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India-made flexible packaging machines of global standard are here! The flexible packaging industry is evolving at a brisk pace with the advent of new technology as was on display at the mega biennial Plastindia exhibition held last month in Gandhinagar. Like its earlier editions, the 10th edition was a resounding success with a large international contingent. The show attracted 1,800 exhibitors from 44 countries, and around 2.46-lakh visitors, according to the organizers. The show was on one hand a dazzling array of live demos showcasing cutting edge innovations and packaging solutions, and a launching pad for many budding as well as established flexible packaging equipment manufacturers from India on the other. And these launches were no mere launches but flawless execution of technology imported from global leaders or with the aid of experts in the related field. These new generation, Indian-made machines, which come with all bells and whistles that any top-end European or Western players provide, will definitely empower the Indian converters and packaging solution providers to deliver same efficiency and productivity with new standard in cost effectiveness. At the event, Pelican introduced India-made rotogravure press under Cerutti technology, which means Pelican signed a strategic agreement with Cerutti to manufacture Cerutti’s rotogravure press in India. Under the terms of the agreement, Pelican will use Cerutti’s manufacturing technology and designs to produce rotogravure presses in India. Similarly, Uflex launched its fully automatic co-extrusion lamination machine at the Plastindia event. Uflex has roped in Uwe Fidersek, who has over 40 years of hands-on experience with one of the best extrusion lamination machine manufacturing companies of the world, to provide his expertise in manufacturing state-of-the-art extrusion lamination machines to be sold in India and world over in the times to come. The Plastindia exhibition is a perfect example of how equipment manufacturing in the country has evolved, but still it is only a microcosm of what is happening in the flexible packaging market, as there are many other high-voltage events happening across the country. Cosmo Films, for example, plans to start a new PET line in Aurangabad in Maharashtra next year. According to Pankaj Poddar of Cosmo Films, the expansion plan for next two years is in the Rs 325–375 crore range. Then there is Constantia Flexibles investing a double-digit million euro amount to expand the production capacity at its Indian subsidiary Parikh Packaging in Ahmedabad. Roorkee-based Osho Flexibles has installed Manugraph’s first CI flexo press – CyberFlex 1708-850 recently. Here again, Manugraph has entered into a strategic alliance with Italy-based CI flexo press manufacturer Carraro to commence the manufacturing of high-end CI flexo presses in India at Manugraph’s Kolhapur facility. The flexible packaging industry has also been witnessing new players entering the market. One such entrant is Noida-based Naph Graphics. Although the company diversified to the field of manufacturing slitter-rewinders not long ago, yet it has carved a niche in the market in a remarkably short span of time. Naph is leveraging its more than two decades of engineering, manufacturing and after-sales expertise to crack the market. Flexible packaging features heavily in this edition of The Packman. I hope you will enjoy reading our Plastindia reviews along with other interesting stories. – Mahan Hazarika, Editor, THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018



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PAGE 8 EDITORIAL India-made flexible packaging machines of global standard are here!--------------------- 3

DESIGN AND MARKETING New holography keeps packaging fresh----- 6

PREPRESS AND SOFTWARE Shilp Gravures installs India’s first Kodak Flexcel NX 5080----------------------------------- 8



Bobst presents latest advancements at Plastindia 2018------------------------------------20

Two Rapida 106 presses for Noor Carton & Packaging------------------------------------------37

Cosmo Films to invest Rs 325-375 crore in expansion over next two years----------------22

Heidelberg and WEIG implement new digital business model for folding carton printing-- 38

Constantia Flexibles invests Rs 100 crore --------------------------------------24

Bringing market change to packaging with new and innovative print technology---------39

SML Films to set up greenfield plant in Europe-----------------------------------------------25


DMA Innotec displays electronic engraver DMA R10 at Plastindia 2018-------------------25

Konica Minolta appoints Insight and Reifenhäuser as channel partners-----------40

A.T.E. and Valence display innovative products and solutions --------------------------26

HP introduces advanced digital labels and packaging portfolio-------------------------------41

SGK to use PackZ worldwide------------------10

Michelman inaugurates innovation centre in Mumbai----------------------------------------------27

Vinsak repeats order at Manipal International Printing Press--------------------------------------42

X-Rite and Pantone publish Digital Maturity Model for Brand Packaging--------------------10

BST eltromat displays iPQ Center at Plastindia 2018 -----------------------------------28


South’s flexible major debuts at Plastindia 2018---------------------------------28

Label printers world wide use the flexibility and productivity of new Gallus Labelmaster----------------------------------------43

Kiran Consultants receives good response at Plastindia 2018---------------------------------- 9

Flexible plastics remain India’s dominant packaging format---------------------------------12

Dow launches fully recyclable polyethylene packaging solution in India---------------------29

India and China will continue to offer unprecedented scope for growth for holograms------------------------------------------13



B&R’s next-generation automation solutions for building smart machines at Plastindia 2018---------------------------------30

Uflex launches fully automatic co-extrusion laminator--------------------------------------------14


Roorkee-based Osho Flexibles installs CyberFlex 1708-850-----------------------------16

SIPM achieves production record with Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY flexo folder-gluer--32

SP Ultraflex launches Roboslit Plus dual turret slitter-rewinder-----------------------------17

CSI becomes first to purchase complete EFI Nozomi digital press and ERP-----------------33

An advanced slitter-rewinder by Naph Graphics – SlitLine 35---------------------------18

Highcon launches Euclid IIIC diecutter for corrugated-------------------------34

Pelican introduces India-made rotogravure press under Cerutti technology----------------19


Jindal Poly Films commissions widest Reifenhauser CPP line in India----------------19





Spectrra Prints installs Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 6-color plus coater-----36

Siegwerk to manufacture Agfa’s inkjet UV inks--------------------------------------45 Omet Group appoints new sales head for its labels business------------------------------------45

EVENTS More than 60% exhibition space in Printpack India 2019 already sold-------------------------46 Xeikon Café 2018 introduces Academy-----47

INDUSTRY NEWS Christian Traumann of MULTIVAC new interpack president-------------------------------48 Tetra Pak delivers more than half a billion fully renewable packages-----------------------48 Koenig & Bauer announces a 3.7% price increase---------------------------------------------49 MPS opens branch office in Asia-------------49

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z INNOVATION IN HOLOGRAPHIC FILMS New holography keeps packaging fresh


echnological advances push holograms forward for packaging applications, says Manoj Kochar, chair of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association, who looks at the latest eye-catching – and award-winning – developments.

End-user demand and the search for ever more interesting packaging concepts and design show holography continues to prove itself to be an extremely versatile and flexible technology. It lends itself to integration with various substrates and print and conversion technologies, thus creating new products and applications. There is now a new generation of optical structures in development with distinct visual effects that will make it easy to identify, and even more difficult to simulate, while new techniques in film coating and manufacturing technology are seeing the boundaries for the use of holographic materials being pushed further and further: a wide variety of specialist origination techniques offer an almost infinite variety of colorful 3D visual effects, ranging from the bright and stunning, to subtle graphic features and tones. The brightness, vivacity and luster of the hologram makes it a very eye-catching packaging accouterments. Indeed, various surveys have established that the technology grabs the attention of the consumer browsing along shelves in a store or supermarket. This is the one single property that all brand owners look for in their packaging – maximum brand appeal. Holograms also impart a premium look to the package, which is why more and more companies are using holographic films and foils in their packaging. Toothpastes, premium cosmetics and personal care products are among the big users of holographic elements in their packaging. In this application, the security that is naturally provided by a hologram is of peripheral benefit as any custom designed holographic pattern offers the option of including security features to make the package secure against counterfeiting. Innovation in holographic films are ideal




The Hazen 2016 brochure features rich, graceful and elegant printed patterns, pearlescent and metallic coatings that glisten on the surface of paper

for a wide variety of flexible eye-catching applications, further increasing the creative visual opportunities for packaging and print designers to reinforce brand identities, catch the customer’s eye and reinvigorate mature or aging designs. Indeed, holography’s constant capacity to refresh and reinvigorate brands continues, highlighted by the recent holography industry awards – the Excellence in Holography Awards 2017 – where imaginative solutions reinforcing the important role the technology plays, particularly in tackling product anti-counterfeiting and authentication were to the fore. An eye-catching design for an annual calendar and supporting materials won the Best Applied Decorative/Packaging Product. The Hazen 2017 calendar and supporting six panel brochure and folder, features rich, graceful and elegant printed patterns, pearlescent and metallic coatings that glisten on the surface of paper. The proprietary imaging processes used by Hazen, produce papers than can be optimized and customized by in-house designers to produce 3-dimensional and truly holographic shapes and complex artistic designs.

And of course, where holography delivers eye-catching design to packaging, it also adds value as a highly effective and tamper resistant security feature. For example, the advanced optical security element DID Graphic Wave from Surys, which is easy to identify with the naked eye, has been showcased for its role as a next generation visual security design, visually disruptive from traditional holograms. The technology reproduces a design with two diffractive colors, visible at a direct reflection angle. When the image is 90° rotated on a horizontal plane, there is a tint permutation between two colors: its recognition is extremely easy and very ergonomic. Magnum from Holostik is a secure yet eyecatching hologram that incorporates a portfolio optical of features including: full visible dynamic effects, emboss effects producing depth, kinetic effect, a Fresnel effects, 2D/3D effects, 3D text, a gradient effect, animated flower and text, and an animated covert laser readable effect together with many other features. New imaging techniques and combinations of other overt authentication technologies with holograms are producing advanced optical security devices which combine ease of recognition benefits with significantly enhanced resistance to counterfeits, enabling products to be controlled through an expanded system solution involving security authentication features, tracking mechanisms and investigative services. So, it remains appropriate that as the hologram marks more than 70 years since its invention, the technology remains as pertinent as ever, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as an effective packaging device, demonstrating the highest standards of visual appeal, quality, creativity and technical ambition. And, with the seemingly remorseless march of technology, there’s no reason why it will not continue to evolve as packaging designers and developers continue to see the benefits unfold before their eyes and remain comfortable with a technology that has a lot to offer. z

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z FASTER AND LARGER FLEXO DIGITAL IMAGER Shilp Gravures installs India’s first Kodak Flexcel NX 5080


hilp Gravures, one of Asia’s largest gravure cylinder makers, has become the first company in India to install the Kodak Flexcel NX Wide 50 x 80 system. The investment in Kodak’s Flexcel NX technology underpins Shilp Gravures’ strategy and confidence in the system to help grow its flexography business.

Explaining how the company chose to invest in their new flexo plate-making setup, Gajanan Bhavsar, marketing director at Shilp Gravures, said, “The market and our customers demand higher levels of productivity and improved output. There is a realization that flexo quality today rivals gravure, while also reducing the number of colors on press. With the Flexcel NX system and plates, Kodak has better technology on offer and also the capability of imaging a 50 x 80 flexo plate – a first for India, that enables us to efficiently make large-format plates. With this, we can also cater to the demands of corrugation industry. We have observed smoother vignettes and better solid ink density with Kodak’s NX digital flexo plates, meaning we can use higher screens and really bump up quality. Add to this enhanced ink transfer capacity and higher resolution with flat top dots, and we get a quality plate that allows for fine image reproduction that delivers superior output with today’s new, high-tech CI and label presses.” Flexography, especially with Kodak’s Flexcel NX technology, has made a tremendous footprint in labels and tags and now has lived up to the expectations of flexible packaging gravure converters too. Gradually, flexography is becoming their first choice as every gravure converter is investing in a CI press. This is following a trend earlier witnessed in Europe and the US, where the number of flexography presses now rival that of gravure presses. “In the flexible converting space, the West of India has been a sort of ‘Silicon Valley’ as more and more wide-web CI flexo presses are installed. Hence, Shilp Gravures’ choice of installing in a Wide 50 x 80 flexo platemaking system is apt to cater to the demand on these presses,” says Abraham Prabhakar, vice president for




Kodak Thermal Imaging Layer sheet on Shilp’s first run of the 50 x 80 NX system

The leadership team of Shilp Gravures with their newly installed Kodak Flexcel NX Wide 50 x 80 imager

flexographic packaging division, Kodak India. Increasingly, customers in India and around the world from the flexo printing, packaging, and branded-goods industries are opting Kodak’s differentiated flexo technology to drive growth. The Kodak Flexcel NX system has fundamentally changed and redefined flexographic plate making and printing all over the world. It delivers high performing digital flexo plates for the widest variety of package printing applications and enables printers to drive towards their

environmental sustainability goals. And with a cost-effective flexo print process, Kodak Flexcel NX technology delivers quality levels that rival offset and gravure printing. Bhavsar added, “Kodak and their technology has been serving the printing and graphic arts industry since a long time. Their local service as well as continuous efforts with global R&D are a good fit. This recent addition of the Flexcel NX Wide 50 x 80 system blends well with our existing setup and helps us be future ready.” z

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After growing success in domestic market, Flexibiz ERP eyes opportunities outside India ANWESH KOLEY


oida-based Kiran Consultants, one of India’s leading developers of ERP and CRM solutions for the packaging industry, has been in the news for quite some time now for its aggressive marketing and growing number of installation base across the country. “We are getting excellent response from the Indian packaging industry. Currently, the implementation of our Flexibiz ERP is going on at least in three reputed companies – Darshan Flexibles – Mysore (3 plants); Mewar Group of Companies – Udaipur (10 plants); and DS Group’s new plant in Guwahati. In addition, we are also getting a very good response from countries like Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria and more,” said Suresh Bansal, director, Kiran Consultants. Kiran Consultants has been providing ERP and CRM solutions to the packaging industry since 1988. Under the brand Flexibiz, Kiran caters to the requirements of flexibles packaging, labels, cartons, woven and non-woven bags manufacturers. With expertise of over 30 years, the company has tremendously simplified its solution over the years bringing in more flexibility and a range of user-defined functions, making the product ready-to-go-live within a very short span of time. Bansal said, “We have tried our best to bring in maximum user-defined processes, functions and specifications so that the small and medium enterprises (SME) segment can easily adapt to the new solution. Flexibiz can

Gaurav Bansal (second from right) with DS Group director Bhuvnesh Gupta (extreme left) at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

We are getting excellent response from the Indian packaging industry. Currently, the implementation of our Flexibiz ERP is going on at least in three reputed companies – Darshan Flexibles, Mewar Group of Companies, and DS Group. In addition, we are also getting a very good response from countries like Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria and more – Suresh Bansal help them in track-and-trace, client audits, wastage controls, procurement controls, customer order compliance, stock replenishment, job scheduling and more.” Flexibiz ERP is developed using latest technologies – .Net (Framework 4.6) and Oracle Database – and can be accessed over Cloud from anywhere without any third-party software. “We have native apps in the Android and iOS platforms for Flexibiz CRM as well as ERP on mobile,” said Bansal.

PLASTINDIA 2018 At Plastindia 2018, Kiran Consultant’s stand witnessed massive footfall throughout the exhibition days. The company also closed a couple of deals which the company said would make public very soon. “It was a great event for us,” said Gaurav Bansal of Kiran Consultants. “In addition to closing deals and meeting our old customers, we have also managed to meet new prospects who are highly impressed with our ERP solution.” z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018



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GK, a global brand development, activation and brand deployment company, has signed an agreement with Hybrid Software to license its PackZ native PDF editor for use in all SGK facilities worldwide. This agreement was reached after an extensive pilot program in multiple facilities in the US, Europe and Asia. PackZ is a powerful object-based native PDF artwork editor for packaging, with sophisticated color handling, intelligent objects, trapping, warping, and stepping capabilities. It can also import and export native Adobe Illustrator files for SGK to exchange with designers, brand customers and print providers. SGK plans to install 425 PackZ licenses at their production facilities in North and South America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Gary Kohl, president, SGK Brand Solutions, said, “The relationship with Hybrid Software gives us the opportunity to fundamentally reimagine how we manage our workflows, and will allow us to drive efficiency across our platform so that

SGK plans to install 425 PackZ licenses at their production facilities in North and South America, Europe, and Asia Pacific

we can continue to be the most competitive graphics provider in our industry.” “Hybrid Software is honored to be an instrumental part in SGK’s quest for generating the technology of the future in Order Lifecycle Management,” said Guido Van der Schueren, chairman of the board of Hybrid. “This partnership is natural since Hybrid is targeting the production side of the label and packaging

pre-media market, and SGK is strongly focused on the brand owners which form a large part of its customer base. Together, SGK and Hybrid Software can provide better productivity tools resulting in superior service towards the brand owner community. The goal is seamless connectivity across product management, marketing, and advertising to be able to take action across the different platforms.” z



-Rite, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone, along with MediaBeacon, Esko and AVT released a new white paper, The Digital Maturity Model for Brand Packaging, highlighting the levels of digitization within the brand packaging process. Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies experience continued pressure to produce new and more products quickly. This forces them to assess the current capacity and capabilities of their consumer packaging processes, including packaging workflow, color management, digital printing and coding. Senior leadership at many CPGs are adopting digital technologies and implementing digital automation to cultivate packaging as a core business capability.




“Brands understand the benefits of streamlining processes in order to increase speed to market for their products,” says Cindy Cooperman, global director, brand and Packaging at X-Rite. “Our digital maturity model allows CPG brands to identify their current capability level in developing packaging. It’s also a valuable framework for defining the future strategies, processes, and digital tools required to more effectively address color requirements, drive revenue and improve operational efficiencies across the packaging value chain.” The Digital Maturity Model for Brand Packaging defines five levels of maturity: Reactive, Organized, Digitized, Connected, and Intelligent. In the white paper, each of the five stages is clearly described, as well as 14 dimensions that

comprise the maturity levels. For each level, there are descriptions of what motivates a business to level-up their capabilities. z

X-Rite and Pantone publish Digital Maturity Model for Brand Packaging

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z ONGOING PACKAGING TRENDS IN INDIA Flexible plastics remain India’s dominant packaging format MAHAN HAZARIKA



ccording to a report published by Euromonitor, titled Global Packaging Trends 2017 – Global Growth Markets for Packaging, shaped liquid cartons will see the highest CAGR of 12.5% during 2015-2020, driven by growth in plain yogurts in key markets. Dairy products in China will lead the growth in brick liquid cartons, with slim 250 ml cartons gaining popularity. Flexible plastics remain the dominant packaging format in India as well, followed by flexible paper and PET bottles. The flexible plastics segment is forecast to see CAGR during 2015-2020 of 9.1% while PET bottles will register a CAGR of over 15%. Flexible paper segment will grow by a CAGR of 7.1% during 2015-2020. Greater awareness about health and wellness, environmental issues and overall macroeconomic factors are the three key trends that will affect not only the Indian market but the global packaging market in the coming year, according to the report. Here are some of the ongoing packaging trends in India: THE USE OF METAL TINS DECLINES IN BABY FOOD AS FOLDING CARTONS COME TO THE FORE The importance of folding cartons continues to rise in baby food. While the main advantage of folding cartons is affordability, this type also offers large surface areas for the printing of attractive images and the listing of product information. Baby food packaging continues to see sales growth driven by affordable flexible plastic and folding cartons. According to the global report, these pack types saw 6% retail unit volume growth each in 2016, with flexible plastic accounting for 49% of overall units in the year and flexible plastic accounting for 45% share. These pack types are popular due to their low cost in terms of production and distribution, which enables players to keep prices to a minimum and thus attract India’s price-sensitive consumers.




DYNAMIC GROWTH FOR LIQUID CARTONS AND METAL BEVERAGE CANS IN SOFT DRINKS Aseptic liquid cartons was the most dynamic pack type in soft drinks in 2017 due to its dominance in juice, with shaped liquid cartons recording particularly strong growth. Liquid cartons offer numerous advantages such as being light, biodegradable and distinctive on retail shelves, making them increasingly popular. In a recent interview with The Packman, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, president and CEO, new business initiatives, Uflex Limited, said, “The Indian aseptic market is growing in excess of 15% per annum. This is a very promising growth. In the next 5 to 6 years, the market will double up in all likelihoods. The industry is up for great and exciting times ahead.” The Indian aseptic liquid packaging market is expected to double up in the next five years to approximately 20 billion packs per annum. Drawing parallels, China boasts of a tremendous growth story which has already reached approximately 80 billion packs. In India, with similar population, the growth potential is huge. According to industry experts, the aseptic liquid packaging market in India easily has a scope to accommodate 3 to 4 players. Till recently, the Indian market was being catered by one player. With the entry of Uflex’ s Asepto, the Indian market is clearly moving from monopoly to oligopoly.

Earlier during its review period, Euromonitor noticed that SAB Miller launched several of its beer brands in 1,000 ml PET bottles. The company’s experience in the use of large PET bottles in Eastern European countries led to the brands Haywards, Knockout and Fosters being bottled in 1,000 ml PET bottles at its plant in Maharashtra. Another trend seen in the alcobev segment, according to the report, is the premiumization strategies by leading players. Rising levels of taxation, the increasing cost of molasses and ethanol, and changes to the regulations relating to packaging have all fueled increasing unit prices across the alcoholic drinks industry. As a result, the leading players in alcoholic drinks have been forced into premiumization strategies in an effort to protect their margins and justify their passing of rising costs on to end consumers.

CONVENIENCE SPURS THE PERFORMANCE OF BEAUTY AND PERSONAL CARE PACKAGING The usage of beauty and personal care products is rising among affluent urban consumers, with sun care, facial moisturizers and facial cleansers among the most dynamic categories. Consumers are increasingly looking for smaller sized products which offer portability and convenience when working or traveling.

LITTLE CHANGE IN HOME CARE PACKAGING AS PLAYERS FOCUS ON OFFERING VALUE INSTEAD According to the Euromonitor report, demand in home care is still based mainly on price and brand positioning, and packaging has not emerged as a key driver of demand in the industry. The only notable trends in home care packaging are thus being driven more by shifts in consumer behavior such as the rising penetration of automatic washing machines, which has led to a shift away from hand wash detergents in flexible packaging towards automatic detergents in folding cartons. z


z HOLOGRAPHY: GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY IN 2018 India and China will continue to offer unprecedented scope for growth for holograms


lobal threats will push demand and see increased integration of holograms alongside other authentication, and track and trace technologies to deliver overt and covert protection in 2018, says the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

This will only strengthen holography’s role in areas such as tax stamp programs in the next 12 months, combating the multi-billion global trade in illicit or counterfeit tobacco and alcohol products. While Europe and North America will continue to offer opportunity, it’s in the hot spots of Asia, where counterfeiting appears systemic, that offers massive commercial potential. IHMA chair Manoj Kochar says, “Countries across Asia, notably India and China, will continue to offer unprecedented scope for growth for holograms in the battle to stem the tide of counterfeit goods flooding onto the market. We will continue to see over the coming months increased integration of holograms in these territories as part of brand protection strategies being adopted by government and security agencies looking to tackle the problem.” This will see the IHMA set to build on its work with the Chinese authorities to address the problems. Such moves will protect those retail brands destined for export markets against the threat of counterfeit criminals and organized crime. “Counterfeiting cannot be defeated in isolation, so collaboration with the likes of the IHMA will be paramount,” adds Kochar. “What we offer in terms of helping to tackle counterfeiting particularly with the use of the Hologram Image Register, has to be a welcome priority. International communication, openmindedness and closer collaboration will be beneficial as we move forward, helping us to tackle and solve this problem together.” This will include added value authentication solutions, as advocated in ISO 12931, to enable examiners to verify the authenticity of a legitimate product, differentiating it from

India and China, will continue to offer unprecedented scope for growth for holograms in the battle to stem the tide of counterfeit goods flooding onto the market

the counterfeits. Even those that carry a ‘fake’ authentication feature can be distinguished from the genuine item if it carries a carefully thought-out authentication solution. The arrival of new banknotes in 2018, including the new Armenian series, new notes from Canada and Australia and the new Swiss 200 Franc, will only strengthen holography’s central role as a cutting-edge security device. “Holography will continue to hold up well in comparison with other optical variable features in the currency market, and will endure for the foreseeable future,” says Kochar. “The use of polymer notes is growing and will benefit from holographic security features that will continue to reassure both central banks and the public about currency authenticity. Some of the holographic features in more traditional paper substrates will also continue to push the boundaries of what the technology can now achieve, demonstrating that there is plenty of mileage in holography yet. In addition, 2018 will also herald the Reserve Bank of India’s choice of selected products and providers for holographic security foils on banknotes, with approximate annual volumes of eight billion units.” Holograms for ID, where innovations linked to digital applications, packaging and tax stamps, are all tipped for continued growth. “We have seen holographic features on ID documents grow hugely over the last few years, and there’s now a suite of products that incorporate

‘opto-digital’ functionality,” says Kochar. “Eyecatching holograms add design appeal to brand packaging, so 2018 will see extended success in a sector where companies have to invest in new products or refresh existing brands to meet consumer demand.” The IHMA also predicts more activity for holographic optical elements (HOE) – an exciting area of opportunity for holography. Kochar says, “We will see organizations exploring holography technologies for new wearable head-up displays and other smart devices to enhance people’s lives: While we have seen some fantastic industrial uses of this technology, we are yet to see significant consumer adoption, mainly due to price. Will 2018 be the year that changes this?” With LEDs in use as vehicle rear lights and brake lights, HOEs are being used to enhance the emitted light while they also have an important role in vehicle instrumentation and improving the image on small and large format LCD and OLED displays. The application of holography in solar energy harvesting could also be an area to watch in the coming years as holographic mass production technology gains traction, which will help to decrease the cost of solar panels and improve efficiency. “Display holograms, which are often overlooked and a small sector within the holographic market also possess growth potential, so 2018 could well see activity in this sector starting to gain some traction,” concludes Manoj Kochar. z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018





Uflex launches fully automatic co-extrusion laminator at Plastindia 2018 MAHAN HAZARIKA


n December 2017, the engineering business of Uflex demonstrated its semiautomatic co-extrusion lamination machine at an Open House at its premises in Noida. Almost two months later at Plastindia 2018, it launched its fully automatic co-extrusion lamination machine. “While the semi-automatic co-extrusion lamination machine displayed at the Open House had speeds up to 250 meters/minute, the fully automatic machine runs at speeds up to 300 meters/minute. Progressively, depending on customers’ requirements, we would like to graduate to speeds up to 350 meters/ minute and then 400 meters/minute,” said Ajay Tandon, president and chief executive officer, engineering business at Uflex Limited. The fully automatic co-extrusion laminator offers a maximum web width of 1300 mm (in LDPE) and can process LDPE, EVA, EAA and PP. Equipped with turret type unwinders and rewinders with auto-splicing, it has 3-layer feedblock with variable geometry. Auto-splicing is available at all stations with maximum speed. It has a specially designed primer coating station for giving anchor coat better bond strength. The machine is also equipped with hydraulic screen changer to increase up-time and has an imported automatic T-die for easy clean-up. The fully automatic machine employs a computerized auto gauge control system to read and correct the coating thickness automatically, if required. Uflex has more than 15 extrusion lamination machines running at its different convert-




Flexibles ing plants, all imported from various parts of the world. “Now we are manufacturing our own extrusion laminators,” said Tandon. “We had launched the first extrusion lamination machine for laminating Woven Poly Propylene (WPP) to OPP film about two years ago. That machine was installed at our own plant. After successfully running the machine and eliminating snags, we took up the project in commercial direction, and started making these machines about a year-and-a-half ago for coating and/or laminating different plastic films”.

“Although low- and medium-end extrusion coating machines are being made in India, semiautomatic and fully automatic co-extrusion or tandem machines like the ones that we make, specifically for wide web lamination, were never being made by any manufacturer in India before Uflex,” Tandon said. According to Tandon, Uflex has already rolled out two semi-automatic machines for two customers. He added, “We already have four orders in hand while another 3 to 4 orders at negotiation stage. We are quite sure that we will get some good leads at the show. We hope to roll out at least 5 to 7 machines in next 12 months.”

In a recent development, Uflex has roped in Uwe Fidersek as advisor – global extrusion coating technology, Uflex. Fidersek has over 40 years of hands-on experience in design and production, installation, commissioning and providing customer service on extrusion lamination machine with one of the best companies of the world located in Germany. Fidersek will provide his expertise to Uflex in manufacturing state-of-the-art extrusion lamination machines to be sold in India and world over in the times to come. The extrusion lamination process is becoming more and more popular in India since last 6 to 8 years. However, Uflex started it almost 20 years ago, though it was at a much smaller scale at that time, according to Tandon. In last about 10 years, it has picked up due to various advantages that it provides. “There are a lot of advantages in using this particular kind of a lamination process over adhesive lamination,” said Tandon. Extrusion lamination offers benefits such as: alleviation of solvents/compounds used in adhesives; ruling out white base ink-printing of the ensuing laminate by using masterbatch in the extrudate that renders it white thereby bringing immense cost savings to the converter; enhanced bond strength; consistent/continuous production of laminate owing to auto-splicing feature of the extrusion laminator; no curing required as in the case of adhesive lamination thereby enhancing production throughput and better strength and barrier properties as compared to adhesive lamination. LDPE is especially suitable for use in the extrusion coating process and is applied to a wide variety of substrates. A major application is in the coating of board for milk and fruit juice cartons, as an LDPE/board/LDPE or LDPE/ board/LDPE/aluminum foil/LDPE laminate (the latter for aseptic packaging). Other applications include specialized laminates for liquid and food packaging, and industrial and building uses. The polyethylene coating provides increased tear resistance, scuff resistance, a heat sealable surface, resistance against chemicals, grease resistance, and a good barrier against water and various gases. z

L – R: Ajay Tandon, Uwe Fidersek and Sanjay Sabharwal with the fully automatic co-extrusion laminator at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman






Roorkee-based Osho Flexibles installs CyberFlex 1708-850


anugraph, which recently diversified to flexible packaging, has sold its first CI flexo press, CyberFlex 1708-850, to Roorkee-based Osho Flexibles Limited. Speaking about the brand new press, Avneet Gupta, Osho Flexibles, said, “The quality of the CI flexo press by Manugraph, together with Carraro’s long standing experience in mechanical sturdiness, innovation, versatility and easy handling, were key reasons why we purchased the press. In addition, we could buy it in Indian currency, making it a very viable option for us and best of all, we have Manugraph’s topclass sales and service support in India which we are very happy about.”

According to Pradeep Shah, managing director of Multigraph, the installation of the press at Osho is already under process. Multigraph is the global marketing and sales partner of Manugraph for CI flexo. Manugraph has entered into a strategic alliance with Italy-based CI flexo press manufacturer Carraro to commence the manufacturing of CI flexo press in India at Manugraph’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kolhapur. Manugraph’s manufacturing facility in Kolhapur is spread over a sprawling 1,38,000 square meter area, where Manugraph already manufactures its web offset presses. Manugraph is a leading manufacturer of web offset presses since 1972. Carraro is a pioneer in making flexo presses and the collaboration will features Carraro’s long standing experience in mechanical and electronic sturdiness, versatility and easy handling, together with Manugraph’s detail for quality, precision and modern engineering. “The core of the collaboration is technology transfer by Carraro to build high-quality CI flexo presses in India. Under the collaboration, we get the drawings, know-hows and training from Carraro,” said Shah.




L to R: Pradeep Shah, Hiten Mehta and Luigi Carraro at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

“Our goal is to make indigenous CI flexo presses of same quality and standard as European brands. Our objective is to satisfy every customer by delivering proper service and support which has been the backbone of Manugraph all these years. We will translate this into the CI business as well,” explained Shah. “We will also export our CI-flexo presses to different parts of the world.”

PLASTINDIA 2018 At the recently concluded Plastindia 2018 exhibition, Manugraph launched its gearless Manuflex 1308 – 400 CI flexo press which features eight printing units. With a printing width of 1.3 meters, the press runs at speeds up to 400

m/minute. Multigraph, Manugraph, Perfect Printgraph and Kohli Industries had a joint stand at the exhibition. In addition to the launch of the Manuflex, Perfect Printgraph and Kohli Industries exhibited their high-quality electronic line shaft (ELS) stack flexo press with high quality registration and solventless laminator respectively. Multigraph Machinery group president Hiten Mehta, who is also the owner of Perfect Printgraph, said, “The ELS stack flexo press is a smart machine which can be controlled remotely. At speeds up to 250 meter per minute, the biggest USP of the stack flexo press is the highly reduced changeover time.” z – Mahan Hazarika



SP Ultraflex launches Roboslit Plus dual turret slitter-rewinder with 1000 m/min speed MAHAN HAZARIKA


t the recently concluded Plastindia 2018, SP Ultraflex launched its latest version of slitter-rewinder in the Roboslit series – Roboslit Plus. Running at speeds up to 1000 m/min, the dual turret slitter-rewinder is an extension of the flagship Roboslit series which is designed for 800 m/ min speed. “Roboslit Plus is a new generation turret machine where we have taken the speed up to 1000 m/min. We have added a lot of safety features on the machine as well as performance-related features which help improve the quality of the finished reel,” said Biku Kohli, managing director of SP Ultraflex. Kohli explained that the ramp up and ramp down time of Roboslit Plus has been reduced to 45 seconds. This allows converters to actually finish their job by running the machine at the maximum speed of 1000 m/minute even while working on short-run jobs, which may be as small as 800 meter. In addition to the Roboslit Plus, SP Ultraflex also displayed its basic slitter-rewinder, Primaslit FL, at the exhibition. “We make eight different slitter-rewinders, and in this segment, this is the widest product range in the world,” said Kohli. Primaslit FL runs at the highest speed of 600 m/min and is a duplex slitter with two shafts – one above and one below. Primaslit FL is differentiated from most of the other slitterrewinders available in the market because it has the unwind and rewind on the same side while the cutter is on the opposite side, which makes it a very convenient machine for the operators to handle. The operator can stand in one position and monitor the unwind and rewind process.

Biku Kohli, managing director of SP Ultraflex, with the newly launched Roboslit Plus dual turret slitter-rewinder at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

The ramp up and ramp down time of Roboslit Plus has been reduced to 45 seconds. This allows converters to actually finish their job by running the machine at the maximum speed of 1000 m/minute even while working on short-run jobs, which may be as small as 800 meter. At the same time, he can easily access the cutting section on the other side of the machine. SP Ultraflex’s participation at the 2018 edition of Plastindia was the third time the company was exhibiting at India’s flagship show for plastics and packaging. “Since 2005, the year in which we stopped manufacturing a few of our machines like printing presses and laminators, and started focusing on slitters, we

have been ahead of the market. We have been using Plastindia as a platform to showcase our latest technologies since 2012. This is the third edition of Plastindia in which we have shown our capability of delivering. As a leader, it is our duty and responsibility to show the market as to what we can do and what is available – only then the market will come up with the need,” said Kohli. z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018





Leveraging more than two decades of engineering, manufacturing and after-sales expertise MAHAN HAZARIKA


well-known name in the field of web offset press manufacturing, Delhi/NCR-based Naph Graphics diversified to the packaging and converting industry by launching its slitter-rewinder – SlitLine 35 – at Packplus Delhi in 2016. The company’s web offset business, which started in 1990, includes exclusively designed web offset presses for printing newspapers and periodicals for medium sized editions. It is hardly two years since the diversification, but the company’s packaging-converting business has been able to carve a niche for itself in the hyper competitive flexible packaging market. In this intervening period, the company has managed to sell five slitter-rewinders – all in Delhi-NCR – while a few more are in the pipeline, informed Mohit Bansal of Naph Graphics. SlitLine 35 is controlled and supervised by a highly automated system which maintains tight synchronization between PLC/PPC and drives, providing fast, reliable, and error-free communication. The master control panel consists of a touch screen operator interface located at rewind side. The SlitLine uses touch and control system, braking, and guiding system from E+L; drives, which are again powered by E+L electrical panel and automation, from Siemens. Bansal informed that although they currently have one model for the slitter-rewinder, they have plans to introduce new models as per market requirements. Speaking about the reason for diversification, Bansal said, “In any field, you try and look for diversification with time in order to grow and expand your business better. We wanted to




diversify in a way that we don’t have to change our engineering background. We diversified to packaging equipment manufacture because in one way or the other, it is an industry related to our engineering background. It’s is true that web offset presses are used for printing newspapers, but then players who have been doing this are also diversifying to almost similar fields.” According to Bansal, the company’s web offset business has a very loyal client base. Elaborating on it, he said, “Our customers come back to us with new orders because they trust us. In our packaging business as well, our focus is not to have a very big client base but to have a very loyal client base.” For Naph, the crossover to the packaging business has not been easy though. There were numerable challenges, some of which exist even today, which the company had to go through on a daily basis. “We are very new in the market, and we don’t know many people around. We even don’t have a huge database

of prospects – however, there are still people in the market who are looking for the kind of machines that we are producing,” said Bansal. Currently the company is targeting only the Delhi-NCR market. Nevertheless, according to Bansal, if they get an order from any other part of the country, the company will like to go ahead with those as well. At present, Naph Graphics has 10 engineers who look after installation, service and aftersales support. Highlighting the promptness with which its support team acts, Bansal said, “Being from a newspaper background where everything is urgent, providing on-time service is in our gene. In fact, providing best after-sales service is our second core competency – next to our competency in engineering state-of-the art machines.” Currently, the 10-member engineering team is looking after both web-offset and slitter-rewinder customers. However, Naph is building an independent team for the slitterrewinder customers as well. z


z CERUTTI R-982 WITH SPEEDS UP TO 450 M/MIN Pelican introduces India-made rotogravure press under Cerutti technology


t Plastindia 2018, Pelican introduced the Cerutti R-982 rotogravure printing press manufactured at its engineering facility in Rajkot, Gujarat. Pelican signed a strategic agreement with Cerutti to manufacture Cerutti’s rotogravure press in India. Under the terms of the agreement, Pelican will use Cerutti’s manufacturing technology and design to produce rotogravure presses. The rotogravure press displayed at Plastindia was the first machine rolled out after the agreement. “The rotogravure press that we are displaying at Plastindia has already been sold to a customer. Another order is in the pipeline, and we are very much optmistic about it too,” said Gautam Mehra of Reifenhäuser India which is the marketing partner of Pelican. Cerutti Packaging Equipment (part of Cerutti Group) is a company fully controlled by the Cerutti family and is one of the key suppliers in the converting industry, while Pelican is the largest rotogravure press manufacturing company in India.

With speeds up to of 450 m/minute and maximum web width of 1300 mm, Cerutti R-982 has operational controls at each station. “It is a new generation rotogravure press led by ELS technology,” said Mehra. “By perfect integration of advanced electronics and ergonomically designed mechanical components, the press is designed to deliver optimum performance, better operational ease, faster print register response, higher productivity, better print quality, less waste, optimizing ink solvent and energy consumption, faster job changeover etc.” The press allows full process control for the drying operation to reduce energy consumption and avoids solvent retention in the printed substrates. “The press comes with innovative high efficient drying system which allows to achieve better heat and mass transfer by switching from the standard nozzle to arrays of circular impinging jets 3D holes on the printed side and 2D holes on the backside of the web,” concluded Mehra. z ­– Pranay Mathur

Gautam Mehra of Reifenhäuser India with the Cerutti R-982 at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

z STRENGTHENING DIVERSE AND FAST-EXPANDING PRODUCT PORTFOLIO Jindal Poly Films commissions widest Reifenhäuser CPP line in India


indal Poly Films Limited (JPFL) has announced the commissioning of its first CPP line at its Nashik (Maharashtra) plant. With this installation, JPFL has added one more packaging film to its diverse and fast-expanding product portfolio.

The 5-layer CPP line from Reifenhäuser with a width of 4.8 meter and an annual capacity of 15,000 MT, is the widest and by far the most

technologically advanced line in the country. It has the capability to produce a wide range of CPP films, both for regular applications as well as specialty films for high barrier and retort applications. The line is also equipped with advanced features to monitor and maintain consistent quality. The growth of CPP films in India, has been limited so far, due to the lack of avail-

ability of high quality films as well as the absence of innovative products, given that most of the current manufacturers are in the unorganized sector. With the launch of JPFL’s CPP range, packaging convertors and brand owners can look forward to regular availability of high quality and innovative films in this segment. z






Bobst presents latest advancements at Plastindia 2018


n Bobst stand at Plastindia, visitors experienced, through both exciting displays and information about available options, how the Bobst range of webfed solutions for the plastic packaging sector enables achievement of excellence in both process performance and filmic substrate functionality.

Here is a brief review of some of the Bobst solutions that converters wanting to leverage technology to improve productivity in their production hall and deliver added value output to their customers: – The brand new K5 VISION vacuum metallizer has been developed as the ideal choice for CPP film producers and converters, owing to its dedicated features for handling heat sensitive films and thin gauge substrates, whilst the K5 EXPERT is a perfect fit for high volumes, high

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speed and wider web requirements. – Bobst also continues to widen and perfect its range of extrusion coating and coating lines, in particular through the introduction of the new CO 5000 and CO 8000 coating machines. Each customized solution brings with it a stream of new technical developments in a variety of segments, including aluminium lacquering for pharmaceutical and food applications, nolabel-look labels and AlOx or SiOx protective or barrier coatings. – Compact in size and competitive in price, Bobst CL 750 multi-technology and SL 750 solventless laminators deliver ‘best in class’ performance for a wide spectrum of substrates and web combinations in the segment of high-end packaging, from very short run production upwards. – Bobst range of printing solutions is the most comprehensive in the industry. For gravure

printing, alongside the RS 5002 – Bobst’s bestselling press in the Indian subcontinent – the innovative technologies of the new RS 6003 platform was also illustrated. In CI flexo printing, Bobst solutions efficiently meet the demands of the Indian market, with the new MW series especially suited to production in the medium to lower wide-web range and a mix of job lengths. The Bobst M6 line exemplifies the advantages of inline UV flexo and all-in-one-pass multiprocess printing, as well as the unique benefits of Bobst Digital Flexo automation combined with 7-color REVO Extended Color Gamut printing which has succeeded in uniting the entire press workflow through centralized standards and fully digitized press operation. z

The Bobst stand at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

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Cosmo Films to invest Rs 325-375 crore in expansion over next two years MAHAN HAZARIKA


osmo Films, a global leader in specialty films for packaging, lamination and labeling application, believes in leading through innovation. For them, it starts from understanding the unmet needs of the customers and then delivering customized solutions to them. Speaking to the The Packman at his Delhi office, Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films said, “Our vision is to become the most preferred global brand offering value added BOPP films. To achieve this, we are continuously innovating new products and their unique applications. As an example, we recently introduced conduction retort lidding film for flavored milk, juices etc. as well as universal lidding film which can seal with any plastic material such as food trays, jams, sauces, butter etc. On the lamination side, we have come up with black velvet film for premium lamination and in packaging, we have developed ultra high barrier film as well as heat resistant BOPP film to replace polyester in reverse printed films.”

Poddar further added that Cosmo is looking for a profitable and sustainable growth to remain at the top of the game. He said, “We are a growth-oriented company with financial discipline and shall continue to be working towards our aspiration to become USD 1 billion company by revenue in next 5-6 years. The company is committed to stay focused on increasing specialty sales to attain reasonable and sustainable margins. It is possible only if we are able to control cost and achieve operational excellence in every function.” Poddar added




that while this year the company is looking at revenue of Rs 2,000 crore, in the next two to three years, revenue may jump to around Rs 3,000 crore.

EXPLORING NEW FRONTIERS With a belief in constant progression, Cosmo has planned to start a new PET line in Aurangabad in Maharashtra in the year 2019. According to Poddar, the expansion plan for next two years is in the range of Rs 325 to 375 crore. “We are making sure that we are one-stop solution provider for our customers and are able to provide them the right solutions.” Cosmo’s recent possession of land in Aurangabad is an indication of how the company is readying itself for the expansion.

Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films

Flexibles NEW CAPACITY AT KARJAN PLANT Cosmo Films announced the commissioning of its second CPP line and a fourth metallizer, both with an annual capacity of 7,500 metric tonnes, in February 2018 at its existing facility at Karjan in Gujarat. With the installation of the two new lines, the company’s annual CPP films capacity will increase from 1800 MT to 9,300 MT, while the metallized films will increase from 15,000 MT to 22,500 MT. “In addition to being a market leader in the BOPP sector, we have emerged as a complete film solutions provider with more offerings and value added services. Moreover, with limited number of organized CPP players in the market, Cosmo is poised to serve a larger customer base,” said Poddar. The 2.85 meter CPP line is 5-layered and is designed to produce specialty films (especially barrier films) for various packaging applications. The new 2.85 meter metallizer is equipped with advanced control monitoring system and closed loop auto deposition control system. The Karjan facility already houses BOPP lines, extrusion coating and functional coating lines, and a metallizer.

INNOVATIONS AT KARJAN PLANT In March 2017, Cosmo Films commissioned its tenth BOPP line – 10.4 meter wide – at Karjan. It is the most advanced line available in the market today in terms of width and output and is the first 10.4 meter line to be installed in the country. The line is equipped to deliver both superior quality products with minimal scratches, oil or additive spots and high surface energy as well as consistent quality due to automatic changeovers. The line is also capable of producing films as thick as 80 microns to cater to segments like textiles which require thicker films. “We are trying multiple new innovations on this line. Typically since BOPP faces the challenge of corona decaying over a period, we are putting up a new technology on this line through which corona can be retained for a longer period. We are working towards better cost control as well as manufacture high quality products – we have further strengthened this line by integrating new technologies to ensure minimum waste,” explained Poddar. The Karjan plant has been running in full capacity since last couple of months. The 10.4 meter line increases Cosmo’s annual BOPP capacity by 40% at 60,000 MT, almost 7.5 tonnes per hour. z

Cosmo Films’ new plant in Karjan, Gujarat

Cosmo Films displays specialty products at Plastindia 2018


osmo Films showcased its specialty products at the recently concluded Plastindia 2018 in Gandhinagar, India. Some of the products which were on display include high barrier films, velvet and black velvet thermal lamination films, label stock films and synthetic paper. One of the major attractions at their stand was synthetic paper which is an ideal replacement of normal paper and can be used in applications where durability and longevity is desired. Adding to its distinctive features and applications, Jeevan Kulkarni, head – domestic sales at Cosmo Films, said, “It is nontear-able, and has moisture and chemical resistance with excellent lay flatness. The versatility of synthetic paper is reflected in the vast number of application segments where it can be used such as commercial printing, tags and labels, retail and packaging, identification and credentials, and outdoors. It has application in almost every home or commercial establishments such as hotels and restaurants for table mat, coaster, menu card etc.; in hospitals for maintaining patient files or wrist bands; in adventure parks for

Jeevan Kulkarni, head, domestic sales, Cosmo Films at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

wrist bands or danglers; in schools and colleges for mark sheets, certificates; in automobile companies for spare part books, danglers; in life insurance companies to issue insurance policies and so on.” z






Constantia Flexibles invests Rs 100 crore in production capacity expansion at its Indian subsidiary Parikh Packaging ANWESH KOLEY


onstantia Flexibles is investing a double-digit million euro (Rs 100 crore) amount in the expansion of production capacity at its Indian subsidiary Parikh Packaging, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The announcement was made during the Plastindia trade fair being held in Gandhinagar between 7 and 12 February 2018.

The company already broke ground in mid-2017, on a new greenfield site close to existing production at Parikh. The site is currently under construction and meets the highest international environmental, hygiene and work safety standards. It will be home to a polyethylene blown film extruder, high-definition flexo printing press and laminators that will produce high barrier laminates that can be fully recycled. The extra capacity will come on stream in 2019 and will serve the growing demand from leading multinationals in the food and home and personal care (HPC) industries in India. The flexible packaging market in India is expected to show double-digit growth in the mid-term, driven by the mega-trend urbanization and the expansion of the retail sector. “Our investment strengthens Parikh Packaging’s credentials as a leading provider of innovation and service to customers in the Indian subcontinent,” said Stefan Grote, executive vice president of the food division at Constantia Flexibles. “Major FMCGs are demanding the




Pavan Parikh, managing director and vice president, Parikh Packaging. Photo: The Packman

highest level of sustainability for their packaging material and they will have to comply with upcoming Indian Plastic Waste Management (PWM) regulations that promote only fully recyclable flexible packaging.” Parikh Packaging has been a part of Constantia Flexibles since 2013 and already has a production unit in Ahmedabad, including rotogravure printing machines, PE extruders, various lamination technologies and pouch making. It is fully ISO-certified and serves

with more than 500 qualified employees the domestic and global Food and HPC markets. Constantia Flexibles is the world’s fourth largest producer of flexible packaging. Based on the guiding principle of People, Passion and Packaging, some 7,400 employees manufacture tailor-made packaging solutions at 32 sites in 18 countries. Many international companies and local market leaders from the food and pharma industries choose the sustainable and innovative products of Constantia Flexibles. z




MA Innotec displayed its electronic engraver DMA R10 at Plastindia 2018. DMA Innotec is an innovative high-tech company group based in Germany and Taiwan. The company is focused on engraving technologies for gravure printing, and by applying new technologies, achieves innovation, optimization and advancement of current electromechanical engraving.

A new generation of gravure engraving machine, DMA R10 Series was launched at drupa 2016. The engraver uses full digital controlling technology, closed-loop control theory and modern manufacturing technology. DMA R10 can engrave images and very small texts with high resolution in one path at 8KHz, which improves the productivity efficiently. Engraved text can be as small as 4pt and the quality is similar to laser engraving (Sim-laser). The engraver can also produce larger/deeper cells through multi-path (2 – 3 times) engraving on the same position, reaches, for example, maximum depth

L to R: Alexander Katz, DMA Innotec; Bhupendra Srivastava, Insight; James Chiu and Rex Liu of DMA Innotec. Photo: The Packman

65µm by 60L/C angle 3. For optimal productivity and quality, DMA R10 is integrated with the user friendly Packz PDF-based workflow editor from HYBRID Software for directly accepting PDF format. In India, DMA Innotec is represented by Insight. Since its association with DMA about

a year ago, Insight has sold two engravers in India while a couple of more installations are in the pipeline. Speaking to The Packman, Alexander Katz of DMA Innotec, said, “India is a very important market for us. Rotogravure plays a big role in the country due to its huge and growing population.” z

z 8.7 METER BOPET LINE IN 2019 SML Films to set up greenfield plant in Europe



ujarat-based SML Films Limited (formerly Surat Metallics Limited) is on its way to set up a new greenfield BOPET film plant in Europe. The plant will house a state-of-the-art 8.7 meter wide BOPET line running at 500 meters per minute. With a target to produce 36,000 metric tonnes of films per year, the new line will be complemented by high-barrier metallizers and an AlOx coating facility to ensure high-quality, high-barrier films with thick-

ness ranging between 6.5 and 155 micron. The new plant expects to meet just-in-time demands of the European markets by having production facilities and technical services located close to them. The plant is expected to be commissioned by mid-2019. Pradeep Tyle, who pioneered several BOPET film plants in India and overseas in his 34-year stint with Uflex, is overseeing the new project. Founded by Pragnesh Jariwala, SML Films develops, manufactures and supplies various PET films under the brand name, METLON. Based in Surat, the company has been successfully progressing in this field for over 16

years, and so are the first-choice suppliers to many units worldwide. Its wide product range includes clear, metallized and lacquer coated polyester film, metallic yarn (Badla) and glitter powder. Its products are also exported to over 20 countries in Europe. SML produces over 72,000 metric tonnes of 6.5 to 155 microns film per year on two 8.7 meter wide Brückner lines. The two film lines are supplemented by 6 vacuum metallizers, which can churn out 36,000 metric tonnes of metallized films per year, and 10 coating machines. z






A.T.E. and Valence display innovative products and solutions at Plastindia 2018



t Plastindia 2018, A.T.E along with its group company, Valence Electrons, presented its full spectrum of printing and converting industry solutions. The products included ATEX-certified static charge eliminators, static charging systems, online static monitoring, ink circulating and conditioning systems, waste heat recovery systems, register control systems, vision/ defect detect systems, and plant conditioning/ventilation systems. Valence Electrons is the first Indian manufacturing company to launch ATEX certified static charge eliminators. Ashok Sethuram, director of Valence Electrons and Anand Mehta, vice president and head – printing and packaging equipment (operations) A.T.E, discussed with The Packman about the group’s exhibits as well as the scope and potential of these solutions in the market.

Controlling and removing static electricity, ink handling and conditioning systems, recovery of waste heat, surface cleaning and removal of dust from substrates are the focus areas for Valence Electrons. Sethuram explained, “We are proud to launch the ATEX-certified static charge eliminators, static charging systems and online static charge monitoring systems at Plastindia. We are the first Indian manufacturing company to offer ATEX-certified static charge eliminators. These are highly efficient static eliminating bars designed for neutralizing electrostatic charges from fast moving films, paper and other non-conductive substrates (webs) in hazardous conditions. Online static measuring systems




provide indication and alarms by measuring electrostatic charges on a fast moving web. Charging electrodes and high voltage generators are most useful to enhance production by creating a temporary bond or attraction between two materials, one of which is an insulator.” According to Mehta, A.T.E’s print and packaging business (PPE) unit is the only Indian manufacturer of register controllers for rotogravure presses. Register controllers have been the mainstay of PPE, however, new product additions include vision systems to monitor print during production runs. Mehta explained, “For rotogravure printers, either there is an entry-level web or a 100% print inspection system. Full repeat web viewing system, which could monitor full width of the web in realtime was a need for many years, particularly in the Indian market. The 55-inch 4K monitor

displaying images of 50+ megapixels resolution results in near-print quality web visualization. The ViewAXIS Tera was an idea given by a few printers and OEMs. They asked if they could have an intermediate system which in later stage can be upgraded to a 100% inspection system. The advantage of doing this is two-fold – first, operators get to learn to identify the defects on a full print repeat monitoring system and second is the staggering investment for the business.” DetectAXIS, a 100% print defect detection system, quickly spots printing defects that are practically invisible to unassisted human eye in real-time by comparing the captured images with a golden template. When a defect is spotted, DetectAXIS generates an alarm, and the operator can take necessary corrective actions. DetectAXIS thus ensures consistent defect-free and high print quality material dispatch. z

Anand Mehta, vice president and head – printing and packaging equipment (operations) A.T.E; and Ashok Sethuram, director of Valence Electrons at Plastindia 2018 in Gandhinagar. Photo: The Packman



Michelman inaugurates innovation center in Mumbai ANWESH KOLEY


ichelman inaugurated its stateof-the-art packaging incubator in Mumbai on 31 January 2018. Inaugurated by Steve Shifman, president and chief executive officer at Michelman and Edgard D Kagan, the US Consul General in Mumbai, packaging incubator is strategically designed to assist immensely the flexible packaging converters, film producers, paper converters and brand owners in innovating a sustainable future for packaging and allow for fast and efficient development of sustainable packaging solutions. The inauguration event was also attended by many material suppliers, film manufacturers, converters and distributors of Michelman coatings around the country. Located in Andheri East, this cutting-edgetechnology packaging incubator – Michelman Innovation Center for Coatings (MICC) – houses most sophisticated application and formulation laboratories with human assets to match it. The centerpiece of this innovation center is a state-of-the-art dual station coater/ laminator from Kroenert Germany; a highly capable asset which will help the packaging industry in India to prototype, test and try new packaging structures. The features of the packaging incubator include multifunctional coating heads for various coating methods or adhesive application; multiple printing process; ability to coat a wide range of substrates up to 400 micron thickness; UV Top and Heat Nip Lamination capability; and formulation lab and application testing lab. Shifman said that Michelman’s holistic approach of dedicated space, technical capability

Ribbon cutting at the Michelman Innovation Center in Mumbai on 31 January 2018. (L to R) Michelman president Steve Shifman, US Consul Edgard D Kagan, and Michelman India president Sailesh Nema. Photo: The Packman

The features of the packaging incubator include multifunctional coating heads for various coating methods or adhesive application; multiple printing process; ability to coat a wide range of substrates up to 400 micron thickness; UV Top and Heat Nip Lamination capability; and formulation lab and application testing lab and technology will allow for collaborative innovation between brand owners, film producers, converters, packaging institutes, and others involved in the research and development of sustainable packaging. “With the use of Michelman

products, one can develop packaging structures that offer recyclability, improved shelf life and food safety, increase productivity and efficiency, compostability, waste reduction, down gauging and more,” said Shifman. z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018




z IMPROVING PRODUCT QUALITY BST eltromat displays iPQ Center at Plastindia 2018


t Plastindia 2018, BST eltromat’s main focus was the 100% defect detection platform – iPQ Centre. iPQ Centre is a combination of iPQ Check, iPQ View, iPQ Workflow and iPQ Spectral. “iPQ Centre is a modular system where a customer can pick and choose what he likes – hadrware as well as software. The modules can be integrated and configured depending upon customers’ requirements,” said Khushal Patel, director – sales and marketing, BST eltromat India. The iPQ Center combines numerous quality assurance features on a clearly designed software platform. Its uniform and intuitive control design enables a central access to various quality management features, from 100% defect detection to zoom upto dot-level to the full view of the complete repeat to color measurement, bar-code verification etc. The iPQ-Center can be freely configured and upgraded according to the requirements of the application. iPQ Check is an intelligent tool for 100% print image inspection using 4K RGB color line-scan cameras throughout the printing format, detecting defects like, ink splashes and streaks. iPQ View is a powerful tool for digital web monitoring in the printing process. A vast variety of standard features and equipment options makes the iPQ View an attractive

Andrea Malatto of Selectra and Khushal Patel of BST eltromat India. Photo: The Packman

multi-function tool for quality assurance. iPQ Workflow’s fast and smooth processes allow a higher level of efficiency with perfect results. Functions like, PDF Plate Auditor, Event Logger, Waste Indicator, Quality Assistant, Rewind Navigator enables uninterrupted quality control, reliable error detection, fast error correction, optimized process reliability, reduced waste and complaints, and increased customer satisfaction. iPQ Spectral supports efficiently on complying with default color standards by carrying out an in-line measurement within printing machine.

It offers perfect comparability with hand-held off-line devices and in-line spectral measurement system working within XRGA standard and development partnership with X-Rite. In addition to the iPQ Centre, BST displayed Wintriss, 100% surface inspection system for defect detections on films; register control system ARC_18 for gravure and flexo presses; CLS Pro 600 line guide sensor for high speed slitting machines; web video system POWERScope 5000; electronic viscosi-meter Selevisco 9000 by Selectra. z – Mahan Hazarika




t Plastindia 2018, Mysore-based Darshan Flexibles displayed quite a few innovative solutions including registered strip laminated wrappers for confectionery packaging, random number printing for promotional activities in food




product packaging materials, packaging of liquid concentrates and juices, packaging of tamper proof and decorative films with security holograms, shaped and spouted pouches and many more. It was Darshan’s first participation ever at Plastindia. Speaking to The Packman, Ashwinni Kumar, director at Darshan Flexibles, said, “We have received a very good response at the Plastindia

show. Our main goal of participating at the event is to promote and market our range of products, and that goal has been well achieved.” Darshan Flexibles is equipped with modern production facilities incorporating latest technologies from Italy and Germany. For printing, the company employs a Bobst Rotomec gravure printing press, while for lamination the company has a Nordmeccanica Super Combi

Flexibles 4000 – capable of solvent-less, solvent-based lamination as well as water based lamination powered with vector drive motors and web tension control. “To ensure that we deliver innovative and consumer-appealing packaging solutions to our customers, the Bobst Rotomec is equipped with contemporary features like auto-registration, web-video, defect detection system and reverse station option,” said Ashwinni Kumar, director at Darshan Flexibles. The company has also an extrusion coating line with lamination which is predominantly used for food and coffee packaging among other products and is powered by a Huilong extrusion machine that aids in improving product shelflife. The slitting re-winding unit of Darshan Flexibles can slit and re-wind up to 16 separate flexible rolls on each of its four high-speed slitting machines and four coil re-winding machines. Darshan Flexibles believes in innovation and delivering value added products to its customers. It has also patented some of these innovations and value additions. Recently, the company came up with quite a few innovations including registered strip laminated wrappers for confectionery packaging, random number printing for promotional activities in food product packaging materials – both of which are being patented by Darshan Flexibles. z

Bhartendu Mehta and Ashwinni Kumar of Darshan Flexibles at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

We deliver innovative and consumer-appealing packaging solutions to our customers, the Bobst Rotomec is equipped with contemporary features like autoregistration, web-video, defect detection system and reverse station option.

z NEW SUSTAINABLE ALL-PE LAMINATE SOLUTION Dow launches fully recyclable polyethylene packaging solution in India


ow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, has developed an innovative formulation of polyethylene resins to create a new sustainable all-PE laminate solution with flexible packaging applications. Current flexible packaging solutions contain multiple layers of different polymers and additives that are incompatible during the recycling process, requiring complex processes break down. Dow’s revolutionary mono-material all PE laminate packaging solution brings to the table a solution that does not compromise on – aesthetics, brand perception and performance while the post consumer

packaging will remain 100% recyclable at the end of its lifecycle.

“Dow encourages the responsible production, disposal and recycling of plastic, and our all new all PE laminate solution looks at addressing the – flexible plastic waste management in India by allowing for full recyclability,” said Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “We are excited by the new product and will be working closely with local brand owners to implement our new solution to help them meet regulations around the reduction of usage of multi-polymer plastics to save the environment.”

In India, brand owners and consumers have become increasingly dependent on flexible plastic packaging for its superior qualities such as convenience, being lightweight, affordability and barrier properties. However, Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016 – guidelines issued by the Ministry of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India – called for large scale implementation of proper plastic disposal practices and phasing out non-recyclable, multipolymer packaging. Dow’s all PE laminate solution enters the market at an opportune time as brand owners look for environmentally friendly alternatives. z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018




z INTELLIGENCE WITH ORANGE BOX B&R’s next-generation automation solutions for building smart machines at Plastindia 2018


&R, one of the major players in the automation industry in India, displayed its Industrial IoT solutions at Plastindia 2018. At the B&R Industrial Automation stand in Plastindia 2018, visitors witnessed next-generation automation solutions for building smart machines and factories together with various Industrial IoT solutions. The company also displayed its Smart-factory intelligence with Orange Box at Plastindia. SMART-FACTORY INTELLIGENCE WITH ORANGE BOX B&R’s Orange Box lets users access previously unreadable energy and process data from digitally isolated machinery. The Orange Box is able to read data from the machine without any changes to existing hardware or software. Clearly visualized performance metrics make it easy to identify opportunities for targeted improvement so machinery can be operated more efficiently. The Orange Box enables machine operators to collect and analyze data from previously isolated machines and lines and get them fit for the smart factory with a minimal effort.


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Deepak Phegade, assistant manager, marketing service, B&R Industrial Automation, at Plastindia 2018. Photo: The Packman

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channels or a fieldbus connection. From this data, the mapps generate and display OEE ratings and other KPIs, and can also share the information with higher-level systems via OPC UA. z

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SIPM achieves production record with Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY flexo folder-gluer


rinting and packaging division of Nanjangud-based South India Paper Mills (SIPM) has achieved a world record for corrugated box production during a single shift with a Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY flexo folder gluer. The machine completed 106,113 corrugated boxes in eight hours on 19 September 2017, a record made even more remarkable because this involved five separate jobs which had to be set up and changed. “The average of 13,264 boxes per

hour includes the set-up and cleaning time during the shift,” says Pratik Patel, manager – marketing and product development at SIPM Printing & Packaging Division. “We have been producing around 75,000 to 85,000 cartons for most of the shifts.” The record-breaking shift involved a fortuitous combination of jobs and customer requirements. Patel says, “There were five job changes

performed in this particular shift. One of the jobs was 2-color and the rest were single-color jobs. In particular, one of the jobs was a beer carton box, which is a very lightweight board construction, i.e. 100 gsm and three layers with B-flute. This kind of job adds more value to us as well as our customers if processed at the fastest speeds with maximum accuracy, so that it runs flawlessly in the fast case erecting and filling lines at the customer’s end.” SIPM-PPD is a strategic supplier to multinationals including GSK, RB, Britannia, ITC, UB, USL, RSIL, Adani Wilmer, Nestle, American Power Conversion, Unilever, Coca Cola and others. Patel says, “We have a much diversified portfolio, with our carton boxes are supplied to various industry segments such as food, beverages, alcohol and spirits, edible oils, copier paper, fresh agricultural produce, white goods, automobiles, footwear, textiles and many others.”

The Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY was installed earlier in 2017 and is the company’s first Bobst machine. It takes sheets up to 2,180 mm wide and has four flexo color units. It is run inline with a Mosca strapper/palletizer. Running at full speed, it can produce up to 300 boxes per minute (18,000 per hour) on coated/ uncoated duplex board with white or kraft liners of all types. “We have a range of single-color, 2-, 3- and a few 4-color jobs,” explains Patel. “The Bobst machine is intended to be effectively used in changing many single or 2-color orders, to cater for a wide range of segments with a just-in-time supply concept.” In future SIPM has ambitions to increase productivity on its Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY still further. Patel says, “Our next target on this machine is 120,000 cartons in an eight hour shift, which is 15,000 cartons an hour.” z

The Bobst FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY FFG completed 106,113 corrugated boxes in eight hours






CSI becomes first to purchase complete EFI Nozomi digital press and ERP workflow ecosystem


s North America’s first dedicated sheet feeding company, Corrugated Synergies International (CSI) is accustomed to setting new industry trends; the company did just that at the recent Electronics For Imaging, Inc. Connect users’ conference when it became the first company to purchase the full ecosystem of EFI technologies for corrugated packaging, featuring EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system (MES) software for business ERP and production management integrated with an EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) and the breakthrough Nozomi C18000 ultra-high-speed single-pass LED inkjet press.

“CSI has pioneered many things in our industry,” according to CSI vice president of manufacturing and print Jeffery Dumbach, noting that the Nozomi installation means CSI can address the need for analog-to-digital transformation in corrugated print supply chains that often suffer from excess production, storage and obsolescence costs. “With the existing processes, people carry an excess of inventory. But using the Nozomi press, our customers will purchase precisely what they need when they need it,” he said.

A COMPLETE INKJET PRINT, FIERY DFE AND CORRUGATED PACKAGING SUITE WORKFLOW The Renton, Washington-based company, which manufactures corrugated sheets for box manufacturers, will be the first dedicated sheet feeder to install the Nozomi press, an awardwinning, ultra-high-speed production system that redefines the role of digital print in the

corrugated packaging space with throughput speeds up to 6,600 2.6 x 3.3-foot (800 x 1,000cm) boards per hour. The 71-inch (1.8-meter) wide LED inkjet device being installed early this summer will include the complete EFI ecosystem of corrugated production options and products, with 6-color plus white ink installed on the press and fully integrated top- and bottom-feeding units. That ecosystem of advanced technologies coming to CSI includes the fast, efficient jobprocessing and color management capabilities of the EFI Fiery NZ-1000 high-performance DFE. The Corrugated Packaging Suite MES workflow coming to CSI facilitates plant-wide management and integration of digital production for a full, end-to-end business and production framework to handle the company’s digital, analog flexo, single-face litho-lam and litho label operations. “We are excited to have the first ‘all-in’ move to digital in corrugated with both the new press and the full production workflow from EFI for corrugated packaging,” said Dumbach. “The

market will move and grow quickly with digital so there are benefits for us and our customers being ahead of the curve. “The Corrugated Packaging Suite is a real advantage,” he added, “because it is fluent in everything we do as a company, so it can change how we manage production as our product mix shifts from analog to digital.”

GAME-CHANGING QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY FOR WAREHOUSE CLUB AND RETAIL PACKAGING CSI’s new press provides high-quality output with resolutions up to 360 x 720 dots per inch with 4-level grayscale imaging. A 100% in-line inspection system on the press is tied to robust print optimization technologies, including inkjet nozzle, alignment and uniformity correction. CSI executives, according to Dumbach, were ‘blown away’ by the high quality of print the press provided. Last year, those executives also visited the first Nozomi installation in Spain, where Dumbach said he observed long, uninterrupted production runs and seamless, THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018



Corrugation end-to-end production on multiple jobs without downtime for cleaning printheads, stitching or other common changeover issues. Digital printing will add significant value for CSI customers, including box manufacturers serving companies that sell their products at big box and warehouse club retail stores. Digital printing’s benefits in quick time-to-market

for different designs creates opportunities for regional, customized packaging strategies that boost sell through. “There are particular advantages with digital for selling new products through warehouse clubs,” Dumbach noted. “Oftentimes, a club might order two pallets of a product as an initial order to see how it sells, and that

requires a huge upfront investment with analog printing.” Using the EFI Nozomi press, on the other hand, makes it easier and faster to create and launch new, superior-quality packaging for those initial club launches – without the minimum run-length requirements, larger prep expenses, make-ready waste and inventory costs required with analog print. z


Highcon launches Euclid IIIC diecutter for corrugated


n 21 February 2018, Highcon announced the launch of the latest in the Highcon Euclid series, the Highcon Euclid IIIC. This latest machine extends the range of the 3rd generation Highcon Euclid cutting and creasing machines into the world of corrugated and fluted substrates from 1 mm up to 3 mm (40-120 points).

The Highcon Euclid machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since the end of 2015 and is now being made commercially available in the market. Silvano Gauch, president of LxBxH, said, “We have been using the Highcon digital cutting and creasing technology to produce high quality short-run packaging on demand for our customers. The ability to produce small to medium size batches just-in-time with low entry cost, allows our customers to order what they actually want.” Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO and cofounder, added, “We realized the potential of the corrugated market in B1 and B2 (42 inches and 28 inches) formats and have been encouraged by the success that LxBxH have had in this market. Box Compression Tests that have been performed by comparing the digitally produced boxes with conventional ones have proven that boxes produced with the same substrate on the Euclid are stronger than those produced on conventional machines.




Highcon Euclid IIIC for cutting and creasing corrugated and fluted substrates

The potential of adding lamination and high quality print to the flutes also opens up a world of packaging that is both visually and structurally effective. This creates an opportunity to attain the same strength with reduced material usage and as a result, reduced costs. The potential of adding lamination and high quality print to the flutes also opens up a world of packaging that is both visually and structurally effective.” The integration between the digital cutting and creasing and online ordering dovetails into the trend in the industry towards optimizing packaging size to reduce overpackaging and shipping costs. According to the company, the Highcon Euclid IIIC not only saves on the production and storage of

diecutting forms, but also adds the flexibility of digital technology which enables JIT production, short-runs, customized perforations with cleaner edges and easier opening, and variable data etching for customization or personalization down to the level of serial numbers. The Euclid IIIC will handle single wall, laminated, N, F, G, E and B-flute from 1 mm to 3 mm (40-120 points). Packaging converters interested in seeing the machine at work are invited to attend a Highcon VIP event to be held at LxBxH on 16 April 2018. z

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Tiruppur’s Spectrra Prints installs Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 6-color plus coater


pectrra Prints based in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, installed a brand new, fully-loaded, futuristic Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75, with Prinect press centre, Intellistart and wall screen option. “The investment in the XL75 strengthens our commitment to serve a diverse client base across various verticals, as we explore a foray into overseas markets. We continue to rely on Heidelberg for quality printing equipment,” said Senthil Kumar, managing partner at Spectrra Prints. An offshoot of 5-year old JGA Offset printing, Spectrra specializes in carton printing and packaging.

“The XL75’s make-ready can be as less as two minutes, with fully-automatic plate changes and the Intellistart 2,” said Kumar. The patented assistance system Intellistart 2 automatically generates all the steps required for intelligent job changes and provides maximum transparency across all active and queued processes, including complex make ready procedures. The Peak Performance Speedmaster XL75 has the highest level of automation in its class, making it extremely user-friendly and economical. Highlighting the USP of the press, Saseendran Baskaran, general manager, press solutions at Heidelberg India, said, “The innovative Roller Check Assistant of the XL75 reduces reviews and adjustment of rollers by 30% compared to manual adjustment. The wash-up devices for blanket and impression cylinders reduce the consumption of washing fluid and wash-up cloth. The blanket and the impression cylinder are washed simultaneously in all units, thereby reducing wash-up times, as well. The wash-up device of the inking unit also works with reduced amount of water and washing fluid.”




L to R: Venkataraman and Klaus Nielsen of Heidelberg with Senthil Kumar and others from Spectrra Prints

Heidelberg’s appeal lies in authenticity, great service and incomparable quality standards. The XL75 is a right fit for our operational model that calls for shorter make-readies and the ability to accommodate a wide spectrum of substrates. Spectrra’s parent firm JGA Offset Printing owns a Heidelberg SM52 5-color and a Heidelberg 2-color press to cater to garment firms in and around Tirupur. Spectrra is a spin-off from JGA Offset Printing to capitalize on the huge demand for printed products for the garment

industry, including tags, labels, wraps, packaging cartons etc. “It is very easy to stay loyal to the Heidelberg brand,” said Kumar. “Heidelberg’s appeal lies in authenticity, great service and incomparable quality standards. The XL75 is a right fit for our operational model that calls

Monocarton for shorter make-readies and the ability to accommodate a wide spectrum of substrates.” The fully-automated Speedmaster XL75 minimizes operational footsteps and cuts make-ready, and setup times drastically. With production speeds of 15,000 sheets per hour, the Speedmaster XL75 can handle tags, labels

and cartons, and any substrate from lightweight paper to board, ranging from 0.0012 to 0.031 inches. Looking ahead, Kumar envisions significant growth potential for the packaging industry. “In a few years, we expect to expand our infrastructure to cater to other

segments of the packaging industry, in addition to deepening our penetration into global markets. Spectrra Prints is uniquely positioned for continued growth and success, and Heidelberg will be our beacon, as we make progress in our chosen path and priorities,” concluded Senthil Kumar. z


Two Rapida 106 presses for Noor Carton & Packaging


t is not often that printing and packaging companies build a completely new production facility. But Noor Carton, a packaging producer from Dammam in Saudi Arabia, is one of those rare cases. The company erected its new plant in 2015 and has since been producing on two high-performance Rapida 106 coater presses, one with five colors, the other with six colors.

Noor Carton is a member of the Salman Group, which operates not only printing plants serving the commercial and flexo segments, but also companies for medical and IT products. In each of its fields of activity, the group views itself as a solution provider and organises its competencies and capacities accordingly. To this end, the individual business units are committed to continuous process improvement and the integration of cutting-edge technologies. In packaging printing, many of the leading global print buyers are represented on the list of Noor Carton customers. When looking for the ideal partner with regard to offset technology, the Noor Carton management formulated clear demands to be met by press manufacturers: The best available technology paired with the best advice and service. Baker Al Nasser, general manager of the Salman Group, “There are many presses which deliver good and saleable quality. And we ourselves grew with other presses until 2014. But the reality on the market is today unfortunately different to a few years ago. Today, it is imperative for us to use only the most productive presses with the highest

A 6-color Rapida 106 with coater and extended delivery has been in production at Noor Carton since 2015

levels of technical availability. That is the only way to grow further. In this connection, the Rapida series leaves no technical wishes unanswered. Furthermore, Koenig & Bauer and Kharafi convinced us with the best advice and service concept.” Noureddine Amalou, MENA sales manager at Koenig & Bauer, “It is an exciting challenge to plan a printing plant from scratch. For the Saudi Arabian market and for the target group of Noor Carton, productivity and integration were essential aspects. Many very long repeat jobs are printed, which is why all the presses are configured with automatic non-stop pile changing and extended logistics. The vision is to automate board transport from the stores, via the printing press and die-cutting machine, through to shipping to the customer. This is an innovative solution which is unique in the

MENA region, based on the models of existing Koenig & Bauer partners in Europe. After all, labor costs are also increasing dramatically in the Middle East and must thus be taken into account in major investment projects.” The printers at Noor Carton are today full of praise for the ease of operation of their two Rapidas, “The new TouchTronic console, in particular, is an outstandingly intuitive system and made familiarization so much easier for the operators. Further tools such as automated color measurement and control based on optical densities and Lab values contribute to ultra-short makeready and stable, reproducible production.” The overall project comprises several phases and will soon be continuing with a further increase in the company’s capacities – enabling even more brand owners to rely on the specialists at Noor Carton. z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018




z COMPLETE PACKAGE AS PART OF A SUBSCRIPTION CONTRACT Heidelberg and WEIG implement new digital business model for folding carton printing


rowth is on the cards for folding carton producer FK Fürther Kartonagen, which forms part of the WEIG network of companies. In creating a new digital business model, WEIG is drawing on the experience, advice and technology of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). “We’re looking to turn our Emskirchen site into a folding carton business that leads the way when it comes to availability and flexibility. We’re therefore entering into a partnership with Heidelberg in which our strategic and business interests are aligned. Under the new business model, Heidelberg will no longer make its money by supplying press components, but solely by achieving agreed productivity and growth targets,” explains Toni Steffens, commercial director of WEIG Packaging. The Heidelberg subscription model follows the growing pay-per-use trend in mechanical engineering and aims to move away from growth based solely on selling and installing printing capacity.

CUSTOMERS PAY FOR USAGE IN NEW HEIDELBERG DIGITAL BUSINESS MODEL Under this Heidelberg model, customers only pay for the number of sheets actually printed. Under the conventional business model, they buy the presses and pay separately for consumables or services. With the new digital business model, all the equipment, all consumables required – such as printing plates, inks, coatings, washup solutions, and blankets – and a comprehensive range of services geared to availability are included in the price per sheet to be charged. This differs significantly from the click charge model already introduced by digital press suppliers. Although these suppliers also charge per sheet, they mainly base this on their own costs and not on the customer’s business model. “Under the Heidelberg subscription model,




WEIG Packaging opts for subscription model from Heidelberg: L to R: Siegfried Mahr, managing director WEIG Packaging; Dr. Ing. David Schmedding, head of corporate and digital business development at Heidelberg; Mike Niebuhr, head of Faltschachtelwerk in Emskirchen; Toni Steffens, commercial director WEIG Packaging; Markus Rinkens, purchasing manager WEIG Group; Harald Degen, Heidelberg branch Munich; and Dirk Kummer, branch manager Heidelberg Munich.

the economic responsibility for optimum technical availability, increased productivity, and maximum utilization of the installed equipment no longer rests solely with the customer, but for the first time also with the supplier,” explains Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board and chief digital officer at Heidelberg. “After all, a customer only enters into a long-term agreement with us if the benefits are permanent. We ensure this will be the case with our operator model. A situation in which customers are looking to make full use of the opportunities of digitization throughout the system also represents a forward-looking solution,” he adds.

NEW APPROACH OFFERS INCREASED AVAILABILITY AND NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR USERS Under the agreement, two new Speedmaster XL 106 presses from the drupa 2016 generation with Push to Stop and Multicolor technology are being installed at the Emskirchen folding carton plant. However, the model in its totality also includes all service components, replacement and wear parts, all consumables required to operate the presses, and a training and consulting service aimed at increasing availability. In addition, WEIG is using the new Heidelberg

Assistant digitization solution, which went into series production at the end of 2017. The Heidelberg Assistant is being developed into the central control panel. In practice, this means a big step is already being taken in the direction of Industry 4.0 for the entire sector, with equipment and components communicating independently. Maintenance requirements and wear will be identified at an early stage so as to enable joint, predictive service planning. This will significantly improve the availability of equipment. WEIG will benefit from enhanced flexibility in terms of customers and scheduling with a view to achieving just-in-time production. “Establishing pay-per-use models in industrial offset printing is the result of our company’s ongoing digital transformation, and also our software and data expertise. Heidelberg offers customers a smart complete system comprising press, services, consumables, and software solutions,” says Hermann. “The stable management of a system of this kind is inconceivable without big data applications – in predictive maintenance, for example – and our Push to Stop approach to autonomous printing. Our customers and investors alike appreciate the benefits of long-term, sustainable business relationships that aim to digitize the sector.” z


z SCODIX E106 GETS READY FOR INDIA LAUNCH IN 2018 Bringing market change to packaging with new and innovative print technology



peaking to The Packman, TP Jain, managing director of Monotech, recently said that by the later part of 2018, Scodix E106 digital enhancement press will be ready for launch in the Indian market. Currently with two beta installations in place – one each at Copycenter, the largest folding carton printer in Israel; and Gundlach Packaging Group’s facility in Oerlinghausen, Germany – the Scodix E106 made its debut at drupa 2016 and was developed specifically to deliver enhancement solutions for folding carton converters who need the 1060 x 760 mm format. Unique combinations of enhancements exclusive to Scodix technology provide clear benefits for folding carton converters to differentiate their offering and boost profit margins. As well as a new standard in registration tolerance that will enable new and more complex enhancement designs. The Scodix E106 enhancement press delivers superior enhancement solutions for printers in the packaging industry. With new and innovative capabilities, Scodix E106 provides viable, profit-generating opportunities for the folding carton market. Uniquely designed in B1 (1060 x 760 mm) format for ultra-fast production, and speeds up to 5000 sheets per hour, the press supports exceptional short to medium run lengths. Exclusive to Scodix, this exceptional combination of features and functionality provide unmatched benefits for folding carton printers and converters to differentiate their offering and boost profit margins. “The Scodix E106 press delivers multiple premium quality applications on one platform. These include Scodix Foil, Scodix Sense, Scodix Spot, Scodix Variable Data and Scodix Cast & Cure. Brand owners can create stunning products using foil over foil, adding Scodix Sense effects over foil, or personalizing with Scodix Variable Data Sense or Scodix Variable Data Foil – effects that were previously achievable in this market,” said Jain.

TP Jain, managing director of Monotech. Photo: The Packman

Monotech has sold more than 30 Scodix presses so far in India. Of these, around 25 are Scodix S74 and S75 presses, and around five are Scodix Ultra presses. “Scodix Ultra is positioned for the offset and packaging market. At speeds up to 1,250 sheets per hour, we feel that for embellishment requirements, Scodix Ultra press is a great product for the packaging market in India.”

PRODUCT DIFFERENTIATION TAKES CENTER STAGE According to Jain, to stay ahead in a competitive market like India, product differentiation is a must. “And keeping that in mind, Scodix offers opportunity both in the offset and the packaging markets – by helping differentiate the product and create that product value to the packaging. So that is where Scodix is positioned – to differentiate in the packaging market to give a different experience to the customer through creative and innovative packaging,” explained Jain. Jain said that catering to the offset/pack-

aging market is not as easy as to the photo market. “The challenge is that in the offset market, customers use different kind of media for printing as against photo market where similar media is being used again and again. So it is not easy for an embellishment press to handle so many different media. But fortunately for us, with Scodix’s innovative technologies, we have been able to satisfy our customers so far. That is where our expertise or the expertise of our equipment lies – to handle multiple kinds of media which is generally used for offset printing.” Jain also feels that there is no threat from the Chinese market as such. He said, “Technologically we are far ahead and advanced, and so it will take some time for them to catch up. Of course there is competition from MGI but again the unique advantage of Scodix is that it is completely focused on print enhancement and that is where both in terms of product capabilities and application possibilities we are far ahead as compared to the competition in the market.” z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018





We have ambitious plans in store for the labels and packaging segment – Yoshinori Koide MAHAN HAZARIKA


uring an interview with The Packman in February 2018, Yoshinori Koide, director, business strategy & project management, Konica Minolta Business Solutions, said that the company had an exciting time last year despite emerging challenges, including implementation of GST mid-year. “We have overcome most of these challenges,” said Koide. “By the end of this financial year, we are hopeful about selling two IP products – an AccurioLabel 190 press and a KM1. We are at the final stage of closing these deals and, hopefully, if we are able to close these two deals, it indeed will be a very successful year for us.” The company is looking at double digit growth in addition to

Yoshinori Koide and Manish Gupta of Konica Minolta India at their Gurgaon office. Photo: The Packman

increasing its product line in the IP segment. Konica Minolta’s PP arm has also done well, having sold more than 600 presses so far in FY 2017-18.

The AccurioLabel 190, a full-digital toner press, is developed and manufactured in cooperation with Danish company Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM). It had its Europe launch in October 2017. AccurioLabel 190 replaces the bizhub PRESS C71cf, a system that has sold over 100 units across the globe since its launch two years ago. Building on this success, GM is supplying its DC330 mini converting unit for the AccurioLabel 190 press, which can work in-line with the machine or as a standalone unit. According to Manish Gupta, DGM PP and IP marketing, Konica Minolta India, who




Labels was also present along with Koide during the interview with The Packman, the AccurioLabel 190 is positioned for short-run requirements where it is not competing with any other presses. “The AccurioLabel 190 is positioned for short run requirements keeping in mind that there is a huge gap in this area where no other manufacturers are present. The press is an ideal choice for customers with demands less than 50,000 linear meter of labels per month,” explained Gupta. Koide highlighted that Konica Minolta has a proven technology in terms of electro photography and that AccurioLabel 190 press is an extension of the already existing technology that the company has pioneered since so many years. “Precisely speaking, we did not have to

reinvent any new technology for this press – we already had it. We just had to extend our already existing contemporary technology to be in the label segment,” he stated.

PLANNING TO EXPLOIT THE LABELS AND PACKAGING MARKET Koide sounded optimistic about how much Konica Minolta can do in the label and packaging segment. He informed, “The label market is growing and we have ambitious plans in store for the labels and packaging segment. As far as the label industry is concerned, we are looking forward to introducing enhanced printing features in our MGI series. Currently, we have cut-sheet Jet Varnish series. However, we have

plans to introduce roll-to-roll fed machines in the Jet Varnish series.” To strengthen its label business in India, Konica Minolta recently appointed Insight and Reifenhäuser as its channel partners to represent its label press in East-West and North-South India respectively. “We are still in the course of building a strong IP team. The business is growing, so is the team which is committed to grow at the same level,” said Koide. He also informed that the IP team will be sharing resources with the already existing PP team, “IP is a different segment in terms of application, but we have installed IP products at a lot of our customers’ premises; so there is some overlapping where we take support from the existing team.” z


HP introduces advanced digital labels and packaging portfolio


P expanded its labels and packaging portfolio with solutions to drive the printing and converting toward more flexible, productive and profitable digital printing of any application. New solutions include the HP Indigo 6900 digital press for labels and packaging and HP PageWide C500 press for mainstream corrugated production.

“The expansion follows the largest packaging deal ever for HP Indigo with ePac. Our customers are growing fast across all segments and are experiencing massive success. They are leveraging HP technology to innovate and deliver on brands’ evolving needs,” said Santi Morera, global head of Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “These new technologies we are launching are needed now more than ever and will allow our customers to be more productive.”

INNOVATIONS INCREASING DIGITAL PRODUCTION PROFIT The new HP Indigo 6900 digital press increases the addressable label market while offering high-

er revenue per meter, including, Pack Ready for labels for the production of high-resistance labels for food, household, chemical, and pharma labels. Four beta sites are producing commercial jobs; new HP Indigo ElectroInk Silver, now commercially available, delivers metallic effects across a wide color gamut, similar to Pantone 877; and HP Indigo ElectroInk Invisible Blue and Yellow visible under UV light for brand protection and promotional labels; integration with the HP Indigo GEM embellishment unit, the first fully digital, one-pass label printing

and embellishment solution for spot, tactile, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination. Additionally, the high-performance HP Production Pro for Indigo Labels and Packaging is now included in the HP Indigo 6900 and rolling out this year to HP Indigo’s entire labels and packaging portfolio. Featuring five times faster RIP power and the Esko Color Engine, the powerful digital frontend provides extensive productivity and scalability for continuous digital production, to allow converters to scale and manage their digital production across multiple THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018



Labels presses and multiple sites, increase the number of jobs per day, and shorten delivery cycles.

the use of adhesives. The Pack Ready Laminator is manufactured and supplied by Karlville.



For the HP Indigo 20000 flexible packaging press, the HP Indigo Pack Ready Laminator is now commercially available. A pioneering technology, Pack Ready Lamination allows for immediate time-to-market of HP Indigo digitally printed flexible packaging by eliminating

The HP Indigo 30000 digital press offers converters an opportunity to build new profitable businesses that leverage cost-effective short runs and added value long-run production. The new capabilities and improved performance include: increased productivity to

enable dozens of folding carton jobs per day and up to 1 million B2 sheets per month; the widest folding carton application span on one press, leveraging wide media range from paperboards to metalized, synthetic, and transparent media, new security features like micro-text and micro QR-codes, and new automatic mass customization and personalization capabilities; and the Tresu iCoat 30000, sold and serviced by HP Indigo, for one robust folding carton production line. z


Vinsak repeats order at Manipal International Printing Press


insak, one of the prominent leaders in printing industry, secured a repeat order from Manipal International Printing Press to install Lombardi flexo press along with Vinsak USAR slitter inspection rewinder at their plant in Nigeria after the installation of similar machines at their Kenya Plant.

Vinsak installed the 10-color Synchroline full servo UV flexo press equipped with movable cold foil, chiller, two die-cutting stations with easy waste, slitter, turn-bar, re-lam, delam, sheeter, conveyer, and lamination. The other important features are quality control, quick change over, Air Blade System (ABS) for pneumatic adjustment of the doctor blade and pre-register system. Vinsak also installed USAR (universal Slitter Rewinder) 530 equipped and thermal inkjet system for variable data personalization. Pritam Choudhary, director, Manipal Printing Press, said, “Three months ago, Vinsak had installed all these machines at our Kenya plant. The combination of Synchroline with Vinsak USAR had made a lot of our print jobs easier. We were able to print on diverse substrates with a quick turnaround time. But the main advantage was that we were able to explore




more of Kenya’s packaging market as we can print on 12-micron film to 450 gsm boards. We wanted to expand our capacity of the Nigerian printing plant, hence a repeat order to Vinsak.” Choudhary added, “A machine worth millions becomes useless if you don’t have a good service backup. We are extremely happy with Vinsak for their active service and support systems and hope they continue to provide such quality products.” Ranesh Bajaj, director, Vinsak, said, “It’s a wonderful experience to know that years of

It’s a wonderful experience to know that years of planning and efforts have started paying off. We are extremely pleased to receive a repeat order from Mr. Pritam. – Ranesh Bajaj

planning and efforts have started paying off. We are extremely pleased to receive a repeat order from Mr. Pritam.” Bajaj added, “It’s good to see a positive response from the printing industry for Synchroline Press and Vinsak USAR. We are continuously developing and adding new features to our star product Vinsak USAR. Last year also, we had released more versions of the USAR to print on small wads and launched a new USAR Lite. We hope to add more features and to match the rising expectations of packaging industry from Vinsak.” z


Easy to operate, the Gallus Labelmaster finished changeover of two label jobs in a very short time


Label printers world wide use the flexibility and productivity of new Gallus Labelmaster


t the beginning of December last year, Heidelberg China and Gallus Shanghai jointly organized in the Print Media Center in Shanghai a launch event for the Gallus Labelmaster in China. Around 160 guests from label print shops in China and Region Asia as well as media journalists attended the event. They were able to watch live demos of the Gallus Labelmaster in label production and experienced a new height in leading label printing. “We are extremely optimistic about the future development of packaging and label printing in China,” explains Benny Huang, CEO of Heidelberg China. “In recent years, with

an increasing middle class and accelerating urbanization processes, there are more and more specific requirements on packaging and label. It is our duty to continue providing high quality products and services for packaging and label print shops in China.” Asia has become the fastest growing label market in the world. It is expected that by 2019, the Asian label market will have increased by 5.5%, in which the growth rate of self-adhesive labels will reach 6.3%.

“Owing to the higher cost of raw materials and labor today, print shops are paying more attention to productivity,” describes Teddy Jiang, general manager of Gallus Shanghai. “At the

same time, influenced by consumers and branding goods manufacturers, packaging and label printing is moving towards short run, multiple orders and product diversification.” After the full integration of the Gallus Holding AG into Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in 2014, the Gallus Innovation Days were held at the Gallus headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland in September 2016. Customers from all over the world saw for themselves the world premiere of the Gallus Labelmaster, the latest flexographic printing press designed for the label market. A year after that, in September 2017, visitors of Labelexpo Brussels were totally convinced of the high efTHE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018



Labels ficiency as well as high flexibility presented by the new Gallus Labelmaster. The machine has set a new benchmark in 17-inch label printing. Already now, only three months after the market launch, there are more than 20 presses installed in foreign countries and customers’ feedbacks are positive.

GALLUS LABELMASTER: PREMIERE IN CHINA The Gallus Labelmaster is a label printing press platform designed for the label and packaging market. It features a special platform design and can be configured by customers to meet their own specific requirements. With its open interfaces and Heidelberg platform development know-how for offset presses of Heidelberg, this machine series represents a highly secure investment and enables users to respond flexibly to future changes in the market. The new Gallus Labelmaster for label printing thus builds on the successful, tried-and-tested design principle of Speedmaster offset printing presses from Heidelberg. ‘Less Complexity, more Flexibility’ is exactly the innovation concept defined by Gallus for the Gallus Labelmaster. Modules such as flexo printing, screen printing, cold foil, die cutting etc. can be freely selected and configured, thus enabling the press to be customized to suit any




Gallus Labelmaster features a special platform design and can be configured by customers to meet their own specific requirements. With its open interfaces and Heidelberg platform development know-how for offset presses of Heidelberg, this machine series represents a highly secure investment and enables users to respond flexibly to future changes in the market. The new Gallus Labelmaster for label printing thus builds on the successful, tried-and-tested design principle of Speedmaster offset printing presses from Heidelberg. specific requirement of label print shops. The unique modularity of the Labelmaster meets all popular needs on the market, from commodity labels to sophisticated, high-finish products. Therefore, the Gallus Labelmaster is able to

Teddy Jiang, general manager of Gallus Shanghai; and Benny Huang, CEO of Heidelberg China started the Gallus Labelmaster together at the launching ceremony end of 2017 in the Print Media Center in Shanghai

print on a wide range of substrates, to name a few, self-adhesive label, cardboard, PE, PP, aluminum foil, tube laminate and so on. With this new press platform, Gallus has also developed a new locking system that enables quick, easy and accurate changes of printing units. The system positions them on the base unit with absolute precision and ensures 100% register accuracy.

NEW STANDARD IN COST EFFECTIVENESS The Gallus Labelmaster also sets new standards in cost effectiveness – from dramatic time savings, thanks to its ease of use and high speed, to low waste and minimal material consumption. It makes label printing easier, faster and more profitable. The machine platform boasts a whole series of product highlights, such as an extremely short web path of just 1.4 meter between printing units and a high maximum speed of 200 meter per minute, thus making the Gallus Labelmaster the fastest label printing press Gallus has ever produced. The press can be controlled centrally via a HMI touch panel, although manual intervention is also supported, with operators able to make changes with ease and, more importantly, very quickly, thereby achieving extremely short setup times. The lightweight aluminium printing cylinders that were specially developed for this machine type can be changed in just a few quick steps, thus ensuring that job changes can be completed with unparalleled speed. z


z STRATEGIC ALLIANCE FOR DIGITAL PACKAGING INKS Siegwerk to manufacture Agfa’s inkjet UV inks


iegwerk Druckfarben, one of the leading international suppliers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, and Agfa Graphics, a leading supplier in offset prepress and inkjet print, have entered into a strategic alliance for digital packaging inks. The contract signed between the two companies includes a business transfer from Agfa Graphics to Siegwerk of a selected OEM customer list, access to know-how, intellectual property and services in the domain of UV curable digital inkjet inks for the single pass packaging and labels industry. “This strategic alliance is a perfect fit for both of us,’’ says Tom Cloots, director – industrial inkjet Agfa. “Packaging and label printers

are increasingly attracted by the performance and quality of the Agfa inks that are used in a wide variety of printing systems. With this deal, we allow Siegwerk to extensively leverage on our strong network with OEM print head and equipment manufacturers as well as on our know-how and intellectual property in the domain of UV curable digital inks for packaging. At the same time, Agfa continues to focus on the other domains of the growing industrial print segment where Agfa has stronger market access potential.” “With this deal we are bridging the best of two worlds. While we will continue to rely on Agfa’s existing strong collaboration with OEMs and print head manufacturers, we will be able to offer our packaging market access and ap-

plication know-how to these new partners,” says Matthieu Carni, director – business unit inkjet, Siegwerk. Both the companies will work closely to ensure a handover of business without any interference for the customers of both companies. Agfa will continue to manufacture on behalf of Siegwerk for several months to support a smooth transition for the customers. After the transition period, Siegwerk will produce the new inks and varnishes according to the highest quality and safety standards at its own inkjet manufacturing center in Annemasse, France. With its global commercial network, Siegwerk then will be able to offer its new UV inkjet portfolio to customers worldwide. The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details. z

z NEW ROLE FOR PAOLO GRASSO Omet Group appoints new sales head for its labels business


ith effect of 1 January 2018, Omet Group appoints Paolo Grasso as head of sales – Omet Labels business unit. In his 14 years of cooperation with Omet Italy as area sales manager (Asia and ME), Grasso has been instrumental in establishing a strong base of clients and installations in one of the toughest but yet growing regions of the world. Seeing his ability to lead Omet to new and challenging territories, Omet top management has appointed him the new role. Speaking on this development Marco Calcagni, director sales, said, “It’s the right time to organize our sales activities to be able to complete our global expansion with a closer attention to each customer, as for Omet every customer is special and deserves the necessary attention. Omet, is a very innovative company with path breaking ideas in many markets,

which has led Omet’s growth in diverse market segments. Hence we now feel that each of these segments deserves the necessary focus. We will continue to work in this direction for the best results.” Omet Group has consistently grown in double digits in the last decade with further continuous growth expected. The newly introduced structure with separate unit for label and packaging markets allows us to provide dedicated resources and enhanced support to our global customer base. This step will further allow Omet to have a deeper market presence, streamlined marketing and communication and strengthen belief of customer centric approach. In his new role, Paolo Grasso will lead the global sales team, agents and distributor network of the label business unit, supporting them closely to further enhance the sales and market response. z

Omet, is a very innovative company with path breaking ideas in many markets, which has led Omet’s growth in diverse market segments. – Marco Calcagni THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018




z EARLY BIRD DATE EXTENDED TO 31 MARCH 2018 More than 60% exhibition space in Printpack India 2019 already sold


he Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), the organizer of the 14th Printpack India 2019, has already sold out more than 60% of the exhibition space to 233 exhibitors (till 17 February 2018). As per the existing policy of IPAMA management, the participants are being issued Priority Number on receipt of the application along with the requisite amount of space rent. The priority number is generated within 48 hours of the credit of the requisite amount in IPAMA’s Bank account. To make the participation hassle free, the space will be allotted to the exhibitors strictly in accordance with the priority number. This information has already been circulated to participants, through various channels, for their information and guidance. The prominent companies amongst those who have already booked their space for participation include LineOMatic, HP, Provin Technos (Ryobi), Megabound, Xerox India, Manugraph India, Insight Communication (Komori), Technova, Kodak India, Prakash Offset, Memory Repro, Alpna Visual, Electro Mec, Bobst, Monotech, Malhotra Graphics, Excel Machinery, NBG Printographics, Ronald Web, Manroland etc. Many more big companies, including Konica Minolta, The Printers House, Canon, Zhongke India, Muller Martini are in the pipe-line. LineOMatic is leading as far as space booking is concerned. It has booked 500 square meters of space. The companies booking space on or before 31 March 2018 will get a discount of Rs.500 per square meter. The new companies enrolling as IPAMA Members will also get further discount of 5%. NSIC members can submit their applications for availing MSME assistance through them. IPAMA intends to provide world-class exhibition facilities to visitors and exhibitors. A multi-purpose website, relating to Printpack India 2019 exhibition is being developed. All the relevant information which will be incorporated there can be shared by the visitors




L to R: Mustafa Kapadia, president, SPAI; Naveen Gupta, general secretary, IPAMA; and Dayaker Reddy, president IPAMA

and exhibitors. The industry associations, which are interested in organizing seminars, conferences, business-meets etc. during the exhibition, in association with IPAMA, can submit their proposals for consideration and approval. IPAMA has also signed one more MOU with Indian Paper Corrugated & Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (ICPMA) for marketing and sales of the space earmarked for the corrugation industry directly and or through sub-agents; dissemination of information of Printpack India 2019 through website, monthly newsletters and bulletins to their members and potential exhibitors. ICPMA will also be branded as Corrugation Industry Partner for promotion of the show. Before ICPMA, IPAMA had signed agreements with Association of Label Printers & Suppliers (ALPS); Indian Paper Corrugated & Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (ICPMA); and Screen Printers’ Association of India (SPAI).

In continuation to the agreements with different Indian associations of graphic arts industry, IPAMA is now heading towards SAARC countries, and also signed its first MoU with Bangladesh Mudran Shilpa Samity. The financial sector of Bangladesh is the second largest in the subcontinent and a growing market. Association is also approaching Sri Lanka and Bhutan in its second phase. As a part of promotional activites, IPAMA has already organized two promotional meets, one in Mumbai and the another in Amritsar. IPAMA has also marked its presence in domestic exhibitions, including those organized at Kolkata, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Chennai etc. In the past IPAMA had also marked its presence in many foreign exhibitions for promoting PPI 2019. It is also participating in Collate 2018 being organized by Sri Lanka Printers Association at Colombo in March 2018. z


z BELGIUM – 20 TO 23 MARCH 2018 Xeikon Café 2018 introduces Academy


he Xeikon Café Exhibition and Conference, scheduled to take place 2023 March 2018 in Belgium, will feature a range of newly introduced components that will make the event even more relevant, informative and interactive for participants. The 2018 edition will mark the introduction of an educational Academy with technologydriven presentations and practical workshop sessions, and an informal social gathering to increase networking opportunities.

The newly introduced Academy will provide a technical, educational forum centred around innovative end-use applications and packaging decoration techniques. “By introducing the Xeikon Café Academy, we are taking the technical element of the event to the next level. The goal is to guide visitors towards transforming their businesses for a successful future,” says Danny Mertens of Xeikon Café. “We are driven by the desire to help participants make the most of the fantastic technology that is available in the market and to discover ways in which they can use it to their best advantage.” The Academy will be a mix of workshops and presentations. The interactive workshops will be designed to help attendees acquire knowledge and make the right decisions for their businesses. Going beyond product specifications, the workshops will cover topics related to Food Safety, Automation, Exploring the Creativity of Digital, Saving on Cost and Print Technologies. The presentations in the Academy will focus on the main packaging decoration techniques available today, while covering all aspects of digital production – from workflow, print media and print engines to consumables and finishing equipment. Attendees can choose from a range of topics, including self-adhesive, heat transfer, wet-glue, flexible packaging, among others, and attend the sessions most relevant for their business. Each presentation is concluded with a technology demonstration in the exhibition area of the Xeikon Café, making it highly practical and hands-on.

This year’s focus is again on packaging innovations, and Xeikon Café hopes to attract even more visitors than the 1,000 who attended last year

Xeikon Café Exhibition and Conference will include an impressive set of speakers from both brands and printers with thought-provoking and inspiring presentations that will provide the audience with tangible ideas and concepts to implement in their own businesses. The conference will explore how packaging innovation can enhance and elevate businesses through a series of strategic business-oriented presentations. Next to the Academy, Xeikon Café 2018 will again feature general Conference sessions with strategic keynotes speakers that will provide inspiration and education designed to help attendees move their business forward. In many cases, these presentations will involve brand owners who will speak at a high level about how they are implementing some of the 40 end-use applications demonstrated in the exhibition area. Lastly, this year’s event will include a social event on the second evening, 21 March 2018. z THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018



Industry News Christian Traumann of MULTIVAC new interpack president


hristian Traumann, managing director and Group CFO of MULTIVAC Sepp Haggenmüller SE & Co. KG, is the president of interpack 2020. In the constituent meeting of the advisory board for the coming interpack, he was elected president of this event. Since 2015 Traumann has been the chairman of the Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association within VDMA and already served as a president of interpack in 2011. Acting as vice-presidents will be Markus Rustler, managing partner at Theegarten-Pactec GmbH & Co. KG, and Roland Strassburger, CEO of SCHÜTZ GmbH & Co. KGaA. All candidates were elected unanimously. This first advisory board meeting kicked off the phase of strategic orientation and preparation of the specific content for the forthcoming interpack. It is held every three years and will run at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center from 7

to 13 May 2020. Its last edition attracting 2,866 exhibitors and 170,899 visitors in May 2017 was highly praised by exhibitors. Many companies reported they had never closed so many concrete deals during a trade fair before. 2020 will also see the upstream supplies trade fair ‘components – special trade fair by interpack’ being held again concurrently with interpack at a central location at the exhibition center. Due to the positive response to the 2017 event, possible extensions are now being sounded out. Registrations for both trade fairs have already started and will be accepted until late February 2019. Exhibitors and visitors at interpack 2020 can look forward to a completely re-designed South entrance with a brand new Hall 1. From summer 2019 this new building will replace the former Halls 1 and 2 while also offering six conference rooms in addition to the exhibition area. It will be directly linked to the Congress Center Süd. z

Christian Traumann, managing director and Group CFO of MULTIVAC

Tetra Pak delivers more than half a billion fully renewable packages


etra Pak has now delivered more than half a billion packs of Tetra Rex Bio-based, the world’s first beverage carton to be manufactured entirely from renewable materials. The landmark event was announced at the Museum of Brands, in London, where the package, was featured in a new sustainability display.

Tetra Rex Bio-based, which was launched in October 2014, is manufactured solely from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and controlled sources paperboard, together with plastics derived from sugar cane, all traceable to their origins. Packages made from renewable materials are essential for preserving the environment for future generations. Renewable resources can be replenished naturally over time and enable a move away from fossil fuel-based materials, reducing the environmental impact as well as improving resource efficiency.




Christina Chester, product director at Tetra Pak said, “We are delighted to see the growing popularity of Tetra Rex Bio-based among customers. Packages made entirely from renewable materials are not only good for the planet, but also good for brands that seek to differentiate themselves with stronger environmental messages. With everything traceable to its plant origin, consumers are assured that the package they hold in their hands is derived entirely from plants.” Chris Griffin, CEO, Museum of Brands said, “It is good to hear about the significant progress Tetra Pak is making in terms of delivering fullyrenewable packages. They are offering brands more sustainable packaging at a time when environment is top-of-mind among consumers, and people want to make more environmentally sound choices.” z

Industry News Koenig & Bauer announces a 3.7% price increase


oenig & Bauer announced a price increase with effect from 1 April 2018 for the entire product portfolio.“This price increase is being effected against the background of rising prices and is a necessary step for us to continue offering our customers innovative solutions and an excellent level of service”, says Ralf Sammeck, executive vice-president sales at Koenig & Bauer. “Our goal is to grow together with our customers, and to continue to be their reliable partner in a constantly changing market.”

The innovative technologies embodied by the highly automated presses from Koenig & Bauer, not to mention their unique features in terms of automation, efficient makeready and inline processes, offer the user tangible economic benefits and secure the sustainability of business growth. The moderate price increase will enable further innovation and is thus an investment in the future. z Ralf Sammeck, executive vice-president sales at Koenig & Bauer

MPS opens branch office in Asia


he official opening of the MPS Systems Asia office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier this month marks the next step in MPS’ strategy to expand local presence throughout the Asian market. Tim Klappe, recently appointed as managing director for the Asia Pacific region, will lead operations of the new branch. Joining Klappe in the new branch office is George Tan, MPS area sales manager.

Klappe is well known in the printing industry through his various executive positions representing reputable print-industry brands while living and working in Asia for over 27 years. “With its central location in the South-Asian region, Kuala Lumpur is an ideal location for a dedicated MPS office,” commented Klappe. “Now that the infrastructure of the local branch is fully operational, we are focusing our efforts on business development through supporting our existing Agent network and increasing local representation. In fact, we just signed an agreement with a new agent in Taiwan, Chimeng Packaging. Soon we will be announcing a newly signed agent in the Philippines.” Recently appointed MPS representatives in Asia Pacific include Intercom Trade Services (a K-Group company) in Pakistan, and PT. IDG in Indonesia, who since finalized its first MPS EF press sale to PT. Surya Baru. MPS also has long-term partnerships with Genius Flexo

L to R: Tim Klappe, managing director, MPS Systems, Asia Pacific; Wim van Den Bosch, chief executive officer; George Tan, area sales manager and Willem Huijink, chief financial officer

Machinery in India and Bangladesh, Maxteq in Australia, and Nekkorb in New Zealand.

ASIA DEMO CENTERS Another part of the expansion plan in Asia includes expanding the new MPS Asia office with a demo center where printers can view press demonstrations and test a variety of applications. T&K Toka, the local MPS agent in Japan for many years, offers a dedicated demo center at their Saitama facility with a fully equipped MPS EF multi-substrate press that is available for personal demonstrations.

office in Asia brings a necessary high level of direct support to the existing and growing agent network and customer base.” Wim van den Bosch, chief executive officer of MPS, concluded, “The opening of our local Asia branch is an important milestone in our overall growth strategy. The Asian market offers significant growth potential for MPS, and with increased local presence and new development initiatives led by Tim Klappe and George Tan, we are well on our way.” z

LOOKING AHEAD “Asia is a dynamic market with a lot of potential, and MPS is a well-known name in the industry,” added Klappe. “Having a local MPS team and THE PACKMAN | MAR-APR 2018




Events Calendar





9 to 12 March 2018

PackPlus South 2018

Hyderabad, India

10 to 12 March 2018

Sino-Pack 2018 and PACKINNO 2018

Guangzhou, PR China

15 to 16 March 2018

Authentication Forum 2018

Delhi, India

20 to 23 March 2018

Xeikon Café 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

10 to 12 April 2018

SinoCorrugated South 2018

Dongguan, China

4 to 6 May 2018

5th Print & Packtech World Expo 2018

Bangalore, India

29 May to 1 June 2018

Ipack-Ima 2018

Milan, Italy

5 to 6 July 2018

6th Injection, Blow, Roto & PET Moulding, International Summit 2018

Mumbai, India

25 to 28 July 2018

PackPlus Delhi 2018

Delhi, India

2 to 4 August 2018

Plasti & Pack Pakistan

Lahore, Pakistan

22 to 24 August 2018

Pack & Printech Expo

Ahmedabad, India

4 to 5 September 2018

7th Speciality Films and Flexible Packaging Global Summit

Mumbai, India

4 to 6 September 2018

21st PPP Africa 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

19 to 22 September 2018

IndoPack Jakarta 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia

25 to 27 September 2018

Labelexpo Americas 2018

Illinois, USA

2 to 5 October 2018

Tokyo Pack 2018

Tokyo, Japan

4 to 6 October 2018

IndiaCorr Expo 2018

Mumbai, India

23 to 26 October 2018

China Brew China Beverage


24 to 26 October 2018

drink technology India

Mumbai, India

24 to 26 October 2018

pacprocess/indiapack 2018

Mumbai, India

24 to 28 October 2018

All in Print China

Shanghai, China

25 to 27 October 2018 21st PPP Africa 2018

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

22 to 25 November 2018

Labelexpo India 2018

Greater Noida, India

26 to 29 November 2018


Paris, France

1 to 6 February 2019

Printpack India 2019

Greater Noida, India



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The Packman | March-April 2018  
The Packman | March-April 2018  

The Packman is a leading packaging magazine in India. Cutting across web, e-magazine, newsletter and social media platforms, The Packman is...