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Excerpt: Sun Chemical to display solutions at INFO*FLEX 2016. INX Digital's showcases alternative inkjet inks at FASTSIGNS Convention. Bordeaux to present new concept for Digital Printing at FESPA Amsterdam.

Sun Chemical to display solutions at INFO*FLEX 2016

DURING FTA INFO*FLEX 2016, Sun Chemical will show how its inks, coatings and HD plate technology can produce packaging that pops off the shelf while enhancing pressroom efficiency by coming to color faster at higher press speeds.

“The needs and requirements of flexible packaging continues to evolve,” said Tony Renzi, VP, product management of Packaging Inks, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. “From high speed/high quality printing demands and the growing trend toward tighter regulations on food contact packaging, to brand owner requirements for packaging that is unique and pops off the shelf, converters need solutions to meet the changing demands in the industry. During INFO*FLEX, we will show our customers how we can take them from concept to shelf to meet their packaging needs.”

Suitable for surface print applications on a number of the commonly used flexible packaging substrates, Sun Chemical's SunUno Solimax multi- purpose ink system will maximize press room efficiency while simplifying the overall print production process.

Designed for flexographic printing on polypropylene and polyethylene films at high speeds, Sun Chemical's SunStrato Sunester laminating water- and solvent- based family of inks offer maximum color strength, low solvent retention, excellent adhesive and extrusion bonds.

Sun Chemical will also highlight its SunStrato water-based ink product portfolio to address the growing use of water-based products for flexible packaging applications. Developed for high-speed flexographic printing on polyethylene film, SunSpectro Sunsharp HR water- and solvent-based inks provide moderate heat resistance of up to 350 degrees, maintain excellent gloss, and are designed for printing on items such as plastic bags, shampoo bottles and milk containers. Sun Chemical will also highlight its SunVisto water-based inks portfolio for paper and paperboard applications. The low-VOC inks can be used on a wide range of substrates, including corrugated boxes, bags, folding carton, giftwrap and more.

INX Digital's showcases alternative inkjet inks at FASTSIGNS Convention

INX Digital's first trade show of the season is at FASTSIGNS, the largest sign franchise in North America. Two of INX Digital's alternative inkjet inks continue to be popular in the sign market, and TRIANGLE ESC and MSS eco-solvent wide format inks will be featured at the FASTSIGNS Convention at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, FL.

FASTSIGNS experienced a record- breaking year in 2015. The company recently opened its 600th sign and visual graphic center - located in Wausau, WI - and anticipates opening another 60-70 stores this year. Many of its franchisees are finding success with both INX Digital products.

Many FASTSIGNS stores use ESC inks on the Epson Stylus GS 600 commercial outdoor printer to produce outdoor banners, posters and trade show graphics. These inks allow for fast turnaround of jobs, which can impact a company's bottom line.

“FASTSIGNS continues to support select TRIANGLE products, and we value the relationships we have established with their corporate staff and franchise owners over the years,” said Susie Mendelssohn, North American sales manager and international marketing manager for INX Digital. “They say ESC is very good, more vibrant and longer lasting, with a wide color gamut for indoor and outdoor sign work.”

At the two-day convention, INX Digital will demonstrate the MSS inks on a Mimaki JV33 wide format inkjet printer. MSS offers high quality performance and is just as cost effective when run on the Mimaki Jv34.

INX to showcase energy curable inks and reticulation coatings at Print UV

Meanwhile , when Print UV convenes March 16-18, 2016 at the Encore by Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, INX International Ink Co. will serve as a platinum sponsor for the eighth consecutive year. INX offers a complete line of best-in-class UV/EB ink technology solutions, from offset UV, flexo UV, plastic UV, LED UV, H-UV and UV coatings, to coil foil adhesive and Soft Touch Cast and Cure. At the Print UV Conference, INX will feature a pair of dynamic, low energy UV inks and a special effect coating package. INXCure UV LED and HUV inks are 100% reactive, long wavelength and require less energy to cure, thus reducing electricity costs and prolonging the life of valuable UV lights. Both are suitable for high-end sheetfed applications. The ProCure HUV reticulation coating is a lower viscosity gloss coating that is formulated to cure with UV additive lamps. The typical application is used on commercial sheetfed presses printing paper or paperboard substrates.

Bordeaux to present new concept for Digital Printing at FESPA Amsterdam

BORDEAUX presents a new vision for print shop providers with its solvent, UV and textile ink solutions. Bordeaux's new rising star in the digital textile arena – a new water-based pigment ink for all fabrics accompanied with its longtime industry leading printer specific inks – offers a true wind of change to the digital market.

As a continues effort to offer a wide range of inkjet solutions, Bordeaux recognized the need to simplify digital processes for textile and developed one pigment ink that can print on all types of fabric and in a single process. This allows textile print shops to offer their customers prints for every type of textile application, from home decoration to garments. Visitors at Bordeaux's stand will be able to see all of its ink solutions come to life with the endless printing applications.

Visitors can expect to see unique applications printed with UV and solvent printer specific ink solutions. In

addition, for the first time at FESPA, Bordeaux will introduce the printing possibilities with the new pigment ink for textiles.

“As part of our continuous commitment to develop comprehensive yet simple solutions to the digital printing industry, we added a new product to our leading textile inks solutions and expended it with the game-changing pigment ink,” said Guy Evron, director of marketing at Bordeaux.

Sun Chemical adds to packaging ink portfolio with Colmar Inks

AFTER a fairly slow 10 months in 2015, there was a flurry of merger and acquisition activity within the ink industry at the end of the year. I've already discussed the Flint Group purchase of Xeikon here and the Toyo Ink acquisition of DYO Printing Inks here. There was a third move of note, in which Sun Chemical entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets and liabilities of Colmar Inks Corporation, including customer lists, inventory and contracts.

Led by Ralph Marshall, Colmar Inks is an Ontario, Canada-based liquid ink manufacturer. Colmar dates back to 1984, when it was formed to acquire Hendershot Inks Company, It is a leader in the water-based corrugated and the folding carton markets in Canada. The company has manufacturing facilities in Toronto and Montreal. The deal is anticipated to close during the first quarter in 2016.

For Sun Chemical, acquiring Colmar Inks expands Sun Chemical's position in the Canadian printing ink market, notably the packaging side of the industry. Packaging ink is a strength for the ink industry, and acquiring an industry leader in Canada makes a lot of sense.

Flint Group acquires Advanced Color Systems, Inc

FLINT Group, as part of its strategy to grow in strategic market segments, announced the acquisition of Advanced Color Systems, Inc. (ACS), Tualatin, OR, USA. Advanced Color Systems manufactures and distributes water- based inks in North America and also exports to some countries outside of North America. With this acquisition, Flint Group strengthens its position and support to the paper and board markets in North America. -

“Flint Group is very pleased with this new partnership and the opportunities it presents to expand in the North American Paper & Board packaging market,” said Antoine Fady, CEO, Flint Group. “Tim Becker, Reed Fowler, and the team at Advanced Color Systems have built a customer focused and responsive organisation with teams dedicated to its clients' success. This culture of teamwork and customer satisfaction fits perfectly with Flint Group's own strategy and vision.” It is pertinent to note that in the past three months, Flint Group has made two significant acquisitions of its own, strengthening its portfolio is significant growth segments.

In November 2015, Flint Group made a huge move, acquiring Xeikon and forming a new division, Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions. On Feb. 1, 2016, Flint Group added Advanced Color Systems, Inc. (ACS), Tualatin,

US based NAPIM's 101st Annual Convention to be held in Las Vegas

THE US based National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers' (NAPIM) will be heading to Las Vegas, USA for its 101st Annual Convention, which will be held April 1-4, 2016 at Red Rocks Hotel & Casino.

John Copeland, NAPIM's executive director, said that NAPIM's leaders are excited about having the convention in Las Vegas this year.

“We are very enthusiastic about this year's convention,” Copeland said. “Our current president, Pat Carlisle, wanted to do something different this year and try out Las Vegas for this year's site. so our committee has been running with it and developing a great program. We believe the speakers, industry information and activities will make this a great experience for everyone attending.

“The first thing about this year is that the Red Rock Resort is just very, very nice,” he added. “The accommodations are very nice and the resort houses a number of restaurants, making it easy to find good food on site."

There are some interesting presentations scheduled this year's conference. The keynote speaker will be Richard Picciotto, FDNY chief and highest-ranking firefighter to survive the World Trade Center collapse, who will offer his recollections from 9/11 as well as importance of focusing on what is truly important. Mentalist Paul Draper will lead the opening breakfast. NAPIM's George Fuchs will discuss safety issues, and there will be a graphic arts panel that will look at key issues facing the printing and ink industries. The State of the Industry presentation will analyze the ink industry's numbers for the past year.

“Our opening breakfast will start off lightly with Mentalist Paul Draper,” Copeland noted. “Paul will be very entertaining and also provide information about body language, inform us if someone is lying and help us to be able to solve mysteries. “Our keynote this year will be very inspirational and interesting. Richard Picciotto was the highest ranking firefighter to survive the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. His focus is one of renewed belief in what is important and in humanity. Richard is the author of the book 'Last Man Down.' His presentation will be a wonderful motivator." There will also be a number of events outside of the meetings. There will be golf and tennis tourneys, a tour of the Hoover Dam, the NAPIM Fun Night at Red Rocks Bowling Lanes and the Black Tie Ault Award dinner, with the presentation of the prestigious Ault and Pioneer Awards. “The activities this year will include a tour of Hoover Dam, golf at the Jack Nicklaus designed “Bears Best,” a fantastic tour of “The Mob Museum,” the annual NAPIM Tennis Tournament and a number of other great activities,” Copeland said.

Further information on NAPIM's 101st annual convention can be had from: contact John Copeland, email at jcopeland@napim.org; www.napim.com

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