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Labels & Packaging

This section of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the Labels & Packaging print sectors. It feature discussions on technical and business trends that affect all those in the Packaging Supply Chain.

Comexi’s Jordi Puig on Energy-Curing Ink for Flexo
Comexi’s Jordi Puig on Energy-Curing Ink for Flexo

Published: August 3, 2020

Jordi Puig, Technical Director Flexo for Comexi, talks about the 60-year-old company and the latest trends in flexo printing—namely, sustainability and a transition to UV- and EB-curing inks. Watch Video

Ashland Adds New Textures to Labels
Ashland Adds New Textures to Labels

Published: June 10, 2020

Amy Gran, LA&C Radcure Tech Service & Product Development Chemist at Ashland, talks about Ashland’s energy-curing adhesives and coatings for the food packaging markets, some of the new product trends coming to market—such as tactile materials like soft-touch coatings, sand textures, and raises images—and the advantages of UV curing for these kinds of applications. Watch Video

Marci Kinter on the Increased Importance of Sustainability in Packaging
Marci Kinter on the Increased Importance of Sustainability in Packaging

Published: May 20, 2020

Marci Kinter, Vice President, Government Affairs, SGIA (now Printing United Alliance) talks about the increased importance of sustainability and the circular economy to packaging producers, brand owners, and consumer products companies. Watch Video

EFI’s Josh Samuel on UV Inks for Packaging
EFI’s Josh Samuel on UV Inks for Packaging

Published: May 11, 2020

Josh Samuel, Director of Ink Development for EFI, talks about ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curable inks and their advantages for use in packaging printing, especially corrugated. Watch Video

Miraclon Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary
Miraclon Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary

Published: April 27, 2020

David Zwang talks to Chris Payne, CEO of Miraclon, the former Kodak flexo unit, about Miraclon’s one-year anniversary as an independent company, how the company has fared over the past year, as well as the state of business during the current crisis. Watch Video

Edward Maguire on Energy Curing
Edward Maguire on Energy Curing

Published: April 20, 2020

Edward Maguire, President & COO of Energy Sciences Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of electron-beam curing equipment, talks about the primary differences between ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing, and some of the applications and advantages of EB in packaging production. Watch Video

S-One Labels & Packaging Working to Help the Flexible Packaging Industry Address Its Digital Transformation
S-One Labels & Packaging Working to Help the Flexible Packaging Industry Address Its Digital Transformation

Published: January 6, 2020

Ralph Giammarco, Vice President at S-One Labels & Packaging, discusses the similarities of the analog-to-digital transformation in flexible packaging to the sign industry's transformation. Digital now comprises 1% to 2% of flexible packaging, and Giammarco estimates growth to a double-digit share over the next few years and delivering a more sustainable product. Watch Video

GMG and Epson Partner for Packaging Prototyping
GMG and Epson Partner for Packaging Prototyping

Published: December 5, 2019

Eric Dalton, Director of Sales, Western Region, for GMG, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company's package prototyping solution using GMG ColorProof, GMG OpenColor Software, and an Epson SureColor S80600 printer to print and proof with white ink on clear materials and other specialty substrates, such as shrink sleeves for bottles. Watch Video

Bobst’s D’Annunzio on Digital Label Printing
Bobst’s D’Annunzio on Digital Label Printing

Published: November 25, 2019

David Zwang talks to Federico D’Annunzio, Senior Innovation Advisor for the Bobst Group, about some of the new innovations surrounding digital label printing, and how the same automation process can be applied to digital inkjet, flexo, offset, or hybrid label printing equipment. Watch Video

Canon Offically Enters the Digital Packaging Market at Labelexpo in Brussels
Canon Offically Enters the Digital Packaging Market at Labelexpo in Brussels

Published: November 5, 2019

Crit Driessen, VP of Labels & Packaging for Canon, talks to David Zwang about the Océ LabelStream 4000 Series, Canon’s initial entry into the digital packaging marketplace. Watch Video

Hybrid Software on Packaging Prepress
Hybrid Software on Packaging Prepress

Published: October 29, 2019

Mike Rottenborn, President and CEO of Hybrid Software, talks about how prepress for packaging has changed over the years, and how Hybrid Software has developed prepress solutions for flexo, offset, digital, and hybrid packaging printing. Watch Video

Anderson & Vreeland Signs on as Xeikon's North American Distributor
Anderson & Vreeland Signs on as Xeikon's North American Distributor

Published: October 28, 2019

David Miller, Director of Digital Business for Anderson & Vreeland, talks to David Zwang about the company’s portfolio of solutions for the corrugated packaging market, and the company’s just-announced agreement to distribute Xeikon’s label and packaging presses in North America. Watch Video

Xeikon on the Latest Label Printing Trends
Xeikon on the Latest Label Printing Trends

Published: October 16, 2019

David Zwang talks to Filip Weymans, VP of Marketing for Xeikon, at Labelexpo about the trends that Xeikon is seeing in the label industry and how they are addressing them. Watch Video

HP SPS OEMs launch wide format, full color solutions for mail and specialty printing applications
HP SPS OEMs launch wide format, full color solutions for mail and specialty printing applications

Published: October 9, 2019

Paul Barton from HP Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) talks about the SPS division and how it allows OEMs to leverage HP’s engineering and manufacturing scale to bring products to market. At PRINT 19, HP SPS introduced the Fixed Imager (FI) 1000, a print engine that allows boxes, bags, corrugated, and cardboard to be printed at the desktop level. Watch Video

Printware announces their new full color mail solution based on HP FI-1000
Printware announces their new full color mail solution based on HP FI-1000

Published: October 9, 2019

Printware’s Tim Murphy talks about a new entry in the company’s iJetColor line of benchtop and industrial inkjet printing systems: the iJetColor Pro, a light industrial press based on the FI-1000 printhead technology from HP SPS, allowing customers to create short-run, personalized packaging. Watch Video

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