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Klöckner Pentaplast introduces the kp i.center in Spain

Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global leader in the rigid, thermoform and flexible film market, introduced the company’s newest kp i.center in Spain.

The kp i.center provides a collaborative space to help global food and consumer products (FCP) customers bring products to market more quickly and economically. It is located in Sant Cugat, 30km with direct highways from Barcelona.

The kp i.center combines a dedicated area resourced with marketing, sales and R&D experts together with laboratory, prototyping facilities, a supermarket and an FCP market research center.

Klöckner Pentaplast has integrated industrial and technical capabilities to deliver a full experience from concept to production of a packing solution.

Pixartprinting receives the "Industry 4.0 Printer of the Year 2017" award

The 25th edition of the 2017 Oscars of the Printing, held at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, witnessed the delivery of 11 prizes representing the whole panorama of the printing press, including offset and digital printing with flexography and gravure, in addition to the transformation of paper and packaging. The jury of experts, selected by the organizer Stratego Group, awarded Pixartprinting the Oscar «Industry 4.0 Printer of the Year 2017», before more than 300 businessmen and representatives of the world of printing.

"We were the first to offer online printing services, and immediately our goal was to optimize processes to ensure quality at increasingly competitive prices," said Federico González, director of Marketing and Sales of Pixartprinting, when he took the stage to collect the prize. In fact, Pixartprinting has, within the company, a team of engineers and developers who have designed exclusive management software, which is updated and constantly evolving: they process all the information and allow monitoring in real time the individual steps of each order, from the budget to the billing. In addition, the software autonomously determines the printing technology that will be used for each project, assigning it to the most economically efficient. Automatic management of all prepress phases saves time, reduces start-up, prevents material waste and reduces production costs.

The automation of the processes, already started in the foundation phase of Pixartprinting, has contributed enormously to the constant growth of the company, which continues today thanks to firm stimuli, such as an easy and fast service, high quality standards and a great competitiveness. Already 600,000 customers trust Pixartprinting. The objective of the company is to achieve the expansion of the portfolio reaching one million customers by the end of 2018. "Over the course of these years, we have given life to new markets and we are confident that we will create more in the near future, as is currently happening with labels and packaging », explained González.


Record attendance at V Congress of FESPA Spain

Under the slogan "We work together for the future of Visual Communication printing", the Spanish Association of Screen Printing and Digital Printing Companies, FESPA Spain, held its V Congress on November 28 in Madrid. The event began at 10 a.m. in the Salesianos Atocha school with the welcome from Christian Duyackaerts, president of FESPA International; and of Josep Tobella, who was one of the main figures at the meeting since, who after an extensive professional career, has decided to retire.

Josep Tobella is a founding member of FESPA Spain and has been its president for the past seven years. Now he has handed over to Gabriel Virto, General Director of Iruña Comunicación Textil and until now vice-president of the association. Virto thanked Josep Tobella for his work and stated he would be taking up the post with great enthusiasm. "I like team sports and I am one of those people who think that the team is more important than the individuals. I will continue to count on you all for support and initiatives." One of his objectives is to end the term of office of the current Board of Directors, which lasts until the end of 2018.

Delivery of the Ramón Sayans Awards at Roland DG Iberia

This year's overall winner - who in addition to receiving a trophy, will also travel to FESPA Berlin courtesy of FESPA Spain, where it will participate in the FESPA Awards 2018 - has been the KENDU company, for its work "Beauty is within", a design that combines textile images with videos and background animations. It is a double-sided printing: the outside of the object printed on the visible face, the chassis of a car; and the interior of the object, the interior of the car, which can be seen when activating the lighting.

ANFEC underscores its expansion into Portugal at the annual meeting for collaborating partners and manufacturers

The National Association for Continuous Feed Label Manufacturers (ANFEC) held its traditional annual meeting for collaborating partners and manufacturers this Tuesday 21 November at the Hotel Casa Fuster in Barcelona. This year's meeting, which brought together 91 participants, focussed on providing information and updates on the work currently being performed by the Quality Managers Group, one of the big innovations of 2017. President of ANFEC, José Ramón Benito, also took the opportunity to review the strategic lines pursued by the Association between 2016 and 2019: to professionalise ANFEC; to transform it into a more proactive and accessible organisation; to boost its institutional leadership; to reinforce the ANFEC brand; to promote the professionalisation of the sector through training and the supply of information; to offer high added-value activities and services.

Several measures have been undertaken to achieve these goals, including ANFEC turning its sights toward label companies in Portugal. This year, 15 new members have joined ANFEC, six of whom are from Portugal. Furthermore, the 2018 Association conference will be held in Porto between 10 and 13 May.

Iggesund’s mills receives the highest sustainability rating from EcoVadis

Iggesund Paperboard’s both mills – in Iggesund, Sweden, and Workington, England - have been awarded the highest rating for sustainability in an evaluation done by the EcoVadis firm of analysts. EcoVadis provides the leading system for assessing and marking the suppliers of global companies and has evaluated more than 25,000 suppliers. Companies using EcoVadis include Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, L’Oréal and Heineken.​ “This is not the first confirmation that Iggesund Paperboard and its parent company, the Holmen Group, have a very strong sustainability programme,” comments Johan Granås, Sustainability Communications Manager at Iggesund. “Over time the issues raised have changed from being purely environmental ones to now encompassing the entire field of sustainability, including its financial and social dimensions.”

In the last ten-year period the Holmen Group has appeared on indexes of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies, drawn up by both the UN’s Global Compact and the Corporate Knights. EcoVadis and similar systems are a major advance in simplifying the exchange of information between customers and suppliers. A first class job in sustainability is an important prerequisite to negotiate with the main brands that now often lead the movement towards a more sustainable society.

Hispack 2018 adds packaging, processes and logistics to an event marked by growth

From 8 to 11 May, Hispack will coordinate the largest packaging 'ecosystem' on the Iberian market, this time adding the fields of processes and logistics to its range of offers and activities. In doing so, it demonstrates maximum innovation and attracts professionals from different user sectors in packing and packaging solutions. The event expects to welcome 700 direct exhibitors who will be presenting their solutions across three pavilions at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via; that's 35,000m2 of net exhibition space. In figures, that means a 15% increase in stand number and a 12% increase in surface space, compared to three years ago.

Hispack 2018 is built to promote packaging as an economic engine and a key element in the digital transformation of the industry. In addition, the forthcoming event will shine a spotlight on four major challenges facing the packing and packaging sector: sustainability, automation and digitalisation, logistics and the user experience. These major challenges will be reflected both in the commercial range of offers and in the activity programme.



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