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Profile Label (M) Sdn Bhd................................06 Enigo (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd................................12 Domes Printing Sdn Bhd.................................20 Red Point Signcraft............................................21

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SE Asia’s 1st AccurioJet KM-1.........................22 LabelExpo SE Asia..............................................28 Ricoh to unveil DTG printers..........................44

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From the editor’s desk Dear Friends from the Printing Industry: Greetings | Selamat Pagi On the 23rd May, 2018 Malaysia Print Awards 2020 was officially launched in Kuala Lumpur. This is the 5th Edition and the grandest to date. Inaugurated in 2010, the awards serve as the benchmark for the print industry and boast a successful journey with every successive edition. Another key event in region just concluded with resounding success. What makes it even special is it being the launch edition. The first Labelexpo Southeast Asia – the biggest label and package printing event in the region – has exceeded all expectations, with 7,934 attendees from 62 countries flocking to BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand for the three day show from 10-12 May. Over 4,100sqm exhibition area hosted solutions from 174 principal global manufacturers and suppliers. A two-day expert-led conference program ran alongside the main exhibition. Exhibitor rebookings for the next edition in 2020 already stand at 42 percent – the highest following a Labelexpo event launch to date. Besides the key highlights of the event, we share with our readers details about the latest HP Indigo technology along with the vast application and business avenues it opens for its users, based on an interview with Yoav Lotan - Labels Business Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP Indigo. Profile Label is a quality label and packaging producer of Malaysia. The company has achieved success through quality solutions enabled by latest technology. Apart from adding digital capabilities to their existing offset business, they have streamlined their entire printing production process. Read more about the printer in the inside pages which have more such interesting success stories from the region’s innovative businesses, like: Enigo (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a perfect model of successful Digital espousal in Malaysia’s printing industry. Today being a force to reckon with in the Online Print business with the agency model, they call their decision to add digital capability (their first digital machine being a Konica Minolta press) to their offset business as ‘intelligent’. Domes Printing Sdn Bhd is a printing company which enjoys more than 20 years’ experience in the printing industry. Domes specializes in printing silver foil, high security packaging boxes and other printing goods such as flyers, calendar, paper bag and corporate folder. Besides, it provides premium solutions protecting the brand images from being copied in packaging.

Industrial Print is a quarterly magazine published by Industrial Publishing Media Sdn Bhd (1250474-A), No.42-2 Jalan 6/38D, Taman Sri Sinar,Segambut,51200 Kuala Lumpur.Malaysia Tel : 03-6277 5108 eMail : Director Belle Yam Editor-in-Chief Jacob George Editor Jasvinder Singh Advertising and Sales Adelle Wong Graphic Designer/Prepress Anil Kumar Networking/Hardware Consultant Sukhdeep Singh

Then, there is Red Point Signcraft Sdn Bhd – a one-stop solution provider offering a host of services from design, fabrication to installation and much more to Malaysian customers.

USA Corerspondent Yadhu Morphine

PPGI is a guiding force for Indonesian Offset Print Industry. Mr. Ahmad Mughira Nurhani, President of PPGI, shares with our readers the organisation’s role in development of print business in Indonesia.

European Correspondent Monique Van Der Sman

In 3D Printing, HP together with Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform unveiled a new production-grade 3D printing center in China. This is HP’s largest deployment of production-grade 3D printing in Asia Pacific and Japan. In UV Printing, Ricoh Malaysia will soon be unveiling a few new Direct To Garment printers. The new DTG printers will be discovering an incredibly short route from design to print. In Textile Printing, Mutoh premièred a new addition to its growing range of UV LED wide format print solutions, the ValueJet 1638UR (VJ-1638UR) at Fespa 2018 in Berlin. The new solution is an addition to Mutoh’s existing ValueJet 1638UH hybrid UV LED printer which was recognised as the ‘best flatbed/hybrid printer up to 20 sqm/h’ by the European Digital Press Association (EDP). Don’t miss the eighth edition of Print Technology themed Industrial Print to be held in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (from 2-5 August 2018). Along with these highlights, find the latest happenings from across the region as well as around the world of printing and related industries.

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Profile Label: Label & Packaging mirror the product Profile Label is a quality label and packaging producer of Malaysia. The company has achieved success through quality solutions enabled by latest technology. Profile Label (M) Sdn Bhd was incorporated in 1998 with an objective to be among the top productive and cost effective Printing, Labeling & Packaging (PLP) manufacturer in Malaysia. Earlier, most of their printing jobs were simple jobs using common material, like single and four colours printing on glossy paper. Being a committed producer of printed products, it remained highly innovative and constantly adopted new technology. Profile Label is located in Senai, Johor Bahru. There are three key people managing the show at Profile – Mr. Dino Yeo is in-charge of Operation & Research and Mr. Jimmy Chiah & Ms. Min are incharge of Business Development. They lead a team of dedicated professional sales & marketing people who are trained to provide PLP Solutions that meet the most stringent customer requirements. The team of Profile Label keeps itself abreast with the latest by exploring the latest publications and trade exhibitions.

Digital was uniquely used to test customer response and market demand of new releases and launches for clients. The choice of Digital vs. Offset was usually made based on order size.

Key Notes : > Adding digital capabilities to existing offset business. > Streamlining the entire printing production process. > The digital arsenal includes Pro C7100 (5 station colour printer) and Pro 8100 cut sheet black and white printer.


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With Printing, Labeling & Packaging being a major part of their products and solutions, their special forte is guiding and advising customers on specific product applications. Maintaining a high level of quality and efficiency, today their core business has evolved to add printing of 4 to 6 colours while producing labels & metalize film on label with &

without adhesive, special effect finishing, boxes and paper related products for consumer packaging, instruction labeling and product identification for various industries that include F&B, cosmetics, household, skin care, toiletries, pharmaceutical, chemical, electronics & electrical products.

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The Profile Label facility has a factory area spanning 28000 sq.ft. Production is done on state-of-the-art machines and equipment with latest technology. They have been regularly adding capacity and new technology to the infrastructure. In the last few years too they have added new High Density printing machine, CTP machine and QC machine etc. to their capacity. “In order to have more accurate colour reading in numbers, we are defining the colour through densitometer and not just through naked eyes. Such as control ink density, Delta E and Pressure to maintain quality. Quality print job, short lead time and wide range of labelling solutions are the special qualities of Profile Label that put them above competition. Dino Yeo considers their R&D in premium packaging idea as well as proposing marketing idea to customers as their chief strong point contributing to their growth all these years. With continuous efficient customer service and innovation they have a prestigious clientele that includes names like Energizer, Gatsby and Power Root etc. just to name a few. Dino Yeo is pretty optimistic about the future of Malaysian printing industry. With the turnover of 220K m2 presently, the company targets to achieve 250K m2 this year. “We are pretty optimistic about the printing industry’s future. Apart from high density printing to deliver premium image, security printing & brands protection to prevent counterfeit products will be the key drivers in the coming times,” he says. “The other key drivers will be premium & quality products demands & educating customers on the importance of labelling & packaging,” adds Jimmy Chiah. Customers are also educated through marketing activities like free gifts, product samples, exhibitions etc.

rapport with its clients. Dino Yeo perceives their ERP system as a pivotal system in their organisation. “The system optimises order process and reduces time as well as costs. Accurate and timely access to reliable information further saves time and reduces material and labour costs. Fast response to customer is a way of sales increasing!” he declares. Another technology that helped them produce products of superior quality and at the same time ensure timely deliveries is their CtP machine. The prepress at Profile Label, with their latest CtP device is producing quality plates and which in turn have effect

on final products which are of flawless quality and to the full satisfaction of customers. Apart from the Malaysian market, Profile Label is catering to customers from Singapore and Indonesia as well. Deliveries are managed through own transport & consortium. A CSR software enables accurate record & fast & traceability at Profile. “A packaging is an outfit for your product that represents the quality of the product inside & image of the company. Label and Packaging mirror the product,” concludes Dino Yeo.

In the ever changing printing demands, Profile Label looks forward to Cold Foil with printing on packaging boxes as their future focus area. “This application has very promising prospects as the results are outstanding effects on an otherwise flat image. Additionally, it makes a package eye catching and transforms it into a premium packaging. Technology plays a vital role in Profile Label’s

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Carina Shia is new sales manager for SE Asia for KBA KBA-Asia Pacific expands sales team for flexo presses.

The Koenig & Bauer Group is expanding its sales capacities further to meet increasing demand for flexo technology. Carina Shia has been appointed new sales manager for Southeast Asia. Together with the local KBA-Asia Pacific service team, she will support KBA-Flexotecnica with developing their market share in this region. Carina Shia has worked in the print industry for around 20 years and has collected a wealth of experience in pre-press gravure printing while working for a renowned gravure cylinder manufacturer. Carina Shia has already sold a second flexo press to Malaysia within a short period of time, no doubt thanks to her extensive know-how. Andreas Friedrich, managing director KBA Asia-Pacific: “With Carina’s many years of experience in flexible packaging, her enthusiasm for print finishing and her strong network in this region, I am certain that she will help us attain our ambitious goals in Asia.”

Together with the local KBA-Asia Pacific service team, Carina will be supporting KBA-Flexotecnica in developing their market share in this region.

Tomypak Flexible Packaging Sdn Bhd opts for an EVO XD Tomypak Flexible Packaging Sdn Bhd was founded in 1979 and is now one of Malaysia’s leading converters for flexible packaging. The company was first listed on the Malaysia Stock Exchange in 1996. Over 400 employees specialise in the production and

Carina Shia is the new sales manager for Southeast Asia

converting of flexible packaging for a raft of prominent customers. The company solely operated gravure presses until now. Following an extensive selection process, largely managed by Carina Shia, the company opted for an EVO XD and has subsequently expanded its product portfolio in flexo print. The press is scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.

Key Notes : > Growth market flexo print. > Further EVO XD for Malaysia goes to Tomypak Flexible Packaging Sdn Bhd. > Service and sales network expanded.


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New production site and location for the new EVO XD: Tomypak Flexible Packaging Sdn Bhd in Se-nai, Malaysia

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The rise of flexo printing Flexo printing has a global growth rate of four to five per cent, and it is even higher in some regions. Improved print quality, based on mature pre-press and press technology, plays a key role. “We have a cutting-edge and extensive portfolio especially for our customers active in the growing packaging market. Together with our partners in the industry and our product range, I am certain that I will be able to win over many customers with this technology,” says Carina Shia. Moreover, it is a key advantage that flexo

printing inks contain a lot less solvents than gravure especially seeing as environmental protection is slowly gathering speed in many regions. This is an important factor not just for the environment, but also for the press operators. Koenig & Bauer is the world’s second-largest printing press manufacturer with a broad product range in the industry. For 200 years, the company has been supporting printers with innovative technology, tailor-made processes and a wide array of services. The

portfolio ranges from banknotes, via board, film, metal and glass packaging, through to book, display, coding, magazine, advertising and newspaper printing. Sheetfed and webfed offset and flexo printing, waterless offset, intaglio, simultaneous perfecting and screen printing or digital inkjet – Koenig & Bauer is at home in virtually all printing processes and is the market leader in many of them. In the financial year 2017, the approximately 5,500 highly qualified employees worldwide generated annual sales of more than EUR 1.2 billion.

VINSAK debut at Label Expo SE Asia Debuting at the Label Expo SE Asia in Bangkok in May, VINSAK presented its total Printing & Finishing solutions to the show visitors.

The Label Expo Series set its footprint in South East Asian market by organizing the first Label Expo at Bangkok from 10th to 12th May 2018 at BITEC, Bangkok. The event brought new opportunities for Printers, Converters & Packaging companies in South East Asian countries to explore latest label technologies, new machine launches, innovative ideas, trends etc. Global packaging solutions provider VINSAK displayed Label Printing & Finishing solutions with a range of brand protection solutions. There was a showcase of a live demo of VINSAK USAR (Universal Slitter & Rewinder) and VINSAK Roll Lifter at Stand E15. Both of these products are well appreciated by Printing & Packaging companies and garnered a good response in Asia & MENA countries because of their modularity and

performance. Some of the important features of these products are:

lifter series can carry roll up to weight of 400 Kg’s from one place to another with ease.

VINSAK USAR is equipped with high-speed slitter & rewinder. It can be upgraded to add features including a die-cutting system, Inkjet system for variable data personalization & 100% camera Inspection system. The USAR Series is famous for its modularity. It is configured for variable data personalization on WADS and a smaller version USAR Lite is made for people requiring only VDP services.

Visitors also saw samples of VINSAK Security software used for designing creative & unique design for Labels to add various anti-counterfeiting features such as anti-copy, hidden image etc.

VINSAK Roll Lifter series is designed to reduce the material loss & eliminate occupational injuries to the machine operators while providing an economical product to the Converting Industry. The roll

Apart from Live Demos of machines, visitors checked various samples & collected information about Lombardi Flexo Presses, Lead Laser’s Direct Laser Engraving solutions & pre-press consumables. Visitors gained from business meets and live demos of VINSAK products at Label Expo SE Asia.

Malay Mail forms single digital first identity Malay Mail Online has merged with the Malay Mail daily print newspaper to form a single digital first identity – Malay Mail. Malay Mail launched its new website on 21 April. The new website features improved user experience, better access to news and stories and faster loading time among other highlights. Malay Mail, under its new digital media strategy, has launched this website as first of its many initiatives. With this the company aims to grow audience and strengthen presence among digital media advertisers. According to online digital market intelligence platform, Similar Web, Malay Mail has recorded over 2.5 million

unique visitors and over 6 million visits for the month of March 2018. Datuk Wong Sai Wan is the editor-in-chief of Malay Mail Sdn Bhd. He believes that the new look and features of Malay Mail ( will improve their reader’s experience.

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Uteco Group and Kodak expansion - expand label and flexible packaging possibilities with the Sapphire Evo digital printing press and environmentally-friendly aqueous inks.

Uteco Group, in partnership with Kodak, has announced the commercial availability of the Sapphire EVO digital press. Allowing packaging service providers and converters a digital offering without compromising on productivity or economics, the press addresses a full range of low and highvolume applications that produce up to 20 million square meters per year.

The combination of Uteco and Kodak’s technologies not only delivers a competitive option for digital short-run printing, but also competes in medium-long print runs.

Key Notes : > Digital Press utilizes KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology to offer new opportunities. > Opportunities for brands and packaging service providers in the highvolume production market. > New avenues open with environmentally friendly water-based inks.


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Aldo Peretti, CEO of the Uteco Group, comments: “Our customers have been asking for a digital production solution that meets their customer demand for more versions, which is driving shorter run lengths, as well as an economic long-run digital solution. Uteco’s rich experience in flexo and gravure printing, film handling, coating and drying, coupled with Kodak’s inkjet expertise, now allows us to deliver a device that combines the capabilities of flexo with digital.” Stefano Russo, COO of the Uteco Group, adds: “As the demand for mass versioning and customization of packaging grows globally, hybrid flexo, gravure and digital printing is becoming a very important part of packaging providers’ offerings. The combination of Uteco and Kodak’s technologies not only delivers a competitive option for digital short-run printing, but also competes in medium-long print runs. This makes the Sapphire EVO an ideal investment for both label and packaging print service providers.” The Sapphire EVO brings digital printing to the production floor with capabilities of printing over 9,000 linear meters per hour, with compelling economics. Utilising KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, it delivers excellent print quality on a variety of packaging films and papers. The Sapphire EVO uses media up to 650 mm in width and prints at up to 622mm and offers CMYK printing as well as options for in-line priming and varnishing. Using environmentally friendly water-based inks to print on a variety of flexible substrates, including BOPP, PET and paper, Kodak’s inks and pre-coating

fluids used with the Sapphire EVO complies with regulatory requirements for indirect food contact in the EU and the US, as well as brand specific requirements and the EuPIA exclusion list. Randy Vandagriff, President and Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak, adds: “Kodak’s 50-year heritage has delivered the quality, capabilities and cost effectiveness that the commercial print and publishing industry have enjoyed with our PROSPER Press systems. We are excited to take it further with economical water based inks on flexible films at production speeds. It is great to be working with a partner like Uteco to combine their exceptional expertise with ours to deliver a high-end digital production device that offers new opportunities for the flexible packaging industry”. Sold worldwide, the Uteco Group will begin installation of the first unit in June 2018 at an Italian flexible packaging producer for the industrial and fashion industries. Uteco Group manufactures and supplies equipment in the field of flexible packaging that consist of flexographic, rotogravure, coating and laminating and high-tech machines with special configurations. Established in 1985, Uteco Converting SpA has grown to become the largest Italian manufacturer of flexographic presses. Innovation has always been a key-point at Uteco Group, not only in the design and creation of leading-edge equipment, but also with the ability to tailor machines to the specific needs of converters in any corner of the world.

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Meccanotecnica installs maiden asterTOP in Algeria The recent investment in Meccanotechnica asterTOP is the first installation of this model both in Algeria and in the North of Africa. Enterprise Nationale Des Artes Graphiques (ENAG), located in Wilaya d’Alger, is the biggest printer and bookbinder government company in Algeria, with about 500 employees. The company is specialized in the production of novels, school books and religious books, being one of the 7 printers authorized by the State to produce the Koran. It has recently invested in Meccanotechnica asterTOP, the first installation of this model both in Algeria and in the North of Africa. “asterTOP was the ideal solution for our production requirements. We were looking for a machine able to meet our needs in term of format and performance,” confirmed Mr. Hamladji, sales director of ENAG. “We also decided to invest in Meccanotecnica’s product because of the efficient after sales service and the good reputation of the aster brand.” asterTOP has shattered any speed record with 18.000 cycles/hour and it is the ideal solution when output is a must. Meccanotecnica Group is one of the leading manufacturers of automatic book sewing

machines and lines both from offset and digital printing. Offering a wide range of book sewing machines – from the entry level asterEL to the fast asterTOP; from the cutting-edge gathering and sewing lines like Uniplex and Multiplex, to the new solutions for digital print finishing like Universe Sewing Sheet-fed and Web-fed. Today Meccanotecnica counts numerous installations around the world: single units that meet every need, as well as

sophisticated automatic gathering and sewing lines. It presents today’s printers and bookbinders, expanding solutions with a portfolio that covers the whole book production process, with INLINE, modular and multifunctional book finishing line and TRIMMING, fully automatic three-knife trimmer.

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That Is The Way To Go Digital! Enigo (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a perfect model of successful Digital espousal in Malaysia’s printing industry.

Digital invasion has worried almost every printer especially Offset printers. They have been sceptical about stiff competition from this tremendous and highly capable modern technology. They have been worried about their present businesses, continued demand for their products, their infrastructure, customers and much more. Mr. B S Gan – Director, Enigo (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd – took a small initiative by installing his first Konica Minolta Digital machine in 2011. They had been into the printing business since 1977, when they started as an Offset Printing unit with a two colour Heidelberg machine. Visiting cards, brochures and catalogues were their main specialised products.

“Offset along with Digital is the core of our business. There is nothing better for a printer than to embrace both (Offset and Digital), as that indeed is the future of Printing.” B.S Gan, Director, Enigo.

Key Notes : > Installed first digital machine – a Konica Minolta press in 2011. > Intelligent decision to add Digital capability to their Offset business. > Today is a force to reckon with in the Online Print business with the agency model.


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About 38 years later today, Enigo is considered to be a force to reckon with in the Online Print business with the agency model. Enigo has agents recruited all over Malaysia and now in Singapore as well, where they collect (or make) the designs and upload it to the company’s website along with the requisite payment. “The interesting part of the Online business is its working on advance payment. Before we start processing the job, the payment’s already credited,” quips Gan. “Professionally speaking,” he adds, “it makes our as well as our agents’ payments secured and pricing and credits remain in the hands of the printer rather than the client.”

Adding Digital to the Offset business It indeed was an intelligent decision when he added Digital capability to his Offset business. “There is nothing better for a printer than to embrace both (Offset and Digital), as that indeed is the future of Printing,” declares Gan. “Offset along with Digital is the core of our business,” says Gan who has meticulously got his management software designed as per their specific needs. “The entire software on which my business rests is designed by us,” he says. The platform so developed by Gan and his team allows the agent to upload the high resolution files for printing. The payment gateway provided can be used to transfer the money. “The software we have designed and are using is absolutely user friendly platform. With minor considerations like distance and transportation, the solution can be used by businesses anywhere in the world,” claims Gan. Gan has advanced his business through designers, agents and especially through word of mouth. They have been regular at local and other exhibitions. This too has helped them in their expansion. “Over the years the word of mouth has become the best source of advertisement for us. Other promotional activities

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include advertisement in various media. We consider coverage in trade magazines as one of the best advertisements for our business,” adds Gan. Enigo’s customers include direct agents, designers, advertising firms and those who wish to have this as a career and have knowledge of designing and printing. “We, in fact, never have direct customer at all and all our business is only through our esteemed agents,” reveals Gan. Being a one-stop-shop for their customers’ needs make it easier for them too to retain customers. They have majority of customers as repeat customers who too are satisfied with the quality and service by Enigo and one-stop convenience is another plus for them. “A hassle free environment is what we provide to our customers and commitment on delivery times is what makes us unique,” avows Gan. Choosing a particular printing process is not a big issue at Enigo. Once an agent sends

them the design, based on the quantities ordered for, they decide which process – Offset or Digital – to use. “Shorter runs, obviously go into the Digital Printing kitty, while the long runs take the pride of place with the Offset,” explains Gan.

proof which makes it easier to match the colours right. They have tie-up with reputed courier services to deliver the finished products impeccable and fast. Usually, the ‘next day delivery’ schedules are maintained within the country.

Enigo has a wide range of ready-made templates which are extremely user friendly and are used by their agents and customers alike for designing purposes. “Our annual turnover is about 10 million ringgits as of now and we expect a good boost with more and more people going Online and placing orders increasingly as per convenience,” identifies Gan.

Gan thinks competition in printing is very tough. Survival of traditional business is chiefly dependent upon pricing, support from suppliers and an all-inclusive product portfolio going to the extent of even hard cover binding services in-house. He, however, has found his niche in his Online Printing business. He is extremely pleased by the payment options, systems based approach and risk free model. The USP of Enigo is meeting commitments. “We leave no chance of missing our commitment and that is the key to our being a class apart from the average,” he emphasises. Gan has invested over 30 million in the business over the years. Today he finds that the business has returned him, above all, the satisfaction of being a successful printer.

The company today has everything inhouse including layouting, planning, film making, plate making, printing, die cutting, embellishment additions like UV and Foiling etc. for the convenience of the customers. With a staff strength of about 70 personnel in the press, Enigo is adequately equipped to ward off any possibility of delays in job execution. Normally, they follow the CMYK

MPS adds Interworld Cre as Philippines representative A second new agent appointment since the opening of the local MPS Systems Asia office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. and has built strong partnerships with many reputable printers,” said George Tan, MPS Area Sales Manager. “With a population of over 106 million people, and one of the fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is a key territory for MPS. With Interworld Cre on board, we are in an ideal position to locally service and support label and packaging printers and increase MPS presence in this exciting region.”

MPS has made another move in its strategy to expand local presence in Asia with the appointment of a second new agent. Interworld Cre is now locally representing MPS flexo, offset, and hybrid press solutions for label and packaging printers in the Philippines, following the recent appointment of Chimeng Packaging as the local MPS agent in Taiwan. “With many years’ experience selling flexo auxiliary equipment in the narrow and wideweb industry, Interwork Cre is well connected

Established in 2007, Interworld Cre is one of the leading suppliers in Philippines’ graphic art industry and is known for its high quality service and a strong technical support team. In addition to MPS, Interworld Cre represents several industry suppliers with a product portfolio including sheet-fed die cutters, anilox rolls, diecutting consumables, pressroom chemicals, steel rule dies, and finishing systems. MPS will provide extensive and in-depth training to Interworld Cre service engineers at its headquarters in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

Other recent developments in Asia since the opening of the local MPS office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia include the appointment of Julius Urbano as Regional Service Engineer and Suwannee Tantisrisuk Area Sales Manager for Thailand and Southeast Asia. MPS is actively supporting local industry events and conferences with Tim Klappe, Managing Director of MPS Asia Pacific. MPS is a globally renowned high-quality brand of flexo and offset press solutions for label and flexible packaging printers.

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Smurfit Kappa and EFI partnership - to transform corrugated production with ultra-high-speed Nozomi Platform

Corrugated packaging company, Smurfit Kappa Group is partnering with Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) to establish a robust digital corrugated packaging production offering with the installation of an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press.

The Nozomi press offers the critical capabilities Smurfit Kappa can use to give its customers short-run, medium-run and complex versioned jobs that are too costly to produce using analog post-print flexo or litho lam processes.

Key Notes : > Installation of an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press. > Smurfit Kappa to establish leaner processes to deliver ready-to-sell high quality print packaging. > This Nozomi C18000 would be the fourth digital printer operating at Smurfit Kappa Spain, Portugal and Morocco.


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As a result of this partnership, Smurfit Kappa will establish leaner and more-effective processes to deliver ready-to-sell high quality print packaging that will provide its customers maximum brand benefit in the retail store. “This digital printing partnership with EFI reflects Smurfit Kappa’s serious commitment to providing the best packaging solutions available,” said Ignacio Sevillano, CEO Smurfit Kappa Spain, Portugal and Morocco. “Our ability to achieve highquality print production in larger volumes with the Nozomi press will mean our customers can establish better supply chain strategies and be more creative by producing multiple designs – all of which can help our customers sell more products and reduce their time to market, while employing a leaner, more sustainable packaging program.” The new press is being installed at one of Smurfit Kappa’s plants in Iberia – a facility that currently manufactures a wide range of boxes and trays, including ready-to-sell packaging requiring higherquality, full-colour imaging. The Nozomi press, with its high-end grayscale imaging capabilities and fast running speeds up to 246 linear feet (75 linear meters) per minute, offers the critical capabilities Smurfit Kappa can use to give its customers short-

run, medium-run and complex versioned jobs that are too costly to produce using analog post-print flexo or litho lam processes. This Nozomi C18000 would be the fourth digital printer operating at Smurfit Kappa Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

A digital press to meet the corrugated industry’s biggest challenges The Smurfit Kappa plant installing the Nozomi press currently does six-colour analog printing on single-channel B, C, E and double-channel B/C and C/E board. The new 71-inch (1.8 meter) wide Nozomi press prints in six colours plus white and can run same grades of single-and double-channel board the company already uses at full press-rated speeds. Output from the press is unique in having certification for OCC recyclability and repulpability from the Western Michigan University Recycling, Paper and Coating Pilot Plant – a leading certification organization for corrugated recycling. Furthermore, the Nozomi press’s speedy production comes with an ultra-fast content workflow – an EFI Fiery NZ-1000 high-performance digital front end (DFE) that provides efficient, accurate job processing to get jobs on press quickly. And with this combination of advanced digital press and DFE technology, Smurfit Kappa customers can implement more-dynamic marketing strategies in their corrugated packaging using variable-data, multiSKU and targeted versioning production – a great opportunity for international clients to consolidate their digital printing needs.

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Setting an example in single-pass productivity “Smurfit Kappa is already one of the top innovators in packaging; with the Nozomi press, the company can set a strong example on how the corrugated industry can benefit from industrial inkjet printing,” said José Luis Ramón Moreno, vice president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing.

“Several Smurfit Kappa plants around the globe use EFI’s corrugated production workflow software products, and we are very excited to extend our longstanding partnership with this global packaging leader by providing the distinct advantages our oneof-a-kind, ultra-high-speed single-pass LED production platform.”

dots per inch. The press also includes a fully integrated, programmable top- and bottom-feed system that also handles media separation, lift, transport and alignment at full press speeds. A 100% in-line image quality inspection system on the press actively compensates for inkjet nozzle, alignment and uniformity errors for superior imaging quality.

Smurfit Kappa’s new press eliminates many of the challenges associated with digital corrugated board production, offering fast production speeds up to 10,000 35x35inch (89x89-centimeter) boards per hour two-up. The press offers accurate brand colour reproduction with six-colour imaging plus white, in resolutions up to 360x720

Smurfit Kappa’s new ultra-high-speed inkjet press is part of a complete ecosystem for corrugated production available from EFI, with leading edge inks, Fiery DFE technology and an EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system workflow.

Jet Technologies new demo centre launch in Jakarta - live demo of OMET iFlex and Jet Technologies’ full range of products at the Jakarta flexo printing demonstration centre. Jet Technologies is a specialist distributor of products to the print & industries. With an experience of over 50 years in the industry, it has a proud history of European and Australian industries. Jet Technologies remains a family owned Australian company, employing highly skilled staff who service a broad spectrum of needs with printing, packaging and industrial solutions. With offices and warehousing in multiple locations they operate throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. The company has opened its new demonstration in Jakarta. The new Jakarta demonstration centre by Jet Technologies showcases its full range of products for the flexo industry, including the OMET iFlex. The OMET iFlex is available for private demonstrations, where OMET’s newest press and its ability to effectively change print jobs in a matter of minutes is showcased. Jet Technologies runs a variety of live print jobs at the demonstration centre for the clients to see the full scope of the press’s capabilities. Jet Technologies had been long getting demands from its customers within Indonesia and Southeast Asia who were keen to see the iFlex in action. This substantial customer interest is answered by the opening of the new demonstration centre in Jakarta.

“Late last year, Jet Technologies hosted a Labels & Packaging seminar in both Jakarta and Surabaya, with over 300 visitors attending,” said Jack Malki, Director, Jet Technologies. “The launch of a demonstration centre in Jakarta is all part of Jet’s investment into the Indonesian market place, with a view to provide leading-edge

solutions to clients and push the boundaries via education and demonstrations.” Jet Technologies is a unique system supplier, offering a complete flexo supply solution. At the new demonstration centre Jet operates the OMET iFlex using its Pulse Puretone ink system, Asahi water-wash plate, Kocher+Beck tooling and other related products. The new demonstration centre is located at Lippo Cikarang, Bekasi, Jakarta, Indonesia and was opened on May 21, 2018 for a limited time. Interested people can book their private demonstration as well.

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Share A Coke: HP reinvents relations with Coca-Cola HP Indigo Digital Printing capabilities for personalization behind the initiative celebrating relationships with Coca-Cola’s ‘Share a Coke’ campaign. With the aim to provide unique experiences and enhance personal engagement with consumers, HP Inc. has collaborated with Coca-Cola to bring the famous ‘Share a Coke’ campaign to India. The initiative aims to give people the opportunity to celebrate relationships that have evolved over the years and reignite them by creating a moment of happiness that comes from sharing a Coke. “Share a coke” campaign is being technologically supported by HP Indigo digital printing. In line with the initiative’s principal idea ‘Har Rishta Bola, Mere Naam Ki Coca-Cola,’ Coke cans and bottles are now available with 20 special relationships printed on them, including Bae, Bro, Dude, BFF, Dad,

“The changing tastes of consumers in packaging of goods has the potential to chip away market share of brands as customers value packaging with a personalized touch which adds to the overall emotional quotient of the customer.” - A. Appadurai, HP Indigo

Key Notes : > With the initiative’s principal idea ‘Har Rishta Bola, Mere Naam Ki Coca-Cola.’ > Coke cans and bottles are now available with 20 special relationships printed on them. > A total of 11 crore labels to be printed using HP Indigo 20000 digital press installed at Huhtamaki, Mumbai.


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Mom, Daughter, etc. Labels have been created in 12 languages, which are English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, Oriya, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi and Marathi. Each relationship is accompanied by an exciting descriptor, such as Grandad (Old School. Yet Cool), Grandma (Scolds me. Spoils me), Daddy (My teacher. My friend), Mom (Above the rest. Simply the best) Son (My devil. My angel), Sis (Supermodel. Super role model), Bro (Troublemaker. Merrymaker), Boss (Pushes me. Promotes me) and nicknames including BFF (Laughs with me. Cries with me), Bae (Bugs me. Hugs me). A total of 11 crore labels will be printed digitally using HP Indigo 20000 digital press on PET bottles through the machine installed at Huhtamaki, an HP customer based in Mumbai.

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The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press thrives in the most demanding converting environments to deliver the highest quality for the world’s leading brands. You can deliver high performance applications with immediate time to market. HP Indigo 20000 is best in class digital press for doing these kinds of print jobs with lot of new innovations.

Ajay Bathija, Director-Colas, Coca-Cola India & South-West Asia said, “We are delighted to partner with HP for the Indian spin of our ‘Share A Coke’ campaign, that takes a refreshing new look at relationships. This campaign aims to encourage Indian consumers to celebrate relationships that have evolved over the years and reignite them by creating a moment of happiness that comes from sharing a Coke”. Commenting on the campaign from HP, A. Appadurai, Country Manager, HP Indigo Graphics Solutions Business, India said, “The campaign comes at a time when brands are increasingly focusing on targeted marketing campaigns to engage with customers on a personal level and this has resulted in the rise of customization and personalization. The changing tastes of consumers in packaging of goods has the potential to chip away market share of brands as customers value packaging with a personalized touch which adds to the overall emotional quotient of the customer. As a pioneer in changing the digital printing landscape, HP is progressively focusing on offering innovative solutions for them.”

The HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press is a market-proven, 762 mm mid-web solution with an image format, speed and imposition capability that make it a highly productive and cost effective digital labels and flexible packaging solution. Amar Chhajed, president – labelling business at Huhtamaki PPL said, “It is an advantage to have a sound customer with us as we made this significant investment. Brining India’s first HP Indigo 20000 should be seen as Huhtamaki’s stepping stone into digital printing. And this investment into digital comes with a much bigger commitment and confidence.” Explaining the complexities on the ‘Share A Coke’ label printing job, Chhajed said, “The variable data printing for the job comprised of 32 relationships, 12 different languages, and five descriptors to each relationship, which summed up to 3,000 artworks getting printed simultaneously.” Coca-Cola in India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies, offering a range of healthy, safe, high quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its beverage products - Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Thums Up Charged,

Fanta, Fanta Green Mango, Limca, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Maaza, VIO flavoured milk ‘Almond Delight’ and ‘Kesar Delight’, Minute Maid range of juices, FUZE tea, Georgia and Georgia gold range of hot and cold tea and coffee options, Aquarius, Schweppes, SmartWater, Kinley and Bonaqua packaged drinking water and Kinley Club Soda. The Company along with its owned bottling operation and other bottling partners, through a strong network of over 2.6 million retail outlets, touches the lives of millions of consumers, at a rate of more than 500 servings per second. Its brands are some of the most preferred and most sold beverages in the country – Thums Up and Sprite – being the top two selling sparkling beverages. The Coca-Cola India system provides direct employment to 25,000 people and indirect employment to more than 150,000 people. The Coca-Cola system in India is contributing in its own small way to building sustainable communities through community initiatives like Support My School, VEER, Parivartan and Unnati and by reducing its own environmental footprint.

“As brands continue to look for ways to connect with their audiences, we are seeing a growing trend of mass personalized packaging, including desktop label printing campaigns in stores. The HP Indigo 20000 opens a realm of possibilities for flexible packaging converters, by enabling them to efficiently and profitably cope with changing market demands for shorter runs, more varied SKUs, and customized campaigns. HP Indigo is the only digital colour printing process that matches gravure quality and is safe for primary food packaging,” said Michael Boyle, Vice President - Graphics Solutions Business – Asia Pacific and Japan, HP.

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Heidelberg and DOCUFY: Setting a joint course for success Heidelberg paves the way for new digital business models with DOCUFY.

DOCUFY GmbH has been a Heidelberg Group Company for roughly one year. On the journey toward becoming a digital, agile company Heidelberg relies on the software and concepts for intelligent handling of information from its new subsidiary DOCUFY. This is because the digital exchange of information between machine engineers and users at every stage of the production process is creating new opportunities for optimization in the age of Industry 4.0.

DOCUFY Layouter is a ready-to-go cloud solution to easily create, store and customize your own output layouts. The web interface is intuitive and easy to use. Output layouts can be loaded directly into COSIMA or TopicPilot.

With the service-as-a-service concept, Heidelberg, together with the DOCUFY solutions, is now creating ideal conditions for new digital business models. Heidelberg aims to automate and digitize service processes, whose solutions will also be offered to Heidelberg’s industrial customers. For Maintenance 4.0, Heidelberg is combining existing service solutions with DOCUFY’s services to offer innovative processes and tools, such as electronic maintenance tables, through which Heidelberg and Heidelberg’s industrial customers can achieve significant increases in efficiency and customer value in service. As part of its digital transformation, Heidelberg acquired DOCUFY GmbH in Bamberg one year ago. Heidelberg has used the software solutions

developed by DOCUFY (including COSIMA and TopicPilot) and the concept of the Information Space to supplement the portfolio of its Heidelberg Digital Platforms division. In doing so, it has simultaneously created suitable conditions for smart service concepts, which are becoming increasingly important within this context. Together with DOCUFY, Heidelberg has already developed new solutions to optimize its service business by combining and developing the existing products in this way. The implementation of Maintenance 4.0 is one of their first successful collaborations.

COSIMA and TopicPilot by DOCUFY create basis for Maintenance 4.0 In order to successfully implement digitalization strategies, tools are required to translate theory into practice. The joint portfolio already contains suitable tools for implementing Maintenance 4.0 and organizing services. For example, COSIMA, DOCUFY’s component content management system, can be used to track the maintenance steps for various machines and link them to descriptions of the way that maintenance is carried out. In turn, the mobile publication platform TopicPilot by DOCUFY transmits all of this information to the

Key Notes : > Heidelberg relies on the software and concepts for intelligent handling of information from the new subsidiary DOCUFY. > Digital exchange of information at every stage of the production process. > New opportunities being created for optimization in the age of Industry 4.0.


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TopicPilot by DOCUFY is an out-of-the-box solution you can use to easily publish all company-wide information on mobile devices, on the intranet, and on the web.

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service technician’s smartphone or tablet. What is special about this is that specific maintenance lists can be displayed there for each machine and maintenance interval. The integrated log function allows the user to tick off maintenance steps that have already been carried out, to add images and comments to them, and to save them centrally in the system. Heidelberg’s platform solution View2Connect then even presents maintenance tasks in a 3D model. Heidelberg is already using COSIMA in a charging technology pilot project for electric vehicles, among other things. Linking COSIMA with View2Connect allows the user to simultaneously generate an interactive 3D catalogue of replacement parts and service instructions in 2D or 3D for the first time.

Integration is being felt both inside and outside “Within the shortest period of time, we have successfully integrated DOCUFY into Heidelberg and our growth strategy. Thanks to the committed team at DOCUFY, ‘Heidelberg goes Digital’ works in both directions – internally, we have been able to accelerate the expansion of our digital business models using data-based service concepts. For our industrial customers, we are consistently using our service-as-aservice vision to develop our portfolio into a

new service concept,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Management Board member and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg.

Service as a service Industry 4.0 is bringing the issue of process optimization to the fore. With their service-asa-service concept, DOCUFY and Heidelberg Digital Platforms are helping providers and machine and system operators to digitalize and automate their service processes – with suitable processes and tools on one open platform.

DOCUFY The wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberg, DOCUFY is a software manufacturer for multi-level documentation systems and is the first provider of Multi-Level Documentation. Besides its software products, DOCUFY also offers consulting and development services and professional support. The ISO 9001:2015 certified company is based in Bamberg and employs around 100 people. The software specialist also markets its multilingual software worldwide via a network of partners. COSIMA go! is a fully developed, ready-to-go Component Content Management System for the documentation process that can be adapted to meet specific customer needs at any time – whether for mechanical or plant engineering, measurement or control

technology, or software. COSIMA enterprise is the proven Component Content Management System that you can flexibly expand and adapt to accommodate specific needs. Customer-specific information models can be configured with ease, and importing master data and existing data structures is simple. DOCUFY Layouter is a ready-to-go cloud solution to easily create, store and customize your own output layouts. The web interface is intuitive and easy to use. Output layouts can be loaded directly into COSIMA or TopicPilot. DOCUFY Machine Safety is specialist software that can be used by companies to comprehensively comply with EC Machinery Directive specifications with maximum efficiency. It simplifies, accelerates, and improves the process of creating risk assessment for CE marking in line with legal requirements. TopicPilot is an out-of-the-box solution users can use to easily publish all companywide information on mobile devices, on the intranet, and on the web. You can start working with TopicPilot right away using existing data files. The powerful full-text search is another essential component of the application.

W&H and CEFLEX to jointly promote circular economy as a common goal The initiative looks at the entire life cycle of flexible packaging from production, consumption and collection to waste management and secondary raw materials. Recently German machine builder Windmöller & Hölscher has joined CEFLEX, the European initiative that aims to improve the contribution of flexible packaging to the circular economy. The aim is to find better system design solutions by 2025 through cooperation between the many players along the entire value chain. CEFLEX is a collaboration project carried out

by European companies that represent the entire flexible packaging value chain. The initiative looks at the entire life cycle of flexible packaging from production, consumption and collection to waste management and secondary raw materials. An important goal is to develop guidelines for flexible packaging that are recognised throughout Europe by 2020. Other working groups deal with new technologies, infrastructure and business models as well as end markets for recycled material. Transforming flexible packaging into a closed material system will represent a major challenge for the flexible packaging industry in the future, explains W&H CEO Dr. Jürgen Vutz. “CEFLEX is an important step towards

combining expertise in this area and working together to find circular economy solutions for flexible packaging. As the world market leader for machines for manufacturing flexible packaging, we can make an important contribution to the technological advancement, in particular,” states Vutz when explaining the involvement of W&H in the collaborative initiative. In addition to Windmöller & Hölscher, more than 70 other companies and organizations are involved in the CEFLEX project – these range from raw material suppliers to packaging processers and brand owners. These stakeholders all hold important positions in the flexible packaging value chain.

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Domes Printing: Protecting Your Brands Domes Printing Sdn Bhd provides premium solutions protecting brand image from being copied in packaging. Domes Printing Sdn Bhd is a printing company which enjoys more than 20 years’ experience in the printing industry. Starting from business relationship to now a business partner, Domes Printing specializes in printing silver foil, high security packaging boxes and other printing goods such as flyers, calendar, paper bag and corporate folder. Initially, the business owned by Mr Paul and Mr Nick was started with a Komori and 15 employees at a factory located in Jalan SR3/6, Taman Serdang Raya Seri Kembangan. The directors who were from colour separation and printing fields decided to team up to provide premium services providing protection from brand image copying in packaging. “Being in the industry for 20 years we strongly believe that packaging is on the growing point,” states Nick. “We invested on a used Komori Printing Machine, lamination machine and other supporting machines to start the business,” he adds. With a pleasant working culture, Domes works with a long list of old employees. Employees have been associated with the company for many years and the business has grown due to this healthy environment.

Their main clients are Advertising and agencies. They cater to high-end and ondemand promotional products for customers that require high quality products and customized designs for their packaging especially with brand protection as a key element.

Products benefit from Branding “Branding plays the biggest role on products; with quality packaging it will enhance and feature the product,” says Paul. “Spend a little more for security and quality packaging to ensure that no damage is done to the brand and image. It will also reduce the chances of design being copied by others,” he adds. With fast changing printing demands due to technologies like digital etc., Domes is rightly focused on packaging, which Nick believes will keep on growing in times to come. “We are prepared to invest in technology in near future to ensure our business keep on track,” avers Nick. He perceives that technology adoption is the need of the changing times. “Technology plays an important role in our business; it clearly keeps us ahead of competition, helps us in streamlining our processes and improves production efficiency and profitability. Unlike the old days, we keep pace with changing technologies,” he says.

Domes Printing follows a standard operation process which helps the company meet deadlines and deliver swift solutions to its clients. “This is usually done by keeping track throughout the process – from the first to the last stage,” says Paul.

Price vs. Quality Malaysian market is more about the price war. Domes Printing provides quality and premium services such as high quality silver foil and customised design to change customer point of view in packaging service. Nick believes that the advice given to client is the most important part of the company to ensure no brand damage. “Quality brand deserve quality packaging!” he states. He has already drafted a growth plan for next two years. Apart from business expansion, he is looking forward to increase man power too. With specialisation in silver foil and high security packaging boxes among a long list of solutions, Domes caters to its clients’ demands as per requirement. Most processes are carried out in-house and for those combinations that they can’t, they outsource. What is of utmost importance at Domes is that the quality is never compromised. This is the reason they don’t believe in price wars. “Price keeps moving with quality of products,” says Nick. “Price war is a market killer, biggest challenge is our own. We determine our own value. We should educate the clients on what product we are giving rather than being controlled by competitive compulsions like cheap price wars,” he concludes.


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Red Point Signcraft Sdn Bhd A one-stop solution provider offering a host of services from design, fabrication to installation and much more to Malaysian customers. Red Point Signcraft Sdn Bhd got established in the year 1983 by Yh Lau, Hs Lau and Ms Lau. With their core business areas being signages, display counter, interior consultation and road show setting up services for major home appliances brands in Malaysia, the affairs at Red Point are managed by an able staff of 10 management people heading individual departments. With 103 fulltime employee with 44 in production 45 in design / account / quantity surveyor 14 in carpentry, the ISO certified company houses a state-of-the-art facility with most modern equipment for – Router, Laser Cut, Soven Printing, Flatbed Printing, Bending for Wording and Bending for Aluminium etc.

The staff is well trained to handle a versatile portfolio of products and solutions. The company keeps the personnel updated on latest skills by imparting at least 20 hours annual training for each staff. They are among the top quality producers in this field with top appliance brands as their clients, which include names like LG, Sony, Hessen and Hitachi to name just a few. “We offer our clients a one-stop solution from design, fabrication to installation and cater to the needs ranging from those of corporations to retails,” says Tony Ho.

Red Point’s production schedule is almost 12 hours a day. Dedicated towards commitments, they follow a systematic management system to deliver their services to customers. “Technology saves our production and management a lot of time in terms of fabrication to management of our process,” says Tony Ho. They create designs for different industries and management is impeccable at Red Point. They have SOP set for each department and thus ensure a flawless delivery of their services on time to clients, though Tony acknowledges the problem of manpower shortage in the industry which he finds similar to global manpower problem. Interestingly, Red Point has a unique way of ensuring quality in their services and products. The process starts at procurement stage of material. “We have an evaluation process for all our suppliers either local or overseas. We ensure beforehand that none of the raw material supplies bring any defects on our finished good,” stresses Tony Ho. Red Point has its core mission to develop forefront leadership in every department of activity. The company’s team makes the best out of every growth opportunity especially on the creative and product quality. Though Tony Ho considers the shortage of manpower as the key challenge in their business, yet he is planning to soon automate processes by advanced solutions. Already each department at Red Point has its own SOP. Also, there is a CRM system that manages all the database and day to day jobs.

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SE Asia’s 1st AccurioJet KM-1 installed in Chennai Dina Color Labs installs the state-of-the-art inkjet press by Konica Minolta – it’s first in Southeast Asia. The recent installation by Konica Minolta India at Dina Color Labs in Chennai marks a significant transformation in the country’s print and printing industry. Konica Minolta Business Solutions has completed the firstever India installation of its state-of-the-art inkjet press, AccurioJet KM-1, which is also the first AccurioJet KM-1 installation in the entire Southeast Asia region. The cutting-edge AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution comes with a B2+ sheet-fed inkjet press, and is equipped with Konica Minolta’s patented UV inkjet technology. It can print a staggering 3,000 sheets per hour in simplex mode and 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode, while also eliminating the need to use special digital stocks or expensive coatings. It can handle oversized


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B2 sheets of up to 585x750mm, with piezo shear technology fitted in pairs to offer true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. AccurioJet KM-1 efficiently caters to latest production demands and can easily handle quality jobs on a wide range of substrates, enabling unprecedented image production quality and capability to print on a host of media. It is consistent in terms of paper feeding, registration, image quality, and repeatability through excellent front-to-back registration accuracy, enabled by a gripperto-gripper offset technology. Its proprietary KM controller for the servers also enables excellent ripping quality at par with the machine’s rated speed. AccurioJet KM-1 provides a unique UV inkjet

technology. It is also a solution for the print on demand for UV applications. Konica Minolta has also provided its Web to Print solution to Dina Colour lab to be available to its customers 24x7 and have an additional communication channel. Its unique value proposition allows AccurioJet KM-1 to cater to the specific requirements of multiple commercial print and packaging applications. With it also eradicating the requirement of pre/post printing processes to substantially reduce turnaround times and operational expenditures for printing business, this innovative solution has already garnered significant appreciation across the globe.

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APP marks 5th Anniversary of its FCP Asia Pulp & Paper celebrates 5 years of its landmark sustainability commitment – the Forest Conservation Policy. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) recently marked the 5th anniversary of its landmark sustainability commitment, the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). Under the policy, which was developed with the assistance of NGOs and other partners, APP committed itself to achieving deforestation-free supply chain, and to advance towards becoming a more sustainable business. At an event for stakeholders, APP reviewed the progress it has made since 2013, identified challenges, and restated commitments to areas of continuing effort. The FCP comprises four commitments; to protect natural forests, to better manage peatlands, to partner with local communities, and to implement a sustainable supply chain. Since the FCP was established in February 2013, APP has made substantial progress on many of these commitments, such as: • Ending natural forest conversion by its pulpwood suppliers, and transitioning to sourcing 100% plantation fibre for its production. • Ensuring its supply chain continues to be free from deforestation, robust systems have been implemented and compliances are third-party verified. • 0.01% of area impacted by Forest Fires in 2017 out of the total gross area • 0.1% natural forest loss rate in APP’s

suppliers protected areas by third-party deforestation (Mar 2017 – Jan 2018) 46% of social conflicts has been resolved

APP has also engaged local communities, working collaboratively to improve livelihoods and to transfer knowledge to the villagers on modern, more sustainable, farming techniques. As a result of these programmes, the incidence of third-party deforestation, as well as forest and land fires have been significantly reduced in 2017. “APP today is a very different company since it embarked upon its Forest Conservation Policy journey five years ago. The progress we have made would not have been possible without the support of our technical partners, customers, the Government of Indonesia, and also the NGOs who have both criticised us and encouraged us in equal measure,” said Goh Lin Piao, Managing Director, APP, “While we are proud of what we have achieved together in this time, we also recognise that there is still more work to be done in areas such as land disputes, illegal encroachment, and perhaps most importantly, the issue of rural poverty.” In the five years since implementing the FCP, APP has invested about USD300 million

in forest monitoring systems, landscape restoration, fire prevention and peatland research and community engagement, among others. The company also invested in identifying areas of High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock, and detailed maps of peatlands, in and around its supplier concessions. This information has been vital in helping APP identify critical landscapes that need to be preserved and protected. Commenting on the FCP progress, APP’s Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Elim Sritaba, said: “Working alongside our partners like The Forest Trust and Deltares, APP has been able to increase its conservation area to over 20% of its supplier’s concession areas, protecting a total of more than 600,000 ha of valuable natural forest. We were also able to identify and retire 7,000 ha of plantation on peatland in order to start better protecting vulnerable forest and peat.” “The Forest Conservation Policy is an ambitious undertaking, but we are making progress. And as we accomplish some of our objectives under the FCP, we are already looking forward and expect to announce a new set of sustainability goals in our Vision 2030 roadmap,” she added. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), part of Sinar Mas, is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP delivers quality products that meet the global demand for tissue, packaging and paper, with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. On any given day, APP’s products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms from all over the world.

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PPGI: A guiding force for Indonesian Offset Print Industry Mr. Ahmad Mughira Nurhani, President of PPGI, shares the organisation’s role in development of print business in Indonesia. Persatuan Perusahaan Grafika Indonesia or Indonesia Print Media Association (PPGI) represents the Offset printers’ fraternity in Indonessia. The members are chiefly those engaged in all kind of publications printed on paper – be it books, magazines or other kind of Offset printed products. The association works along with the country’s government, especially with the ministry of Industry. It represents printers’ problems and acts as a link between government and industry by educating members about government regulations and address current industry concerns. “PPGI aims to develop harmony between all the printers; promotes healthy competition in the industry; and ensures government regulations serve the best interests of the members and industry,” says Mr. Ahmad Mughira Nurhani, President, PPGI. The members of PPGI are printer companies with license and machinery for Offset Printing. The members join the association by applying at one of the Regional Offices of PPGI and paying membership fee. “The members benefit by always getting the first information regarding government policies concerning Printing industry. They also get assistance and guidance in important matters regarding current regulations,” informs Nurhani. As global Print Industry is getting competitive with the Digital Printing challenge, the market for Offset printing especially in books and magazines is declining. “Every country has different challenge and all have one common problem, which is the declining market for Offset printing for books and magazines. The different challenges range from paper supplies up to distributions chain,” says Nurhani. With the increasing demand for packaging, many printers are converting their business into packaging printing. Most industries need packaging for their products. Nurhani believes printers today see new opportunities in packaging. However, PPGI doesn’t have packaging printers under its fold.


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PPGI is the only organisation for Offset printing recognised by the Government of Indonesia. On one hand the association enjoys an advantageous position to provide industry inputs to the government, while on the other, the association with government helps PPGI to represent the country’s industry globally. “In Global environment, as the member of Asia Print and as well as ASEAN Printer Association, we are able to communicate and participate in several printing events and exhibitions overseas,” adds Nurhani. Many key industry events are supported by the association in the country and outside. In Indonesia it supports ptkrista media in 3 kinds of show events: World Digital Printing Expo, Surabaya Printing Expo and All Print in Jakarta. In overseas, it supports Drupa, IGAS, and all exhibitions held by ASIAN Print Member. “Our Organisation is open to all business opportunities, since in Indonesia there are no Printing and Bindery Equipment Manufacturers. We are aware for all new technology in printing and present interests of the Indonesian market,” says Nurhani.

Most of the printers in Indonesia are small and medium size companies – those employing anything from 10 to 80 workers. There are just about 60 companies that employ more than 100 workers. In the present global environment, an industry organization’s first job is to secure the interest of its members in development and growth of the local industry, says Nurhani. He believes that alliance among various associations especially internationally can go a long way in pushing the interest of the members globally. “It can be especially beneficial in order to create understanding about new markets abroad and helping members sell their products and solutions in a wider market,” he concludes.

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Tilia Labs debuts at Dscoop - Presents multi-platform dynamic imposition across print and finishing applications Tilia Labs, developer of planning, imposition, and automation software solutions for the graphic arts industries, attending its first Dscoop event, Unleashing Print Vienna 2018 presented solutions for packaging, labels, commercial print and wide format on Booth 76 at the Messe Wien. Tilia highlighted recent developments and strategic integrations that extend the range and usability of its highspeed imposition solutions. “As a young company with an impressive portfolio of successful installations and strong technology partnerships, we feel the time is right for us to make our mark in this community,” says Sagen de Jonge, CEO of Tilia Labs. “Dscoop is all about being ahead of the trends and helping shape the industry we serve, and we have a lot to offer the industry in that respect. We were looking forward to meeting and sharing ideas and opportunities with fellow innovators and trendsetters in Austria.” tilia Phoenix, Tilia Labs’ flagship solution, draws on new developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in automating planning and imposition for all types of devices and print applications using advanced nesting, die cutting, guillotine optimization, and planning algorithms. The system factors in parameters, such as job specifications (quantity, dimensions, colours, substrates), presses/print devices, postpress requirements, and delivery considerations, to deliver optimal layout options.

to a different press and the necessary adjustments are automatically made to the imposition plan,” commented Diego Diaz, Solutions Architect for Workflow and Print Systems with the Bernard Group, earlier this year. “Phoenix is genuinely cross-platform. It does what it does really, really well for large format and small format, on HP Indigo, Fuji J-Press, Vutek, and on all our presses and finishing equipment.” In addition to Phoenix, Tilia Labs also highlighted tilia Griffin at Dscoop, its solution specifically for wide format production. Drawing on the powerful Imposition AI nesting engine, this offers true shape nesting with any rotation, dynamically calculating the most cost-effective way to produce jobs and

minimize substrate waste and associated costs. Tilia Griffin was recently developed by Tilia Labs into a fully self-contained app specifically for the Enfocus Switch platform. The Griffin Pro App was built with two modes, basic and advanced, providing users with a quick and easy way to get started while offering the ability to scale up as more capabilities are required. This innovation was recently recognized by the European Digital Press Association (EDPA) and awarded with an EDP 2018 award for workflow technology on May 16th. The Griffin Pro App is available exclusively via the Enfocus Appstore and can be trialed for free before committing to a purchase.

Currently integrated into MIS and workflow systems from Enfocus, Cerm and Aleyant, providing “Plug and Play” functionality, tilia Phoenix enables users to search across millions of combinations in minutes and dynamically, to find the most cost-effective, imposed layouts. Changes made to artwork files outside of Phoenix are automatically detected and updated. In the same way, unanticipated changes in production capacity are also easily accommodated, according to The Bernard Group of Minnesota, USA: “If we have to take a press offline for any reason, we just spring the job ticket over

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IPEX decides to close IPEX, the international print technology and equipment event, to close after consultation with print technology industry. “The changing market conditions and appetite for a large-scale event which focuses on Print in Action continues to be challenging,” says Rob Fisher, Event Director for IPEX, the international print technology and equipment event, which has recently decided to close.

and to have supported a brand that has such a long history. We enjoyed organising and delivering IPEX 2017 and received positive feedback from exhibitors, many of whom recorded excellent levels of interest and sales at the event,” continues Fisher who adds that the event is to close after a period of consultation with the industry.

“Through IPEX, we’re proud to have played a role in an important and diverse industry,

“Having engaged with a range of exhibitors and partners to evaluate the options for IPEX, we have concluded that the requirements of the industry no longer match our own in terms of the cycle, scale and what is required to help us further support and fully invest in the brand. We’d like to wish our partners, exhibitors, and everyone we’ve worked with on IPEX every success as the industry continues to evolve,” concludes Fisher.

Digital Print Finishing by I-MAX Ace Com Business System Sdn Bhd better known as I-MAX brand is one of the leading names in Digital Print Finishing Equipment supplier industry across Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam & Singapore.

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I-MAX today is a brand which needs no introduction to the Malaysian print industry. In fact iMax provides their post-press machines to buyers of leading digital brands like Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, HP, Fuji Xerox, etc and carry a very trusted supplier status in the industry. The company is specialized in wide range of Finishing Equipments & Materials: • Binding System (Perfect Bind/ Wire-O/ Spiral/ Comb/ Stitch/ Staple)

Bubbles Free Lamination System (Thermal & Cold - Roll/ Wide Format/ Desktop) PRINT FINISHING MADE SIMPLE Paper Guillotine System (Hydraulic/ somehow thinner than last time, but this in no Electric/Manual) meansclass lesser business,” says machines Mr. Simon for you Creasing System (With Perforating/ACE COMway : World iMax finishing Chin, present at the company stall. Slitting/ Scoring/ Kiss-Cutting) R

Business Name Card Cutter, Booklet “Though the crowd is somehow thinner than last time, but this in It has been quality visitors, than quantity and Maker, Squareback Maker no way means lesser business” beamed Mr. Simon Chin. that’s what each exhibitor looks forward to • Photobook System, Hot Stamping such shows.than According to him, System, Cutting Plotters, Corner It has beenduring quality visitors, quantity and the thats what each exhibitor looks forward to during shows. According to him, Malaysian customers aresuch always looking Rounder the Malaysian always looking a good for customers a good dealare and so they wait tillfor last day deal and so • Digital Foil Printer, 3D, Laser, Sleeking they wait tilltolast buy the on display. At Ace Com buyday the to products onproducts display. Ace Com Films they get their products designed in Malaysia and get it gets its products designed in Malaysia and manufactured from the other parts of the World making it an manufactured from the other parts of the We met Mr. Simon Chin at a recent exhibition. excellent product at a much better prce range. world to provide its customers excellent The company presented its range of at a much better priceno range. solutions at the event. “Though the crowd is iMax todayproducts is a brand which needs introduction to the

Malaysian print industry. In fact iMax provides their post-press machines to buyers of leading digital brandsmlike Canon, Ricoh, Fuji Xerox, etc and carry a very trusted supplier status in the industry.

High quality Mailing, Print Finishing & Office solutions by NEOSYS mailing, after printing and finishing solutions to all customers across the industries.

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Today, Neosys Malaysia is recognized as the leading supplier of technologically advanced digital franking machines, mail inserters, incoming mail openers, address printers, pressure sealers, business shredders, paper guillotines and trimmers, auto card cutters and creasers, paper folders and wide range of document finishing equipment. Multichannel sales and service distribution concept have enabled our products and support to reach and serve any offices in need nationwide comprehensively.

With a strong commitment in advance solutions selling and unparalleled customer service standards, it helped NEOSYS become one of the fastest growing companies in the industry. Due to its great success, NEOSYS has expanded its business to South East Asia Region by having direct offices in major cities such as Malaysia, Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh. NEOSYS is reputable in representing world renowned brands. Insisting on supplying high quality standard and proven reliability products to customers is the key reason of their success.

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Landa Digital Printing opens next chapter in company history Successful completion of $300 million financing round provided by SKion, the private investment company of German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten, and Altana. the technological potential of Landa Digital Printing. Together we can spark the market demand for digital printing solutions,” said Susanne Klatten. “To be part of this new chapter in the history of printing also means a significant entrepreneurial move for me.”

Landa Digital Printing has announced the completion of a $300 million equity financing, led by private investment firm SKion GmbH and joined by specialty chemicals group Altana, an already-existing shareholder. Both SKion and Altana are wholly-owned by German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten.

Benny Landa, Founder and Chairman of Landa Digital Printing, stated: “We are delighted with our longstanding relationship with Altana and are extremely pleased to broaden that partnership to include SKion, with whom we have a shared vision. This substantial financing is one of the foundations we are laying for accelerated growth, now that we have started shipping our Nanographic Printing® Presses to customers around the world.”

Altana CEO Martin Babilas added: “We are excited about our partnership with Landa Digital Printing that started in 2014 when Nanography was still in its early days. Since then we have supported Landa Digital Printing in finding new, innovative material science solutions for digital printing, and we are looking forward to doing so also in the future.” The investment is in addition to the over $400 million previously invested by Benny Landa and Altana in Landa Digital Printing. Benny Landa continues to be the company’s majority shareholder with 54 %. Altana and SKion together now own 46 % of the company with Altana continuing to hold a stake of 33.3 %.

The proceeds from the financing will be used for expansion of the company’s infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities, as well as for ongoing R&D and market development. “My investment reflects my confidence in

Top class laminating by GMP GMP Prographics Sdn Bhd has an extensive range for diverse laminating needs and the solutions cover from low cost conventional heat plate pouch laminators to hot roller machines with technology using microprocessor. They provide roll fed machines for the office and school environment, which are efficient and simple to use and also provide high speed professional trade machines and Laminating/ Mounting/ Transferring Machines with up to 2.24 meter width capacity. GMP pouch and roll laminators can be used with both hot and cold laminating films. Majority of GMP pouch laminators are for carrier-free operation and all GMP machines carry internationally recognized safety standard such as CE, TUV and CUL.

The GMP QTopic-380 Laminating machine by GMP is the answer to your one stop solution for Digital Print On Demand and commercial offset printing Industry. Besides good quality laminating, affordable price & space effective compact design suitable for the office, print shop and photo album industry, GMP provides wide range of films such as polynex (BOPP base) film, Nylonex (Nylon base) film, Perfex (Per base) film and Sleeking film.

operator-centric convenient control & quality productivity Cantilever type film shaft for easy film loading

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Key features of QTopic-380 • Exchangeable/Commonized PCB • Automatic feeding paper gap control • Air compressor (with light weight & lower noise) is placed inside the body • Strengthened laminating pressure for more stepped-up bonding power effecting perfect quality of output • Ergonomic touch screen for enhancing

The machine is highly efficient in producing a wide range of application including: poster, pop sign, menu, book cover & jacket, photo graph & album, name card, gift certificate, label (Micronex Lamination) and greeting cards / year book etc.

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Resounding success for first Labelexpo Southeast Asia Exceeds all expectations with 7,934 attendees from 62 countries flocking BITEC, Bangkok. The launch edition of Labelexpo Southeast Asia – the biggest label and package printing event in the region – has exceeded all expectations, with 7,934 attendees from 62 countries flocking to BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand for the three day show from 10-12 May. Exhibitor rebookings for the next edition in 2020 already stand at 42 percent – the highest following a Labelexpo event launch to date.

Labelexpo Southeast Asia is part of the hugely successful Labelexpo Global Series, which also includes its biennial Labelexpo Asia (3-6 December 2019, Shanghai). The 2017 edition attracted 20,084 visitors, with 300 exhibiting companies occupying 10,774sqm of space.

Key Notes : > Exhibitor rebookings for the next edition in 2020 already stand at 42 percent. > Over 4,100sqm exhibition area hosted solutions from 174 principal global manufacturers and suppliers. > A two-day expert-led conference program ran alongside the main exhibition.


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Aimed at connecting printers/converters, brand owners, label and package printing technicians, buyers and design specialists, the event attracted strong delegations from across Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, plus Australasia. Enthusiastically supported by the Thai Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) under the Minister of Industry, and the Thailand Screen Print and Graphic Imaging Association (TSGA), Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018 covered over 4,100sqm and hosted exhibitors from 174 of the global industry’s principal manufacturers and suppliers. These included Bobst, Epson, Flint Group, GEW, HP, Konica Minolta, Lintec, Mark Andy, Nilpeter, Omet, RotoMetrics, UPM Raflatac, Xeikon, Yupo Corporation and Zhejiang Weigang Machinery Co. Almost a quarter of these were exhibiting at Labelexpo for the first time including Berli Jucker,

Flying Man Assembly Automation, IGS Asia Pacific, Navitas Vision Solution, Ojitac, PMC Label Materials, Press Systems, Techno Global Graphics and Tsukatani Hamono Manufacturing. Machinery on display on the buzzing show floor included HP Indigo’s recently launched WS6900 digital press, Omet’s iFlex press with 10 UV flexo colors and a 370mm (14in) web width, Nilpeter’s FA-line press, Nagase Thailand’s AWP-DEW water washable flexo plate system featuring Clean Transfer Technology, BST eltromat Southeast Asia showcasing systems from the TubeScan range and Zhejiang Weigang Machinery’s flexo press, ZJR-330. Other demonstrations included Xeikon’s 3300 roll 2 roll configuration and high quality production of selfadhesive and heat-transfer labels, ThermoFlex’s ThermoFlexX 30, supporting plate sizes up to 635 x 762 mm and 3,94 mm thick, Siegwerk’s latest range of reliable and user-friendly solutions for narrow web applications, Konica Minolta’s digital label printer, the AccurioLabel 190, Tokyo Ink Group’s new line of UV inks and UV flexo inks, and AVT’s 100% print inspection products Helios S Turbo+ and Helios Turbo HD+ which include inline and offline inspection, color monitoring and barcode verification.

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Running alongside the main exhibition was a two-day expert-led conference program, developed in line with feedback from printers in Southeast Asia. These topical learning sessions proved extremely popular with label and packaging printers, brand owners and designers. The opening session on 10 May was delivered by Harit Hiranyaphinant, deputy managing director of Copack Co. and TSGA member, who gave an overview of the label printing industry in Thailand and how to capture the future of the industry. Later sessions featured extremely well-received presentations from Brenton Barrett, president Asia Pacific of Multi-Color Corporation, who looked at market trends in Southeast Asia and globally; and Ryan Shaw, creative director Southeast Asia of Landor, who examined business models and 360 degree design thinking. A CEO printer panel moderated by James Quirk, group managing editor of Labels & Labeling, featured panelists including Piyapong Wongvorakul, managing director Trisan Printing (Thailand); Peter Woods, director and COO Southeast Asia QLM Label Makers (Malaysia); Adrian Pratiwhiharja, president and director PT Interflex Sejahtera Perdana, and Brenton Barrett. Another show highlight was the sold-out Label Academy workshop covering shrink sleeve technology, which took place on the final day of the show. Moderated by Andy Thomas-Emans, strategic director Labelexpo, topics covered included design and origination, inks, substrates, and converting and application technology. The workshop ended with a presentation on quality control and fault finding by one of the global industry’s leading shrink sleeve experts, Dr Séamus Lafferty, president of Barry Wehmiller company Accraply.

Dr. Kittichote Supakumnerd, Engineer at the Division of Innovation and Industrial Technology Development, Ministry of Industry in Thailand, said: “The Ministry of Industry extends their congratulations to the success of the Labelexpo Southeast Asia in Bangkok and recognize the great benefits this trade exhibition can bring to Thailand with the introduction of new technologies, materials and other innovations for labeling, printing and packaging applications. “It is estimated that over 1 billion Baht of trade will be conducted as a result of the event in Bangkok and this will provide an even greater multiple effect for the investing businesses and the support industries for the event and the industry here in Thailand. “The attendance to the event came from

throughout Asia most notably from Japan, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore, it was a truly international event that will bring continued advancements to the industries it serves in Thailand and throughout the region. “The exhibition and co-located conferences also help develop all areas of industry from SMEs to large scale export driven manufacturers, and we look forward to supporting and welcoming the return of Labelexpo Southeast Asia in May 2020.” Chaiwat Hansomwong, Chairman of Thai SMEs Council agreed: “I would like to thank Labelexpo for inviting us to join the opening ceremony of Labelexpo Southeast Asia in Bangkok. Labelexpo is the international printing trade fair which gathers printing technology and innovation under one single

Jade Grace, project director for Labelexpo Southeast Asia said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of our very first Labelexpo Southeast Asia, which, as our most successful show launch to date, has exceeded all expectations. Visitor feedback has been excellent, with major sales deals being closed on-site and the high calibre of buyers at the show highlighted as invaluable for sourcing new contacts and partners who will be able to help printers improve profitability, quality and efficiency in order to stay one step ahead of their competitors.”

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Maurizio Trecate, Bobst: “We expected Labelexpo Southeast Asia to be an excellent platform for the launch of the BOBST M1 IoT, the first connected label press, and we were not disappointed.” Melvin Lew, HP Indigo: “HP Indigo was proud to participate in Labelexpo South east Asia 2018 and demonstrate for the first time in the region our most significant labels and packaging new product innovation this year, the HP Indigo 6900. We are sure that this show will become a milestone marking the growth we see in the Southeast Asia Labels industry and how global trends are creating more change opportunities for convertors to become more profitable and innovative with digital and HP Indigo technology.”

roof of the label industry. That’s why almost all the leading products and brand suppliers as well as printing machine producers are interested in showcasing their new technologies at Labelexpo Southeast Asia in Bangkok. This success was demonstrated by the number of visitors from across Thailand and Southeast Asia. I hope that Labelexpo Southeast Asia in Bangkok in 2020 will continue to present new innovations and technology, and successfully build up this region as a label printing technology hub.” Ms Grace added: “This success bodes extremely well for future editions of the show. Thailand has proved to be the perfect location, in a region that is emerging as one of the world’s fastest growing manufacturing hubs and consumer markets, and we are grateful for the Thai Government’s and

TSGA’s unwavering support in getting Labelexpo Southeast Asia off the ground.

Exhibitors’ feedback Jakob Landberg, Nilpeter: “This first Labelexpo show in Southeast Asia was indeed a success for Nilpeter. The stand was busy throughout the show with visitors from all over Asia - and even some from Africa, the Middle East, and South America. We sold several presses, established new contacts with various decision makers, and identified new projects to be handled in coming months. The new FA generated great feedback from the visitors.” Thomas Grimm, Erhardt+Leimer: “Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018 was better than our expectations. We have already made the decision to participate in 2020. Great job done from the organizers - congratulations.”

Alvin Poon, Epson: “It was a good show for Epson and we’ve received good responses to our showcased solutions. Interest level for on-demand colour label printers and industrial digital presses was high. It was a good platform for us to engage with our target audience and network with industry experts.” Paul McKay, RotoMetrics: “A great show. Our team and I met with many existing and new customers, as well as our OEM partners in the label printing / narrow web industries. We look forward to doing it again in 2020.” Shaun Pullen, Mark Andy: “Overall we were very happy with the show quality, organization and attendance. We were visited by plenty of new and existing potential customers and were pleasantly surprised at both the quality and diversity of these attendees.” Neeraj Thappa, Monotech Systems: “Labelexpo Southeast Asia, as being the first show in the region, went as per our expectation. We enjoyed talking to visitors and they also have shown great interest in our products. Monotech Systems already has its footprints in that market, the event helped us to reach more people, not only from Thailand, but the complete ASEAN region. We learnt the market trends, new technologies and the market acceptance to technologies displayed throughout the show. With the latest addition of Labelexpo Southeast Asia, we expect to increase brand awareness and reach in the region.”


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Voyantic highlights Reelsurance Pro at Label Expo SEA - multifunctional reel-to-reel machine to cover all RAIN RFID and NFC testing and encoding needs. BST eltromat South East Asia, a subsidiary of BST eltromat International, showed its wide product range for quality assurance systems for web processing industries at the first LabelExpo South East Asia 2018. The exhibition took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 10 to 12. Visitors to BST booth (F25) saw a selection of products for the label market and talked with specialists from BST eltromat South East Asia. The company showed the latest generation of web monitoring systems, the POWERScope 5000. This web monitoring system offers greatly improved image quality compared to previous solutions. It is a remarkably compact but powerful system, which provides the operator with

clear, sharp images of the printed product. With multiple standard features and options such as a touch panel controller, dual-touch touchscreen and back flash lighting, the POWERScope 5000 offers true versatility and flexibility. The system is suitable for narrow or wide web applications and it is available in a manual or motorized camera versions. The TubeScan family from BST eltromat partner, Nyquist Systems was also present at the show. The company demonstrated the TubeScan Digital Strobe offering full web viewing and was also equipped with the optional 100% print inspection module. Available in multiple web widths from 180mm up to 850mm, and web speeds ranging from 150 to 400+ meters per minute (depending on model), the TubeScan Digital Strobe is a very versatile system. The TubeScan Digital Strobe also offers label counting and distance measurement options. Visitors learnt about the TubeScan Eagle View multicamera system, and the latest development, the QLink workflow solution for TubeScan.

The QLink Workflow solution offers new possibilities for process and production improvement. With its unique data handling, synchronization, and error capabilities, it offers state-of-the art process management at a relatively low investment. BST eltromat South East Asia also showcased a selection of their standard web guiding products. In the focus were the economical and powerful EcoGuide, the reliable line and contrast sensor CLS Pro 600 and an example of CompactGuide systems. With many years of experience in the web processing industry, BST eltromat South East Asia discussed and advised on the perfect web guiding solution for its customer’s applications.

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Interaction at Label Expo SEA 2018 with Yoav Industrial Print Magazine talks with Yoav Lotan - Labels Business Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP Indigo, who shares with our readers the latest HP Indigo technology and the vast application and business avenues it opens for its users. We met Mr. Yoav Lotan - Labels Business Manager, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP Indigo, at the recent Label Expo South East Asia 2018 held at BITEC, Bangkok. The great Asian event featured about 200 exhibitors with direct representation or by their agents and representatives in the region. We had a chat with Mr. Yoav. Yoav has a keen eye and you can well observe it when he speaks about the printing industry, its future and technologies shaping this industry.

HP Indigo personalisation project with Coca Cola

HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press for labels and packaging opens new avenues for flexible packaging converters, by enabling them to efficiently and profitably cope with changing market demands for shorter runs, more varied SKUs, and customized campaigns.

Key Notes : > HP Indigo 20000 – featuring digital colour printing process that matches gravure quality. > Safe for primary food packaging, the press recently got installed at Hutamaki-PPL, Mumbai, India. > Yoav Lotan thinks it a game changer technology and installation for the entire region.


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“Indigo (HP) started working with Coca Cola for personalisation way back in Israel and Australia in 2011 and then proceeded to many countries across the globe including Europe in 2013 followed by the USA wherein it took mammoth proportions and now, you are seeing the same in the Indian Subcontinent too,” says Yoav in his typical style. According to him, the Coca Cola personalisation project in itself is a milestone for the Digital Printing industry with the enormity of the population, multilinguality and the enormous proportions of the country itself. “We had to sit with Coca Cola people

along with the supply chain executives in Delhi for two full days to look tactically into needs of the project and various other permutations and combinations to arrive at a sustainable road map,” he shares. The exercise in other countries has made Coke reap many benefits, like more brand visibility, loyalty and new customer addition etc. and so the experiment is being escalated into other markets as well. The India campaign, according to Yoav, in itself is a game changer in terms of sophistication because the team had to segmentise the data according to language (about 12 to start with) and regions. In addition to this, the complex VDP process and the multiple fonts involved did give its own challenges to the team and HP team in fact had to do quite a bit of programming to pull the challenges of automation through. With an experience of seven and a half years with HP Indigo, Yoav moved to Singapore a year back and presently looks after the Label division business of HP in South East Asia including India. One of his important responsibilities is to support and grow Digital Printing in this area and bring in more awareness about the capabilities of HP Indigo

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machines, at the same time ensuring that their customers and associates get value for themselves as well as their customers.

by utilizing this new, powerful, scalable and cloud-connected DFE - HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels & Packaging.

Digital Printing answers MoQ and more

In addition to this, the DFE has the complete know-how of Esko colour automating engine integrated thus making a printer’s life more comfortable. “There indeed is no need to actually invent the wheel again. Since we have the subject experts like Esko joining hands with us and we are doing what we do the best – building even more improved and innovative product like the HP Indigo 6900,” continues Yoav.

In Digital Printing, ‘Time’ is of utmost importance and that is the reason for its success too. “The lead time for a Shrink Sleeve Label in the Gravure process would take a minimum of three weeks at the fastest and in Flexo it may take a week. But, in Digital, it is a matter of hours,” says he. “Digital is a platform which needs to be adopted by every printer considering the fact that it is complementary process to a printer who is already in the business of making packaging for their customers,” he emphasizes. “MoQ (Minimum Order Quantity) is not of any consideration when it comes to Digital – whether it is a printer or it is a customer who is in need of packaging, this is a boon,” he adds. Yoav finds Variable Data, Personalisation, fast turnaround, efficiency of production, lower MoQ, availability of different types of inks including silver metallic inks, amazing security features, different coatings available (including inline sealing, digital foiling etc.) and more to drive the growth of the Digital Industry. The latest machine which does all the above and much more is the HP Indigo 6900 machine which was on display at the show. “The 6000 series of HP Indigo machines is our flagship machine with over 1400 machines installed all across the globe and with the pace at which we are giving solutions, which were thought not possible on the Digital platform, will make it one of the most successful Digital machines ever produced by HP Indigo,” says Yoav.

HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels & Packaging The HP Indigo 6900 has a new Digital Front End (DFE) featuring a new HP RIP which is five times faster than the earlier ones; which in turn helps the machine to run more jobs on it than what is possible on others. Users can optimize and control production, increase press utilization with cutting edge RIP capabilities, and expand fleet connectivity

He believes that the DFE was the need of the hour since the market is certainly going to be more complex with the customer going to get even more demanding, there would be more SKUs for the clients and that increases the number of jobs in the market and they are going to be more and more complex with more security demands and additional embellishments. All this will certainly put the load on the RIP which can be well taken care of by products equipped with matching efficient technologies including the new DFE.

No one can delete a ‘packaging’ digitally The world is changing rather rapidly and our communications too are changing, be it between the customer and a brand or a printer and its customer. People are in fact getting more busy online with a barrage of information in mails, SMS’s, social media etc. and online shopping too is getting higher and higher. However, there is not a way that one can delete a ‘packaging’ digitally. Every product bought by us needs to be packaged. There may be different styles and looks, but packaging has to be there, either bought from a local retail store or bought online. The local supermarket or street side stores very much need the eye catching packaging so that the customer gets initiated towards his buying decisions by our nicely displayed store shelves. Packaging has a long, long life indeed!

case with markets of Indonesia and Malaysia. Singapore is a very innovative market; Bangladesh and Vietnam are immensely competitive in the textile business and HP sees growth potential in the TAG, Heat Transfer and RFID businesses. All of them are growing and every growth, whether in retail or in real estate, results in growth in Packaging and that is where the future lies. “Just get to visit a few Seven Eleven stores in Thailand, which you find in every street corner across the country and you would agree what I intend to say,” contends Yoav. Yoav has a very convincing view that a printer should not be waiting for the time to come to invest in a technology but he should take the technology beforehand and reap the benefits as they arrive. “Don’t wait for the market to come to you, my friend; go and find the market,” he proclaims. “And if you are able to find the market, you will be the first one to discover. And, discovery normally gives you an opportunity to price your solutions comfortably. This is how innovation brings profitability,” he further eloborates. Well, Yoav has many success stories to share with the readers of Industrial Print Magazine and we promise to our esteemed readers that it will all reach in the coming issues of your favourite magazine.

HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press installed in India They recently installed an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press at Hutamaki-PPL at Mumbai in India. Yoav considers it a corner stone installation for the Digital Printing industry in the country. “The recent installation of the HP 20000 at Huhtamaki-PPL in India shall be a game changer for the industry in the entire region and especially for India and we note a different positive tone when to talk to brands in the South East Asian Region with this amazing step by HP,” says Yoav.

Yoav sees the South East Asian market as one of those markets which will leapfrog to a status which we never imagined. They learn from the mistakes of the west and take steps to get things in order much faster and in a robust way. The challenges that the Chinese market faces are different from what the market in Philippines faces. Similar is the

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Malaysia Print Awards 2020 On the 23rd May, 2018 Malaysia Print Awards 2020 was officially launched in Kuala Lumpur. This is the 5th Edition and the grandest to date. Malaysia Print Awards 2020 are into their 5th edition. The awards serve as the benchmark for the print industry. It has been a successful journey with every successive edition for the awards. The Malaysia Print Awards were inaugurated in 2010. The growth in both awards categories and sponsorships attest its successes, its relevance and market acceptance. “Be it in terms of increased entries of participation, the quality of participating entries or the number of sponsorships and industry support, the Malaysia Print Awards’ journey has been very promising to date,” says Sunny Phang. The Malaysia Print Awards aim to bring out the best from the industry players. Sunny Phang explains: “Every industry is facing fierce competition. The print industry is no exception. It is a capital intensive investment industry. Every process involves IT technology. Therefore producing good quality print alone does not warrant complacency. Our Awards objective is to bring out the best from the industry players. They have to shine with their creative finished prints. They need to exhibit their capability merging print and IT applications. With value added prints or products, the users can enhance their brands and enjoy better premium rather than competing in lowering prices.” The Awards keep updating its categories periodically. Keeping in view the rapidly evolving print industry, new categories are introduced regularly. “Over the recent Awards presentations, we have added new categories like Students’ Award, Eco-Green Award and Revolution Award,” informs Sunny Phang. The awards are open for participation by Malaysian printers that are legally incorporated in the country. A participant can submit as many entries as he pleases. All entries are handled by a third party – the company or person handling the entries must not be a printer. On another level of risk management, printer identity of all entries is unknown to the judges. All judges are qualified individuals with graphics and printing knowledge. They are selected from


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Arts College, Accreditation Agency, Graphics Consultant, Advertising Agency and other Print Association from aboard. The integrity and professionalism of the entire judging process meet the criteria of international standards.

The 5th edition with a special theme - INPRIN+NITY Speaking on the special theme INPRIN+NITY, Sunny Phang says, “Print is a craft with endless possibilities where the limit is our own imagination. As new technological advancements lead to more revolutions, the number of possibilities will continue to grow to ‘infinity’. Print is an industry that has

always and will continue to push boundaries and challenge the ‘impossible’ from the conventional press to latest technologies like 3D printing and beyond. Print continues to evolve and innovate in the Digital era in which many doubted its survival. As we meet each wave of the future, Malaysia Print Industry players are called to rise to the occasion by innovating and evolving the industry towards no limits, which we call Print with possibilities towards infinity or INPRIN+NITY.” Today, Malaysia Print Awards are very well accepted by the industry. The awards witnessed gradual growth in terms of participation for 2nd Edition. The 3rd and 4th

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of activities and programs running up to the finale. It includes seminars, forums, roadshows and social events just to name a few,” he continues. The venue and date of the Awards Presentation have yet to be finalized. It will be held in conjunction with SFTCPPA 73rd Anniversary Gala Dinner. The closing date for submission of entries will be 6 weeks before the Awards Gala Presentation. The entry forms, rules and regulations and all relevant information will be posted on the Awards’ social media sites. Hard copies will be also posted on regular intervals.

Editions were runaway successes. Both were acknowledged by the increase in entries and sponsorships. The Malaysia Print Awards brand is wholly owned by The Selangor & Federal Territory Chinese Printing and Presses Association (SFTCPPA), the oldest Print Association in Malaysia. The successful awards are supported by many associated NGOs in Malaysia as well as print associations in Asia region. Participants and winners get an extensive business exposure of their capabilities, quality and solutions in the entire region through this platform. “Both participants and winners get to attend networking sessions, events organized by sponsors and NGO bodies. The winners enjoy respectable recognition. They are obviously the cream of the crop. Certifications of credible stature are important elements in opening doors to business opportunities. The Awards certainly leverage their chances in winning new contracts, and/ or negotiating current ones,” says Sunny Phang.

On the 23rd May, 2018 Malaysia Print Awards 2020 was officially launched in Kuala Lumpur. This is the 5th Edition and the grandest to date. It was held at a trendy venue with romantic settings – something different from the norm; a tasty twist from the conventional setup. The concept and ideas came from the new organizing team. They are the Gen Y era – young and vibrant. Many of whom are 2nd and 3rd generations in the print business. New mind creates new vision. The response was overwhelming. Every seat was taken up. And for the first time, four Sponsors took the top covered Diamond Category valued at RM 100,000 each. This speaks volume for Malaysia Print Awards. In his opening address, The Organizing Chairman, Mr IJay Teh expressed his sincere appreciation to one and all who contributed to the event’s success. “Malaysia Print Awards was initiated and organised

by the Selangor and Federal Territory Chinese Printing Presses’ Association as a platform where print excellence is formally appreciated, recognised and applauded,” he says. Mr. IJay reiterates, “We aim to brand the Malaysia Print Awards to be benchmark of excellence for the print-related industries in Malaysia, accepted internationally for it professional integrity and printing standard. We are pleased to say that our event has not only brought in vibrancy for innovation and creativity to the printing industry, but also a sense of identity and value which gives the industry players a sense of achievement that is on par with global standard.” President Mr. Peter Chan says, “Today, SFTCPPA is launching our 5th Malaysia Print Awards which will be held in year 2020. The journey of this event begun since 2010 and the support we received grew larger every year. This is because the results and response we achieved out performance our expectations.”

“Every edition of Malaysia Print Awards is comprehensively package to give value and return of investment to our sponsors. To disseminate valuable information to its members and associate members, the Organizing Team spearheaded by the Chairperson, draws up a year-long schedule

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BOBST’s 2nd Production Site in China BOBST has a grand opening of its second production facility and Competence Center in China. BOBST’s Changzhou facility is its second in China. The grand opening took place on 16th May 2018 and was followed by two days of Open House events on 17th and 18th May. The official opening of Bobst Changzhou Co. Ltd. was titled “China 4.0 – Beyond your packaging future”. The new site is a state-of-the-art greenfield facility located in Changzhou, in the Jiangsu province of China, and is dedicated to web-fed printing and converting technologies for flexible materials.

and the reliable and efficient manufacturing experience and capabilities of BOBST local plants,” explains Sebastien Geffrault, Zone Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed for South East Asia. “The other factor, which is a distinctive feature of BOBST technology worldwide, is the flexibility of the equipment in terms of options such as the inking system and the drying, that can be customized for geographically located consumable types and process preferences.”

The opening of the new plant is a major step in the next phase of the development of BOBST activities for the Asian flexible packaging industry. It marks the Group’s commitment to highest manufacturing standards in its delocalized production plants; and the development of gravure printing and lamination solutions dedicated to the region’s specific requirements and industry practices. It would further strengthen BOBST’s strong market position in Asia.

The BOBST Competence Center that is part of its Changzhou facility would be providing solutions that integrate the requirements of the packaging industry in Asia. The Center with an experienced team of BOBST engineers and specialists will provide full support and advice to Asian clients throughout gravure printing and lamination trial runs. In addition, it will be the location for the joint development of process improvements with other suppliers of equipment, devices and consumables, and for R&D and testing BOBST own equipment. “Leading companies choose leading technology and converting companies that choose BOBST will gain

“The success in the region of the RS 5002 gravure press and the CL 750 laminators owes to the fact that they combine the unrivalled quality of the BOBST engineering


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an advantage on competition because our leading technology is developed exploiting not only the advantages of our Group’s global synergies but also in cooperation with local competences. This means that we can deliver converters equipment and services that are ready for the future of the industry,” says Lubin Lu, Zone Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed for Greater China. “This is an important event for the whole of Asia because the new structure in place will further enhance the advantages of our technology and innovations,” says Nilesh Pinto, Zone Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed for India. “This is why we invited customers from India and South East Asia to attend the inaugural Open House on 18 May 2018, where the overview of BOBST printing and converting technologies and the demonstrations of the gravure printing press and the compact multi-technology laminator were held in English alongside Chinese,” he concludes.

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Konica Minolta promotes new business expansion with AL190 - features AccurioLabel 190 at Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018; offers small to mid-size converters a reliable entry to digital printing. Konica Minolta’s plans for Label Expo South East Asia 2018 were focused on extending the company’s reach to potential label converters with the expo. “KM believes Label printing market is one of the segments that is expected to grow in the future. With AL190, we are well positioned to promote new business expansion, offering small to mid-size converters a solid, reliable and affordable entry to digital printing,” says Lim Chin Kok of Konica Minolta. “This is a continuation of our marketing efforts to reach out to more markets and customers that are considering to move from analogue to digital,” continues Lim. Konica Minolta presented Konica Minolta AL190,

AL190. “There are many unique features in this machine. For example, you’ll be able to scan the barcodes on the printed label applications to find out more product and substrate information to facilitate decisionmaking. Moreover, our toners of AL190 are FDA standard compliant,” says Lim.

targeting small to mid-size label converters by offering affordable entry to digital printing. KM was located at booth B2, taking up 108sqm of space, showcasing AccurioLabel 190 digital label press and offline finishing solutions from Brotech and GCC. AccurioLabel 190 was indeed the featured product from Konica Minolta stable. The solution is designed to realise label applications to meet a wide range of diversifying needs. Targeting customers from the region – those from developing markets from Asia as well as from the developed western markets – the AL190 is a versatile digital label press that caters to wide variety of print applications and market demands. KM showcased the Offset-like print quality and substrate range printable on various media such as glossy or matt art paper and synthetics, PET and PP of Konica Minolta

“The printing industry has changed with the acceleration of digitalisation. Technological advancement and new innovations are driving demand for digital solutions. We look forward to collaborate with label industry partners to grow digital label solutions. We are positive to digital printing industry, it will growth and become more important due to the digitalization of nearly everything nowadays. KM wants to address the growing needs of label and packaging and commercial printing industry with transformative digital solutions to help customers innovate and offer higher value

print services,” shares Lim. Challenges and opportunities for the printing industry going digital The market size of industrial printing, including labels, packaging and textiles is estimated at USD450 billion. “According to some sources, digitalisation is still less than 5%, therefore, we see huge opportunity for the label industry to grow,” believes Lim. AL190 targets the gap in the entry to mid size label market – it is well positioned to meet the needs and add value to label converters considering to invest in digital. KM adds value to the digital print industry and happily hosted interested customers at their Customer Engagement Centre in Singapore. Konica Minolta had an impressive Label Expo South East Asia 2018. “We see there is a potential label market in SEA and more converters will realise the many benefits that a digital press will bring value to their business. We hope after visiting the KM booth, they will experience outstanding productivity, brilliant image quality and surprising ease of use from AL190,” concludes Lim.

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China Interdye 2018 successfully concludes in Shanghai Next China Interdye will be held again in Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from April 10th to 12th. The 18th China International Dye Industry, Pigments and Textile Chemicals Exhibition (China Interdye) and China International Digital Textile Printing, Printing and Dyeing Automatics Exhibition (China Textile Printing), concluded successfully at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on April 13, 2018. The two exhibitions, one with a focus on technological innovation and the other on green development, were hosted by China Dyestuff Industry Association, China Dyeing and Printing Association and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Shanghai Sub-Council and co-organized by Shanghai International Exhibition Service. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of China’s dyestuff industry, the 40,000-square meter exhibition area attracted the participation of 630 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions and was attended by 69,663 professional visitors from 39 countries and regions around the world. A robust roster of leading domestic and international firms participated in the exhibitions, with International giants Tanatex, Huntsman, Yorkshire, and domestic leaders Zhejiang Longsheng Group, Zhejiang Runtu, Hangzhou Jihua Group, among others, expressing high praise. Delegations

of exhibitors from India and Korea also increased participation. In addition, opinion leaders from many industry associations, including China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association, China National Textile and Apparel Council, Council for the Promotion Of International Trade Shanghai, China Dyeing and Printing Association, China Cotton Textile Association, China Knitting Industrial Association, and China Dyestuff Industry Association’s Organic Pigment Professional Committee, Additives Professional Committee and Masterbatch Professional Committee visited the event. Several important launch events, forums, seminars, new product conferences, industry conferences and annual meetings were held concurrently during the exhibitions. Two events of note were the launch ceremony for the i7colors E-commerce Online Platform

which took place at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, North Hall, and the press conference for Zhichuan Eco Net which was held within China Interdye. The combination of exhibitions and meetings promoted the ongoing transformation of the global dyeing and chemical industry. Next year, China Interdye will be held again in Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from April 10th to 12th. Registration has now opened for Interdye Asia, the sister fair of China Interdye, taking place from November 21th to 24th at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in Vietnam. The event provides an exchange platform for China’s dyestuff industry to further accelerate the ongoing transformation, and help the Asian dyestuff industry to boom.

Guangzhou Nickel Printing Machinery at Label Expo SEA (Bangkok) Established in 2003, today Guangzhou Nickel Printing Machinery has more than 100 employees. The company specializes in label printing equipments with independent teams of design, R&D, manufacturing and sales. With many domestic and overseas customers, the company has sold about one thousand rotary presses. It is a leading player in Chinese label press manufacturing industry. Nickel participated at the recently held Label Expo South East Asia in Bangkok and showcased its latest offerings to the show visitors. Key highlights for the show were: • FS350 intermittent label offset presses


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series FD300 intermitter label letterpresses series FY320 high-speed die-cutter(with hotstamping) series FL 350 intermitter post-printing equipment for digital label printing

The company showcased at booth H2.

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BST eltromat at LabelExpo South East Asia - showcases its wide product range for quality assurance systems for web processing industries at the Bangkok show. BST eltromat South East Asia, a subsidiary of BST eltromat International, showed its wide product range for quality assurance systems for web processing industries at the first LabelExpo South East Asia 2018. The exhibition took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 10 to 12. Visitors to BST booth (F25) saw a selection of products for the label market and talked with specialists from BST eltromat South East Asia. The company showed the latest generation of web monitoring systems, the POWERScope 5000. This web monitoring system offers greatly improved image quality compared to previous solutions. It is a remarkably compact but powerful system, which provides the operator with

clear, sharp images of the printed product. With multiple standard features and options such as a touch panel controller, dual-touch touchscreen and back flash lighting, the POWERScope 5000 offers true versatility and flexibility. The system is suitable for narrow or wide web applications and it is available in a manual or motorized camera versions. The TubeScan family from BST eltromat partner, Nyquist Systems was also present at the show. The company demonstrated the TubeScan Digital Strobe offering full web viewing and was also equipped with the optional 100% print inspection module. Available in multiple web widths from 180mm up to 850mm, and web speeds ranging from 150 to 400+ meters per minute (depending on model), the TubeScan Digital Strobe is a very versatile system. The TubeScan Digital Strobe also offers label counting and distance measurement options. Visitors learnt about the TubeScan Eagle View multicamera system, and the latest development, the QLink workflow solution for TubeScan. The QLink Workflow solution offers new possibilities for process and production improvement. With its unique data handling, synchronization, and error capabilities, it

offers state-of-the art process management at a relatively low investment. BST eltromat South East Asia also showcased a selection of their standard web guiding products. In the focus were the economical and powerful EcoGuide, the reliable line and contrast sensor CLS Pro 600 and an example of CompactGuide systems. With many years of experience in the web processing industry, BST eltromat South East Asia discussed and advised on the perfect web guiding solution for its customer’s applications.

DNP Imagingcomm Asia offers latest Resin range at Label Expo SEA industries. The R550 Resin offers a smooth ink transfer at lower heat settings, which makes it compatible to a broad range of durable substrates.

DNP Imagingcomm Asia, Thermal Transfer Ribbon manufacturing company introduced several new products with application displays and actual printing demo at the recently held Label Expo South East Asia at BITEC, Bangkok. R550 is an extremely durable Resin which is designed for extreme resistance against most chemicals used in the automotive, chemical, pharma, electronics and other

Another introduction by DNP was M255 – a premium Wax Resin. The latest product is designed to print on a wide variety of receiving materials, including coated and uncoated paper labels and tags, varnished label stock, and flood-coat. It delivers excellent small character clarity and edge definition and is also resistant to scratching and smudging of the printed image. DNP Imagingcomm Asia’s experts were available at their show stand (E27) to guide visitors and customers on the latest offerings.

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Vinsak explores Southeast Asian opportunities at Label Expo SEA Showcases the popular Universal Slitter & Rewinder VINSAK USAR to the LabelExpo South East Asia 2018 show visitors; Ranesh Bajaj shares his experience at the show. Vinsak participated at the recent LabelExpo South East Asia where the company showcased its VINSAK USAR. The Universal Slitter & Rewinder drew huge visitor attraction with their main interest being the modularity of the machine. “The machine can be upgraded with the Die-cutting system, Inkjet system, 100% personalization etc. and the customers were all busy in configuring the options that they would need to build their own customized machine,” says Ranesh Bajaj, Director, VINSAK.

South East Asian opportunities “This was a First focused Label Exhibition in South East Asia; it was a good platform for sharing ideas, views, launching new machinery, gathering the exact label printing requirements of printing and packaging companies in south-east Asian countries. We got to know more about printing and packaging requirement gather some leads, generate business and resolve various issues of Printers and convertors for label printing and packaging. Overall we have a positive outlook for this exhibition,” says Ranesh sharing his experience at the show. “The main idea behind exhibiting in Label Expo SE Asia is to explore the market requirements in South East Asian Countries. We have reached & contacted many Printing & Packaging companies in various South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea etc and this show is the first step. We hope to improve that in the years to come,” reveals Ranesh. Talking of the barriers in the South East Asian market, Ranesh cites language and smaller market size in the market as main obstacles. “We see these markets to have similar technological level to Indian. Though not as matured as European and American markets, these are more advance markets than developing ones. We are currently studying these in further detail and trying to work out a sellable product mix. There is an additional challenge that here we have low percentage of English speaking technical staff,” observes Ranesh.


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The digital threat Ranesh doesn’t think digital content is offering any major challenges to the Labels and Packaging industry. However, he agrees that it is impacting the commercial printing industry such as books, magazines, journals etc. “E-reader devices sales are increasing and so are the number of people going digital for a variety of information. In last two years, commercial printing is bouncing back as people like to read the more printed paper rather than on screen. In the current market, the digital content has replaced almost 1/4th of the printed market share. Commercial printing will not die that easily, when large information is required, people will still opt for printed information and somewhere Digital Detox will also restraint some people to go digital,” he believes.

Environment friendly printing The printing industry is getting serious upon the environmental safety issues. Be it the government, supplier, printer or converter; everyone is playing their part. Some Governments are mulling a ban on solventbased inks and gravure inks. Printers and converters are opting for machinery with easy waste removal and less wastage. “There is no clarity on how much paper and inks are wasted while printing and converting. These things should be quantified and their disposal monitored,” suggests Ranesh.

Some printers associations like Association of Label Printers & Suppliers (ALPS) are working on waste handling projects and promoting it well. The project is about WASTE TO WEALTH means recycling the waste from label printing unit and recycling it to make some new products which can be sold at nominal cost and derive revenue out of it. “We need to have some more initiatives like these from the label stakeholders so that we can actually make printing an environmental friendly industry,” he emphasises.

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Nilpeter showcases FA Line at LabelExpo Southeast Asia 2018 - also displayed a variety of equipment from its global strategic partners represented in the region. Nilpeter Asia Pacific made a “grand entrance” at the first edition of LabelExpo Southeast Asia in Bangkok. At the stand, Nilpeter showcased and demonstrated its all new FA printing press. The new FA is a highly versatile Flexo Press which is designed to accommodate printers’ ever-growing needs, and built around the modern press operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls. The FA provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing

results on multiple substrates. Based on Nilpeter’s Clean-Hand design approach, the FA ensures clean hands during press operation, with a minimum of hands-on press interaction; all data is saved, jobs are easily recalled, and the press registers automatically. In addition, Nilpeter displayed a variety of equipment from its global strategic partners represented in the region: Trojan Label (digital presses), Lundbergtech (waste management systems), Pamarco (anilox

rollers), Grafotronic (slitter/rewinders), and many more. Nilpeter has recently opened its Technology Center in Bangkok and re-located close to Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Technology Center houses a new FA-Line as well as its partner equipment from Trojan Label, Pamarco, Grafotronic, Alphasonics, and more. ‘With its partners, Nilpeter can offer custom tailored advice to its customers,’ says Erik Blankenstein, Sales Director at Nilpeter Asia Pacific. Nilpeter has a team of technical engineers, electricians, and printers based in Thailand and locally in Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, China, and Australia for installation, training and after sales service of Nilpeter products as well as all strategic partner equipment and supplies. During the show that took place from May 10 to 12 Nilpeter was present at stand no. D33 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

PRINT CHINA 2019 – Over 110,000 Square Metres of exhibition floor area booked. According to the organisers of PRINT CHINA 2019, over 800 enterprises submitted booth applications totalling to over 110,000 square metres, almost 80% of the total available exhibition area, by 31st of April 2018. Being held in China from the 9th to 13th of April 2019, at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in the city of Dongguan, it is a recommended show for those who wish to get a taste of the Chinese machine manufacturers and their capabilities. The leading exhibitors who have already been allocated the booth space include Heidelberg, Koenig & Bauer AG, Komori, Bobst, Highcon, Scodix, Ryobi Mitsubishi, Masterwork, JMD, Jinbao, Zhengrun, Huayue, Tiancen, Zenbo, Guowang, Hongming, Hongjing, Dongke, Zhengtu, Guangming, Changhexing, Haosheng, ST Machinery, Sino-MV and Shiheng. Meanwhile,

the booth allocation for Digital Pre-press Hall (Hall 1) is also nearing completion with confirmation of booth space for leading enterprises like HP, Konica Minolta, Founder Group, Ricoh, Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox, Epson, Esko, Cron, Lucky Huaguang, Konita, Amsky and Strong. In addition to these, booths pertaining to label printing, post-press and finishing, equipments and consumables are also being finalised as we file this report. The Organising Committee of PRINT CHINA 2019 has extended their warm gratitude to all in the printing industry and thanked all of them for paying close attention and great support to the exhibition. The show will feature the highest standards of exhibition facilities and visitor comfort. With a fruitful 10-years of experience and with a new relaunch, PRINT CHINA 2019 is expected to be a new starting point for the organisers,

portraying a brand new blueprint, with more focused view into the new era and aims to be a navigator in the printing and allied industry. At the show, one can expect a much broader exhibitor base, highly organised programs and well defined procedures along with a very high-end platform for multilateral communication and trade. If any of our readers wishes to know more about the show, please do write back at and we shall be happy to share the latest.

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HP introduces ProductionGrade 3D Printing Center in China Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform and HP unveils new Production-Grade Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Center in China. HP together with Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform unveiled a new production-grade 3D printing center in China. The Platform is powering its new Lanwan Intelligence – HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Mass Manufacturing Center with 10 HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing systems to meet the growing demand for functional prototypes and production-grade parts. This is HP’s largest deployment of production-grade 3D printing in Asia Pacific and Japan. Technologies such as 3D printing are part of an industry-wide digital transformation that many call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is ushering in a new era of productivity, innovation and economic opportunities globally.

“Everything starts with applications – and digital manufacturing innovators are leading the transformation of the $12 trillion manufacturing sector by producing industrial-grade parts across industries on HP Multi Jet Fusion.” Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc.

Key Notes : > The Platform embraces HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology. > Accelerating the Fourth Industrial Revolution. > HP’s largest deployment of production-grade 3D printing in Asia Pacific and Japan.


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Operated by Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology, the new Lanwan Intelligence – HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology Mass Manufacturing Center, which opened on June 16, is located in the town of Dali, Foshan, a major manufacturing hub in Guangdong Province. The center will exclusively use HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing systems, which deliver the speed, quality and economics required for production-grade 3D printing. The new center will provide production-grade applications at scale for major auto, consumer goods and motorcycle customers in Foshan as well as for other industries in the Greater Bay Area of Southern China. Senior representatives from the national and local governments, businesses and academia attended the Center’s opening ceremony in Foshan. In addition, HP, Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology and the Institute of Foshan, Nanhai Guangdong Technology University signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the adoption of 3D printing technology in Southern China. “Everything starts with applications – and digital manufacturing innovators are leading the transformation of the $12 trillion manufacturing sector by producing industrial-grade parts across industries on HP Multi Jet Fusion,” said Stephen Nigro, President of 3D Printing, HP Inc. “We are thrilled that Guangdong (Dali) 3D Printing Collaborative Innovation Platform is deploying HP Multi Jet Fusion technology at factory-scale to drive its business growth and accelerate industry innovation. HP is

committed to helping our global digital manufacturing partner community expand and thrive.” “The demand for 3D-printed production-grade parts will grow exponentially over the next few years as we shift from analogue to digital manufacturing,” said Luo Jun, Executive Director of China 3D Printing Technology Industry Alliance and President of Guangdong Lanwan Intelligence Technology. “By deploying HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology in our new digital manufacturing center in China, we can better – and more quickly – deliver cost-effective and production-grade parts to our customers.” HP is the global leader in production-grade plastics 3D printing solutions. The speed, economics, quality, and reliability of the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solutions are enhancing business operations with leading global companies including BMW Group, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, and many more. HP also has a growing list of digital manufacturing partners in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. HP’s end-to-end manufacturing ecosystem includes design engineering, software, enterprise, and manufacturing workflow leaders such as SAP, Siemens, Dassault Systémes, and Materialise. Members of its unique open 3D materials platform include Arkema, BASF, Evonik, Henkel, Lehman & Voss, Lubrizol, and Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Co.

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Massivit 1500 Exploration premiers at Fespa Massivit 1500 Exploration 3D Printer makes European debut at Fespa Berlin. Massivit 3D, provider of large format 3D printing solutions for visual communication applications, used FESPA 2018 (15-18th May) for the European premier of the Massivit 1500 Exploration 3D Printer. Visitors to the Massivit 3D stand (Hall 1.1, Stand A55) saw live demonstrations of both the Massivit 1500 and the flagship Massivit 1800 3D Printers. The company showcased a vast array of high-impact 3D models. These highlighted the types of innovative, supersized 3D applications, and enhancements to 2D applications, that large format print service providers can add to their service portfolio to target new revenue streams.

Commenting on the European debut of the Massivit 1500, Avner Israeli, CEO of Massivit 3D, said: “We’ve experienced enormous success with our flagship Massivit 1800 and introducing a second solution expands the accessibility of our technology to a wider market. With the Massivit 1500, print shops of all sizes can benefit from the limitless creativity and new business opportunities enabled by large format 3D printing.”

Engaging audiences using large format 3D printing FESPA attendees learnt how Massivit 3D’s portfolio allows print businesses to go above and beyond the expectations of advertisers,

brand managers and design agencies. Print providers took inspiration from the range of 3D printed applications on the stand and saw how they could turn customers’ ideas into a successful campaign, display or project, quickly and cost-effectively.

The 3D printed applications on display at FESPA include: Football billboard: This impressive model exemplifies how 3D enhancements can elevate traditional 2D signage to a new level. Standing at 1.8m-tall (5.9ft), the football player was produced in less than 20 hours and demonstrated how print service providers can quickly produce personalized models, including individual football players. Utilizing dynamic billboards such as this enables retailers, theme park and exhibition fabricators to achieve crowd-stopping displays that offer increased customer engagement. Channel Letters: Using large format 3D printing, companies can expand their product offering with cost-effective customized signage for interior or exterior window displays. Providing greater geometric freedom and faster turnaround times compared to traditional methods, Massivit 3D’s solutions open the door to cutting-edge signage. These can incorporate illumination and video mapping, offering enhanced brand awareness.

Massivit 3D demonstrates how print service providers can propel traditional signage and displays to a new dimension with its 3D printing solutions.

Commenting on Massivit 3D’s presence at the show, Isabelle Marelly, Marketing Director of Massivit 3D, said: “Our customers are pushing creative boundaries with unique and highly visual signage and displays. FESPA provides the ideal platform to share these achievements with the wider market and encourage others to take advantage of the business enhancing capabilities created by 3D printing. Large format print services can see how our technology enables them to differentiate their business by extending their service offering and maximize campaign budgets to produce stunning applications that genuinely turn heads and engage audiences.”

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Ricoh Malaysia to unveil new Direct To Garment printers Ricoh Ri 3000/ Ri 6000 DTG printers discover an incredibly short route from design to print. Ricoh Malaysia in Jan 2018 unveiled the Ri 100 Direct to Garment (DTG) Printer. With the release of the new Ri 100 printer, Ricoh continue to expand the possibilities for new and existing garment printing business. To provide a platform for creative entrepreneur to starting a garment printing business or those who wants to add a new profitable product line to their current printing business. As an entry level Direct to Garment (DTG) printer in the market as it can fit on any desks or counters, combining with its easy-tooperate design software, making it extremely convenient and easy for shops such as small businesses and souvenir shops to have it. With a user-friendly software, customers do not need to possess any specialized knowledge or skills to operate the product.

bags, sweatshirts and polo shirts would be compatible with the Ri 100.

Ri 100 uses Ricoh’s own piezo-electric inkjet technology to produce high quality prints. The inkjet is designed to produce incredibly detailed designs and photograph with smooth gradations at 1200x1200. It also comes with a Speed mode and Fine mode that prints garments at less than 1 min 20 sec and 2 min 30 sec respectively.

Ricoh will soon be launching a pair of new devices designed of Direct to Garment (DTG) to make qualified, high quality apparel printing easier, faster and more flexible. Ricoh Ri 3000/ Ri 6000 DTG printers discover an incredibly short route from design to print. With its excellent performance, it is able to print a shirt as fast as in 27 seconds. These devices print at 600 dpi quality even on traditionally difficult media, such as poly 50/50 blend. Ri 3000/ Ri 6000 provide high quality, durable prints and printers take garment printing to the new level by allowing

Materials such as cotton can only be used with the Ri 100 printer to fully utilize its capabilities. Cotton materials such as t-shirts from baby sizes to adult sizes, tote

Customers can truly wish to maximize space, Ricoh also offers the stackable, Rh 100 Finisher. This space saving solution eliminates the need for a separate heat press. With Ri 100, now everyone can own their customized or personalized t-shirts.

users to print directly to shirts, socks and canvas grocery bags and others cotton materials. Ri 3000/ Ri 6000 use a water based inks and this helps to deliver soft, long lasting and eye catching vibrant designs. With the built-in of white ink circulation that dramatically improves ink flow and minimizes waste, it produces high quality prints on even the dark coloured garments. The 2.3 inches of laserassisted table height automatic adjustment eases printing on thick material such as hoodies with zippers. Besides, granular drop size controls help create even sharper prints applications. For those looking to bring the printing of branded apparel in house, with Ri 3000/ Ri 6000’s speed and high quality can help reduce outsourcing costs for gift shops, universities and promotional products. Ri 3000/ Ri 6000 is design specifically to make DTG printing fast and easy. A new, easy to use colour touch screen control panel further streamlines the print process. The ANARIP software enables users to print flies directly from a USB flash drive or any networked PC-without manual colour separation, a time consuming process traditionally required for screen printing. The new features of the software, design can be easily previewed and modified based on the colour of fabric they are being printed to, so designs look the same on the screen as they will on the garment. With Ricoh Ri 3000/ Ri 6000, customers can start bringing high quality garment printing in house easily with just a few simple clicks. Ricoh will be showcasing its latest offerings at the upcoming Malaysia Print Technology Event, that takes place from 2 to 5 August 2018 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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Bengaluru gets India’s 1st GCC multi-purpose UV Flatbed Monotech Systems installs India’s first GCC multi-purpose UV Flatbed at photo print expert PRO LAB. Monotech Systems has installed India’s first GCC JF-240UV multi-purpose UV flatbed printer at Bengaluru based PRO LAB which has a proud history of innovative photo printing and photo book making services. PRO LAB was founded in 2006 by Mr. Naveen Kumar. The company is known for creating world class photo products like photo prints in all sizes (4x6 to 44’x100’), photo books on both traditional silver halide printers & latest offset digital printers with HD quality, album box presentations, decorative canvas, fine art prints and many innovative photo gift products available online. “We have been providing services to professional wedding photographers with highest quality printing and customer service for nearly 12 years. We are committed to bring innovation and provide value added

products that uniquely stand out. GCC is a unique quality machine. We are delivering the unique experience to our customers – like, by putting texture and various special effects on the album hard covers to make them uniquely attractive. This Machine is just brilliant and delivers our motto “Where Quality Matters”. We are confident that we will be able to create wonderful applications with this machine which is a highly capable machine,” says Naveen Kumar, Founder, PROLAB.

30 cm tall object and 50x60 cm print area, it eliminates the limitation of printing. It also offers the flexibility of creating an extensive range of applications including multilayer printing, EZRotary, replica painting, membrane switch panel, PVC card, ADA sign and many more.

The innovative Taiwan Excellence award winner GCC JF-240UV Flatbed Printer comes with high throughput, standard dual-UV LED lamps, 1 litre bulk ink, four colours CMYK and optional Varnish and White colour that offer outstanding printing quality, texture effects and more for short runs and on-demand printing. With applications to a maximum of

Mutoh debuts its new VJ-626UF and VJ-1638UH at Aussie show up to 22 sqm/hr. Mutoh UV ink offers the best adhesion on the market for Corflute and acrylic, without expensive adhesion promoters. Mutoh Australia manufactures wide format printers, cutters, sublimation and textile machines.

Mutoh was present at the Visual Impact show in Brisbane in Australia at stand C10. New for 2018 is the VJ-626UF, an A2+ table-top flatbed printer capable of printing direct to objects up to 150mm high, including bottles. The printer is a perfect solution for trophies, promotional goods and signage.

“For companies looking to expand their business into UV printing the new 1.6M wide VJ-1638UH LED UV hybrid is an ideal fit,” comments Mutoh GM Russell Cavenagh. Also debuted by Mutoh was the new VJ1638UH 64”/1625mm LED-UV printer for roll media and boards up to 15mm high. Featuring two, 8-channel print heads and two curing lamps, it boasts production speeds

“It is capable of printing on roll and rigid medias. The 1.6 metre wide VJ-1638UH is the ideal printer for companies making this step.”

Encres DUBUIT Group launches spot colour for UV LED inkjet digital printing: Chinese Red After launching last November two fluorescent colours (yellow and magenta) in spot colour, Encres DUBUIT Group innovates again with its Chinese red. It is very difficult even impossible to reproduce these shade with colour process (CMYK).

Digital printing allows to customize prints, to make small series but one cannot always get the colours one has defined even with a good profile. With spot colour user dedicates a head of his

machine in the same way as the white and the varnish, spot colour enables to obtain colours not replicable in CMYK (colours which are out of the gamut), as fluo yellow, fluo magenta and Chinese red, and get more beautiful flat areas during digital printing.

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China Interdye and China Textile Printing The event focuses on the twin themes of Science and Technological Innovation and Green Development.

At this year’s exhibition a robust roster of the global leaders promoted new products and new technological applications focusing on the green and environmental aspects of the industry. In addition, delegations of exhibitors from India, Korea and Taiwan joined hands in a move to increase participation.

Key Notes : > 40,000-square meter exhibition area housed 630 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions. > Showcase of advanced environmentallyfriendly dyestuff, organic pigments, catalysts, intermediates, equipment, printers, automation technologies and materials. > Mainly focuses scientific and technological innovation and green development to drive sustainable development.


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The 18th China International Dye Industry, Pigments and Textile Chemicals Exhibition (China Interdye) and China International Digital Textile Printing, Printing and Dyeing Automatics Exhibition (China Textile Printing), took place from April 11 to 13, 2018 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The 40,000-square meter exhibition area housed 630 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions. Exhibitors showcased a variety of advanced environmentally-friendly dyestuff, organic pigments, catalysts, intermediates, as well as environmental impact assessment equipment and digital textile printers in addition to printing and dyeing automation technologies and materials. The two exhibitions, one with a focus on Science and Technological Innovation and the other on Green Development, were hosted by China Dyestuff Industry Association, China Dyeing and Printing Association and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Shanghai SubCouncil and co-organized by Shanghai International Exhibition Service.

18th China Interdye continues to lead industry development Improved downstream demand revives dyes and textile chemicals sectors After destocking for several consecutive years, the

printing and dyeing industry has been revitalized by the textile sector. From January to November, 2017, the printing and dyeing producers above a designated size produced 49.14 billion meters of printed and dyed fabrics, an increase of 5.63 per cent over the same period of a year earlier. Sector-related business revenue reached 354.9 billion yuan (approx. US$56.1 billion), up 6.2 per cent year on year, while profits grew 9.8 per cent year on year to 18.6 billion yuan (approx. US$2.9 billion).

Industry leaders participate in the exhibition and continue to lead development of the sector At this year’s exhibition, a robust roster of the global leaders, including Tanatex, Huntsman, Yorkshire,

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Archroma, Zschimmer & Schwarz, Pulcra, Nicca, Chia Her Industrial, DuoWen, Bozzetto, Evonik Industries, Rudolf, Daikin, AGC, Datacolor, Intertek, and domestic leaders, among them, Zhejiang Longsheng Group, Zhejiang Runtu, Hangzhou Jihua Group, Yabang Chemical, Shanghai Liansheng Chemical, Transfar, Dymatic Chemicals, Hubei Hwalle Dyestuff industry, Kaida, Runhe Chemical Industry, Boao, Tianyuan Chemical, Shanghai Anoky Group, Merida, Jingjin, Xingyuan and Tongda, promoted new products and new technological applications focusing on the green and environmental aspects of the industry. In addition, delegations of exhibitors from India, Korea and Taiwan joined hands in a move to increase participation. This year’s gathering mainly focused on scientific and technological innovation and green development in a move to drive sustainable development over the industry.

China Textile Printing highlights the combination of technology, fashion and environmental protection With the gradual transformation of the printing and dyeing industry, automation, digitalization and information technologies are being seen as a necessity and being more widely applied across the industry, driven by factors that include China’s adjustment to a slower expected annual growth of the economy (what is often referred to as the “New Normal”, the advent of Internet+ [the Chinese government’s program to encourage manufacturers to incorporate the internet into their industry chain]) and intelligent manufacturing. The advances in digital printing technologies are increasingly meeting the expectations of consumers as it relates to colour and function, and are becoming a new highlight and growth point of the industry as the economic model of China’s textile industry transitions into an innovative, eco-friendly and low-carbon one.

Hangzhou Kaiyuan Computer Technology, Human Digital Technology and Newtech Textile Technology Development, ink producers including Huntsman, Everlight Chemical, Zhengzhou Hongsam Digital Science & Technology and Zhejiang Lanyu Digital Technology, as well as printing and dyeing automation technology providers including Greensign, Changshu Hongda Textile Printing and Dyeing and Wuxi Xinda Dyeing Machine Factory showcased their latest products at the event, to jointly build a platform for the transformation of the textile and printing and dyeing industry from a perspective of sustainable development.

Rich concurrent events provide insights into industry trends In 2018, the 100th anniversary of China’s dyestuff industry, China Dyestuff Industry Association hosted the launch event for the establishment of a pan-Asian dyestuffs federation. Many industry associations, including China Dyeing and Printing Association, China Cotton Textile Association,

China Knitting Industrial Association, and China Dyestuff Industry Association’s Organic Pigment Professional Committee, Additives Professional Committee and Masterbatch Professional Committee hosted supporting forums. Zhejiang Lonsen Holding, Transfar, Dymatic Chemicals and Switzerland-based TESTEX organized several technical seminars, presenting advanced technologies and concepts and providing professional visitors with opportunities for exchanges and cooperation.

China Interdye Asia Tour makes efforts to build a platform to assist Chinese makers in their international expansion efforts In a move to accelerate the transformation of China’s dyestuff industry, and help the industry to become a much more active player on the world stage, the organizer of China Interdye plans to continue hosting the Interdye Asia Tour, a platform for exchanges. Interdye Asia Tour will be held in Vietnam once again, taking place in HoChiMinh City in November 2018. The event is expected to go a long way in creating the conditions for Chinese dyestuff and chemicals producers to go globally, build China’s homegrown brands, improve after services, and bring the supplying and purchasing parties together, enabling them achieve mutual benefits and win-win cooperation.

This year’s China Textile Printing was held concurrently with the world’s largest dyeing exhibition, with the aim of creating a onestop “shop” for the procurement of textile, printing and dyeing products, while, at the same time, serving as a wider platform for the development of the industry. Leading digital printing companies including Epson, MS, Hangzhou Honghua Digital Technology,

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Fujifilm’s new roll-to-roll Wide Format Acuity LED 1600R The dedicated press will be exhibited in the Fujifilm booth at SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas. The new Acuity LED 1600R is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s popular Acuity Series, offering customers a flexible, lower cost alternative to the successful Acuity LED 1600 II hybrid press that recently achieved its 1,000th global install. Featuring Q-Class printheads from FUJIFILM Dimatix, the Acuity LED 1600R is a 64 inch dedicated roll-to-roll press, offering four colour channels, with the option of a modular upgrade in the field up to seven colours. It features a high density mode capable of handling heat-sensitive roll media while printing stunning, vibrant displays – making it suitable for backlit and window applications. Like the Acuity LED 1600 II, it offers excellent productivity of up to 355 square feet per hour, and will be available for shipment in June. “The new Acuity LED 1600R is a great

similar machines on the market, the newest member of the Acuity Series has instant start-up, long-life LED UV lamps, no ozone or VOC emissions and only one consumable – the ink.

investment opportunity for print service providers looking to produce high quality, large format graphic displays,” said Kaz Kudo, associate marketing manager, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. “This dedicated roll-to-roll press will be exhibited this fall in the Fujifilm booth at SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas.” Producing low levels of heat and requiring lower ink volumes and less power than

Along with the new press is the new Uvijet RL ink range, which is available in CMYK and CMYK plus light Cyan and light Magenta; along with a modular upgrade option to include White. Picoliter drop sizes range from 10 to 30, allowing for smooth tonal ranges, fine text, and solid colors. Designed for flexible media, Uvijet RL is manufactured by FUJIFILM Specialty Ink Systems, and combined with the Acuity LED 1600R’s patented LED curing system and FUJIFILM Dimatix printheads, it delivers nearphotographic print quality at an impressive speed.

EFI presents new Reggiani textile printer The new digital printer brings new creativity to the industry with an explosion of colour. EFI launched its Reggiani COLORS digital printer at the ITM Exhibition (14-17 April) in Istanbul. Other highlights included advances in traditional manufacturing, with new EFI Mezzera technology for more environmentally sustainable dyeing on denim garments. At ITM, EFI experts highlighted the company’s completely renewed digital printer range, products that give users improved production workflows, including the ability to move to greener, environmentally friendly processes. EFI’s newest Reggiani offering is a unique imaging configuration that is especially

important for customers seeking to establish a distinct competitive advantage. “The new EFI Reggiani COLORS printer launching at ITM is a breakthrough offering for textile producers, offering up to 12 colours that can be printed in a row,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. The EFI Reggiani COLORS digital printer gives users the ability to print nearly any configuration of inks in 180-, 240- and 340-mm widths – including using special inks, inks of different chemistry types, and chemistry for special treatments such as for higher-penetration printing, all at the same time. It prints up to 560 square metres per hour, delivering unmatched printing quality and uniformity with an extended colour gamut, superior colour depth and increased penetration into fabric. Users can place the printer’s 12 colours in a high-productivity 6+6 configuration for superior imaging at much faster throughput speeds. An innovative continuous ink


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recirculation system ensures outstanding reliability and lets users print with a wider variety of inks while reducing purging and maintenance. Plus, a simplified printhead design and proprietary electronics on the printer reduce setup time and streamline maintenance tasks. New EFI Reggiani printing software on the COLORS model allows for real-time image processing, which enhances users’ overall workflow performance. EFI’s advanced tools provide a streamlined workflow and reduced errors without compromising on quality. The ecosystem includes the EFI Fiery Textile Bundle. EFI Optitex software provides an integrated 2D/3D digital solution for the fashion and textile industry. New EFI Mezzera indigo dyeing technology making its worldwide debut at ITM gives textile companies a way to eliminate the excess water usage, chemistry waste and high operating costs of denim production.

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Gartex Expo 2018: Garment and Textile Exhibition This time, the show will be held on a much larger exhibit area with more than 150 companies displaying around 300 brands related to the theme in the 4 halls of Pragati Maidan. India and overseas. Deals on 5-6 machines are on the verge of closing, while two almost closed. This year, the footfall is great. Genuine buyers and even mill owners felt comfortable coming due to the technology displayed at Gartex this time,” - Vijay Kandari, Sales-Head, Negi Sign Systems & Supplies Company.

India’s trade show completely dedicated to garment and textile manufacturing solutions and technologies, Gartex is the biggest and most comprehensive trade show. Riding on the success of previous two editions, MEX Exhibitions is back with its third edition of Gartex, scheduled from 18-20 August 2018. This time, the show will be held on a much larger scale over 10,00,000 sq. ft. of exhibit area, wherein more than 150 companies will display around 300 brands related to the theme in the 4 halls of Pragati Maidan. Being one of the fastest growing exhibitions on garments & textile machinery, fabrics, accessories & allied industries, Gartex will offer exhibitors expanded business contacts through corporate networking alongside locating & reaching out to the target customers.

Gartex 2018 edition will provide a lot of opportunities to manufacturers as well as buyers to get updated on new trends and business opportunities on a bigger scale. Based on the feedback from the last two shows, the organizers have decided to expand the size for the show this year, facilitating a further bigger floor space to accommodate around double the number of exhibitors with an enhanced area for displaying a complete value-chain of garment and textile manufacturing solutions.

Gartex is a great platform to highlight your product range to key decision makers. Taking part in this event will offer many avenues to branch out B2B trading. Broad exhibit categories include Embroidery machines, Cutting and Sewing machines, Fabrics & accessories, Needles & threads, Laundry & washing equipment, Finishing equipment, Laser cutting machines, Digital textile printing machines, Automation, and Softwares. Visitors can be part of India’s most comprehensive trade show Gartex 2018 and witness the innovations & upgradation – taking place in garment & textile manufacturing sphere. Targeted visitors include garment exporters, garment manufacturers, fashion designers, apparel industry professionals, home textile players, textile printing companies, sports & apparel manufacturers, buying houses, etc.

“We have got double the benefit compared to the last show. Visitors came from all across

CNTAC officials visit Newtech Textile Technology Development Officials from the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) recently visited Newtech Textile Technology Development. They appreciated Newtech’s innovation in textile science and technology. CNTAC is a national textile industry organization, and the main members are the textile industry associations. COOLTRANS Technology is a green and eco-friendly production technology. It has many advantages, for example, it increases the added-value of textile printing by enabling finer lines, sharper contour, smoother gradation of prints. What’s unique is its ability

to reduce water and energy consumption, waste effluents and pollution. Additionally, it consumes less dye, features higher dye fixation and cool transfer temperature and less soaping water discharge. The printing effect is higher than direct textile inkjet printing: higher colour yields and more delicate printings on the transfer paper/ file than the direct printings on the textiles. Suitable for reactive, acid, disperse and other ionic dyes, COOLTRANS is an all water-based system. It eco-friendly with high transfer rate and residual inks are easily soluble in water. It features excellent recyclability and supports many processes including Inkjet and gravure printing.

The CNTAC officials praised the cool transfer printing technology by Newtech by calling it an exciting solution in the direction of green environment.

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Mutoh premieres new 64” ValueJet 1638UR at Fespa At the Fespa 2018 Mutoh Europe has the first showcase of UV LED Roll-to-Roll Printer ValueJet 1638UR (VJ-1638UR). At the Fespa 2018 trade show (May 15-18, Berlin), Mutoh premièred a new addition to its growing range of UV LED wide format print solutions, the ValueJet 1638UR (VJ-1638UR). Engineered at Mutoh Japan, the ValueJet 1638UR is an addition to Mutoh’s existing ValueJet 1638UH hybrid UV LED printer which was recognised as the ‘best flatbed/hybrid printer up to 20 sqm/h’ by the European Digital Press Association (EDP). The new ValueJet 1638UR is a 64” (162cm) wide dual head, dual lamp UV LED roll-to-roll printer specifically developed for the commercial print and sign & display markets. The printer uses Mutoh’s new US11 UV LED CMYK, White and Clear 0% VOC inks, available in 220ml cassettes and 800ml bags (500ml for white) which enable printing on the widest range of roll substrates.

An addition to Mutoh’s existing ValueJet 1638UH hybrid UV LED printer which was recognised as the ‘best flatbed/hybrid printer up to 20 sqm/h’ by the European Digital Press Association (EDP).

Key Notes : > Uses Mutoh’s new US11 UV LED CMYK, White and Clear 0% VOC inks to print the widest range of roll substrates. > Creates instant dry output, ready for application or posttreatment. > High added value with white and clear inks; printing on transparent and non-white; multi-layer printing; and spot varnish effects.


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The VJ-1638UR creates instant dry output, ready for application or post-treatment. High added value can be created thanks to the use of white and clear inks enabling printing on transparent media and nonwhite substrates, multi-layer printing and spot varnish effects. The printer integrates two latest generation piezo drop on demand print heads producing print resolutions up to 1440 x 1440dpi. Media roll weights up to 100kg can be handled by the machine.

The 1638UR is suited for the production of high quality graphics, for applications such as in-store promotion prints & deco graphics, floor & window graphics, general signage, customized wallpapers, event banners & exhibition graphics, backlit prints, fine art prints, packaging samples, etc.. “We have seen a considerable increase of sales of our UV LED printers during the past year,” says Kenji Yasuhara, Mutoh Europe’s Managing Director. “The new ValueJet 1638UR will offer both installed-base (eco)solvent users as well as (offset/screen) printers an opportunity to expand their current product offering towards specialty applications and prints with high added value,” continues Yasuhara. “The VJ-1638UR will enable short-run printing on the widest range of substrates on the market. Users will be able to process not only all typical sign & display substrates, but also thin film substrates that may be too heat-sensitive for water-based resin or solvent printers. Also all kinds of non-white substrates can be printed such as transparent, coloured or black media, fluorescent paper, metallic, mirror film, etc. Our clear inks offer the possibility to create multi-layer prints and spot varnish effects. Actually, the only limit is the creativity of the users themselves,” concludes Yasuhara.

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Print Technology 2018: Leaders from the industry to gather in Kuala Lumpur The eighth edition of Print Technology themed Industrial Print will be held in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. Print Technology 2018, a biennial exhibition event since the year 2004 addresses the needs of printing and advertising industries in the region. The eighth edition of Print Technology themed Industrial Print will be held in Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; from the 2nd to 5th of August 2018 with over 12,000 square meters in total of exhibition area. Print Technology in 2016 was highly successful with an outstanding number of business deals concluded and exhibition of the world’s cutting edge technologies from international brands namely Roland, Kornit Digital, EFI, Anajet, Mimaki, DGI, Epson, Mutoh, Canon, Graftec, Hewlett Packard, Brother, OKI, LDP, SUmma, Trotec, REN2, Kurz, Uchida, Morgana, Ricoh and Sindoh. It is estimated over 18,000 attendees to come for the printing exhibition. Numerous international visitors will be participating in the exhibition. Representatives from the Asia Pacific region countries like Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines and last but not least, Malaysia’s neighbouring countries, Thailand and Singapore.

Print Technology is a member of the Federation of Asia Print Exhibition(Asia Print) and Asia Advertisement Association(AAA) and is endorsed by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation(MATRADE). Print Technology plays the role of being an important platform for Asia’s advertising and printing trade industry bringing leaders from the industry to gather in Kuala Lumpur, accepting greater challenges, providing superior services to printing industries, creating endless opportunities, discussing major issues and showing the latest and advanced technologies of printing products and solutions ranging from printing equipment to materials. In the face of globalisation, the printing industry, like any other industry needs to improve on strengthening competitiveness in the market. Prestigious printing enterprises and equipment manufacturers - both domestic and international - have been putting in great efforts to create awareness on the ways to maximise growth for the industry and its members. Leading players from the industry will participate in the event to exhibit their state of the art technology

to provide a strong impression to the Asian and world market. The organisers will keep announcing the products and exhibition highlights as well as more surprises as we get closer to the date of the event. Print Technology 2018: Industrial Print strive to expand by diversifying and integrating: • Packaging & Label • Digital Print • Print Buyer • Malaysia Textile Printing Show • 3D Print

PERFECT FIT for Digital Label Production HIGH IMAGE QUALITY AND HIGH-PRECISION PRINTING Multi-gradation Data Processing at a high Resolution of 1200dpi x 8bit 8bit/256-gradation processing “S.E.A.D” Image Processing Technology to meet Sophisticated Needs OPERABILITY AND MAINTAINABILITY Ease of Tasks such as Colour Adjustments & Reprinting compared to Analogue Machines



Realisation of production speed 13.5m/min*1 for pressure sensitive adhesive substrate

Complete colour management control allows consistency across substrate from the beginning to end of entire press run


SPACE ECONOMICAL Footprint (W x D x H): 5160mm x 3170mm x 1480mm (operation unit included)

Capable of continuous printing of a maximum size of 1,195 x 320mm FUNCTION WITHOUT PRINTING PLATE Provides flexibility for high-mix low-volume jobs at affordable cost

*1 Feeding speed needs to be changed depending on the paper type: 18.9, 13.5, 9.45m/min.

Industrial Print Magazine April-June 2018 Issue  
Industrial Print Magazine April-June 2018 Issue