Mar 8, 2017
At this time of year vendors and users of digital print technology have a spate of events that qualify as vendor-specific tradeshows, ones hosted or sponsored by individual equipment suppliers. Among the best known are two that just took place, namely Hunkeler Innovation Days (February 20-23 in Lucerne) and Dscoop (March 1-4 in Phoenix, Arizona, for HP users). A third event, coming soon, is a pure play in digitally printed packaging and well worth visiting—the Xeikon Café that will take place in Belgium on March 27-30.
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Mar 23, 2016
Highcon, the digital finishing system supplier, recently held a three day event at its headquarters in Israel to show technology developments that it will soon unveil at drupa 2016 in Germany. The short version of our report on this “pre-drupa” gathering:
- Since its debut at drupa 2012, Highcon has placed 25 of its “Euclid” and “Euclid II” devices globally
- In 2016 it will add a new portfolio of digital cutting and creasing systems and related tools, the Highcon Beam, Highcon Euclid III and the Highcon Pulse.
- These products will give carton converters and other printers new access to Highcon’s unique finishing, and also to two applications new at Highcon, 3D printing and variable data cutting.
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Sep 3, 2014
HP announced on August 27 that a Czech corrugated converter, Obaly Morava, has recently installed the first HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press to print corrugated liner stock in process colors. The news has two important features: (1) Obaly Morava will be the first to use HP’s thermal inkjet T-Series presses for packaging; (2) the corrugated market gains a major new entrant in the Read more »
Sep 25, 2013
The second day of PackExpo 2013 was highlighted by several digital printing announcements and continued strong attendance. As with the first day of the show the aisles were full with attendees, including many international visitors. Of the 26,000 or so buyers, Mexico represented the biggest group with about 1,000 attendees, followed by China and Japan. In all 25% of Pack Expo visitors are from outside the United States. On the announcement front we saw several new products from companies such as Epson, HP, and Quick Label Systems.
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Sep 24, 2013
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), the fourth-largest U.S. producer of corrugated shipping boxes, recently agreed to buy Boise (BZ) Inc. for about $1.27 billion in cash, a move that will add to PCA’s capacity in the Pacific Northwest and in Europe. PCA will pay $12.55 a share, 26 percent over Boise’s Sept. 13 closing price, in a deal that also includes $714 million of Boise’s debt (based on SEC filings, this sum would appear to be Boise’s entire long-term debt). The two companies say the purchase will be complete in the fourth quarter of this year.
PCA says the takeover will increase its container board production capacity by 42%, to 3.7 million tons a year. PCA also forecasts pretax savings of $105 million within three years of the deal’s completion from lower transportation costs, and various synergies, especially in the SG&A area.
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Mar 20, 2012
HP held a pre-drupa press and analyst event in Israel last week. InfoTrends was represented by four analysts: Ralf SchlÅ‘zer, Bob Leahey, Lior Meron, and myself. What is particularly interesting about the top stories from this event is that many of HP’s announcements are emblematic of industry trends that we will see playing out at drupa. Here are eight of the top take-aways from that event:
- B2 Digital Takes a Step Forward — There are increasing signs that drupa 2012 could be the “B2 Digital drupa.” Fujifilm, Jadason, and Screen showed B2 Digital products at drupa 2008, but none of those have what I believe to be the key characteristics necessary for a successful digital product at that format size: duplex capability, the ability to draw from multiple drawers, and connection to in-line finishing. HP’s announcement of the Indigo 10000, which I have blogged about separately has all of these. HP, which was lagging behind Kodak and Xerox in format size, has now leapfrogged ahead, but there will be more to come. Cut-sheet inkjet products, including new ones from companies like Delphax, will push the definition of cut-sheet digital print beyond the bounds of a 12” by 18” sheet. The battle moving forward will be about features, acquisition price, and running cost.
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Jan 19, 2012
Insight about basic forces in the packaging markets of Europe comes from this story: On January 17th, Britain’s DS Smith (UK) announced it is buying the recycled packaging operations of SCA of Sweden for about $2 billion. The goal of DS Smith, already a jumbo supplier of packaging in Britain and elsewhere, is to win more business from the world’s top consumer goods companies, especially in Northern Europe where its main consumer goods customers already operate. In his statement about the deal, DS Smith CEO Miles Roberts said that customers like Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft, Reckitt Benckiser, and Unilever have encouraged his company to offer more recycled packaging across Europe. The deal will make DS Smith one of the largest corrugated suppliers in Europe, with close to 3 million metric tonnes of capacity. Read more »
Dec 5, 2011
Kodak recently gave another reminder to the market that it is a big company in packaging world, albeit so far not as a supplier of digital printers for packaging. That said, the company has great potential to someday be a major supplier of inkjet printing for packaging.
At the PLMA Private Label Trade Show in Chicago in November, Kodak showed its prepress solutions for packaging, including two 2011 developments.Â Read more »
Jan 24, 2011
In the Color Digital Label & Packaging (CDLP) service we concentrate mainly on primary packaging such as prime labels, folding cartons, and flexible packaging. Converters in each of those applications use software from EskoArtwork, for graphic design of labels and for both graphic and structural design of folding cartons and flexible packaging. A recent news item reminded us that EskoArtwork is also a top vendor to converters for an adjacent application, corrugated containers. In corrugated packaging, EskoArtwork seems to repeat its role in enhancing design and speed as seen in converting for primary packaging.
York Container, the subject of the coverage, is a single source supplier of corrugated shipping containers, as well as retail packaging and point of purchase displays. York, which has nearly 200 employees, deals with the entire packaging production workflow, from providing raw materials and structural solutions to creative graphic design and in-line production of printing, die-cutting, coating, folding, and gluing. Read more »