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InfoTrends Releases Pair
WEYMOUTH, MA—InfoTrends recently
released a pair of new studies highlighting
special effects in digital printing and the
future of digital packaging workflows.
Advances in production digital printing
toners and inks are creating new opportuni-
ties to capture high value pages that require
more than traditional CMYK based colors.
The powerful combination of special effects
(white, clear, textures, metallic, fluorescents,
etc.) with the unique capabilities of digital
printing (personalized and on demand
production) is opening up new applications
traditionally produced with offset presses and
enabling printers to add value to jobs and
have a competitive differentiation.
The market expansion over the last few years
has been dramatic, with new inline digital
presses and offline devices (mostly leverag-
ing UV inkjet technologies) that can print a
growing range of innovative effects on larger
sheets with greater productivity.
Additionally, InfoTrends announced the
completion of its market research study
entitled The Future of Digital Packaging
Workflows, whose focus is the global packag-
ing market’s use of software tools to enhance
production of all printed packaging. Taking
into account all relevant software segments,
global sales of workflow software for packag-
ing topped $1 billion worldwide in 2015, and
that total is climbing steadily in all regions,
according to InfoTrends.
“Brand owners and packaging converters
together make the market for workflow
software a dynamic one,” said Robert Leahey,
associate director at InfoTrends and a senior
advisor for the new research. “That’s so be-
cause of competition and also because some
amazing workflow tools are available today.
Suppliers of workflow software for packaging
converting offer tools to both converters and
brands to make the production of printed
packaging faster, more economic and much
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Dave Miller Named Director of Digital Solutions at
Anderson & Vreeland
BRYAN, OH—Dave Miller’s responsibilities for Anderson & Vreeland, leading manufacturer
and distributor of flexographic plate processing equipment and materials, have been expanded.
Dave’s new position reflects Anderson & Vreeland’s commitment to se-
curing relationships with partners that offer solutions that are right for
various market segments in the industry and also developing client re-
lationships that allow the company to align these world class solutions
with clients’ needs. Dave is also the creative director at Anderson &
Vreeland, working with a talented team of designers, social marketing
professionals and site developers creating educational content specific
to the flexographic industry.
Dow Chemical Co. Announces RecycleReady
Technology for Polyethylene Packaging
MIDLAND, MI—The Dow Chemical Co. is introducing a new member of the recently
launched RecycleReady Technology, which enables the recyclability of polyethylene based
barrier packaging as part of existing grocery store dropoff recycling programs.
Created through collaboration with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and other
industry members, Dow’s RecycleReady Technology helps converters create barrier pouch-
es that answer consumer demand for more recyclable packaging options. The new barrier
RecycleReady Technology is a major advancement that enables the recycling of packaging for
products like granola and nuts, which was not possible before in flexible packaging.
The standup pouch made with RETAIN polymer modifiers is the first package of its kind with
barrier film that can be recycled in a polyethylene recycling stream. When combined with oth-
er polyethylene resins, the RETAIN compatibilizer offers a recyclable solution with enhanced
Bobst Wins European Digital Press Association Award
for Digital Press
MEX, Switzerland—Bobst’s digital press for corrugated board has won the 2016 European
Digital Press Association (EDP) award in the category of Best Corrugated Printer/Solution.
The press uses Kodak Stream inkjet technology and aqueous based food compliant inks, to
continuously deliver more than 50 billion ink drops per second from its four CMYK print
units. The press can match a very broad range of the Pantone gamut and print at speeds of up
to 656.17 fpm. The press
delivers very high print
quality, with a resolution of
600 dpi by 900 dpi, aided
by its brand new patented
vacuum belt sheet transport
The press also incorporates
the Bobst iQ400 quality
control system and an
ejection process for any non
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