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Contents of October 2013

UPFRONT
3 Editor’s Letter: Of airlines and newspapers
7 News & Events: Round-up of company news and events

PRINT MATTERS
14 Cover Story: Ren-Form ignites the e-fulfilment revolution
16 Digital Digest: Dscoop – what’s it all about?
18 Newspaper Printing: Ferag shows latest in conveying and bundling
20 Front-page advertising with real samples
21 Innovation in a stale newspaper market – local success story
25 Africa Print 2013: Making a lasting impression – round-up of show news
32 Flexo Forum: Acme Graphics is Esko HD certified
34 The FTASA’s Print Excellence Awards unveiled
40 Digitally Modulated screening proves a winner

CONVERTING MATTERS
43 Labelling & Narrow Web: What was ‘hot’ at Labelexpo?

47 SA Litho acquires J Ryan, Cape Printing
51 Libra takes label printing to next level with Mark Andy
53 Track & Trace and Flint Group Narrow Web tackle skills challenge
55 Flexible Packaging: Second sale of a Comexi OFFSET C18
56 Next-generation surface treatment with Easi-Plasma
59 Rajoo offers fresh paradigms for blown film lines
60 Constantia Flexibles acquires Parikh Packaging, India
63 Plastics in Packaging: SAPRO applauds recycled content
69 Plastichem invests in the best people and systems
71 Mpact Plastics makes the most of warehouse space
72 AMI’s Green Polymer Chemistry 2014 to focus on sustainability
75 Folding Cartons: Graphica teams up with C&T Matrix
76 Skills Shortage: AFA Consultants helps meet challenge

FMCG PACK
78 Clive’s Column: The pick of the packs
83 Decorating & Labelling: ElastiTags stretch budgets the classy way
87 Market Trends: BMi Research tracks trends among tech-savvy shoppers
89 Weighing & Feeding: Ishida offers speed, accuracy for yogurt line
91 Cleaning & Hygiene: Kärcher’s focus on hot water cleaning
92 Cutting Edge: Round-up of global packaging innovations

FINISHING TOUCHES

94 IPSA News: Brain stretching in the Cape; Music Quiz in the North

96 PCA News: Sharing knowledge for nine decades
97 Diary
97 Yours irreverently
98 Index of advertisers and their web addresses

BACK TO BACK ISSUES

The latest in conveying and bundling

Gill Loubser visits Ferag in Switzerland where the latest postpress inserting technology is revealed – especially relevant for newspaper printers in developing countries, making the transition from manual to automatic operation.

A visit to Ferag’s headquarters in Hinwil (not far from Zurich) delivered a valuable update for newspaper printers. Coming from all corners of the globe, they enthusiastically soaked up the latest technology provided by this superbly-organised ‘customer event’. Outstanding hospitality coupled with Swiss precision was the order of the day! Also invited were key print industry journalists.

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Making a lasting impression

Valuable sales, quality leads, outstanding networking – these were key takeaways from Africa Print 2013, reports Karen Stretch.

Exhibitors and visitors were unanimous: it was time well spent at this year’s Africa Print expo, sponsored by Xerox.

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Raising the bar in flexo print

Our last edition (PPM Sept 2013) included a copy of the FTASA Print Excellence Awards winners’ brochure, published for distribution at the presentation luncheon. Now we provide photographic coverage of this important celebration. Words by Karen Stretch; photography by Clive Glover.

In September, South Africa’s flexographic printing elite gathered at the 16th annual FTASA (Flexographic Technical Association of South Africa) Print Excellence Awards.

This much-anticipated event constantly contributes to raising industry standards and showcasing advances in flexographic printing.

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