Technology partners form INX Digital...Sleeve, plate cleaner manufacturer launches U.S. production site...Asahi Photoproducts opens Atlanta Technology Center + News Briefs

Technology partners form INX Digital

INX Group Ltd. announced in October the formation of INX Digital International Co. The formation of INX Digital marks the next step in Sakata INX’s strategy to combine its digital resources into one cohesive group. Former joint venture partners Triangle Digital INX, Megaink AS and Anteprima SRL have agreed to transfer their interest from their former companies for ownership in INX Digital International with Sakata INX being the majority shareholder.

INX Digital will be led by key personnel from Triangle, Megaink, Anteprima and INX. Together, the group will expand its product line of traditional and environmentally friendly ink along with engineering expertise and distribution. INX Digital customers can expect technical assistance and support to continue from the three global divisions. The Americas will be supported through INX Digital’s offices and manufacturing locations in California, the Asia Pacific division by its established presence in Guangzhou, China, and the EMEA division by the existing facilities in Milan, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic.

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Equipment manufacturer holds open house in Germany

Windmoeller & Hoelscher welcomed more than 1,200 invited members of the flexible packaging trade to an in-house exhibition of new and current machinery in Lengerich, Germany, Nov. 10–12. Promoting a message of “It's time for new innovations,” the event introduced attendees to the newest converting equipment and latest developments in film extrusion and printing.

The supplier demonstrated five film lines, two of which were introduced at the in-house event. One new line, the Optimex 3-layer blown film line, is equipped with newly designed components such as extruders, gravimetric weighing and dosing, a Maxicone C die and a film sizing cage. W&H also unveiled its new Aquarex line, which uses a water film to rapidly cool the film bubble and provides improved transparency, toughness and more pleasant tactile properties.

The manufacturer also rolled out a new Opticool air ring system and the Filmatic N film winder, the latter of which is available for film widths of up to 360 centimeters (141.73 inches) and is capable of center, gap and surface winding. W&H also demonstrated a monoaxial film stretching unit (MDO) and nanolayer technology for stretch film production on a Filmex cast line.

Windmoeller & Hoelscher

Asahi Photoproducts opens Atlanta Technology Center

Asahi Photoproducts, producer of photopolymer printing plates, opened its Atlanta Technology Center on Aug. 6, adding to its network of facilities in Asia and Europe. Asahi marked the occasion with a red carpet event for invited customers and industry representatives, providing attendees with an opportunity to tour the new facility and network with Asahi's regional staff and senior divisional management from Japan.

“Last year, Asahi made a commitment to establish an organization in North America that could directly support customer needs in this important region," says Joe Bauer, vice president of sales and marketing. "Now we have a permanent home for this organization.”

The Atlanta plant features a full line of flexographic plate making equipment, including the machinery required to produce the new line of Asahi Water Washable Plates (AWP). This digitally imaged flexo plate offers the characteristics of unmatched environmental compliancy as it is washed out with water, digitally imaged, and processed in less than an hour. AWP is suitable for all types of inks (solvent-based, UV-curing and water-based), exhibiting excellent printing performance, ink transfer and plate durability.

Asahi Kasei Corp.

COIM USA to acquire Air Products polyurethane pre-polymers business

COIM USA Inc. has signed an agreement to buy Air Products’ polyurethane pre-polymers business, marketed under the Airthane and Versathane tradenames. The transaction also includes Air Products’ manufacturing facility in Paulsboro, N.J.

Unifoil Corp. recognized for sustainability achievements

Unifoil Corp. has achieved chain-of-custody certification from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). The international endorsement follows Unifoil’s chain-of-custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program.

Retired Mica Corp. manager passes

Fred Singer, marketing manager at Mica Corp. until his retirement in 2006, passed away in September at age 83. Fred was an icon of the flexible packaging industry and was active in many groups, including TAPPI, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), the Flexible Packaging Association, and Western Michigan University conferences.

Sleeve, plate cleaner manufacturer launches U.S. production site

Polymount Int'l, manufacturer of Twinlock self-adhesive sleeves and plate cleaners, has begun setting up its new U.S. manufacturing site in Newnan, Ga., near Atlanta. The Newnan facility joins Polymount’s five European and one Asian plant. Polymount will continue to promote Twinlock self-adhesive sleeves with Wisconsin-bsaed selling partner OEC Graphics.