PCMC adds RDP Marathon and IPT Digital.


Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of the Barry- Wehmilkr Converting Solutions Platform, is joining with RDP Marathon Inc. and IPT Digital, and expanding its offerings for customers to include digital printing technology.

RDP Marathon has delivered engineered machine solutions for a variety of printing and packaging markets for 30 years. Through a partnership with IPT Digital, RDP Marathon also provides systems that convert existing presses into high-speed digital printing platforms, broadening its capabilities and reach across multiple packaging markets. Adding this technology to PCMC's portfolio of solutions not only will accelerate the company's growth in its current markets, but also support its expansion into new markets, particularly the folded carton business.

"We're eager to have RDP Marathon and IPT Digital join the PCMC family," says Stan Blakney, PCMC president. "As we look to augment our print business, their expertise will enable us to quickly break into new markets and diversify our product portfolio. Digital printing continues to experience substantial growth, and we're excited to enter into that market through this acquisition."

Barry-Wehmiller chairman and CEO Bob Chapman adds, "We are thrilled to partner with RDP Marathon and IPT Digital, as this investment highlights our commitment to advancing the technology and service we can provide for current and future customers while cultivating our unique culture of care and collaboration."


* Wizard Labels, an all-digital provider of custom product labels, has earned a top ranking in "Inc. 5000: The Most Successful Companies in America." Inc. is a publication dedicated to covering small businesses and startup companies in the United States. The magazine--which appears both in print and online--annually lists the 5,000 fastest-growing privately-held companies in the US. Established in 1982, Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a three-year period.

Wizard Labels, which ranked #1,984 on the 2019 Inc. 5000, reported revenue of $7.4 million in 2018 and a three-year growth rate of 202%.

Label industry e-commerce pioneer Steve Smith founded Wizard Labels in 2013. Serving a wide-range of end-use markets, Wizard Labels prides itself on offering excellent production turn-times and professional customer service through an easy-to-use, self-service, online portal. The label supplier also provides its brand owner customers competitive pricing that allows even the smallest players to compete with the biggest names on store shelves.

Smith comments, "Wizard Labels was founded on the principles of simplifying the complexity involved in buying custom product labels and providing unique value to our customers. We're honored that our innovative business model and ability to consistently deliver superior results for our customers is recognized by our Inc. 5000 ranking."

Heidi Leist, founder and CEO of Lemongrass Spa, a brand owner of natural beauty and skincare products and a long-time Wizard Labels customer, adds, "Our experience in working with Wizard Labels has been nothing short of exceptional. Their ability to quickly and reliably produce our skincare labels helps us effectively introduce new products several times a year, supporting our competitive edge. The quality of their materials exemplifies our branding efforts. It's no surprise to us that they're growing so rapidly because of the customer-centric mindset their team represents."

Wizard Labels' manufacturing processes feature the latest digital label printing and laser finishing technologies, and the company is constantly looking at new means of development in order to stay on top of printing and converting trends as a proud member of Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative), the association of HP Indigo technology users.


* Siegwerk celebrated the new Siegwerk Ink Lab at Clemson University's Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics on September 4. The occasion was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony. Faculty, students and industry leaders were present to get the first look at the redesigned lab and also have an opportunity to network with other industry professionals.

With approximately 350 students currently enrolled in Clemson's Graphic Communications program, students will be able to gain exposure to real-world experience through internships and other programs. The Siegwerk Lab will provide them with the ability to generate new package design through ink technology, enhance their capabilities to explore visual appearance and functionality of packaging in terms of inks and coatings, and guide their research in energy curable and other ink technologies.

"We are excited about the Siegwerk Ink Lab," states Jarred Carter, head of flexible packaging. "Over the next five years, this lab will provide the faculty and students access to best-in-class ink technology and ink management processes. It was our pleasure to meet the students, along with suppliers and staff to celebrate the commitment we have made to the Sonoco Institute."

"As Siegwerk's motto goes--Ink, Heart and Soul--the ink lab sits at the heart of everything that we do at the Sonoco Institute," explains Chip Tonkin, director of the Sonoco Institute and chair of Graphic Communications. "The new Siegwerk Ink Lab will enhance the Sonoco Institute's capability to conduct industry print trials and perform flexographic research as we continue to partner with outstanding companies like Siegwerk."


* UPM Raflatac and UPM Biofuels have joined forces to create a "future beyond fossil fuels." As a result of this collaboration, UPM Raflatac brings two wood-based renewable labeling materials into the market: UPM Raflatac Forest Film and UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive. These labeling materials are designed to answer brand owners' needs to replace traditional fossil-based virgin materials with renewable ones.

Their main raw material is UPM BioVemo naphtha, a renewable component for replacing fossil-based raw materials with sustainably sourced renewable feedstock.

Forest Film is the first wood-based polypropylene film label material on the market, UPM Raflatac says. Meanwhile, Fossil-Free Adhesive RP48 is a renewable multipurpose solution. Together with other responsibly sourced label materials, like the forest-positive UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+, this adhesive forms a comprehensive solution making each layer of labeling even more sustainable.

Both Forest Film and Fossil-Free Adhesive are drop-in products, so they do not require any changes in production processes and can smoothly replace traditional fossil-based options. These products combine the circular economy with renewable bioeconomy--one ton of fossil raw material can now be replaced with one ton of renewable raw material.

"With these product innovations, we are taking a big step forward on our journey toward labeling a smarter future beyond fossils. By choosing our renewable labeling materials, brands can move even further in their quest to use more renewable packaging. Furthermore, these materials are identical in quality and performance to conventional fossil-based materials and an easy way to add the final touch to a sustainable package," explains Oona Koski, sustainability manager at UPM Raflatac.

UPM Raflatac is emphasizing the use of sustainable raw materials to create new products and services based on wood fiber, biomolecules, residues and side streams.

"The main raw material of these products is UPM BioVerno naphtha made from tall oil, a residue of pulp production. They are a great example of new product innovations orginating from sustainably-managed forests and concrete steps toward a future beyond fossil fuels," concludes Panu Routasalo, vice president, UPM Biofuels.


* The Label Printers, located in Aurora, IL, USA, has benefited from a partnership with Domino. The digital printing specialist has played a key role in helping The Label Printers produce 1.75 billion labels annually.

The converter produces labels for product branding, safety, brand protection, product authentication, and more. Industries served include food and beverage, industrial and automotive, health and personal care, electrical and electronics.

Tom Erickson, vice president of manufacturing at The Label Printers, who has been with the company for more than 18 years, said six years ago:"We like the Domino K600i because it offers us increased uptime. With the automated features, such as the cleaning and purging systems, we are able to produce our work more efficiently."

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