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100% BETTER! This is Maverick Flexible’s motto as the company heads into the future as a forerunner in cleaner, greener and safer flexible packaging.

From humble beginnings in 2005, Maverick Flexible has grown in leaps and bounds and now specialises in the supply of blown film, as well as high-barrier eight-colour flexo-printed and thermally laminated films, meeting the changing demands of flexible packaging converters and brand owners – typically those involved in liquid and dry food packaging for stand-up pouches and form-fill-seal applications.

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Printed in SA: Angola’s census questionnaires

Next month, Angola is conducting a national population census (its first since 1970) and a South African company has been given the green light to print the census questionnaires, reports Gill Loubser.

As the electronic age cuts into traditional paper-based print markets, S&G Security Printing (a division of Shave & Gibson) has thrown its sales net north of South Africa’s borders and is meeting with considerable success.

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Ipex delivers blueprint for future print events

Different city, smaller size, but Ipex fulfils objectives in an increasingly-digital world, writes Gill Loubser.

When Ipex 2014 closed its doors, the show’s future and new direction had been established. The event – staged at ExCeL, London – attracted 22 768 visitors (including 3 532 exhibitors), 54% from the UK and 46% international.

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Paarl Media invests in KZN

Following the acquisition of the printing division of Natal Witness, Paarl Media has made further substantial investments in upgrading printing facilities in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. These investments see a significant increase in the capacity of Paarl Coldset Pietermaritzburg and introduce a higher degree of automation.

Since acquiring the coldset printing facility in 2012, Paarl Media has undertaken projects totalling R107-million.

Says Paarl Media CEO, Stephen van der Walt: ‘We’re confident our investment will benefit existing and potential customers of Paarl Coldset Pietermaritzburg and we foresee a positive impact on the surrounding community through additional employment. The upgrade has greatly improved working conditions and operational efficiency.’

Significantly increasing capacity is a new manroland Cromoman press, while an automated mailroom system from Müller Martini is set to improve efficiency in the finishing department.

The new equipment includes a Ferag pick-up station and a Ferag SmartStack to replace outdated Ferag stackers.


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Driving the digital flexo revolution

REVO, a seven-company project, is set to drive flexography towards a new ‘digital’ world of printing and converting, reports Gill Loubser.

Process consistency, efficiency and cost reduction – these are the three prime objectives of the REVO project, driving the ‘digital flexo’ revolution to win the label and packaging printing challenge for short runs, global quality and total flexibility.

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