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As flexo gains a bigger share of the flexible packaging market at the expense of gravure, the confidence behind the process keeps growing. At Colombian flexible packaging converter Plastilene, it’s fair to say that confidence is sky-high — witness this comment from General Manager Belinda Duran: “I say to people, ‘Do you see something we can’t do with flexo? Because I don’t.’”

Encore Packaging Solutions is set to boost capacity at its Peterlee site with the addition of a new state-of the-art die-cutter from BOBST.

Having secured a number of new clients in the past year and seeing volumes from existing customers grow, the company has chosen to invest in NOVACUT 106 ER. The machine offers fully automated, inline blanking separation to streamline carton processing and remove the need to manually strip waste from die-cut work.

With the establishment of a Competence Center for drinking straw papers, DREWSEN wants to make a decisive contribution to the development of high-quality paper drinking straws. The interaction of paper, glue and drinking straw machine are largely unknown.

The hunt for materials that can replace plastic is intense. Innovation work is being done on a global scale to find renewable alternatives to plastic so that humanity can reduce the huge impact on the environment from our use of plastic. Many solutions are being tried but we still have no material with all of plastic’s great advantages without its devastating disadvantages. Instead of waiting for that magic material, which may never come, packaging buyers concerned about the climate should consider the existing alternatives and move to composite materials.

Unusual surfaces and high-quality haptics with new Facestock materials

The Felix Schoeller Group from Osnabrück, manufacturer of numerous specialty papers for various industries, is now launching new products for creative label design. The comprehensive Facestock range called ATTRACT has been specially designed for the production of labels with high-quality surfaces and properties. The new papers are suitable for use in all digital printing technologies and serve the growing trend towards personalization and individualization with a high demand for individual labels.

Flow Cosmetics, a Finnish natural cosmetics company, has selected paperboard from Metsä Board, part of the Metsä Group, as its packaging material of choice, for its innovative range of shampoos, body and face soaps.
Bar-shaped cosmetic products are ecological to use as well as to transport and store. MetsäBoard Natural FBB was selected for the packaging board for its visual appearance, lightness, and ecology. In addition, the uncoated surface of the paperboard has a pleasing natural look and feel.

Energy project "Future Energy Plant" in the home stretch
The commissioning of the ultra-modern boiler is a milestone in the course of the largest project in the history of the Nettingsdorf paper mill with an investment sum of around 134 million euros. With the innovative new boiler, the paper mill can further advance energy optimization at the site - a major contribution to increasing the sustainability and efficiency of the leading producer of corrugated base paper.

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