Shimmering Scintilla

The word ‘shimmering’ is apt on a number of fronts when telling the story behind the launch of a limited edition, beautifully-faceted gift pack for Scintilla 2008 – the signature Méthode Cap Classique from The House of JC Le Roux. It’s bound to be a hit with wine connoisseurs during the coming festive season.

This sparkling pack was designed and manufactured by Printafoil with pack graphics provided by Drexler Keyser of DK Design and lid labels supplied by Coastal Labels. The stunning material – black dusted with gold – that encases Printafoil’s hand-crafted cartonboard pack emanates from the Winter & Co/Graphica team; and holding the whole project together are the brand and project management teams at Distell, led by Robyn Schäfer (development project manager, gifting), Wilma Faber (project controller), Lucindi Branfield (brand manager SA) and Thandeka Matsoha (junior brand manager SA).

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Corona Treatment

'The difficulty of writing or printing on plastic film is well known. The ink doesn’t stick to the surface because the untreated plastic’s structure makes for poor adhesion. Corona treatment is the solution to this well-known problem.’

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In a rare and praiseworthy display of openheartedness – not often found among South Africa’s label printing fraternity! – the owners of Label Link in Cape Town opened their doors, allowing customers and competitors alike to view their brand-new Omet XFlex X2 press, as it went into spanking action.

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Global Awards for Innovation 2014

In the words of fellow journalist, Andy Thomas, group managing editor of Labels & Labeling magazine, ‘automation was the name of the game at Labelexpo Americas’. This show, more than any other, he avers, has redefined the label converting industry as finally moving away from a ‘craft’ to an industrialised, quality-assured process. He goes on to provide several examples of this trend.


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Printech Prisco

It was the oil crisis back in the 1970s, resulting in a shortage of IPA (isopropyl alcohol), that first caused printers to consider substitutes for this popular dampening solution additive.

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