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VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1|JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017

The Magazine for Modern Packaging

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Volume 1 | Issue 1 New Delhi | India www.packagingtoday.in EDITORIAL From the editor..........................................3 DESIGN AND MARKETING Aakruti Digipress takes home design awards.......................4 Packaging Design Award winners..............4 Alternate packaging solution.....................5

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PRINTPACK PrintPack 2017 getting good response from exhibitors ...............................................21 PrintPack Preview...................................22 LABELS Gallus Labelfire 340 off to a successful start..........................29 Third Lombardi label press installed in India.....................................30 PAGE 14

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CONTENTS

CONTENTS

PACKAGING PRODUCTION X-Rite expands PantoneLIVE with new color libraries......14 Print Factory installs Kodak Flexcel NX Wide Hybrid System....15 Komori introduces the Lithrone GX44RP...16 manroland web systems enters packaging printing........................17 CCL to acquire Innovia Group.................17 KBA Group enjoys strong 2016...............18 Uflex’s aseptic liquid packaging brand....19

TECHNICAL ARTICLE Industry 4.0: Revolution or evolution? 7 Pharmaceuticals packaging: safety across the board 9 ENVIRONMENT Mangoes that cannot satisfy hunger.......11 Recyclability: Misleading the masses?....13 PAGE 18

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EDITORIAL

From the editor

The first great event of the year is at the door!

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ndia is about to unfold its first great event of the year, PrintPack India 2017, on 4 February 2017. PrintPack India is not only the printing-packaging trade fair to see the latest developments and to place orders, it is also a confidence barometer for the entire print media industry itself, its markets, its clients and its suppliers. The packaging industry is changing. New technologies are establishing themselves. The PrintPack event has always been responding to this change and has opened up new visitor target groups with state-of-theart technologies and new solutions. At the last PrintPack, organized in 2015 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, 411 exhibitors displayed their products on a net area of 18,647 sq m, and recorded an increase of 25% in comparison to the 2013 edition. Visitor footfall, for the first time, crossed the figure of 85,000 which is a record in itself. There were many highlights at PrintPack India 2015 – including the live demonstration of several sheetfed multicolor presses (a rarity for a 5-day show anywhere nowadays). Even this year, visitors can expect to see a number of live demonstrations of machines (printing as well as converting) at the show. Also, this year there will be several Indian software (MIS and ERP) companies displaying their solutions. It is noteworthy that printing and packaging firms abroad are putting their bet on Indian ERPs — for instance, South Africa-based New ERA Labels, a Golden Era group of companies, recently opted for Param’s ERP solution. Another attraction of the PrintPack event will be the NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, which will be co-hosted by IPAMA. Themed as ‘Power up Your Printing Business… Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!’ the conference will be held on 5 February 2017 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, India. The conference will be an important event for developing invaluable cooperation, partnership and exchange with the ‘Who’s Who’ in the printing industry fraternity. Attendees can have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments not only in the local and national regions but also about the trends across the globe — from the best technology companies to solution providers, enabling you to find the exact product you need for your business. The conference will raise and debate critical issues facing our industry. Looking back at a great year, we definitely do not forget to look forward as well. If 2016 was the drupa year, lets make 2017 the PrintPack year. — editor@packagingtoday.in

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DESIGN AND MARKETING

zScodix Design Awards

Aakruti Digipress takes home design awards

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ndia’s Aakruti Digipress has been named as a winner in this year’s Scodix Design Awards, taking home first place in the Folding Carton/Packaging category. The converter operates an HP Indigo 5500 digital press, as well as two Scodix digital print enhancement machines. Aakruti Digipress won for the John Distilleries Mont Castle whisky package project. Second place in the Folding Carton/Packaging category went to South Korea’s Seahan for its stocking packaging project, which featured a unique interpretation of a famous traditional Korean folk painting by renowned national artist Shin Yun-Bok. Inspired by Yun-Bok, the packaging design was a more modern take on the original painting, so that the product would stand out on shelves, both domestically and internationally. Other category winners were Armenian company Best Box (General Commercial Printing), India’s Redin Digi Press (Publishing) and Mexico’s Cards & Systems Solutions (Technology). The number of entries to this year’s competition was almost double, and Scodix CEO Roy Porat stated: ‘The creativity and application of our digital enhancement tools evolve exponentially every year, and it never ceases to amaze us. Our annual awards simply showcase the applied wizardry, though the real winners are our user’ clients on a global scale. Our vision has been realized, as now we can proudly say that Scodix digital enhancement is now both a production necessity and a recognizable difference maker in today’s demanding marketplace.’z

zThe Pentawards 2016

Packaging Design Award winners

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ow celebrating its 10th year, the Pentawards has as its mission the global promotion of packaging design. Brigitte Evrard, Pentawards co-founder, has stated that: “Packaging design is a very demanding and difficult discipline, as it is subject to the laws of a market more and more focused on cost reduction and short-term profitability. Packaging designers must often do a lot with a little. The goal of the Pentawards is to reward designs originating from all markets, from mass-market to luxury.” To facilitate this, the awards are structured in five broad sectors—Food, Beverages, Body, Other Markets and Luxury—that group together 50 categories. The ninth edition of the Pentawards received 1,843 entries from five continents and 54 countries. An international jury composed of 12 professionals from packaging design and marketing, as well as the Pentawards chairman, bestowed the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Pentawards. The Diamond Pentaward winner will receive, in addition to a trophy, a year of the Esko Suite 14 packaging design software, worth 5,000. Taschen will publish the fourth edition of The Package Design Book, this time containing all the winners from 2015 and 2016. London-based agency Jones Knowles Ritchie took home the Diamond Pentaward, 2016 Best of the Show, for its design of new boxes for Domino’s Pizza. Below you’ll find it and our selection of winners. Submissions for the 11th Pentawards will be open from 20 February to 7 April 2017. More information and galleries of winners from this and previous years are available on the Pentawards site.z

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DESIGN AND MARKETING

zAlternate packaging solution

Uflex transforms tortilla chips’ packaging for America’s Healthiest Grocery Store

Multi-layer Kraft Paper Institutional Bags with a BOPP sealant layer were not providing enough barrier to Tortilla Chips from oxygen and moisture. Chips in those institutional packs were turning soggy and rancid in barely three weeks or so.

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ome four months ago, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store, Whole Foods Market approached India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex through one of the latter’s long standing clients who had been using special packaging solution from Uflex for its Tortilla Chips. The Problem Statement of Whole Foods Market: Multi-layer Kraft Paper Institutional Bags with a BOPP sealant layer were not providing enough barrier to Tortilla Chips from oxygen and moisture. Result: Chips in those institutional packs were turning soggy and rancid in barely three weeks or so. Added disadvantages of paper being torn in the supply chain or ruptured by sharp edges of tortilla chips was a double whammy. Fabrication of multi-layer Kraft paper packs in itself is an expensive proposition that requires specialized equipment at the converters’ end with prohibitive capital costs. Printing on paper poses further limitations diminishing the aesthetics of the pack. More annoying was the fact that the Multi-layer Kraft Paper Institutional Bags of Net Weight 16 OZ (1 LB) 454g had to be cut open from the top for taking the chips

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DESIGN AND MARKETING out and leaving the consumer with no option other than consuming all of it in one go with no provision for deferred consumption without spoilage. All these issues compelled Whole Foods Market to look for alternate packaging solution for their Tortilla Chips, and that’s when they were referred to Uflex. Whole Foods did not want to create any confusion in the minds of consumers regarding the look and appeal of its tortilla chips packaging. Moreover being the largest seller of organic food in the US, Whole Foods Market quite essentially wanted to give a paper like organic look to the packaging thereby upholding their brand ethos. The engineers at Uflex with a clear brief from the client designed a three layered; 12.5 micron coated Polyester / 18 micron BOPP (both sides treated) / 35 micron Polyethylene packaging structure as a 3D flat bottom pouch. Polyester provides excellent barrier from oxygen and also exhibits good thermal resistance owing to its melting temperature that is as high as 150-160 degrees centigrade. BOPP acts as a strong barrier to moisture. Polyethylene (PE) serves as a sealant layer besides imparting strength and sturdiness to the pouch. To impart a paper like organic look, special registered matte coating was applied on the glossy polyester film. The pouch is reverse printed and the same machine has the facility of carrying out Registered Top Coating either in matte or gloss thereby rendering a transparent window. A see through window is always a great value addition as the consumers always prefer seeing the product packed inside for making an informed buying decision. A concealed Press-To-Close (PTC) pocket zipper has been provided on the front panel of the 3D pouch with a perforated strip for easy opening and protecting the product for deferred use without any fear of spoilage. An important fact that must be noted is that usually pouches have to be cut from the top using scissors or knives in order to retrieve the snack. This can lead to contamination of food and is therefore not advisable. The PTC slider pocket pouch efficiently obviates this shortcoming. Talking about the new packaging for Whole Foods Market, Anup Sachdeva, joint president packaging (global exports) at Uflex Limited said, “Earlier in December 2016, especially for the Christmas Season we dispatched 1 million new pouches to the co-packer by air. The new pouches are now on the retail shelves and I am given to understand from the client that the response has been terrific. The matte finished paper-like pouch perfectly lives up to the image and ethos of the organic food packed inside. More importantly the inks that we have used in the converting process are Toluene and MEK free further emboldening the brand image in the organic space. Tortilla is categorized as healthy food and enjoys a huge market in West America. Consumers are quite appreciating the PTC zipper on the front panel for the great convenience that it brings along with it. We are getting more and more enquiries from Tortilla and other snacks brands in the United States that are still using conventional paper packaging. We are very hopeful of more business transactions fructifying in the near future.” Commenting about the success of the metamorphosed packaging of Tortilla Chips for Whole Foods Market, Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director, Uflex Limited said, “You will be glad to know that the pouch has been fabricated on a special Quad Seal Machine with a registered PTC/ Slider applicator and perforation facility. This machine has also been indigenously manufactured by our Engineering Business at the Noida Plant. Being an end-to-end multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company we offer immense ease to our clients globally. All their packaging requirements are met under one roof. Another very important point that I would like to mention over here is that the revamped packaging for Tortilla Chips did not require any new or specialised filling and sealing line at the co-packer’s end. The erstwhile machine fills and seals the new pouches equally efficiently. Coming to think of it, no additional Capex is a major boon for the Co-packer. I am glad Uflex has been able to deliver Whole Foods Market exactly the packaging that they had been looking for. Adding value to our clients’ business through innovation is our raison d’être and my team is doing that perfectly and infallibly.”

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TECHNICAL ARTICLE

zThe human-machine interface

Industry 4.0: Revolution or evolution? Industry 4.0 obviously first raises the question of which three revolutionary or evolutionary steps preceded it? The first was the invention of the steam engine and the resulting possible drive of mechanical equipment. This was followed by the second one, electrical engineering, with which mass production could be increased further. The microprocessor was the third one, which digitalized control and process engineering.

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ndustry 4.0 obviously first raises the question of which three revolutionary or evolutionary steps preceded it? The first was the invention of the steam engine and the resulting possible drive of mechanical equipment. This was followed by the second one, electrical engineering, with which mass production could be increased further. The microprocessor was the third one, which digitalized control and process engineering.

Smart Factory: intelligently networked knowledge crystal

The main difference from 4.0 to this third stage is the consistent application of Internet technologies for communication between people, machines and products. An intelligently networked crystal is being created in all directions and across all boundaries from the hierarchical IT pyramid: from the field level to the control and operation level and all the way to the operational and business level. In such a smart factory, machines and systems provide independent information about all major process and system states. They communicate with each other at the same time and intervene in production processes, correcting and optimizing them. Or expressed more simply: The raw material knows what it wants to be-

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TECHNICAL ARTICLE come. The machines know what they can do and when they have free capacity— and provide their services independently. Of course, everything is done in close coordination with the demand side, which is planned in advance using historical data, current trends and possibly even with intelligent refrigerators and external weather models. Such an intelligent factory masters complex sequences perfectly, is resistant against downtimes and can always react flexibly to changes in the production process. Thanks to autonomous control of production, failure and downtimes are eliminated, the machines are always used optimally and energy consumption is reduced. Because less waste is produced, the cost of materials also decreases. “At drinktec, solutions for further digitalization of production are therefore sure to be a central topic, precisely because optimized production processes and maximum efficiency in energy and raw materials are a focus of Industry 4.0,” Richard Clemens stated, managing director of the VDMA professional association Food Processing and Packaging Machinery .

A few ideas are already a reality

Some ideas of Industry 4.0 are already a reality: For example, the Augsburg robot manufacturer Kuka builds the body of the Jeep Wrangler for Chrysler in America: in its own factory, with its own robots and its own employees. The automobile manufacturer Chrysler only provides data. Consequently, virtual and real worlds merge through the use of information technology and create a whole new production and business concept. In the beverage and liquid food industry, components of Industry 4.0 have also long since been employed. Holger Schmidt, Global Industry Manager of Food & Beverage at Endress +HauserMesstechnikGmbH+Co. KG, stated about this: “Many devices support this using features such as heartbeat technology, in that they check their functions themselves and actively point out upcoming needs for intervention. The availability of so many signals also allows better linking of batch and process data.” Teleservice is also on the agenda here. The adaptation of a palletizing robot to new packaging is carried out in this case by external computer simulation, for example. The final program is then installed over the weekend via the Internet and only minor tweaks are necessary—if at all—at the start of production on Monday morning. Another essential aspect of Industry 4.0 is customized production. The objective is to comply with all relevant customer requirements at low cost. “It seems like a distant vision,” Richard Clemens explained. However, precisely the beverage industry is subject to quickly changing trends. Customized production could be an answer to the ever shorter product life cycles. Until then, however, many development steps and corresponding investments are still needed.”

Fill inexpensively—even in batch size 1

“4.0 RoboFill” could make an important contribution to that. In this research project, a new, flexible automation concept is to enable filling customized beverage bottles and bottling containers inexpensively even in batch size 1. The current project consortium is composed of the Chair of Brewing and Beverage Technology (TUM), Chair of Food Packaging Technology (TUM), Fraunhofer IWU—RMV project group, the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan, infoteam Software AG, Krones AG, ProLeiT AG, Siemens AG, Till GmbH , Yaskawa Europe GmbH and the Zimmer Group. By the way: The majority of these institutions and companies will be on hand for direct exchanges of information with trade visitors at drinktec 2017. This bundling of cross-domain expertise makes the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry the “place to be”, including for automation and information technology. In a survey of drinktec 2013, 97% of trade visitors gave this exhibition area top grades. The supplier side also confirmed this entirely positive picture: “drinktec is the top international platform to discuss with our two customer groups, beverage producers and the component supplier industry, about the future direction of their automation. As a result, a

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clear picture can be obtained of the direction in which the use of digital technologies is going,” Holger Schmidt of Endres+Hauser said.

RoboFill 4.0: processes plan and optimize themselves ...

Concretely, 4.0 RoboFill is designed to plan and optimize machines and processes itself in the future. The synchronization of customer requests and production orders as well as the associated production planning and control takes place via a virtual image of the production environment in the cloud. Compared to rigid, prefabricated and controlled filling lines in the beverage industry, it creates highly flexibly operating and intelligent processing stations. In this way, RoboFill 4.0 will especially provide small and medium businesses a decisive competitive edge over competing producers in the international market. Gunter Walden, Division Head of “Food and Beverage” as well as “Water and Sewage” at Siemens AG, gave a good reason for this: “Brewmasters notice with automation that they suddenly have time to deal with what actually is their passion: devising new recipes.” And in fact that is not a virtual, but a very real benefit. z

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TECHNICAL ARTICLE

zInnovative developments in packaging

Pharmaceuticals packaging: safety across the board

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o compromising on product safety” is the overriding principle for companies of the pharmaceuticals industry and for allied enterprises in the packaging sector. Because of their high responsibility for human health, they are strictly monitored and have to observe numerous specifications and guidelines. No mean challenge for the companies concerned. From an economic point of view, this sector can still take pleasure in a market experiencing stable growth. The German pharmaceuticals market leads the field within Europe and, with annual sales of over EUR 50 billion in 2015, occupies fourth place globally. But here as well industry has to move with the times. Rising life expectancy, the increase in chronic diseases and the introduction of new and often very expensive forms of treatment have been responsible for strong growth in the last few years. More and more diseases are becoming treatable. Even for rare disorders with relatively small numbers of cases, more and more medicines are being developed for which manufacturers are called upon to achieve greater complexity with ever smaller batch sizes. There is a trend away from standardisation and towards individualised treatment. For plant manufacturers and packaging system suppliers, the high flexibility and rapid retooling already demanded in the market is thus intensifying further. For such requirements, Medipak Systems, a member of the Körber Group, offers its customers solutions that it conceives as modular, scalable platforms and gives manufacturers the necessary scope for manufacture in smaller batches and using different packages. “Our customers’ investment in production and packaging processes is immense. They require solutions that can be used for a large variety of products, can be quickly retooled and are capable of extension over their life-cycle,” explains CEO Clemens Berger. In the future of Industry 4.0, single machines or stand-alone solutions will no longer be sufficient. Only integrated systems that take the entire value chain into account can compete in the market in the long term. The customer wants to reduce his cost per package over the entire process, and this calls for improvements in overall plant effectiveness from suppliers. Reliable plant availability is all-important here along with high machine performance and continuously high production quality.

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TECHNICAL ARTICLE Growth in the pharmaceuticals sector is being offset by cost reductions in the health systems in many countries with price ceilings, mandatory discounts, and benefit-based pricing or reimbursement models. There is also an increase worldwide in regulatory requirements imposed by supervisory authorities. For medicine manufacturers and packagers, this places still higher demands on the process chain as a whole. At the same time, there is growth in the market for generic drugs, i.e. medicines whose active ingredients are identical to those of the original preparations but are sold at much lower prices. This competition encourages efficient technologies and processes to compensate for the high pressure on costs in the generic pharmaceuticals market.

zInnovation in packaging design

New, innovative packaging concepts are being developed despite or precisely because of the competition from generic drugs. The introduction of the new Aspirin generation in 2014, when the Bayer Group decided to develop its classic packaging further, is an example of the most recent past. Few medicines can look back on such a long tradition – this well-known painkiller has been holding its own in the marketplace for over 115 years now. In cooperation with the Romaco Group, it has developed a new packaging technology that is adapted to consumers’ changing needs. For this, the tablets are individually sealed and perforated – in the shape of a four-leafed clover. The pouches concerned consist of an aluminium/paper laminate protecting the individual tablets effectively from such external influences as light and moisture. In the design, importance has been attached to easy access – an argument that is becoming increasingly compelling in view of the growing elderly proportion of the population in the industrialised nations. At interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf from 4 to 10 May 2017, visitors can find out about the innovative developments in the packaging sector to meet the growing demands resulting from legal provisions and consumer needs. Interesting insights into the latest production technology will also be afforded by the accompanying “components – special trade fair by interpack”. This is targeted primarily at suppliers to the packaging industry and at companies offering drive, control and sensor technology, products for industrial image processing, handling equipment, industrial software and communication, and complete automation systems for packaging machines.

zSmart packaging

The fact that patient leaflets in a medicine package do not always have to be in printed form is illustrated by the latest further developments in packaging technology, now made possible for the first time by near-field communication (NFC). Facilitating cashless payment and keyless vehicle entry, NFC is already familiar in everyday life. Thanks to widespread smartphone use, contactless and wireless short-distance data exchange has also become of interest to the packaging sector. The possible applications range from reading-out the patient leaflet and the automatic re-ordering of drugs through to more detailed information. Under the generic term “smart packaging”, the development of printed electronics is also rapidly advancing. Conductive plastics, inks on film, foil, paper or glass in combination with extremely thin, flexible and transparent electronic components – plus interactive displays, luminous effects and sensors – are already converting today’s packages into high-tech products. In the future, smart packages will satisfy virtually all wishes and will have to be an integrated part of an overall e-health strategy. Smart packages know the patient’s personal dosage, make the right medicine available at the right time with the aid of time-controlled access and sound an alarm when drug intake is skipped. These are innovations that are capable of improving patient safety.z

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ENVIRONMENT

zSAVE FOOD Initiative

Mangoes that cannot satisfy hunger Looking at the figures one thing becomes clear: in southern Africa alone some 50% of the fruit and vegetables grown perish during production, storage, transport or processing and therefore never end up on the market. For the farmers, whose existence depends on selling these products, these are unacceptable conditions.

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ood and especially fruit exports are one of the most important sources of revenue in Kenya. Looking at the figures one thing becomes clear: in southern Africa alone some 50% of the fruit and vegetables grown perish during production, storage, transport or processing and therefore never end up on the market. For the farmers, whose existence depends on selling these products, these are unacceptable conditions. Take the example of mangoes. Approximately 300,000 tons of the mangoes grown in Kenya never make it to market. Plenty of fruit already spoils on the tree since farmers lack the resources to harvest it on time; a major proportion also gets lost during the following steps because fruit is stored poorly or for too long, is not processed quickly enough or is transported with poor protection and/or in an untimely manner. In view of the enormous poverty in the country these are untenable conditions.

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ENVIRONMENT According to data provided by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), up to 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted on a global scale every year. This food spoils on its way from field to fork, does not comply with standards and is therefore disposed of as unsaleable or is simply not consumed in time. These are shocking figures that constitute a major problem, not only in the view of the Food and Agricultural Organisation, but also because the food wasted produces some 3.3 gigatons of CO2 emissions every year.

zShelf life is the key

However, there is hope when listening to success stories like that of the company Azuri Health and its general manager Tei Mukunya. For five years Mukunya had been serving one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies as a marketing consultant when she accepted a consulting job with Kenyan mango farmers for a development project. Shocked by the high losses Mukunya decided to establish her own company and take care of the mango problem. She soon found out that drying is the best way to keep the fruit from spoiling. So in a hut in her backyard along with four women from the village she started to manually peel and cut the mangos to then process them with the help of an electric dehydrating device and a solar dehydrator, processing them into aromatic dried fruit.

zSuccess – hand-made

“I did not have a clue about this business initially. I knew my way around numbers and marketing channels but not agricultural production. I had to learn all of this,” says Mukunya. Only ten years later the little operation in her backyard has become an expanding business with 30 members of staff, a small yet refined manufacturing line and a monthly output of some ten tons of dried mango. And figures are rising.

zInternational support

This success required not only local partners but above all the right know-how and the necessary infrastructure. The entrepreneur found this support in the form of the SAVE FOOD Initiative by FAO, UNEP and Messe Düsseldorf as well as its members, the packaging producer WIPF, the associations EAFA – European Aluminium Foil Association e.V. and FPE – Flexible Packaging Europe, machine manufacturer Multivac, the Bosch Group, printing ink manufacturer Siegwerk and with the consultancy africon. As a result the Kenyan self-made enterprise became a project with international participation. In addition to financial aids Azuri Health received important advice on the construction and operation of new plants, on necessary lean-management measures and – last but not least – the right contacts for a network expected to support the major goal of exporting to Europe, Great Britain, USA and Japan. A first step has already been taken: in autumn 2016 construction of the new production site in Thika near Nairobi started. Here, a production site will emerge that lives up to international standards and can cope with the scheduled expansion in production. The construction was made possible by funds from the SAVE FOOD Initiative – and the money required for new dehydrating devices has also been generated by fund-raising activities.

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zThe issue of waste

Recyclability: Misleading the masses? Disposable coffee cups recently hit the headlines after it was revealed that many people do not realize they are not widely recyclable. As consumers become more environmentally aware, Alex Fitchett, a supplier engagement consultant at Solutions for Retail Brands (S4RB), asks what can be done to improve transparency.

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or many people, the environmental impact of what they buy plays an important part in their purchasing decisions. The issue of waste is one of the key issues, and both manufacturers and retailers are keen to promote their green credentials, particularly around sustainable packaging. Plastic bottles and cans have been widely recycled for years – so it is astonishing to think that the same does not also apply to takeaway coffeecups. Earlier this year, it was reported across the media that less than 1% of disposable coffee cups are recycled in the UK. Dig a little deeper and you find that even that is extremely generous, with the real figure standing closer to 0.1%. Understandably, consumers were outraged to discover that even cups bearing the three arrows symbol cannot be processed at most recycling plants due to the plastic coating used. In fact, it is usually only the cardboard sleeve that can be recycled but few people realise they must separate it from the cup after they’ve finished their morning coffee. Of course, food packaging is part of the wider issue of waste management in retail and hospitality. Shoppers are beginning to question whether packets have been made from re-used materials, what types of plastics have been used and whether it needs to be broken down. In addition, they might consider what recycling facilities they have in their local area. Increasingly, they are relying on their peers or the media for this information rather than the claims made by food manufacturers. It is important for retailers and manufacturers to remember that if the packaging needs to be dismantled before recycling, the process should be as straightforward as possible. The number of different parts and types of materials should also be considered; after all, householders do not want to be left wondering what can be recycled and what should go to landfill. For retailers, this can also mean the difference between someone making a purchase and a product being left on the shelf. Most large grocery businesses have been aware of this for some time, however, in truth, knowing about it and acting on it are gulfs apart. Some major brands have made great strides in the right direction, notably Walmart in the US, which tracks its suppliers’ recyclability and recycled packaging levels for a number of years. There is no doubt that, in the coming years, sustainability will remain high on the agenda for consumers and they will expect greater transparency on what can and cannot be recycled. As well as environmental concerns, consumers are also influenced by convenience, and they rarely want to go out of their way to dispose of rubbish. This is highlighted by the fact that across the UK, nearly 45 per cent of household waste is recycled – however, this drops to just 17.7 per cent in London. As the media has highlighted, 32 different local authorities manage the capital’s waste but it is not always clear what materials can be recycled in different boroughs. Ultimately, the question of transparency around recycling is one of both social responsibility and profitability. Consumers are more vocal about being misled, as has been shown with the issue of coffee cups, and if manufacturers and retailers do not respond, they are likely to get left behind.

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PACKAGING PRODUCTION

zGreater choices and flexibility for users

X-Rite expands PantoneLIVE with new color libraries PantoneLIVE includes six new libraries for gravure printing technology ideal for flexible packaging and label applications. Two of the new libraries are designed to help brands and converters match color on increasingly popular metallized flexible packaging and label structures.

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-Rite, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone, have announced the expansion of a PantoneLIVE cloud-based solution for digitally communicating color with the addition of six new color libraries for gravure printing. The company has also released PantoneLIVE Visualizer, a new software tool that helps graphic designers, brands and print suppliers better compare, evaluate and visualize colors across multiple substrates and printing technologies. “PantoneLIVE was created to help share accurate and achievable colors across a package printing supply chain,” says Adrián Fernández, vice president, PantoneLIVE, X-Rite. “In partnership with our customers, we are continuously evolving the platform to support a wide range of packaging applications and help designers easily visualize on-screen how color palettes will appear in production. PantoneLIVE now offers over 50,000 Pantone color choices and supports 80% of packaging applications. By increasing the depth and scope of PantoneLIVE, designers and brands are able speed up the entire packaging design process and get products to market on average four times faster.” PantoneLIVE includes six new libraries for gravure printing technology ideal for flexible packaging and label applications. Two of the new libraries are designed to help brands and converters match color on increasingly popular metallized flexible packaging and label structures. In total, PantoneLIVE offers 28 libraries of Pantone solids and tints that are tailored to specific package printing applications and technologies such as folding cartons, labels, flexo and paper packaging. Expanding the color libraries gives PantoneLIVE users greater choices and flexibility to determine which packaging material and processes will help brands and suppliers achieve the best possible results. To help designers and brands visually show the variability in color that is the result of changes in the base material, printing process and ink types, X-Rite has developed PantoneLIVE Visualizer. Available immediately at no additional cost to PantoneLIVE users, Visualizer delivers an on-screen visualization of Pantone Master colors and achievable PantoneLIVE Dependent colors. The results can be exported into print-ready PDF documents that can be shared across the supply chain to better communicate design intent. Sometimes, due to the realities of production materials and processes, the desired Pantone Master Standard color cannot be achieved with the target substrate and printing technology. Pantone Dependent Standards are designed to represent desired Master Standards in these cases, and are the Pantone-approved best match to the Master standards. With PantoneLIVE Visualizer, users can now visually compare and assess color selections in a variety of production scenarios. PantoneLIVE Visualizer works with the X-Rite eXact handheld spectrophotometer, allowing users to measure the spectral color data from existing physical materials and objectively compare multiple materials on-screen. Using the spectral data, the software will also convert local color samples to specific Pantone and PantoneLIVE references for precise color communication across suppliers.z

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PACKAGING PRODUCTION

zCreating setup to print directly on corrugated sheets

Print Factory installs Kodak Flexcel NX Wide Hybrid System

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rint Factory located in Sheshadripuram, Bangalore, is always looking to the future. Several years ago, the company overhauled its prepress operations with investments in Kodak thermal CtP technology and workflow solutions. Following this move, according to Sudhir MK, director, Print Factory, pressroom efficiency increased, allowing Print Factory to add a second 4-color press to increase commercial jobs such as brochures, annual reports, and books. Recently, Print Factory installed a printer that specializes in preliner printing for the corrugated packaging industry, giving Print Factory a foothold into India’s burgeoning packing sector. With a turnover of $24.6 billion and a growth rate of 13% to 15% annually, the Indian packaging industry is expected to reach $32 billion by 2020. And according to a recent Mckinsey report, there will be a tenfold increase in India’s middle-class population by 2025, which will further trigger the consumption of packaging materials. This will bring another growth spurt to packaging, says the Mckinsey report, which also notes that the country needs more packaging professionals. As Print Factory prepares to take advantage of this growing packaging market, they have integrated a Kodak Flexcel NX Wide Hybrid system alongside the two newly acquired offset machines. This new set-up will enable Print Factory to print directly on corrugated sheets. It will also deliver significant cost savings compared to their previous reliance on film with the introduction of thermal plates. With strong cost pressures in corrugated packaging segment, Kodak Flexcel technology delivers superior quality and lower and cost-effective post-print results on lower grade liners. Kodak has commercially released new extensions to its popular Kodak Flexcel NX System. The new Kodak Flexcel NX Wide System and a new range of Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexo Plates (Kodak Flexcel NXC plates) extend to the corrugated sector the print excellence customers expect from Kodak flexographic solutions. Flexcel NX System allows prepress providers and printers deliver highly impactful quality packaging and streamline production costs. Along with technologies such as Kodak SquareSpot Imaging Technology and Kodak Digicap NX Patterning, corrugated producers will now be able to take advantage of a solution that enables expanded tonal range, higher line screens, more efficient ink transfer and improved print quality on lower grade boards.

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zLatest perfector joins the Lithrone G Series

Komori introduces the Lithrone GX44RP

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omori Corporation has announced the introduction of its newest addition to the Lithrone G Series—the Lithrone GX44RP offset press. The onepass double-sided sheetfed offset press, the 44-inch Lithrone GX44RP is equipped with H-UV curing. Designed to deliver high quality, high productivity and short turnaround stability for perfecting or double-sided printing, the press is meant for applications such as publication printing (magazines and books) and duplex package printing. The 44-inch G series presses offer a maximum printing speed of 15,000 sheets an hour and a sheet thickness range of 0.04–0.8 mm. The wide 840 x 1,150 mm maximum sheet size accommodates the requirements of the growing market for ganging-up of several jobs in a single run as well as impositions in a range of sizes. Key features of the new press include single-edge gripping, which makes the margin on the tail edge of the sheets unnecessary and enables paper costs to be cut by minimizing the sheet size, and the use of four double-size transfer cylinders, which eliminates sheet reversal and ensures stable sheet transport for handling either light or heavy stocks through. Additionally, just as with single-sided presses, front and back plate imaging is in the same direction which increases prepress efficiency. Supported by the KHS-AI integrated control system, bender-less Full-APC and the H-UV curing system, the Lithrone GX44RP provides cutting-edge short makeready and powder-less instant drying to accommodate fast turnarounds. In addition, options that can be included are the A-APC Asynchronous Automatic Plate Changer, the PDC-SX Spectral Print Density Control SX Model and the PQA-S Print Quality Assessment System to achieve even higher levels of quality and productivity.

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zNew benchmark for webfed printing presses

manroland web systems enters packaging printing

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anroland web systems sets a new benchmark for webfed printing presses featuring the latest in automation and technology for the growing packaging printing industry depending on applications ranging from board to foil printing, an optimized arrangement of presses with offset, flexo and gravure printing units in hybrid configuration is available. The established PECOM-X drive, operation and workflow management system is the basis for combining various components from manroland web systems to form a one-system solution. The first press of the new generation has been sold with offset and gravure printing units for the flexible packaging industry. manroland web systems’ longstanding experience in highly automated offset printing offers our clients in the packaging sector new possibilities for staying competitive and allows them to react to the increasing demands of the market. Meaning ever-shorter print runs, increasing price pressure, consistently high printing quality, reproducibility, just-in-time production, sustainability and an overruling machine intelligence through networking of processes and systems. The most modern manroland web systems pre-setting, regulating and control systems enable waste reduction of double digit figures. Industry 4.0 is reality in the new packaging printing press from day one. An integral component of the one-stop solution from manroland web systems is the globally available Life-Time-Service package which is strongly linked with the automation of the press. It connects users to the three service pillars: Solutions, Support and Store. And that means predictable costs and 24/7 access to the TeleSupportCenter during the entire life cycle of the press as well as the highest level of convenience for order processing of wear and spare part supplies via the manroland web store.

CCL Industries to acquire Innovia Group

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he Smithfield Group, the managing shareholder of Innovia Group (Innovi), a global leader in specialty BOPP films and polymer banknote substrate, has agreed to an offer from CCL Industries Inc. (CCL), a global specialty industrial business, to acquire Innovia Group for CAN $1.13 billion. The transaction follows a highly successful period for Innovia during which it has substantially enhanced the capabilities and performance of both its film and banknote businesses. Increasing its strategic focus on high value add and differentiated films with world leading technology, it divested its legacy cellophane business earlier this year while making significant growth investments over the last 3 years, including a state of the art new facility to produce polymer banknote substrate in Cumbria. CCL is the world’s largest specialty label business and is publicly quoted on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a market value in excess of CAN $8 billion. It employs more than

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20,000 people and operates from 156 production facilities across 35 countries on 6 continents. CCL has a complementary presence in the markets in which Innovia operates, with capabilities in security printing, polymer extrusion and surface engineering that are deployed across all business segments. Innovia’s pre-eminent R&D and high technology capabilities provide a platform for CCL to grow and further enhance its offer in these markets. The transaction is subject to regulatory and other change of control approvals and customary completion procedures with closing expected by the end of the first quarter, 2017. Mark Robertshaw, chief executive of Innovia Group, said, “CCL will be an excellent long term owner for the employees and customers of Innovia. CCL recognizes and values Innovia’s world leading technology, R&D and differentiation in films and security and sees a high degree of complementarity with CCL’s own capabilities and markets to establish new growth opportunities for their business.”

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zWell placed to continue strong performance in 2017 – Craig Bretherton

KBA Group enjoys strong 2016 as print packaging growth forecast

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he Koenig & Bauer Group has reported strong growth this year, with group revenue in the first nine months of 2016 rising by 22.3% to Euro 831.4m (£705m). Its order intake for that period was 1.25% higher at Euro 869.8m than in 2015 meaning new orders exceeded group sales by more than Euro 38m. Order backlog was valued at Euro613.3m (£520m) at the end of September, up 2.7% on the previous year, and is sufficient to ensure the capacity utilization of the group’s plants until spring 2017. The value of KBA shares has continued to rise reaching a peak in 2016 when they rose by 80% since 2012 to nearly Euro 50 per share – performing far better than its competitors. The company said it has enjoyed a record year for sales in 2016, having sold particularly well into the medium format packaging sector for folding cartons with several installations in 2016–17, all to new customers. Craig Bretherton, KBA (UK) product and marketing manager, said the company envisaged print packaging globally will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 5.2% between 20162020. The company has a long heritage in the folding carton packaging markets and sees great potential in emerging markets, predicting the demand for cartons will increase by 17% from current levels to around $18bn (£14.5bn) in 2020, with growth showing the fastest rates in highly populated threshold countries like China and India. “All sectors of the global packaging market are set for growth by 2020 with the greatest potential for growth predicted in film, corrugated and board packaging,” said Bretherton. “KBA is active in all six of the packaging markets (flexible packaging, corrugated board, cardboard, rigid plastics, glass and metal) and holds the number one position in three of them. The recent investments in Flexotecnica, Iberica (diecutters), and KBA Kammann (glass decorating) alongside the return of the KBA Corrugraph after a 10 year absence from the market means that KBA are well placed to meet the demands for growth in these markets. “KBA has further strengthened its position as the number two global press supplier during 2016, and in the UK has enjoyed a 35% market share in the medium format packaging market with 100% of this being sold to new customers. KBA enjoys a global market share of over 40% of the presses sold into the folding carton market.” The press manufacturer has a successful relationship with print and packaging companies. It partnered with HP to create the HP T1100S, which was launched in 2015 to produced digital printing directly onto corrugated sheets up to 2.8 metres wide. The partnership has blended the material transport knowhow from KBA with the experience of digital technology from HP. KBA also launchd the RotaJET which has applications in the digital newspaper market, floor covering markets and book printing which is based upon similar technology. The first machine is set to be installed at DS Smith in the UK following successful beta testing and numerous other projects are planned. KBA and Xerox announced at Drupa 2016 a partnership for development of the VariJET 106 digital carton press incorporating finishing and traditional print units. In the same way as the joint HP project, the inkjet side of the device will be provided by Xerox and the press, transport systems and all the other mechanical components of the press will be provided by KBA. The press is scheduled to be officially launched in 2017. Bretherton warned though, that 2017 could be a challenging year due to uncertainties in several markets and a weak pound. “However, on the back of our successes in 2016 and the innovative solutions we offer, KBA is well placed to continue its strong performance in 2017.”

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zPreserving product freshness and value

Uflex unveils its much awaited aseptic liquid packaging brand Asepto ensures that food remains free from bacteria and other harmful micro organisms for a period of at least 8 months under room temperature. The aseptic packages are made by laminating poly-ethylene with paperboard and aluminium foil, producing a multi-layered construction which enables the carton to protect the contents from various factors responsible for spoilage, thereby preserving the product freshness and value.

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ndia’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company, Uflex, has unveiled Asepto, its aseptic liquid packaging brand. Derived from the word aseptic, meaning sterile, Asepto ensures that food remains free from bacteria and other harmful micro organisms for a period of at least 8 months under room temperature. The aseptic packages are made by laminating poly-ethylene with paperboard and aluminium foil, producing a multi-layered construction which enables the carton to protect the contents from various factors responsible for spoilage, thereby preserving the product freshness and value. Uflex’s aseptic liquid packaging manufacturing plant will be commercially operational by April 2017. Printing, creasing and punching of paper board is done on the printing machine. This is followed by the lamination of paper board on the extrusion machine with aluminium film and a different type of polyethylene. The rolls from the lamination machine are converted to rolls of smaller width as per the required size of packages i.e. 200 ml, 100 ml, 1000 ml and more. The finished rolls are sent to the customer where these rolls are run on the forming and filling line and the desired

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PACKAGING PRODUCTION products (which could be juices, milk, other dairy and distillery products) are filled and packed in the packages. Ashwani Sharma, president and CEO, New Business Initiatives, Uflex Limited said, “The aseptic packaging market in India is majorly classified into three segments – juices, dairy products and liquor. Packaging of flavoured milk, other dairy items and liquor in aseptic packaging material will play a key role in propelling the growth of aseptic packaging in the coming years both in India and overseas. Our total manufacturing capacity of 7 billion packs per annum will cater to 90% of the domestic market demand. In Asia-Pacific, the market growth is around 7% and in India the growth has been in double digits for the last 3 to 4 years. “Presently the Indian aseptic liquid packaging market is growing at 17-18% per annum and the 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 humongous. Aseptic packaging manufacturing is the big thing for taking Uflex to the next level of business excellence. We are all set to take off in the Indian market and position this business globally.” Commenting about the investment that has gone into the upcoming aseptic packaging manufacturing plant, RK Jain, group president (Corp. F & A), Uflex Limited said, “The aseptic packaging manufacturing plant is coming up on 21 acres of the 72 acre land parcel that Uflex has bought at Sanand, Gujarat. Remaining land may cater to any future expansion of Uflex’s existing business as well as for aseptic packaging manufacturing as the need be. Upholding our commitment towards environmental sustainability, the aseptic packaging manufacturing facility has been designed to be a zero discharge plant. Solar panels and Passive Architecture-Envelop Insulation have been used to preserve natural light besides conserving power energy. The investment towards the aseptic packaging plant is Rs 580 crore (approx. US$ 85 million) and once operational, it will employ around 250 people. Our total investment over the next two to three years is Rs 1500 crore in a phased manner. This already includes Rs 580 crore towards setting up the aseptic packaging manufacturing plant. The balance will be utilized for modernization of manufacturing systems and processes and R&D towards yet better flexible packaging solutions using the most contemporary technology. From the current top line of US$ 1 Billion, we are very positive of doubling up in the next three to four years.” Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman and managing director, Uflex Limited said, “Being the fully integrated multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company that we are, we will also be offering the specialized filling machines to our clients as a well-rounded packaging solution for their liquid products. Our Engineering Business at Noida is designing and manufacturing machines with a filling speed of 7,500 packs per hour for a typical 200 ml pack. We already have a wide customer base to whom we offer fully integrated flexible packaging solutions for their solid, semi-solid, granular, powder, paste, gel and viscous fluid products. Now with our aseptic packaging manufacturing plant going operational, getting orders from the existing clients for their liquid products will be a natural extension of our long standing business relationship of several decades.”

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PrintPack 2017 getting good response from exhibitors

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he response of exhibitors and participants to PrintPack 2017 has been very good so far with eight halls already sold out. The organizers are accommodating exhibitors in the waiting list at Hall 9 and going by the response so far, even that might get booked completely. PrintPack 2017 has all the makings of an even larger show than the last edition and the graphic arts industry can rightfully expect a lot more from the event this time. To promote the development of the graphic arts industry, especially SME sector, the IPAMA has extended a few concessions to domestic participants. Space rental has been reduced by Rs. 500 per square meter for domestic participants only. Get in touch with the organizers for more details about this offer. Exhibitors who had earlier booked space in the larger and costlier Shell category now have the option to relocate to the smaller Bare space and make neat savings. IPAMA has decided with immediate effect that the ceiling of booking of minimum 60 square meters of exhibition space under the Bare Space Scheme has now been reduced from 60 square meters to 30 square meters. The exhibition space below 30 square meters booked by the participants will be covered, as usual, under the Shell Scheme. This benefit will be applicable to all the participants who have booked space more than 30 square meter and willing to construct their stand on bare space. Additionally, there is also a concession of 50% on power charges; domestic participants need to pay only Rs. 250 per KW per day which can fetch them substantial savings. PrintPack India is a 5-day event being held from 4 to 8 February 2017 at the India Expo Centre and Mart in Greater Noida, UP. This event showcases products like in-press, postpress, finishing, converting, digital and signage and packaging machines, all under one roof in the packaging materials, printing and publishing, paper and paper products, logistics and transportation industries.

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Arden’s maiden visit to PrintPack

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articipating for the first time at PrintPack India, UK-based Arden Software will showcase its workflow and design tools during the five-day trade show. Arden Software develops integrated solutions for packaging design and manufacturing process, from the first sketch to final delivery. The company recently set up its office in Ghaziabad, India. This latest office launch marks its fifth international headquarters, alongside other offices in the UK, Germany, North America and Denmark. The new India office is being led by Manish Bhaskar, who took on the role of business head – Asia, after working in the print and packaging industry for more than 20 years. At PrintPack, Arden Software plans to highlight Impact CAD, their primary product, used in designing and visualization of paper-based carton, corrugated boxes and display solutions. Impact’s automatic layout feature is capable of simultaneously calculating multiple interlocking patterns to ensure maximum onpress efficiency and reduce waste. Additionally, it keeps track of material type and flute/grain direction to ensure correct orientation in packaging design. Its advanced 3D modeling feature helps to experiment and imagine the various structural models. Apart from designers, Impact enjoys high demand from die-makers too, due to the creative mix of automation and manual control.

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Param at PrintPack

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t PrintPack 2017, Indore-based Param ERP will be present at Hall 3 Stand B-6. Param ERP closed a few big deals in the last quarter, selling as many as 12 ERP software packages. Although the number of installations they did was less as compared to 2015 at 20 installations, according to Vinod Nawab, director of Param, the installations in 2016 had significantly higher value in terms of the size of projects as well as the diversity of applications. Recently, the company signed a deal with New ERA Labels, a Golden Era group of companies, to streamline its operations with Param’s Label Enterprise Resource Planning software. Sumit Chakraborty, regional finance manager and ERP project lead at Golden Era said, “With growing demand and the steady growth of our group, ERP was inevitable. We did not have any ERP in the production environment prior to Param. We were looking for a package that would be customizable, user-friendly, and easy to integrate with our existing systems.” The first phase of execution has begun and is expected to go live on 1 March 2017, with one of the companies within the group. “We have high expectations from Param ERP. In the initial phase, we look forward to eliminating bottlenecks in production planning and sales. With Param ERP, we see potential savings in manpower in production planning and execution stages,” added Chakraborty. Golden Era is the first overseas deal for Param ERP. “We are quite exited about the deal. It is an interesting project for us; we did gap analysis and defined the scope for the project. An implementation plan has been submitted to meet deadlines and the development work is going on at a great pace,” said Nawab.

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L to R: Tulasi Chitta, management executive, Golden Era; Vinod Nawab, director, Param; and Karishma Bhagwan, finance manager, Golden Era

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TGS to display diecutter and laminating machine

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t PrintPack 2017, TGS India will display two machines at its 144 square-meter stand. Machines include SBL automatic diecutter, SBL1050 SE (new version) with stripping, and Wen Chyuan automatic highspeed film laminating machine, KYEK-82DK, for water based and thermal adhesives. While SBL-1050 SE comes at a format size of 750 x 1050 and can run at speeds up to 8000 sheets per hour, the Wen Chyuan laminating machine, KYEK-82DK, can run at speeds up to 60 meter per minute and handles a sheet weight between 100 to 500 gsm of size 820 x 820 mm. “We are also display catalogues for Golden Tec Machinery, which manufactures high speed roll-to-sheet and cut-to-register machinery; display catalogues of Chen Chin Machinery, a manufacturer of automatic sheetfed gravure printing and sheet embossing machines; catalog of Win Shine Machinery. a manufacturer of paper food containers forming machines; as well as catalog of Tai Min machinery, a manufacturer binding equipment,” says Muralidhar Nalli, managing director of TGS India. TGS India is a leading distributor of finishing equipment in the country. Giving a tough competition to the European manufacturers in the country, the company has carved a position in the Indian market over the years. Today its equipment are running in highly respected packaging and printing companies in India like Parksons Packaging, Pragati etc. Just recently, Mumbai-based Parksons Packaging ordered two Wen Chyuan KYE-108DRK automatic film lamination machines for its new plant coming up in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. In India, TGS India represents SBL, Wen Chyuan, Win Shine, Chen Chin, Tai Min, Golden Tec. All companies are well known brands from Taiwan. TGS India is offering attractive offers for Indian Printers during PrintPack show.

Anil Kumar and Murlidhar Nalli of TGS India

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Max Speciality to unveil top-of-the-line BOPP

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t PrintPack 2017, from 4 to 8 February, Max Speciality Films Limited (MSFL) will unveil top-of-the-line BOPP, PET and nylon-based graphic lamination films. The portfolio – Super Effects – comprises two distinct varieties: Elite and Classic. Elite represents the premium line of lamination films with customized value-additions. Performance and optics enhance the appearance of substrates to achieve just the super effects that each customer wants. On the other hand, Classic is the more traditional, yet timeless, range for virtually all lamination applications. Multiple ‘super-effects’ are possible which include the embossed range: BOPP based pre-embossed textures – linen, alu brush, sand and leather finish; digital films in gloss and matt finish with significantly higher bond strength than conventional films for superior adhesion to digital prints, dark backgrounds or dense ink types. Other super-effects include Super Silk Film which is a high matt film with extraordinary smoothness and silky feel for super luxury brands; Scuff Free Film which is a special matt film with properties that resist abrasion and scratching; Nylon Film which works as a preservative, keeping prints curl free

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Provin Technos to display RMGT 925 ST press with UV plus coater

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t PrintPack India 2017, Provin Technos, which is the sole representative of RMGT in India, will have a much bigger stand compared to the show’s 2015 edition (250 sq. m as against the earlier 156 sq. m). “We are going to show the most popular 36-inch press in India—5-color RMGT 920 ST press with UV plus coater. In the 36-inch segment, we are the leader with around 75 installations across India for our 920 series machines. We will be running four live demonstrations every day on our 5+ coater press, which will be showing the speciality features of the press. These features make the press operation smoother and help customers increase productivity as well as profitability,” says Vinay Kaushal, director at Provin Technos. In addition, Provin will also have on display two refurbished presses—a 4-color Ryobi 3304 HA and a 2-color 3302 M press. These presses have been completely refurbished at Provin’s New Delhi facility. “We have established a refurnishing facility and will be showing two presses refurbished at our facility for the benefit of our customers interested in pre-owned machines. We will be also launching the multi wavelength LED UV curing system for the first time in India,” shares Kaushal. RMGT presses are known for their innovative and productivity enhancement features. “It has been our endeavor to bring in the newest technologies to help customers grow. Visitors to our stand in PrintPack can see how to increase productivity and profitability by using the various innovative features available only on our machine,” says Kaushal. Speaking about demonetization, Kaushal says, “November and December were the difficult months as everyone in the country was trying to come to terms with the situation. This led to some slowdown, which is evident. However, year 2016 was a difficult year from the very onset and hence we didn’t feel any direct impact of demonetization. In the long run, demonetization is going to yield a good result.”

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Rado Packaging to display plate punching machine At PrintPack India 2017, Noida-based Rado Packaging will display its plate punch, filtration and powder extraction machines. The company will be present in Hall 10, Stand F-28. Rado Packaging represents Taiwan-based Tarng Yun, which manufactures a range of high-performance products that include powder extractor system, dampening filtration solution system, manual and fully automatic punch and bending machine for offset and sheetfed, registrar pin bar, plate mounter machine and more. “Tarng Yun is well known for its products and is much sought-after in global markets,” says Puneet Soorma of Rado Packaging. “In India, we enjoy a growing installation base. Printers and converters are getting quality conscious and they are realizing the importance of our machines in the course to quality production.” Some of the companies using equipment from Rado Packaging are PR Packaging, Kumar Printers, Amar Offset, Vikas Publications and India Offset. “Today, our product offerings, which conform to the different industrial and international specifications of quality, have helped us build a formidable reputation across the country as a quality-conscious importer and supplier of hi-tech machinery and equipment that find numerous applications in various prepress processes,” says Soorma. Upholding PrintPack as an excellent platform for reaching out to interested customers, Soorma is looking forward to closing a few deals on the spot. “The event being held at Greater Noida, far away from the heart of the city, will be another plus point for exhibitors as only interested visitors would come to the show,” he shares.

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Bobst to display Visionfold 110 A2 folder-gluer

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t PrintPack, Bobst India will be showing its high-speed folder-gluer, Visionfold 110 A2, with auto collection and will be running multiple jobs. The company will also introduce a special feature on the Visionfold, which they will share during the event. Bobst believes Visionfold not only lets customers handle all the styles that one would expect but, because of its ease of setup and effortless repeatability, it delivers the same flawless quality every time the job runs. This helps print companies achieve just in time (JIT) and gain more trust for future orders. The company will showcase the technology prowess of its equipment with a variety of jobs. For Bobst, every customer visiting its stand is a potential customer but their objective at PrintPack will be to meet and hear from key and prospective customers’ demands and explore new business opportunities. Commenting on the recent demonetization drive, Bobst said that this is a temporary disruption and that demand and consumption, especially in the food and FMCG space, could be hit in one quarter. Overall, according to him, the economy is stable and India is on the growth path. So, the investment cycle could take a temporary hit but it will come back to its normal cycle.

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Cosmo to display premium lamination films

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osmo Films, a leading manufacturer of speciality BOPP films will be showcasing its range of premium lamination films and synthetic paper at the upcoming PrintPack India 2017 show – one of the world’s leading trade fairs for graphic arts industry, scheduled to take place from 4 – 8 February 2017 at Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India. Cosmo Films will be present at Hall 9 Stand E-8 at PrintPack India 2017. The premium range of lamination films comprises of the new improvised velvet, black velvet, scuff free matte and digital lamination films. The portfolio has been designed keeping the needs of luxury packaging and high end graphic lamination industries in mind. Synthetic paper is a non-tearable paper-like film, engineered as a solution to various marketing and printing industry needs. The company will showcase the following products at the event:

Velvet lamination films

The flagship product of the premium range, as the name indicates, is engineered to lend a rich velvet finish to the printed surface. Engineered on a special matte base film, this film is ideal for giving a premium finish to premium and luxury liquor, perfume, watches and jewellery packs and boxes. The film can also be used for laminating coffee table books, high end magazines, brochures, manuals etc.

Black velvet lamination films

Launched recently, Black Velvet lamination films offer an intense black color along with a velvet touch to the laminated paper/paperboard or package, thereby enhancing its aesthetics. It is also perfect for post lamination processes like spot UV, foil stamping, printing etc. Besides luxury packaging applications, black velvet films are also suitable for high end promotional material and stationery such as coffee table books, magazines, brochures, manuals, posters, shopping bags, wedding cards, gift boxes, calendars, diaries etc.

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Scuff free matte lamination films

Unlike a traditional matte film, this film provides excellent resistance to scuff marks which could develop during production, transportation and handling of the pack. The matte surface of the film is also ideal for post laminating procedures such as UV spot coating, hot foil stamping, embossing etc. Apart from the luxury packaging applications mentioned earlier, this film is best suited for laminating packing boxes of electronic goods like mobile phones, tablets, power banks etc.

Digital lamination films

Regular thermal lamination films do not give adequate bonding with digital printed surfaces containing high levels of fuser oil. The premium digital film has been specially engineered to provide excellent bonding to digital printed surfaces, along with providing excellent optics and protection. This film is available in both gloss and matte varieties.

Synthetic paper

Synthetic paper is a paper looking plastic film with key features such as non-tearability, paper like appearance, moisture resistant, good lay flatness. The film is used as a replacement of paper in applications where non-tearability and weather resistance is desired. Today it is used primarily for printing visiting and ID cards, garment tags and marketing collaterals such as posters, banners etc and stationary items where longevity is essential such as maps, flip charts, and calendars. However, going forward all important documents for keeps such as medical reports, educational certificates and land documents and instruction manuals would start getting printed on synthetic paper. Another important emerging application of synthetic paper is children and recipe books. Jeevan Kulkarni, head – domestic sales, Cosmo Films said, “Being a critical member of the post press industry, we look at PrintPack India as a very promising exhibition to engage with print and graphic arts industry. We look forward to this event to showcase our impressive range of print and lamination centric products.�

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Paktek to display automatic folder gluer and flute laminator

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aktek, a manufacturer of automatic folder gluers and flute laminators from Taiwan, will participate in PrintPack 2017 this and will be in Hall 10 Stand F-75. The company will showcase its PK-650 automatic folder gluer at the event and project it as an economical alternative for entry-level investment. The gluer works well for running duplex board as well as for micro-flute corrugated board for the design of straight-line, double-side, and 4-corner cartons, etc. The options can be CD wallet device, automatic glue injection system, easy pack, plasma treater, UV grinder and others. The PK-650 supports a stable feeding system, which can be built with suction feeder, driven by an independent less-noise inverter and with vibration motor for correct feeding. The support of pneumatic feeding knives and left/right baffles at the feeder section provide a convenient adjustment. The gluing unit for the lower side has a 2-phase doctor blade to control the glue volume and prevent the glue from flying during high-speed operations. The gluing unit for the upper side comes with a movable upper gluing wheel. All the glue tanks are fitted with re-filling bottles to save time for glue supply. The folder section works with the pressing wheel device where the speed of the outer folding belt is adjustable independently to avoid fish tail problem. Paktek automatic flute laminator can be in-lined with the pre-loaders for convenient feeding while its automatic pile turners are used for automatic stacking and are suitable for most brands of flute laminators. With the support of the pile turner, the collection of finished products is done automatically with the choice of turning or not-turning. Paktek’s one-piece and multiple-piece folder gluer, model KS-1600/2100M, is capable of handling cartons up to 3200 mm wide. It occupies minimum working space and provides an immediate solution to make very big cartons with current converting machines. Using Paktek’s self-developed 2-Gun Cold Glue and 2-Gun hot melt injection system, it offers instant gluing and permanent adhesion, which does not re-open even under extreme temperature changes during transportation. It takes about 5-15 minutes for setting up a new job through the support of carrier movement by motorization and accuracy regulator.

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Gallus Labelfire 340 off to a successful start

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he label market is one of the printing industry’s biggest growth segments. The dynamic growth in demand for digitally printed labels in particular continues unabated. Following the global market launch of the Gallus Labelfire 340 digital label press — a joint development by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and Gallus based on leading inkjet technology from Fujifilm — series production is now getting off to a successful start at the Wiesloch-Walldorf, Germany, site. Initial customers of the new series presses include several companies from the United States. Heidelberg produces the digital inkjet print engine of the Labelfire in Wiesloch-Walldorf. The company’s entire digital printing portfolio will also be manufactured here in the future. The base unit of the new press is made by Swiss subsidiary Gallus at its German production site in Langgöns. The system is designed to meet growing demand for the cost-effective production of short, medium and versioned label runs. “The requirements related to quality, flexibility and speed are getting even more demanding in label production,” Stephan Plenz, member of the management board responsible for Heidelberg equipment, said.”With the Gallus Labelfire, we’re leading our customers into the digital future with the growing label market. The considerable interest confirms we’ve adopted the right approach.”

Well-known US label print shops order further presses

Following numerous orders from Europe and Australia, Heidelberg and Gallus are now also enjoying success in the key American market. Info Label from Clifton Park, N.Y., is getting the first Gallus Labelfire 340 supplied to a label print shop in the United States. The company’s president, Mark Dufort, took a look at the first demonstration press at the Digital Label Forum in Heidelberg, and then at Gallus in St. Gallen, Switzerland. “By investing in the Gallus Labelfire 340, we’re offering our customers outstanding quality combined with shorter delivery times at lower costs,” Dufort explains. Another U.S. customer — Hub Labels from Hagerstown, Md. — has also signed up for the new Gallus Labelfire 340 digital label press. Its first glimpse of the ma-

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LABELS chine was at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels, and the scheduled delivery date is fast approaching. “This is the first digital press I’ve seen that can do exactly what I expect it to,” Thomas Dahbura, president of Hub Labels, said. “It integrates all steps from the reel to the finished label in a single production pass — whether digital or flexographic printing, cold-foil printing or diecutting. I was impressed by how much effort Gallus and Heidelberg put into ensuring this system was a success. Although we’ve already seen other presses with an excellent resolution of 600 x 600 dpi, this one is simply unbeatable with its resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.”

Digital printing drives change in the growth segment

The new Gallus Labelfire 340 digital printing system has been designed for the self-adhesive labels market. The global print volume for these labels is growing by about 4% a year. Although nearly 5% of this volume is printed digitally, this figure is rising rapidly with up to double-digit growth rates. Indeed, digital printing is driving change in this highly promising market segment. It is anticipated that, in the medium term, just under half of the presses sold in this sector will be digital. By launching this new technology, Heidelberg and Gallus are actively shaping change in the business models used in this segment and offering users a versatile and cost-effective solution. The entire digital printing portfolio, together with the offset systems from Heidelberg, can be integrated into a print shop’s overall workflow using the new Prinect Digital Frontend (DFE). Web-to-print applications and multi-channel publishing business models are also supported. In this way, Heidelberg is making the smart print shop a reality, enabling users to largely automate their offset and digital printing processes and control these in a standardized, transparent way. The medium-term goal is for digital business to account for around 10% of Heidelberg Group sales.z

zPrint Square forays into label printing

Third Lombardi label press installed in India

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insak has recently installed Lombardi Synchroline UV Flexo Press with Vinsak LSR- Slitter and Rewinder at Print Square, Libaspur, Delhi. Massimo Lombardi, director – Lombardi Converting Machinery says, “This is the third installation of Synchroline in India.” Giving credit to Vinsak for spelling success for Lombardi Machines in such short span of time, he adds, “Synchroline 330 is our next-generation full servo 8-color UV Flexo Press and it is getting popular because of precision and ease of use. It has a pre-registered system, a Corona treatment unit; a Lombardi patented Air Blade System (ABS), and servo motors on each of the printing as well as diecutting units of the press.” SK Aggarwal, director, Print Square says, “We are Delhi based convertors with major clients from the pharma industry. We wanted to foray into label printing business and provide more solutions to our clients; we wanted to include flexo press at our factory. So, we decided to go for Lombardi Synchroline 330 based on positive reviews from the market. Synchroline with Vinsak LSR 330 will act as complete flexo solution for both label printing and finishing. Where Synchroline will be used for label printing with lamination and gold foiling; Vinsak LSR 330 will be used for slitting and rewinding of printed labels & Eye C 100% inspection system will give added advantage to detect faulty labels.” Neeraj Sharma, executive director – Vinsak says, “It’s a good investment for Print Square considering Synchroline Flexo Press with LSR is especially suited for flexography market entry. Print Square will definitely reap fruits from this investment as huge flexo market is there to be captured in India.”z

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