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Printing, Packaging and Publishing Industries across Asia Pacific since 1985 Issue 8 2020

Read about Billboard Media as it celebrates its move to a larger purpose-built site

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One of Spain's biggest print businesses keeps delivering during COVID-19 Pioneering innovative E-Commerce solutions for Corrugated Packaging in Unprecedented Times New printhead design for PageWide C500 corrugated press Digitising a Traditional Print Business Indonesia’s Nonek Upgrades to a Kornit Storm HD6 CGS meets ORIS Koenig & Bauer Durst announces beta testing for VariJET 106 Paper, Primer, Performance. The Inkjet Cost/Quality Trifecta New Canon varioPRINT iX-Series Sheetfed Press - Offset Quality and Inkjet Productivity Key Pillars of a Colour Management Loop Heidelberg launches new open and independent printing industry platform with Zaikio A challenging mindset fires flexo innovation Manroland Sheetfed launch new presses New Evolution line-up complete Bangalore’s Print Point Invests in New Heidelberg Speedmaster Heidelberg invests in production of printed and organic electronics Big role for Printnet's Impremia IS29 What does Big Data really mean to the Label Printing Industry? The new High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter CorruCUT The COVID-19 crisis is generating a rising tide of waste. Modern Gravure Indonesia invests in second Bobst laminator News from around Asia and the world

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Published by Asian Print Awards Management Pte Ltd 65 Chulia Street #46-23 OCBC Centre Singapore 049513 Print Innovation Asia Labels and Packaging Innovation Asia Asian Print Awards Packageing Excellence Awards Label and Packaging Conferences Publisher Paul Callaghan paul@printinnovationasia.com Editorial Elizabeth Liew elizabeth@printinnovationasia.com Editor Sha Jumari sha@printinnovationasia.com Packaging Sales Elizabeth Liew elizabeth@printinnovationasia.com


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One of Spain's biggest print businesses keeps delivering during COVID-19 Truyol, based in Alcorcón in the south-west of greater Madrid, is a print business that has set the benchmark for the Spanish digital printing industry. The company offers a wide variety of products and services – from large format printing, to book covers and packaging. Founded in the 1983 as a photography and photocopying store, Truyol is a family-run business which has grown from a very small team into a huge workforce operating a range of print production equipment. Joaquin Truyol, the CEO of the company, has seen the business emerge from its early roots – when it was run by his parents – into a thriving, all-encompassing print-service-provider. The company’s ethos is to continue growing itself and its offering to the industry; with this comes a need for equipment that can not only handle high levels of production, but also produce excellent quality and consistency. Truyol has turned to the Jet Press 750S for these very reasons. “Truyol has quite a history,” says Joaquin. “The company started with a small store in Alcorcón and introduced the first electrostatic paper copier in the Madrid area, and then the first colour copier shortly after that. We evolved quickly and were able to offer an everincreasing range of printing services, on various substrates, for multiple sectors. “Our R&D department maximises the use of Truyol’s technology, combining materials, print stocks, inks, finishes and processes to produce the most innovative, high quality products for our customers.

“We have seen a 30% annual growth over the last decade and our site is now 7000m2 in size, housing 150 pieces of equipment and 150 staff – all of which helps us to fulfil our customers’ requirements 24 hours a day.” Despite his company’s remarkable recent growth, Joaquin identified a need to invest in more equipment to produce ultra-high quality print work. Fujifilm’s Jet Press 750S, installed in early 2020, was brought in to meet that requirement. “We always strive to innovate and do anything we can to create new opportunities,” continues Joaquin. “We know we are providing an excellent service for our customers, but we always want to push the boundaries here, and the Jet Press is already helping us to do that.” Joaquin became aware of the Jet Press three years ago and is delighted to now have it as part of Truyol’s printing arsenal. “Fujifilm invited us to visit its facilities in Brussels to see the printing equipment they had to offer. It was there that we were first introduced to the Jet Press. Truyol acquired the Jet Press 750S in January 2020, and already the third generation B2 inkjet press has impressed Joaquin and his team. “Inkjet is a technology we firmly believe in, and with the Jet Press we have further increased our diversification with different print suppliers. We are already very impressed by what we’ve seen

in terms of the print detail and the uniform backgrounds it can produce, and because of this we rely heavily on the Jet Press for our high-quality print jobs.” Truyol is yet to maximise the full potential of the Jet Press due to the ongoing impact Covid-19 is having on the industry and the wider economy. Joaquin is confident however, that his business will come out stronger once the situation stabilises. “The current pandemic has led to a downturn in production for us – much as it has for the whole industry – but we are very confident in what the Jet Press is capable of in terms of productivity and quality, so in time we will be able to fully maximise the benefits it has to offer. “In fact, we are still optimistic that, with our innovative thinking, we will emerge from this situation with new solutions and contributions for our customers. But right now, it’s vital we have suppliers who we can rely on and who can help us through this difficult period. We are a brand new Fujifilm customer and have chosen a challenging time to start working with them! They have been there for us since day one and we have been in regular contact with them throughout the lockdown – this support is extremely valuable to us and we look forward to seeing how our relationship can grow in the years to come.”


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Pioneering innovative E-Co Corrugated Packaging in Un We spoke with large format specialists, Billboard Media, as it celebrates its move to a larger purpose-built site and their innovative expansion into the E-commerce corrugated packaging space. By Sha Jumari. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Billboard Media (BBM) is a wellestablished company specialising in digital printing. Recently, the company completed its move to a bigger facility in Oakleigh South standing at 10,000m2 – twice the size of its last site. The move was especially momentous, as it was done amidst the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Thanks to the dedicated staff and local engineering team from HP, BBM was able to complete the challenging move. BBM specialises in all forms of digital print and converting. From billboards to street posters, transit signage, construction wraps, vinyl banners and general sign and display, the company is a major force in digital production and distribution. Through additional investment in state-of-theart packaging equipment, BBM also produces corrugated products to small and large companies, such as boxes, cartons, shippers and in store stands for the retail sector. At the helm of BBM is founder Randal Shreeve, who is no stranger to large format with 38 years under his belt. Randal had his start as a sign writer in

1982, working on the shops in all the major streets of Melbourne. When he purchased a Gerber vinyl cutting machine, it pivoted him into a whole new world of signage. “As the business grew, an opportunity arose to buy another signage company which had a paper digital printer and laminator. This led me to get into digital printing,” said Randal. “As we grew even more, it took me into longer prints of 5-metres wide. This then made me look worldwide to find a 5-metre printer… which ultimately became the HP 5100.” Randal installed three HP 5100s along with two HP Turbo Jets. Soon after, he purchased three 5-metres and two 3.2-metres solvent printers. Adding to his arsenal, Randal bought HP Latex printers; two HP 3000 Latex printers and two HP 1600 Latex printers. Equally impressive is his armoury of HP Industrial Flat Bed or rigid board printers. He has invested in three HP Scitex 11000 Industrial Press as signage devices and two high end HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Presses for packaging printing purposes, to complete his offering.

Founde Randal’s philosophy is “Never let the customer down”, and it shows. “I always ensure I have redundancy. We are fully committed to our customer needs and timelines and always deliver ‘on time, every time.’ At this stage I believe I have purchased HP’s leading solutions for the signage industry. I’m now open to widen my offering to corrugated packaging,” said Randal. The new Oakleigh South site holds five factories, each one catering different areas of work. The massive facility has:


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ommerce solutions for nprecedented Times On the move! Inke Packaging – Customised Corrugated Packaging A branch of BBM, Inke Packaging (Inke) is an e-commerce platform that provides a fool-proof way for brands to custom-create packaging. Business acumen runs in the family; Inke was started by Randal’s son, Jordan Shreeve, in late 2018. Jordan was in corrugated sales in BBM after the company installed its first HP Scitex 17000 Press. He noticed there needed to be an easier way for customers with little to no experience in the industry to be able to order their packaging on much simpler terms.

er Randal Shreeve with the HP FB17000 Corrugated Press of which they have two units a printing site with a total of 19 printers and stock; a cutting building housing robotic cutting tables, die cutter and guillotine; a manufacturing area with hot air welders, eyeleting machines and keder; a stock area with a large array of stocks; and finally a 1,000m2 office with plenty of room for display. With over 80 highly skilled and long term staff supporting the operation and expansion into new E-commerce opportunities, BBM is well positioned for all customer demands and supply requirements.

“Our team is second to none across all facets of the digital process. From creatives to production and quality control we excel. The team knows the importance of meeting deadlines and ensuring customer satisfaction,” commented Randal. To further compliment their capabilities Randal revealed that they see opportunities with the HP PageWide C500 Press as part of the next phase in its expanding e-commerce packaging business, Inke Packaging.

“The industry worked in a very traditional way, with little to none innovation in terms of manufacturing options for small to medium businesses who didn’t need 10,000 boxes on each order,” said Jordan. To fill in this gap and to capitalise on the increasing demand for high quality short runs for packaging, Inke was born: “We looked overseas for inspiration and seeing the success custom packaging was having, we decided to start the e-commerce website. Using BBM as its manufacturing partner, we were able to simplify and streamline the process,” Jordan continued.

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This highlights the appeal and fit of the HP PageWide C500 Press which can deliver offset print quality for mainstream production. The C500 supports a wide array of corrugated applications on both coated and uncoated paper. It utilises food-safe true water-based inks, which comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestlé guidance and Swiss Ordinance, to allow Inke’s F&B customers to produce packaging with peace of mind. Since its inception, Inke has taken into account the feedback it has received and made significant investments to continuously improve the user experience of the e-commerce platform. “We’ve built a platform that uses advanced technology to cater to multiple markets in the packaging sector for both small and large business. We also expanded our product catalogue, with plans to continually increase it,” said Jordan. In addition to the new products, Jordan added that Inke’s platform provides customers with an effortless way to purchase what they need. It also allows for more freedom in terms of customisation and self-quoting tools. The platform has a live order status tracking and personalised dashboard, so that customers can save their products and artworks for easy reordering inventory management. TM

Randal with one of several Zund digital industrial cutting tabels in the new factory or large enterprises, an easy and affordable way to simplify the process and self-service their packaging supply chain. As we are backed by BBM, our customers know they are partnered with a reliable manufacturer that can provide state-of-the-art custom and sustainable packaging,” said Jordan. Inke now has over 1000 customers in Australia which is growing every day. Inke is also planning to expand its services to New Zealand very soon. On top of that, Randal commented that there will be new partnerships and company acquisitions on the agenda as BBM’s train keeps steaming, or perhaps better put, rocketing along!

Together with the potential of the HP C500 Press, BBM’s facilities will become an almost exclusive HP powerhouse: “HP has been terrific over the long journey of 20 years. There have been many obstacles, but we have managed to work around them. It was important to choose a company that will be there for us when things go wrong - I made the right choice. HP is a reliable company that can deliver ink, parts, service and support 24/7 and the right technologies to both keep the machines working and ensure we are always at the equipment forefront in high quality digital print production,” Randal concluded.

“We’ve also partnered with global design freelance leaders 99designs, creating a collaborative landing page that simplifies the design brief process to easily transfer their ideas to freelance designers to create a print ready file for us to print. This will open the doors for a lot of customers who want custom packaging but do not have design skills,” Jordan added. “We stand out due to our ability to offer customers, whether small business

The company has their own dedicated board storage centre on site


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New printhead design for PageWide C500 corrugated press HP is rolling out a new printhead design for HP PageWide C500 Press customers. The new printheads are expected to extend performance with ink savings per board to deliver improved economics as well as enhanced print quality.

The printheads are now being installed as an upgrade for all HP C500 digital corrugated customers worldwide. The new colour printheads enable higher performance thanks to an improved nozzle architecture delivering image quality for HP PageWide C500 converters. In addition, the new design delivers ink savings and extends the lifespan of consumables.

lamination process. We can consistently keep required brand colours, printing direct to board,” said Piero Bertoldo, Director at LIC Packaging.

LIC Packaging of Italy, building a highvolume digital business with the HP PageWide C500, is operating the press with the new printheads.

“The C500 print quality is always one of our differentiators from our competition. With the new print heads, print is noticeably sharper, and colors are even more vibrant,” said Richard Brown, president The BoxMaker. “Our digital corrugated business based on the C500 is growing in volume with the ability to cost-effectively deliver a large number of jobs daily to our customers.”

“Thanks to the HP PageWide C500 technology, we can convert offset jobs while maintaining high quality, equivalent to what our customers are used to receive from our litho-

Since its launch in 2018, HP has developed the HP PageWide C500 press platform while supporting worldwide early customers launching digital production.

“As we strive for our customers’ success at digital production, we are constantly working to implement improvements to boost press performance,” said Niv Ishay, worldwide marketing manager, HP PageWide Industrial Corrugated. “We launched the C500 as a solution to fit mainstream production. Now the rollout of the new printheads will help bring improved economics to digitally printed corrugated packaging.” Breakthrough water-based print technology The HP PageWide C500 employs thermal inkjet technology, designed for high print quality in demanding production environments, printing at 246 linear ft/min (75m/min) in 1200 npi resolution using one million nozzles. The C500’s unique Corrugated Grip technology delivers precise handling of industry- grade boards for smooth production, while Virtual Belt technology delivers accurate media motion. In addition, HP’s water-based inks are odourless and free of UV-reactive chemistries, enabling a wide range of packaging applications, including primary and secondary packaging for sensitive uses such as food and personal care while requiring no additional barriers. The inks can comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestlé guidance and Swiss Ordinance.


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Digitising a Tradition Entrepreneur Ho Hoo Yin started Ho Printing in 1951 with a vision to build a business that prospered with modern technology. As the business grew, Ho made a bold venture and invested in new equipment to keep pace with technological advancements. Today, Ho Printing is a leading midsized integrated design, print and digital solutions provider in Singapore with 100 staff in its 7,700 sqm plant with almost 70 years of experience. It specialises in designing and printing marketing communications and direct marketing print materials and serves a global clientele including Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, government agencies and medium to large enterprises. Digitising Print As the volume of orders grew, Ho Printing became limited by its printing capabilities. Customers were sending in hundreds of short run jobs each day and its existing offset printers were unable to produce these short runs economically. In addition, though it was facing rising customer expectations in terms of digital printing, it only had one digital press to work with. This created a bottleneck for Ho Printing’s short run jobs, which overflowed to its offset printers.

Ho Printing was also being challenged to find new ways to streamline its workflows while still meeting the needs of its clientele. In order to grow the business and give it a competitive edge, Ho Printing needed to increase its printing capabilities and capacity in digital printing, and expand the range of its print services. Ho Printing was concerned about its carbon dioxide emissions and wanted environmentally friendly production presses. This gave Ho Printing the opportunity to differentiate its service offerings by seeking out the latest digital features in an ever-changing business landscape. Driving Print Perfection With a strong product portfolio featuring a wide range of print devices and solutions, Fuji Xerox was a natural partner of choice for Ho Printing. Over the past 8 years Fuji Xerox has demonstrated its ability to add value to the business by keeping Ho Printing informed of the latest industry news and trends. This knowledge has empowered Ho Printing in making well-informed business and investment decisions. To position Ho Printing as the frontrunner of technology adoption and appeal to a wider market, Fuji Xerox recommended its Iridesse™ Production Press to enable high-quality and colour-rich printing expressions. The Iridesse™ Production Press, which employs advanced digital printing technology, is a sophisticated print engine that is new to the market. This strategic investment proved crucial to Ho Printing’s digitisation drive.


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It realises limitless print expressions by transcending Ho Printing’s print offerings beyond CMYK to include specialty metallic colours such as White, Clear, Gold and Silver, which were done mainly by offset. It also performs at a high capacity to deliver outstanding image quality, productivity and print for a wide media latitude. To further support Ho Printing’s growing customer base and varying customer demands, Fuji Xerox recommended its Color 1000i Press. The Color 1000i Press produces vibrant images and delivers one of the widest ranges of media handling – from a lightweight 55 gsm to a hefty 350 gsm.

With this image quality powerhouse, Ho Printing could be assured of greater versatility, speed and reliability. The business’ print capabilities were also enhanced with the Xerox Nuvera Perfecting Production System, which is an easy-to-use, modular system that delivers exceptional image quality and productivity. Ho Printing wanted to be able to deliver on-demand printing with the freedom and flexibility of customising a system that can be designed to meet specific customer needs.

With 4800 x 600 dpi printing at a speed of up to 314 duplexed images per minute, the machine is lightningquick while offering outstanding image print quality that challenges offset. Fine particle Emulsion Aggregation (EA) toner is a key factor in the system’s razor sharp print performance. In addition, it reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 35%. From feeding, image and processing, inserting and finishing, the Xerox Nuvera Perfecting Production System propelled Ho Printing ahead of customer expectations and its competition.

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Ho Printing’s letter shopping and mail management services such as collating, inserting, labelling and sealing represented a large share of its business and demand has been growing. This is because retailers are increasingly sending personalised direct mailers to their customers based on their individual buying patterns. To cater to the rising demand for variable printing, Ho Printing required new digital production presses that would also meet the needs of its clientele, as well as create new revenue streams for the business.

"Fuji Xerox offers superior machine performance and impeccable after-sales support 7 days a week. Throughout our partnership, Fuji Xerox’s consultants have gone the extra mile to help push Ho Printing to the head of the pack with the right digital solutions. For exceptional print quality and service, we choose Fuji Xerox."

- Ho Wah Yuen, Executive Director

Impressing Customers With the Color 1000i Press, customers of Ho Printing now enjoy excellent sharpness and colour consistency in their print products. This is complemented by the award-winning

Iridesse™ Production Press, which handles both printing and finishing in a single pass and brings unprecedented power of expression to digital printing. This unparalleled combination of presses has boosted the business’ productivity by automating several time-consuming print setup and maintenance procedures. Operators could also always be assured of optimised performance before reliably processing short run jobs. On the whole, the business’ digital print volume increased by 25%. The Xerox Nuvera, which boasts the highest monochrome resolution in the market, has created a lasting impression for Ho Printing among its customers. Each run is printed with heightened clarity and detail while realising true end-to-end productivity for Ho Printing. Customers could also access a wider range of large format finishing options at Ho Printing, featuring extremely accurate print-to-cut registration for any jobs or applications. Taken together, Fuji Xerox’s comprehensive suite of innovative print solutions has helped Ho Printing increase its workflow efficiencies by reducing manual order-taking and increasing their productivity by 30 to 50%.


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Indonesia’s Nonek Up Storm HD6 DTG company Nonek Clothing installed the new Kornit Storm HD6 to improve efficiency and capture new markets. By Sha Jumari. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nonek Clothing was established in 2011 and specialises in direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. In April 2017, the company invested in a Kornit Breeze. In February 2020, Nonek traded in the machine for a Kornit Storm HD6. The Kornit Storm HD6 is a robust commercial DTG printer for small to mid-sized print businesses. This Kornit HD system is designed for printers with print runs between one to 500 garments. “The Kornit Storm HD6 is a great addition to our site. It did what they advertised, giving us a great system, efficient workflow, and the printer is always getting better every time,” said Kalvin Hardy, founder of Nonek. The Kornit Storm HD6 allows highdefinition image quality and improved hand feel, with an enhanced colour management experience. The Storm

HD6 includes six colour channels (CMYK, Red, and Green) plus white, for a wider gamut and improved spot colour matching. “The Kornit Storm HD6 is a new machine for us completely because it has different number of colours. The Kornit Breeze only has four colours plus white but the Storm has six colours plus white. Versus the Breeze, the Kornit Storm produces more results in terms of the printing quality and the colour,” said Hardy. With the Storm HD6, Nonek can easily reproduce the true colours and accurately match and repeat corporate logos. The print quality is enriched by ColorGate’s professional RIP software adding advanced colour management and screening capabilities, improved white base creation and pre-defined colour libraries for the ultimate colour matching.

Kalvin Hardy, founder of Nonek.

The Kornit Storm HD6 is capable of printing almost all type of fabrics. Due to this, Nonek can now expand its applications offerings beyond t-shirt printing: “Our business mainly is printing on t-shirts so not much has changed from when we started to our Kornit Breeze purchase. But with the new Storm machine, we are able to open a new market, let’s say for printing on canvasses for shoemaking or tote bag printing. We are able to open up our applications and print on more products.” Nonek adopts a B2C business model with an online and reseller system. Its clientele are mostly individuals and small businesses that are set up as online stores and drop shipping companies. Hardy added that only about 5-10% of its clientele are corporate. “Our main purpose is to help our clients kickstart their businesses without investing heavily on the machine. For those who want to start a customised t-shirt company, they don't have to get the machine. All they need


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pgrades to a Kornit Eco-Rapid ink, to reduce ink consumption and offer approximately 30% lower Cost-Per-Print. As Storm HD6 is a non-contact printing process, Nonek can also print finished garments, over buttons, zippers, pockets, and much more. The Kornit printing technology also eliminates pretreatment separately as this is a wet on wet digital printer on the market. “In addition, the support from Kornit is great. Anytime I face an issue with the machine, they’re easy to contact and ready to help. The local technician to help with support is readily available. It’s convenient for us,” Hardy continued.

to do is focus on getting the sales, while we handle all of the production,” said Hardy. “I first learned about Storm by the Kornit distributor here in Indonesia. I’ve seen how it works several times and was interested in it. At that time, I actually had two different types of machines from two different types of brands; I was using the Kornit Breeze, and a Brother machine,” Hardy continued. “I made the decision to go with the Storm because of the efficiency of the workflow that the Kornit system offer compared to the other. At that time I was looking at the other brands, but I know that Kornit fulfilled my need. What I need is efficiency. With the Kornit, I can lower the manpower but still achieve a great number of output,” Hardy continued. The Kornit Storm HD6 is incorporated with HD technology, which is created to accelerate production speeds and

volume. The technology also enabled unparalleled print quality, and fast turnarounds for Nonek. The Kornit Storm HD6 provides a non-stop production workflow that enables garment loading while printing. It features dual-pallets, fully automated processes and an advanced user-friendly front-end. Specifically engineered for 24/7 non-stop industrial use, the advanced machine controller enables multi-function operational efficiency that also increases the production speed. Nonek’s installation in February is relatively new, yet the company has already reaped benefits. “The main benefit is on ink consumption, for sure. From February until now, we have experienced that the ink costs save us more than about 40% compared to Kornit Breeze, so I'm quite happy with it,” Hardy said. According to Kornit, the Storm HD6 is powered with proprietary Neopigment

“We are delighted to see the progress that Nonek has made, building their business with Kornit technology. We said last year when we launched the Atlas and Avalanche Poly Pro that one of the global megatrends that would drive the industry would be the socalled “Retail Meltdown” and the drive towards e-commerce. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated that transition and for sure Nonek has benefitted by this global shift towards e-commerce. Of course the increased productivity of the Storm platform and Kornit’s HD technology is also making a big difference for Nonek and their customers. We are thrilled by this success story and thank both Nonek and PT Samafitro for their strong partnership in Indonesia,” commented Andy Yarrow, President of Kornit Asia Pacific. What’s next for Nonek? “Our next step is to increase our production output, so that we can help even more people to start their business. In the future, we might look into getting more Kornit machines as we are trying to expand our business to the region perhaps in the next two years, either in Singapore or Malaysia,” Hardy concluded.

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CGS meets ORIS

After 35 years of success it is time for a fresh new look: CGS ORIS, a global leader in color management, launches a new corporate image and brand identity – finally connecting what has always belonged together. “CGS Publishing Technologies International GmbH”, was founded in 1985 by two young men with mutual visions and ideas. It is a true “start-up” story, as more commonly seen today. With a history that includes journeys to Silicon Valley promoting innovative solutions for the graphics industry in the very early days and birth of desktop publishing. Today, CGS ORIS employs roughly 80 people internationally, with offices all over the world. With development headquarters still based in the picturesque German village of Hainburg where the dream was born. It is a beautiful contrast between the building’s original brick structure dating back to 1911 and the innovative colour management, proofing software solutions and specially formulated media for the graphic arts industry, developed here for the past 35 years. This jubilee has triggered a lot of reflection and many new ideas. Bernd Rückert, CEO of CGS ORIS, and Isabel Bracker, Manager of Communications, elaborate on the intensive creative and conceptual phases they went through over the past few months.

One of the biggest changes? The new brand name “CGS ORIS”. “After doing business for several decades in nearly every country in the world, we came to realize in some places our company was known as CGS, in others we were more commonly known as ORIS. CGS is the abbreviated version of the company and ORIS the product family name. We have now combined what has always belonged together to focus on a singular strong brand for the future. Making it much simpler to identify products with CGS ORIS technology inside,” Rückert commented. Without ever forgetting the company roots, some branding elements will remain consistent: As an example, the new company logo (on the right side in the image below) still incorporates the well-known graphic imagery. “In earlier designs it represented a computer with a green power button and the text below creating a keyboard,” Rückert explained (cf. logo on the left logo). Furthermore, the primary brand colour has changed slightly with a darker

appearance and the new grey replaces the green colour used in the past. “The new colours fit us perfectly, our corporate identity and the new look and feel for 2020 and beyond. The colours are an ideal choice, even in combination with our existing product colour palette that serves as a consistent part of the overall theme,” Bracker commented. “Of course, the original concept was to celebrate our 35th jubilee at drupa and present the new branding launch at our booth with a large party and celebration planned. But nevertheless, we are very pleased with the results – and we still have many new announcements planned in the coming weeks ahead. Our software user interface will receive a fresh new look and there are many other creative advancements planned in the near future,” she added. Currently, CGS ORIS is conducting intensive research and development in the area of expanded/multicolor printing, CxF prediction and colour data exchange as well as packaging and industrial printing. Learn more about the CGS ORIS product portfolio at www.cgs-oris.com.


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Koenig & Bauer Durst ann for VariJET 106 Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has announced plans to bring the VariJET 106 to market with the first installation of the single-pass digital printing press at a customer site early next year prior to a formal unveiling at the rearranged drupa in Dusseldorf, Germany Targeting the folding carton industry, the much-anticipated B1 6,000sph VariJET 106 is at the heart of the collaborative development between Koenig & Bauer and Durst. It integrates inkjet technology into the platform of the high-performance Rapida 106 offset press. The VariJET 106 combines the strengths of digital inkjet with those of classic offset printing and inline finishing. It is this unique flexibility which defines the VariJET 106 as a productive and cost-efficient hybrid printing system for digital packaging printing. The VariJET 106 can produce personalised and individualized print products or alternate between short and medium runs. The VariJET 106 offers: • Modular integration of upstream and downstream processes • Combination of digital print with proven modules of the Rapida platform

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• Perfect register accuracy thanks to inline production • Highly competitive TCO, efficient production of ultra-short to medium runs • Reduced resource consumption, storage costs and waste • Absolute flexibility for test packaging and new campaigns • Fastest possible response to market demands. The announcements from the joint venture company, which was set up by Durst and Koenig & Bauer in 2019, have also included updates on its single-pass corrugated presses – the Delta SPC 130 and the CorruJET 170 – which have a specific focus on delivering for the stringent requirements of the packaging sector. A digital priming unit for uncoated media will broaden the applications customers can address on the Delta SPC 130, as well as extend the range of media that can be used for printing. And special colours being introduced for the fifth and sixth colour stations will enable converters to meet brand colour requirements. The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic combines a well-engineered mechanical design with easily accessible subassemblies and selected components to guarantee durable quality, high performance and reliability. It can manage small formats from 500 x 600mm through to very large formats with maximum dimensions of 1,300 x 2,100 (optionally 1,300 x 2,800 mm)

and print a maximum thickness of 12 mm with water-based, food safe inks. The Delta SPC130 FlexLine machine includes feeder, six-colour single-pass printing, cooling section and stacker. For the CorruJET 170, successful beta testing has been completed at the Kolb Group in Bavaria, Germany, a company that develops and produces packaging, packaging materials and specialist products made in corrugated cardboard. Based on Koenig & Bauer’s RotaJET inkjet web press for commercial printing, The CorruJET 170 post-prints sheets of corrugated up to 1.7m wide at up to 137m/min on water based, food safe inks. All three presses meet the stringent requirements for food safe primary packaging utilizing proprietary waterbased ink technology. The VariJET 106, Delta SPC 130 and CorruJET 170


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nounces beta testing Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “We’re really excited by the opportunities and progress with our much-anticipated VariJET 106. We have a number of existing customers that would like to be beta sites, and we plan to show them the press after the summer. The customer we choose will have a vision for mass customization and be a good partner for a beta site. Feedback from our customers is that shorter run lengths, mass customization and the need to be more agile are the compelling reasons for moving to digital production.

are designed with core technologies to provide automated, productive, food safe printing systems. They deliver shorter response times, more variants, shorter run lengths, individualization and enable more and more small

value orders. They also answer the increasing customer demand for brand security, sustainability and the ability to meet brand owners’ requirements for multichannel communication including e-commerce.

“Successful companies need to be able to embrace the trends that are occurring and offer solutions. Brand owners continually want their products to stand out, require shorter lead times, while at the same time eliminate waste and conform to sustainability and track-and-trace requirements. Brand owners are also looking to ensure the new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective while converters need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customize without any compromise on quality. We deliver on this.”

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Paper, Primer, Performance. The Inkjet Cost/Quality Trifecta Let’s face it, no one wants to pay more than they need to for paper and everyone has a quality target that they need to hit. It seems like it would be pretty straightforward to test a bunch of papers for quality and choose the least expensive one. But with inkjet, no, not so easy. From the quality perspective, aqueous inkjet will perform better on porous material if the surface has been prepared to prevent the ink from diving into the sheet – and taking the colorants along with it. The smoothness of the surface has an impact on keeping colorants on the surface, but the main factor is the chemistry of a treatment or coating added to the sheet. Aqueous inkjet has the opposite problem with non-porous surfaces; the ink can’t dive in at all and all the color runs off the page. Again, the typical solution is chemistry applied to the paper that allows the ink to stick and lets the water evaporate, supported by appropriate drying technology. So now the cost factor. Where does this chemistry come from? You can buy inkjet treated or inkjet coated papers that are formulated with a precoating or primer baked in. These papers are designed to deliver top quality with compatible inkjet presses, but they come at a cost premium of 10 to 15 percent for inkjet treated and 30 to 50 percent or even more for inkjet coated grades. There is also the option to apply precoatings or primers to offset grades before or during the printing process. Some inkjet presses have this option built in with primers that are either jetted through printheads or applied with an anilox. Jetting will apply the primer only where needed, where an

anilox coating covers the whole sheet. Since the primer costs money, how it is applied makes a difference. Adding primer to an offset grade will cost less than buying a pre-treated paper, however, there is more to the cost discussion, particularly in mixed press environments. Companies that are using both offset and inkjet typically buy high quantities of offset papers and it can be very cost effective to be able to use those same papers on inkjet too. Also note that there are far fewer inkjet formulated papers available than offset papers which can limit choice. Self-priming opens up more of the offset media library to the inkjet device. For some jobs, where color fidelity demands are not as high, priming may not be required so you can use it when you need it. However, this brings up another cost factor, ink consumption. For applications like transaction printing and marketing letter mail, you may get the quality you need from some relatively smooth, uncoated, offset grades. However, you will very likely use more ink than you would with a treated sheet. Ink also costs money and relative ink consumption must be factored into the equation. Finally, consider that some presses are equipped with specially formulated aqueous inks that will print on offset

stocks, including gloss coated without the use of pre-coatings and primers. Again, there is a cost differential. These inks, as well as UV cured inks which also support a wide media range, cost significantly more than other aqueous inks. To truly solve for the paper, primer performance puzzle you need to consider:

- How many papers do you need and in what quantity? - If you are an offset shop, how much “economy of scale” benefit do you get from the ability to leverage existing paper supply across all devices? - What color quality and clarity is needed and do you have multiple quality requirements on the same paper? - If self-priming, will you jet or anilox apply and what is the cost of the primer? - If self-priming, will you always apply primer, or only for certain types of jobs? - How much will priming or using pre-treated paper reduce ink consumption?

There are a lot of moving parts to consider, but the good news is you have more options than ever before to drive stunning inkjet quality on an everwidening range of media. By: Elizabeth Gooding, President at Inkjet Insight and Co-Author of “The Designer’s Guide to Inkjet”


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New varioPRINT iX-series sh quality, digital flexibility and I Canon has announced the varioPRINT iX-series, an advanced sheetfed inkjet press featuring iQuariusᶦˣ technology. For customers with production volumes of up to 10 million A4 images per month, the new press combines the image quality and media range of offset or liquid toner systems with the productivity and cost efficiency of inkjet. Print a full spectrum of commercial print applications with the varioPRINT iX-series The varioPRINT iX-series is capable of printing more than 9,000 SRA3 images per hour (or 320 A4 images per minute) on a wide range of media, including offset coated paper from 90 to 350gsm. The full spectrum of commercial print applications, from marketing collateral and premium direct mail to catalogues, magazines and books can be produced at high volume. With more than 90% average uptime and no need for daily calibration and maintenance, the varioPRINT iXseries enables substantial productivity gains and measurable improvements in overall running costs compared to other cutsheet production print technologies. The revolutionary new press builds on the success of the varioPRINT i-series

platform introduced in 2015. With over 250 installations worldwide, the varioPRINT i-series has established Canon as a leader in sheetfed inkjet production printing for transactional applications, books and high-quality direct mail. The latest iQuariusix technology at the heart of the new iX-series combines three key innovations: • A breakthrough drying system combines air and heat with humidification to protect the paper. This ensures robust prints on a wide media range, perfectly flat and ready for immediate finishing. • New proprietary polymer pigment water-based inks and ColorGrip for outstanding, vibrant and robust colour on a variety of media, including coated stock up to 350gsm. • iQuarius quality control technologies

for high-end image quality, with true 1200 dpi image processing and 1200 dpi co-developed Kyocera print heads for printing razor-sharp text and line details, smooth gradients and perfect skin tones. Advanced nozzle uniformity control technology uses an inline scanner to automatically check and align single nozzles during the production run to eliminate streakiness. Nozzle activity control offers the capability of detection and auto-compensation of the nozzles during the job and thus reduces downtime and waste, while ensuring high image quality.


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heetfed press offers offset Inkjet Productivity

Media handling is improved with autodetection, enabling flawed sheets to be discarded before printing and precise paper transport to optimise quality and productivity. These innovations deliver a balance of excellent image quality, media and application versatility, reliable productivity and cost efficiency - all in a single inkjet press. The varioPRINT iX-series handle short runs profitably, switch jobs quickly, and produce documents with mixed media, while meeting demanding deadlines with ease. Philip Chew, Director, Regional Commercial Printing, Canon Singapore, comments, “As the leader in sheetfed inkjet production printing, we are delighted to launch the varioPRINT iX-series. This new inkjet press excels in terms of productivity and uptime, impresses with superb print quality and vast media options, while delivering the cost efficiency of inkjet printing. With the potential of a wider range of high

print-quality applications, commercial printers will be able to revitalise and grow their business through diversification of jobs.” Powered by a high-performance, mediadriven workflow, the PRISMAsync print server optimises productivity by automatically setting the appropriate printing parameters for the media selected as well as enables advance scheduling of up to eight hours of production. Combined with PRISMA software, a completely automated and highly intuitive solution can be integrated into any existing workflow, covering every stage of production, from creation and print management through to finishing and delivery tracking. Steve Ford, Managing Director, Production Printing Asia, Canon, concludes, “With the enhancement of our diverse product portfolio, we remain committed to supporting our

customers to achieve their business goals with flexibility and profitability. With a broad range of solutions from the varioPRINT iX-series to Canon Colorado UVgel technology and ProStream continuous-feed printer, we are confident of bringing new and exciting business propositions to customers, beyond meeting their specific business needs.” More information is available at https://asia.canon. About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other countries and regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of more than 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.


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Key Pillars of a Colour Management Loop A closed colour management loop can help printers saving time and money alike. This article gathers several key components of a well-balanced and efficient colour control system. It is no secret that closed loop colour management systems offer many advantages – especially in times when press runs are continuously getting shorter, which leads to increasing setup times for printers, while their profits fall at the same time. In this article we therefore present four important pillars that are needed to ensure an effective colour management in order to save money as well as makeready costs. 1. Ink Pre-Setting Software One of them is ink pre-setting software. To be honest, this software isn’t really setting the ink keys on press, but actually converts the ripped data to a format, which is needed for the final key setting. The software calculates the ink coverage for each colour and takes information from the raster image processor output to create ink key and ink sweep settings for each print unit. 2. Automated Scanning Spectrophotometer Another essential pillar is an automatic

scanning spectrophotometer. Its scanner is able to move automatically over a printed sheet placed on the console, then aligns with the colour bar and thus measures each colour in each ink key. 3. Computer and Press Console Interface A good computer-to-console interface is a further pillar and can be set up in many different ways. But basically it is all about combining a relatively simple computer and very advanced hardware allowing the computer interface to communicate with the console – be it through a protocol or a hardware box that mimics a memory card, drive or network. 4. Software Management System Last but not least, it is crucial not to forget the fourth pillar which is needed to close the loop: a software management system. The installation is usually the most complex, because various data must be entered, e.g. colour

standards, print tolerances, colour bar data or the number of print units. Saving Time and Cutting Costs A reliable interaction and regular exchange of information between these pillars supports the adjustment of a press on the basis of colour measurements and ensures that the ink key setting will come pretty close to 100 percent accuracy. Such regular synchronisation is necessary because, due to differences between presses, plates and processes, systems can never come 100 percent close to the perfect ink key and sweep settings for a particular press. Since these matching processes run automatically, there is no longer the need to set and control everything manually, which finally saves time and allows the use of resources for other tasks. Thus, in the end, an effective closed colour management loop cycle also cuts costs by reducing the amount of time required.


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Heidelberg launches new printing industry platform Print shops are faced with the challenge of making ever shorter and more varied runs cost-effective. The increasingly complex relationships between these print shops, their customers, and various business partners also need to be managed efficiently.

Universal platform links industry players Zaikio integrates industry players on a single platform using three key elements. The free Zaikio Account enables each and every user to log into all connected software systems with a single login. The Zaikio Hub is used to administer personal and organizationbased accounts, linking the services and software of the various providers – from existing software to apps developed specifically for Zaikio. The solution is to establish fully automated, integrated processes across company boundaries that make workflows and transactions between printers, software providers, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers far, far simpler. Around a year after the takeover of cloud software business Crispy Mountain by Heidelberg, the company is launching Zaikio – a new open and independent cloud-based collaboration platform for the printing industry – for this very purpose. “With the open industry platform Zaikio, Heidelberg is actively meeting the challenges faced by the printing sector in the digital era. This marks the next milestone in the industry’s digitization,” said Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer.


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Mission Control is the print shop’s digital control center. All data is received here in a standardized form and can be read, edited, and restored by other apps. The result is straightforward, standardized data exchange between software, hardware, and the partners involved, which creates the basis for end-to-end automated process chains. “In addition to making complete processes and collaboration much simpler in the printing industry, Zaikio also has the potential to secure a profitable future for its users. As a founding partner and driving force of Zaikio, Heidelberg is open to working with other strategic partners and investors to grasp the opportunities digitization offers an entire industry,” said Hundsdörfer.

Anyone who wants to get involved can now create a free Zaikio Account at www.zaikio.com to help gradually shape, expand, and establish the platform. Zaikio interfaces and tools enable potential partners and investors to link their products with the platform and make them available to all users via the Zaikio Hub. Zaikio’s team of developers will provide the necessary support. A large number of the industry’s wellknown software providers are on board from the outset, and preparations are being made for further cooperation agreements. This means Zaikio’s range of functions will keep on growing and, because it is a cloud application,

new functions and inclusions will immediately be available to all users. “Only a shared, open platform that unites as many industry players as possible can bring about the change and standardization so urgently required,” said Matthias Prinz, Managing Director of Zaikio GmbH. “Zaikio is just such a platform, combining the comprehensive Heidelberg knowhow and network with Zaikio’s agile philosophy. Over the coming months, we’ll gradually be unveiling and establishing our platform,” he adds.

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A challenging mindset f ires f lexo innovation “We’re not afraid to challenge our clients. For us, it’s a really important part of building and maintaining a relationship — it’s how we discover new ways of working. The speaker is Chris Rigby, the business he’s talking about is Pulse Media, and the Stockport, UK-based company has just collected a Silver Award in the Global Flexo Innovation Awards, recognised for workflow efficiency and offset-to-flexo process conversion. When necessary, Pulse can challenge clients at numerous points in the flexo packaging supply chain, having developed a portfolio of services that encompass everything from initial design through brand and color management to press pass attendance, project management and consultancy. It’s a far cry from the step-and-repeat litho platemaking that was Pulse’s sole offering when it started life back in 1982. At that time, customers were the local printers on the company’s doorstep; today, Pulse positions itself as print management agency serving global FMCG brands.

The company’s presence in the FMCG sector dates back to the late 1980s, and the explosion in retailers’ “own label” products. Says Rigby, Pulse’s Technical Director: “Customers needed suppliers that could ensure packaging was consistent across every packaging format — litho carton, flexo pouch, corrugated box or UV label. Pulse saw the opportunity and took it, and 30 years on achieving consistency is still the core of the business.”

At the centre of a triangle He describes Pulse as a “print management agency. We sit in the centre of a triangle with designers, brand owners and printers at the corners, and our job is to ensure brand consistency. For it to work, all three have to trust us to use our expertise and act in their best interests to get the best results.” The job that won Pulse the Innovation Award is a good example of this


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The speaker is Chris Rigby, the business he’s talking about is Pulse Media, and the Stockport, UK-based company has just collected a Silver Award in the Global Flexo Innovation Awards, recognised for workflow efficiency and offset-to-flexo process conversion. When necessary, Pulse can challenge clients at numerous points in the flexo packaging supply chain, having developed a portfolio of services that encompass everything from initial design through brand and color management to press pass attendance, project management and consultancy. It’s a far cry from the step-and-repeat litho platemaking that was Pulse’s sole offering when it started life back in 1982. At that time, customers were the local printers on the company’s doorstep; today, Pulse positions itself as print management agency serving global FMCG brands. The company’s presence in the FMCG sector dates back to the late 1980s, and the explosion in retailers’ “own label” products. Says Rigby, Pulse’s Technical Director: “Customers needed suppliers that could ensure packaging was consistent across every packaging format — litho carton, flexo pouch, corrugated box or UV label. Pulse saw the opportunity and took it, and 30 years on achieving consistency is still the core of the business.” At the centre of a triangle He describes Pulse as a “print management agency. We sit in the centre of a triangle with designers, brand owners and printers at the corners, and our job is to ensure brand consistency.

For it to work, all three have to trust us to use our expertise and act in their best interests to get the best results.” The job that won Pulse the Innovation Award is a good example of this collaborative relationship. The beer carton had already been printed litho, with less than satisfactory results, and Pulse’s brief was to improve both the print quality of the overall packaging and the color consistency. A technical team made of Pulse, the printer, the plate supplier and an ink technician reviewed the design to decide on the best approach, considering factors such as the color splits, and so on. Rigby takes up the story: “On the print date, as soon as the job was in-register, the client signed off the first press pull, which gave the added bonus of faster makeready. Overall, the flexoprinted version displayed improved register, better control of highlight dots, high solid density and improved print consistency — all over a large surface area and throughout the run. The result? The brand quickly moved three other designs to flexo from litholaminate.” Thanks to successes like this, Pulse is growing despite a market environment that Rigby describes as “very tough”, and where what he calls “price first procurement” is all too common. With 50 employees at HQ, plus five based on-site at customers, he says, Pulse “fits firmly into the small-to-medium business category, so we don’t have the buying power of the bigger boys. Instead we have to compete on quality and service, and regularly pick up new customers on the rebound from lower-

cost suppliers and looking for someone that can offer true value for money.” Most vibrant It also helps that Pulse is operating in an industry sector — flexo — that Rigby describes as “easily the most vibrant area of packaging printing today, one that’s seen the most innovation and the greatest quality improvements over the last decade.” He gives a lot of the credit for this to Kodak Flexcel NX. “Ten years ago it was difficult for flexo to match gravure and offset output, but NX was a massive boost — not least because it encouraged other manufacturers to invest in the flexo process, further improving quality, press control and inks. Equally important was a matching willingness of printers to engage and push the boundaries even further.” In the short to medium term, the boundary-pushing is bringing into play technologies such as extended color gamut (ECG) and fixed color palette (FCP), as brands seek to reduce both costs and carbon footprints through color reduction. With sustainability increasingly important to consumers, there’s a major focus on recyclable materials, especially plastics, and Pulse is currently involved in a number of trials on new substrates. “There’s momentum behind flexo,” says Rigby. “Given the quality and consistency we can achieve, plus the shorter time-to-market, there are fewer arguments for sticking with gravure for flexible packaging. Often the only reason is the run-length, but runs are reducing year on year, and even that perceived advantage will become less important as time goes by.”


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CorruCUT – experience and innovation

As the world's oldest manufacturer of printing presses, Koenig & Bauer looks back on 200 years of experience in developing and manufacturing a diverse range of printing presses and processing equipment. With its many Koenig & Bauer Unique Selling Points, the CorruCUT High Board Line Rotary Die Cutter consistently drives this philosophy on.

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N ew Evo lution line - up c o The launch of the ROLAND 900 Evolution large format press and new models of the award winning ROLAND 700 Evolution completes Manroland Sheetfed’s Evolution family, further consolidating its reputation as the manufacturer of the world’s most technologically advanced offset presses. Following the success of the ROLAND 700 Evolution press, launched at drupa 2016, the new ROLAND 700 Evolution Elite, Speed and Lite models bear all the hallmarks of innovation, productivity and quality

that have become synonymous with the Evolution name, and a wealth of innovative automation technologies to benefit printers worldwide. Among these features are Autoprint,

providing uninterrupted productivity from pre-press to post press at the touch of a button and InLine ColorPilot 3.0 – the fastest, most efficient and most accurate color measurement technology available, measuring densitometrical

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Roland 700 Evolution Elite - flagship model

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Bangalore’s Print Point Invests in New Heidelberg Speedmaster The launch of the ROLAND 900 Evolution large format press and new models of the award winning ROLAND 700 Evolution completes Manroland Sheetfed’s Evolution family, further consolidating its reputation as the manufacturer of the world’s most technologically advanced offset presses. An ISO and EICC certified printing and packaging firm, Print Point caters to Fortune 500 companies, since 1987. The elite firm specializes in advertising and promotional material, pharma/cosmetic/fluted cartons and pharma inserts/ leaflets through 4 manufacturing facilities across India spanning over 200,000 sq. ft. The price-performance ratio of the CX-75 is inspiring. Any organization needs to rewire itself for continuous growth and innovation, not just to remain relevant, but to stay on top of

its game. Embracing latest technologies is a surefire way to rise beyond the present change and challenge to new levels of accomplishment. Heidelberg is the print partner we trust to help us scale wider horizons,” comments Mr. Sadanand Singh, Director Technical of Print Point. The next-generation drupa model from Heidelberg – the Speedmaster CX 75, blends the best-in-class XL-75 technology representing a huge step towards purposeful automation and peak performance.

Team Print Point with the Speedmaster CX 75: (From left): Mr. Kranti Kumar, Mr. Sadanand Singh, Mr. Ashok Kumar and Mr. Dhirresh.

Smaller footprint, substrate flexibility and optimal automation make it easy to integrate the CX-75 into any press room. The double-diameter impression cylinders facilitate gentle sheet transfer, while accommodating diverse substrates, including paper, cardboard and plastics of up to 0.8 mm in thickness. Even at top printing speeds of 15,000 sheets per hour, the CX-75 is noise-free. To achieve outstanding finishing standards for diverse applications, the coating unit of the CX-75 is fitted with a chamber blade system, and a wide range of coating supply and Anilox roller technology. The Heidelberg Patented Alcolor Vario inking and dampening system of the CX-75 offer color stability and remotecontrolled function ensure short-path inking with minimal ink consumption. A maintenance-free, full ink duct fountain foil-line allows quick and easy ink change overs, while precise inking and fast ink control response is supported by digitally controlled ink zone servo motors. Automation features like AutoPlate assist in plate changes within the shortest time, reducing setup times for the CX-75. The new Intellistart 3 assistance system helps in job changes with time-optimized automation. “We serve a choice clientele, and our bars are quite high. No compromise on quality or turnaround times. The Speedmaster CX-75 fits perfect into our modus operandi,” conclude Mr. Ashok Kumar, Director Commercial of Print Point.


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Heidelberg invests in production of printed and organic electronics The market is said to have a billion euro potential. Heidelberg has set up a dedicated business unit for the industrial development, manufacture, and sale of printed and organic electronics.

The company has also started production at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, investing some five million euros in a complete production line for printed sensors. Sensors developed at InnovationLab (iL) in Heidelberg for use in dental technology are set to be printed first. These innovative printed sensors make it possible, for the first time ever, to digitally record the distribution of masticatory pressure during occlusion, that is to say when the upper and lower jaws come together. 3D visualization on a tablet and data archiving enable malocclusions to be identified and subsequently corrected. Looking further ahead, Heidelberg is to use state-of-the-art printing technology at its high-tech campus to produce sensors for other digital applications – in particular in healthcare and logistics, and also in the retail and automotive sectors. “Embarking on the development and industrial production of printed and organic electronics represents a milestone for Heidelberg and for Germany as an industrial player. As we see it, our involvement in this production of high-tech sensors opens up the potential for growth in the twoto three-digit million euro range,” said Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. The future industrial printing of organic electronics and the associated software/hardware development represent a first for the German mechanical engineering company and will take digitization forward in leaps and bounds.

Innovative printed and organic electronics technology produces sensors based on conductive inks and functional materials. Integrated into wireless sensor nodes (sensors and their communication nodes), they are a cornerstone of applications in the areas of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. The new printing technology will ultimately expand existing digital business models and above all trigger the development of new, smart products. A high level of demand already exists – in particular in healthcare and logistics, and also in the retail, automotive, and

consumer electronics sectors, portable technologies, and building automation. iL and Heidelberg have set an ambitious goal for their cooperation to play a leading global role in printed electronics. Innovative products are providing both companies with new markets and opportunities for establishing partnerships in all kinds of industries. Experts predict huge economic potential for printed sensors, forecasting sales of up to a billion euros over the next ten years.


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Big role for Printnet's Impremia IS29 Founded in 1987, Printnet Co., Ltd. has achieved rapid growth in the printing business through intensive use of the Internet. In 2019, the company invested 2.45 billion yen to relocate and rebuild its plant, establish new bases, and expand its lineup of printing presses, including the installation of the Impremia IS29 29-inch Sheetfed UV Inkjet Digital Printing System. At Printnet most of the orders are from customers in the specialty printing field. President Youichi Odawara says, "I believe that jobs of 3,000 or more copies should be run on a UV web offset press, jobs of more than 1,000 copies are best handled by sheetfed offset machines, and those of fewer than 100 copies should be produced on a POD system. We are expecting the Impremia IS29, our first B2 digital machine, to handle the range between POD and sheetfed offset, or from 100 to 1,000 copies."

Key advantage: one-pass duplex printing Mr. Odawara explains: "With an offset press, plates must be output,

and eight plates need to be mounted for double-sided printing, requiring time for makeready and resulting in considerable paper waste. In contrast,

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a digital machine does not require printing plates and can reduce paper waste. By incorporating a digital machine into the lineup, we were able to increase the capacity of our offset presses. The main reason we chose the Impremia IS29 is that both sides can be printed in one pass due to the sheet reversal mechanism that was developed with offset manufacturing technology." "If paper type and thickness do not change significantly, the Impremia IS29 can be used continuously for different jobs, further reducing makeready and changeover time. It is contributing significantly to securing personnel. The Impremia IS29 is easy to handle, requires only a short period of training, and enables multiskill development, so it can be run by cutting system operators or part-timers. This way we can make good use of our talent," he adds. The Impremia IS29 is installed at Printnet's Tokyo Digital Center, which performs everything from printing and finishing to cutting and shipping for short turnaround and small-lot jobs. Yousuke Mogi, assistant to the head of the Tokyo Digital Center, says: "The ability of the Impremia IS29 to print on both sides is particularly important.

And its ability to handle a wide range of papers is also very attractive." Outstanding ease of use "In addition, the machine broadens the scope of work because it's a UV inkjet system that prints on thick substrates and paper with a rough surface and needs no pre-coating. For printing on 0.06 mm coated paper to 0.3 mm kent paper, there is no need to change the settings in detail each time. Once you have made the presets, not much work is necessary, and printing goes smoothly. Performance and ease of use were just as expected. Jobs using special colors that could not be accepted easily on offset for productivity reasons can be output within the gamut of the Impremia IS29." "Ideas for printed products with a wide color gamut have also come to us because of this machine. With Komori's K-ColorSimulator 2 CMS software, there is really little color blurring and overall color matching performs well." "When running small-lot jobs in succession, the high registration accuracy and short makeready time are significant, and in some cases the system can even exceed offset productivity."

Second Impremia IS29 being considered Odawara concludes: "The Impremia IS29 currently operates for less than eight hours a day. We are considering 24-hour operation and are also thinking about installing a second machine. The Impremia IS29 is a machine that highlights our strength and also raises our operating profit."



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What does Big Data Label Printing Indus We’ve been talking about Big Data, Digital Transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 for so many years. In our daily life, it’s happening all around us. Take a look at our cars, televisions and even our refrigerators. More and more intelligent products and services will be introduced into our lives. So, what does Big Data mean to the Label Printing Industry? What Big Data is and why it’s really important Putting it simply, Big Data is a bunch of collected data and facts. Big Data is the key in bringing our businesses to the next level. It’s the basis of continuous improvement or “Kaizen” as the Japanese define so well. We need to turn data into meaningful facts by analysing them, so that it brings value to us. With this valuable and reliable information, we can make better decisions and gain more insights which leads to new ideas. However, making decisions based on data is easier said than done. Not everyone is used to this methodology. Some of us are quick to say, “I know my stuff. I’ve been in this industry for many years.” Often though, the reports based on facts show a different picture versus what is in the minds of some. Using data must become part of the

company culture, and often requires a mindset change. What about Big Data in the Label Printing Industry? The printing industry in general is called an art – Graphic Arts. Especially in the past, for example, colours were estimated and not measured. Much has changed over the years. Digital workflows with quality monitoring processes and MIS systems have given us tremendous consistency in quality and increased productivity. One black box remains though: rarely do we collect data from the actual printing press. We allow operators to fill in events and functions. So, important criteria such as accurate speed over time, web tension of the infeed and outfeed, exact set up times, waste, pressed function keys –

like the registration function – are not clearly known. Input by operators is not only prone to human error, it limits the number of data points. This means we don’t clearly know what’s happening with the press during the day or week. We can’t clearly benchmark jobs run by different operators with different skill levels or jobs run on different presses. This makes continuous improvement processes more difficult to implement as facts based on real-time data aren’t being used. That’s where Big Data can help the label printing industry. Sensor Technology and Intelligent Label Printing Machines In the latest generation of label printing presses, sensor technology combined


a really mean to the stry? lead to action. The drive to make improvements is something that needs to be fostered within the company. To ensure a more competitive position in the market, it’s critical for your business to understand and accept that connectivity, IoT and Big Data is already available in today’s intelligent label printing presses. The use of data to increase the understanding of your label print operation will grow more and more. This is not a trend that will pass. Investments should be made towards this direction. Step-by-step. The first step should be the one step to stay ahead. Start small, but…start now!

with the Internet of things (IoT) makes real-time data collection possible. Hundreds of sensors in these intelligent label presses enable us to collect data from hundreds of events in less than a second. Software converts this data into an array of reports and charts. Suddenly, press operation becomes transparent. The press is mirrored. The digital twin of the press is born. Reports show abnormalities, best and worst practices. So, continuous improvement can now be based on real, unbiased facts and benchmarking. Time and material savings now achievable can literally save label printing companies hundreds of thousand dollars per year.

The next step – mindset change Having data and reports alone is not enough. Data provides knowledge and understanding. It doesn’t necessarily

So, are you ready? Intelligent Label Presses and Performance Programs from MPS Systems Besides a range of intelligent presses, MPS Systems also offers support together with other expert panels to interpret performance reports, benchmarking and give recommendations for improvements. MPS Performance Programs are available to support you in bringing your productivity to a next level.


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The new High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter CorruCUT - Experience

transferred into state-of-the-art technology With our CorruCUT a unique overall solution was created using the latest technologies and functions, combined with simple and intuitive operation. Based on years of experience with the rotary die-cutter developed in the mid2000s, the CorruCUT has been largely completely redesigned. Our engineers around the world drew on the expertise of colleagues from a wide variety of departments. Quality and Performance The combination of high flexo post printing quality and precision as well as maximum performance represents a real development in the printing technology for the corrugated industry. With our new machine customers are targeting market segments where high demands are placed on the print image and process reliability. This includes especially branded companies, but also food industry, where packaging is used

as an advertisement at the point of sale. The technical specifications of the new CorruCUT are exactly geared to these challenging requirements: In addition

to its excellent printing quality, it offers a very high register accuracy during printing and cutting; this significantly reduces waste and increases resource


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efficiency. With a working width of 2.80 m and a maximum production output of 12,000 sheets per hour, the CorruCUT is extremely powerful and designed for the highly efficient diecutting of corrugated board.

sheet travel through the press as well as perfect register accuracy throughout the entire printing process. Wear-free transport rollers ensure operation without downtime due to necessary belt replacement.

Product information and Unique Selling Points - Vacuum-belt feeder: Its revolutionary construction without feed rolls ensures non-destructive and precise feeding of the sheets into the system.

- State-of-the-art servo direct drive technology for maximum register accuracy in multiple-colour printing.

- Sheet guiding by means of continuous vacuum transport guarantees stable

- New flexo printing units with all current and completely new technologies for HQPP flexo postprinting.

- The rotary die-cutting unit with optional quick tool change has been designed for maximum die-cutting accuracy for single as well as multiple out production (up and across). - The top vacuum stacker has been completely new designed and features entirely new approaches to waste disposal (zero defect concept). Technical Data max. sheet length 1)1,530 mm / 60.24 in max. sheet width 2,800 mm / 110.24 in min. sheet length 600 mm / 23.62 in min. sheet width 600 mm /23.62 in


Nominal circumference 1.676 mm / 66 in Board level above floor 2.250 mm / 88.58 in Substrate thickness 1 - 9 mm / 0.039 - 0.354 in max. rated output 2) 12,000 sheets/h 1) without skip feed 2) dependent on individual processing parameters, e.g. inks and substrates used

CorruFLEX – High-quality Flexo Postprint on corrugated board At the same time as the CorruCUT High Board Line Rotary Die-cutter our CorruFLEX was developed. The Flexo

Postprinter is engineered for highperformance production of printed corrugated board sheets in ultimate flexo printing quality. The machine can

be operated as a stand-alone solution or in line with conventional flatbed diecutters. It sets new standards in terms of output and performance.

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The COVID-19 crisis is ge Some of this increased waste has been driven by pure necessity. Before the current pandemic, we would not have thought much of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, gowns and visors. As it turns out, these simple medical devices have been critical in keeping hospitals operating and protecting medical and frontline workers. These items have been so critical that governments, organisations and individuals have all scrambled to stockpile them at the onset of the pandemic amid global shortages. Unfortunately, their protective value is in part due to their disposability, designed to be replaced frequently to prevent the spread of the virus. Made from fiber and, crucially, plastics, these devices are presenting a different kind of problem months later. Improperly discarded PPE has been washing up on beaches, or contaminating household recycling.

Navigating a new world of potential risks is also leading to an increase in single-use plastics and paper. Amid the quarantine, many restaurants have rolled out take-out and delivery operations, leading to a pile of disposable utensils and containers. And after making some headway with bans on plastic bags and straws last year, some of the progress has been suspended due to hygiene fears over reusable alternatives. In each of these cases, recycling is prohibited due to the risk of contamination, or by prohibitive costs. About 13m tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean every year. A 2019 study found that global plastic production has quadrupled over the past four decades and if the trend continues, the manufacturing of plastic will make up 15% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Comparatively, all of the world's forms of transportation currently represent 15% of emissions. Plastics break down over time and add to the large accumulation of microplastics in our seas, air and food. As we are producing and discarding plastic to fight a public health crisis, we may be contributing to another, especially if this spike in plastic use becomes the new normal. There can be no doubt that plastics play a crucial role in our society, but this rapid growth in demand for plastic products challenges us to rethink our problem of plastic waste. It is now more relevant than ever to press forward on the circular economy agenda as the world begins to look beyond the pandemic and toward recovery. It


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would be all too easy for us to return to old habits and business-as-usual, instead of seizing the opportunity to push toward a more resilient, circular and low-carbon economy.

distribution of food. Applying circular economy principles could strengthen these fragile global supply chains, improving readiness and reducing the impact of future pandemics.

Plastics are by no means the only cause for concern. Paper, often cited as the alternative to plastics in some areas of packaging, must also re-evaluate its place in a post-COVID society. While paper and other fiber-based products have the benefit of more rapid decomposition and natural biocircularity (raw materials are replanted after harvesting), the process of production and distribution also has an impact. Trends of over packaging and under recycling can erode paper’s environmental lead.

As illustrated by the shortages of medical equipment around the world, the principles of circularity may provide credible solutions: design and product policy factors such as repairability, reusability and potential for remanufacturing offer opportunities in competitiveness, and more importantly, stock availability. Adaptable design and patterns could also help achieve reductions in material and energy consumption or uncover more efficient alternative materials and processes. By implementing circular economy strategies, we can move forward more confidently, without straying away from our low-carbon commitments.

Following the pandemic, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation proposed two areas ripe for exploration; in medical devices, and the production and

The transition to a circular economy is no longer an abstract concept. The ways in which a circular model can contribute to the recovery will be more detailed as we progressively gain a better understanding of the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. For paper producers, this means making continued improvements across the entire paper lifecycle, from cultivation, production, product design, recyclability and compostability, to ensure that as little resources as possible is wasted. Like our response to the pandemic, our response to the issues of circularity and waste will require sustained effort. Our success will rely on the involvement of all stakeholders, coming together in solidarity and common purpose.

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Modern Gravure Indonesia invests in second Bobst laminator Modern Gravure Indonesia is a flexible packaging manufacturer, based in Serang, west of Jakarta. To expand its converting capabilities and meet an increase in demand, the company has invested in a second BOBST CL 750DA laminator, that they will set-up in a tandem configuration together with their first CL 750DA laminator, bought a couple of years ago.

Fast growing business Modern Gravure was founded in 2016 by a group of dedicated packaging professionals with many years of experience in the industry. Since then, the flexible packaging specialist has grown rapidly, and today employs more than 200 staff.

Scheduled for installation in Q4 in 2020, this CL 750DA tandem laminator 1350 mm in web width is the first of its kind in South-East Asia. It joins an existing CL 750DA duplex machine at Modern Gravure and will enable the company to increase its production of high-quality flexible packaging for the medium to high-end market. A tandem configuration allows for the two laminators to function completely separately so to produce two separated duplex structures or to function together so to produce triplex structures in one pass. “We are building our future growth on BOBST technology and chose the CL 750DA again, because we want to expand our laminating capacity further. With its multi-technology capability, this machine gives us the high flexibility we need and enable us to differentiate our production and extend our reach into high performance triplex laminated

flexible packaging applications. The new tandem set up will be a game changer for us,” said Owner Elvin Tjandra.

Built of a 27,000 square metre plot of land, Modern Gravure’s production facility is strategically located on a new industrial estate from where it serves customers in many markets, including food, confectionery and health care. The company operates a raft of high-tech equipment to ensure that


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it can meet its customers’ needs and that all procedures are carried out in accordance with highest industry standards for maximum quality assurance. Its printing department boasts a BOBST NOVA RS 5002 rotogravure printing line, installed in 2019. This highly productive machine prints in nine colors and handle just as efficiently, short, medium and long runs of flexible packaging and other flexible material applications thanks to its fast and easy press make-ready and changeovers. “The fast expansion of our company is based on investment in hightech machinery and well-trained, experienced staff. We knew that we could only compete if we installed the best presses and the best converting lines,” explained Tjandra. “The other major factor in our success is our emphasis on customer relationships. Every customer is treated as an individual and every product we make is specifically tailored to their needs.” Compact and efficient The CL 750DA duplex laminator is a compact and versatile web-fed machine capable of speeds up to 450 m/min (1476 ft/min). Fast changeovers and ease of operation make it an ideal solution for any run lengths from ultrashort and upwards. At Modern Gravure, the new machine in tandem configuration comprises two duplex laminators running in-line. They can work separately as individual duplex units, or together as one

machine capable of producing triplex laminates in a single pass, at high speed.

and minimum waste at start up and changeovers.

With a strong focus on tool-less and fast operation, the CL 750DA multitechnology laminator features sleeve technology and shaftless winders. It is equipped with automatic turrettype winders and has a flat drying tunnel with motorized rollers, which enables a straight web path for perfect transportation of all kind of substrates. This prevents the formation on defects on the web, especially with critical to handle substrates such as metallized films.

Equipped for more growth As a major player in the rapidly growing flexible packaging market of South-East Asia, Modern Gravure is at the forefront of this sector due to its continued investment in top-ofthe-range equipment and innovation. Gravure remains the favoured printing method in this part of the world, but many companies have yet to invest in the latest technology.

Modern Gravure will be taking full advantage of the multi-technology option that allows for the use of solvent-based, water-based and solventless adhesives. This uses an interchangeable trolley system for each coating technology for fastest job changeovers without the need for special tools. The machine has further been specified with cold seal capability, which means that pre-printed webs can be coated in-register for added value applications. Processing web widths up to 1350mm, the laminator will work with a wide variety of substrates, including BOPP, PET, BOPA, LDPE, paper laminates and metallized film. Precise register control is handled by the REGISTRON® scanning head technology, and the machine is operated from an intuitive touch-screen panel. It has been developed with “Zero waste” technology for increased productivity

By partnering with BOBST, Modern Gravure can meet new market demands without hesitation and adapt to trends as they arise, because it has invested in the most flexible and robust solutions. “Our CL 750DA in tandem configuration is unique in SouthEast Asia, and it will give us a clear competitive edge as we move forward,” said Director at Modern Gravure, Alton Risnandi. “And very importantly, we know that the machine is backed up by great local service and support from BOBST, so we can guarantee our customers on-time delivery of highquality products.” “We are proud to lead the way in flexible packaging in Indonesia, and we continue to put our trust in BOBST as the right solutions provider. Their innovative products and world-class service help us to achieve our goals. So, I’m excited for the future, both for us and for our customers,” Tjandra concluded.


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56 Heidelberg sells Gallus Heidelberg announced it will be selling its label press business, Gallus Group to Swiss company, benpac holding ag. With the sale, Heidelberg will be focusing on its core business of sheetfed printing. In the future, Heidelberg and benpac will work together closely on the Gallus Labelfire digital label press. Heidelberg will continue supplying the digital printing unit (DPU) and consumables for this press.

is set to take effect before the end of 2020. “Our aim is to ensure the long-term financial stability of Heidelberg, and all the measures since our transformation started in March this year have been geared toward this objective. Selling the Gallus Group is another key part of our realignment and follows on from the successes we have achieved so far during the transformation process. This further major boost to our liquidity and Group equity will be a big help,

With production facilities in Switzerland and Germany, Gallus develops and manufactures both conventional and digital narrow-web rotary label presses. The machine portfolio is complemented by a range of screen-printing plates (Gallus Screeny), decentralized global service activities, and a comprehensive selection of accessories and spare parts. Heidelberg Web Carton Converting provides high-end webfed printing solutions for folding cartons. Thailand’s Wongeak Industry installs HP Indigo 6900 Thai labelling product supplier Wongeak Industry Co., Ltd recently acquired the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press to boost productivity by agile printing and converting short and medium runs of labels and hang tags for its leading brands and clients.

“We are selling our narrow-web rotary and rotary flexographic printing activities to focus more closely on innovative solutions for the entire printed sheet value chain. We will be retaining our in-house digital expertise and, by collaborating with benpac on the Gallus Labelfire, we will also be making further progress with the digitization of conventional presses. At the same time, we will remain a major supplier on the growing label market with our sheetfed offset presses,” said Heidelberg CEO Rainer Hundsdörfer. The transaction will see benpac assume ownership of all five Gallus Holding AG sites with a total of some 430 employees in Germany and Switzerland. With an agreed purchase price of some 120 million euros, Heidelberg is expecting the deal to generate earnings in the mid two-digit million-euro range. The parameters will be finalized at the time of closing. The sale, which still needs to be approved by the relevant bodies and is subject to other condition precedents,

especially during the coronavirus crisis,” underlined Heidelberg CFO Marcus A. Wassenberg. Heidelberg and benpac cooperate closely in sales and service for the Gallus portfolio benpac and Heidelberg have agreed that Heidelberg will continue to manage the sales and service of the Gallus portfolio in close cooperation after the takeover. Gallus customers will therefore continue to benefit from the proven quality and reliability of the world's largest service network in the print media industry. "The acquisition of the Gallus Group is of great strategic importance for benpac holding ag. It completes our overall range in the packaging sector and ensures that the entire value chain is covered. The expertise of the Gallus Group will contribute to the further development of our group of companies," said Marco Corvi, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of benpac holding ag.

With the new HP Indigo 6900 , Wongeak can meet growing customer demand for high value and top quality short-run orders of stock keeping unit (SKU) labelling, including variable data printing of labels, stickers and hang tags. Since installing the HP Indigo 6900 solution in December 2019, the company has achieved greater productivity with such orders, along with faster customer turnaround times. Wongeak Industry is Thailand’s leading supplier of brand and product identification solutions and value-added accessories. Products include printed fabric labels, woven labels, hang tags, heat transfer labels, stickers, custom packaging, and security products. “Recently, we’ve seen an increasing trend for short-run orders, so it’s a very important market for us,” said Tanate Wongjiratitikarn, Director of Wongeak Industry. “But prior to installing the HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press, it took us a long time to get these orders set up and printed. That added to overall costs and the time it took for our customers to get to market. With the HP Indigo, all that’s changed dramatically. Now, we can leverage the press’s wider versatility to open new markets and new applications to serve our clients”


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58 Landa S10 press installed at K-1 Packaging Landa Digital Printing announces that K-1 Packaging Group has taken delivery of a new Landa S10 Nanographic Printing Press. The Landa S10 is currently being installed at the company’s California headquarters in City of Industry, outside of Los Angeles.

The HP Indigo 6900 Digital Press is a narrow-web printing solution for labels and packaging production. Features such as variable data printing also mean that Wongeak Industry has been able to automate many of its processes, simplifying production and speeding up operations. “The Indigo 6900’s versatility has really helped us to improve productivity, differentiate ourselves from our competitors, and provide better service to our customers,” said Wongjiratitikarn. Konica Minolta’s AccurioWide inks achieve Greenguard certification Konica Minolta announced it has achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification for its AccurioWide inks in a move that underpins its commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. For decades, Konica Minolta has been committed to sustainability across its global operations. Its environmental action plan, Eco Vision 2050, sets ambitious goals to reduce its carbon footprint and preserve the planet, while enabling customers to do the same.

Products receiving the GREENGUARD certifications are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous third-party emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure. In addition to maintaining low indoor emissions, Konica Minolta’s AccurioWide UV LED inkjet inks for sign and display printing offer the following benefits: • Wide colour gamut and high colour vibrancy for dynamic results that impress and inspire • Versatility to print on rigid or flexible media with accuracy and excellent adhesion to broaden the scope of possible applications • Lowest ink consumption per square foot – the lowest on the market GREENGUARD certification is provided by UL, a global safety science company that promotes safe, secure and sustainable living and working environments for people by the application of science, hazard-based safety engineering and data acumen.

Landa announced that US packaging company, K-1 Packaging Group is installing the Landa S10 Nanographic printing press. The S10 will produce short to medium run static and variable jobs that consists primarily of 5,000 sheets-and-under. The work includes folding cartons, countertop displays, labels, and litholam corrugated boxes. The most important factor in K-1 President, Mike Tsai’s assessment of the press was the speed in producing back-to-back, short to medium run jobs that made comparison to conventional equipment production times – including makeready. With a Landa S10 running at its rated speed of 6,500 large format (B1 / 41 in.) sheets per hour, Landa showed Tsai and his team what would be eight makereadies on a conventional press, but achieved in only an hour and ten minutes on the Landa S10. According to Landa, this is three times faster than any digital solution, and six times faster than a digital press closest to the 41 inch format. “The 40 inch press is Landa’s domain,” Tsai said. “No one is able to run static or variable jobs as quickly. In a manufacturing environment, this means that we will be more productive, and able to give our customers greater flexibil-


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60 provision of high-quality packaging that demonstrates outstanding design, functionality, and ingenuity and look forward to continuing to exploit our strengths to offer more eco-friendly, smart packaging solutions to all our customers.” Whisky may soon be sold in 100% plastic free paper-based bottle

ity on run quantity and SKU count – an important competitive edge. What’s more, the S10’s scalability and upward compatibility gives us confidence that we will meet customer demands well into the future.” “This is part of the future that Landa is helping K-1, and our client, to exist in today,” Tsai said. Thailand’s Siam Toppan wins award for AR packaging Siam Toppan Packaging (Siam Toppan) has become the first company in the Toppan Group to win WorldStar Packaging Awards. Siam Toppan’s packages were selected for their innovative product presentation ideas employing attractive design and augmented reality (AR).

that makes use of the company’s folding carton technology. The packages received plaudits for their eye-catching appearance, the adoption of eco-friendly reusable material, and the innovative use of AR code to provide information on the snacks inside. “Receiving WorldStar Packaging Awards is great news for Siam Toppan and the Toppan Group,” said Satoshi Kawada, Managing Director of Siam Toppan Packaging. “At Siam Toppan we pride ourselves on the

Diageo has created a 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle, made entirely from sustainably sourced wood. According to the company, this would be the first time such a bottle is made for spirits. The bottle will debut with whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, in early 2021. It has been created through a new partnership with Pilot Lite, a venture management company, to launch Pulpex Limited, a new sustainable packaging technology company. Pulpex Limited has established a partner consortium of FMCG companies in non-competing categories including Unilever, and

The WorldStar Packaging Awards is organized by the World Packaging Organization and recognize packages demonstrating advanced packaging technologies and outstanding design. The 2020 awards featured 321 entries from 36 countries, with 214 packages receiving accolades. Siam Toppan’s paper-based packages for snacks given as gifts employ original graphic design and structures PepsiCo, with further partners expected to be announced later in the year. The partnering companies are each expecting to launch their own branded paper bottles in 2021. “We’re proud to have created this world first. We are constantly striving to push the boundaries within sustainable packaging and this bottle has the potential to be truly groundbreaking. It feels fitting that we


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62 should launch it with Johnnie Walker, a brand that has often led the way in innovation throughout its 200 years existence,” said Ewan Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Diageo PLC. Pulpex Limited has developed a ‘first-of-its-kind’ scalable paper-based bottle designed and developed to be 100% plastic free and expected to be fully recyclable. The bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams. The technology will allow brands to rethink their packaging designs, or move existing designs into paper, whilst not compromising on the existing quality of the product. Pulpex Limited’s technology allows it to produce a variety of plasticfree, single mould bottles that can be used across a range of consumer goods. The packaging has been designed to contain a variety of liquid products and will form part of Diageo’s commitment towards Goal 12 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’.

Kornit Digital Acquires Custom Gateway, Expanding Cloud Software Workflow Portfolio for End-to-End Management of OnDemand Apparel and Home Décor Production Acquisition marks important next step in expanding strategic partnership with leading brands, retailers, and suppliers as they accelerate digital transformation “I am very pleased to announce the acquisition of Custom Gateway as we augment our marketleading capabilities with their powerful software, which we’ve evaluated thoroughly, including via several strategic customers we share,” said Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital CEO. “Brands, retailers, suppliers, and fulfillers of all sizes stand to grow considerably through digital

transformation, and with Custom Gateway, Kornit will revolutionize ondemand digital textile production with a unique end-to-end solution, giving us a powerful competitive advantage in the market.”

ensuring swift, socially responsible fulfillment, and in a profitable model that produces and ships orders in real time, without excess inventory or labor.”

Custom Gateway’s robust and functionality-rich cloud platform is suitable for both B2B and B2C business models and handles all steps of efficient on-demand production. The platform enables content sourcing, creation, content management, and display at the front end. Orders created are captured by a robust order management system and are directed to the appropriate back-end production sites using sophisticated routing algorithms.

“On-demand production is overtaking traditional retail models, and the producers who harness all available data will win the marketplace,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit Digital CMO. “We’re excited to welcome Custom Gateway to the Kornit family, a development that will ultimately give end consumers the products and experiences they expect.”

Once orders proceed to the production floor, they are smartly routed and managed, to allow for efficient on-demand production on a mass scale. The entire process from order creation to shipment is enriched with integrations to existing IT environments, data-driven decisioning, and business intelligence analytics. By seamlessly connecting front end (online or other storefront) to the most suitable back end (ondemand production and logistics operation), the technology enables customers to realize the full efficiency, scalability, and profitability benefits of digitization. Supplementing Kornit’s Konnect platform for visibility and control of print operations, Custom Gateway’s platform offers Kornit customers valuable business insights for agility in the face of market dynamics and disruption. Custom Gateway has over 300 active customers globally, including brand names such as the U.K.’s largest fashion retailer Next, as well as other leading sports, fashion, and content brands. “We’re excited about bringing these two creative cultures together and know from experience that Kornit and Custom Gateway are built upon a common vision,” said Andrew Talbot, Custom Gateway CEO. “Together, we will provide global brands and fulfillers optimal control of their business,

EFI to host online version of Connect Conference

The EFI Engage Conference will deliver print and packaging education program Instead of its signature annual Connect Conference, EFI will be reinterpreting the experience on an online platform called the EFI Engage Conference. The conference builds on the its recent webinar and online training series for print and packaging professionals. Sessions will cover a broad range of technologies including EFI Productivity Suite MIS/ERP, EFI Fiery digital front end and EFI Display Graphics and Corrugated inkjet printing solutions. The new virtual conference will also provide the company’s most intensive packaging training yet, with in-depth instruction on integrated workflow automation for corrugated and flexible packaging, labels and folding cartons. According to EFI attendees will have the same access to executives, networking opportunities, indepth best practices and training sessions as at Connect. Small and interactive sessions will be available


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for demonstrations of the latest and greatest software. EFI is also going to be offering sessions in multiple languages for customers around the globe. “EFI puts an extraordinary amount of time and energy into offering one of the world’s best print and packaging education programs for our annual Connect users conference. Given the uncertainly involved with safely executing in-person events and the careful planning it takes to assemble top-tier content for customers, having a virtual conference in 2021 is the best option to deliver the valuable information that has become the hallmark of the Connect experience,” said Ken Hanulec, vice president, Worldwide Corporate Marketing, EFI. Beginning on January 25, 2021, the event will be held on six days over the course of two weeks. Compared with Connect event, Engage will feature shorter individual sessions – spread out over a longer number of days and with consideration of customers in varying time zones. Sessions will be timed to minimize the disruption to customers’ work schedules. In the sessions, participants will gain clear, detailed information on choosing the right technologies to navigate an uncharted market and maintain business continuity. It is part of a commitment to help customers

future-proof their print and packaging operations by implementing efficient, effective workflows and production strategies that can create stronger businesses, even in uncertain times. Classroom-style educational tracks will highlight the latest advancements and newest features in integrated print and packaging workflows. Attendees can learn from their peers as well as through virtual think tanks and roundtable discussions. Scodix launches new productivity workflow solution Scodix Studio Station enables job processing up to 60% faster and two new registration methods

“Scodix has always provided best-inclass registration. Until now that has been achieved by detecting four OPA dots. With Scodix ARP™ (Automatic Registration Process), Scodix Studio Station can achieve registration down to 100µm, using corner detection or CMYK objects detection. For trade printers and PSPs receiving jobs from lots of different sources, this will simplify the process and allow them to access the full power of Scodix Digital Enhancement,” said Shvartz. Scodix Studio Station was developed for the Scodix Ultra family of Digital Enhancement Presses and joins Scodix Studio W2P and Scodix Studio W2P Customized in the company’s workflow solutions portfolio. “Scodix digital enhancement provides a perfect solution for businesses looking to distinguish themselves from the competition. With over 350 installations in more than 65 countries, Scodix is constantly developing new ways to add value for its diverse customer-base,” asserted Shvartz. “As with all our products, we look to provide maximum value, productivity and ROI – the new Scodix Studio Station does just that.”

Scodix announced the launch of a new productivity workflow package, Scodix Studio Station. According to Scodix, the new workflow solution can process jobs up to 60% faster for Ultra Digital Enhancement Press users. “This new solution allows printers to prepare more jobs, faster, handle large volume variable-data jobs and process jobs from various sources more efficiently,” said Amit Shvartz, Scodix CMO. “As every digital printer knows, uptime is imperative to profitability, and Scodix Studio Station will help printers maximize the efficiency and productivity of their digital

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Quality Printer? Then go for GOLD The 2020 Asian Print Awards 3RD NOVEMBER 2020 ENTRY DEADLINE

* This Year due to COVID-19 the 2020 Judging will be done in Australia with the Awards held in December in Asia


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FREE ENTRY FORM DEADLINE 5PM NOVEMBER 3RD 2020 3 Windy Hill Drive, Mulgrave,3170 Victoria, Australia

SINGAPORE - THAILAND - INDIA - MALAYSIA - JAPAN - HONG KONG - CHINA - KOREA - TAIWAN - VIETNAM - INDONESIA - SRI LANKA - PHILIPPINES - CAMBODIA - MYNAMAR The annual Asian Print Awards was founded to recognise outstanding achievement in the print and packaging industries across Asia. With more than half the world’s population represented in this fast growing area, communication in the form of printed matter links Asia’s diverse cultures. It is imperative that such print achievements do not go unrecognised, especially among the population base that Asia enjoys. The Awards are judged on a wholly quality-oriented set of criteria to ensure that fair play is enacted at all times. The Independent Judging Panel comprises highly qualified personnel from within Asia and around the world. The independent judging panel has no knowledge of the actual entrants details. ALL ENTRIES ARE NUMBER-CODED. Entries must be commercially produced work. The Asian Print Awards is the only regional print quality competition of its kind in Asia. Supported by leading industry-supply companies, any progressive quality print house should enter and prove that they are the best - by winning the Gold, Silver or Bronze award. Proving pride in quality awareness is what customers love to see. It’s not just empty words, you can prove it.

Categories 1-8 : Offset Printing Only

20. Digital Labels

1. Calendars – any format

21 Digital - Outdoor Billboard

2. Sheetfed Magazines

Categories 22-26 : Specialty Categories

3. Book printing – less than 4 colours

22. Multi–Piece Productions and Campaigns Any substrate or print process: Multi–piece Production must be 3 or more items such as folder, leaflets, ring binders, inserts, envelopes including their contents. Campaigns must be 3 or more items with a consistent theme produced during the year by the same printer for the same client.

4. Book printing – 4 or more colours 5. Limited Editions & Artwork Reproductions (under 1000 print run) 6. Web Offset – Coated stock 70gsm and above 7. Web Offset –LWC (light weight coated) 65gsm or less 8. Offset Packaging products

Categories 9 - 21 : Digital Printing Only 9. Book Printing 10. Calendars 11. Personalised photo books – any format. 12. Posters 13. Showcards & Point-of-Sale material 14. Digital Magazines

23. Embellishment Any substrate – any combination - for example: embossing – diecutting – foil stamping –laminating coating. 24. Innovation / Specialty Printing The entry must exhibit any innovative and/ special application of machinery, process, substrate or finishing. A short description must be provided for the judges, detailing reasons for entry into this category. 25. Company Self Promotion Any item printed to promote a product or company involved in the graphic arts industry. Self promotion cannot be entered into any other Category. 26. Judges Special Award (A job that catches all the Judges’ attention)

15. Gold, Silver and Special colours 16. Restaurant Menus 17. Limited Editions & Artwork reproductions (under 500 print run) 18. Digital Proofing (must supply the digital proof and the prinnted product)

Best in Digital Award

19. Digital Packaging Best in Offset Award

* This Year due to COVID-19 the Judging will be done in Australia The Awards will be held in December in Asia

Best Use of Colour Award


FREE ENTRY FORM ASIAN PRINT AWARDS 2020

Deadline for Entries Submission: 3rd NOVEMBER 2020, 5pm Remember to submit 2 copies of each job! Why? - Just in case one is damaged.

SECTION A (This will not be shown to judges). Please fill the form in capital letters. Entered by (company name): ______________________________________________________________________________________ Contact Person: ________________________________________________ Email______________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone: __________________________________

Country________________________________

Category entered __________________________ Title of entry (ie: " Paul's Ice Cream" ): ____________________________________________________________ Printed by (Printers name): ________________________________________________________________________________________ Client name: ________________________________________________________ Designer Pre Press House: ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Brand of Printing Machine used: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Stock supplied by (Merchant’s name): ______________________________________________________________________________ Brand name of stocks Coated Uncoated: ____________________________________________________________________________ By signing here you accept the rules and conditions of the Asian Print Awards

Signature over printed name_____________________________ Name_____________________________________________________

SECTION B Production information to be shown to judges

( tape this securely to the back of your entries)

Category entered (Same as above): __________ Entry number (Administrative use only] ____________

Title of entry (ie: " Paul's Ice Cream" )__________________________________________Print method: _______________________

Number of ink colours (4-6-8 etc) ________

Any Embellishment (foil stamping etc) __________________________________

Quantity produced (Print run copies): ___________ Other technical details (finishing processes etc) ________________________

This Year due to COVID-19 the Judging will be done in Australia

The Awards will be held in December in Asia ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

16th Asian Print Awards 2020 ENTRIES SUBMISSION CLOSES 3rd NOVEMBER 2020, 5pm

Send all entries to: APAM Pte Ltd, 3 Windy Hill Drive, Mulgrave,3170 Victoria, Australia Email: paul@printinnovationasia.com Additional entry forms can be downloaded at www.printinnovationasia.com Please note that entries are non-returnable unless a self addressed courier pack is supplied.


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