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Contents......................................................................................................................................................................................................................4 FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK.....................................................................................................................................................................................6 Siegwerk: Latest EB Inks generates momentum for Offset for flexible packaging...........................................................................8 PrintPack India: Platform creating value for the printing, packaging and converting ................................................................ 10 Cosmo Films to showcase Premium Lamination Films at PrintPack India 2017............................................................................. 12 QuadTech at PrintPack India 2017.................................................................................................................................................................. 13 Trelleborg at Printpack India............................................................................................................................................................................. 14 BOBST at PrintPack India 2017......................................................................................................................................................................... 14 CANON at PrintPack India 2017....................................................................................................................................................................... 15 Line O Matic to show exercise notebook making..................................................................................................................................... 15 Malhotra Graphics at PrintPack 2017............................................................................................................................................................. 15 Converting specialist Megabound at PrintPack India 2017................................................................................................................... 15 Konica Minolta at PrintPack India 2017......................................................................................................................................................... 16 Manugraph at PrintPack India 2017............................................................................................................................................................... 17 Monotech to have multiple launches at PrintPack................................................................................................................................... 17 VINSAK at PrintPack India 2017 and The Authentic Forum.................................................................................................................... 18 Kodak at PrintPack India 2017.......................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Provin Technos at PrintPack India 2017......................................................................................................................................................... 20 tph at PrintPack India 2017................................................................................................................................................................................ 20 The Printers Mysore introduces editorial system Content-X................................................................................................................. 21 Performance Package order marks a first for QIPC .................................................................................................................................. 22 Heidelberg’s apprentice program supports next generation of print professionals.................................................................... 22 WAN-IFRA India 2017........................................................................................................................................................................................... 23 HP installs second Indigo Digital Press at Silver Point ............................................................................................................................ 24 Explore endless operational benefits of workflow automation with Konica Minolta’s AccurioPro......................................... 25 Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017....................................................................................................................................................... 25 HP and Redington launch India’s first Indigo Centre of Excellence ................................................................................................... 26 Extrusion Blow Moulding: Is the future electric, hybrid or hydraulic?............................................................................................... 27 Trends in Plastics: Beyond Colour.................................................................................................................................................................... 29 PrintFair gears up for its 2017 edition............................................................................................................................................................ 30 POLAR presents anniversary machines to celebrate its 111th birthday........................................................................................... 31 New aseptic carton brings Tetra Pak closer to sustainability goal....................................................................................................... 32 Siegwerk strengthens packaging inks by laminator investment ........................................................................................................ 33 VINSAK launches Roll Lifter VRL 350............................................................................................................................................................... 33 Uniflex adopts Asahi Photoproducts Flexographic Plates..................................................................................................................... 34 Prakash Offset at Printpack ............................................................................................................................................................................... 34 Berry Plastics completes acquisition of AEP Industries .......................................................................................................................... 35 Hubergroup develops sheet fed packaging ink ........................................................................................................................................ 35 Chinese first for Xeikon 3020............................................................................................................................................................................ 36 SCHAWK receives FlexoExpert Certification ............................................................................................................................................... 37 Prime Minister Haseloff starts up the new KBA Commander CL.......................................................................................................... 37 Sad passing of Xeikon founder Lucien De Schamphelaere................................................................................................................... 38 Merging unique core competencies - Sappi and Felix Schoeller to jointly develop sustainable packaging solutions... 39 Maximum Freshness for Fish and Seafood laminator investment ..................................................................................................... 39 The FINAT Label Industry’s 2017 Calendar................................................................................................................................................... 40 Parksons repeats Autoprint Checkmate-Print Inspection machine order in 5 months............................................................... 41 adphosNIR: Lightening Drying speed for Inks............................................................................................................................................ 41 EFI Connect Conference: Customers jumpstart business opportunities at sold-out event....................................................... 42 Flint finalises the investment in a state-of-the-art printing press ...................................................................................................... 45 ColorJet wins at 6th Imaging Solution Awards Night - 0.5 pg.............................................................................................................. 46 Apsom Infotex acquires UV Printers............................................................................................................................................................... 46 FASTSIGNS reports record signing of 63 new franchise agreements in 2016................................................................................. 47 Xaar 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FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK Dear Readers, The India Expo Centre, Greater Noida – venue for the 13th edition of PrintPack India exhibition this year is all set for the grand show. Dubbed by some as the ‘Mahakumbh’ of the Indian Printing Industry, the largest printing and allied industries’ exhibition will keep the fraternity quite busy for five days starting 4th of February and curtains coming down on the 8th. The organizers – Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) – have reported an overwhelming participants’ response and expected the exhibitors’ count to cross 400 this time. The Expo Centre has been well setup and furnished as per the most modern demands of exhibitions worldwide. Six new pillar-less exhibition halls, equipped with ultra-modern facilities have load bearing capacity of around 30 tons/per sq/metres. New space has been built to accommodate increased demand for space booking. In conjunction with the PrintPack India 2017 show, the NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, co-hosted by IPAMA and themed ‘Power up Your Printing Business…Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!‘ will be held on February 05, 2017 at the same venue. PrintPack India 2017 will prove a platform for value creation for the printing, packaging and converting segment. Manufacturers are ready with their new innovations and the countdown for some of the greatest technology launches has already begun. Exhibitors are enthusiastic about this great launch-pad and effective medium to make sales and set up new technology partnerships. They look forward to PrintPack India as a worthwhile opportunity to demonstrate their ground breaking innovative technologies with live demonstration. It may as well be defining the course of the industry post the chaotic demonetization recently. Last PrintPack edition saw a footfall of 85,000 visitors. The organizers expect to once again break all previous success records of the exhibition. Key industry players have revealed their grand plans for the premium show. It’s just round the corner and the wait to watch the latest live is going to end with the opening on coming 4th. Let’s make the most of the vast business, cooperation, and networking opportunity on this single platform. We have two important interviews this time. In one, X-Rite Pantone Color Expert Felix Schmollgruber discusses current trends in the measurement, management and communication of colour and appearance data in the plastics industry and suggests what to watch for in the future. In the second, Michael Mehnert, Managing Partner of extrusion blow moulding major, BEKUM speaks about his company, extrusion technology and market. Apart from this, this issue of the magazine covers other industry happenings from around the world of printing, packaging, digital, newspaper and signage etc. Enjoy reading. See you at PrintPack India 2017.

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Siegwerk: Latest EB Inks generates momentum for Offset for flexible packaging Siegwerk promotes an innovative ink solution for offset printing and subsequent electron beam (EB) curing. The new technology delivers outstanding print quality and enables the reduction of operational costs for short runs. Siegwerk is now offering a new ink range for offset printing, which is particularly suitable for flexible packaging. With these state-ofthe-art energy curing offset ink solutions (e.g. EB 705) Siegwerk gives flexible packaging printers access to the benefits of offset printing for short print job lengths: Low cost of print form and short set-up times allowing for quicker changeovers between the print jobs.

of squaremeters,” explains Dr. Stefan Busse, Regional Director Application Technology, Flexible Packaging EMEA at Siegwerk. “Today, more and more jobs are printed on wide web machines with only a few thousand squaremeters. In order to stay costcompetitive in these markets all cost drivers have to be minimized. That’s why some of our customers are attracted by the low cost of print forms for offset printing plates.”

Short time-to-market, outstanding print quality and high fastness properties – offset printing inks already do a great job in a wide range of print applications like shrink-film, wrap-around and inmould labels. Up to now, UV curing inks are successfully used in many cases. Converters who want to avoid the use of photo initiators in energy curing inks can alternatively use electron beam (EB) curing systems to reduce the risk of potential migration problems.

Siegwerk invited to supply EB offset inks for Comexi’s new CI8 press at latest Open House event

Several industrial print trials on Comexi’s central impression EB offset press, called CI8, have shown, Siegwerk’s new EB technology offers an excellent print performance, low dot gain, low water dosing with less emulsification and scumming as well as fast intensity recovery after stops. The new ink technology is suitable for a variety of plastic substrates of the flexible packaging market like coex. OPP, acrylic coated PET, etc. Recently, first positive results were obtained in lamination studies with different packaging structures too.

Offset printing enables cost reduction with regard to shorter print job lengths In many market segments there is a trend towards shorter print job lengths driven by brand owners desiring packaging diversification and also an optimization of working capital along the value chain. Due to this, printers have to deal with frequent changes in the printed design and a varying average job lengths. “In the past, typical print run lengths for example in beverage wraparound labels were several tens of thousands


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Due to the excellent print performance of the new EB ink solutions Siegwerk has recently been invited to supply EB offset inks for Comexi’s last Open House event on December 14th in Girona (Spain) where the company was presenting its new CI8 press to a selected audience. “We are proud of the acknowledgement of our ink performance by Comexi,” says Dr. Busse. “During the last month our technical teams in Europe have made any effort in finding ways to help our customers accessing the benefits of offset printing in flexible packaging.”

Compliant with product safety standards The new ink technology was developed in accordance with the relevant product safety standards. All ingredients are compliant with the stringent Swiss Ordinance and will also comply with the upcoming new German Ordinance. Own migration tests with trial materials exhibited low migration behavior suitable for food packaging. The new system will add to Siegwerk’s broad range of Flexible Packaging solutions – while other ink technologies including UV inks will continue to have their merits. Siegwerk is continuously focussing on the expansion of its offering for the packaging market and to strengthen its market leadership in labels and flexible packaging applications. With a combination of best-inclass ink performance, high product safety, and continuous support and guidance, Siegwerk will make any effort to support customers in addressing upcoming trends and meet their individual needs with cuttingedge solutions.

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PrintPack India: Platform creating value for the printing, packaging and converting The ‘Mahakumbh’ of the Indian Printing Industry takes place at The India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, which looks well prepared for the grand showcase. PrintPack India 2017 happens from 4th to 8th of February 2017. The 13th edition will supposedly be carrying forward the Prime Minister’s ‘Make In India’ message. The mega event or as some call, the ‘Mahakumbh’ of the Indian Printing Industry takes place at The India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, which looks well prepared for the grand showcase. The Expo Centre has constructed six new pillar-less exhibition halls with a height of 13 metres, equipped with ultra-modern facilities, for holding national and international events at a much higher scale. The load bearing capacity of the new halls is around 30 tons/per sq/metres, which meets the requirements of PrintPack 2017. The 5 day event showcases products like In-Press, Post press, finishing, converting, digital and signage and packaging machines etc. all under one roof for various industries like the Packaging Materials, Printing & Publishing, Paper and Paper Products, Logistics & Transportation.

NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017 In conjunction with the PrintPack India 2017 show, the NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, co-hosted by IPAMA and themed ‘Power up Your Printing Business… Innovate, Integrate, Motivate!‘ will be held on February 05, 2017 at the same venue. The Conference is a must-attend event for cooperation, partnership and exchange with the ‘Who’s Who’ of the Printing Industry. This print conference will raise and debate critical issues facing our industry – regional, national and global. NPES Print Business Outlook Conference 2017 is supported by AIFMP, PRIMIR as well as ICC. IPAMA is providing regular exhibition opportunities to the manufacturing members to showcase their latest innovations which can match the ever-increasing demands of printers to provide cost-effective quality print products in short production time. PrintPack India 2017 is breaking all its previous records of participation bookings. Manufacturers


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are ready with their new innovations and the countdown for some of the greatest technology launches has already begun.

innovations which will give cost-effective printing solutions vis-a’-vis Offset printing for short as well as large print-runs.

It has been observed by the industrywatchers that Indian Graphic Arts machinery manufacturers have innate sense of competitive nature which leads them to upgrade and improve the products on continuing basis keeping in mind costeffectiveness and standards matching any brand of overseas machine for any segment of printing, packaging and converting. Adding to that, the economic policies have given an assertive and definite boost to manufacturing in the graphics arts industry. Growth in literacy in the country has pushed the demand for the printed products in the form of text books, exercise books, periodicals and newspapers and other material.

Exhibitors are enthusiastic about this great launch-pad and effective medium to make sales and set up new technologypartnerships. They look forward to PrintPack India as a worthwhile opportunity to demonstrate their ground breaking innovative technologies with live demonstration.

IPAMA the organizer of Printpack India 2017 has kept in mind to provide maximum international standard facilities for both exhibitors and visitors. The participants have focused to provide maximum information on their exhibits by display, live-demos, and printed literature on their innovations. Business visitors will have an ample opportunity to watch and participate in technical sessions and live demos conducted by the experts of the industry. Printpack India 2017 will present an array of digital presses, for short to large printruns in varying sizes and formats. Digital press manufacturers are offering their new

PrintPack India 2017 will prove a platform for value creation for the printing, packaging and converting segment and the innovations will create sustainable employment opportunities which in return will be boost the economic growth charts. Over 400 participants are expected to showcase their wares at PrintPack India 2017. The visitors have much more easier way of registration besides on-line registration. It will define the course of industry post the chaotic demonetization recently.

Previous edition a great success! The 12th edition of PrintPack India was held in 2015 at the same venue during February. The show was organized in an overall area of 50,000 sqm. The recorded visitor footfall was above 85,000. A majority of the exhibitors and business visitors had rated the show as ‘good’ to ‘excellent’.

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Cosmo Films to showcase Premium Lamination Films at PrintPack India 2017 Cosmo Films, 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 4th to 8th February 2017 at Greater Noida, Delhi NCR, India. 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 product portfolio to be showcased: 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/luxury liquor, perfume, watches and jewellery packs/boxes. The film can also be used for laminating coffee table books, high end magazines, brochures, manuals etc.

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films offer an intense black colour 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

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 & 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 & land documents and instruction manuals would start getting printed on synthetic paper. Another important emerging application of synthetic paper is children & recipe books. Mr. 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.” Cosmo Films PrintPack India 2017 stand is (E-8, Hall 9).

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QuadTech at PrintPack India 2017 To present newest automation and workflow technologies PRINTPACK INDIA 2017 (hall 14, stand G43). Among the featured solutions are four new technologies introduced at drupa 2016, which promise consistently high colour quality, reduced production time, waste reduction, and dramatically lowered consumable costs. Register Guidance with MultiCam TRIM is a highly economical, advanced colour-tocolour register and cutoff control solution for newspaper printers. Designed for single width, single folder newspaper applications, MultiCam TRIM offers a streamlined set of features for simplified operation, which reliably delivers perfect register for high quality print at a low cost. ColorTrack with InkControl is a unique new colour management software for flexo and gravure packaging applications. The “colour expert in a box” software automates fast, accurate press-side correction of ink formulations. By simplifying colour management workflow, the software provides direct connection from customer input to ink recipe creation to press-side correction. Without any hardware modifications to the press, ColorTrack dramatically reduces the number of ink corrections needed to achieve accurate, optimal colour.

The result is a powerful, remarkably intuitive tool that is built on QuadTech’s popular ICON integrated platform. “We are very excited to bring the latest press automation technology to the Indian market,” says Hemant Desai, QuadTech’s General Manager of Operations and Sales in India. “We think the industry is more than ready to embrace these highly economical

new solutions to simplify their workflows and achieve new levels of print quality.” Other products in QuadTech’s portfolio include the Autotron™ 2600 with ClearLogic register control system, Color Control with AccuCam, Register Guidance and Ribbon Control with MultiCam, Color Measurement with SpectralCam, Web Viewing System, and PDF Verification.

Color Measurement with DeltaCam makes advanced, inline spectral measurement affordable to individual Packaging print houses. For about the cost of a colour register system, package printers can utilize accurate, automated L*a*b* measurement on film, paper or board—ensuring that all printed product is within their customers’ colour specifications. The M1, M0, ISO compliant technology enables printers to reduce time and waste while confidently maintaining colour throughout the roll— without the need to wait for a roll change to measure with a handheld device. QuadTech’s modernized Inspection System sets a new standard for fast, easy detection of print defects. The advanced 100% inspection technology has been “reimagined from the ground up,” based on user feedback, to create a better process for the detection and disposition of defects.

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Trelleborg at Printpack India Visitors to the forthcoming Printpack India exhibition in Delhi, February 4th – 8th, will have the opportunity to hear about the latest range of Trelleborg offset blankets for the newspaper, commercial print and packaging sectors. The company’s industry-leading Vulcan products can be seen on the stands of Viva Graphics (Hall 10 F65) as well as Krishna Graphics (Hall 3 B2C), while the Rollin range will be displayed by Nulith (Hall 10 F70) and Integra Graphics (Hall 10 F77 - 80). Maniraju Bora, sales and technical director – South West Asia, says: “The Indian market is an increasingly important one for Trelleborg, which has invested a great deal of time and effort during the last year in order to strengthen its position. In addition to ensuring that there is a solid network of dealers throughout the country, Trelleborg has improved its own infrastructure to deliver quality products and services. “We’ve received excellent support from the Italian headquarters of Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation, where the research

smash and edge mark resistance plus better vibration absorption, the new blankets enable first class solids and halftone reproduction, eliminating ink back-trapping and embossing.

and development team work closely with us to produce blanket solutions that match the requirements of the Indian print industry. Technical experts from Italy have called on many Indian customers to obtain feedback on blanket performance and this level of ‘share and care’ has been greatly appreciated by printers.” Visitors to Printpack can hear about new blankets and products shown for the first time in India, the latter including the Vulcan Irio, a pre-coating blanket designed for use during pre-coating and cold foil applications. The new Vulcan Sunrise and Rollin Suntech are 1.95 mm blankets designed for the latest UV applications, such as LE/HUV and LED UV. Providing all of the benefits of the Dynatech System, such as excellent

Bora continues: “We also have some excellent products for the newspaper market, such as the neutral-feed Vulcan 202 and the highly resistant Rollin Hi-Page Plus, which are both industry flagship products in some parts of the world. All of our dealers at Printpack India will display Trelleborg’s official distributor sign on their stands and so will be easy to spot while walking around the halls. Representatives from Trelleborg will be available throughout the event and we look forward to discussing with printers how we can help to improve the effectiveness of their printing blankets.” Maniraju Bora will be one of several industry leaders speaking at the forthcoming Print Business Outlook Conference 2017, which is taking place on February 5th at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida. His talk is titled New Age Printing Blankets for High Efficiency Printing.

BOBST at PrintPack India 2017 Bobst India PrintPack India 2017 showcase Bobst is one of the world’s leading suppliers of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST has a presence in more than 50 countries, runs 12 production facilities in 8 countries. Bobst India will be present at Hall 9/E34-38 at PrintPack India 2017. The company will showcase a range of innovative solutions for its customers and stand visitors. There will also be live demo of machines. Bobst will run live its VisionFold 110 A2 folder-gluer. The machine with multiple jobs processing capability will run a number of job at the show floor itself. The folder gluer is a highly efficient machine capable of consistent quality throughout the run.


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BOBST is the worldwide leading supplier of equipment and service to the packaging industry. With more than 125 years’ specialist experience, BOBST provides machinery, solutions and technical expertise to its customers in these industries: Packaging: Folding Carton• Corrugated Board • Flexible Materials • Packaging for liquids• Commercial print finishing • Label Manufacture • Sack & bag production • PSA tape production • Security applications • Decorative printing • Tobacco applications

and Industrial applications. Bobst India located at Pune is 100% affiliate of Bobst SA. Bobst India has a world class manufacturing facility and Group Manufatcuring Unit (GMU) for production of Folder Gluers for the Folding Carton & Corrugated Board and also for manufacturing of downstream part of the FFG machine for Corrugated Board Industry. The Bobst India facility in Pune also has a full-fledged Competence Centre to conduct machine demos, job trials and impart training courses for customers and their operations.

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CANON at PrintPack India 2017 Canon will showcase its wide range of Digital Printing products at the upcoming PrintPack India 2017. Canon has planned it big this time with multiple product launches at the show, which is expected to be one of its biggest launches in recent times. Canon India will be exhibiting at Hall 7/D18. Apart from addition to the ImagePRESS series, Canon India plans to add products in the inkjet and wide format segments. Canon India is a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore. Incorporated in India in the year 1997, today Canon has offices spread across 14 cities in India and an employee strength of over a 1000 people. The company offers a comprehensive range of over 200

sophisticated and contemporary digital imaging products in the country, that includes digital cameras , digital SLR’s , lenses , accessories , digital copiers, multi-functional

peripherals, fax-machines, inkjet and laser printers, projectors, scanners, All-in-ones, digital cameras, dye sub photo printers and semiconductors, card printers and cable ID printers.

Line O Matic to show exercise notebook making Participating at PrintPack India 2017, Line O Matic, the Exercise Notebook and Paper Converting machinery specialist will be offering its latest range to the show visitors. Line O Matic Graphic Industries stands tall on the solid platform of its quality products. Founded by Mr. Uday Patel, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in

the exercise notebook making & paper converting machinery industry. It is mainly engaged in the manufacturing of fully automatic exercise book machine, automatic book production line for central sewn books, automatic exercise book binding machine, automatic central sewn book binding machine, automatic reel to sheet ruling / flexo printing machine, cut size sheeter etc.

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Converting specialist Megabound at PrintPack India 2017

Malhotra Graphics will showcase at PrintPack India 2017 at Hall 1/A19. The Mumbai based company provides high quality machinery, consumables and services to the printing and graphic arts industry. It represents leading companies in the industry and its principals and partners include names like Fujifilm, Glunz & Jensen, DuPont, Krug+Priester, Morgana, Esko, Heights, Techkon, Amsky, Autobond, harlequin etc.

The manufacturer of technically advance range of Case Maker, Casing in, Edge Squaring, Gluing, Index Cutting, Joint Forming and Perfect Binding machines – Megabound will be present at Hall 3/ B-15 of PrintPack India 2017. The company has come a long way from its first range of Perfect Binding Single Clamp Machine in 2005 and the launch of Case Maker. Today it assembles machines using branded components, making efficient products with high operational efficiency and outstanding performance. Megabound an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company caters to major markets including Southeast Asia, South America, Eastern Asia, Africa and South Asia.

The company is exhibiting at Stall No B-1, Hall No. 3.

his vast experience in industry and business acumen. Visitors to Megabound stand at upcoming PrintPack will see a display of the company’s new innovations including Rigid Box Manufacturing Kit. The complete hardcase solutions for books binding will also be of great interest. This time Megabound will have one of the largest stands at PrintPack.

Mr. N. Srinivasa Reddy is the Marketing Director of Megabound which benefits from

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Event Preview Konica Minolta at PrintPack India 2017 Key highlights include bizhub PRESS C1060, C1100 & 1250; JETvarnish 3DS, AccurioPro Conductor, Infinite Web2Print solution and CS Remote Care.

Konica Minolta India (KMI) will be present at the upcoming PrintPack India 2017 show from 4th to 8th February at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR. The products and solutions to be presented include a showcase spread across two halls and three stalls. Konica Minolta stall No. D-12 will be located in Hall 7, and stall No. F-53 will be located in Hall 10. The will also highlight its solutions at Technova stall No.F-32 also in Hall 10.

With blazing 100 ppm output speed in brilliant colour, the bizhub PRESS C1100 Digital Printing Press raises the bar in digital productivity, saves space on production floors and saves time and labour costs with simple operation and powerful in-line finishing.

Key Notes : > Exhibit spread across two halls and three stalls. > Bizhub PRESS C1060 to provide colour quality to rival Offset printers with all the advantages of Digital production. >  CS Remote Care – automated monitoring and communication system between office’s output devices and Konica Minolta Service Organisation.


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The key highlights by Konica Minolta at PrintPack 2017 include bizhub PRESS C1060, bizhub PRESS C1100, bizhub PRESS 1250, JETvarnish 3DS, AccurioPro Conductor, Infinite Web-to-Print solution and CS Remote Care automated monitoring and communication system. The bizhub PRESS C1060 Digital Printing Press delivers fast print/copy output of up to 60 ppm, with superior colour image quality, purpose-built reliability and simple touchscreen control. Users will have colour quality to rival Offset printers and all the advantages of Digital production, including scanning and variable-data printing. For powerful production output in high-quality B&W, the bizhub PRESS 1250 Digital Printing Press runs like a pro – with print/copy speeds up to 125 ppm, high-volume monthly duty cycle of three million impressions, and

real-time image density and toner ratio sensors to maintain image stability over long press runs. With blazing 100 ppm output speed in brilliant colour, the bizhub PRESS C1100 Digital Printing Press raises the bar in digital productivity, saves space on production floors and saves time and labour costs with simple operation and powerful in-line finishing. The JETvarnish 3DS can help users attract new prospects and realize lucrative market opportunities by providing customers with ultra-precise spot coating – handling digital or offset originals in long or short runs, even varying the thickness of their coating for attractive prints with tangible depth that increases communications impact. AccurioPRO is a series of digital printing solutions and services offered by Konica Minolta to promote automation of printing tasks with a view to improve work efficiency, reducing production time and ensuring effective quality control. The company will showcase AccurioPro Conductor, which enables management of multiple Konica Minolta presses at a higher efficiency. CS Remote Care Global Services is an automated monitoring and communication system between the office’s Konica Minolta output devices and the Konica Minolta Service Organisation. It regularly checks for technical problems and consumable depletions, and takes the necessary tasks to solve them automatically to provide stable operations at all times. It helps users manage their devices more easily by minimising any unwanted downtimes and taking away the trouble of having to make service calls manually. Konica Minolta Infinite gives the freedom to explore infinite possibilities and opportunities for growth with Web2Print services. It is a web based designer tool to unleash creativity, enhance user experience, with excellent after sales support and delivery.

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Manugraph at PrintPack India 2017 Established in the year 1972 by its founder & Chairman Mr. Sanat M.Shah, Manugarh India is India’s largest manufacturer of web offset presses. It is the first Indian company to have achieved a breakthrough in exporting printing machines to advanced countries across the globe. Visitors to the Manugraph’s PrintPack India 2017 stand will see the latest solutions from the company.

trained engineers in web & sheet-fed offset, who are also being trained in packaging machinery and can extend technical support to other Indian packaging companies. With the newspaper industry seeing a boost in recent times, Manugraph has bagged 13 towers’ order of its Smartline 4x1 double width press from one of the largest dailies,

Malayala Manorama for its centres across the state of Kerala. According to IRS, about 45 million readers will be reading the top three Hindi newspapers Dainik Jagran, Bhaskar Group and Amar Ujala Mr.Sanat Shah is very positive about the PrintPack India 2017 show and has said that it will showcase the Make in India story.

Among Manugraph’ s many noteworthy innovations has been the designing & developing of India’s first 4 x 1 press having a speed of 70,000 cph together with a suitable high speed autopaster & folder with a twin delivery. Most recently Manugraph has developed the ECOLINE press, a 2 x1 press with 25,000 cph with a tower height of only 2.7 meters which is primarily for the small to medium segment of the industry. In terms of technical collaborations Manugraph in association with C & C Flexo (Carraro & Carint) of Italy, will be manufacturing Central Impression Flexo Printing Presses at Manugraph’s state of the art facility at Kolhapur for the packaging industry. Additionally, Manugraph has a fleet of well-

Monotech to have multiple launches at PrintPack Hall 7/ D16-17 will be the launchpad for may products and solutions by Monotech. The company will have the first PrintPack showing of its JetSci Colornovo launched at Labelexpo India. Other products include Digicut paper cutting machine, DigiGlow Digital UV and Foiling System and IntaGlios Gravure Engraver. For Focus, Labelmen, Scodix and Highcon products,

Monotech will have sample gallery display. Similarly, visitors will know about the capabilities of Hansgronhi Laser Cutting and Engraving and many more solutions like lamination cum finishing, anti-counterfeiting, PUR binding, wide format machines and process metallic colour system from technology providers like GMP, Color Logic etc.

Featuring productivity of Flexo and flexibility of Digital, the start attraction JETSCI Colornovo is an innovative solution from Excellence Centre featuring a revolutionary technology for Label Production with: up to 330mm print width, 70m/min. speed, 600dpi native resolution, advanced RIP engine, CYMK process colour and wide ink options like white, spot, security, UV LED or lamp curable.

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Event Preview Kodak at PrintPack India 2017 To reveal two new plate product launches for the India market. PrintPack India 2017 is India’s premier show for the graphic arts industry, and Kodak is excited to welcome show goers to their booth at A13, Hall 1. Kodak, with its belief in ‘the power of print – and in its future’ continues to invest in innovations that equip printers to offer their customer’s a range of new applications, superior quality, and increased speed and efficiency.

At PrintPack India, Kodak will show customers how Kodak’s balanced portfolio across pre-press equipment, consumables and workflow, digital printing, flexography and high-speed inkjet can power their business today and into the future.

Key Notes : > Kodak – believing in ‘The Power of Print – And In Its Future’. > To highlight full range of solutions at PrintPack India 2017. > Opportunity to hear about Kodak’s latest technology, the NexPress ZX Series Digital Color Production Press.


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At PrintPack India, Kodak will highlight a full range of its solutions – hardware, software, consumables, and services-- designed for customers in the graphic arts, commercial print, publishing and packaging sectors.

the quality brigade in flexo plate-making. The new FLEXCEL NX System ’16 builds on the award-winning NX Advantage technology, which includes advanced plate surface patterning capabilities to dramatically improve ink transfer efficiency in the broadest range of flexo printing applications. As Kodak and NX become a norm in India’s thriving flexibles and labels space, it looks to build on the strong portfolio of its packaging solutions. For flexible packaging printers, the FLEXCEL NX System ’16 means cost savings and press efficiency by delivering ink savings, faster press operation, use of fewer colours and longer lasting plates in narrow, mid and wide web operations.


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On the pre-press side, Kodak will showcase its award-winning thermal CTP platesetters and portfolio of plate solutions. For over 21 years, Kodak has been at the forefront of development of thermal imaging technology with over 21,000 CTP machines sold around the world. In 2016, Kodak released a host of new automation options to complement the KODAK TRENDSETTER and KODAK ACHIEVE CTP families.

Print service providers that are interested in exploring the range of new services that digital printing provides will have an opportunity to hear about Kodak’s latest technology, the NexPress ZX Series Digital Color Production Press. The NexPress ZX series takes the versatility of the NexPress even further to include stunning opaque white and the ability to print on a variety of thicker, and synthetic substrates. These benefits make the NexPress a great fit for commercial and packaging environments.

For Print Service Providers looking to build greater sustainability into their operations, Kodak will showcase its successful process free plate technology, SONORA. Over 3,000 customers around the world enjoy the benefits of Kodak’s SONORA Process Free Plates. With environmental sustainability at the forefront of more and more printers’ strategic investments, we anticipate that 30% of Kodak’s plate volume will be process free by 2019 as process free plates are quickly becoming a mainstream industry product. Kodak will also reveal two new plate product launches for the India market that set new levels of on-press performance for print service providers.

Flexo Kodak’s Flexcel NX System ’16 and NX plates lead

Kodak’s Inkjet Presses and Inkjet Heads, the Prosper series of products, will also be highlighted during our presence at the show. Within the inkjet domain, Kodak caters to the high-speed newspaper, packaging, and commercial production, and with innovations such as XGV (Extended Gamut Varnish), the possibilities are endless.

Workflow Last, and not the least, is Prinergy Workflow – the leading prepress automation software that keeps costs, quality, and business risk in control while giving you more freedom to grow your business. Kodak will bring the latest in Prinergy Workflow to the show and will talk about innovations, like Cloud Services and demonstrate how Kodak software solutions deliver even more efficiency, quality, and flexibility for print and packaging service providers than ever before.

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VINSAK at PrintPack India 2017 and The Authentic Forum It’s the beginning of 2017 and two major events Print Pack India’17 and The Authentication Forum’17 are around the corner. Printers, Packers and Brand owners will be looking for more advanced & automated technology in printing and packaging industry. Both Print Pack India and The Authentication Forum will give a tremendous opportunity for visitors to not only find the optimal solutions for their need but to catch a live demonstration of machines and more importantly in-depth information about trending technology & the current market scenario.

PrintPack India: 4th to 8th Feb 2017 Being the largest event in Printing and Packaging Industry in India; the show is expected to witness more than 400 exhibitors and a large crowd of over 1 lakh people just like previous editions. Visitors show a great interest in printing and packaging machines during the show: the result is that business generated during last PPI 2015 stood at US$ 290 million.

One exhibition, five days & a lot is expected from VINSAK In the current edition of PrintPack India, VINSAK will be displaying USAR 330 (Slitter & Rewinder) Machine with upgradable inkjet, VDP, Die-cutting with servo register and UV unit. It runs at a maximum speed of 300m/ min. It also features electronic web guidance

with the ultrasonic sensor, automatic stop of a complete roll, web tension control, a scissors slitting unit, inside and outside winding, and removable nip roller with pneumatic pressure control. Optional attachments include twin rewind, 100 percent inspection camera, bulk waste rewind, flag and splice detection including error replacement, and missing label detection with vision camera. VINSAK will also provide samples, information, and brochures from its strategic associates such as Newly launched Kama machine, Iwasaki TR2 offset press, Lombardi Flexo Press Solutions, ABG label finishing and booklet machine, Schober Cutting and

Punching equipment’s, Pantec Hologram and Stamping solutions, Busch punching & banding machines, Zacares Numbering boxes, Petrel Security Inks etc.

The Authentication Forum: 8th to 9th Feb 2017 Security of printed material such as documents, labels, I-d cards, Pan Cards and most important security in the packaging of products is very important these days. In India, every 5th product is forged or copied and there is a parallel economy of such products which result in a loss to manufacturers, government and most lastly end consumer. To address such issue’s ASPA is launching their first International Authentication Forum in Delhi. Visitors will be able to gather information about AntiCounterfeiting strategies adopted across the world, current market and varied solutions for the protection of their brand. VINSAK, The Exhibit Sponsor of The Authentication Forum will be displaying its brand protection solutions such as security software, security inks, substrates and Advance Track & Trace Solutions. VINSAK, manufactures printing and packaging solutions and supplies them in India, Africa, and the Middle East. The well integrated and supported customized solutions enable print industry customers stand over competition and bring success to their businesses.

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Provin Technos at PrintPack India 2017 Visitors to Provin Technos PrintPack India 2017 stand (A - 14, Hall no. 1) will experience the 36” RMGT 920 - 5 plus Coater UV press with “multi wave length LED UV”. Other products on show include: a Refurbished Ryobi 3304 HA press and a Ryobi 3302 press running live at the company’s stall. Provin is the distributor for MHI - PPM, RMGTL range of Sheet-fed and Heat - set web offset presses, Rotatek Narrow Press web presses and Diversified Graphic Machinery in India, Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka.

tph at PrintPack India 2017 The Printers House (tph) will be exhibiting at Stall No. 22-24 in Hall No.14 at the upcoming PrintPack India 2017. The Indian newspaper press manufacturing major will have on display a Orient X-Press (45,000 cph) 4-Hi Tower with Spray Dampening system and Megtec Auto Reel Changer on its show stand. This machine has following key features: • Shaftless Drive, • Megtec Auto Reel Changer • Web Tention Booster (Megtec) on ARC • Plc Controlled Ink & Water Balance (Man Machine Interface) • Q.I. Auto Registration system for Colour • Q.I. Auto Cut-off control on Folder for 7 webs • Variable speed RTF Roller motorized (SIEMENS) on Lower and Upper Former on Folder.


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Individual Clutch on each unit Vertical Drive Shaft Shear pin on each unit

The Orient X-Press on display at PrintPack has already been sold to Amar Ujala Publications. tph sales team including their Branch Managers from nine Branches

and other executives of Domestic and International business will be available at the stand to understand and discuss visitors and customers specific requirements. Interested visitors can also visit tph’s stateof-the-art factory at Ballabgarh. They can convey their interest to tph in advance for the visit.

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The Printers Mysore introduces editorial system Content-X First installation of the successful Content-X by ppi Media and Digital Collections in India. The Printers (Mysore) is one of the leading media companies headquartered in Bangalore, Karnataka, and publishes one of India’s top ten English-language newspapers, the Deccan Herald. The company also publishes the daily newspaper Prajavani in Kannada, a language that is spoken by around 40 million people in India. Prajavani is one of the oldest newspapers to be published in Kannada. In future, journalists and editors of both the Deccan Herald and Prajavani will use Content-X software and best-in-class workflows to produce their daily editions. In search of a suitable new editorial system for their editorial operations, the management at The Printers Mysore have opted for Content-X, which is already in use at large media companies in Germany, the US and Thailand amongst others. What led the Indian company to decide in favour of Content-X were its distinct multi-channel functionality, the extremely positive experience of other users and the fact that Content-X supports production in English as well as Indian languages, such as Kannada. Media companies actively engaged in their digital transformation are opting for Content-X,

since this editorial system stores content in a media-neutral format so that it can be played out in digital and print, covering the full range of publishing channels. The Printers Mysore will be implementing Content-X as their most important editorial tool. Prajavani has a daily circulation of 527,300 copies and is printed in 7 locations, with 32 zonal split editions across Karnataka. Deccan Herald has a daily circulation of 286,540 copies, largely focused in Bangalore city. In addition to that, The Printers Mysore publishes two Kannada magazines, which includes Sudha, a weekly lifestyle magazine and Mayura, a monthly literary review, which are also to be produced using Content-X. Sudha has a circulation of 75,000 copies, while Mayura circulates 25,000 copies per month. Mr. K. N. Tilak Kumar, Joint Managing Director at The Printers Mysore, says: “We look forward to our cooperation with ppi Media and to implementing Content-X. We are confident that this promising system will enable us to maintain focus on our journalistic core competencies.” Dr. Hauke Berndt, ppi Media’s COO, says about the cooperation with Printers Mysore:

“I am particularly pleased that The Printers Mysore Private Ltd. will publish dailies and magazines with Content-X in the future. India and its numerous different vernacular languages and non-Roman scripts pose a special challenge to any editorial system and we are more than equal to meet these challenges with Content-X.” The Content-X project implementation at The Printers Mysore has started in January 2017. ppi Media GmbH is a workflow specialist for newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as printers, corporate publishers and groups and SMEs. Its main focus lies in the development of highly efficient software solutions on a global scale. 80% of all daily newspapers on the German market are produced using ppi Media products. Many more installations can be found in Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA. A subsidiary of the Eversfrank Group, ppi Media has its head office in Hamburg and branches in Kiel, Germany, and Chicago, USA.

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Performance Package order marks a first for QIPC Calprint SL has placed an order for a Performance Package from Q.I. Press Controls (QIPC). QIPC is to install the IDS-3D system for colour and register control at Calprint SL’s plant in Medina del Campo, Spain. It will be the first closed-loop colour control system to be installed on a coldset press in the country. The Performance Package will also entail the updating of existing Engineering Automation Electronics (EAE) systems. Calprint SL is a private printing concern which has seen its customer base increase considerably over the last few years. It has invested and made improvements in the plant: new printing machines, state-of-theart technologies and recruitment of the best professionals. Its owner, Eugenio Gascón bets on the printing business eagerly and efficiently manages the concern which now prints national dailies El Mundo, El Norte de Castilla, Gaceta de Salamanca, Diario de Leon among others. In the light of recent objectives, the company deemed it necessary to invest in the automation of its KBA Comet printing press. “The hope is we can make significant savings in terms of waste and time,” explains José Luis Peregrina, production manager at Calprint SL. “Improving the quality of our end-product and increasing levels of colour consistency in our print versions results in greater customer satisfaction.” In all, a total of 12 IDS-3D cameras will be installed in Medina del Campo, together with an IQM data-processor. “Because this is the first QIPC closed-loop colour control system in Spain, Calprint SL is likely to serve as a reference for our products in the rest of the country,” explains Jaco Bleijenberg, Director of International Sales & Marketing at QIPC. “Other interested parties will be able to visit to see our system in action.” In addition to this order, Calprint SL and QIPC have also signed a statement of intent which means that practically the same QIPC systems as well as an EAE update will be installed on another KBA Comet printing press at the plant. “So far, the partnership with QIPC has been perfect, but the proof of the pudding will be when we see the new system working,” says José Luis Peregrina.


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Jaco Bleijenberg: “Once the system has succeeded in meeting the requirements

and the expectations set, we will we be able to install the other press to the same standards.”

Heidelberg’s apprentice program supports next generation of print professionals Heidelberg is dedicated to guiding the next generation of print industry professionals and fulfilling the shortage of technically skilled operators through vocational development, educational outreach and real world application. The company recently welcomed 90 new trainees to its leading apprentice program based in Wiesloch-Walldorf, Germany. In March, Heidelberg USA partnered with the Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) to host its ninth annual SkillsUSA Georgia Competition in Advertising Design and Graphic Communications at Print Media

Center Atlanta, and hopes to grow their own apprenticeship program in the US. “Heidelberg is one of the few companies that can provide a long-term career in the graphic communications industry,” said Gareth McEwen, Technical Support Manager. “We want to afford the opportunity to learn and develop while supplying the industry with highly trained print instructors to train on the functionality of Heidelberg’s state-of-the-art equipment.” Heidelberg’s apprenticeship program begins with a comprehensive two month introduction at Print Media Center Atlanta. During this time, the apprentice will learn print application basics and all operational functions on a Heidelberg press and peripheral equipment. He or she will also gain hands-on exposure through practical applications by working in the field with experienced instructors during customer installations.

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WAN-IFRA India 2017 The Silver jubilee edition of the conference (on 12-14 September in Chennai), since its inception in 1993, comes in a new and refreshing format.

IFRA India Conferences – the first having been organised in 1993, in Chennai. The conference expects to attract more than 400 decision makers – Managing Directors, CEOs, Editors, Production Directors and other senior executives from the industry.

WAN-IFRA India 2017, the much sought after annual meeting point of the news publishing industry in South Asia, is scheduled to be held on 12-14 September in Chennai at

For the silver jubilee edition, a new and refreshing format of the event is planned

Conference, two preconference workshops, networking dinners and expo will complete the event. Considering the demand to be closer to the conference venue, the expo will have limited number of booths interconnected with the conference. The venue hotel ITC Grand Chola is the largest and most modern new hotel in Chennai. While the conference and the expo will take place on 13-14 September, the preconference workshops will take place on 12 September, all at the same venue. A visit to a modern printing plant in Chennai is also planned on the last day of the event, 14 September.

First, the event will bring ‘World Editors Forum – South Asia Summit’ for the first time to India. The popular Printing Summit

the ITC Grand Chola. The event will return to Chennai after a gap of five years. It is also the silver jubilee edition of WAN-

The conference offers various sponsorship opportunities for suppliers to highlight their presence and brand image. The booking for expo booth is open now.

13TH PRINTPACK INDIA 04 - 08 February, 2017

India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR World’s 3rd Largest International Exhibition on Graphic Arts Industry

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HP installs second Indigo Digital Press at Silver Point Silver Point chooses HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press to meet their growing digital printing needs

Silver Point Press is one of India’s leading and most awarded commercial printers. It has been associated with some of India’s most respected companies, MNC’s and advertising agencies. Taking a huge step in deploying the world class technology, it has installed the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Offset press at their integrated plant in Mahape, Navi Mumbai. This is Silver Point’s second Indigo digital offset press from HP. By adding the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Offset press, Silver Point press will be able to enhance the print experience of its new customers across India.

The HP Indigo 12000 Digital press now offers something unique for commercial printing and light packaging which is a first among its competitors and would be able to open new dimensions to printing today.

Key Notes : > World class HP Indigo 12000 Digital Offset press for integrated Mahape plant. > To be the first installation of the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Offset press in the Commercial/ Offset printing segment. >  To increase productivity, reduce waste and offer a superior quality of image printing at Silver Point and offer B2 size to the market in Digital space.


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Silver Point Press has been a valued partner of HP since 2009 and they are a trusted and a reputed brand in the state for full and customized range of print solutions. They have installed HP Indigo 12000 Digital offset Press to increase productivity, reducing waste and offer a superior quality of image printing and offer B2 size to the market in digital space. HP Indigo 12000 Digital offset Press has been designed, to produce high quality prints on versatile substrates such as canvas, synthetics and metallized media. To add to the announcement, Mr. Alon Bar Shany, General Manager, HP Indigo division said, “Leveraging HP Indigo’s continuous innovation, our customers around the globe providing brands unprecedented printing solutions to improve brand-

customer engagement, while improving their own businesses by driving a shift in how the printing industry across world does business.” Elaborating upon the business association with Silver Point, Mr. A. Appadurai, Country Manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, HP India said, “Silver Point has been one of our most valued customers and we are delighted to be entrusted yet again by them to help them realize their growth strategy. This will be the first installation of the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Offset press in the Commercial/ Offset printing segment. We believe that the 12000 will offer a whole new range of applications possibilities by being able to print on over 3000 different media’s including Plastics and with 7 colour possibilities including white ink.” Mr. Shabbir Muchhala, Silver Point added, “The HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press will help us in meeting our clients demand for consistent high quality prints and its capability to print at high speed of 4600 sheets per hour and 70gsm to 400gsm will help us in expanding our customer base as well to some unexplored markets as well.”

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Explore endless operational benefits of workflow automation with Konica Minolta’s AccurioPro The new software platform enables printing businesses to free up their workforce significantly and engage them in more revenue generating activities.

With Print service providers (PSP) aggressively engaged in upgrading as well as adding new services and applications to cater to the next generation demands of customers, Workflow automation has become pivotal for seamless and streamlined business operations. Furthermore printing businesses are also looking for more scalable solutions to meet the varied demands of customers with limited resources. Citing the prevailing scenario in the printing segment, Konica Minolta, the global leader in MFPs and industrial printing solutions has unveiled AccurioPro software platform, offering end to end production automation and integrating the best features of in house and cloud-based software.

The solution is specifically tailored to be modular (pay only for the components needed), flexible (integrates with other common graphic arts software), scalable (supports small-to-large operations), and comprehensive (features beyond prepress to incorporate colour management and finishing). Workflow automation also helps businesses in better structuring their operations resulting in enhanced outputs and revenue generation.

Salient features of AccurioPro Highly accommodating for print shops of differing size and sophistication, the AccurioPro platform’s modular design is crafted to furnish end-to-end workflow automation. The solution also ensures that PSPs can harness as little or as much of the solution as per existing requirements. The solution comprises of three key pillars-: JDF interoperability for seamless compatibility with existing commercial

workflows like Agfa Apogee, Kodak Prinergy, and Screen Equios. AccurioPro Conductor has been tailored for centralised and intelligent output management. Job specs (via JDF) can be leveraged from a print MIS to effectively and efficiently load balance production across a fleet of digital presses without operator intervention. The conductor can also support finishing automation with the possibility for out-of-the-box integration due to a unique JDF converter that eliminates differences between vendors that are often hurdles to integration. AccurioPro Cloud Eye incorporated in the solution is for remote management and administration of colour quality and standards, and is particularly useful for multisite quality control. Cloud Eye helps printing businesses in day-to-day colour control, sharing colour data across devices/sites, ICC profile creation, and reporting to ensure devices are within tolerance.

Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017 To focus on end-to-end workflow flexibility and present continuous feed and cut sheet production presses. Ricoh will showcase its expertise and innovation-led ethos in the production printing space at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017. At Messe Lucerne, Switzerland from 20 to 23 February, Ricoh will present its continuous feed and cut sheet production presses, as well as recent additions to its growing software solutions portfolio. The biennial event showcases solutions and practical applications to support fast-paced change in digital printing and finishing. Ricoh will feature the innovative Ricoh Pro VC60000; demonstrating both roll-to-roll and roll-to-cut finishing capability with dynamic perforation enabled by Hunkeler systems. Also on show will be the Ricoh Pro C9100colour cut sheet digital production press.

A broad range of pre-printed and showproduced samples will demonstrate a variety of creative possibilities. This include perfect bound books for the publisher Elwin Street and the guide for the Speed of Light photography exhibition. Posters, postcards, loyalty cards and statements will also be on show. There will also be a direct mail application featuring three different duplex A4 mail pieces output to different devices. Ricoh’s Digital Book Printing Solution (which is designed to manage the challenges of on demand book printing) with Total Flow Batch Builder and an integrated workflow for a direct mail application will also be on display. Furthermore, the automated configuration of imposition and setup of inline finishing

using Ricoh ProcessDirector 3.5 will be demonstrated. Benoit Chatelard, Vice President, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe, says: “By presenting our digital continuous feed and cut sheet print solutions side-by-side we will show how workflows can easily be switched to maximize efficient, colour consistent production. Supported by Ricoh’s dedicated workflow solutions, commitment to research and development and a global service team, visitors will leave Hunkeler Innovationdays with a clear picture of how to enhance their operations by opening new worlds of opportunity with Ricoh.” Ricoh is again sponsoring the DOXNET lectures and networking event.

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HP and Redington launch India’s first Indigo Centre of Excellence Centre of Excellence will showcase latest HP Indigo Digital Press technologies HP and Redington India have launched India’s first Centre of Excellence in Chennai. The Centre of Excellence in Guindy Industrial Estate will showcase HP Indigo’s Digital Offset Presses along with a host of Pre Press, Post Press and Web-to-Print solutions for Commercial, Photo, Publishing and Labels & Packaging segments. The Centre of Excellence is equipped with HP Indigo 5900, 7900 and the latest 12000 Digital Presses. It also has a wide range Pre Press and software solutions including Esko Graphics, Haiyaa, Color Logic, Human Eyes, Enfocus & HP Mosaic. The Centre is also equipped with a wide range of finishing equipments. Customers who visit the center of excellence will have experience of the end to end solutions.

The latest HP Indigo 7900 and HP Indigo 12000 digital presses offer 40% higher productivity and there is an automatic Alert Agent, which performs real-time error detection while printing, which results in waste reduction and helps increase productivity.

Key Notes : > Centre to showcase HP Indigo’s Digital Offset Presses. > Also on show prepress, postpress and W2P solutions for commercial, photo, publishing and labels & packaging. > Pre Press and software solutions fromEsko Graphics, Haiyaa, Color Logic, Human Eyes, Enfocus & HP Mosaic.


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A sizeable portion of the Centre of Excellence is dedicated for Brand Owners and Print Buyers, who can get to see some of the best print applications from across the world and hear the stories behind some of the world’s most successful digital print campaigns. The application gallery also hosts a Digital super market that has the best of Labels and Packaging applications that can serve as a gold mine of information to Packaging development managers. To provide a superior pre-sale customer experience, the Centre of Excellence is developed on a total budget of USD 3 million. Inaugurating the Centre of Excellence, Mr. Alon Bar Shany, General Manager, HP Indigo division said, “This Centre of Excellence is specifically targeted towards customers who are new to the HP Indigo family of digital offset printing presses. The centre will

not only give our customers a hands-on experience of the products but also enhance the technical knowledge, enabling them to make the most out of their HP Indigo Presses.” Also, present at the event, Mr. A. Appadurai, Country Manager, Indigo and Inkjet Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP India said, “HP & Redington India, are extremely happy to announce the inauguration of the first HP Indigo Centre of excellence in India. We believe the printing industry, our customers and the Brands will hugely benefit from this. We are proud to be associated with Redington India which has made this significant investment towards their commitment to the Digital Printing Technology and the Industry overall.” Mr. Kasturirangan, Wholetime Director, Redington added, “We are proud to partner with HP, the unparalleled champions of digital printing. There is a huge opportunity for HP Indigo digital presses in the country and this Centre of Excellence will help in reaching out to them and give them a one of a kind pre-sale experience.” The HP Indigo 7900 and HP Indigo 12000 are the latest digital presses which were first showcased at drupa 2016. The HP Indigo 12000 digital press offers two sides photograph printing and guarantees photo life of up to 200 years. Both the Digital Presses offer 40% higher productivity and there is an automatic Alert Agent, which performs real-time error detection while printing, which results in waste reduction and helps increase productivity.

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Trends in Plastics: Beyond Colour In this interview, X-Rite Pantone Color Expert Felix Schmollgruber discusses current trends in the measurement, management and communication of colour and appearance data in the plastics industry and suggests what to watch for in the future. more special effects to the finishes. This is also a growing requirement in the highly competitive consumer electronics market.

Why does this trend create challenges for the plastics supply chain?

Felix, plastics professionals have been dealing with colour issues for many years. Can you tell us what has recently changed the dynamics? Schmollgruber: The key trend we are seeing is the desire on the part of various manufacturers – from consumer electronics and household appliances to automotive and packaging – to use more advanced plastic surfaces, including special effects finishes. Designers who are specifying plastics surfaces are excited about the things they can do these days, including translucent, pearlescent, metallic and sparkling effects as well as textures. This presents challenges when it comes to the ability to accurately measure and monitor both colour and appearance.

Can you give us a couple of examples what you are talking about? Schmollgruber: One example would be something like a microwave door. In the past, it was simply a specific colour and flat surface texture; whereas now there is a growing desire to add textures and other special effects to enhance the product appearance. In addition, plastics are replacing glass in many applications. Front-loading washers, for example, where the door used to be glass can now be constructed in plastic, reducing both weight and cost while providing the ability to add

Schmollgruber: Already at various stages in the supply chain, there are challenges with ensuring accurate colour, from production of pigments through compounding, masterbatching and final manufacturing and assembly. In many cases, manufacturers are dealing with a global supply chain, with parts manufactured in various locations around the globe. Everything has to match when it reaches the point of final assembly, and manufacturers are also looking for as little batch-to-batch variance as possible. By adding special effects finishes to the mix, you add a completely different layer of complexity. Instead of just worrying about colour and gloss, you now also have to worry about appearance – textures, reflective surfaces and more. The paint& coatings industry has been dealing with this longer. But keep in mind that paint is a very thin layer, while plastics are thicker, presenting additional challenges especially when you are dealing with special effects finishes like metallics that change colour or appearance based on the angle of view, and where alignment of the special effects flakes and other materials is critical to the final appearance of the product.With the thickness of plastic, you can easily lose the special effects appearance or the desired pigment effects. Keep in mind also that technology allows quite complex injection molding for specialty finishes as well.

Zentrum (SKZ)), a research association that is well-known in the central European plastics community. Their Color Management Committee has been working with the German association for the automotive industry, Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) on a research project to define scales and parameters for process and quality control for appearance of plastics. At the same time, X-Rite has recently introduced its It is a simple-to-operate solution, that enables the creation of virtual renderings with the exact same optical characteristics as the real material so that what you see on screen or in our Virtual Light Booth is what you see in the final product. Colour and appearance data are captured via scans and compressed into a manageable file size using X-Rite’s vendorneutral Appearance eXchange Format (AxF) file format that can then be ingested into most major Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and state-of-the art rendering applications. Your readers are probably already using the Color eXchange Format (CxF) to communicate colour, another vendor-neutral file format that was developed by X-Rite and subsequently adopted as an ISO standard. CxF is a subset of AxF; in other words, with AxF we have extended the ability to accurately describe and communicate colour characteristics to include appearance characteristics as well. Initiatives like these will help to quickly address the challenges manufacturers and others in the plastics supply chain face today in terms of their ability to consistently deliver high-quality, differentiated products to the market with minimal waste and the shortest possible time to market.We will be collaborating with the SKZ/VDA project as well as continuing our own research and development activities.

What are some of the things happening in the industry to help stakeholders better communicate and manage both colour and appearance?

What do you see as the end result of these efforts?

Schmollgruber: There is a growing level of activity in the area of characterization of appearance. Very recently, I received a communication from the Southern German Plastics Center (Süddeutsches Kunststoff-

Schmollgruber: The ultimate goal is to be able to use digital materials and solutions to qualify real products against specified digital materials without the need for shipping so many physical samples around the globe. In

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Extrusion Blow Moulding: Is the future electric, hybrid or hydraulic? Michael Mehnert, Managing Partner of BEKUM speaks about the company, extrusion technology and market. A generational change has taken place at the blowmoulding machine manufacturer BEKUM. Michael Mehnert (34), the youngest son of company founder Gottfried Mehnert, is assuming responsibility for the Group as the second-generation owner. Dipl.Ing. Michael Mehnert carried out various functions at BEKUM after successfully graduating as a mechanical engineer in Aachen. In the spring of 2016, Michael Mehnert was appointed to CEO of BEKUM Maschinenfabrik Traismauer GesmbH. In 2016, the European production operation was centralised in Traismauer. Here, Michael Mehnert speaks about the current market position and the company’s prospects in an interview during the K 2016 trade fair.

BEKUM has been a leading figure in the world of extrusion blow-moulding since 1959. Your father has now put you in charge. How do you feel about this? EBLOW 37 – the controlled movement at a high force with a build-up in closing force within 135 ms enables processing of sensitive materials as well as provides extremely precise seams on the end product.

Michael Mehnert: Well, it really is a tremendous challenge for me, after all my father has shaped the world of extrusion blow-moulding like nobody else in the sector. He’s certainly set the bar very high. Having said that, I also see it as an opportunity to make my own mark in continuing the successful history of the company. It is without doubt an exhilarating remit involving a great deal of responsibility and creative freedom.

How will you approach this? What are your plans?

Key Notes : > BEKUM - the leading figure in the world of extrusion blow moulding since 1959. > Continues development with addition of tandemblow & multi-cavity technology for quality and maximum performance. > Showcases their hybrid EBLOW 37 at K 2016.


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Michael Mehnert: Thankfully, I don’t have to reinvent the extrusion blow-moulding method. The technological basis at BEKUM is perfect at the moment. In our role as technological leader in the

industry, it is up to us to show the way forward. In a nutshell, this is where our greatest responsibility lies. Bearing this in mind, I can count on an experienced management team that has been involved at BEKUM for many years now, the members of which provide valuable input. I have also taken the opportunity to prepare myself for my task by being involved with various functions at BEKUM. The technological impetus from BEKUM is something that I naturally want to push on with. When you consider our patented C-frames, the electric blow-moulding machine generation EBLOW, multilayer technology, spiral mandrel distributor heads or the Up-Down calibration, to name only a few of our innovations – you can see that we are already in a leadership role, but we have to push on. Our strategic direction is something we have continuously developed and implemented. I will set out a specific time frame in which to present our future strategy with the leading managers. However, there is no question about it for me, continuity, quality commitment and speed of innovation – along with, in particular, a sense of proportion will be my aspirational principles.

What could that mean, in specific terms? Michael Mehnert: Look – here’s one example, although there are many: With 18,000 machines shipped worldwide, the BEKUM Group has achieved by far the largest population of blow-moulding machines of any brand. Somewhere around the globe a used, but still production-ready BEKUM machine is probably up for offer. Each of these machines has an expected service life of 20 years and achieves the highest resale values in the sector. Retrofits and services are topics that have a vital bearing on our

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future. We will be expanding our service functions.

… what about technologically?

these concepts are viable. Our EBLOW 37 is electrically powered. However, from a technical point-of-view, it is practical to realise the final 10 mm of the closing movement and the pressure build-up using a servo-hydraulic pressure pad. This controlled movement at a high force with a build-up in closing force within 135 ms enables us to process sensitive materials, while also providing extremely precise seams on the end product. In strict terms, this means that EBLOW 37 is a hybrid machine: the brief build-up in closing force could only be purely electric if significantly larger drives were used – but this would, of course, be in conflict with our goal of achieving energy efficiency. This is a unique selling point for us.

Michael Mehnert: Our market is an established market. Bona fide innovations, something we have always been capable of, are becoming increasingly more difficult to realise. However, development potential is out there, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, automation, in software and the optimisation of algorithms, the coordination of a production system or in the sensitive creation of process parameters using sensor technology. The use of camera systems, in other words sensor technology for hose blisters, is still in its infancy. In the complicated world of “Industry 4.0” we have a wide range of optimisation options to contend with.

At K 2016 you exhibited an electric EBLOW 37. Is the future an electric one? Michael Mehnert: The future is electric, hybrid or even hydraulic. It depends. All

meet customer requirements and intended application. This requires engineering on site and, in particular, an extremely high level of flexibility in the production area. The concentration of the production in Traismauer has had an extremely positive effect here. In the USA, BEKUM America is also present in a highly-developed market. And this applies for both Europe and the USA: We need employees and suppliers with long-standing experience, local engineering and – more than anything else – flexibility.

BEKUM has endured its highs and lows. How do you see the future of this traditional brand? Michael Mehnert: For me, tradition

What was behind the decision to base production in Traismauer, along with the plant already in the USA and not to open another production plant in Asia or China? Michael Mehnert: Our machine technology requires an extremely high quality standard. This also means: We want to manufacture specific core components such as our blower heads ourselves. This requires a great deal of know-how and employees with many years of experience behind them. We also work with established suppliers geared towards providing top quality. This is not really something that we could simply transfer at the drop of a hat to other sites around the globe. Not forgetting either, that we are a classical specialpurpose mechanical engineering company. Each machine is specifically adapted to

also means having the courage to change and adapt to meet the requirements placed on us by the market or by our customers. As a mechanical engineering company for extrusion blow-moulding, we are exposed to the same market mechanisms as our competitors. Since the 1990s, market power and raw-material costs in the PET industry have piled on the pressure in the area of packaging applications. BEKUM has systematically continued to develop the extrusion blow-moulding method, trimming it to reach maximum performance without any losses in quality with the addition of the tandem-blow and multi-cavity technology. This is where our strengths lie: In the automotive area we have acquired further customers and projects for the production of co-extruded plastic fuel tanks, thereby helping us to gain an outstanding market position. Today, we generate 60% of the turnover with packaging and roughly 40% in the automotive sector. Last, but not least, at K 2016 we demonstrated the innovation capability of our EBLOW 37.

What do you intend to change first? Michael Mehnert: The BEKUM brand stands for commitment to quality. I won’t change anything about that, but in future I want to ensure that it continues to be backed up by all our employees and our know-how. Bekum at Interpack 2017: Hall 5 D 37

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addition to TAC, we’ll continue to develop our instruments and software solutions to make the digital specification and process/quality control for plastics and other industries a reality.

Since your launch of TAC, what kind of response have you seen in the market? Schmollgruber: First of all, TAC was developed in response to an articulated need, mostly coming from the automotive industry. But we have also seen interest from other industries, including plastics and textiles. One interesting side note regarding physical standards used to monitor colour performance in plastics: Plastics age quickly and are sensitive to temperature. One major plastics masterbatcher we have spoken to recently told us that they actually keep their master reference panels in a bag in the freezer to make them last longer. They and others are thrilled that we are at a point where you can virtually throw away the physical samples and work from digital samples. Data is affected by temperature or exposure to light! In order to make that easier, we are

making Pantone Digital Libraries available for the plastics and other industries. These are digital libraries that include specifications for the full spectrum of Pantone colours and also enable the ability to include custom colours. In this way, everyone is working from the same digital standard, and you don’t have to worry about the degradation of physical standards.

What are some of the problems that occur when measurements are taken without good interinstrument agreement? Schmollgruber: People are specifically interested in instruments with good interinstrument agreement to eliminate the variation you can get when using different measurement instruments in different parts of the process. One example I saw recently was a “golden sample” that was provided by a U.S. manufacturer and a production sample from a European supplier. The manufacturer used a benchtop spectrophotometer for measurements and the supplier used a handheld. They got very different results, but according to the supplier’s instruments, the

production sample was in spec, while the manufacturer got completely different results. This can lead to disagreements about colour accuracy, especially when tolerances are tight, often causing delays and costly rework. This is where colour management can break down. Had they both been using a Ci7860, they would both have been working off a platform with very tight inter-instrument agreement and the supplier would have gotten result that would have allowed a correction before the production sample was sent back. It starts with a good master specification on the part of the manufacturer, and then highly accurate production and quality control on the part of the supplier. Especially when you combine this type of very tight tolerances on the part of the colour measurement instrument with the accurate virtualization for both colour and appearance delivered by a solution like TAC, you can see that stakeholders in the supply chain could quickly gain enough confidence in the digital process that they could virtually eliminate the time and expense of sending samples around the globe. They can easily compare both colour and appearance using virtual samples.

PrintFair gears up for its 2017 edition PrintFair is all geared up for its succeeding edition happening along with PackPlus South and SupplyPlus South from 7 to 10 April, 2017 at BIEC, Bengaluru. PrintFair’s previous edition at HITEX, Hyderabad was visited by numerous industry veterans and closed remarkable deals. The successful event also generated a lot of opportunities for its participants. This year as well, the Show is set to provide next level of opportunities for the exhibiting companies. The leading players that are going to present their solutions include R K Label Printing Machinery, Inssta 3D Print, Flexography India Press, Bhogle Engineering Works, Essen Graphics, Mehta Cad Cam Systems, Abhikruti Digi Soft, Mohansons India, Bodhi Professional Solutions, APL Machinery,


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Eureka Trading and Hewlett-Packard India Sales. The Show will be a promising platform for the latest technology and provide solutions for various printing segments like UV Interducts, LED UV systems, UV Coating & Curing Systems, Dry Lamination machines, Printing Materials, Software Solutions, Paper Cutting Machine & Finishing Equipment, Pre Press, RIP Workflow Proofing Packaging Solutions, Laser engraving machine, Used Offset Printing Machines, Sysnthetic Paper, Thermal Lamination Machine, Stickers & Label Printing Machinery, Stamping, Die Cutting

Machines, 3D Products, 3D visiting Cards, 3D Image Change Products, 3D software Training, Photopolymer Plates, Flexo Solvent Recycling. “The print industry in Karnataka is huge and very advanced when it comes to technology. PrintFair will provide a lot of scope for the potential visitors to scale and explore new developments. The show is all set to mark a new milestone,” said Neetu Arora, Director of, organizer of the Show.

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POLAR presents anniversary machines to celebrate its 111th birthday In 2017, POLAR is celebrating a very special anniversary: 111 years. For new orders as of February 2017 POLAR customers will receive performance-enhancing options for various products free-of-charge. The promotion is limited and applies to deliveries in 2017. Set up 111 years ago, POLAR developed from a regional supplier to the largest global supplier in the cutting and die-cutting sectors. A multitude of innovative solutions has contributed to the success of the familyowned business. Today POLAR has become synonymous worldwide with durable, precise and modern cutting machines. Its extensive portfolio ranges from high-speed cutters to components and systems which allow many processes relating to cutting and die-cutting to be optimized. This also includes PACE, a networking software to link the machinery and gripper systems and automate processes. Recently POLAR’s line of products was also expanded to include “Digital Cutting” with numerous cutting and finishing options based on laser technology.

programs. This significantly reduces the risk of errors. Cutting machines D ECO / D PLUS POLAR will give customers who decide to buy a hydraulic D-model cutting machine a 111 euro voucher for buying a GuilloCrease. Guillo-Crease is a unique creasing system that quickly and easily converts your cutting machine into a creasing machine.

Transomat Unloader TRE Every Transomat Unloader TRE will be equipped with an extra OPP. OPP is an optical pallet pointer and helps to align the pallet easily. In this way the pallet can be precisely aligned according to the position of the stack.

POLAR’s webshop will also be celebrating the anniversary throughout the year offering continuous promotional campaigns. The unique Guillo-Crease creasing system, for example, will be available at a special-offer price with an 11.1 percent rebate.

Here are the gifts in detail which POLAR is offering for orders as of February and up to September 2017

High-speed cutter N PRO HD Customers opting for the top-of-the-line model N PRO HD will be given the Compucut software for their high-speed cutters free of charge. POLAR Compucut is a state-of-the-art software for generating cutting programs. It reduces set-up times to the very minimum. Compucut takes the sheet layout designed in pre-press as a JDF file and generates an optimized cutting program. Of course, this includes a WYSIWYG preview of the printed sheet.

High-speed cutter N PLUS The N PLUS high-speed cutter model has process visualization integrated free-ofcharge. Based on a graphic presentation of the sheet, process visualization shows the operator how to move the material being processed. The machine display has the sheet representation integrated and works with all automatically generated cutting

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New aseptic carton brings Tetra Pak closer to sustainability goal The launch of a new version of Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with a bio-based LightCap 30 is a further major step towards the goal. Tetra Pak has a long tradition in providing sustainable products to the world. At the company’s site in Modena in Italy, Tetra Pak gave Packaging Europe an insight into its journey towards fully renewable packaging for aseptic cartons as exemplified by a recently launched new version of the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with the bio-based LightCap 30. Sustainability is at the core of Tetra Pak’s brand philosophy, with the motto ‘Protects What’s Good’. Back in 2012, the company set itself a challenge for the development of sustainable products, to use 100% FSC-certified paperboard and to be able to produce a 100% renewable package, achieve a 40% global recycling rate and cap the company’s climate impact across the value chain at 2010 levels by 2020. This has proved successful, as Mario Abreu, Tetra Pak’s Environment Vice President, is proud to point out. “100% of the paperboard we source comes from wood from FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources. Our Tetra Rex bio-based pack, which was launched in January 2015, enjoys continued success, and the development of renewable product development continues as planned. The company has achieved a 23.6% recycling rate and has reduced emissions by 15% while the number of packages sold has increased by 16%.” Tetra Rex Bio-Based package is made of a carton manufactured solely from a combination of plastics derived from sugar cane and paperboard. The bio-based plastics used by Tetra Pak are produced by Brazilian chemical company, Braskem, which sources all of its feedstock from sugar cane grown on degraded pastures. Cap and neck and polyethylene used are made from biobased materials, and the paperboard used is sourced from FSC certified sites.

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LightCap 30 is a further major step to secure the company’s sustainability goals. It is the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest class of Vinçotte certification for its use of renewable materials. The new package is manufactured using a bio-based plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane. Combined with the paperboard, this lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%, the threshold for four-star certification from Vinçotte, the Belgium-based accreditation agency that is world-recognised for assessing the renewable content of packaging products. The new package also boasts an up to 17% lower carbon footprint than a standard package, according to an independent lifecycle analysis conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. “Increasing the use of renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time, plays an increasingly important role in mitigating resource scarcity and climate change,” said Philippe Dewolfs, President of the Certification Committee from Vinçotte “This is the only aseptic carton package we have certified so far and it has qualified for four-star certification.” Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak said: “There is a growing trend that consumers want to do more for the planet, and they want brand owners to help. With the authentic certification from Vinçotte, our new package

gives customers credible information to communicate with consumers, and helps them differentiate their products. “Our ultimate goal is to produce all of our packages using only sustainably-managed renewable materials. Launching the new Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Biobased LightCap 30 package is a significant milestone for us on that journey.” The new version of Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap 30 package is available to customers globally. Switching to the new version requires no additional capital equipment investment. The next step on the company’s sustainability journey will include making the neck opening on an aseptic carton fully renewable.. Further ahead, Tetra Pak will also be looking at alternative barrier materials to aluminium foil and the usage of bio-based inks as well as adhesives and bio-based straws.

A material for a sustainable future Plastics derived from sugar cane are currently used for premium products. Asked whether he foresees these plastics being used more widely in the future, Mr. Abreu says: “We do see them being made more available in the future, we aim to make sugar cane derived polymers available for different packages, categories and consumer groups around the world. The first step we took in this direction was our pilot project in Brazil in 2015, where all our 15 billion packages produced contained a certain share of biobased polymers in the décor and lamination layers. We are also working on changing the other layers to renewable materials in the future. It has to make commercial sense to the entire value chain, starting from the supplier of bio-based polymers to the end consumers. Therefore, we need to secure a certain volume before asking the supplier to change production from standard polymers to bio-based polymers.”

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Siegwerk strengthens packaging inks by laminator investment By investing in a nordmeccanica laminator, Siegwerk is specifically enhancing its packaging ink testing and simulation skills. Siegwerk recently added a Labo Combi 400 laminator to its Technical Center for the business unit Flexible Packaging. The new machine adds state-of-the-art laminating capabilities to the existing testing skills at the European “Center of Competence” and therefore supports the targeted development of packaging inks under industrial or customer-realistic conditions. Siegwerk is one of the first printing ink manufacturers to operate its own laminator for product development and testing purposes. This will enable Siegwerk to offer packaging print providers even better solutions tailored to their specific requirements.

EMEA at Siegwerk, the reasons for the investment. “The new equipment enables us to conduct considerably more extensive ink development tests internally prior to start the qualification process at customers’ facilities. This leads to better ink performance and saves both our customers’ time and machine capacities,” adds Dr. Kaiser. At the same time the opportunity to simulate lamination processes under industrial or customerrealistic conditions enhances the company’s problem-solving skills. Any lamination problems occurring at the customer’s premises in connection with the ink can therefore be better understood and solved.

“Internal resources for testing lamination processes and the influence of printing inks on the performance of laminates is highly important for us. It helps to enhance our ink solutions specifically for packaging print providers and to further reinforce our technology leadership”, summarizes Dr. Hanns Martin Kaiser, Head of Technology Flexible Packaging

With the purchase of nordmeccanica group’s Labo Combi 400, Siegwerk has invested in an industry standard for technical centerscale tests. At a web width of 400mm the equipment operates at a maximum speed of 250m per minute and can handle solventfree, solvent-based as well as water-based adhesive systems on all standard substrates. The machine features two corona treatment

units and also meets all other European market requirements. Many co-suppliers, like manufacturers of adhesives or films, as well as some convertors also use the same laminator to conduct their own tests. This makes parameter comparisons easier and results reproducible and transferable. Siegwerk is now even better able to share application-related information, coordinate customer-specific solutions with other suppliers and therefore add forward-looking innovations to its portfolio of ink solutions.

VINSAK launches Roll Lifter VRL 350 VINSAK has launched VINSAK Roll Lifter (VRL 350), portable equipment capable of lifting rolls up to 350 kgs. Equipped with safety brake for loading, unloading and transporting the rolls safely which reduces or even eliminates some occupational injuries. The VRL 350 has been introduced to improve manual handling operations and increase productivity. It will enable hassle-free singleperson reel changes at production locations. The VRL 350 may also be customized to individual setup needs. VINSAK VRL350 is equipped with safety locks on the rear wheels, which are to be used to hold the cart in place once in the desired position and as a safety feature to keep the cart from rolling while in the stationary position. To operate, simply press the handle down and snap into place to activate brake, and lift to de-activate brake. The roll lifter can

be rotated over 3600 for precise alignment. VINSAK VRL350 is equipped with safety locks on the rear wheels, which are to be used to hold the cart in place once in the desired position and as a safety feature to keep the cart from rolling while in the stationary position. To operate, simply press the handle down and snap into place to activate brake, and lift to de-activate brake. The roll lifter can be rotated over 3600 for precise alignment. Vinsak, as is usual with them, are exhibiting at PrintPack 2017 being held at Noida Exhibition Center frm the 4th of February 2017. The entire team will be at their stall and will attend to all queries from their customers. According to a communication received by us, Mr.Ranesh personally, along with his team will cater to all enquireis.

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Uniflex adopts Asahi Photoproducts Flexographic Plates The firm leads the way in higher quality, improved efficiency and implementation of fixed colour palette printing water-washable plates to take advantage of their precise plate-to-plate register, fast platemaking time and environmental benefits to round out our plate portfolio, for the best of all worlds in fixed colour palette flexographic printing.”

About eight years ago, Belarus-based Uniflex began its journey to enhance quality and competitive advantage through the use of fixed colour palette printing (also called Extended Colour Gamut printing), using a fixed set of inks to replace most, if not all, requirements for spot colour inks. Uniflex is one of the largest flexographic printing companies in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe. The company offers a wide range of high quality flexible packaging such as vacuum bags, pouches, sachets, roll packaging, and self-adhesive labels in up to 10 colours and using a variety of materials. “We saw fixed colour palette printing as the next milestone in quality and efficiency for flexographic printing,” said Eugen Lungin, Production Manager of Uniflex. “We worked to assemble a suite of industry-leading solutions to position us at the forefront of modern printing techniques to better serve our existing customer base and to expand our global footprint. Our partnership with Asahi Photoproducts was essential to our success in achieving these goals.”

“Uniflex is a delight to work with,” said Martin Wohlschlegel, Sales Manager Key Accounts and Emerging Markets at Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “Their dedication to quality and environmental sustainability, and their heritage of innovation in the flexographic printing process, sets them apart and bodes well for their future success. We look forward to an ongoing relationship that is mutually beneficial.”

ideal technology for fixed colour palette printing. Not only does this deliver stunning graphical quality, but it also improves overall production efficiencies due to reduced makeready waste and fewer press wash-ups. In fact, independent testing reflects that Asahi plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer deliver at least a 26% improvement in Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

Uniflex chose to use Asahi’s AFPTM-TOP and AWPTM flexographic plates with Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, finding them to be the ideal plate choices for Full HD Flexo production. “Our customers have strict requirements relative to the quality of their printing,” added Eugen Lungin. “We are always striving to take advantage of the latest innovations in flexography in order to meet and exceed customer expectations, and fixed colour palette printing is definitely one of those innovations. High quality, eye-catching, yet functional packaging is what our brand owners are looking for, and plates from Asahi Photoproducts are a vital enabler for us to achieve that and more.”

Newspaper Publishing customers will watch the launch of Newslight 36 at Prakash Offset’s PrintPack India 2017 stand (Hall 3 & 14/ B11 & G26-28).

Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer is a unique plate technology specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate due to the photopolymer plates having a lower surface energy than other plates on the market. It is an

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“We began our fixed colour palette printing journey with Asahi’s AFPTM-TOP plates after a thorough market review, and found they had the best and most consistent ink transfer from start to finish during production runs. We subsequently added AWPTM

“With the implementation of fixed colour palette printing and our use of Asahi AWPTM and AFPTM-TOP plates,” Eugen Lungin concluded, “we not only have the cost and productivity benefits of fixed colour palette printing, but we also are able to achieve higher line screens and extremely brilliant colours without any compromise in colour stability. Homogenous ink transfer makes it nearly impossible to distinguish our fixed colour palette flexo printing from the highest quality gravure. We are now technically able to provide high-end printing quality that meets the expectations of even the most demanding customers while benefiting from improved OEE!”

Prakash Offset at Printpack demand of newspaper houses with modern technology. The 36000cph press features quick changeovers to facilitate faster production in shorter time frames. The shaftless press enables user friendly operation through PLC based touchscreen control and also has automatic flying splicer, spray dampening and automatic ink curves.

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Berry Plastics completes acquisition of AEP Industries Berry Plastics Group has completed the previously announced acquisition of AEP Industries. Berry issued 6.5 million common shares and paid $297 million as merger consideration in exchange for all of the outstanding shares of AEP common stock and outstanding AEP equity awards. Additionally, Berry paid $164 million to retire outstanding AEP debt. Berry financed the cash consideration of the acquisition with a new $500 million 7-year term loan. Including the new shares issued, Berry’s outstanding common stock has increased to approximately 129 million shares, resulting in a market capitalization of approximately $6.5 billion.

capacity within our Engineered Materials Division, enabling us to better serve our customers. Moreover, we anticipate opportunity for significant value creation for our shareholders, as we realize synergies in both our operations and in our materials procurement.” Citigroup acted as exclusive financial advisor and Bryan Cave acted as legal advisor for Berry Plastics. BofA Merrill Lynch acted as exclusive financial advisor and Skadden,

Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn acted as legal advisors for AEP. Berry Plastics Group is a provider of value-added plastic consumer packaging, nonwoven specialty materials, and engineered materials delivering high-quality customized solutions to its customers. The Company’s world headquarters is located in Evansville, Indiana, with net sales of $6.5 billion in fiscal 2016.

“We are extremely excited to complete the acquisition of AEP and to welcome the AEP team to the Berry Plastics organization,” said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “The acquisition of AEP has given us the opportunity to expand the breadth of product offerings and production

Hubergroup develops sheet fed packaging ink The demands being made with respect to the printing of food packaging are constantly growing. Large-format prints produced at high speeds, cheaper substrate grades and a great awareness of quality and safety demand special printing-ink systems. In this context, the printing-ink manufacturer hubergroup is replacing its proven NATURA GA series with its latest MGA NATURA series starting 1 February 2017. This new series stands out thanks to its greatly improved in-press performance and it satisfies all the requirements of the major food manufacturers. It is highly suitable for producing food packaging with very good organoleptic properties, especially when fast post-print processing is required. All components in the formulation are evaluated and the production process is subject to thorough checks and controls, which means MGA NATURA contains only substances that either do not migrate or that have been assessed for food contact.

hubergroup’s own strict MGA guidelines guarantee that the ink is produced in compliance with good manufacturing

practice (GMP) standards, taking into account all relevant requirements for food packaging printing. This special MGA guarantee provided byhubergroupwill in future apply to all ink systems for printing food packaging. Brand owners and printers will then be assured that no impurities or undesirable substances will be implemented in the production process. MGA NATURA will be available as process inks, as spot inks in line with the classic colour guides and also as bespoke corporate design colours. hubergroup is one of the world’s leading specialists for printing inks, coatings and press room auxiliaries, currently comprising 40 companies and 130 sites. This successful, family-owned enterprise with more than 250 years of experience and expertise in the printing-inks industry manufactures topquality products for packaging, commercial and newsprinting.

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Chinese first for Xeikon 3020 Xiamen Yu Long expands capabilities with 10 inch five colour digital label press Xeikon has installed China’s first Xeikon 3020 five colour label press at Xiamen Yu Long Printing Co. The Xeikon 3020 joins Xiamen Yu Long’s sheetfed, rotary letter press and offset web presses. Xiamen Yu Long Printing Co was founded in 2004. The label and folding carton operation’s portfolio of products includes leaflets, posters, brochures and packing boxes. Its key customers are from the garment, health and beauty sectors. Mr. Li Yin Long, Director of Xiamen Yu Long says, “Our maximum width of converting lines for coating, foiling and die cutting is 10 inches, which is why the 3020 format is a perfect fit. The ability to print variety of substrates, including PP, PET, PE, paper and metalized paper, was also important in our decision to buy. It fits the size and speed of our finishing equipment, and the Xeikon ICE toner allows us to work successfully with heat-sensitive material.” The Xeikon 3020 was specifically designed to address the Chinese 10-inch market for self-adhesive labels. This extension of the well-established 3000 series of Xeikon label presses delivers unmatched quality and productivity. Businesses can field upgrade their presses to faster speeds and larger sizes as their businesses grow and their needs change. Lee adds, “We also liked having the flexibility of upgrading both speed and size later without a huge investment. We have been pleasantly surprised with the press’s output and quality. In the first month using a single shift, we produced more than 50,000 meters of print, and we are planning to start a second shift soon. The installation and training process went well. I can guarantee you that this will not be the last Xeikon to be installed at Xiamen.” “Xeikon’s installed base in China is growing fast, and there are many more opportunities for growth in the label sector,” comments Jackie Chen of Xeikon Greater China. “Xeikon is totally committed to providing best-inclass service with a local service presence to support our growing customer base.”


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He adds, “As part of the Flint Group, we already have a strong presence in the narrow web label market and stand ready to support our customers as they add digital printing capabilities to their businesses.”

Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is an innovator in digital printing technology and designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-toconventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name.

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SCHAWK receives FlexoExpert Certification “Quality is the highest priority in our company. Professionalism as well as permanent learning is part of our daily business. The exchange with other experts and the questioning of the workflow by outside parties can only sensitise and sharpen our senses,” emphasises Dirk Kalkbrenner of SCHAWK JÜLICH. Thereby, the prepress production and training manager of the repro house summarises the motivation behind the participation of Flint Group’s FlexoExpert certification programme.

follow. In this phase, SCHAWK JÜLICH improved their already high process levelto form an advanced, sustainable workflow. At this point, it was particularly important for the company to comprise a regular and seamless process based on control elements to expand standards and to document the work. At the conclusion of the certification programme, the crucial audit takes place with a final verification of all process parameters and applications. The announcement of the achieved score and presentation of the title

“FlexoExpert” follows in a final discussion. SCHAWK JÜLICH is pleased with an outstanding score of 95%, and the resulting performance. They received this certification with distinction. “The FlexoExpert Certification is a very successful programme to optimise printing production. The handling of the individual process steps within SCHAWK JÜLICH is now even more professional and more purposeful,” Mr. Kalkbrenner confirms.

SCHAWK JÜLICH deals continuously with sustainability and process optimisation of their printing plate production and can call themselves an official FlexoExpert since the autumn of 2016. With a duration of six months, the certification programme consists of three steps: The first phase includes a detailed inventory and status report as well as individual training and preparation by Flint Group experts. In the second phase, the implementation of the recommendations

Prime Minister Haseloff starts up the new KBA Commander CL “Every morning, I fetch the newspaper from the letterbox and lay it on the breakfast table for my wife” – it was with those words that Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, initiated the official start-up of a new KBA Commander CL newspaper press at Hallebased Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, a member of the DuMont media group. “Long-term studies have shown that people view daily newspapers as the most credible of all media. They are seen as particularly discerning, competent, objective and critical,” he continued. Branch VIPs gather in Halle More than 100 prominent guests attended the inauguration ceremony at the MZ print centre, among them Christian DuMont Schütte, chairman of the supervisory board of the DuMont media group in Cologne, his deputy Isabella Neven DuMont, CEO Dr. Christoph Bauer, CFO Stefan Hütwohl and COO Otto Christian Lindemann. In his address, Stefan Hütwohl emphasised that the investment in the new press from Koenig & Bauer was for DuMont not only a commitment to the group’s Halle location,

but at the same time a demonstration of faith in the future of the printed newspaper. Longstanding partnership It was almost a year ago to the day that contracts were signed for the new Commander CL, continuing a partnership which has thrived for more than 180 years between DuMont and Koenig & Bauer. “I would like to give special mention to the exceptional cooperation with Koenig & Bauer. The past months have shown us that our investment in the Commander CL was very definitely the right decision,” said

Bernd Preuße, managing director of the print division DuMont Druck. Modern newspaper press technology The new four-high Commander CL is engineered to print up to 45,000 full-colour newspapers per hour, either with 32 pages in Rhine format or 64 pages tabloid. Almost 200,000 copies of the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung and a further 1.3 million copies of the advertisers Wochenspiegel and Super Sonntag will now be produced on the new Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer.

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Sad passing of Xeikon founder Lucien De Schamphelaere “Once a project gets rolling, I tend to lose interest. I’m happiest at the start of it, when I can develop what doesn’t yet exist.” - Lucien De Schamphelaere The industry suffered the loss of Xeikon founder Lucien De Schamphelaere on January 20. He was 85. After a 40-year career with Agfa-Gevaert, where he was instrumental in forming the company’s Electronic Imaging System Department, De Schamphelaere wanted a new challenge. So, in August 1988 he established the limited liability company, Ellith NV, which started with just five employees. That name would soon be changed into Xeikon NV, the composition of the Greek words “xeros” (dry) and “eikon” (image). Five years later, at Ipex 1993, the company unveiled its prototype of the DCP-1. The digital colour press provided the basis for the company’s full-scale product line. In November 1994, the company introduced its Variable Data System, which allowed singlepass personalizing of individual pages.

Xeikon went public in March 1996. Less than six months later it launched the Xeikon DCP/32D digital colour press. The introduction of the Xeikon second generation helped net profits to reach more than US$1.8 million. In1997, Xeikon introduced the DCP/50D - the first digital colour press capable of printing B2. Now with 340 employees, the company also moved to new, larger, premises in Antwerp. 1998 saw the


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sale of its 1,000th digital colour press and a fifth colour unit was introduced to its presses, as well as an opaque white toner. The same year De Schamphelaere went on to found Triakon NV, a digital printing company specialising in point-of-sale. Xeikon went on to be acquired by Flint Group on 2015. It also launched the Xeikon CX3 digital label press and the Xeikon 9800 dry toner digital colour press. A year later in introduced Trillium One to take digital print production to a new level of quality and productivity.Wim Maes, Xeikon CEO comments: “We were so saddened to hear the news of Lucien’s death. He had an amazing passion for digital printing and unstoppable drive that lead him to achieve such an incredible amount in his lifetime. His dedication and pioneering approach remains a key cornerstone of Xeikon today.” Lucien De Schamphelaere graduated in 1952 as an engineer in electronics and started working that same year for the N.V. Gevaert PhotoProducts physics lab. In 1958, he transferred to instrumentation, a young department that had been created to automate machines and workflows at Gevaert. The department changed a lot during the fourteen years De Schamphelaere spent at its head. It grew from a small group of employees to a department of about 100 employees, and at the beginning of the seventies, Agfa-Gevaert was far ahead in automation. In the seventies, De Schamphelaere became more and more convinced that

traditional photochemistry would irreversibly be replaced by electronic imaging, and he quietly started working on an electronical printing machine with a group of close associates. In 1979, he started a new department, “Electronical Imaging Systems”, with the support of former company executives André Leysen and Etienne De Wolf. Only 3 years later, the small team could present the P400, its first digital black and white printing press, at the Hannover trade show. From 1986, as president of Agfa’s Venture Capital Fund, he was given the time to look for the most promising applications in digital imaging. By 1988, he had a blueprint ready for what would later become “Xeikon”. Agfa took a minority participation in this company, the rest of the equity was brought in by six additional investors. In 1993, Xeikon introduced the DCP-1, a digital colour printing press that could print without an ink sheet. The renowned magazine Seybold called it a “new standard for the colour printing market. The impact of the DCP-1 on colour printing is probably as big as the impact Apple LaserWriter had on black and white printing”. At the age of 67, De Schamphelaere retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer and in 1998, he left the presidency of Xeikon. In 1999, De Schamphelaere established Triakon, a printing centre used to further develop digital colour printing. All these years, he was a member of the Boards of Directors of Imec, Option, Melexis, Materialise and Hydrogen Systems. De Schamphelaere received multiple distinctions for his pioneering work in the graphics industry, including the GATF-award, the IS&T Award and the prestigious Cary Award (1997). Over his whole career, he remained very socially engaged, he was involved in his local parish and supported charities such as the ‘Rijsactie’ to help local missionaries.

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Merging unique core competencies - Sappi and Felix Schoeller to jointly develop sustainable packaging solutions Sappi and Felix Schoeller have entered into a collaboration agreement that includes the joint development of sustainable barrier paper solutions for flexible packaging applications. The two companies will be combining their unique competencies in their respective business fields in the future in order to provide brand owners with more sustainable and more efficient packaging solutions for their products. Sappi Europe’s Packaging & Speciality Papers is a leading global manufacturer of speciality paper and carton board. The company has acquired comprehensive expertise in the packaging sector over several decades. In recent years, Sappi has evolved from a pure substrate supplier to a provider of complete paper and carton packaging solutions. Innovative products are designed to find intelligent answers to tomorrow’s questions and trends in the packaging market. “Felix Schoeller Group is the ideal partner to help us further enhance the functionality of our high-quality speciality papers,” explains Thomas Kratochwill, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Sappi Packaging and Speciality Papers. “Together, we will create innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to meet our customers’ demands.” Global manufacturer Felix Schoeller Group produces high-quality papers for analogue and digital photographic and digital printing, nonwovens for the wallpaper industry as

well as release liners and decor papers. In addition, the well-established company has been developing flexible food packaging for some years and has built particularly strong process technology expertise in the production of photographic and digital printing papers. “Our collaboration with Sappi creates many synergies. We will be integrating our specialist expertise to pursue the development of unique packaging solutions that will benefit the industry and the environment,” says Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, Chief Operating Officer at Felix Schoeller Group. Sappi Europe SA is a leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno, Quatro, Vantage, Royal, Galerie and GalerieArt ranges. Algro, Leine, Parade and Fusion are the brands for innovative solutions

of speciality papers and boards. Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,800 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Founded in 1895, the Felix Schoeller Group is a family business with worldwide operations producing specialty papers. With around 2,390 employees, the renowned Osnabrückbased company produced and marketed almost 302,000 tonnes of specialty papers in 2015 and posted a total turnover of appr.725 million euros. The Felix Schoeller Group develops, produces and markets specialty papers for photographic applications, digital printing systems, the packaging market, selfadhesive applications and for the furniture, wood-based products and wallpaper industry.

Maximum Freshness for Fish and Seafood laminator investment At the coming Seafood Processing Global trade fair, MULTIVAC will be putting the focus on the extended shelf life of fish and seafood and on its attractive presentation at the point of sale. From 25 to 27 April 2017 in Hall 4-6051, the machine manufacturer from the Allgäu region of Germany will be presenting information about its products, particularly the benefits of vacuum skin packs. MultiFresh is a process from MULTIVAC for packing delicate food products on thermoforming packaging machines and traysealers. The upper web is tightly draped

around the product and is sealed to the entire surface of the lower web. This means that even food products with sharp or hard parts, such as bones or shells, are enclosed securely and fixed in place in the pack cavity. In the traysealer sector, MULTIVAC will be presenting in Brussels the fully automatic T 300 H, a high-output entry-level model for skin packing a wide range of products in small to medium-sized batches. The T 300 H is designed for a broad spectrum of tray shapes and applications due to its die construction, which enables die changes to

be carried out in a very short period of time. Electric drive systems for the tray transport, lifting unit and film trim winder ensure that it has an energy-efficient method of operation. The R 105 MF thermoforming packaging machine is ideal for produc-ing vacuum skin packs on a thermoforming packaging machine. The model is similarly designed for small to medium-sized batches, and it is equipped with integrated upper web chain guidance, which ensures that the upper web is firmly guided right into the sealing station.

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The FINAT Label Industry’s 2017 Calendar From its headquarters in The Netherlands, FINAT annually brings together the many different sectors of this key sector of the packaging industry in a lively programme of conferences, seminars, webinars, and other activities across Europe, and beyond.

European Label Forum 2017 FINAT’s prime annual event, the European Label Forum, moves this year to Berlin, 7-9 June.The ‘ELF’, as it is familiarly known, welcomes participants from around the world, and is one of the European packaging industry’s most highly-thought-of annual events. It will bring together a broad spectrum of industry leaders, from label converters to raw material suppliers, media and stakeholders, to debate major strategic business topics, gain in-depth market knowledge, and be inspired by a programme of top international speakers. Coupled with an extensive supplier tabletop exhibition and a firstclass programme of social and networking activities, it also hosts FINAT’s annual General Assembly, and the presentations to the winners in the association’s FINAT International Label Competition and FINAT Recycling Awards.

Young Managers Congress FINAT’s Young Managers Club, bringing together ‘tomorrow’s leaders’ of the label industry, is convening its fourth annual YMC Congress in Lisbon this year, 22-24 March. Participants – the young, up-and-coming


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generation of managers in all aspects of the label supply chain – will benefit from a highly-participative programme featuring presentations and workshops with experts in relevant disciplines designed to hone participants’ management skills, and finetune their abilities to create competitive advantage in the fast-moving and complex packaging marketplace. The event also offers extensive social networking, building personal relationships for the future leaders of tomorrow’s label industry value chain.

Labelexpo Europe As always, FINAT will be a leading participant in Europe’s keynote biennial industry exhibition, Labelexpo Europe – the largest labelling event in the world – which takes place this year in Brussels, 25-28 September. As official partners of the show organisers, Tarsus, FINAT will provide a meeting place for visitors on their stand and actively support a number of show-related activities. International Labelling Competition Proof of the skills and innovation that are core features of label converting and a mainstay of the industry’s calendar, the 37th FINAT International Labelling Competition that is currently open for entries, and closes on 17 March. Judged by a panel of packaging, print, and design experts, the Competition’s winners will be announced at the FINAT ELF in June.

Recycling Awards Partnering the International Label

Competition, the FINAT Recycling Awards recognise outstanding achievements at both converter and end-user level, in this headline topic in the broad packaging agenda. They will also be presented during ELF.

FINAT RADAR FINAT’S in-depth statistics on the selfadhesive and narrow-web labelling value chain are professionally collected regularly for the exclusive benefit of members, and provide up-to-the-minute data on the state of the industry. The first 2017 survey results will be published just after ELF.

FINAT Webinar Series In addition to the above face to face events and activities, FINAT’s series of bi-monthly webinars will again cover a wide range of technical, management and education topics. The 2017 calendar of this series will commence on 7 February with a webinar on succession planning, and will feature Belgian family succession Professor Lievens. Details about subsequent webinars will be released shortly. FINAT, founded in Paris in 1958 with headquarters in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the worldwide association for manufacturers of self-adhesive labels and related products and services. With some 550 members in over 50 countries around the world, FINAT has much to offer to label converters and all suppliers to the labelling industry in terms of information exchange and in terms of international networking.

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Parksons repeats Autoprint Checkmate-Print Inspection machine order in 5 months Parksons Packaging, placed the first order for the Autoprint Checkmate-Print Inspection system in August 2016 for their Daman plant. Within a period of 5 months, another order has been placed for the plant in Assam, which will be installed in February 2017. Mr. Ramesh Kejriwal, Chairman Parksons, says, “Our buying experience with Autoprint has been very competitive and congenial, the installation and training imparted exemplary and the after sales support very prompt and flawless”.

be customized for specific jobs and makes communication more effective. The machine serves the purpose for which it has been installed,” says Mr. Vinod Kela (assistant vice president – Parksons Packaging, Daman). Autoprint has ammassed healthy order booking for the next year and there are

also orders being finalized from overseas customers from Germany, Thailand and Indonesia. Autoprint acknowledges the support from Lucid Technologies, Bangalore for the Imaging Systems. The support furthers Autoprint’s current ‘Make in India’ mission.

A truly ‘Made in India’ product, takes on the global competitors by the horns. Within a matter of 18 months, Autoprint has installed 12 Checkmate 50, Print Inspection machines in India. Autoprint’s customer base includes the most prominent and reputed players in the mono carton manufacturing segment of India. “The post installations experience with the Autoprint Carton Inspection machine has been good. We are happy with the performance and the service support given by team Autoprint. The Indian Software can

adphosNIR: Lightening Drying speed for Inks adphos Digital Printing has developed high speed drying technology for inks in printing. The patented adphosNIR technology has been proven now in multiple InkJet based printing application its outstanding position for ink drying.

Top features of the technology include: instantaneous drying capability (within only tens of a second even high content water based inks on coated papers and plastic films) extreme compact dryer size (applicable also as inter colour printhead dryers or even as upgrade boosters in existing printing presses) low thermal stress to the substrates (strong reduction of paper dry out and mostly no need for remoistening equipment and/or any substrate cooling) excellent dryer efficiency, lowest dryer energy consumption today in the market,

better than 50 % (IR, hotair) and up to 75 % (hot drum driers). adphosNIR allows best printing quality (sharpness, brilliance, colour density, flatness) and high printing performance (according to speed, applicability on a wide range of substrates and low required drying power). At Hunkeler Innovation days in Lucerne, visitors can discuss their drying needs and learn ways to enhance printing quality and improve the printing performance of adphos InkJet printing press. At their Information booth the unique adphosNIR principles will be shown in live demonstrations. In addition the youngest generation of adphosNIR dryer modules for web based, sheet fed, wide format and printing to shape applications will be displayed.

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EFI Connect Conference: Customers jumpstart business opportunities at sold-out event VUTEk LED and soft signage printers make worldwide debut alongside new versions of print MIS/ERP software suites and Fiery digital production products Customers from around the world are at Wynn Las Vegas as the Electronics For Imaging Connect event once again reached sell-out capacity, with attendees from 37 nations gathered to participate in one of the print industry’s longest-running and most successful users’ conferences. This year’s Connect features important technology advancements from EFI, including the debut of the company’s largest soft-signage printer and new LED, roll-to-roll printers offering market-leading productivity. Connect is still growing in its 17th year, with preregistrations surpassing last year’s record customer attendance. The conference, which caters to customers’ evolving needs for information related

EFI Connect is one the printing industry’s best venues for open dialogue and idea exchange, giving customers a valuable opportunity to participate in educational sessions, receive handson experience, discuss industry trends, network with peers, voice their opinions, and learn from others.

Key Notes : > Attendees from 37 nations gathered to participate in the successful users’ conferences. > Company’s largest soft-signage printer and new LED, roll-toroll printers debut. > Unveiling of version 5 of Productivity Suite end-to-end workflow offerings.


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to market and technology trends, features 8 new educational tracks in an agenda of 200+ classes. Special sessions include fireside chat keynotes with Quad/Graphics CEO Joel Quadracci and print technology veteran Jeff Jacobson, speaking on Connect’s opening day in one of his first public

presentations since becoming CEO of Xerox two weeks ago. In addition to the new printers, EFI is unveiling version 5 of its Productivity Suite end-to-end workflow offerings at Connect. And, the company is highlighting next-generation EFI Fiery digital front end (DFE) production technologies that deliver uncompromising quality and productivity in digital print production. Many Connect sessions uncover the ways these new products and other EFI offerings drive customer productivity and growth by creating new opportunities and streamlining workflow processes.

In his opening keynote speech at the Conference EFI CEO Guy Gecht addressed artificial intelligence and the impact the next wave of advanced technology is having. Some ERP and MIS workflow products developed by EFI, for example, learn to be more efficient as they track business’s operations.

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“As with the developments we have all seen with personal computers and mobile technology, artificial intelligence promises to create more opportunities,” said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI in his keynote address. “In print, it can drive preventive diagnostics and predictive maintenance, which helps our customers improve their top and bottom lines.”

Worldwide premiere of superwide roll-to-roll and soft signage printers During Connect, EFI is announcing its new VUTEk 5r and 3r printers, which are designed to be the industry’s most technically advanced LED roll-to-roll production offerings. Printing at speeds up to 4,896 square feet per hour in resolutions up to 1,200 dpi, the 5-meter EFI VUTEk 5r and 3-meter EFI VUTEk 3r printers maximize performance, efficiency and quality. Featuring high-resolution, 7-picoliter EFI UltraDrop Technology, the new printers offer the fastest throughput in the market, superior image quality and a lower total cost of ownership for premium graphics work. The printers are also available with a complete range of upgrade options for high productivity and versatility, including optional light colors and white for multi-layer printing; inline finishing for all-inone printing, cutting, slitting, and collecting; auto backlit and blockout printing, and more. Rami Cohen, general manager of the Rishon LeZion, Israel-based print business Campus Digital Imaging, recently replaced a pair of 2-meter solvent printers and a sublimation printer with the new VUTEk 3r model, a move that has reduced his turnaround times from two or three days to same- or next-day

delivery. “It’s faster than the three machines it replaces combined,” Cohen said of his new printer. “Before, we had to move finished rolls to a dedicated machine to cut them into sheets. Now, the sheeting and slitting happen on the fly, simultaneously with the printing itself.” The new, superwide, roll-to-roll LED printers are available now. The 5-meter VUTEk 5r printer is being shown for the first time in Connect’s center for innovation.

Superior, seamless imaging with the VUTEk FabriVU 520 printer Customers can take advantage of fastgrowing soft-signage opportunities using EFI’s largest soft signage printer, the 5.2-meter EFI VUTEk FabriVU 520 launched at Connect. The printer gives users new capabilities for producing a broader range of soft signage products, including wall murals, theater drapes, and other superwide seamless applications.

quickly expanded our capabilities with the new FabriVU 540 printer,” said Tim Bennett, Image Options’ CEO. “This technology allows us to enter new markets with the widest and highest-speed performance available on the market today. The new 5.2-meter printer also gives us the ability to offer high-quality capabilities to clients who need un-seamed exhibit graphics.” The printer can produce up to 4,800 square feet (446 square meters) per hour, and prints at resolutions up to 2,400 dpi. It can do both direct-to-textile and transfer printing with an easy changeover using the same inkset for greater versatility. A patented ink-recovery system saves more than 95% of the ink lost in textile printing systems offered by other manufacturers.

After purchasing a 3.2-meter EFI VUTEk printer last year, marketing communications company Image Options has also just become one of the first companies in the world to install the 5.2-meter FabriVU model. The pair of advanced soft signage production devices has helped the Foothill Ranch, Calif.based company grow its service offering. “Image Options invested in EFI’s soft signage products with the FabriVU 340 and, because of the demand we have seen, we

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Both new VUTEk printers on exhibit at Connect feature the latest-version EFI Fiery proServer DFE, which gives users the advantage of fast RIPing, accurate, high-quality color and robust production management. EFI also is presenting a technology demonstration of a new, 65-inch wide EFI Wide Format LED inkjet hybrid roll/flatbed printer at Connect, showing the continuing evolution of the proven, energyefficient and versatile ‘cool cure’ platform that has become the industry’s most popular choice for production-speed LED imaging.

Certified, end-to-end workflows, backed by EFI’s industry leading expertise EFI Connect’s workflow sessions focus on the advancements of the industry’s largest software portfolio with version 5 of EFI’s six Productivity Suites – the Commercial Print Suite, the Midmarket Print Suite, the Packaging Suite, the Quick Print Suite, the Publication Print Suite and the Corrugated Packaging Suite. Training, customer panels and voice-of-customer sessions at Connect discuss important capabilities, new solutions for different market segments and the value of the components that make up each Suite. This year’s conference will help print operations drive margins, increase throughput and eliminate errors and downtime with comprehensive training offered in MIS/ERP workflows and in components covering eCommerce, shipping, fulfillment, scheduling, imposition, planning and EFI’s new textile software offering. The in-depth technical training in 16 educational

tracks includes eight brand new tracks, as well as hands-on sessions, that allow attendees to closely target their specific business challenges.

A consultative approach to customer success The educational offerings reflect the unmatched level of customer consultation and knowledge-sharing EFI offers at Connect and in direct customer interactions through its Business Consulting Services organization. Print and packaging businesses worldwide advance their operations with EFI training, analysis and consulting services that give them the competitive edge for moreefficient management using EFI Productivity Suites, MIS/ERP workflows, value-added components and integrated DFEs and printers. Connect attendee Wayne Peterson, executive vice president and COO of South Burlington, Vt.-based publication print business Lane Press, is using EFI’s workflow technology and business consulting offerings to substantially improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction. The company, which has an EFI Publication Print Suite with EFI Monarch as its core ERP software, is driving improved results to its bottom line by working with EFI consultants and maximizing the use of its workflow software. As a result of an EFI Business Consulting Assessment of its workflow, “we have eliminated redundant processes, as well as more than half the forms we used to use,” according Peterson. “And we went from 80% to nearly 100% ontime delivery.”

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digital production workflows at Connect with the range of new and updated EFI Fiery DFE products at the conference. The event features the new Fiery NX server and NX Station for fast RIPing and streamlined cut-sheet production automation; Fiery DFE products for wide- and superwideformat inkjet proofing and production; and Fiery Workflow Suite offerings that boost productivity with best-in-class tools for document imposition, assembly, latestage editing, visual make-ready, prepress automation and more. The newest version of EFI Fiery Navigator™ on display simplifies the process of analyzing daily digital print operations and long-term trends, delivering actionable business intelligence in a customizable, visual dashboard while providing device management capabilities. Fiery products shown at Connect provide top quality without compromise in digital production printing to the most rigorous production demands. EFI Fiery technology continued its advanced color leadership by recently becoming one of the first offerings in the industry to successfully handle all 48 test patches in the new Ghent Workgroup PDF Output Suite version 5.0 – a critical test factor and de facto standard for determining quality printing of PDF documents. Connect also features new technologies and exhibits in its solutions center from EFI partners, including: 3M, Berger Textiles; Canon; Duplo; Enfocus; Esko; KDX America; Klieverik; Kodak; Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.; NextWave; The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation; Print ReLeaf; Progress Software Corp.; Ricoh Americas Corp.; Riso; Xerox and Zünd.

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Flint finalises the investment in a state-of-the-art printing press At Labelexpo Americas, Flint Group Narrow Web announced the intent to invest in a new press for the North America Centre of Technical Excellence. Today, the company confirms the purchase of a Mark Andy Performance Series P5, an 8-colour, 10 inch flexographic combination press, equipped with the latest web handling and print technologies – including state of the art ProLED curing. The press will be installed at Flint Group’s Minnesota research facility in Rogers, and enables the Narrow Web business to accelerate the speed of development and increase the number of innovative products launched because inks developed in the laboratory can quickly be evaluated on press. According to Guillaume Clement, Global Vice President for the Narrow Web business, “This new investment is a significant milestone for Flint Group Narrow Web, and a new demonstration of our full commitment to invest in our industry and support our customers’ growth. The new Mark Andy press allows the company to keep delivering on its global strategic vision, which includes investment in innovation necessary for growth. The advanced capabilities including LED curing, 750fpm printing speeds and the ability to handle thin film substrates will enable accelerated product innovation in short run flexible food packaging and shrink sleeve applications, in addition to pressure sensitive labels.” Kelly Kolliopoulos, Global Marketing Director for Narrow

Web, comments, “We at Flint Group are very excited about this investment. In addition to using the press for our ink development, we invite customers to bring us their most difficult printing challenges. Our team in Rogers is prepared to investigate the technical hurdles and, via the new press, demonstrate how to improve printing efficiency or effectiveness of cure or reduce downtime by using our inks and new printing technologies like LED cure. The new press keeps Flint Group at the forefront of innovation and offers us new ways to focus on customer development.” Greg Palm, EVP Business Development at Mark Andy comments, “Mark Andy and Flint Group have worked together to actively develop the label and packaging market for many years. This partnership has allowed us to cooperatively bring new and productive solutions to our mutual customers. Mark Andy is proud to be installing a Performance Series press at the Flint Group Narrow Web Centre of Technical Excellence to advance this ever-evolving market.” In 2009, Mark Andy launched the Performance Series platform – installing over 650 presses to date. Globally, this press continues to see the most installs of all Narrow Web flexo presses. This investment complements the press in Flint Group’s Centre of Technical Excellence in Trelleborg, Sweden that was installed the summer of 2014. Installment of the press in Rogers, Minnesotais due for completion in Q1 2017.








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ColorJet wins at 6th Imaging Solution Awards Night - 0.5 pg ColorJet brand from ColorJet Group has bagged the ‘India’s Largest Manufacturer for Wide Format Digital Printer’ Award at the annual 6th Imaging Solution Awards Night held at Hotel Suryaa in New Delhi on January 13, 2017. The award was presented by Mr. Pankaj Chawla Research Manager, International Data Corporation (IDC). The event was attended by over 400 top imaging industry professionals, who included manufacturers, importers, exporters, distributors, resellers, etc from different parts of India and also from China. Over 45 awards were given away to different individuals, products, brands, companies for their outstanding performances in different segments and activities of imaging industry in India like Ricoh, Brothers, ITDL, Avision, etc. “We feel honoured on winning the award and for being named ‘India’s Largest Manufacturer for Wide Format Digital Printer’. We dedicate this award to the large number of Indian digital printing fabric manufacturers, who reposed faith in ColorJet digital printers, due to whom we bagged the award,” Smarth Bansal at Colorjet India said. “At the same time, winning the award also increases our responsibility towards our current and future customers, as we will need

to continue to offer the same ‘Gold’ standard of after sales service, for which Colorjet is recognized in India and the world,” he added. Today, ColorJet commands 33 percent market share in India in super wide format of digital ink printers and have recently expanded their production facility, to further fulfill the ever growing demand for both domestic and international markets. Founded in 2004, Colorjet Group maintains

its operations via two manufacturing facilities and sales offices spread across seven countries, which include India, China, Bangladesh, UAE and Sri Lanka and markets its products in 14 countries worldwide. ColorJet has installed and implemented over 4,000 of its printing solutions and products across 315 cities around the world backed by a strong 278 member team, of which almost 100 are in technical related functions.

Apsom Infotex acquires UV Printers Apsom Infotex has acquired UV Printers, the sole distributor for Dilli, Korea. UV Printers supplies UV Printing solutions in various segments like signage, glass, ceramic tiles, furniture and fixtures. The entire range of UV printing solutions from Dilli will now be marketed by Apsom Infotex. Apsom Infotex is the distributor to leading


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global brands in the Large Format Digital Inkjet print markets. The main principals for Apsom are Roland DG and Colorjet India. Apsom has a national distribution infrastructure, with offices across major cities in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Headed by Kirti Vijay Sharma – cofounder of Apsom Infotex, UV Printers has successfully

installed its solutions across India. Dilli is a leading manufacturer of UV based printers in the world and has supplied thousands of printers to customers across the world. They are on the forefront of development of UV technology since inception having number of patents registered in their name. Apart from UV inkjet flatbed, roll to roll printers (Neo TITAN series), DILLI has developed Mercury dedicated Label printer having phenomenal speed of up to 50m/min capable of printing directly onto paper, film, foil etc. Jupiter dedicated printer for printing on PCB.

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FASTSIGNS reports record signing of 63 new franchise agreements in 2016 Sign, graphics and visual communications franchisor increases year-over-year sales for fifth consecutive year; ranks #1 in category in entrepreneur’s franchise 500 FASTSIGNS has announced that it has signed 63 franchise agreements in 2016 with new and existing franchisees in the U.S., Canada and U.K. In the third quarter alone, the brand inked 22 new agreements, including 13 locations in western and midwestern states. In addition, FASTSIGNS opened 35 new centers in 2016 in new and existing markets with a projected 45 additional opening in 2017. Today, FASTSIGNS International has more than 650 independently owned and operated locations in nine countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE). The brand signed a Master Franchise Agreement in the Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands, adding new countries to FASTSIGNS’ global footprint. “2016 was another record year for

FASTSIGNS,” said Catherine Monson, president and CEO, FASTSIGNS International. “Our network generated over $446,000,000 in sales with strong sales growth in all regions and countries. We have the highest franchisee satisfaction ratings in the industry. Our franchisees continue to lead the industry in advanced products and services and provide comprehensive visual communications solutions to their customers. Our satisfied franchisees are our best reference. We are thrilled to be welcoming so many new franchisees to the FASTSIGNS family.” In addition to closing out the year with record-breaking growth, FASTSIGNS International was recently ranked number 1 in the Business Services/Signs category and 95 overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and

franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500 recognizes FASTSIGNS for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power. “Growth like this definitely underscores the power of the FASTSIGNS brand and strength of our business model. We look forward to continuing this rapid expansion as 2017 brings a strong focus on the Northeast corridor, New England, Southern California and beyond, including entering new countries,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International. FASTSIGNS is also targeting co-brand and conversion opportunities whereby print shop owners can expand their services by adding FASTSIGNS to their existing business or convert their business into a thriving FASTSIGNS center.

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Xaar expands its 3D business with new Xaar 3D Centre and team Xaar plc has announced its new Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham, UK. This new facility, which opens in January 2017, will deliver 3D printing services and equipment to OEMs, material suppliers and end users. Xaar is also delighted to announce its new 3D team, headed up by Professor Neil Hopkinson. The expansion of Xaar’s 3D business is a key part of the Company’s 2020 strategic vision.

Denmark. The Xaar Copenhagen team will provide design and process development expertise to help the company’s partners commercialise HSS equipment, enhancing Xaar’s ability to secure further revenues in this fast growing sector. “I am delighted to confirm our investment in the Xaar 3D Centre in Nottingham and our 3D team including the new group in Copenhagen”, says Neil Hopkinson. “As we build our business in 3D it is vital that we have the in-house expertise to support our partners. The addition of the team in Denmark further extends our capability”.

“3D Printing is an important part of our strategic plan to grow total Group sales to £220 million by 2020”, comments Doug Edwards, Xaar’s CEO. “Our investments in the Nottingham and Copenhagen teams will significantly expand our capability in this sector, enabling us to achieve our growth plans.”

PrintPack India 2017

Foodtek 2017

PAMEX 2017

Date: 04 FEB -17 to 08 FEB-17 Venue: India Expo Centre & Mart Greater Noida

Date: 26 SEP -17 to 28 SEP-17 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Date: 18 DEC-17 to 21 DEC-17 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon Mumbai, Maharashtra

Professor Hopkinson, the original inventor of the transformational High Speed Sintering technology (HSS), joined Xaar in March 2016 to develop the Company’s 3D business. HSS is a revolutionary technology which uses inkjet printheads and infrared heaters to manufacture products layer by layer from polymer powder materials at much higher speeds than other additive manufacturing processes. This technology is therefore of interest to companies looking to use 3D in volume manufacturing. Since joining Xaar, Neil has been building his 3D team and earlier this year appointed project managers and 3D engineers who are now based at the Xaar 3D Centre. The team in Nottingham will focus on development of materials and applications with an impressive range of global brand partners. In addition, Neil’s team has this month been expanded to include an experienced group of talented engineers working in Copenhagen,

Events Calendar

Pharmapack 2017 Print Miracle Expo 2017 Date: 07 APR -17 to 09 APR-17 Venue: CIAL Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kochi, Kerala

Intelpack 2017 Date: 26 SEP -17 to 28 SEP-17 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Date: 26 SEP -17 to 28 SEP-17 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra

IPEX 2017 Date: 31 OCT 17 to 3 NOV 17 Venue: NEC, Birmingham UK

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