KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System Receives Prestigious 2013 InterTech Technology Award

KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System Receives Prestigious 2013 InterTech Technology Award

Third InterTech Award for Kodak’s flexographic solutions

Printing Industries of America has announced that the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System is among 11 recipients of the 2013 InterTech Technology Awards, signifying its contribution to the advancement of flexographic package printing. This innovative direct laser engraving system uses energy-efficient, high-power imaging technology to produce press-ready elastomer plates and sleeves that enable both superior print quality and increased production throughput.

This year’s InterTech Technology Award marks the third time Kodak has received recognition from Printing Industries of America for its flexographic solutions. In 2008, Kodak was recognized for the launch of the groundbreaking KODAK FLEXCEL NX System, and again in 2010, for its launch of KODAK DIGICAP NX Screening.

“Historically, direct laser engraving systems have offered very limited throughput capability, and have been primarily used for applications that require low- to mid-level print quality,” notes Kuty Paperny, Kodak’s Worldwide Marketing Director, Flexographic Solutions. “The FLEXCEL Direct System changes the game for direct laser engraving by providing a cost-effective system that can open doors for our customers. It offers a complete solution that includes imaging, media and software—all optimized to work together in a simple, two-step process that boosts operational efficiency and print quality. This is a win-win for flexo prepress service providers and printer/converters, who are constantly looking for ways to enhance productivity while increasing shelf impact for their brand owner customers. The FLEXCEL Direct System delivers on all fronts, driving a distinct competitive advantage for our customers.”

Users of the FLEXCEL Direct System agree. Girard Moravcik, President/CEO of Carey Color Inc., states, “Quite simply, Kodak’s laser diode technology has addressed all of the major issues that were limiting the use of In-the-Round (ITR), including speed, quality, material consistency and price. The KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System is outperforming our dual-laser CO2 systems by three to one in performance speed. The quick media prescan catches imperfections before engraving. Kodak’s elastomer is extremely consistent and produces exceptional quality, and the blazing imaging speed reduces product cost, bridging the gap between flat plates and sleeves. Our sleeve business has gone through the roof after the install of the FLEXCEL Direct System.”

Jӧrg Günther, Sales Director of SWG (Sachsische Walzengravur GMBH), describes the business impact this innovative solution has had at his company. “We are seeing signs of our sales increasing by about 30 percent with this system in place. And even more exciting, we are exploring where we can use the FLEXCEL Direct system for other applications.”

Environmental sustainability is another key benefit of this all-digital technology. Hubert Sampré, Managing Director of Miller Graphics Group, notes, “Direct engraving removes the need for solvents and uses a powerful filter to neutralize particulates, making it a very environmentally friendly flexo system. We also like the fact the high-power laser system is energy-efficient, ergonomic and simple to operate.”

The FLEXCEL Direct System is the latest innovation in Kodak’s industry-leading portfolio of flexographic solutions, designed to help our customers to print better and print smarter.

To learn more about the KODAK FLEXCEL Direct System, please visit www.graphics.kodak.com.

 

 

About Kodak’s Commercial Imaging Business

Kodak’s Commercial Imaging business is driving innovation and change for customers in commercial, packaging and functional printing, and enterprise services markets. Kodak’s innovative technologies and solutions provide customers greater competitive advantage and return on investment. For more information, visit graphics.kodak.com.

 

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Novelis launches world’s first certified recycled-content aluminum beverage can






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Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor — Packaging Digest, 5/3/2013 9:43:21 AM





 

Novelis evercan

 

Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced the commercial availability of the industry’s first independently certified, high-recycled content aluminum designed specifically for the beverage can market. With a minimum of 90 percent recycled aluminum, the Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet will allow beverage companies to deliver soft drinks, beer and other popular beverages in a low-carbon footprint consumer package. 

“We are excited to be able to deliver yet another tangible result of our commitment to sustainable aluminum product innovation,” says Phil Martens, Novelis president/CEO. “Our Novelis evercan high-recycled content beverage can body sheet, backed by the industry’s first independent certification program, represents tremendous progress in sustainable consumer products packaging. As the world’s leading supplier of aluminum beverage can sheet, this is an important step toward delivering on our ultimate vision of an aluminum can with up to 100 percent recycled content.”

Novelis evercan aluminum sheet has been certified for high-recycled content by SCS Global Services, a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development. Novelis is initially offering aluminum can body sheet guaranteed to contain at least 90 percent recycled content. When combined with the can end made of a different alloy during the can making process, the new Novelis evercan will enable beverage companies to market their beverages in standard 12-oz aluminum cans certified as made from a minimum of 70 percent recycled content. The Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet is commercially available now in North America and Europe, and will be available worldwide later this year.

The company’s efforts to increase the recycling of beverage cans is a key component of its plan to dramatically increase the recycled content of its products across its global operations to 80 percent by 2020. Already the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, Novelis has announced capital investments of close to $500 million over the last two years that will double global recycling capacity to 2.1 million metric tons by 2015. Recycling aluminum requires 95 percent less energy, and produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), than manufacturing primary aluminum. 

“This first phase of the Novelis evercan high-recycled content initiative serves as a critical catalyst for Novelis to work more closely with consumer brand customers, our supply chain partners and other community stakeholders to increase end-of-life recycling of used beverage containers,” says John Gardner, Novelis chief sustainability officer. “We encourage wide participation from other aluminum suppliers, beverage and packaging companies, retailers and distributors, recyclers, municipalities, environmental groups and consumers themselves in promoting the use of more sustainable consumer packaging through aluminum recycling.”

For more information about Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can sheet, including an infographic and video, visit www.novelis.com/evercan.

Quotes from partners and supporters:
• SCS Global Services managing director Stowe Hartridge-Beam:
“We are pleased to have independently certified the exceptionally high levels of recycled content in Novelis’ aluminum can sheet, which represents a new benchmark of performance in an industry that has been long known for its recycling efforts. Novelis’ proven performance is evidence of its commitment to preserving natural resources, reducing waste and advancing sustainability.” 

• Stuart L. Hart, SJ Johnson chair in sustainable enterprise professor, Cornell University, and author of “Capitalism at the Crossroads”:
“Novelis’ launch of the evercan is an important part of its larger strategy to de-link the production of aluminum from greenhouse-gas intensive bauxite mining and primary aluminum production. Through their imagination and collaboration across the supply chain, they are reinventing the aluminum industry.” 

• Jonathon Porritt, founder/director, Forum for the Future:
“This is a really exciting development. The benefits of using recycled rather than prime-based aluminum are well understood, and for Novelis to be able to guarantee 90 percent recycled content beverage can body sheet represents a real breakthrough.”

 

Source: Novelis

 

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Nike, NASA and more work to uncover innovations in sustainable materials






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Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor — Packaging Digest, 4/26/2013 9:05:05 AM





LAUNCH 2020 Summit 2013Nike vp sustainable business and innovation Hannah Jones on stage at LAUNCH Summit in April 2013. (Photo: Business Wire)

LAUNCH members NIKE Inc., NASA, the U.S. Agency for Intl. Development and the U.S. Department of State convened 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) the week of April 22, 2013, to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges—the sustainability of materials and how they are made.

 

NIKE Inc. president/CEO Mark Parker kicked off the two-day LAUNCH 2020 Summit stressing the importance of innovation and collaboration.

 

“Innovation is most powerful when it’s activated by collaboration between unlikely partners, coupled with investment dollars, marketing know-how and determination,” Parker said at the event. “Now is the time for big, bold solutions. Incremental change won’t get us where we need to go, fast enough or at a scale that makes a difference.”

 

Through a unique, multi-year incubation process, LAUNCH will uncover innovations in sustainable materials that can have a major impact on people and the planet.

 

The summit also unveiled the LAUNCH 2013 Challenge Statement, an open call for innovation to transform the system of producing fabrics. LAUNCH 2013 is open to individuals and teams. In August 2013,  the 10 strongest innovations will be selected and participants will take part in an immersive program to provide access to capital, creativity and capacity.

 

Materials have a significant impact on the planet. It is estimated that around 150 billion garments were produced around the world in 2010 and by 2015 the global apparel industry is expected to produce more than 400 billion square meters of fabric every year—enough to cover the state of California.

 

Nike vp of Sustainable Business and Innovation Hannah Jones says, “About 60 percent of the environmental footprint of a pair of Nike shoes is embedded in the materials used to make them. When you multiply that across our business, and across the industry, it’s clear that innovation in sustainable materials is a huge opportunity, not just for Nike, but for the world.”

 

Also speaking at the LAUNCH 2020 Summit was Joan Benoit Samuelson, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the Women’s Marathon in 1984, and Ron Garan, astronaut and LAUNCH Innovator. They both shared their passion for the environment and their unique view on the need for collaboration to achieve seemingly impossible goals.

 

Three years ago LAUNCH selected and helped accelerate Ron Garan’s innovation on clean water. Independent of his work with NASA, Garan developed a concept to deliver clean water, energy and sanitation to poor communities, through the combination of sustainable development and carbon credits. As part of the LAUNCH process, Garan was exposed to experts with the investment dollars and business acumen to bring the innovation to life. The Carbon for Water project has now successfully distributed 1 million filters that provide clean water to 4.5 million people in Kenya.

 

For details on the LAUNCH Challenge for 2013 and to apply online, register at www.launch.org/challenges/launch-2020.

 

About LAUNCH

Founded in 2010 as a strategic collaboration between NASA, Nike, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for Intl. Development (USAID), LAUNCH identifies and supports visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs have the potential to create a better world. Through a series of meetings, events and an annual forum, LAUNCH has successfully introduced innovations that are solving urgent challenges facing our society.

 

Successful innovations from previous LAUNCH challenges include:


Carbon For Water: Delivering the technology to provide access to clean water to 4.5 million people in Kenya.


Gram Power: Providing thousands of people in India with affordable, renewable energy.

 

Bioneedle: A biodegradable, implantable needle that delivers vaccines and dissolves in the body, allowing for mass distribution and minimal waste. 

 

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Rondo-Pak Names Packaging Veteran Victor Dixon as President and COO

Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has hired packaging veteran Victor Dixon as its new president and chief operating officer.  In this role, Mr. Dixon will oversee the company’s business development and promotional strategies, focusing not only on day-to-day operations but also growth potential, market positioning and a branding initiative that will be rolled out incrementally in 2013.

In bringing on Mr. Dixon, Rondo-Pak hopes to parlay recent successes into a longer-term growth phase, one which includes diversification of the company’s products and services to further strengthen its reputation for providing high quality, expert package components and solutions.

Mr. Dixon brings a broad range of both packaging and promotional experience to Rondo-Pak.  Most recently, he served as president, CEO and operating partner for Brandstir, a mobile marketing specialty firm that links printed packaging and digital content with smart phones.  Prior to this, he spent three years with Catalent Pharma Solutions, LLC as vice president & general manager, printed components and, before that, served as president & CEO of Cortegra Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held various executive positions at Alcoa/Reynolds Packaging and several other well respected global packaging and industrial manufacturing companies.

In Rondo-Pak, Mr. Dixon joins a company with a long history of meeting market demands for innovative paperboard packaging. Current Rondo-Pak attributes include a manufacturing and package design center located in Norristown, Pennsylvania along with additional global locations in sister companies Rondo AG in Switzerland and Rondo Obally in the Czech Republic offering; c-GMP practices and RFID technology; EAS security tagging; booklet label applications; anti-counterfeit solutions; child resistant/senior friendly and tamper evident features; digital watermarking and other innovative packaging technologies.

“I am grateful to be joining the team at Rondo-Pak at such an exciting time for the company,” said Dixon.  “I look forward to taking part in the continued progress and industry leadership that this company has exhibited for decades.”

Mr. Dixon is involved with several industry-related organizations, including the Philadelphia Drug Exchange and the Paperboard Packaging Council.  A father of five, he resides in Yardley, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lynn.

About Rondo-Pak
Rondo-Pak services the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries by providing a broad range of quality folding cartons.  The company has earned a solid reputation among packaging professionals for producing top-of-the-line cartons expediently and at competitive cost.  Rondo-Pak’s sophisticated solutions include cartons for child resistant & senior friendly packaging, compliance packs and packaging for clinical trials.  Call (800) 254-0731.

Rondo-Pak enjoys close collaboration with two sisters companies. Switzerland-based Rondo AG is a specialist in the development and production of complex and demanding secondary carton packaging for the pharmaceutical industry, while Rondo Obaly, in the Czech Republic, features a brand new production line featuring the latest technology and is built to deliver efficiency and quality for the pharma industry.

About Körber Medipak
Körber Medipak stands for integrated packaging and inspection solutions for the healthcare industry and units under one roof six internationally successful companies with locations in Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and the United States. With 1,285 employees worldwide, Körber Medipak achieved a sales volume of 213 m € in the year 2011. 

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