UPM Raflatac is proud to introduce the label industry’s first paper face material constructed from recycled label materials. Now available in the Americas market, new Label to Label products can help any sustainability-minded converter or brand embrace the circular economy without sacrificing performance.

In times of Corona, speed is a trump card. Although not yet fully commissioned, HERMA is therefore already using at least part of the new coating plant for label adhesive material - for good reason: the 90 million euro investment in Filderstadt already allows the self-adhesive specialist to separate different production teams more effectively from one another, especially as the further increased level of automation at the new plant significantly reduces human interaction. "We have started up key components in the new factory step by step", explain the two HERMA managing directors Sven Schneller and Dr. Thomas Baumgärtner, the latter responsible for the adhesive material division. "This enabled us to allocate production orders to the factories at a very early stage at the beginning of the corona pandemic and thus provide our employees with even better protection. In addition, we now basically already operate two complete, independent plants in this way. This means that we have redundant systems and can therefore continue to deliver even if production in one of the two plants has to be halted. An important side effect is that the new plant is also able to cushion production peaks. At present, these often result from increased demand for adhesive materials for shipping labels or for identification labels for drugs, disinfectants and other medical products.

Through their website ergonomic facemasks with COPPTECH® filter technology, hand disinfection gel and films for protective face shields are offered
All these products can be useful in the fight against micro-organisms, especially viruses

ACTEGA, manufacturer of coatings, printing inks, adhesives and sealants for the packaging and printing industry, is significantly expanding its production capacities for water-based and UV overprint varnishes. As a result, global production output will increase to more than 150,000 tons per year. On the one hand, around 2 million euros were invested in a new integrated site in Brazil. "In the future, 180 employees are to conduct research and development here on an area of 12,000 square meters and drive production forward," explains Andrei Sotkeviciene, Managing Director at ACTEGA in Brazil. "For this purpose, we have not only set up a state-of-the-art 500 square meter research laboratory, but have also installed new facilities for the production of overprint varnishes". On the other hand, ACTEGA has recorded a significant increase in production capacities, especially for UV coatings, due to the integration of Schmid Rhyner AG. The company from Adliswil, Switzerland, with almost 80 employees and a turnover of around 50 million euros specialises in solutions in the field of print finishing and digital printing.

C&T Channel Matrix (C&T), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creasing matrix, launched steel plates in the UK three years ago. Following its popularity here, C&T has now rolled out this product line across other C&T International subsidiaries, most notably in the USA, through CCM, and in Italy through distributor Mito.

Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is proud to have been awarded a Platinum level rating by EcoVadis for the company’s sustainability and corporate social responsibility. With a top score of 82/100 Metsä Board is among the highest 1% of companies assessed in the in the manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and containers of paper and paperboard industries.

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Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, was selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2020 FTA Technical Innovation Award for the second year in a row. Recognizing PCMC’s recently introduced Meridian Elite laser anilox cleaner, the award was presented during Virtual FORUM 2020.

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