Articles

The evolution of Africa’s printing industry in 2024 and beyond

19 Feb 2024
  • Evolution
  • infosource
  • Inkjet technology
  • Print technology Trends

By Chris de Beer, Regional Manager at Infosource The African printing market showed signs of recovery from the pandemic in 2022 and 2023, but many of the after-effects linger as we move into 2024. Remote and hybrid work—and the drive towards d...

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Seal tester helps companies maintain high quality standards

16 Feb 2024
  • bagmaker
  • in-line seal tester
  • Ishida
  • Leak detection
  • Seal integrity

Ishida Europe is introducing a new in-line seal tester for snacks and other dry product packs, offering high precision seal integrity testing at speeds of up to 150 packs per minute. The new Ishida TSC-AS combines high accuracy leak detection with ge...

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Koenig & Bauer and Durst Group commit to further capabilities in joint venture

15 Feb 2024
  • Collaboration
  • Durst Group
  • folding carton
  • innovation
  • Koenig & Bauer
  • Print technology

Koenig & Bauer and Durst Group have committed to build further R&D capability in the joint venture company they set up almost five years ago to capitalise on the significant opportunities in folding carton and corrugated segments. The parent ...

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Kornit Digital delivers on promise of on-demand production at scale

14 Feb 2024
  • Kornit Digital

Kornit Digital LTD., a worldwide market leader in sustainable, on-demand digital fashion and textile production technologies, has announced the general availability of its field proven Kornit Apollo direct-to-garment platform. Brands, retailers and s...

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Repositioning the printing industry: Unconventional strategies to make a splash

13 Feb 2024
  • Business growth
  • innovation
  • Printing market
  • Printing strategies
  • Repositioning

The printing industry might seem like it’s stuck in the past, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While it’s true that digitalisation has altered the landscape, there’s a whole world of innovative possibilities waitin...

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Ghent Workgroup is looking for textile and 3D Print expertise

12 Feb 2024
  • 3D Printing
  • Ghent Workgroup
  • Standardisation
  • Textile printing

The Specification Subcommittee of the Ghent Workgroup is where new specifications are born. The GWG currently has commercial print, digital print, sign & display and packaging standards. The GWG wants to expand its efforts to the textile and 3D p...

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Aiming for emission-free pulping: forestry industry and scientific community join forces

09 Feb 2024
  • Emission-free pulping
  • Forestry
  • Research programme
  • Sustainability
  • Wood usage

Thanks to the strong support from the forestry industry and public funding, 10 research organisations, universities and companies are establishing a groundbreaking research programme with around 20 full-time researchers. The Emission-Free Pulping pr...

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AI-backed software from Esko named winner of prestigious French packaging innovation awards

08 Feb 2024
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Esko
  • innovation
  • Packaging technology
  • Preproduction software

Esko, the global developer of integrated solutions for the print, packaging and label industries, was crowned winner in the Printing and Digital Technologies category of the 2023 packaging innovation awards for its AI-backed Phoenix software. The tea...

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XSYS launches digital configuration tool for rotec® adapters

07 Feb 2024
  • Adapters
  • Adaptor Configuration Tool
  • Flexographic printing
  • rotec®
  • XSYS

XSYS has introduced the rotec® Adapter Configuration Tool, a comprehensive online product guidance and order request portal that gives printers direct access to fully customised adapters. By visiting the XSYS website, printers can effortlessly co...

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Kyocera SA welcomes Jimmy de Waal as new Sales and Marketing Director

05 Feb 2024

Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa has appointed Jimmy de Waal as the new Sales and Marketing Director. ‘With a rich background in business management, a proven track record in sales and marketing, and a deep interest in building relation...

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Metsä Group’s Kuura textile fibre gained

02 Feb 2024
  • Cellulose fibres
  • Kuura textile fibre
  • Metsä Group
  • Sustainability
  • Wood fibre

Metsä Group’s Kuura textile fibre has achieved high scores based on the Hot Button Ranking evaluation arranged by the Canadian not-for-profit environmental organisation, Canopy (see “MI Demo”, which is the subsidiary that ...

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Julius Solomon Specialist Labels purchases Africa’s first Valloy Duoblade WXII from Altron Document Solutions

01 Feb 2024
  • Altron Document Solutions
  • Julius Solomon Specialist Labels
  • Label cutter
  • Label cutting technology
  • Valloy Duoblad WXII

Based in the Western Cape, Julius Solomon Specialist Labels is one of the major woven and printed label manufacturers in South Africa. The print provider recently purchased the Valloy Duoblade WXII label cutting machine from Altron Document Solu...

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Sinwa renews and expands its collaboration with XSYS

30 Jan 2024
  • Flexo platemaking
  • Flexographic printing
  • nyloflex
  • Sinwa Printech Group
  • XSYS

A subsidiary of Taiwan Sinwa Printech Group, Sinwa Shanghai, was founded in Shanghai, in 2000. Since then, it has expanded by establishing branches with facilities in multiple cities. As a trailblazer in technology, Sinwa was the first trade shop in...

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VTT finds unprecedented extensible limits for formable cellulose-based food packaging to replace single-use plastic

29 Jan 2024
  • Cellulose
  • Packaging
  • Single-use plastics
  • Sustainability
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

In a pilot-scale study to find alternative raw materials for rigid plastic packages, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has obtained unprecedented maximum limits of its highly extensible formable cellulose-based webs used for rigid pa...

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Sappi achieves PEFC Group Scheme certification for small growers

25 Jan 2024
  • Forest certification
  • PEFC
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
  • Sappi
  • Sustainable forestry

Sappi, a member of the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA), recently announced that five small timber growers in KwaZulu-Natal have made history by becoming the first participants in the Sappi Khulisa programme to achieve forest c...

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Aquapak wins 4evergreen’s award for addressing recycling challenges

24 Jan 2024
  • 4evergreen
  • Aquapak Polymers
  • Circular Economy
  • Hydropol
  • recycling

Aquapak Polymers Ltd. has won 4evergreen’s award for addressing recycling challenges. Part of its Circular Success Stories celebrates breakthrough projects and can serve as inspiring examples of fibre-based packaging circularity and sustainabil...

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Advanced recycling: The answer to sustainable packaging?

23 Jan 2024
  • Advanced recycling
  • Circular Economy
  • depolymerisation
  • IDTechEx
  • Sustainability

By Sona Dadhania, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx The need for a circular economy has never been so urgent. Plastic consumption is expected to double globally by 2050, creating environmental and human health risks. Not only is plastic waste overflowi...

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Aquapak sets university challenge to help solve the problem of recyling complex polymer packaging

22 Jan 2024
  • Aquapak
  • Challenge
  • Chemistry students
  • Hydropol
  • Newcastle University
  • recycling

Aquapak Polymers Ltd, which specialises in polymer-based material technologies that can deliver both performance and environmental responsibility at scale, has announced its Newcastle University Chemistry Undergraduate award-winning Stage 3 Industry ...

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Air column bags for e-logistics with sustainability benefits

19 Jan 2024
  • Air column bags
  • ExxonMobil
  • PE Film
  • Sustainability
  • Zhejiang Jujie New Material Co. Ltd

Zhejiang Jujie New Material Co., Ltd., a leading integrated film convertor and bag maker based in China, wanted to reduce material use by downgauging the co-extruded polyethylene (PE) films used for its air column bags. Air column bags are widely use...

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EkoCure® Dual Cure ink puts Flint Group and All4Labels on shared path to success

19 Jan 2024
  • All4Labels
  • EkoCure
  • Flint Group
  • inks
  • Mercury UV
  • UV LED

Hamburg-headquartered All4Labels is already reaping the benefits of more energy-efficient curing after switching to Flint Group’s EkoCure® Dual Cure ink technology. Flint Group is supporting the leading label manufacturer to improve i...

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