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Constantia Flexibles has signed an agreement to sell its Labels division to Multi- Color Corporation (“Multi-Color”) for an enterprise value of approximately €1.15 billion ($1.3 billion). The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approvals.

At Interpack the labelling machine manufacturer Gernep presents the latest developments of its rotary labelling machines. To meet all decoration demands in different industries, the rotary labelling machine Gernep Soluta, in the optimised control and security design, is for self adhesive labelling.

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Constantia Sim’Edit, part of the Constania Labels Division, has been a partner with Danone waters for many years. Danone Waters has handed over its Japanese water business to Constantia due to its know-how, high-performing products and renowned colour & print quality consistency.

UPM Raflatac is launching a new, thin film product for clear labelling in beverage applications, especially glass or PET beer bottle labelling. RafBev Clear TC 40 offers a clear, no-label look for companies aiming to replace wet glue with a PSA solution.

The well-established labelling machine manufacturer Gernep from Barbing in southern Germany, presents the latest developments of its rotary labelling machines in modular block building system.

Holland Colours has introduced a new generation of their light barrier technology for UHT milk packaging, Holcomer III. It is said to include enhanced light-barrier and laser-marking benefits such as 100% UV blocking and up to 99.9% visible-light blocking in a monolayer PET bottle but with lower production and laser-marking costs.

Coca-Cola created a new packaging design for their Diet Coke bottles in Canada. The vibrant patterns are available for a limited time for 500ml PET as well as 355ml and 237m. glass bottles of Diet Coke. The “One of a Kind” campaigns offers millions of designs to choose from as no two bottles look exactly the same.

Coca-Cola Sweden partnered with Constantia Flexibles to create a label with a whitened varnish area that allows consumers to draw their own designs directly onto the label. In order to achieve this, Constantia Flexibles supplied a 38 µ white OPP film label, creating a specific area that is fully customisable with crayons.

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is a Philippine multinational with an established market especially in South East Asia in the Food & Beverage industry. URC Philippines requested a solution to produce new water bottles for mass consumption, having specific needs. The line speed should have a capacity of 50,000bph with a labelling machine speed of 55,000bph. The bottle shapes of 350ml and 500ml should be processed in ExtraLight on a blow moulding machine.

Kinder Cola, the Dutch beverage line aimed at children, has tapped Constantia Flexibles to produce their new shrink sleeve labels. Made without caffeine and with significantly less sugar than traditional cola, Kinder Cola is the premier youth cola beverage in the region.

The SK Ergon packers can now be equipped with an automatic handle applicator of the Pre-Shrinking Handle Applicator (PSHA) series, which attaches a handle on a section of the shrink film before it's wrapped around a group of containers moving toward the shrink tunnel. The pre-shrinking handle applicator of the PSHA series can be installed on the operator's side, on the opposite side or on both sides in case of dual lane production.

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is a Philippine multinational with an established market especially in South East Asia in the Food & Beverage industry. URC Philippines requested a solution to produce new water bottles for mass consumption, having specific needs:

For many years, laser technologies have been used in the beverage packaging industry to ensure effective marking of products. Fibre lasers became the system of choice, offering virtually maintenance-free operation. NII Laser Technology integrated high-power fibre laser sources specifically developed for laser marking on beverage closures, caps and lids, with proven efficiency over 50,000 hours operation.

Economic, lifestyle changes and the focus on sustainable packaging will drive market growth for the labels market by 5.4% annually during the period 2016-21 to $44.8 billion, according to a new report by Smithers Pira. In “The Future of Labels and Release Liners to 2021” Smithers Pira’s analysis shows label market growth is being driven by economic, social, demographic and lifestyle changes.

According to an eco-efficiency analysis conducted by BASF and Comexi, supplier of converting solutions for the flexible packaging industry, BASF’s water-based adhesive systems are an environmentally compatible and economically rewarding alternative to conventional technologies when it comes to lamination of flexible food packaging. The BASF Eco-Efficiency methodology was most recently validated by NSF International, and the results of the study were critically reviewed and validated by a panel of independent experts led by TÜV Rheinland. For the study, which started in 2013 and was completed by the end of 2015, four typical adhesive technologies were analysed and compared.

The Ponti family has been developing the culture of taste for five generations, also thanks to its careful selection of raw materials and respect for tradition, since 1867. The Italian company is a leader at an international level in the production of vinegar, pickles, food preserved in oil, dressings and ready-made sauces that are sold all over the world.

Recently Rivella, one of the most popular soft drinks in Switzerland, undertook a complete brand redesign. The goal was to introduce a new logo, bottle design and label with a younger, more dynamic look. The new design meant moving away from their traditional paper labels to transparent OPP wrap-around labels.

Spectra Packaging have recently developed a new print technique to help counter brand counterfeiting. Its new illuminate fluorescent print, launched recently at a show in Birmingham UK, gives brands an invisible solution that can be revealed when exposed to ultra violet light.

Farchioni olii S.p.A., one of Italy's main producers of typical foods from Umbria oil, wine and flour, chose an independent partner that was easy to interact with to provide self-adhesive or cold-glue labels for glass and PET formats in the olive oil sector.

March 30, 2016 | The winner takes it all

The Golden Label Award was granted to the most outstanding achievements in label design and label production. In the middle of March, the Ferry Porsche Congress Center in Zell am See, Austria, saw the award ceremony of the coveted Golden Label Award. An international jury of experts from the specialist fields of design & concept development as well as printing technology & labelling evaluated almost 100 labels in a 2-stage procedure.

Domino Printing Sciences has introduced a high-contrast, alkali-washable yellow coding ink. Compatible with the company’s A-Series i-Tech range of CIJ printers, the 2YL955i ink is designed for coding onto dark coloured bottles and has the ability to adhere to wet surfaces.

UPM Raflatac will present the results of a full-body shrink sleeve label recycling study, featuring the company's new Rafshrink PO MDO 40 HS product, at the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Technical Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana. The study, conducted with Plastic Forming Enterprises, will demonstrate that Rafshrink, a polyolefin-based, roll-fed shrink film label provides good recyclability gains over PETG labels, currently the industry-standard film label for shrink sleeve applications, when used with clear PET bottles.

The move of luxury wine and spirits group Louis Vitton Moet Hennessy to P.E. Labellers steams from the intention to buy 3 labelling machines for a 15,000 bph champagne line with integrated optical orientation, label application quality control and sleeve formats with self-adhesive labels, which has completely changed the cold glue system currently used on the German machines in VC and MC Group.