australian Total Diet Study to check if the chemicals in food packaging cause any health and safety concerns.

Around 30 chemicals and printing inks that can migrate into food from packaging were tested as a part of the study.

The tested chemicals included bisphenol A (BPA), epoxidised soy bean oil (ESBO), phthalates, printing inks and perfluorinated compounds.

Typically consumed 81 foods and beverages were sampled during the study over two sampling periods.