• Successfully shaping the future – with sustaina-bility and digitalization

    MULTIVAC looks back on a successful 2021 and is already in a position to announce an even better 2022, in spite of all the current uncertainties. As a provider of integrated end-to-end systems, the company will be introducing innovative solutions and setting new standards in terms of sustainability and digitalization. At the press conference at the IFFA 2022 in Frankfurt, MULTIVAC’s Group Presidents, Christian Traumann and Guido Spix, will outline the innovations that MULTIVAC is presenting at the IFFA and how the company intends to shape the future in dialogue with its customers.

  • Packaging Innovations & Empack

    Discover the future of your brand's packaging and production journey

    This month Packaging Innovations & Empack opens the doors to the UK’s essential annual event driving business and innovation across the whole packaging journey from primary packaging, secondary packaging, contract packing and fulfilment, labelling and printing and packing and processing technology.

    Packaging Innovations is the largest annual event connecting packaging specifiers and buyers with the suppliers, new materials and formats and the expert knowledge to create the future of their brand’s packaging.

    Empack provides a unique platform for directors of packing and filling operations to solve their manufacturing challenges and understand the key trends and technologies that will define their future investments.

    Together, these two events give a unique vision of the whole packaging journey, from concept to production. Visit the future of packaging at Packaging Innovations & Empack.

  • Mondi switches all glassine-based release liners to certified base paper

    • Mondi moves to certified base paper for its full portfolio of glassine-based release liners.
    • The switch to certified base paper helps ensure that the wood is harvested from responsibly managed forests.
    • Mondi collaborates with certification schemes like PEFC to enable traceability and compliance.

    Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has switched its entire portfolio of glassine-based release liners to certified base paper.

  • EskoWorld 2022

    We can't wait to see you LIVE in 2022!
    Join us for the largest Esko user conference of the year – EskoWorld - in Grapevine, TX, June 7-9th!

    EskoWorld 2022 will be the 31st annual event, bringing together over 500 professionals from both suppliers and brand owners. The event will be hosted at the award-winning Gaylord Texan Resort.

    This annual event gathers Esko users from around the globe. Users collaborate on accomplishments, discuss shared obstacles, enhance their knowledge of Esko solutions, and share and learn industry best practices. Attendees will see and hear industry trends, be able to influence Esko solution roadmaps, and have plenty of time to network with colleagues. And most importantly, have fun!

    EskoWorld 2022 is a must-attend event for all Esko users!

    EskoWorld 2022 will take place from June 7-9 2022 at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA. There is still time to register – please visit www.eskoworld.com to book your place now.


    Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) today shared details of two major investments aimed at expanding its manufacturing capacity and improving factory efficiency in Europe to meet growing demand for its label and packaging materials.

    The company said it is one year into a three-year, €45 million expansion of its facilities at Champ-sur-Drac, France. Enhancements include five new logistical buildings covering more than 8,700 square meters, a new automated warehouse, and an additional high-speed, state-of-the art hotmelt adhesive coater, scheduled to come online during 2024.

  • Italian Repro House Zincografia Empolese Improves Sustainability, Productivity for Customers with Asahi Photoproducts CleanPrint Flexo Plates

    Exceptional Asahi support, reduced cycle time in plate production, improved press room OEE for customers are some of the benefits achieved


    Among many other highlighted events, such as the Ukraine-Russia War, the growing EV sector, developments in the Metaverse, and the recent heatwave in India, 2022 has also brought about revolutionary green packaging technology. Following are Packaging Connections picks for 2022s’ most sought after innovations and designs in the sustainable packaging industry so far:

  • IMS TECHNOLOGIES showcases its excellence in converting at IPACK-IMA and PRINT4ALL, 3-6 May 2022, Milan Rho Fiera

    Calcinate, 29th April 2022 – IMS TECHNOLOGIES, an international standard-setter in the engineering and manufacturing of high-tech customized machinery in multiple sectors - including the Converting and Packaging industries - will be exhibiting with its world-renowned brands ROTOMAC, GOEBEL IMS and LAEM IMS at Ipack-Ima and Print4All tradeshows. Both events will take place from 3 rd to 6 th May in Milan Rho trade fair

    ROTOMAC and LAEM IMS brands will be among the exhibitors of Ipack-Ima at Hall 7 Booth C18

  • Esko and CERM world-first makes automation of complex labels possible for the Asteria Group


    A world-first integrated solution that automates workflows for complex labels production has been developed by Esko and CERM, enabling Belgium-based Asteria Group to automate workflows to produce complex labels.

    Esko, the global provider of integrated software and hardware solutions that accelerate the go-to-market process of packaged goods, worked on the project with CERM, the leading developer of MIS for labels and packaging converters, to develop a solution that would both simplify processes and expand the product offering range of Accent, part of the Asteria Labels & Packaging Group.

    “Accent was looking to improve workflow efficiency with its complex labels – everything from front and back printing, hybrid labels printed with multiple printing technologies to multi-layer labels such as duo and tri-labels,” said Ken Polspoel, Global Solutions Manager with Esko. “We pride ourselves on having strong relationships with our customers and always listening to their needs, so when Accent came to us with their challenge, we immediately began exploring how our solutions could help overcome them.

    Esko collaborated on the pilot with CERM, continuing a relationship that began more than 10 years ago. “These discussions resulted in the development of a brand new innovation that enabled Accent to automate and streamline much of the production of complex labels,” said Ken. “The workflow enhancements were driven by the business logic from CERM, then fully automated in Automation Engine. We were thrilled to be first to market with this new capability, and since our work with the Asteria Group it has already been deployed more than 10 times in businesses around the world, including Europe, Asia and the USA.”

    Benefits of the new integration with Esko Automation Engine include the ability to automate workflows for complex jobs - everything from combination prints to front and back printing. “The efficiency and productivity savings since introducing the new Automation Engine integration functionality have been huge,” said Christophe. “If we do a peel-off label, where previously we would have had to spend around four hours in prepress, it can now be done in less than 30 minutes.”

    Ken Polspoel explained that as businesses look to differentiate, and customer demands are becoming more challenging, innovations such as this can now help businesses deliver complex labels in fewer manual steps and significantly less time. “The need is largely dictated by market dynamics,” said Ken. “We’ve seen regulations and legislation forcing brands to include more information than ever before on labels, and so label converters are always looking to deliver new ways to achieve that without compromising on the brand’s artistic objectives.

    “We’ve also seen a growth of so-called hybrid or combination printing, for example where combinations of digital and flexographic or silk screen printing are all used on the same product. Making such labels can be tricky, but with Automation Engine and CERM MIS integration, we can combine the characteristics of each print method and, instead of splitting the print files, they can be done as one - and fully automated!”

    The final integration was completed by Esko and CERM in late 2021 and the system is now being implemented at other Asteria Group sites and at other businesses worldwide.

    “When we developed these integration interfaces, the goal was to ease the pre-production of not only the standard labels but also the more complex labels,” said Ken. “Making this process simple means it actually creates additional opportunities for production of higher-end labels, such as those with a foil finish. It not only makes it easier to produce more visually appealing labels, but also to develop more complex labels as part of innovative marketing and customer engagement campaigns.

    “The success of the pilot scheme with the Asteria Group and subsequent rolling out of the integrated functionalities demonstrates the depth of our partnership with CERM, with whom we have worked for more than a decade and on more than 100 collaborations,” he said.

  • MULTIVAC presents its new flowpacking solu-tion

    Wolfertschwenden, 21 April 2022 - MULTIVAC is launching its W 500 onto the market as a universal flowpacking solution, which offers a high level of flexibility for packing a wide range of food products. The new flowpacker, which is designed for a wide spectrum of applications and products, supports the use of sustainable films and paper-based materials.

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