Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), the producer of packaging and containerboard solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire Boise Inc., the Idaho-based packaging-products and paper manufacturer whose divisions include Hexacomb (which makes Falconboard), Boise, and Tharco. The transaction is expected to close Q4 2013.
With economic conditions in the US gradually improving, print executives who forestalled capital investments through the depths of the recession are increasingly analyzing their long-term technology decisions. In August, Fujifilm North America hosted leaders from 32 printing companies at its training and demonstration center in Kansas City, Kansas, for a two-day Tech Summit that examined the analog-to-digital adoption rates in wide-format and the strategies companies are using to adapt to changing customer demands.
1. London │ If you attended FESPA 2013, you might have seen this chrome-wrapped bus traveling the streets of London as it made its way to the Excel London Exhibition and Conference Centre. The double-decker bus was installed at the show by Papergraphics (paper-graphics.com) using Hexis Chrome Cast silver chrome gloss; original artwork was sourced from artist Insa (www.insaland.com).
Esko has announced the worldwide availability of its ArtiosCAD Enterprise, the latest release of its structural packaging design software. With ArtiosCAD Enterprise, all assets are stored in a centralized but private database in the cloud; it enables on-line collaboration between design groups, CAD and graphic designers, suppliers, brand owners and production. The scalable solution features online dashboards, project management, online Web-based design request forms, and more.
The right media can make or break a job. Period. Knowing this, many print providers will stick with a stable of tried-and-true solutions – media that have been tested and output successfully on their machines.
Other shops, however, are ready, willing, and unafraid to explore new media worlds and, like the explorers of long ago, search for something different, perhaps something exotic and unexpected.
In recent years, plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures, and anything that can change a person’s appearance and help him or her find the “fountain of youth” have been on the rise. Chin lifts, tummy tucks, lip injections and other similar medical initiatives are at the top of the to-do list for many people. No one, it seems, wants to appear to grow old, and everyone wants to look better than their best.
If you’ve been evaluating potential profit-center additions for your wide-format digital press, you might need to look no further than packaging prototypes and short-run packaging.
Esko has announced its intent to purchase Cape Systems, a provider of software solutions for packaging design, pallet-load optimization, and supply-chain profitability. Cape’s products and staff will be integrated into Esko’s portfolio and organization, Esko reports. The transaction is expected to close in late September.
Owners Katherine and Wade Becher of Wicked Wraps (www.wickedwraps.net), located in the Seattle metro area, wanted to add flare to their newest fleet with bright green and black graphics to represent their “wicked” shop.
SA International has announced a worldwide agreement for the supply of SAi FlexiStarter cutting software with the full range of Mutoh ValueCut cutters. The SAi FlexiStarter ValueCut edition software includes the drivers and registration marks for the Mutoh ValueCut cutters as well as a wide range of features for designing, drawing, viewing, manipulation, and tools for plotting and cutting. The software also provides a user-friendly interface for creating cut-vinyl signage and contour-cut decals of various substrates for special applications.