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Indonesia’s Biggest Retail Digital Printer, Buys Web-to-Print Software Konica Minolta receives award for intellectual property management Dscoop Asia 2018 Oversubscribed Business leaders identify print as a key strategic asset for growth and innovation EFI launches milestone Fiery workflow solutions First ThermoFlexX 48 Digital Imager in Malaysia HP hosts corrugated converters at global PageWide C500 Press event E-Commerce expected to be a fast-growing $20 billion market for corrugated Why Toyota wants you to get a grip – literally Makings of an Award-Winning Digital Print School book printer brings ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION to Indonesia drupa Global Trends Inkjet Spotlight 2018 – global survey confirms major impact in all markets and regions Seoul Printer does commercial to packaging New products for Koenig & Bauer commercial presses Uflex transforms beverage packaging Electronic Paper Makes Bus Stops Smart What employers have no right to ask News from around the world

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Indonesia’s Biggest Retail Digital Printer, Buys Web-to-Print Software PT Suburmitra Grafistama, better known as Subur in the printing industry, bought a B2C and B2B web-to-print solution from RHS Asia. Having searched for an online eCommerce solution for some time, Subur found the features of the new web-to-print to be very comprehensive for its retail business. The web-to-print comes complete with a B2C storefront which is mobile responsive, and also has an intuitive and easy-to-use online designer tool for customers to design their own prints using the thousands of design templates made available to them. Other than the B2C function, it comes with the ability to create unlimited B2B corporate stores for corporate customers to easily order prints from the printer. Every corporate store can be personalised so the products, pricing and design templates can be unique for each corporate customer. The B2B solution comes standard with features such as order approval plans, inventory management and variable data printing. About the Company Subur started out humbly as a photocopy centre in 1977 where they operated out of a small retail shop servicing walk-in customers. They then ventured into offset printing in 1983 when the offset market grew at a fast pace, and subsequently moved into digital printing in 1996 as the printing industry transitioned into print on demand. Soon after they bought their first digital press, their business became affected during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis which brought many businesses to a standstill. Nonetheless, Subur weathered the financial crisis and continued their impressive growth to become the largest retail digital printer in Indonesia. Today Subur is the proud owner of 11 outlets across Jakarta, with 7 of

Subur’s main outlet at Kebayoran Baru in Jakarta is also the headquarters for their business. the outlets each having a HP Indigo in-store. Always at the forefront of technology, Subur is known in the industry to invest in advanced digital presses. Naming a few, Subur was the first in South-East Asia to own the HP Indigo 7900, HP Indigo 10000 and Fuji Xerox’s iGen 150. Other machines supporting their core printing business are HP Scodix 1200TM for digital Spot-UV finishing, HP Latex for wide format prints and Canon C1000 digital press for scanning and black/white print jobs. The Move Towards Online Printing In addition to investing in new machines, Subur is also a firm believer of having good software solution to support daily operations. They upgraded their customised eCommerce store with a new web-to-print solution from RHS Asia.

Subur’s 2nd generation printer, Mr Dede said, “When we first launched our customised eCommerce store a few years back, the response wasn’t too good as the market was still relatively new towards ordering prints online.” “We faced problems such as poor internet connectivity, lack of colour proofs and many customers still reverted back to in-store payments or bank transfer.” “Today is different. We now have popular online platforms just as GoJek and Tokopedia, and they form a very important part of our daily lives. Similarly, we cannot neglect how technology can affect buyer behaviour for our printing products. Printers need to evolve, and not stay in the safe zone. Once you stay in your safe zone for too long, you will find it a challenge to meet

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6 Subur 2nd generation printer Mr Dede (centre) with Mr Denny (right) and their latest HP Indigo 10000 digital press.

the needs of today’s ever-changing customers,” he continued. “At Subur, we are always changing and trying out new technologies. Which was why we had decided to put more focus towards online printing again and purchased our new web-to-print solution from RHS Asia.” Web-to-Print as a New Business Opportunity The cloud-based web-to-print solution can deploy both B2C and B2B storefronts without the need to invest in any hardware infrastructure. The back-end administrative portal can be accessed by multiple retail outlets at the same time to pick-up customer orders. Print orders can also be allocated to designated print branches to facilitate the pick-up of orders by the customers. With an easy-to-use content management system, web pages, web banners, products and pricing can be

easily managed by the employees of the company. Marketing departments can also make use of email and SMS notifications to update their customers on order status and tap on integrated third-party solutions such as Mailchimp to create electronic direct mailers (EDMs) to keep their customers updated on new products and store promotions. The web-to-print solution is also a good print broker management system where print brokers and design houses can be allocated into a discount group to automatically receive rebates on their printing upon signing-in to their accounts. The web-to-print can also be used as a prepaid solution for print brokers to top-up print credits, and to use these print credits for their purchases. Subur also intends to expand into corporate markets with the B2B online

procurement solution. Authorised employees of the company can log in specially created corporate stores to reorder their namecards, booklets, training manuals and marketing materials. This saves a lot of time as users can immediately approve the artwork online, eliminating the need for designers to chase after artwork approvals Mr Dede said, “We find the web-toprint solution from RHS Asia to be very complete and has all the features we require in one solution. With Subur going online, we can service our customers better and make it easier for them to order and collect from our retail stores.”

Subur aims to simplify the print ordering process with an ‘order online and pickup from store’ concept in the upcoming launch of its eCommerce platform.

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Konica Minolta receives award for intellectual property management The Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office Award in the FY2018 Intellectual Property Achievement Awards is given to companies that commit to using and developing intellectual property rights.

Konica Minolta, Inc. was selected as one of the excellent corporations in utilizing the intellectual property rights system and received the Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office Award in the FY2018 Intellectual Property Achievement Awards, held jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Patent Office. Every year, the Intellectual Property Achievement Awards is given to corporations which have most effectively taken advantage of the intellectual property rights system and contributed to its development. Konica Minolta conducts its business activities with an awareness that intellectual property management forms one of the company’s three key overarching strategies, together with its business strategy and technology strategy. The company is striving to reinforce efforts throughout the organization to create and make better use of intellectual property rights in its

fields of business, including IoT and bio-healthcare which are becoming increasingly important. Konica Minolta is committed to engaging in intellectual property rights activities on a global basis to create new businesses, thus offering new value and contributing to the evolution of society. Main Reasons for Winning the Award At Konica Minolta, the Intellectual Property Division provides centralized supervision over the company’s intellectual property strategies as well

as the acquisition and use of intellectual property rights. The division holds regular meetings to discuss issues relating to the intellectual property strategies with the head of each business unit. Konica Minolta has clearly defined operational standards for personnel in three functions: liaison personnel responsible for formulating intellectual property strategies and discovering inventions by working closely with R&D personnel; personnel responsible for the process from patent application to acquisition of intellectual property rights; and personnel responsible for dealing with issues relating to external patents and negotiating with other companies. In so doing, the company avoids variation in performance among individuals and thus maintains and enhances the quality of its operations. By means of patents, Konica Minolta protects its core technologies in the fields of materials, optics, nanofabrication and imaging, which the company has accumulated through the development and manufacture of cameras and photo films. The company is implementing intellectual property strategies established for respective business sectors and creating new products and businesses by leveraging these core technologies.

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Dscoop Asia 2018 Oversubscribed Held in Seoul, South Korea, almost 1000 visitors took part in Dscoop Asia 2018. Sha Jumari reports. The 2018 edition of Dscoop Asia was attended by a host of print business owners, marketers, industry specialists from over 30 countries all across Asia Pacific, Japan, and Europe. Over three days, users were engaged in sessions that aim to provide tools and inspiration to help grow businesses of HP graphics arts users. The bulk of attendees were from Korea, though delegates from China were amongst the highest from those overseas. The event also included customer site visits in Korea such as Interpro, Sam-Young, Betterway Systems, Taesung and KSI. HP reported that the site visits were fully booked.

networking opportunities for Indigo users. This year, HP’s Latex and 3D printing divisions had a presence as well. “Graphics is an important part of the HP story and you’ll be amazed with the things you see today. Graphics is growing and continues to grow,” added Boyle. HP also launched two new series of wide format machinery - the HP DesignJet Z and the Latex R2000. The products were launched concurrently worldwide at FESPA 2018 as well. The HP Latex R2000 Printer is the first hybrid solution for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device.

“You will see the Dscoop spirit is alive and well here. Korea is a very advanced market that some Dscoop will be able to see. So Dscoop for Korea has been an incredible success, we’ve been oversubscribed – more people wanted to join us than we could accommodate,” said Mike Boyle, vice president and general manager for HP APJ’s graphics solutions business. Boyle is also on the board of Dscoop Asia. Dscoop is an annual HP user group event that facilitates education and

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The printer is the first in the R-series, which incorporates HP’s new Rigid Technology. “The launch was done in Seoul, South Korea, the home of Dscoop in 2018. Korea is very important because there’s a very vibrant graphics market with some open print service providers who are sharing their business with international guests,” said Boyle. Unlike previous editions of Dscoop, machinery was noticeably missing. This was to place the focus on business models, and not on specifics of technology. The opening keynote was led by Magnus Lindkvist, a ‘trendspotting futurologist’. His keynote aimed to inspire as he highlighted the importance of changing, innovating and creating. “We are competing, but we are more importantly creating. It’s all about creating, and Dscoop is at the heart of that. Dscoop is the opportunity for customers to not be afraid of competition, but instead to create this community to share, collaborate and create together,” said Alon Bar-Shany, general manager for HP Indigo. On display at Dscoop were the winners of the 11th edition of the HP Digital Print Excellence Awards 2018. The competition celebrates the accomplishments and innovations of HP users across Asia Pacific and Japan. 64 winners across 19 commercial and industrial categories were selected, including five Grand Winners and an Overall Creative Winner.

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Business leaders identify print as a key strategic asset for growth and innovation Business leaders have identified new printing technologies as key enablers of agility and innovation. According to a new study commissioned, the majority of the 3,150 decision makers surveyed say agility (77%) and innovation (69%) benefits are key investment drivers for new printing technologies. New printing technologies are key enablers These findings show that new forms of printing have become crucial components of business leaders’ strategies for success. The research also shows that 69% think printing will unlock revenue and 67% believe

it will provide a source of competitive differentiation. These leaders back up this belief with financial commitment: 51% have already invested in new forms of printing with a further 36% planning to do so in the next five years. Businesses are prioritising printing technologies in areas that directly

improve the experience for their customers. Marketing (79%), product development (79%), and manufacturing (76%) departments have so far received the most investment from business leaders. Similarly, the need for faster product development (80%) and the ability to localise manufacturing closer to the end user (69%) have driven investment in Additive Manufacturing, catering for consumer demands for speed and personalisation. New printing technologies, such as digital sheetfed colour presses that delivers a wealth of creative possibilities through its fifth colour capabilities, are helping Print Service Providers (PSPs) open new worlds of opportunity by transforming their operation. White plus CMYK in a single pass, neon toners and invisible red are enabling incredible new marketing and security applications.” In fact what is possible today we could not even dream about 2 years ago. Interesting too is that textiles and interior décor have been identified as growing markets in the latest FESPA 2018 Print Census. PSPs can broaden the conversations they are having with their clients by moving into these sectors with our flexible and versatile digital printing technologies. One must keep ahead of technology and trends to stay and be competitive in today’s print environment. Customers and agencies are also hearing about what is possible and will continue to ask for more from printers, continuously push the boundaries

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EFI launches milestone Fiery workflow solutions The new version of Fiery for wide- and superwide-format inkjet printers is 5x faster and integrates into Command WorkStation

different workstations to drive both our cut-sheet and wide-format printers.”

EFI introduced two digital print workflow solutions: a new version of Fiery Command WorkStation and Fiery XF 7, an updated digital front end (DFE) for EFI wide and superwide format inkjet printers. Fiery Command WorkStation is an interface for the management, layout, and editing of production digital print jobs. Print operations using EFI Fiery XF and Fiery proServer digital front end (DFE) print servers – including sheetfed, high-speed inkjet, wide format and superwide format printers – can now manage multiple printers across all environments from a single, easy-to-use, and familiar Command WorkStation interface. In addition, the new Fiery XF 7 digital front end for wide and superwide format printers enables production speeds up to five times faster than earlier versions. Digital print production evolved According to a study by Keypoint Intelligence, wide-format production volume is on the rise, and nearly half

of the respondents across several different print organizations plan to purchase a new wide format printer in the next two years. Especially for print professionals familiar with a Fiery workflow and new to wide-format printing, the latest version of Fiery Command WorkStation will ease entry into this new revenue opportunity by making it easy to unify production operations. Using a single shared interface across multiple print technologies delivers major business benefits to digital print facilities, such as reduced operator learning curves, operational efficiencies and production staff flexibility. Medienhaven GmbH, a digital printing company based in Bremen, Germany, was a beta site for Fiery XF 7. “We like the structured and clear layout of Fiery Command WorkStation. We know it well already from the Fiery server that drives our cut-sheet print engine,” said Medienhaven managing director Peer Rüdiger. “It’s great to have the same user interface available at

“Based on our beta experience, we estimate we'll save around 10% in downtime by not having to use different applications to administer different printer technologies and Fiery servers. Moving to Fiery XF 7 with Command WorkStation was very easy with a fast learning curve due to our familiarity with Fiery tools.” Fiery proServer and Fiery XF 7 Fiery Command WorkStation’s new client and job management interface brings Fiery wide- and superwideformat printer users many productivity and usability benefits already familiar to Fiery DFE users in other print environments. It provides dedicated modules such as the visual Fiery Job Editor, enabling users to more easily focus on specific tasks such as tiling, step and repeat, or colour edits, and it offers a larger screen area for job previews and settings. These benefits are in addition to the market-leading capabilities Fiery DFEs already deliver to wide- and superwideformat printer users such as unrivalled color and quality, and superior productivity. The newest release offers additional productivity-enhancing features including Archive Manager (for cutsheet print production) and thumbnail view.

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First ThermoFlexX 48 Digital Imager in Malaysia Neutone Graphic Sdn Bhd installed a ThermoFlexX 48 imager from Xeikon Pre-press (part of the Flint Digital Division) in February 2018. The company is located in Puchong, Malaysia and was established in 2008. They offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for flexographic printers now including digital plates for corrugated, flexible packaging and label printing. Neutone Graphic Managing Director, Mr. Leong Thin Foo comments “We look for good investments to continually improve the quality and

reliability of our products for the benefit of our loyal customer base. ThermoFlexX systems seemed to offer all we were looking for. We have not been disappointed. In addition to the obvious plate enhancements we have noticed the excellent build quality of our new machine and we’re proud to show it to our customers. We have found ThermoFlexX very easy to operate. Excellent back-up and

training from our local Flint Group office really helped our confidence and we’ve integrated this state-of-theart equipment into our production very quickly and make full use of it. We often heard that changing over to digital plates could be difficult but we have not experienced that at all”. ThermoFlexX 48 digital imaging systems work at all industry resolutions up to 5080dpi. Plate format is 1200 x

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17 900mm. Resolutions, most commonly 2400, 2540, 4000, 4800 and 5080dpi, can be mixed on one plate and imaged together. The unique loading tray minimises operator intervention, once the plate cover sheet is removed the plate can be imaged and unloaded without touching it. In addition to higher quality, ThermoFlexX also offers high productivity, with up to 6m2 an hour with a ThermoFlexX 48 system. Larger, 60 and 80 systems offer a dual-head option for up to 12m2/ hour speeds. Regional Sales Manager Tony Teh says “We are very pleased to partner with Neutone Graphic and we look forward to growing this excellent relationship. In general, opportunities and successes in Asia are noticeably increasing. Leading companies are definitely considering more and more the ThermoFlexX advantages; high-resolution, high-

productivity, ease of use and build quality. This is a very exciting time for us. Expanding our sales and support network here by integration into the Flint Group has worked very well. With

Flint Image Transfer Solutions we can now offer a one-stop-shop for flexo, letterpress and dry-offset plate makers in addition to sales through our existing channels�.

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HP hosts corrugated converters at global PageWide C500 Press event Corrugated converters experience digital transformation at worldwide HP PageWide C500 Press event HP inaugurated its worldwide HP PageWide C500 Press demo center attracting converters from around the globe for a VIP customer experience at corporate facilities. The customer event marked the unveiling of commercialized HP PageWide C500 technology, announced in 2016 at drupa.

Corrugated converters from Korea made up the only Asian representation at the event. Other customers at the event arrived from the UK, Italy, Belgium, Finland, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Canada, the US and Mexico. In addition to live press demos, the program included sessions from HP technology ad brand marketing experts, brand owners, converters, and market experts. “The industry has been waiting for a post-print single pass solution that delivers offset quality for mainstream production using water-based ink –

and the HP PageWide C500 is it,” said David Tomer, general manager, HP Scitex, developers of HP PageWide Industrial post-print solutions. “There is no question today whether digital print is the future for corrugated. The only question is how fast,” Tomer said in opening remarks at the event taking place at the HP PageWide C500 production facility in Caesarea, Israel from June 12-14. Ten customers have already signed orders for the press, Tomer said. Commercial installations are now in progress at Smurfit Kappa in Austria and LIC in Italy. Two additional presses


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HP with Intertek is excellent and the best I’ve seen. It proves that HP deeply understands the industry needs, and demonstrates that HP knows what it does. With this document I can confidently go to any of my customers, and prove to them that the HP true water-based ink technology meets all their requirements.” HP PageWide C500 application showcase The HP PageWide C500 demo printed food packaging, toy packaging, and a print quality file of C500 capabilities including 4 pt text, color gamut, fine lines, skin tones and barcodes. In addition, some were printed with interactive HP Link technology barcodes. An applications showcase included fresh fruit trays, wine boxes, toy boxes, samples printed on coated and uncoated board for comparison, electronics products, and shelf-ready packaging. will ship this month to Dusobox and Chief Digital in the US, with CompanyBox to follow. “The digital corrugated packaging market is currently experiencing a 25+% five-year CAGR rate in value, and significantly higher in volume. The market is moving faster than predicted – with very significant growth expected to continue,” according to Dr. Sean Smyth, packaging analyst, Smithers Pira, who delivered a corrugated packaging market overview to the event. Smyth explained the printing market is already well experienced with digital and has seen the potential: “Now corrugated is quickly moving into the digital game to capture the same benefits,” he said. Online commerce is a huge trend favorable to digital corrugated packaging, Smyth noted. “Boxes delivered to customers are an opportunity to interact on a personal level following the online purchase. Unboxing has become a massive social media craze.” According to Smyth, water-based inks, such as those used by HP PageWide Industrial, have an advantage with the increasing concern of safety of printing

inks for foods and other sensitive applications with human contact. Additionally, Intertek announced HP is the first digital corrugated printing vendor that has met its guidelines for safe use of printing inks, following a detailed analysis. HP provided Intertek with digital print samples produced on HP’s PageWide T1100 Series and PageWide C500 presses, using its true water-based inks. Intertek conducted detailed laboratory tests on these prints to measure migration limits and ensure safety requirements in accordance with global regulatory and industry guidance, including Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé Guidance, FDA, EU Framework, and others. As a result, Intertek used its Guidelines to validate HP’s safe use of Printing Inks in a clear and comprehensive summary, which can be shared with HP customers. In reaction to HP’s compliance with the Intertek guidelines, Edoardo Finotti, chief technology officer, Model Group AG of Switzerland, said: “Through the last years, I’ve talked to various digital vendors about the food safety of their solutions. This work done by

Georg Fischer, CEO of the Smurfit Kappa Central Europe Corrugated Division said: “We chose the HP PageWide C500 for our Interwell site in Austria for its offset print quality and technological advances including the suitability of its water-based inks for food packaging. This press will further enhance the service we provide for our customers by extending the marketing and branding capabilities of our packaging solutions.” Providing a cost-effective digital alternative for offset lamination and flexo production, the HP PageWide C500 prints on a wide media range at 75 linear meters (246 linear ft) per minute using HP’s Thermal Inkjet technology. Mondo Del Vino, an Italian wine brand, shared its experiences in successfully engaging customers with digital print. The brand is creatively using HP digitally printed wine boxes by spreading the image over six or even 20 boxes that are displayed in a huge stack formation in floor space in stores to attract customers. The next C500 open house event for customers is scheduled for November.

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HP has reinvented the versatility, productivity and quality of Corrugated printing so that you can stay ahead of your competitors. From basic corrugated to high value boxes, reduce delivery times on long and short runs while providing offset-substitutable quality. Always with end-to-end support from HP. The HP PageWide T400S Press gives you preprint and digital in one. The HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press ensures high-quality results delivered cost-effectively. Meanwhile, the HP PageWide T1100S Press with Multi-lane Printing Architecture cost-effectively prints multiple short runs with variable box sizes on one roll. As with all HP PageWide Presses, you can take advantage of HP PrintOS, an open and secure cloud-based print production operating system to help you get more out of your HP presses and printers, simplify and automate your production process and enable new forms of collaboration. Find out more: hp.com/go/pagewidepress/corrugated, hp.com/go/scitex/corrugated and hp.com/go/PrintOs Š 2017 HP Development Company, L.P.

E-Commerce expected to be a fast-growing $20 billion market for corrugated The corrugated packaging market will get a boost from e-commerce through to 2023. This launch comes as a response to the growing and diverse monochrome printing needs in the office, graphic arts and critical printing operations market segments. Despite the economic slowdown over the past few years that has had a negative impact on retail sales in general, e-commerce retail sales

have continued to show growth, and present a considerable opportunity for corrugated packaging suppliers. E-commerce growth The nature of e-commerce packaging favours the use of corrugated board as a major medium and it is now estimated that upwards of $20 billion worth of corrugated materials are used in this

sector as a whole. The major sectors making use of e-sales systems include consumer electronics, books and media products, fashion, and toys, hobby, and sports equipment. The Smithers Pira report forecasted that the overall market for e-commerce packaging will grow rapidly in the coming years – expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 14.3% from 2017 through to 2022. This growth will see e-commerce packaging – including corrugated packaging, as well as flexible packaging, and protective and transit packaging –


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Up until 2014, retailers were charged freight costs on the basis of package weight, but since then many carriers have introduced DIM weight pricing based on the dimensions of the package, and including a ‘dimensional factor’ (typically 166 (in3/lb)) to determine the DIM weight.

reaching almost $55 billion in 2022. This remarkable growth rate compares to an overall growth rate for the packaging industry of 2.9% in 2017-22. Challenges Addressing this fast-changing market will require corrugated packaging suppliers, and the overall packaging supply chain, to meet new (and in some cases, still developing) requirements. With an increasingly complex logistics chain, e-commerce packages are expected to be handled up to 20 times or more during a standard delivery. Added to the scale of the necessary warehousing and delivery systems for e-commerce, there is therefore considerable demand for robust, costeffective packaging solutions in this sector. Additional demands from brand owners are now being felt by the converting industry, as many brands now require the secondary pack to carry their image into the home, not just the retail outlet. This this increases the need for converters to produce high-quality graphic designs on the shippers themselves. Meanwhile the advent of e-commerce especially in the grocery sector is likely to have a slight negative impact on retail-ready packaging (RRP) usage, as e-sales do not require any RRP systems. Furthermore, the innovation in e-commerce systems such as subscription box services and meal kits that offer direct-to-consumer delivery of specialist food using a weekly or monthly subscription model will have

an additional, though slight, impact on the RRP market. Sustainability Furthermore, all the sustainability issues facing the corrugated market as a whole come into play even more emphatically in the e-commerce sector, with consumers demanding ease of recycling and returns for their e-commerce purchases. While lightweighting of board has long been affecting the corrugated industry, rightweighting and rightsizing are playing an increasingly important role in this market too. This is not only in response to consumer demand for efficient packaging, but also in response to the logistics chain’s adoption of dimensional weight (DIM) pricing.

The major carriers, UPS and FedEx, currently use the same calculation, which is the cubic size of a package divided by 166 for domestic shipments, and 139 for international shipments. This DIM weight is then used to determine the cost of shipment. In some instances this has led to significant cost increases, such as a 32pack of toilet rolls costing 37% more to ship using DIM weight, and similarly a large box of disposable nappies costing nearly 10% more to ship with DIM weight. Similar examples can be found in many lightweight or low-value products, especially in the growing grocery e-sales market. Next steps With e-commerce becoming an increasingly important element of retail, corrugated packaging stands to benefit substantially. As the supply and distribution chain for packaged goods changes, new requirements will emerge for corrugated packaging products.

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Why Toyota wants literally The automotive giant has come up with a clever, sensory way to tell whether its new 2018 Toyota Camry gets your motor running At a glance: Multi-sensory, 3-D, connected print has the power to surprise and delight When it comes to channel choice, the obvious one isn’t necessarily the right one It’s always good to try something new – in fact, it’s the job of brands and agencies to push the boundaries of what’s possible. But make sure you do it well When 50,000 select subscribers of the US edition of InStyle magazine flicked open the March issue and pulled out the included insert, they were presented with two car door handles – modelled on those of the new 2018 Toyota Camry – which had to be gripped to gain access to a gatefold spread. Inside, they discovered a pop-up replica of the car’s dashboard, complete with LCD monitor and the real scent of its

leather interior. More interestingly, the simple act of touching the unique print ad also created a circuit connection that fed live data on the reader to a heart rate monitor embedded in the page. The creators of this immersive, multi-sensory campaign for Toyota – Saatchi & Saatchi Dallas/Los Angeles, supported by Connecticut-based print marketing specialists Structural Graphics – reckon their layered, 3-D ‘connected’ execution is the first time an LCD monitor simulator has been built into a mag. Probably because it’s anything but straightforward to do. It had to be sturdy enough to survive being rolled up, thrown around, shoved into mail boxes and thumbed through. While the technical aspects of this achievement were undoubtedly daunting, the creative conceit was actually quite simple. In a recent interview with The Drum, Saatchi Creative Director Marc d’Avignon explains: “We were toying with the idea of how your body responds to stimulus. Hair raising. Neurons firing. Heart racing. And we asked: ‘What if you could actually see your own heart race when you interact with the ad?’” These questions quickly morphed into a discussion about which channel to use to best re-imagine

Toyota's new model Camry…and elicit the required emotional response. TV and digital were arguably the obvious, easier choices. But in this case, not the right ones. Print, Toyota and Saatchi felt, might be harder. But it would also be more unexpected – despite the fact that it’s a fairly ‘typical’ auto advertising format. “With print, you often think you have fewer tools in the toolbox,” d’Avignon tells Print Power. “But you don’t. The medium is going through its own technological revolution. And it’s our job to push the boundaries of what’s possible. I think print has just as much power to surprise and delight as any digital or social engagement.”

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“It’s always good to try something new,” he adds. “But it also has to be done well. A bad experience – no matter its technological promise – is worse than doing nothing at all. If we put this in people’s hands and it didn’t immediately draw you into the experience, it would have been a failure. Today, we ask everything we engage with to do more. To be more social. To be more informative. More immersive. We need to ask the same of print. I think people will be surprised at some of the amazing things print can do.” Structural Graphics’ President, Ethan Goller, agrees: “I think this sort of rejuvenation in the magazine space is very exciting.”


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Makings of an AwardWinning Digital Print A “Dragon-Scale” look gave this print the wowfactor. Sha Jumari speaks to Beijing Zhong Xian Tuo Fang Science and Technology Development Co. Ltd and finds out what goes into producing this print. One of the more stunning pieces of print to come out of the Asian Print Awards 2018 came from Beijing Zhong Xian Tuo Fang Science and Technology Development Co. Ltd. Hailing from China, the company won the coveted Gold in the Innovation/ Specialty Printing category at the 2018 edition of the Asian Print Awards for its entry titled: “The Art Collections of Beijing Opera Master Mei Lanfang”. The same entry was also submitted for the Fuji Xerox PIXI Awards in 2017, and it emerged winner of the Art Reproduction category. On top of that, the entry won “Best in Show” in the PIXI awards. This marked the second time the company has been acknowledged. Beijing Zhong Xian Tuo Fang Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. was established in 2001, as a subsidiary of Intellectual Property Press LLC. Its core business is in digital publishing. The company also provides professional digital printing, book

print-on-demand and content design enhancement services. “We are so glad and proud to win the Best in Show Award and this is the second time we have achieved this recognition from the PIXI Awards programme,” said a representative from Beijing Zhong Xian Tuo Fang Science and Technology Development Co., Ltd. The winning entry was a special memorial piece that expresses admiration for the ‘Mei School’, an opera legend in Beijing. The piece commemorates the school for its achievement and contribution to the art scene. “Our clients’ requirements were for the product to be a combination of creativity, efficiency, cost and quality,” added the company. “With an edge in variable data handling and flexibility, as well as the relatively low volume of production needed, digital printing was our technology of choice.”

An attractive feature of the entry was the ‘Dragon Scale’ effect: “Aiming to create a high collection value, we decided to inject more of a wowfactor by applying the ‘Dragon Scale’ methodology – an ancient Chinese traditional book finishing technique.” One of the main challenges in producing the piece was printing on delicate 60 gsm rice paper, which would complement the intricate ‘Dragon Scale’ finishing technique. “Due to the thickness and the texture of the 60gsm rice paper, paper wrinkling was an issue when waterbased glue was used for the finishing. Our team had to put in a great deal of effort in testing various kinds of rice paper and glue in order to achieve the results we were looking for. Finally, rice paper with a different roughness on both surfaces and spray glue were used in the final creation of the product,” the company explained. Due to the nature of the rice paper, the company had to test on several different printers, before finally finding success with the Xerox® iGen® 150 Press. The iGen 150 can handle a range of paper stocks including textured, translucent and even heavy cover-weight papers. With this ability, print service providers can create mixed paper jobs. “The iGen 150 was able to handle the challenging printing requirements of the job due to its ability to achieve tight registration, high printing speed and excellent paper handling capability. It also displayed great performance in colour management and consistence,” said the company. The machine can deliver 150 pagesper-minute, or 3,000 26-inch oversized sheets per hour, at a print resolution of 2400x2400dpi. Each page is created with patented image-on-image technology and matte dry ink for vivid colour digital prints.

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School book printer brings ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION to Indonesia The first ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION in Indonesia will be shortly installed at Nusantara Printing, one of the most successful printers in the Southeast Asian country. In a short nine-year span, Nusantara has acquired no less than four new presses from Manroland Sheetfed. This is proof of the company's steady business growth and its faith in the efficiency and reliability of ROLAND presses. “Our commitment to high quality means that we only use the latest printing tech-nology from Germany,” says Mr. Jamil Kastoyo, Nusantara's President Director. Embracing technology is one of the reasons for Nusantara's continued success despite a slump in the commercial printing industry in Indonesia. Established in 1976, Nusantara initially used 1 color ROLAND REKORD presses. Relying on dependable ROLAND 700 sheetfed presses, today Nusantara Printing has grown into one of the most respected names in the industry. It provides cus-tomers with the best commercial offset printing solutions, starting from the initial consultation to printing, and on to

finishing and packaging. School books make up 60 percent of Nusantara's job orders, with novels comprising 30 percent and the rest made up of magazines, brochures, calendars and other commercial products. In order to boost interest in reading among Indonesians, which is one of the com-pany’s missions, Nusantara makes use of advanced printing technologies from Manroland. These enable Nusantara to publish books with appealing print effects, like embossing, deboss, lamination, UV coating and varnish. According to Mr. Jamil Kastoyo, the company's main focus is to provide premium services to their customers for quality and on-time delivery. With their specialization in printing school books, Nusantara is directly supporting the Indonesian government’s education program. Typical short run jobs have an average run length of around 5000 sheets.

Mr. Jamil Kastoyo, Nusantara Printing's President Director.

“With the highly automated ROLAND 704 EVOLUTION, we can now triple our output over the same period. Therefore we can increase profit and accept more job orders,” Mr. Jamil Kastoyo explains. Productivity is significantly increased thanks to the IntegrationPilot 2.0 that comes with ROLAND EVOLUTION. In addition, “the demanding requirements of print quality on the reverse can be easily met thanks to OptiPrint jacket technology”, Mr. Jamil Kastoyo says. Nusantara executives have always been "very satisfied with the performance of the ROLAND 700 in terms of register and color stability." The solid color print qual-ity of ROLAND 700 is "unbeatable," Mr. Jamil Kastoyo adds. Nusantara has always been impressed with Manroland Sheetfed's customer sup-port and close partnership through the years. "The team of Manroland Indonesia is very cooperative and knowledgeable," Mr. Jamil Kastoyo says. "They keep me up-dated on the latest printing technology that can increase our efficiency and productivity. Their reliable after-sales service and quick response -- with the help of well-trained engineers -- keeps downtime to a minimum."

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drupa Global Trends Inkjet global survey confirms maj markets and regions Inkjet is being applied successfully in most markets and all regions globally – the more specialist the market, the higher the growth rate. The cost of inks remains an issue, but for those investing in inkjet, service support is the key criteria followed by overall cost considerations. The 5th Global Trends Report, published at the end of April, is well established as a unique annual survey of the state of print in all markets across the world. However by definition it cannot analyse all issues in the depth the drupa team would like. Hence the Spotlight report will take one important topic each year and ask our expert panel to examine it in more detail. This year it is the impact of inkjet printing. Until 2008 for all but the ultra high volume applications, there was a straight choice between offset and digital toner production. However, over the last few years there have been rapid inkjet developments and a lot of the initial challenges around print quality and the range of substrates have been overcome. Inkjet is now viewed as a mature and stable process, capable

of producing high quality images on a range of different substrates. So it was time for a global survey on the impact of inkjet printing. Whilst the 300 participants (203 printers and 99 suppliers) were on balance enthused by the opportunities

for inkjet print, they were far from naïve – understanding its limitations and in many cases still working out how best to exploit its merits. What was striking was that all the detailed results showed virtually no regional variation. Equally, there was in general close alignment in views from printers and suppliers. In terms of applications, printers are finding competitive opportunities for inkjet in all market segments (the full report gives a full breakdown of participation by end market). Equally important is the fact that printers are finding they can apply inkjet in multiple markets, creating the opportunity to enter new markets not in their traditional core sector. Participants reported strong growth in all sectors; but the more specialist the market, the higher is the growth rate.

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It was clear that some formats are better suited to particular markets. So whilst rollfed was the favourite in most markets, B2 sheetfed was also a popular choice in many markets. This despite comparatively modest worldwide sales of B2 inkjets so far, compared to liquid toner B2 presses that arrived on the market around the same time. It is important to put the development of inkjet by suppliers in perspective. 46% of suppliers reported that inkjet represented less than 10% of total turnover as yet. Clearly some specialise in inkjet, while others offer inkjet as one of a range of processes e.g. digital toner or conventional offset/flexo. However virtually all suppliers are investing heavily in the technology with significant research and development funding.

For those printers investing in inkjet, the dominant consideration when choosing a supplier is the level of service support followed by the price of the complete commercial package.

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For many the cost of inks remains the core issue restraining growth. However, where an inkjet application can fit to a specialist market then growth can be impressive. One supplier expressed it well: “Understanding the value stream is key to selling inkjet. The focus has been on applications where good alignment exists, but these are increasing rapidly.” Supplier, Great Britain, Packaging and Commercial sectors


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Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa, Messe Duesseldorf stated in summary, “The key question for anyone considering the purchase of inkjet print technology is that it needs to be the right fit for the desired applications. Marketchanging process improvements can only be achieved when the technology provides the desired running cost, productivity levels, print requirements, size, substrate suitability, and workflow automation tools. New advanced inkjet systems have brought the disruptive capability of inkjet to a new level. Higher quality inkjet for both cutsheet and rollfed has arrived and is bringing digital print to a broader range of applications across all market sectors.” Two complete quotes from survey participants spell out the positive future for inkjet literally: “It's the Future” Supplier, Spain, Packaging “Futuro” Printer, Colombia, Publishing

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New products for Koenig & On the one hand there are short jobs, a raft of different orders and high quality products, and other the other hand the focus is on high-volume print runs – customer demands placed on commercial printers are becoming ever more versatile and challenging. Koenig & Bauer has been successfully tackling both of these developments for years. Stefan Segger, sales director Digital & Web Solutions: “We are in constant communication with our customers. On the one hand we develop new products with our partners, and on the other hand we are proactively

represented on the market with new innovations.” New UV coater for C16 The new UV coater from Koenig & Bauer offers production speeds of up

to 60,000rph, high automation, simple and self-explanatory operation, the stability of a printing unit, automatic cleaning at the push of a button and anilox roller change within a few minutes. Whether for the full-solid finishing of covers or as spot coating for the partial finishing of printed images, the coating unit is already being used very successfully by customers. A compact UV dryer is integrated into the superstructure after the coating unit to enable the widest possible range of paper substrates to be processed. The UV coater processes substrates with a grammage of between 60g/m² - 250g/ m² (38 – 160lbs). Between 2 and 5g/m² of coating is applied depending on the anilox roller. Intelligent copy control in quarterfold Intelligent, patented copy control in the quarterfold makes for a troublefree folding sequence. Production conditions are therefore always consistent irrespective of operator skill. Copies are slowed effectively and with a minimum of abrasion, and aligned in the direction of fold during deceleration. The automatic copy control system is self-adjusting and exceptionally reliable regardless of production speed and copy thickness. As a result folding is consistently accurate, even during changes in press speed. Stefan Segger, sales director KBA-Digital & Web Solutions: “We continue to be very successful in the market and expect investments to be made this year. Our presses are known for their quality. With our know-

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Uflex transforms beverage packaging India’s Uflex Packaging produced a unique packaging solution for a fruit powder concentrate beverage product.

Rasna International wanted an alluring packaging for its fruit powder concentrate product. Uflex delivered with a new spouted profile stand-up pouch with a side handle that carries the fruit powder concentrate product. Rasna International is one of India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of beverages, and has been working with Uflex for over two decades. Mr. Arun Anand, Executive Vice President Marketing at Uflex Packaging said, “Fruit powder concentrate is extremely hygroscopic. The powder has to be immaculately protected from moisture. Rasna wanted something very unique, enunciating strong customer pull at the point-of-sale (POS),” explained Arun Anand, Executive Vice President Marketing at Uflex Packaging. Uflex created what it called a fourtier profiled packaging structure that comprises layers of polyester, aluminium foil, polyester and polyethylene. The foil forms a perfect barrier to water vapour and oxygen, while the the two layers of polyester in the structure gives the pouch that is carrying 750 grams of powder concentrate a sturdiness. This ensures

the side handle does not snap while holding the pack. “In this hourglass shaped profile pack, the handle has been provided with the help of a high precision tool on our sophisticated pouch making machine. This handle is formed inline and is pretty much a part of the overall torso of the pouch, making this packaging quite unique. The importance of aesthetics in FMCG remains paramount; therefore intricate profiling of the pouch has been done by the design engineers at Uflex. Rasna International banked upon our capabilities in making the pouch shape much more enticing for the consumers at the POS,” added Anand. Rasna’s stand-up spouted pouch with side handle and a bottom gusset is an 8-coloured rotogravure printed job with inks manufactured by Uflex’s Chemicals business division. High performance adhesives also manufactured at Uflex Chemicals ensure high bond strength. The rotogravure cylinder has also been manufactured in-house. Uflex has a specialised, high calibre pouch-making machine that is capable of rendering various profile shapes to the packs, ensuring uniform and fool-proof sealintegrity to protect the fruit powder concentrate.

The dispensing spout has been fused with the laminate using extremely high precision equipment under optimized temperature and pressure coordinates to ensure that the fusion is fool-proof. The spout allows for convenience as the consumer is able to pour out just the required quantity of fruit powder concentrate to make the perfect drink. “Millennials who now form the most significant cohort of the global consumer demographics have grown up drinking Rasna as their favourite refreshing drink. Our association with Uflex is over two decades old and we are very glad that the packaging engineers at the company worked closely with our merchandizers to create a unique packaging for our Fruit Powder Concentrate with an eclectic combination of aesthetics and pack functionalities upholding the ethos of Brand Rasna. The new packs look terrific on the retail shelves. We cherish our relationship with Uflex and look forward to exciting times ahead,” said Piruz Khambatta, Chairman and Managing Director, Rasna Private Limited. Expressing delight about the transformational packaging developed by the company for Rasna Fruit Powder Concentrate, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “Packaging is the skin for a brand. Not only this skin represents the characteristics of the product but also resonates with the underlying spirit of the Brand. Being fully integrated flexible packaging materials and Solution Company, my engineers across various verticals in perfect collaboration with each other developed a functionally deft and visually striking packaging solution celebrating the persona of brand Rasna.”

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Electronic Paper Makes Bus Stops Smart The city of Aizuwakamatsu is home to Japan’s first smart bus stop. Developed by E Ink and Papercast, ePaper technology provides the content flexibility of displays paired with the energy consumption of regular paper.

director of Business Development at Papercast Ltd. “We anticipate that this partnership will enable widespread adoption in Japan and other countries as it improves the customer experience and encourages the use of public transportation among residents and out of town visitors.” The Next Smart Bus Stop Might Be Just Around the Corner Soon Our daily commutes are not always going as smoothly as we would like them to. Cancelled subways, delayed trains and over-capacity buses tend to ruin our ways to work or school on the regular. And that is what living and working in a big city is like. Imagine living in a smaller more rural town where the bus doesn’t come six times an hour but maybe twice. Or maybe you are a tourist who does not have mobile data at all. Then you will more often than not have to rely on what the bus stop info point says. Since displays are pretty rare at lowly frequented bus stops, in most cases paper will have to do. Small town bus commuters have a really hard time when it comes to getting information on their buses’ timetables, route data and service changes. Luckily that is exactly where E Ink and Papercast Ltd come into play. Combining E Ink’s eponymous electronic inks and ePapers with Papercast’s solarpowered passenger information display technology, the two enterprises set out to test Japan’s first smart bus stop in the city of Aizuwakamatsu.

Electronic Paper Works like a Display but Saves Energy So what exactly constitutes a smart bus stop? The smart bus stop is basically like any other bus stop with an information window containing paper posters. Except the posters are not made from ordinary paper but from ePaper. Using said technology, Papercast’s data platform enables the local public transport company to remotely change the information on the poster. If to you that sounds exactly like the display situation every other train station has, you are not wrong. But you are not entirely right either. The fascinating thing about ePaper is that it only uses energy when updated, meaning that as long as the information stays the same it does not consume any form of power. On top of that, reading ePaper behaves just like reading conventional paper making it more easily readable in broad daylight. “By utilizing E Ink’s ePaper display solutions, we have developed a platform that is cost-effective, low-power and easy to use,” said Rado Skender,

The smart bus stop technology is a breakthrough for public transportation since most bus stops globally still have no power connection. E Ink Holdings’ executive vice president Dr. FY Gan describes their vision: “As cities become smart, E Ink will continue to play an integral part in the development of smart signage for transportation, retail and architecture. E Ink’s technology allows integrators to leverage alternative power sources, such as solar, saving municipalities the cost of not only ongoing electric fees, but the cost of construction to run new power lines for installations, and the impact to citizens as the construction occurs. Our partnership with Papercast is another perfect example of how we are enabling more convenient and cost-effective innovations that positively impact user experience and the environment.” The smart bus stop shows a prime example of how print and digital technology can work together to achieve something great. We cannot wait until this rolls out everywhere!

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What employers have no right to ask Employers use a job interview as a way to work out how suitable you are for a role and an interview is an ideal opportunity for you to discuss your skills and expertise. But what kind of questions are recruiters and hirers allowed to ask? As Asia matures we will see that interviewers will have to tread very carefully. These examples are from Australia. The purpose of a job interview is to determine whether you are the most appropriate person for a particular role. “The questions you are asked should relate to your ability to perform the inherent requirements of the role,” says Trent Hancock, the Principal Lawyer at employment law firm McDonald Murholme. Tweet me! “Given that a person’s character traits are relevant to their ability to perform many jobs, questions that demonstrate these character traits (e.g. “Provide an example of a time you overcame a problem”) are perfectly permissible. However, questions that seek information beyond what is relevant to the role are not.” “The questions you are asked should relate to your ability to perform the inherent requirements of the role,” says Trent Hancock Questions that employers can’t legally ask Questions that dig for information beyond what is relevant to the role are not acceptable. Examples of questions that legally cannot be asked are:

Are you in a same-sex relationship? How old are you? What’s your ethnic background? What religion are you? Are you pregnant or planning to start a family? Who do you vote for? Do you have a physical or mental disability? A person must not request or require another person to supply information

that could be used by the first person to form the basis of discrimination against the other person,” says Hancock. “For example, a person should not be asked to supply information around their age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality. The reason questions relating to these factors are unlawful is for the simple fact that these factors are not relevant to an employee’s ability to perform a job.”

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An exception to this is in section 108 of the Act and this allows such information to be requested if the information is reasonably required for a non-discriminatory purpose. “For example, if a person was applying for a role at a warehouse that required heavy lifting, it would be lawful for the employer to ask about a physical disability insofar as it affected the interviewee’s ability to perform heavy lifting,” Hancock says. Hancock adds that it is unlawful at the federal level under the Fair Work Act 2009 to discriminate against a prospective employee on the basis of their race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer's responsibilities, pregnancy, religion,

political opinion, national extraction or social origin. What you can do if you are asked a question that you think is illegal Regardless of whether a question is illegal or not, when you’re eager for a role, it’s hard to refuse to answer a question. “If an interviewer steps out of line and asks an unlawful question, politely decline to answer the question on the basis that the answer is not relevant to your ability to perform the role,” Hancock says. “Ideally, this response will cause the interviewer to realise their misstep and withdraw the question.” By sensitively responding to what you think is an unlawful question, it may also encourage the employer to

explain why they think the question is relevant to the role. “If it’s genuine and reasonable, it will render the question lawful,” says Hancock. It is your right to not answer a question on the basis of discrimination, and Hancock says candidates should stand firm if they are being asked unlawful questions. “It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against candidates on the basis of certain attributes, and if they do, the candidate may be able to take legal action against them,” he says. Success in a job interview comes down to how prepared you are, and that includes knowing the ins and outs of what employers are and are not allowed to ask you.

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48 The cord holder for Apple’s smart speaker HomePod, which was launched at the beginning of 2018, is a clear example of the trend to replace plastic with paperboard. Ten years ago plastic would have been the obvious choice – but not today.

Paperboard is replacing plastic to reduce climate impact A number of global companies have replaced or are doing trials to replace the material in their gift cards – from plastic to paperboard. Sweden’s largest cinema chain, SF Bio, has taken the plunge and is now replacing all its cards. “When our card supplier, Megacard, suggested we could make our gift cards from paperboard and thereby drastically reduce their environmental impact, it was self-evident to us to switch,” explains Anna Marcusson, product manager for gift cards at SF Bio. “In plain language, it means we’re phasing out the use of 10 tonnes of PVC a year by phasing out the plastic and replacing it with cards made of Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard,” she continues. Replacing plastic with a non-fossil material is a clear trend, not least in

the packaging industry. Switching from fossil plastic to an alternative material such as paperboard reduces companies’ climate impact. Changing an established infrastructure takes time, though, especially if it means that the packaging must be redesigned, the packing equipment modified or replaced, and the distribution from manufacturer to consumer is affected. The UK food company Iceland has attracted widespread attention with its pledges to eliminate plastic in its packaging within five years. Many people with packaging experience say five years is a fairly short time given the challenges faced by Iceland. In light of these factors, the switchovers by IKEA and SF Bio have occurred very quickly, and there is reason to believe that many more companies will follow their example. “Because the cards’ format is identical, it’s easy to make the switch. Apart from the actual production process for making the cards, very few other components of companies’ existing

equipment need to be modified. So this is a very simple step to take compared with redesigning a plastic packaging solution, where complex and fully automated packing lines must be modified,” explains Johan Granås, Head of Sustainability at Iggesund Paperboard, who was closely involved in developing the solution that IKEA finally chose. Another example of this packaging industry trend is Apple, where packaging developers are focusing on reducing the use of plastic. This is clear from Apple’s Paper and Packaging Strategy, which the company published in October 2017. Among other things, the report details how Apple succeeded in reducing the plastic content of the iPhone 7 packaging by 84 per cent compared with that of the iPhone 6s. Apple’s smart speaker, HomePod, launched at the beginning of 2018, is a clear example of this approach. An incredibly complex paperboard construction with closures holds the speaker cord in place and there is also a setup to secure the plug. “Ten years ago, any manufacturer would have solved this issue with plastic,” Granås says. “But now we’re seeing time and again how companies are investing strongly to create alternative solutions in paperboard – not only Apple but many, many others.” Granås is careful to say that plastic is still an important material in both today’s and tomorrow’s packaging The cord holder for Apple’s smart speaker HomePod, which was launched at the beginning of 2018, is a clear example of the trend to replace plastic with paperboard. Ten years ago plastic would have been the obvious choice – but not today.

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49 market. Traditional paperboard packaging for food often needs a plastic barrier to create a seal that protects against grease, moisture and aromas. Making the packaging’s construction out of paperboard and then creating the barrier with the thinnest possible plastic coating is already a good example of good materials management. “The development of fossil-free plastic materials is happening very quickly and I predict we will soon have bioplastics with less and less fossil content, which will significantly reduce the climate impact of food packaging in particular,” Granås concludes. Baldwin Technology Company is celebrating its 100thanniversary Baldwin Technology Company is celebrating its 100thanniversary this summer by hosting a series of activities and events designed to honor and inspire both its workforce and its customers. Beginning in June, the well-known manufacturer of process-automation equipment and consumables for printing, packaging, converting and other industries will begin its “100 Days Of Unlocking Potential” initiative, highlighting a series of key company values ranging from sustainability to innovation. According to Baldwin CEO Brent Becker, the 100-year milestone provides a natural opportunity to reflect on how the company has grown, evolved and improved over the years. “Baldwin began with one man’s idea in a New York garage 100 years ago – when you look at the size and scope of the company today, it is both impressive and humbling,” Becker said. “The most inspiring aspect of Baldwin’s continued growth and success is the people who have worked, and continue to work, to build this business. As we celebrate Baldwin, we celebrate them.” A key goal of the “100 Days Of Unlocking Potential” celebration is to give Baldwin’s worldwide team an opportunity to share insights

organization that serves a global customer base, and in the last 12 months, we have realized great transformation that will enable us to serve a broader set of markets” Becker noted. “When you look at the breath of the new product development in addition to technology we acquired, you realize that Baldwin’s commitment to offering solutions that provide increased efficiency and sustainability is what has driven, and will continue to drive, our business. about their local cultures, as a way to further develop an appreciation for the diversity that fuels the company’s global operations. With facilities in the United States, England, Germany, India, China, Japan, Sweden, France, Netherlands and Australia, the initiative will also shine a light on the international teams that develop, manufacture and support Baldwin’s key product lines, which include spray dampening and cleaning systems, UV and LED curing technologies, web process controls, consumables like spray powder for offset printing and cleaning rolls for blankets and impression cylinders, and more. Additionally, Baldwin’s “100 Days Of Unlocking Potential” activities aim to help the worldwide team better understand how the company’s products provide financial and environmental benefits to the customers who invest in them, from printers and converters to textile producers and an array of OEMs. “As we celebrate Baldwin’s 100th year we are proud to be a global

Baldwin Technology ideates, engineers, manufactures and provides worldwide technical service and support for key technologies and consumable used by printers to improve their operational efficiency and product quality. It is well-known for its industry-leading spray dampening systems, its LED and UV curing technologies, and a host of other equipment and consumables for printing, converting and other industries. TOYO Ink moves into Myanmar Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd., announced plans to make a full-fledged foray into the Myanmar market with the establishment of a production base in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Yangon. The company plans to set up in July 2018 a wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary, Toyo Ink Myanmar Co., Ltd., with an initial paid-in capital of US$6.5 million. The new factory is scheduled to break ground in November 2018 with commercial operation expected to begin in November 2019.

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50 In line with its strategic focus on strengthening its market competitiveness and boosting business development in the region, the Toyo Ink Group had been eyeing expansion in Myanmar while supplying the nation with exports via neighboring countries. In recent years, the government's aggressive policies to attract foreign funding, such as infrastructure enhancements and the relaxation of import restrictions, have substantially strengthened Myanmar's investment climate, making it an attractive investment destination. “Myanmar presents a huge potential for the Toyo Ink Group,” said Katsumi Kitagawa, Group CEO of Toyo Ink Group. “As the first major ink manufacturer to set up a production foothold in Myanmar, we look forward to establishing an early leadership position in markets where we can play to our strengths like food packaging and commercial printing. By bringing our manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge technology and support functions to the local market, we aim to make a positive impact on regional development and on enhancing the quality of life of the Myanmar people.” Initially, the new subsidiary will be engaged in the production of liquid inks for packaging, adhesives for films, and offset inks for the commercial printing market. While monitoring market and regulatory trends, the company plans to expand production capacity and product offerings in Myanmar. The Toyo Ink Group has expanded its business to a wide array of global markets like panel displays, electronics, food packaging and medical adhesives, all of which rely on its core materials of inks, polymers and colorants. Through its business activities, the Group is committed to achieving its collective vision of a more vibrant world where all living beings and the environment can coexist in harmony. drupa touchpoint packaging: the intent is not to predict the packaging future but to enable it drupa today announced the partners who will contribute to the touchpoint

packaging 2020 steering committee. After a successful premiere at drupa 2016, touchpoint packaging will once again be the place to be for converters and brand owners involved within the packaging industry. The representatives cover the full spectrum of packaging: Agfa, BOBST, Danone, ESKO, Heidelberg, HP Indigo, Kurz, Nestlé and Siegwerk. All members of the drupa touchpoint packaging 2020 project, printing and converting industry manufacturers and international brand owners will closely work with packaging designers and students bringing to life the latest possibilities in packaging. The objective of the committee is to understand how the mega trends shaping our society will influence the packaging production. From new substrates, customisation, reduced environmental impact, connected packaging and more, the drupa visitors will discover amazing solutions. The intent is not to focus on what is already being done but to showcase inspiring new cases addressing brands challenges and pointing out meaningful directions where packaging can go. All members are engaged with this topic and they all want to contribute to a better world with a better packaging production. BOBST as a packaging pioneer and innovator is “proud to partner with drupa, giving printers, converters and brand owners the chance to experience the future of packaging in a very engaging way across all types of applications from

design to printing and finishing.” HP Indigo added, “innovative printing technologies have the power to use packaging to inform customers, convey new ideas and support causes. It’s changing the relationship between a brand and its customers”. According to Esko, “the packaging production process today is connected, digitized and automated and touchpoint packaging is a platform to demonstrate how packaging solutions support and connect the entire supply chain effectively”. Agfa developing innovative, smart packaging printing solutions commented that “touchpoint packaging will enable brand owners to increase efficiency and security, as well as grow their business with better conceived packaging”. Heidelberg, as a major industry player joined the committee with the intent “to show the vision of the future, along with new challenges in the market”. Siegwerk, as global leader of inks for packaging applications commented that the collaboration among all the members in the project will “address promising trends and visions of future packaging that meet future requirements of packaging in a fast-changing world”. Last, Kurz, an expert for decorative and functional coatings, has always regarded packaging design as “a connecting element and decorative and functional surface finishes as a sensory contact between the product and the consumers, between technology and aesthetics; between manufacturing and








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52 marketing; between protection and decoration; reflecting the true product’s soul”. In a nutshell, drupa touchpoint packaging 2020 will display the latest solutions and applications and show how future packaging and design will deliver additional value, stimuli and growth opportunities in a fast-changing world. International brand owners are going to play a major role. Nestlé commented, “touchpoint packaging is a unique opportunity to showcase solutions addressing the needs of our consumers and societal impact of packaging in an ever-changing environment”. Danone added, “the steering committee in a team of interdisciplinary experts of the brand and packaging business can contribute to creating the future of packaging.” Packaging is the largest printing market and is growing. Brands invest heavily in new designs and customer experiences. Packages are the brands preferred customer touchpoint. The global population enrichment and growth, the new customer living styles and expectations for more relevant packages, the growing requirements for reduced environmental impacts and the digitalization of all kinds are all forces driving and shaping the packaging evolution. The drupa touchpoint packaging experience will be a drupa 2020 must see with guided tours, short lectures and samples to collect. For more information, please visit www.drupa. com/tpp-en. Advanced-, Basic-Partnerships and speaking opportunities are still available. If you want to join the team, please contact Mr. Kim Dröge, Senior Project Manager, droegek@messeduesseldorf.de or +49 211 4560524. Flint Group installed nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System in China With a focus on innovation, Flint Group Flexographic installed its first nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System in China. At the end of April 2018, the first unit of nyloflex®

Xpress Thermal Processor was successfully installed at KECAI (Beijing) Technology Co. Ltd., China. The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor incorporates the speed of thermal plate making with incredible plate and print quality and offers a smart design with an enhanced user interface. The distinctive characteristics of the processor provides unprecedented control and allows for more consistent and stable plate production encompassing “Thermal like you’ve never seen before.” KECAI is a newly established trade shop, who provides high-level processed flexo plates for advanced packaging printing, not limited to printing applications of labels, flexible packaging, folding carton and paper cups. Mr. Guan Heng, the Director of KECAI, has been looking for solutions, which shall deliver not only high quality printing but also which are sustainable. The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System is very convincing with its focus on innovations such as: • An intelligent configuration of the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor that allows few components which leads to less maintenance, less downtime and lower operating costs • Specially developed nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates in combination with the unique heating system that ensures high plate and print quality • Engineered fabric of the nyloflex® Developer Rolls is designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly “The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System fits perfectly our needs in terms of advanced quality and

sustainability. Quality is the competition advantage, which is necessary to win business and to satisfy customers. While in China, particularly in Beijing, the increasing more strict environmental protection requirements need an environmental-friendly solution. I have the great honor to be the first operator of this state-of-the-art technology in China”, says Mr. Guan Heng. Magenta Zheng, General Manager of FGFP China adds: “The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System doesn’t scarify any quality and advantages from the solvent process system. It will overturn the Chinese conclusion that thermal processed plates cannot match the printing performance derived from solvent processed ones. It will become one of the main plate processing applications soon.” Fuji Xerox Unveils Open Innovation Hub "Future Edge" to Transform Communication Businesses Utilizing Printing Technologies Aiming to come to the forefront of its efforts to pioneer a future of communication business from a global perspective, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. announces that it has today unveiled a hub for open innovation in Ebina city,

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54 experiences. In addition, open innovation events will be held here to find business seeds leading to technological innovations by recruiting participants from the outside to brainstorm ideas.

Kanagawa, Japan. The Company will work together with its customers on transforming communications utilizing printing technologies. Located in the Ebina Center, this facility, dubbed Future Edge, will also devote to demonstrate enhancing productivity of print operations and the fruits of work-style reforms. Future Edge will serve as the hub in cooperating with other Fuji Xerox facilities inside and outside Japan as in the hub-and-spoke structure.

Fujifilm Group. The facility will also further accelerate collaboration with partners and innovators both in Japan and abroad, to continue introducing cutting-edge systems and expertise. By locating inside the Ebina Center, a base for Fuji Xerox’s technology development, the facility allows not only sales personnel and systems engineers, but also development engineers, manufacturing personnel and Fuji Xerox’s partners to work directly with customers to address challenges and verifications.

Upholding its new value proposition strategy Smart Work Innovation, Fuji Xerox provides three values: Liberate from Restraints, Open Professional Expertise, and Transform to Creative Work-style. Future Edge is a place that embodies these values in the field of print communication, instead of being just a showroom displaying devices and related software.

To create more added value upon the print value chain, Fuji Xerox believes that under the concept of Smile Curve (illustrated on the right), it is important to connect all processes seamlessly, from upstream creative and printing processes to downstream tail-end and delivery processes.

With advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and robotic process automation (RPA), Future Edge will also aim to demonstrate how these technologies can contribute to enhancing the productivity of print operations and reforming workstyles by enabling people to grasp the state of print jobs remotely and automating workflows that have so far required human labor.

Future Edge comprises the Smile Garden—a place to offer experience with, and verify, communication-related ideas and systems—, and the Smart Factory—a place to clarify various needs for digital printing deriving from such ideas and systems and demonstrate seamless processing and delivery.

With approximately 7,000 square meters of space, this facility has the entire lineup of Fuji Xerox production printers, related software / services, as well as FUJIFILM Corporation’s inkjet digital press Jet Press 720S and print workflow system FUJIFILM WORKFLOW XMF under one roof, to maximize the business synergy of the

Main components of Future Edge

[Smile Garden] The Smile Garden is a place to consider ways of communication in a community of diverse people and explore desirable business models together with customers. With constantly upgraded systems useful for establishing better communications based on a wide variety of applications and cloud services, this section aims to develop hypotheses about new business models together with customers by holding workshops featuring hands-on

[Smart Factory] The Smart Factory offers experience with, and demonstrates, productivity reforms in a future printing factory. Productivity can be enhanced by visualizing the entire print workflow with the latest technologies, utilizing various digital presses and post-print processing systems installed here. Digital contents created at the Smile Garden are sent to the Smart Factory—which represents the production process on the Smile Curve—to produce and process printed matters per various uses. The Smart Factory aims to build a system for delivering completed products to people who need them on time to the right place in the right form. To that end, Fuji Xerox and Fujifilm collaborate to provide an integrated printing workflow consisting of digital and offset printing for seamless workflow straight from upstream to downstream processes. The increasingly diversifying preferences and values of people due to changes in the social environment and globalization require more diverse communication means. To make agile and flexible digital printing prove its usefulness in a more definitive manner, it is necessary to create a system that reflects the diversity of values by adapting to advanced multi-item, small-lot production. Future Edge will engage in communication business transformation in the entire print value chain, from upstream processes in which communication contents are produced via production processes, to downstream processes in which contents are delivered on time to the right place in the right form. As a pioneer in the field of graphic communications, Fuji Xerox together with Fujifilm, customers and partners will endeavor to open up the future of multifaceted communication, and will contribute to the promotion of better mutual understanding in a digital society and the enhancement of customers’ business competitiveness.



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