April 22, 2013
Flexo Market News
Esko Donates Packaging
Technology To RIT
Esko, Miamisburg, Ohio, has donated a suite of pack-
aging software and hardware to Rochester (N.Y.) In-
stitute of Technology’s College of Applied Science
and Technology. The technology, which includes Ar-
tiosCAD structural design software, a Kongsberg XL-
digital finishing table with iSight, DeskPack
prepress plug-ins, Equinox color technology for ex-
tended gamut printing, and Suite 12 pre-production
software with Studio 3D packaging design tools, will
be used in RIT’s Packaging Science BS and MS pro-
gram as well as faculty research projects.
The technology is used for a broad swath of cours-
es in the Packaging Science program, from Computer
Applications, where students learn package design
and layout and make prototypes using ArtiosCAD and
to Flexible Containers to Packag-
ing for Distribution.
In the course, Packaging for End Use, designed as a
capstone course for the BS program, students learn
how to design optimal packaging systems to meet
the needs of the retailer and the consumer. Using Ar-
tiosCAD, along with Illustrator
and Adobe
students redesign existing pr imar y
packages—including the graphics—and secondary
corrugated package to present the most user-friendly
sustainable package possible.
MacDermid Printing Solutions
Announces Price Increase
MacDermid Printing Solutions has announced a glob-
al price increase of 3-7 percent on its photopolymer
products, effective June 1. The company sites the dra-
matic rise in raw material and energy costs for the in-
crease and MacDermid said it continues to pursue
manufacturing productivity improvements and cost re-
duction initiatives to offset these higher costs. MacDer-
mid’s sales representatives will soon contact customers
to discuss the details of the price increase.
Gulf Print & Pack 2013
Reports Record Attendance
Gulf Print & Pack 2013, held April 8-11 at the Dubai
World Trade Centre, reported a 14.9 percent increase
over 2011’s edition with 9,408 key industry profession-
als visiting the four-day show. Visitors came from 93
countries (83 in 2011 and 65 in 2009) with a marked
rise in visitor numbers from Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey.
Overall attendance from outside the United Arab Emi-
rates was just under 48 percent of the visitor total.
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