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Contents FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK.............................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Heidelberg expands subscription service...............................................................................................................................................................................8 Heidelberg and IMPA host training workshop at Indore................................................................................................................................................ 10 Nagendra Enterprises invests in India’s 1st Prinect Proman ......................................................................................................................................... 12 Chinese print shops are growing with Heidelberg machines from the plant in Shanghai................................................................................ 14 ABP chooses Content-X editorial system by ppi Media.................................................................................................................................................. 18 Why Waterless Offset Printing delivers exceptional sustainability benefits............................................................................................................ 19 SHARP hosts Customer Meet in New Delhi......................................................................................................................................................................... 20 3rd global conference of Prokom............................................................................................................................................................................................ 21 The Technology inside the KODAK PROSPER Press Pigment Inkjet Inks .................................................................................................................. 22 The Future of Digital vs Offset Printing to 2024................................................................................................................................................................. 23 Labelexpo Europe 2019: Move Your Business Forward................................................................................................................................................... 24 Labelexpo to present most extensive educational schedule to date........................................................................................................................ 26 Coding and marking: A key component of Smart Factories.......................................................................................................................................... 27 Autoprint Repetto 80 proves an exact match for Golden Paper Cups’ requirements.......................................................................................... 28 Codimag at Labelexpo Europe 2019...................................................................................................................................................................................... 29 Digital transformation of labelling.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 30 Future-Next: Brand owners’ perception of Labels............................................................................................................................................................. 32 Kodak to launch Flexcel NX Ultra solution at Labelexpo ............................................................................................................................................... 34 9th UV Days .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 35 Morgana Systems praises ‘efficient’ Print Show ................................................................................................................................................................. 36 Custom Print Company opens world’s largest Sticker Store.......................................................................................................................................... 37 Cosmo Films at Labelexpo 2019.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 38 GAMA International to showcase along with its local partner Advanced Machinery.......................................................................................... 39 Heidelberg/Gallus focuses on digitization of label production................................................................................................................................... 40 New General Manager at Ishida Middle East...................................................................................................................................................................... 41 Corrugex: Business Festival of the Paper Industry............................................................................................................................................................ 42 OMET to launch new X7 at Labelexpo .................................................................................................................................................................................. 43 OPTIMA awarded for cutting-edge human resources management......................................................................................................................... 44 Contiweb at Labelexpo Europe 2019..................................................................................................................................................................................... 45 ‘Invaluable Contributor Award in Trade & Industry’ for Gururaj Ballarwad............................................................................................................. 46 Xeikon exhibits at Printex 2019................................................................................................................................................................................................ 46 United Caps honoured with prestigious IMDA award..................................................................................................................................................... 47 Sistrade at Labelexpo Europe 2019........................................................................................................................................................................................ 47 Toray and Codimag to collaborate at Labelexpo Europe 2019.................................................................................................................................... 48 Xeikon to showcase four live production solutions at Labelexpo .............................................................................................................................. 49 Heimtextil presents 2nd edition of the New & Next University Contest................................................................................................................... 50 HP opens new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence......................................................................................................... 51 Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII scoops two EDP Awards at FESPA 2019.............................................................................................................................. 52 Xerox wins multi-year IWS contract from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts................................................................................................ 53
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FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK Dear Readers, Vijayawada’s Nagendra Enterprises builds on Heidelberg SX-74 success with India’s first Prinect Proman. A year after installing a brand new Heidelberg. Speedmaster SX 74 four colour press, the business pushes performance and productivity to unique heights by investing in India’s first Prinect Proman which perfectly complements the SX74. The latest Proman investment will help Nagendra to handle the increased flow of record new orders and backlog. ABP Group is the latest major Indian media company to use ppi Media publishing solution. ABP publishes Anandabazar Patrika, the most popular Bengali daily newspaper with a circulation of 1.2 million copies. The multi-channel editorial system Content-X will allow the ABP Group to use its print and media channels equally effectively. The media-neutral content recorded in the digital asset management system DC-X, which is already in use at ABP, can now be exploited through various channels with a range of alternative stories. More than 200 customers were a part of the exclusive customer meet by SHARP. The main agenda of the Customer Meet was to have a hands-on experience of the product line-up at SHARP Experience Zone and how SHARP can add value based on the customer needs. Representing SHARP were, Shinji Minatogawa, Managing Director, and Manu Paliwal, President – Business Solution Group, who addressed the attendees about the diversity of the products. The meet got hosted in New Delhi at The Grand Vasant Kunj. During the event, SHARP showcased its latest series of Multi-Functional Printers and 4K Ultra-HD Resolution Commercial LCD Display Line. Autoprint Repetto 80 proves an exact match for Golden Paper Cups’ requirements and will now improve the company’s products, expand their product range and add to the variety of supplies. Well engineered, rugged structure and professional running software are Repetto 80’s USP. Mahmood Al Hatem plans to add another Repetto soon and more Autoprint machines in future.
The event titled, “Future-Next: Brand owners’ perception of Labels” was held on 29th June 2019 at Hotel “The Park, New Delhi”. The event was also intended to be a precursor for the LMAI conference slated to be held at Kochi in a little over three weeks. HP has opened new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence. The 150,000 square foot facility facilitates world-class R&D, engineering, co-development, and sustainable innovation for the nextgeneration technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Xerox has been awarded a multi-year, multimillion dollar contract administered by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ secretariat leading the digital transformation of the Executive Branch. The most important event of this part of the year is the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019. The 4 days of Labelexpo will feature label academy master classes besides a grand showcase by about 600 exhibitors with their range of solutions spread across 9 massive halls. From 24 to 27 September 2019, Brussels Expo will host the 40th anniversary edition of the event. Seen for the very first time at the show will be the Flexible Packaging Arena. 30-minute Flexible Packaging Arena demonstrations will run several times a day. The 9 Flexible Packaging Arena participating companies include BOBST, Xeikon, Apex, AVT, DuPont, Esko, Flint Group, GEW and X-Rite Pantone. There may be many surprises for the Labelexpo Europe 2019 visitors. For example, the visitors to the show will be able to deepen their technical knowledge of flexible packaging and self-adhesive labels with the introduction of dedicated expert-led master classes and a workshop. These bring the number of in-depth technical learning programs to four - the show’s most extensive educational schedule to date. Find all this and much more in the July 2019 issue of PRESSIdeas.
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Heidelberg expands subscription service - taking care of all consumables-related logistics operations for customers.
Further expansion of subscription service is a key element of digital transformation at Heidelberg.
The first print shops to try out the Heidelberg Subscription pay-per-use contract model are now seeing positive results. A significant improvement in the productivity/performance of all customers already benefiting from subscription-based production has led Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to further expand its subscription service. The company is now offering to manage the entire consumables logistics chain for its subscription customers. This app-based vendor-managed inventory solution takes the contract model’s customer benefits to the next level. Customers have even less capital tied up in consumables, enjoy greater flexibility, and can focus even more on their own customers while Heidelberg takes care of warehouse management. The vendormanaged inventory approach also uses cloud-based interaction with the Heidelberg Assistant to give subscription customers complete transparency with regard to goods flows. Heidelberg is working with customers on an ongoing basis to develop this function using the design thinking process.
Significant optimization of inventory management at Lensing Druck
Key Notes : > App-based vendormanaged inventory solution for consumables. > Connecting the existing Heidelberg software solutions around Prinect, the Heidelberg ID and the Heidelberg Assistant. Delivers enhanced benefits for Heidelberg Subscription customers, who are more flexible & have less capital tied up. > Significant optimization of inventory management for pilot customer Lensing Druck.
Lensing Druck in Dortmund is a pilot user of the vendor-managed inventory solution and was also one of the very first subscription customers. Consumables stocktaking at Lensing is carried out using an industry-standard mobile device that runs the app developed by Heidelberg. Revised stock levels are automatically relayed to the Heidelberg Assistant. The Material Requirements Program (MRP) ensures
sufficient stocks are available to cover the customer’s needs. “Since the launch in mid-May, our inventory management has been getting better and better. Optimized goods delivery means Heidelberg can plan supplies of the materials required virtually in real time while also conserving resources,” says Lensing Druck’s Managing Director Robert Dembinski. At the same time, purchasing and logistics processes are also becoming less complex for the customer.
Further expansion of subscription service is a key element of digital transformation at Heidelberg Due to the positive response from customers, Heidelberg is quickly and systematically further expanding the portfolio of pay-per-use contract models. In conjunction with the vendor-managed inventory solution, Heidelberg also offers its customers the option of taking out subscription contracts for consumables even without a press. Further development of the portfolio and the associated capture and analysis of usage data from numerous presses means that increasingly accurate forecasts can be made for deliveries and, ultimately, material production. As a result, Heidelberg is able to develop ever more customized services relating to the life cycle of its equipment portfolio. As for the Prinect workflow, Heidelberg is gradually converting the entire operation from the sale of individual licenses to contract business with a monthly usage-based charge.
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“Contract business has become a firmly established part of our solutions portfolio and also the main driving force behind our digital transformation. Our customers benefit from improved productivity and can focus more
closely on their own customers’ needs. The subscription model gives Heidelberg a stable sales volume and makes it less dependent on economic cycles. At the end of the day, it’s a real win-win situation,” underlines
Professor Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board responsible for Lifecycle Business and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg.
Heidelberg and IMPA host training workshop at Indore Heidelberg joins hands with IMPA to host a one-day training forum at Indore for press operators. As part of a joint initiative with Indore Master Printer Association (IMPA), Heidelberg hosted a one-day training workshop at Indore in June for press operators. The session was well attended by more than 50 participants from print shops across Indore. The event imparted key knowledge of factors influencing overall productivity and fitness of offset presses. The lively, interactive sessions were well supported with real-time troubleshooting solutions. Manish Kumar Gupta, Regional Sales Manager – Heidelberg India, organized the ‘Operator Forum’ as a knowledge-sharing drive, while Munish Kaushal, Print application specialist of Heidelberg India, took the lead technically. The workshop served as a platform to educate operators on various printing methods and the dos and don’ts of offset printing processes. The training also instructed operators on the correct ratio of chemicals to be used for dampening solution, torque requirements of mounting blanket, application of precise squeezing pressure and the ill-effects of excess pressure on print quality and life of equipment. Manish Kumar Gupta commented, “The idea is to empower shopfloor personnel with more techniques to maximize productivity and minimize wastage. The forum served its objectives well, by additionally guiding shopfloor personnel on the best practices to
be observed during the production process, roller settings and the importance of roller maintenance.” “The forum was very informative and instructive. The sessions supplemented our working knowledge, while teaching us new tips and tricks to enhance productivity and make best use of our resources. Our heartfelt thanks to Heidelberg and Indore Printer Association for this excellent opportunity. We return to our jobs with more knowledge and enthusiasm,” commented Ravindra Verma, a press operator and participant. “Heidelberg has always been a trusted partner for the printing fraternity across the globe. We are very happy to collaborate with Heidelberg on this excellent endeavour. The event was highly effective, enriching participants with added value and knowledge. We look forward to more such guidance, support and inspiration from Heidelberg,” stated Swadesh Sharma, President of the Indore Printer Association. Gurmeet Singh Sethi, a press proprietor who took part in the event remarked, “Highly skilled employees are an asset to our business. Training is absolutely necessary to help them stay competent and serve
customers better, while utilizing resources optimally. With this one-day workshop, Heidelberg has once again demonstrated its ability to bring world-class training to simple press rooms. We look forward to more such sessions. Thanks to Indore Printer Association as well. ” During the event, Heidelberg also showcased Saphira Consumables, the response for which was overwhelming; Saphira blankets and Saphira range of inks and chemicals proved show stoppers.
Nagendra Enterprises invests in India’s 1st Prinect Proman Vijayawada’s Nagendra Enterprises builds on Heidelberg SX-74 success with India’s first Prinect Proman. A year after installing a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74 four colour press, Vijayawadabased Nagendra Enterprises pushes performance and productivity to unique heights by investing in India’s first ‘Prinect Proman’, Heidelberg’s pre-press workflow software.
“The accelerated inflow of quality orders has led to distinct automation challenges. The Prinect Pro-man more than meets these demands by speeding up prepress and ink-setting operations, while reducing human touch points.” - Movva Naga Sandeep
Key Notes : > Heidelberg partnership helps in accelerating sales volumes and revenue by 30% in the last 12 months. > The latest Proman investment to help handle the increased flow of record new orders and backlog. > Prinect Proman perfectly complements the SX-74 at Nagendra Enterprises.
“The key to customer retention is excellent quality and on-time delivery. We continue to reinvent our processes and strategies, and invest in forwardlooking technologies with a customer-centric focus. Our Heidelberg partnership has helped us redefine efficiency and automation, while accelerating sales volumes and revenue by 30% in the last 12 months. The latest Proman investment would position us advantageously to handle the increased flow of record new orders and backlog,” states Movva Naga Sandeep, Director - Nagendra Enterprises. The 5 decade-old Nagendra Enterprises specializes in book and commercial printing. The firm added a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster SX 74 to its portfolio last year. The SX-74 consistently delivers high productivity by reducing make-ready times sharply, and with production speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. “Prinect Pro-man perfectly complements the SX74,” Sandeep comments on his latest buy. “The accelerated inflow of quality orders has led to distinct automation challenges. The Prinect Pro-man more than meets these demands by speeding up pre-press and ink-setting operations, while reducing human touch points.” Sandeep further states, “Heidelberg Pro-man makes the Prepress tasks Automatic and is equipped with a Preflight and PDF tools and ensures that the artwork file is completely free from errors and valid in terms of format and type. If there is any discrepancy, an instant report is generated, pointing out the inconsistencies in the
artwork file, thereby shortening make-ready time. Book composing is much easier than before with the Imposition tool that positions artwork on press sheets to speed up printing and reduce paper waste. After the layouts are created the files are automatically ripped with different screenings applied and finally the Pro-man also sends ink presetting data from Prepress to the press. As and when required, the colours can be easily converted from RGB to CMYK using proper profiles, Trapping can be applied if necessary, and the PDF can be optimized. On a concluding note, Sandeep smiles, “Our journey with a trusted partner like Heidelberg has helped us leverage futuristic technologies to create an agile and empowered business platform that delivers excellence and customer delight.”
Chinese print shops are growing with Heidelberg machines from the plant in Shanghai 350 million printed sheets in ten years – the first Speedmaster CD 102 from the plant in Shanghai with impressive performance at Hefei Jingyi Printing.
“The market in Asia is evolving, and we are seeing strong demand for customer-specific machines ... We are proud of our high quality, which – thanks to the high standards of the Heidelberg production network – is equal to that of the machines from the production facility in Wiesloch-Walldorf.” - Achim Mergenthaler, Heidelberg, Shanghai
“In the last 26 years, I have always purchased printing presses from Heidelberg in order for us to grow,” says Su Zhao Chun, owner of Hefei Jingyi Printing in Hefei. During this period, he has invested in four Speedmaster CD 102 presses, two Speedmaster SM 102 and two Speedmaster XL 75. All the presses are four-colour models and were all supplied by Heidelberg. The range of services offered by the print shop has changed significantly in recent years. Previously, the focus was on printing advertising material. Nowadays, the printing of books and magazines accounts for 95 percent of activity. Over 100 employees produce in two-shift operation at the Hefei site. Su Zhao Chun is particularly proud of his range of services, which is characterized by a high degree of flexibility, fast delivery and top quality. The combination of Speedmaster CD 102 and Speedmaster XL 75 help him with this and enable him to produce both short and long runs economically. Exactly ten years ago, Hefei Jingyi Printing installed the first Speedmaster CD 102, which was delivered from the Heidelberg plant in Shanghai. The totalizer now shows 350 million sheets. The positive experiences and, in particular, the high degree of stability persuaded Su Zhao Chun to install a new Speedmaster CD 102 four-colour at the beginning of this year. It also comes from the Heidelberg plant in Shanghai. “The new Speedmaster CD 102 has doubled our productivity,” enthuses Su Zhao
Chun. “The presses from Shanghai offer us an excellent price-performance ratio and they produce with extremely high reliability.” With an average run length of 3,000 to 5,000 sheets, the high running speed and the short makeready times pay off. The new Speedmaster CD 102 from the Heidelberg plant in Shanghai already set several records in the first few weeks at Hefei Jingyi Printing: In one shift 156,000 sheets were printed and in another 240 plate changes were performed, meaning that a new form was started, on average, every 12 minutes. “This underlines the high popularity of the Speedmaster CD 102 in China, just like in the rest of the world,” explains Florian Franken, product manager for the CD 102. “The Speedmaster CD 102 is highly versatile, whether for long or short runs, thin substrates or cardboard with thicknesses of up to a millimeter – the press offers outstanding productivity, quality and value retention, and thus a high degree of investment security for our customers.”
Increased demand for customer-specific presses in Asia “The market in Asia is evolving, and we are seeing strong demand for customer-specific machines and a wealth of variants, especially for packaging printing,” explains Achim Mergenthaler, manager of the Heidelberg site in Shanghai. “We are proud of our high quality, which – thanks to the high standards of the Heidelberg production network – is equal to that
Key Notes : > Same customer installs new Speedmaster CD 102 this year and doubles productivity. > Besides standard machines, Heidelberg plant in Shanghai increasingly also provides customerspecific machines. > With its Speedmaster CD 102-8+L, Xianjunlong Colour Printing receives the Speedmaster CD 102 with number 999 from the plant in Shanghai
Su Zhao Chun, owner of Hefei Jingyi Printing Ltd. in Hefei, has doubled efficiency with his new Speedmaster CD 102 four-color.
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of the machines from the production facility in Wiesloch-Walldorf. Since the end of 2018, we have been delivering the Speedmaster CD 102 with eight-colors, coating unit and UV preparation for the first time, in order to satisfy customer requirements on site.” At the beginning of April, the first Speedmaster CD 102-8+L from the plant in Shanghai was installed on the premises of Xianjunlong Colour Printing Co. Ltd in Shenzhen. It is the Speedmaster CD 102 with number 999 from the plant in Shanghai. Xianjunlong is a leading Chinese packaging producer, specializing in packagings for spirits, cigarettes and luxury goods. “We need a printing press that meets our high requirements and, above all, the high standards of our customers, and helps us to expand our capacity,” states Mr. Zhuang, member of the management board. “In particular, our press operators are delighted with the new operating concept and the intelligent control with Intellistart.” The new
press is in operation as part of an extensive fleet of Speedmaster CD 102 and CX 102 presses. Furthermore, as the first boxuni production partner, Xianjunlong has also implemented a fully integrated web-to-pack production line – from a cloud-based online platform to printing on a Heidelberg Primefire 106 and postpress. Shanghai is the Heidelberg Group’s production site in Asia. There, 420 people are employed in production, in addition to 150
sales and service employees for the Greater Shanghai area. Printing presses in 50 x 70 cm and 70 x 100 cm formats are produced there, mainly intended for sale in China, but also for other Asian markets and the rest of the world. The assembly plant went into operation in 2006, and the 1,000th printing press was delivered in the fall of 2013. Production volumes have been increasing ever since, and now every fifth printing unit is produced in Shanghai. Complex machine configurations also became available recently.
The Speedmaster CD 102 eight-color with coating unit and UV preparation had its premiere for the Asian market at Print China in Donguan.
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ABP chooses Content-X editorial system by ppi Media ABP Group opts for comprehensive publishing solutions from the workflow specialist for automated newspaper production. The Kolkata-based ABP Group, which publishes the popular Bengali daily, has opted to use the editorial system Content-X by ppi Media and Digital Collections, the self-service Classifieds AdSelf portal, and planning and production solutions by ppi Media. The ABP Group has become the latest major Indian media company to use the publishing solutions developed by ppi Media. The software created by ppi Media is now being used by ten of India’s largest newspaper publishers. ABP publishes the English-language daily newspaper “The Telegraph” and “Anandabazar Patrika”, the most popular Bengali daily newspaper with a circulation of 1.2 million copies. There are currently 25 local editions of Anandabazar Patrika.
The media-neutral content recorded in the digital asset management system DC-X, which is already in use at ABP, can now be exploited through various channels with a range of alternative stories.
Key Notes : > ABP Group is the latest major Indian media company to use ppi Media publishing solution. > ABP publishes Anandabazar Patrika, the most popular Bengali daily newspaper with a circulation of 1.2 million copies. > The multi-channel editorial system Content-X will allow the ABP Group to use its print and media channels equally effectively.
The fact that the Bengali script and language are supported by Content-X, AdSelf and the integrated alfa Stylo Editor reaffirmed the ABP Group’s decision to use the modern solutions from northern Germany. The ABP Group first learned about the practical applications of these solutions by visiting many of ppi Media’s international customers, including the SÜDKURIER in Konstanz, Axel Springer in Berlin, and The Hindu and The Printers Mysore in India. “We chose ppi Media, because we were looking for future-oriented solutions”, explains D. D. Purkayastha, Managing Director and CEO of the ABP Group. “Over the past 20 years, we’ve become the marketleading technology partner for Indian media companies. We’re delighted to work with ABP as another strategic partner in this growing market,” says Dr. Hauke Berndt, Managing Director and CEO of ppi Media.
Shaping the future with ppi Media The multi-channel editorial system Content-X will allow the ABP Group to use its print and media channels equally effectively. The media-neutral
content recorded in the digital asset management system DC-X, which is already in use at ABP, can now be exploited through various channels with a range of alternative stories. The modern and responsive self-service portal AdSelf lets agencies and users simply and conveniently book classified ads and manage them online. Billing and other transactions are handled by the BackOffice in the company’s SAP system, which works perfectly with AdSelf thanks to its integrated interface. In addition to the self-service AdSelf portal and the Content-X editorial system, which supports numerous Indian languages and was chosen by more media companies in 2018 than ever before, ppi Media’s planning suite PlanPag will also be introduced for daily newspapers at the ABP Group. The owner-managed software house ppi Media was founded in 1984 and has since become one of the leading workflow specialists for automated newspaper production. 80% of all daily newspapers on the German market are produced using products developed by ppi Media. Media companies in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US use the company’s solutions in their daily work for the planning, production and editorial workflows of digital and print products. ppi Media also guides companies seeking innovation through their digital transformation process. ppi Media’s portfolio includes the agile development of digital solutions using modern Design Thinking methods and the provision of innovation advice throughout the different stages of a company’s change process.
Why Waterless Offset Printing delivers exceptional sustainability benefits Most offset printers should be able to easily convert to waterless printing with minimal investment and training. Waterless offset printing was first introduced at drupa 1977 and brought to market in Japan by Toray in 1978. Toray has continued to be a leader in this area, bringing many innovations in terms of both plates and processors that help offset printers deliver higher quality, reduce waste – and what is increasingly important – significantly reduce their environmental footprint. Many improvements have been made in conventional offset presses over the years, but they still require water, fountain solution, and in most cases, the use of 1,000 to 1200 liters of IPA alcohol per month. In fact, this conventional B1 offset press running two shifts per day will consume around 200 liters of fresh water every day of operation. Fresh water is used by the offset press, and some of the resulting contaminated water goes down the drain. In addition, more water is used in dampening (fountain) solution, which must be disposed of as a hazardous chemical when it is changed. Because it can be both an art and a science to get the ink/ water balance just right, conventional offset printers will often have more makeready waste as well, contributing further to a negative environmental impact. This is important, since fresh water is critical to supporting human life, and in many parts of the planet –in Europe and particularly in the Mediterranean regions – fresh water is becoming a scarce resource. As mentioned, IPA alcohol continues to be used especially by those conventional offset printers who produce applications on non-absorbent materials. Beyond the impact in the printing plant, IPA alcohol contributes even more to a negative environmental impact, from the energy and resources required to manufacture it, to the cost, energy consumption and CO2 emissions associated with transporting thousands and thousands of liters each year to the various printing plants that use it. Waterless offset printing is a green alternative printing system that runs on standard offset presses. The key to waterless printing is a
plate that uses an ink-resistant silicone rubber coating to eliminate the need for achieving ink/ water balance as required with conventional dampening solution. Waterless offset printing, then, eliminates many of the problems conventional offset printers (and the environment) face. There is no water used in the printing process, thus preserving a precious resource. And since there is no need to establish ink/water balance, presses run up to colour much faster. That means less makeready waste, faster time to market, and the ability to economically produce the shorter runs that are common today. In addition, waterless offset printing delivers very high quality print, especially when printing on with non-absorbent substrates such as plastics and metal, high growth and high margin applications for waterless offset printers. It is ideal for security applications such as passports, identification cards, event tickets, bank notes and more. These applications can be difficult to print at the right quality and with the necessary security features using conventional offset printing. It is also ideal for metal decorating applications, another high-growth application opportunity. Combine the higher margins that these specialized applications deliver with the reduced waste of these more expensive substrates offered by waterless printing and it is a win/win – for the offset printer and for the customer. Also of note, as the number of newspaper titles and the subscription volumes for newspapers have declined, newspaper printing itself has become more of a service than a profit center. Waterless offset printing allows newspaper printers to increase press utilization and deliver more profit to their bottom line by producing high quality commercial printing. Most offset printers should be able to easily convert to waterless printing with minimal
investment and training. It requires: • Thermal CTP, 830nM • An offset press with a temperaturecontrol system for the inking unit –
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standard in most modern offset presses – proper functioning of the silicone coating of waterless offset plates requires a consistent temperature Dedicated waterless UV/Oxidative inks A Toray or approved waterless plate processor Training for press operators delivered by Toray accredited professionals to ensure the right level of operator skills.
That’s it. The return on investment can be achieved quickly, especially when a printing company is producing high margin applications on expensive substrates, such as plastics, security papers, metal and more. As the world becomes more aware of and concerned about the climate emergency, commercial printers can do their part by reducing their overall environmental footprint. And converting to waterless offset printing is a good way to make a substantial reduction in their environmental footprint – for the benefit of their own bottom line; for their customers, especially those that are increasingly looking for sustainable printing; and for the planet. More information about waterless printing is available on Toray Waterless Website. “We stand ready to work with you to convert your conventional offset operation to waterless offset. Once you have taken this step, you will never look back and will wonder why you didn’t take this important step sooner,” says Kristian Ekvall.
-By Kristian Ekvall, Toray. July 2019
SHARP hosts Customer Meet in New Delhi - showcases award-winning, high-speed MFPs and 4K Ultra-HD Resolution Commercial LCD Display Line.
SHARP, a wholly-owned Indian subsidiary of SHARP Corporation, Japan hosted Customer meet in New Delhi at The Grand Vasant Kunj. During the event, SHARP showcased its latest series of Multi-Functional Printers and 4K Ultra-HD Resolution Commercial LCD Display Line. More than 200 customers were a part of this exclusive meet. The main agenda of the Customer Meet was to have a hands-on experience of the product line-up at SHARP Experience Zone and how SHARP can add value based on the customer needs. Representing SHARP were, Shinji Minatogawa, Managing Director, and Manu Paliwal, President – Business Solution Group, who addressed the attendees about the diversity of the products.
“The new series of SHARP’s MFP’s has been designed to help businesses streamline their office workflow while providing an intuitive user experience, flexible integration and enhanced productivity with the highest level of data security.” - Manu Paliwal, President – Business Solution Group, SHARP Business Systems (India)
Key Notes : > More than 200 customers were a part of this exclusive meet. > Hands-on experience of the product line-up at SHARP Experience Zone. > Showcases how SHARP can add value based on the customer needs.
The products that were on display included SHARP’s newest range of Multi-Functional Printers comprising of AI Voice Assist feature, Cloud Integration, with leading-edge security; MX-M5050, MX-4070V and MX-M7570. All these MFPs are designed to have unmatchable User Experience for Simply Better business. SHARP’s easy-to-use 10.1 inch touchscreen display offers an intuitive graphical interface with Easy Copy and Easy Scan screens, as well as quick access to on-board user guides. These models also support popular mobile technologies, including Apple AirPrint, Android Print Service and Google Cloud Print. Besides the new line of MFPs, SHARP also showcased its award-wining 4K Ultra-HD Resolution Commercial LCD Display Line. The new line of display series include 43” (PN-HW431), 55” (PN-HW551), 65”
(PN-HW651), 75” (PN-HW751) and 86” (PN-HW861) commercial displays. A recipient of the InfoComm 2018 (US) Best of Show award from Sound and Video Contractor and for Tech & Learning. These displays exhibit true-to-life precision of 4K Ultra-HD resolutions that enable customers to see refined textures and finer details in photos and videos. These are Multitouch display solutions that can be used for Meeting and Training, R&D, Experience Centers, etc. Speaking at the meet, Shinji Minatogawa, Managing Director, SHARP Business Systems (India), said, “We are proud to showcase our latest series of MFPs, built on a single-engine design that will empower businesses of every size to choose the performance.” “We are delighted to showcase the largest line of commercial 4K Ultra-HD displays. The extensive range of screen sizes ensures that our customers can now employ uniform technology and imagery in diverse locations and environments to suit individual business needs,” added Minatogawa. Manu Paliwal, President – Business Solution Group, SHARP Business Systems (India). said, “The new series of SHARP’s MFP’s has been designed to help businesses streamline their office workflow while providing an intuitive user experience, flexible integration and enhanced productivity with the highest level of data security.” “We are creating an experience of our state-of-theart Office and Visual Solution Products to create customer connect,” concluded Paliwal.
3rd global conference of Prokom - extends network into China and Australia. Prokom, the Konica Minolta production print user community, has unveiled further expansion plans as its members attended the recent third global Prokom conference in Valencia, Spain on June 5-6, 2019. More than 200 delegates from across the world convened at the Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort in Valencia to network and learnt from each other, as Konica Minolta continues to accelerate its growth path within the industrial and commercial print markets. Latest trends that are shaping the global print industry, blueprints for the future, business diversification, growth and transformation, growth drivers and interactive Q and A sessions featured at Prokom Valencia 2019. The keynote speaker, industry consultant Peter Muir of FranklinCovey, addressed “The importance of facts and learning in a changing world”. The conference rounded off with an evening celebration dinner and the Prokom Innovation Awards ceremony. This year’s conference was booked to capacity, but Konica Minolta production users worldwide were invited to “attend by proxy” with videos, articles, conference highlights and key learning that were posted to the global Prokom website as the conference proceeded. Earlier, Prokom hosted a kick-off event and dinner for more than 500 delegates in China, launched at
Gulf Print in Dubai, and is soon launching in Australia. Membership of Prokom is open to any Konica Minolta user of production printing equipment and now includes over 1,300 member companies worldwide. New Konica Minolta production solution users can learn more at Prokom website, featuring e-learning courses, self-help videos and tools, forums, expert content, market research as well as webinars, newsletters and local events. Toshitaka Uemura, General Manager, Konica Minolta Inc, is one of a team of Konica Minolta senior executives who are
focused on ensuring their production print clients carry the keys to success through superior technology, world-class solutions and service, and the rewards of Prokom membership. “Our commitment has always been to give shape to our customers’ ideas. We want to help them to transform their approaches and to capitalize on the many new market opportunities in a connected, online world, where print is very much a strong and valued part of the marketing mix. This annual conference has become an important part of the Prokom user group community as we continue to expand across the world.
The Technology inside the KODAK PROSPER Press Pigment Inkjet Inks A pioneer in inkjet technology, Kodak brings years of experience and market-proven expertise to the development and commercialization of nano-particulate inks and dispersions. What if you could ... achieve wider colour gamut, offer a broader range of substrates for inkjet printing, and have state-of-the art ink development which is environmentally friendly using water-based inks ... all delivered at a reasonable cost? You can, with aqueous nano-particulate inks and dispersions from Kodak. A pioneer in inkjet technology, Kodak brings years of experience and market-proven expertise to the development and commercialization of nano-particulate inks and dispersions. Kodak formulates, develops and manufactures high-performance inks and dispersions that are ideal across a wide range of processes and applications.
Key core competencies leveraged to produce the world’s most advanced pigment inkjet inks fine tuned for the Kodak PROSPER presses.
Key Notes : > Achieve wider colour gamut, offer a broader range of substrates for inkjet printing. > State-of-the art ink development which is environmentally friendly using water-based inks & delivered at a reasonable cost. > Pigments carefully selected to maximize colour gamut, dispersion stability and fade resistance.
The cutting-edge materials science inside the Kodak PROSPER Press pigmented inkjet inks is just the latest example of over 100 years of researching, inventing, engineering, and manufacturing of imaging materials. Three key interrelated core competencies have been leveraged to produce the world’s most advanced pigment inkjet inks that have been fine tuned for the Kodak PROSPER presses: (a) micromedia milling materials and process engineering, (b) imaging colorant chemistry, and (c) pigment dispersant chemistry. Kodak has brought these technological innovations together to produce the Kodak PROSPER Press pigment inkjet ink set. In the early 1990’s, when colour pigment inkjet inks were first becoming available in the marketplace, they were notoriously problematic for issues such as nozzle clogging, kogation, poor colour gamut, and differential gloss. The existing conventional milling technologies, pigment grades, and dispersant technologies were simply inadequate to produce small enough and stable enough pigment dispersions. Fortunately, at Kodak, comminution technologies capable of producing very narrow, sub-100-nm dispersions had already been invented and commercialized for different applications. This milling process, often referred to as “micromedia milling” uses a proprietary polymeric milling media and a proprietary milling process to efficiently grind most pigments to median particle sizes of well under 100 nm.
for optimum imaging performance and producing pigment dispersions with extremely high stability toward particle growth or settling, is quite another. This is where Kodak’s rich heritage in producing ultra stable colloids and dispersions for both silver halide imaging and liquid electrophotographic printing, combined with our vast knowledge of imaging colorants, both dyes and pigments, was leveraged to commercialize the first set of reliable, high image quality, and high image stability pigment inks for wide format commercial inkjet applications in the late 1990s. The pigments were carefully selected to (a) maximize colour gamut, (b) maximize dispersion stability, and (c) maximize fade resistance. The choice of dispersant is critical to both particle comminution and particle stabilization. Suffice it to say that commercially available dispersants are inadequate for these purposes. At Kodak we have screened literally thousands of commercial and proprietary dispersants, both molecular and polymeric, and in the process, we have found only a few classes of materials that are up to the task. When comparisons are made with Kodak and other competitive or offset inksets, several key points are clear. Kodak’s nanoparticulate pigment inks demonstrate proven quality, flexibility and scalability. Key benefits include the ability to print superior colour gamut and tonal scale with less pigment, jetting module improved reliability and efficiency and the ability to customize formulations to enhance specific attributes.
Producing such ultrafine particle dispersions is one thing but producing them with pigments selected Comparison of cyan pigments milled by either a conventional or a micromedia milling process.
The Future of Digital vs Offset Printing to 2024 Smithers Pira’s latest market report compares digital and offset litho printing in publication, graphic and packaging applications. The total market for analogue and digital printing combined will grow at a CAGR of 1.3%, reaching $862 billion by 2024. Web offset printing will decline; however there is strong growth in inkjet printing and modest growth elsewhere, which results in overall market growth. Inkjet technology is being driven by the adoption of very high productivity presses, particularly in the corrugated printing sector; the ongoing improvement of both continuous and sheetfed inkjet printers; and the expansion of the addressable market into other areas. Electrophotographic printing has seen a switch from monochrome overprinting to fullcolour printing. Offset printing processes benefit from increased productivity, and there are parts of the market becoming competitive in short run printing.
Digital print increases market share to 21.1% displacing analogue print market The global print market is shrinking in volume but growing in value over the period 2014–24.The average value of print increase will slightly over the ten-year period, as a result of changes in the product mix and the print processes employed.
increase its competitiveness at longer runs with a new generation of high throughput machinery; and offer new revenue streams for print service providers. Both analogue and digital print production are becoming more efficient, which contributes to improving unit costs. In addition, increasing capabilities in short-run printing and associated downstream converting processes are leading to improved supply chain efficiencies in which print production is closely matched with demand. Many different factors are shaping demand across the print industry, and print supply chain participants have a variety of options to draw on when determining how best to meet changing demand patterns. •
Smithers Pira’s latest market report, The Future of Digital vs Offset Printing to 2024 shows the global output measured in billions of A4 prints was 49,665 in 2019, to remain static through to 2024. In value terms, print output grows from $808.3 billion in 2019 to $862.7 billion in 2024 – a CAGR of 1.3%.
The role of print is changing, with the main dynamic being the impact of the Internet and mobile connectivity on the way both businesses and individuals communicate and access information. This affects every segment of the traditional printing business and is changing expectations of what is acceptable in relation to speed, relevance and degree of interactivity of information, irrespective of the medium used.
Digital print, and especially inkjet, is an increasingly important and valuable part of the overall print market. Accounting for 13.5% of total market output in 2014, this has risen to 17.4% in 2019. As it has done so it has displaced and taken work from offset litho and other existing analogue print process. Technical innovations and shift in market demands will further support this trend through to 2024, pushing digital’s share to 21.1%. This will see digital colonise new spaces in key markets, such as packaging;
The key drivers affecting demand for offset litho and digital are highlighted below, the impact of these is covered in detail in the report: • Rising global consumption through a combination of population growth, increased urbanisation and the rise of a global middle class with discretionary spending power • Fundamental changes in the way consumers and businesses disseminate and access information – and the
channels used by advertisers – from print to electronic media Increasingly agile supply chains with on-demand and just-in-time models adopted across print markets Consumers, businesses, brands and governments demand products and production technologies with improved sustainability and environmental profiles Growing use of artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things and other Industry 4.0 technologies to enhance the productivity of print processes.
The Future of Digital Vs Offset Printing to 2024 compares digital and offset litho printing over the period 2014–24 in publication, graphic and packaging applications. It looks at trends affecting the demand side of print and printed packaging over these ten-years, and reviews how print production and technology supply chains are responding. The Future of Digital vs Offset Printing to 2024 - £4,750 ($6500, euro5,250)
Labelexpo Europe 2019: Move Your Business Forward From 24 to 27 September 2019, Brussels Expo will host the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe.
The 4 days of upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 will feature label academy master classes besides a grand showcase by about 600 exhibitors with their range of solutions spread across 9 massive halls. At Labelexpo Europe 2019, visitors from around the world will view hundreds of live demonstrations of the latest innovations, examine the most advanced collection of label and package printing technologies and acquire what their business needs to succeed. They will explore the world’s largest label and package printing trade show.
Flexible Packaging Arena Narrow web label converters looking to enter the fast-growing flexible packaging market will learn everything they need to know at the Labelexpo Europe 2019 Flexible Packaging Arena.
“Flexible packaging is one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of the label and package printing industry, so we decided to incorporate it as a major feature at our 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe.” Lisa Milburn, MD, Labelexpo Global Series
Key Notes : > A grand showcase by 600 exhibitors. > Seen for the very first time at the show will be the Flexible Packaging Arena. > 30-minute Flexible Packaging Arena demonstrations to run several times a day.
time its CX500 digital press in-line with a new pouch laminating system. There will be 30-minute Flexible Packaging Arena demonstrations running several times a day over the four days of Labelexpo Europe 2019. They will also include a presentation from the industry-wide UVFoodSafe group on the work it is conducting on best practice in UV curing of indirect food contact materials. Each session will be filmed live and relayed via large screens to show visitors. Sample packs will be available and representatives from the companies involved will be on hand to answer more detailed questions.
Seen for the very first time at the show, the Flexible Packaging Arena will showcase both conventional and digital converting of stand-up pouches to GMP quality assurance standards, along with information on the opportunities currently offered by short run value added flexible packaging on mid-web in-line presses.
Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said: “Flexible packaging is one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of the label and package printing industry, so we decided to incorporate it as a major feature at our 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe. We strongly encourage visitors to come along to at least one demonstration during the show and see this fantastic collaboration in action.”
BOBST and its REVO partners Apex, AVT, DuPont, Esko, Flint Group and X-Rite Pantone will show a conventional BOBST M6 combination press with in-line lamination – including a world-first showing of GEW’s multi-point UV monitor (mUVm) in-line UV dose monitoring system. Xeikon will show for the first
BOBST REVO partner technologies include Apex GTT2.0 anilox technology with Bellissima DMS screening; AVT Helios Turbo HD automatic inspection system for wider-web platforms up to 670mm; DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal plates; Esko workflow automation and CDI Crystal XPS flexo platemaking;
Flint Group food packaging compliant inks; and X-Rite Pantone color measurement and standardization systems. Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of BOBST Firenze, said: “As the global market for flexible packaging continues to grow, the demand for shorter runs, connectivity and sustainability grows with it. BOBST has recently launched several ground-breaking innovations that will help converters and brand owners to set new standards in these areas.” Filip Weymans, VP marketing, Xeikon, added: “Xeikon dry toner technology has the potential to expand the applications beyond self-adhesive labels - applications which still fit with narrow web converters. Pouches is one of those added value applications. It enables converters to expand their product offering and business potential beyond labels. We see the Labelexpo feature as the ideal platform to educate converters and print buyers on the application possibilities that digital printing can serve today.” Jan De Roeck, marketing director - Industry Relations & Strategy, Esko, said: “At Esko, we see more and more of our customers diversify into adjacent businesses. For label converters with narrow web flexo and digital print and finishing equipment, it is a logical step to venture off in the production of flexible packages, pouches and wrappers. The path to excellence in flexible packaging production is not always straightforward and obvious. Esko endorses and supports the Flexible Packaging Arena initiative at Labelexpo Europe as it provides us with an ideal opportunity to educate and inform label converters of the workflow requirements and best practices for flexible packaging design and pre-press.”
place on Thursday 26 September and run by industry expert Mike Fairley, author of the Label Academy guide to flexible packaging production. Additionally, they will be able to view HP’s food packaging compliant flexible packs on the HP Indigo stand. Labelexpo Europe 2019 takes place from 2427 September at Brussels Expo. The show is spread across nine exhibition halls, with over 600 exhibitors taking part. REVO is an ambitious flexo industry initiative set up in 2013 which aims to ‘digitally’ standardize and automate the flexo process from pre-press to print delivery. Its members include BOBST, DuPont, AVT, Flint Group, Esko, X-Rite Pantone and Apex. The 9 Flexible Packaging Arena participating companies are: BOBST, Xeikon, Apex, AVT, DuPont, Esko, Flint Group, GEW and X-Rite Pantone.
Testimonials from Flexible Packaging Arena participating companies: “We see continuous growth in demand to deliver stable and consistent print. Apex International delivers a solution with GTT2.0 Anilox technology in combination with Bellissima DMS software that provides the level of consistency, reproducibility and repeatability that printers are looking for,” Eelko Leeuwenburgh, CMO, Apex. “As more industries turn to digital printing,
customers are putting greater emphasis on achieving accurate and repeatable color. The NEW i1Pro 3 Plus removes the variability to create accurate ICC profiles on the widest range of materials. And, the NEW eXact Auto-Scan enables automated and quick measurement of all patches of a color bar in under 15 seconds,” Ray Cheydleur, printing and imaging product portfolio manager, X-Rite Pantone. “Together with the SpectraLab in-line spectral color measurement and monitoring module, AVT will demonstrate how packaging converters can raise the bar on production process control, significantly reduce waste and create cross-plant quality standards,” Yael Cooper, marketing director, Labels, AVT. “With DuPont Cyrel FAST solvent-free thermal plate processing technology one can reduce total plate-production time by up to 75%, greenhouse gas generation by up to 53% and non-renewable energy consumption by up to 63%. Together with the Cyrel EASY EFX plate, colour complexity while maintaining workflow simplicity is ensured,” Balaji Srinivasan, marketing manager, Europe Middle East & Africa, DuPont Advanced Printing. “GEW’s multi-point UV monitor (mUVm) is a highly reliable, cost-effective solution for production monitoring of UV intensity, designed to comply with European legislation on food contact packaging,” Duncan Smith, corporate communications, GEW.
Kelly Kolliopoulos, global marketing director Flint Group Narrow Web, added: “We are proudly partnering with the Flexible Packaging Arena and welcome the crossindustry approach that helps converters expand their capabilities. Our experts will explain the latest in Food Compliant Ink technologies being demonstrated, and clarify how to meet strict brand-owner demands.” Show visitors can further deepen their flexible packaging knowledge by joining the Flexible Packaging master class, taking
Labelexpo to present most extensive educational schedule to date - The introduction of dedicated expert-led master classes and a workshop; bringing the number of in-depth technical learning programs to four. Visitors to the Labelexpo Europe will be able to deepen their technical knowledge of flexible packaging and self-adhesive labels with the introduction of dedicated expert-led master classes and a workshop. These bring the number of in-depth technical learning programs to four - the show’s most extensive educational schedule to date. Led by the Label Academy, the industry’s global training one-stop shop, the new master class and workshop will run simultaneously as half-day sessions on Thursday 26 September. The new Flexible Packaging master class will be hosted by Label Academy founder Mike Fairley alongside other leading experts and aims to equip label converters looking to enter or expand their production into flexible packaging with the essential technical knowledge required. This includes substrates, design and origination, printing and converting. Participants will learn how ink components interact with drying and curing technologies, and with packaging line demands. Current legislation, including ink migration, will also be addressed. The new Self-Adhesive Label Materials workshop will be hosted by Labelexpo’s
strategic director Andy Thomas-Emans, alongside other experts in the field of selfadhesive label substrates. Participants will learn how self-adhesive laminates are made; the importance of materials and the need for different adhesives; why different laminate constructions are needed, their usage and how to identify them; and use of different selfadhesive test methods. The workshop also provides an insight into the correct methods for handling and storage of unprinted and printed laminates, and management of material waste. Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, said: “We are delighted to offer our most extensive educational schedule yet, with the addition of two new expert-led programs at Labelexpo Europe’s 40th anniversary edition. The show is known for being the place where visitors can top up their in-depth knowledge of the latest technical developments driving progress and see it in action on site. “Flexible packaging has an annual global rate of around five percent - one of the highest across all printing sectors. The dedicated master class will give label converters a valuable insight into its potential,
and they can build on this knowledge by watching live digital and flexo press line demonstrations in the Flexible Packaging Arena. Self-adhesive labels continue to be Europe’s dominant label technology, so it’s vital that those involved in label production keep their knowledge fresh and relevant by taking advantage of this specialist workshop.” A host of high-profile specialists are lined up to present at the learning programs. They include Alex Knott, senior technical service and development scientist at Dow Chemical Company and winner of the 2018 Label Industry Global Award for individual achievement, who will present on release liner substrates, and Christopher Ellison, FINAT president and managing director of OPM (Labels and Packaging) Group, who will be among the presenters at the Flexible Packaging master class. Back by popular demand are two more master classes taking place at Labelexpo Europe 2019: Digital Label and Package Printing, and Inks, Coatings & Varnishes. Both will run on 27 September. The digital printing master class will be hosted by Mike Fairley and leading experts from the fields of materials, pre-press printing and finishing technology. The inks and coatings master class is led by Andy Thomas-Emans and offers participants the opportunity to learn how inks, top and barrier coatings, primers and varnishes are being adapted and applied to modern narrow-web converting operations. Places on the master classes cost euro695 (including the relevant Label Academy text book), while workshop places are euro595.
Coding and marking: A key component of Smart Factories Leibinger to present industrial “Made in Germany” inkjet printers at FachPack. The demands placed on the packaging sector have increased sharply – with increased productivity, Industry 4.0 and individualization in the foreground. Those who need to package products, whether food or consumer goods, will agree: if packaging has to be coded or marked, e.g. with a best-before date or batch number, you need user-friendly, sustainable and perfectly matched solutions. At the FachPack, Leibinger is presenting its low-maintenance, user-friendly inkjet printers which are manufactured exclusively in Germany and feature all commonly used interfaces even in the Basic Line. A widely praised highlight among Leibinger customers is the printers’ fully automatic nozzle seal which prevents the ink from drying up during production breaks –providing manufacturers with decisive productivity advantages. Leibinger’s “Sealtronic” nozzle sealing technology hermetically seals the entire ink circuit in the printer during production breaks. Air therefore has no chance of penetrating the circuit and drying out the ink. Thanks to this technology, the printer can be restarted within a few seconds at any time and at the push of a button. “Our customers are impressed with this unique function and the feedback we receive is consistently positive,” reports Leibinger Sales Director Coding & Marking Alexander Deuchert from the field. “With printers from other manufacturers, customers often had the problem that they had to clean the printer for up to an hour before restarting production, e.g. after converting a line to a new product, before the first marking could be printed on the product. Since they started using Leibinger printers, this annoying step has been entirely eliminated. At the trade fair, we will be illustrating this decisive added value to interested parties very effectively with a demo print head. The “aha” effect is always amazing.”
will often discuss how we can take on the customer’s or potential customer’s coding and marking challenges and make initial recommendations. Integrated solutions are required for efficient production in line with Industry 4.0 standards,” reports Deuchert. With its four product lines, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG is ideally positioned to deliver the right CIJ printer to meet every customer requirement. With the JET One, the Entry Line includes a very attractively priced entry-level system for product marking. Leibinger never compromises when it comes to quality, even with its entry-level models. Of course, the Entry Line is equipped with the Leibinger’s patented hydraulic system and therefore offers the typical productivity advantages Leibinger printers are known for. For those who need more interfaces for smart production, the Leibinger Basic Line or the models from the Universal Line are the perfect choice. The latter, with the JET3up PRO, also has a dust- and splash-proof model that complies with the IP65 protection class. With its high-quality stainless steel housing, the printer is often used in production environments with high hygiene regulations. Leibinger also has a High Speed Line in its range for particularly fast production lines: it prints a legible code at line speeds of up to 1000 m/min.
Flexibility coupled with maximum reliability
Four product lines deliver the ideal solution for every application
Production managers often raise the question as to the most suitable technology for the specific marking tasks in their company. The focus should be on factors such as future sustainability, cost efficiency and operational reliability. Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) technology is characterized by the greatest possible flexibility in use. It can be used for virtually all tasks along the packaging process chain and copes well with most substrate materials. High printing speeds and marking during ongoing production help to ensure that highly automated production processes are not slowed down by the coding or marking process.
Visitors to the Leibinger trade fair stand at the FachPack (Hall 4, Stand 303) like to bring along their own product samples to have them marked directly on site. “Moreover, we
When switching a production, the printers can be changed over to a new product with just a few simple steps. This is especially
important when the packaging market is confronted with changing requirements, e.g. brought about by ecological trends. For Christina Leibinger, Managing Director at Leibinger, it is clear: “The trend is towards environmentally friendly packaging. Thinnerwalled and alternative plastics are used, in some cases plastic is entirely replaced by other materials made from renewable raw materials.”Production systems need to be able to handle this change – which of course also means that flexibility in labelling technology is a fundamental criterion in investment decisions. “Our customers count on a very flexible and well-functioning system that can also be used to meet changing requirements and therefore offers the greatest possible sustainability,” reports Christina Leibinger. When it comes to materials, the flexibility of CIJ systems is once again evident. High-contrast codes can be easily applied to cardboard, plastic, shrink film, foam, glass or metal. Since the technology works without contact, it doesn’t matter whether the surfaces are flat, concave, convex, reliefmolded or porous. Leibinger inkjet printers always impress users with extremely low operating costs over their entire life cycle. Leibinger and its industrial inkjet printers can be found at the FachPack in Nuremberg between September 24 and 26, 2019 in Hall 4, Stand 303.
Autoprint Repetto 80 proves an exact match for Golden Paper Cups’ requirements - to improve the company’s products, expand their product range and add to the variety of supplies. M/s. Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing Co. LLC is a company based in Ajman, UAE for manufacturing, marketing, wholesaling and distribution of different varieties of disposable food packaging products. “With a team of dedicated, highly qualified and experienced professionals we provide a variety of products ranging from cups for hot and cold beverages, fries cups, ice cream cups, bags, gloves, straws, and an assortment of food packaging, says Mr.Mahmood Al Hatem, Director.
Autoprint Repetto 80 Die Punching machine “A Highly Professional machine that you feel confident it will do the job intended of it “- Mahmood Al Hatem, Director, Golden Paper Cups Mfg.Co LLC, Ajman, UAE.
Key Notes : > Repetto 80 matches the size of sheets Golden Paper Cups Mfg. Co. intends to use it for. > Well engineered, rugged structure and professional running software are Repetto 80’s USP. > Mahmood Al Hatem plans to add another Repetto soon and more Autoprint machines in future.
“We are constantly on the lookout for innovative systems to improve our products, to expand our product range and add to the variety of our supplies. Recently we installed an Autoprint Repetto 80 Die Punching machine and it is of the exact size as our jobs. This was our first purchase from Autoprint and the decision to go with the Repetto 80 was because it matches the size of sheets we intend to use it for. Besides, we noticed from YouTube videos that the machine is engineered in a more professional way than many rival Chinese machines and this point was proved when we got and operated the machine. Well engineered, rugged structure and professional running software, that’s what differentiates Autoprint Repetto 80 Die Punching machine from other available options in the market. We hope to order more Autoprint machines as we
grow our business. As we are into production and supply of Fast food Containers, take away paper cups we use the Repetto 80 for die cutting the Blanks of assorted types of packaging items. Autoprint has a professional business attitude and deal despite this being the first machine we bought from Autoprint. Matching the sheet and job sizes, reliable speed and easy operation, durable machine, friendly training and support team are the salient features of Autoprint Repetto 80. It’s worth our investment, adds Mr.Mahmood Al Hatem. It will speed up the delivery time, and this is a mutual benefit for our customers and for us as well. “Our savvy, specialized, and creative team of experts is dedicated to designing, printing, and implementing the customers’ ideas and visions on the final product. Our innovative, well-seasoned professionals work together to give their meticulous attention to the clients’ needs and make sure the final products are up to their expectations and help them get the best value in return. We strive to incorporate the latest global developments and trends in design and production. In the crowded market of paper cup industry, we have managed to establish our products and prove ourselves worthy of the highest prestige locally and worldwide,” continues Mr.Mahmood Al Hatem.
M/s. Golden Paper Cups Manufacturing Co LLC has earned the trust of the local and global markets in an amazingly short span of time. “When you work with us, you will get the best product quality at competitive prices, we are a one stop shop for all the needs of our clients. Superior value, quality control and top hygiene standards are among our top priorities. We are committed to helping our clients achieve continued growth by delivering the best products to them,” says Mahmood Al Hatem, who is sure that their new Autoprint Repetto 80 would help them in keeping up this commitment. Presently they have expanded their market
and currently export to different parts of UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, and a chain of networks in the United States and other Gulf, African and European countries. As regards entering new print segments with the installation of the Autoprint Repetto 80, Mahmood Al Hatem says that they have already planned it into their production process “and this machine can support further scopes”. “It is busy with what we have and we hope to add new ones to open other business prospects. We plan to add another Repetto,
a spot varnishing machine and any new ideas they will come with is welcome,” declares Mahmood Al Hatem. He calls the Autoprint team as being dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable. “There are no draw backs in this machine. This installation has met all our expectations and we are satisfied with its performance. We expect a return on investment within five years. To sum up in simple words – the Autoprint Repetto 80 Die Punching machine is ‘A Highly Professional machine that you feel confident it will do the job intended of it,” concludes, Mr.Mahmood Al Hatem.
Codimag at Labelexpo Europe 2019 - to unveil productivity enhancements and software integration solution for VIVA Aniflo label press range. capabilities in 340mm and 420mm widths and are configured with inline finishing options that can include hot-foil, flatbed foil, fluted foil, photopolymer embossing, flexo varnishing, lamination, screen printing and die-cutting.
Label press manufacturer Codimag (stand 11C10) will unveil productivity, performance and software integration advances for its VIVA Aniflo printing press programme at Labelexpo Europe 2019. It will have live demonstrations and opportunities for private trials.
At the show, Codimag will unveil its enhanced 420mm-wide Viva 420 Aniflo press with advances in productivity. Features include a new web motion system and maximum speeds of 85m/min, with inline finishing. There will be live demos throughout each show day in several languages. Codimag renews its Aniflo live experience at the show, inviting customers to print their own job immediately on the press and experience
the simplicity, speed and quality of the complete Aniflo process – from the PDF file, through the prepress workflow to extended gamut label printing – at first hand. An integrated digital workflow between the pre press and the press will also be revealed. This Industry 4.0 development provides a data connection between ERP and management information software, the prepress software and the press, digitalizing the process and further reducing manual input. Codimag will welcome visitors to its booth with the company’s new ambassador, AnnieLox, at the entrance.
Codimag’s Aniflo technology, using waterless offset plates and inks supplied by an anilox roll inking system, combines fine quality with short setup times, minimum manual input, an extended colour gamut, and a fully digital prepress workflow. It provides a competitive solution for wine labels as well as food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and household chemical labels in short and medium production runs. Codimag offers three Aniflo presses: the VIVA 340 Evolution press is a stand-alone option suitable for printers with offline finishing capabilities. The VIVA 340 and VIVA 420 presses offer the same features and
Digital transformation of labelling How Chr. Hansen modernized labelling to streamline processes and SAP integration with a validated system.
Chr. Hansen is a global bioscience company that creates natural solutions for the food, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. They develop and produce cultures, enzymes, probiotics and natural colours for a rich variety of foods, confectionery, beverages, dietary supplements and even animal feed. They have one of the world’s largest commercial collections of bacteria strains, numbering over 30,000. Founded in 1874, Chr. Hansen has over 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries.
limitations. “The cost of running the system was very high,” says Johnny Krogh Sørensen, IT System Manager, Global IT for Chr. Hansen. “It was based on 15-year-old technology and was built on a fire-andforget philosophy.” As Chr. Hansen operates in the life science industry, any software that touches a regulated process must be validated according to criteria set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the fact that the system was custombuilt made it costly to validate it. Additionally, only internal users could access the system, and the label creation process was both tedious and cumbersome.
Labelling a business-critical function
Chr. Hansen has successfully completed validation of their NiceLabel LMS and expects all locations to run on NiceLabel this year. “This is a huge success in Chr. Hansen and we will retire our former label management system,” says Jens Berth, Senior IT Project Manager at Chr. Hansen.
Key Notes : > NiceLabel ABAP package for tight SAP integration. > Answering labourintensive label creation process. > Print queue functionality and 24/7 system availability.
Labelling is a fully-integrated part of Chr. Hansen’s production and delivery process and plays a central role in their distribution process. “It is really key that the labelling process works,” states Jens Berth, Senior IT Project Manager at Chr. Hansen. They have around 3,000 label print requests per day, and they print pouch, box, packaging and shipping labels. Chr. Hansen prints labels from 30 different locations and they have a dedicated team of label designers, Business Support, who interface with IT, Compliance, Legal and Production functions in order to create and maintain their label templates.
Challenges “We wanted true web-based access, a smooth and effective template design process and a standard system ready for validation.” Johnny Krogh Sørensen, IT System Manager, Global IT, Chr. Hansen
Labeling system makes validation challenging Chr. Hansen’s previous labelling system had its
Inability to provide 24/7 IT support critical However, the most critical shortcoming was that Chr. Hansen could not get the 24/7 IT support for the system that their production demands. “It’s mission-critical that the production line doesn’t stop,” Jens relates. “Each production line has someone responsible for identifying why the line stops, hunting down the issue and fixing it. If a line is down for 20 minutes, you get a call from upper management.” To address these issues, Chr. Hansen began the process of finding a new labelling solution. “We wanted true web-based access, a smooth and effective template design process and a standard system ready for validation,” states Johnny. The system also needed to offer global support and service, a seamless failover system and a reliable, consistent data flow.
Solutions “We have hundreds of workers creating process orders in SAP all the time. Typically
we create orders one week in advance of the actual printing, so the web printing application lets us print the label job that was previously created by SAP; this is key for the way we work.” Jens Berth, Senior IT Project Manager, Chr. Hansen
Tight SAP integration using NiceLabel’s ABAP package NiceLabel delivered a label management solution that is tightly integrated with Chr. Hansen’s enterprise resource planning system, SAP, using NiceLabel’s SAP ABAP package. NiceLabel’s ABAP package ensured a quick, simple implementation, which pleased the Chr. Hansen team. “It works really well thanks to the SAP plug-in,” Jens relates. Chr. Hansen uses NiceLabel’s built-in label template approval process with delayed publishing workflow. Label templates are built in the NiceLabel system, and approved in the NiceLabel document management system (DMS). The solution sends label information to SAP, so that they know the label templates, variants, version, and variables used in each print batch. They have a predefined list of allowed variables stored in SAP, and if an unapproved variable is used, they get a warning. This workflow also allows them to send print requests for a specific (previous) version of a label template or variant, which is useful if they need to do a rerun of a production order.
Web printing application meets delayed label printing needs The NiceLabel team also configured a web printing application for Chr. Hansen to accommodate their way of working. The printing application is important, as labels are never printed at the same time as a work order/print request is created in SAP. “We have hundreds of workers creating process orders in SAP all the time,” relates Jens. “Typically we create orders one week in advance of the actual printing, so the web printing application lets us print the label job that was previously created by SAP; this is key for the way we work.”
Enabling 24/7 availability To meet their requirement for 24/7 system availability, they have placed local NiceLabel servers at their plants in Avedøre, Denmark; Polheim, Germany; and Milwaukee, USA.
These servers are synchronized with the main server (in Hørsholm, Denmark) so that they can continue to produce and print labels, even when the main server is unavailable.
Taking advantage of NiceLabel’s variant technology Chr. Hansen also uses NiceLabel’s variant technology, built specifically for life science companies, for the pharma part (Health and Nutrition) of their production. A label variant is the exact finished label for a specific SKU. This functionality enables Chr. Hansen’s QA staff to approve the label variants before they are printed. Label variants also prevent any unauthorized changes to the label content after the variant is created. The print operator can only change or enter a very limited set of variable fields, such as the batch number and production date.
Benefits Implementing NiceLabel’s Label Management System, with its universal label templates and label variant technology, gave Chr. Hansen the opportunity to reduce and consolidate their templates. “We’ve done a huge clean-up with NiceLabel, as opposed to the old system. We’ve really been able to reduce the number of templates we use,” Jens says.
Improved user experience benefits business users The new system also offers benefits for those
working with label design. “The users are very pleased with the Label Designer,” relates Jens. “They like the features it has. It is a much better user experience than the previous solution.” Johnny agrees, “The overview from the business support side is better. It’s a more effective process and I can discover if there’s an error earlier than I could before.”
Successful validation an important milestone Chr. Hansen also achieved a significant milestone at the start of 2019, when they successfully completed the validation of the NiceLabel Label Management System. They are still in the process of rolling out the system to the entire organization, but the hope is that all locations will be running on NiceLabel by the end of 2019. “This is a huge success in Chr. Hansen and we will retire our former label management system,” states Jens.
Future-Next: Brand owners’ perception of Labels Printers from all categories get to meet the people who drive the evolution and set trends for the future of labels.
LMAI Brand Owners event, usually restricted to only label printers, this time featured all the sponsors of the forthcoming Kochi conference. Many leading suppliers to the label industry were seen together with printers and brand owners.
Key Notes : > Over 100 delegates and media persons attended a very successful event. > Santanu Chowdhury, Sun Pharmaceutical spoke on interactive labels asserting it’s the future next for labels. > “We need to mentor our generation next for the label industry to move on,” says Kuldip Goel President LMAI.
In effort to provide a platform for interaction between Brand Owners and label printers; leading to evolution, creativity in labels, understand the needs of buyers, discuss statutory requirements and evaluate sustainability in labels, the Label Manufacturers Association of India (LMAI) has been organising events. Senior packaging development professionals from leading brands in different segments like Pharma, Cosmetics, Liquor, Food, FMCG, etc. are invited to address India’s top label companies and to interact with them in panel discussions and network in a relaxed atmosphere. Printers from all categories get to meet the people who drive the evolution and set trends for the future of labels. The 3rd such event titled, “Future-Next: Brand owners’ perception of Labels” was held on 29th June 2019 at Hotel “The Park, New Delhi”. The event was also intended to be a precursor for the LMAI conference slated to be held at Kochi in a little over three weeks. Though the LMAI Brand Owners event is restricted to only label printers yet this time all the sponsors of the forthcoming conference at Kochi, Kerala were given the option to attend and many leading suppliers to the label industry were seen together with printers and brand owners. Over 100 delegates and media persons attended a very successful event. The evening was moderated by past LMAI President
and Managing Director of Mumbai based Creative Labels, Vivek Kapoor. Other LMAI board members who flew in from Mumbai specially for the event include Ajay Mehta Managing Director SMI Coated Papers, Amit Sheth of Label Planet and LMAI Kochi Conference Chairman and past President LMAI, Manish Desai. After a brief welcome speech by President LMAI, Kuldip Goel, Pavankumar Chougule Associate Director, packaging development, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories made the first presentation. He informed the audience about the expectations of the pharmaceuticals industry with emphasis on Regulatory compliance and Patient Safety, Smart Packaging, Secure Supply Chain, Data Security, Personalization, New Developments and Sustainability. Santanu Chowdhury, Senior general manager, global packaging development, Sun Pharmaceutical spoke on interactive labels which he asserted is the future next for labels. Explaining the nuances of creation of embedded code on the labels and how the technology works, he dwelled on possibility of data management with integration on the servers of an organisation. He also stressed that interactive solutions create brand loyalty. Technology offers
great opportunities to digitally connect your physical products with your consumers, tailored to business goals. The consumer experience is converted into data business intelligence. Soumyanath Mishra, head packaging development at Mankind Research Centre a part of Mankind Pharmaceuticals spoke on the requirements for pharmaceutical labelling, especially for exports. He also mentioned that Packaging & Labelling have a significant role to play as it provides the first point of contact with the patients or customers. It provides important communication and help to build a credible brand as well. Proper Labelling helps in creating a good first impression of your product on the customers since the customer is procuring through on-line.
“Today we are a part of Generation X,” says Naveen Stuart Naveen Stuart, packaging development manager, Reckitt Benckiser, mentioned that there is a demographic and cultural shift which is witnessed in today’s world. The generation is now moving towards a digital world. There is an imperative need to look beyond decoration of labels, Label needs to play an extensive role in package design process and convey the whole brand story. As regards digitalization he said; behaviour of consumer is paramount to brand owner’s decision, error free smart label process, quick turn-around time and consistent quality. Also, digitalization in pre-press process aids error free production.
requirements that they need from converters. These expectations include need for thinner filmic release liners contributing to sustainability as they can be recycled and lower tonnage of liner waste, flexible filmic label substrates for contoured shapely containers and label decoration capabilities. The last presentation was made impromptu by none other than Somnath Chatterjee GM procurement in Pernod-Ricard India, he spoke on the imperative decorative and brand security needs of liquor industry. He asserted, it was an imperative to deliver genuine and safe products to consumer customers who trust them. A panel discussion followed, moderated by the author, Harveer Sahni of Weldon Celloplast. A very interactive session that dwelled on various aspects of label industry. Barun Banerjee, Head of Packaging Nestle, gave very important inputs as regards government regulations and sustainability. All speakers and guests on the panel enlightened the audience. Final comments of
Kuldip Goel President LMAI and Managing Director Any Graphics were, “We need to mentor our generation next for the label industry to move on.” All sponsors to Kochi conference were invitees and many like Avery, SMI, Label Planet, Vinsak, Reifenhauser, Weldon, etc. attended. Leading printers besides those in LMAI management from various locations in India included, Manish Desai-Mudrika Labels Mumbai, Sanjeev Sondhi-Zircon Dehradun, Priyata Raghavan-Sai Security Faridabad, Yoga Murthy Chromaprint Coimbatore, Mohit-Encana Baddi, Ankit Kapoor-Printrays Jalandhar, Parshav and Rishab Jain, Jain Transfer-Noda, Aditya Chadha-Update Prints Gurgaon, Gurpreet Dilawari-Printwell Haridwar and so many more. The evening ended looking forward to getting together again at KOCHI!
Written by Harveer Sahni Chairman Weldon Celloplast Limited New Delhi July 2019
Brand Owner’s perspective on labeling trends and expectation A very interesting presentation was made by Tamal Ghosh, strategic packaging development leader, corporate packaging development, Dabur India whereby he spoke on Brand Owner’s perspective, on labeling trends and their expectation and
Kodak to launch Flexcel NX Ultra solution at Labelexpo Pre-press Specialists, Printers and Brands invited to join for ‘Transforming Flexo Together’. This September in Brussels, Miraclon – the new home of KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions – is ready to welcome visitors for the first time as an independent company at a major international trade fair. At Booth 4B61, designed to reflect the company’s innovative vitality and new-found agility, the Miraclon team will demonstrate their commitment to driving the transformation of flexographic printing forward with continued innovation and collaboration.
“The technology is truly innovative and it’s been extremely rewarding to see how fast our beta sites have converted print production from their incumbent thermallyprocessed plates to FLEXCEL NX Ultra Plates.” – Hal McLenon, Miraclon
Key Notes : > The official European launch of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution. > To provide plate makers with another way of producing a high-performance KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate. > Solvent-free, VOCfree, water-based processing that allows printers to create a press-ready plate in less than an hour.
The official European launch of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution will provide plate makers with another way of producing a high-performance KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plate. Delivering the same on-press benefits as the flagship KODAK FLEXCEL NXH Plate, the ground-breaking FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution offers solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based processing that allows printers to create a pressready plate in less than an hour. Enabled by patented KODAK Ultra Clean technology, developed by the Miraclon team, the FLEXCEL NX Ultra Solution is the first aqueous solution that provides consistent, high-performing flexo plates in a high volume, low maintenance environment. “The technology is truly innovative,” commented Hal McLenon, Product Marketing Director at Miraclon, “and it’s been extremely rewarding to see how fast our beta sites have converted print production from their incumbent thermally-processed plates to
FLEXCEL NX Ultra Plates. We’re excited to have it on the show floor and ready to provide printers in Europe with another option for achieving the outstanding print performance for which FLEXCEL NX Plates have become well known.”
Transforming Flexo Together Driven by a collective goal to expanding the reach of flexo, visitors to the booth will also learn how Miraclon is teaming up with users and industry partners to leverage KODAK FLEXCEL NX technology as a key enabler for industry change. Examples of customerled innovation provide evidence of more efficient print production workflows and sustainable solutions that position flexo as a truly viable alternative to gravure and offset production for even the most demanding print buyers. “As a global player that is totally focused on the future of flexo, we’re looking forward to sharing our vision and presenting our innovative KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions at Labelexpo Europe,” says Miraclon CEO Chris Payne. “Most importantly, though, we see Labelexpo as an invaluable opportunity to listen and learn. Our work is all about relationships. Only by collaborating closely with our customers every step of the way, can we predict the challenges they’ll face and create the solutions they need to resolve them. Our job is to continually challenge ourselves by asking ‘What’s Next?’”
9th UV Days The event is a resounding success for the PrintCity Alliance.
PrintCity is more than pleased with the results of its participation in the 9th UV Days event held by Alliance member IST Metz. The seminars on the food safety aspects of premium finishing techniques were particularly well-attended. PrintCity Alliance gave extremely positive reviews of the 9th UV Days event, especially of its appearance at the in-house trade fair. In addition to the highly frequented booths, the seminars also attracted the interest of numerous visitors.
Food safety is becoming an increasingly critical issue, particularly in the wake of stricter legislation. The use of UV light is still often viewed critically, even though it is a widespread technology in the market. If the right materials and substrates are selected, and the packaging products used and handled properly, they fulfil all European and Swiss food safety regulations for indirect food contact.
presenting numerous samples and case studies on the eventâ€™s main stage. Participating companies included IST Metz (UV curing systems), KAMA (cutting, stamping and gluing machines), LEONHARD KURZ (hot stamping and coating technology, holograms), MetsĂ¤ Board (folding cartonboard), WEILBURGER Graphics (varnishes, adhesives and water-based flexo inks).
The PrintCity Alliance took advantage of the opportunity to address this subject,
Morgana Systems praises ‘efficient’ Print Show Print finishing specialist Morgana Systems has signed up to exhibit at its fifth consecutive Print Show this year. Print finishing specialist Morgana Systems has signed up to exhibit at its fifth consecutive Print Show, billing the event as an efficient day out for print service providers of all sizes. The manufacturer is one of several companies that have featured at each edition of The Print Show since the event launched in 2015, including the likes of Epson, Vivid Laminating Technologies, Route 1 Print and Axzyra. Morgana will return for the show’s fifth anniversary in September at the NEC in Birmingham, where it plans to demonstrate new kit to the thousands of visitors that are expected to attend. Speaking about the show, Morgana’s marketing manager, Wendy Baker, has said The Print Show has proved a valuable platform for the company over the past five years, explaining that the event has helped generate a number of new sales and valuable leads.
A key strength of The Print Show is that every year it directly attracts the very biggest print and finishing technology manufacturers from across the UK commercial print supply chain.
Key Notes : > To showcase a range of machines, with a key focus on its new booklet making systems. > To invite key partners and customers to the event to see the new kit. > For Solopress, the show is a perfect opportunity to meet industry professionals in person.
“We’ve been at every Print Show since it started and it has always given us a very good return on our investment,” Baker said. “We have some new product launches around this time – so that just helped us make a final decision on what size of stand we took.
“Sales are the main reason we go, and we always do take orders at these events. However, the new product introductions will be a major focus for us, and we will be inviting key partners and customers to the event to see the new kit.” In terms of what Morgana will be demonstrating on its stand at The Print Show this year, Baker has revealed that while visitors will be able to view a range of finishing kit, the focus will be on its new booklet making systems, including key developments with the PowerSquare range it inherited through its acquisition of Watkiss. Baker has said new product showcases like this are one of the main attractions at The Print Show, with visitors able to learn more about new developments from a wide range of companies, all in the same place – something that is not possible anywhere else in the UK. “Although it’s tough for business owners to get time away from their office to see new things, with a show
like this, you can get a lot packed into a oneor two-day visit and see many things at one site,” Baker said. “I think a day at an event like this can be very efficient if you organise it well.”
The value of face-to-face meetings Organisers have also announced a number of other exhibitors in recent weeks, including the likes of Smart Print, Solopress, Nova Chrome, Blake Envelopes, YES Ltd, Tharstern and James Burn International. Online printing company Solopress, which operates as part of the Onlineprinters group, will use The Print Show to connect with new and existing customers face-to-face. As an online-based business, The Print Show provides Solopress with the perfect opportunity to meet industry professionals in person. Chris Fuller, head of ecommerce at Solopress, said the focus will be on promoting its fast turnarounds, print quality and competitive pricing to visitors. Fuller said: “After spending the last year honing our digital print offering, we felt it was important to get out into the non-digital world and start meeting our customers face to face. “As margins in the print industry decline, the economies of scale and broad range of products that we offer make us the perfect
partner for local printers all over the UK.” The Print Show 2019 will take place from September 17th to 19th at the NEC in Birmingham. Registration is free and now open at The Print Show’s website. The Print Show is a forward-looking annual exhibition designed to provide the key tools that everyone from the smallest high-street
print shop, to the biggest conglomerate needs to remain competitive. A key strength of The Print Show is that every year it directly attracts the very biggest print and finishing technology manufacturers from across the UK commercial print supply chain. These companies use the show to launch brand new products that can be seen for the very first time in the UK.
Custom Print Company opens world’s largest Sticker Store The world’s largest dedicated sticker store is set to open in Toronto soon. The brainchild of Toronto e-comm startup and customized die-cut sticker company StickerYou, the store will feature a unique 3-storey high stickerbomb design on the storefront created in collaboration with applied sciences giant 3M and feature sticker art sold from a variety of artists, including Toronto’s own Rodger Beck. StickerYou: The Store will also host sticker art-related events, including a history of sticker art exhibition slated for September in collaboration with the editors of the seminal PEEL magazine, featuring sticker art from noted artists including Shepard Fairey, Matthew Hoffman, Milo, Robots Will Kill and more.
Cosmo Films at Labelexpo 2019 - to showcase films reflecting the latest in Labelling technology at Labelexpo 2019.
“Cosmo Films will offer their latest solutions enabled by their most advanced technology – like the recently installed new automated 2.2 m coating line capable of both side coating in a single pass as well as their in-house modern product application centre to test and validate functionalities & print quality of the film for new innovations and customized offerings.”
Key Notes : > Both side coated P.S labelstock films offer excellent print receptivity with diverse ink systems. > Matte Coated P.S Labelstock Films feature a unique top coating, which is compatible with 8 different kinds of print media. > Transparent InMould Label Film specifically designed to offer no label look and high transparency for labels.
as P.S labelstock material and in thicker microns (up to 500 micron) for non-pressure sensitive applications. They are mostly used in labelling of high-end personal care products, pharmaceuticals and drum labelling.
Cosmo Films, India’s leading player in films for flexible packaging, lamination and labelling applications as well as synthetic paper would be showcasing films reflecting latest in labelling technology at the upcoming Labelexpo (stand no. 5D05, Hall no. 5) scheduled to take place from 24th27th of September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
Transparent In-Mould Label Film
The new labelling products to be displayed have been designed keeping the latest trends such as sustainability, transparency, premium finish substrates and personalization in mind. Here is the list of products.
These films on display have been specifically designed to offer in-mould label customers requiring no label look and high transparency for their labels. They offer high gloss on both sides and can be easily printed using off-set, rotogravure and flexo printing processes.
Films for Repositionable & Removable label applications
High Tear Resistant Synthetic Paper for Tags & Labels
These are polypropylene based both side coated P.S labelstock films which offer excellent print receptivity with diverse ink systems. The films do not leave stains on the container if the labels need to be removed or repositioned. Designed in sync with sustainability initiatives, these down gauged films are available across all appearance varieties.
As the name suggests, this non-tearable synthetic paper has been designed specifically for tag applications. The product is printable on both sides by UV Offset, Water & UV Flexo and Thermal Transfer printing processes. Some of the typical tag applications include garment hang tags, horticulture identification tags, tree tags, cattle identification tags and airport transfer tags.
Matte Coated P.S Labelstock Films These films have a unique top coating, which is compatible with 8 different kinds of print media, namely UV flexo, Water flexo, Thermal Transfer, Letterpress, Screen, HP Indigo, UV Inkjet and UV Offset. These films go in 65 & 75 microns when used
High Speed WAL Film The cavitated white opaque film has been specifically designed for high speed bottling operations and displays excellent machinability upto 55K BPH.
Pearlized Metalized WAL Film The unique white film offers sparkling metal brilliance is mostly used by well-known beverage brands for their limited edition bottles and high end jobs. Mr. Kapil Anand, Head Sales, Speciality Labels & Industrial Films, Cosmo Films speaking about the expo said “Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry and we look forward to use this platform to interact with new customers; seek feedback and
enquiries for showcased products and witness the latest trends in labelling and sustainability.” Talking about infrastructure to support, Anand added that Cosmo Films has top-coating capability available across diverse widths such as 1, 1.3, 1.6, and 2.2 meters; generally required by label stock manufacturers. “Cosmo has recently installed a new, automated 2.2 m coating line, which enables both side coating in a single pass. The company also has an in-house state-
of-the-art product application centre to test and validate functionalities as well as print quality of the film for new innovations and customized offerings”, he said. Established in 1981, Cosmo Films is the largest exporter of BOPP films from India and also the largest producer of thermal lamination films in the world. Its customer base is spread in more than 100 countries with manufacturing units in India, Korea & Japan.
GAMA International to showcase along with its local partner Advanced Machinery - to introduce it’s a range of solutions including viscometers, sleeve storage systems, anilox and photopolymer cleaning systems.
GAMA International will be present at Labelexpo Europe, Brussels, at Hall 11 stand F16, together with its local dealer Advanced Machinery. Products introduced will include viscometers, sleeve storage systems, anilox and photopolymer cleaning systems. Among the GAMA viscometers, a focus will be dedicated to the G34 system, specific for control-ling viscosity and temperature of UV inks and G32 for water-based varnishes.
solutions ranges from basic models to very sophisticated high-speed label presses, and it also includes hybrid systems combining flexo printing and inkjet in roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet configurations. In this ink flow, the UV ink needs a control especially for temperature, when it goes from the inkjet system to the flexo press. The advantage of a viscometer consists in speeding up the production by offering automatic ink control, including viscosity, temperature and pH variables in case of water-based inks. The system integrates in the information flow of the printer and in the management system implemented in the production unit.
Label production is a key target application of UV ink. The variety of label press
In addition to viscometers, GAMA International will introduce its sleeve storage systems and the flexo plate cleaning systems, which were presented this year at all the fairs where GAMA International participated so far, and where they received a lot of interest. Gama International will be present at Hall 11 - stand F16.
Heidelberg/Gallus focuses on digitization of label production Under its motto for the event – “Powered by Your Trust” – the Heidelberg/Gallus team will be exhibiting a wide range of label printing presses.
All the possibilities of hybrid label printing with the Gallus Labelfire will be on show at Labelexpo Europe 2019 – from highly embellished labels produced using the integrated Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU) to best-in-class digital inkjet printing and fully variable data printing.
Key Notes : > Digital Printbar for a new dimension in digital embellishment. > “Your Smoothie” campaign underlines additional possibilities of variable data printing. > New functions on Gallus Labelmaster boost productivity in conventional label printing.
Gallus, a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, will be focusing on the digitization of label production at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 , which is taking place on September 24 – 27 in Brussels. Under its motto for the event – “Powered by Your Trust” – the Heidelberg/Gallus team will be exhibiting a wide range of label printing presses equipped with new functions that enable customers to benefit from higher quality standards in digital embellishment, produce variable print applications, and improve productivity in conventional label production. In addition to the premiere of the new Digital Printbar – a digital embellishing unit designed specifically for opaque white – the showcase in Brussels will also include live demonstrations of a new quick-change die-cut unit on the Gallus Labelmaster Advanced. Further highlights on the Gallus Labelfire digital label printing press will include fully variable data printing (fVDP for short) and the Digital Embellishment Unit. Gallus will be exhibiting at Stand B28/C31 in Hall 5. “Digitization is now also part and parcel of label production. The Heidelberg/Gallus team will be fully embracing this trend at the upcoming Labelexpo Europe 2019 with a view to showing existing and potential customers new ways of maintaining and
further improving their competitiveness in the age of digitization,” explains Christof Naier, General Manager Label Business at Heidelberg/Gallus.
Launch of the Digital Printbar Gallus will be using Labelexpo Europe 2019 to unveil the new Digital Printbar, an inkjet printing unit designed specifically for digital insetting of highly opaque, digital white. With a printing width of 430 millimeters (17 inches), the new, shiftable Digital Printbar benefits from inkjet-based digital print technology and achieves an opacity to rival that of conventional screen printing . The new Digital Printbar will be showcased on the Gallus Labelmaster machine system but can easily be integrated into other systems such as the Gallus Labelfire or Gallus RCS 430 . One big advantage of this technology is its impressive flexibility. If different languages are required, for example, no additional hardware is needed for this type of insetting. Depending on the job requirements, this new digital embellishing unit can be a highly cost-efficient alternative to conventional embellishing methods. The printbar has a touchscreen interface for intuitive operation. It
also benefits from quick and easy integration into the workflow via Ethernet or USB. Consequently, the Digital Printbar maximizes the process flexibility of label printers and processors during label production.
Gallus Labelmaster with a new, rotary quick-change die-cutting unit Change die-cutting formats in under a minute – Gallus is premiering its new rotary die-cutting unit at Labelexpo, a solution that supports fast format changes. Visitors to Brussels will be able to witness the fastest ever change of die-cutting format in the company’s history in live demonstrations on a Gallus Labelmaster Advanced equipped with the new Rotary Die-Cut Unit Quick, a fully rotary front-loading die-cutting unit.
Gallus Labelfire trains the spotlight on digitization with “Your Smoothie” labels Gallus will be using the “Your Smoothie” campaign to demonstrate fully variable data printing (fVDP) with the Gallus Labelfire at Labelexpo. The design of a
self-adhesive label changes while printing is underway according to the type and number of ingredients, meaning that each label is different from the previous one. The possibilities of the Gallus Labelfire’s digital unit combined with the fully variable data printing option to cover every possible requirement.
campaign, the Gallus Smartfire digital label printing press will also be on show in live demonstrations at Labelexpo . Ideal for short runs that are constantly changing, this press is a cost-effective, professional solution for anyone who is looking to move into digital label printing.
“Powered by Your Trust” Industrial variable data printing (iVDP) is no problem either with the Gallus Labelfire. Operators can use this digital label press to print even very small batch sizes as well as items including bar codes, 2D codes, and serialized or personalized labels, which are in ever greater demand. Moreover, the Gallus Labelfire hybrid label printing system gives label printers the flexibility to combine additional conventional printing and embellishing processes such as flexo, screen-printing, and cold-foil embellishment with the possibilities of digital printing .
In addition to discovering the latest wideranging possibilities of digital printing and embellishing, visitors to the Gallus stand at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (Stand B28/C31 in Hall 5) will also be able to see for themselves exactly what the Gallus machine systems can do at all levels – whether purely digital, hybrid, or conventional. The presentation will be rounded off by the latest Screeny printing plates used with the Gallus Rotascreen system solution and the Phoenix UV LED direct imagesetter from Heidelberg.
Gallus Smartfire – the perfect introduction to digital label printing As an integral part of the digitization
New General Manager at Ishida Middle East Ishida Europe has appointed Matt Eastham as General Manager, Middle East. In his new role at Ishida, Matt will be responsible for driving sales in established markets, such as snacks, as well as opening up opportunities in new sectors for Ishida’s extensive range of equipment including multihead weighers, checkweighers, tray sealers, and x-ray inspection systems and other quality control solutions. “I am delighted to be taking up this role,” comments Matt. “As markets continue to develop and become more competitive, there is increasing demand for packing line equipment that can deliver high levels of performance, efficiency and reliability and we are ideally placed to meet these needs.”
Matt joined the packing line solutions specialist as Sales Manager, Middle East in November 2017 following a 20-year career in FMCG sales with several major multinationals. In addition to his sales leadership and development skills, he also has in-depth knowledge of the Middle East, having worked in the region since 2010, initially in a variety of senior sales positions with Arla Foods and latterly establishing an operation in Dubai for Premier Foods. Ishida Middle East has a team of around 25 personnel providing comprehensive sales and after sales service throughout the region, including a network of engineers in the field to ensure fast-response support.
Corrugex: Business Festival of the Paper Industry Explore Corrugated Box technology, manufacturing equipment and much more @ Corrugex 2019. companies to explore the vast variety of papers at the show. The event is ready to repeat the success story with expected presence of 700 + exhibitors from 35 countries. Corrugex 2019 – The International Exhibition & Conference on Corrugated Box, Machinery, Technology & Allied Industries will allow exhibitors to present their latest technology trends, production processes and services, covering the entire production and processing chain of the corrugated box industry. Co-Located with Paperex - The World’s Largest Paper Show, the event will attract professionals, suppliers & manufacturers showcasing their latest innovations & developments.
The leading exhibitors will offer the Latest Technology, Machinery and Raw Material for Paper & Board Manufacturing
Paperex is the series of International Exhibitions focusing on the Paper and all allied Industry and is held biennially in India. It is the only comprehensive forum serving the paper industry and has established itself as a “Business Festival of the Paper Industry”.
The event is attended by large gathering of Paper Manufacturers to explore the New Technology., Machinery & Equipment and Raw Material for Paper & Board Manufacturing.
Paperex – An enhanced business platform Paperex has always received an overwhelming response from global paper industry including paper traders, printers, publishers, converter & paper packaging
Papers & Paper Products: - Writing & Printing Paper, Specialty Paper Newsprint, Kraft Paper, Graphic paper, etc Machinery: - Complete Paper Mill Plant or Machinery, Tissue Converting Latest Equipment & Accessories: Rolls, Bearings, Blade & Knife, Pumps Valves & System, etc Raw Materials: - Pulp, Waste Paper, Specialty Chemicals, Mineral & pigments, etc New Technologies: - Automation & Instrumentations, Quality & Process Control, Surface Coating, etc Networking with industry: - Through major paper Industry associations
To serve all verticals of paper industry in a better way, The World’s Largest Paper Show is enhancing the platform with three collocated events to cater the entire gamut of paper & all allied industries at one business platform • World Of Paper a concurrent show for Paper, Printing, Packaging & Publishing industries • Corrugex, a concurrent show on Corrugated Box Machinery, Technology & allied Industries • Tissueex, a concurrent show highlighting the participation of Tissue, Products, Machinery & Technology Block your dates for this Business Festival of the Paper Industry scheduled from 3-6 December 2019 in New Delhi.
Industry outlook The global corrugated boxes market is projected to rise at a steady CAGR of 3.69% within the forecast from 2017 to 2022. By 2022-end, the global corrugated boxes
market is estimated to reach around a worth of US$115.15 bn. The demand for corrugated boxes has grown due to notable rise in packaging and converting sector. The rising usage of corrugated boxes in the delivery of fresh food and beverages, logistics, electronic goods, personal care, and home care is propelling the growth in the global market. Moreover, there is another factor augmenting the market growth. The rising preferences for reliable packaging within consumers is another factor fueling the demand in corrugated boxes market. To meet the growing demand for international quality packaging, Corrugated packaging manufacturers in India are speedily moving on the path of modernization – adopting evolving technologies, installing high speed automatic machines, ensuring quality assurance and incorporating management systems and techniques for efficient operation of the plants. The ‘next generation’ of corrugated packaging manufacturers in India are embracing new technologies that can help them meet the demands of their customers for international quality boxes.
OMET to launch new X7 at Labelexpo OMET will be present with a double stand in the Hall 6: C49-C53, 680 m2 in total.
Among the many innovations that OMET will present at the Brussels fair from 24 to 27 September 2019 there will be the new machine of the XFlex line with a 670mm web width. Also highlighted will be the new version of the XJet hybrid powered by Durst and its performances, as well as around the full LED iFLEX and the revolutionary linerless solution developed in collaboration with Ritrama and Spilker. Omet has developed all these innovations to be displayed in an eco-sustainable perspective, in line with the “OMET - The green side of printing” project. The highlighted products go beyond improving productivity and profitability. Three machines will be on show with demos on Omet’s stand, with many innovations that will attract the attention of Labelexpo visitors coming from all over the world. The main attraction on the Lablexpo stand will be the OMET X7, newborn of the XFlex line. It’s a flexo printing machine for labels and flexible packaging with 670mm (26 “) web width. Its printing quality and its ability to carry out complex jobs in a simple way will make the demos of this machine a must-see for all Labelexpo visitors.
will be at Labelexpo with an 8-colour flexo UV-LED configuration. This solution allows considerable energy savings and perfect drying at high speed. iFlex is equipped with several new and highly sophisticated features that will help printers to reduce waste during the production process, time for job changeover and overall maintenance costs.
Shrink Label with the XJet XJet powered by Durst, the hybrid flexo + inkjet machine that OMET has successfully placed to several converters in 2019, will be another key attraction demonstrated at Omet stall at Labelexpo. The machine got demonstrated during the recent OMET Americas’ Open House. It’s the first and only machine currently on the market able to produce shrink labels with combined printing.
Core Linerless Solution iFLEX full LED iFLEX, the small one of the OMET range,
OMET engineered the laminating module to process CLS self-adhesive film (Core
Linerless Solution), a project in collaboration with Ritrama and Spilker. The project is gathering strong interest among printers and brand owners world over, especially in the food & beverage, home, and personal care industries. Core Linerless Solution is an innovative self-adhesive film engineered to be transformed into a single ply Linerless web, ready to be dispensed using a special linerless module. This revolutionary innovation allows significant improvements on efficiency and environmental sustainability of the printing process.
OPTIMA awarded for cutting-edge human resources management Allianz Industrie 4.0 honours company at an award ceremony on July 15 in Stuttgart. The OPTIMA packaging group GmbH, based in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, was the first human resources department recognized by Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Wuerttemberg for pioneering human resources management in the age of digitalization. At an award ceremony on July 15, Director Human Resources Sebastian Henke accepted the award on behalf of the company. In the competition “100 Locations for Industry 4.0”, the alliance honoured small and mid-sized companies which make the most out of the potential of Industry 4.0 with outstanding ideas. Digital solutions that demonstrate the added value of digital networking – this is what Allianz Industrie 4.0 was looking for in the competition “100 Locations for Industry 4.0”. The alliance is a network initiated and promoted by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Department of Commerce, with its coordinating body located with the BadenWuerttemberg state association of the VDMA (German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association). Innovations that were sought also included outstanding organizational processes such as those introduced by the OPTIMA packaging group GmbH as part of an extensive digitalization strategy.
Digital solutions are firmly established in many of the company’s departments The special purpose machine manufacturer from Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, uses the potentials of digitalization in many areas – including human resources. The company has now been awarded for that. The Industry 4.0 solution, titled “Human Resources as an Accelerator of Transformation”, incorporates several complementary human resources tools and initiatives that support employees and managers – from personnel planning to human resources development. “With these measures, we successfully support our employees in the future of work,” said Sebastian Henke, Director Human Resources of the OPTIMA packaging group GmbH. “The human resources tools are oriented toward target groups and applications, and focus on the needs of individual employees,” Henke continued.
OPTIMA proactively integrates employees and management into the subject of digitalization Among other things, this includes active internal communication on the topic of the future of work in internal media, the introduction of active sourcing and the Packaging Valley e.V. Virtual Reality Center in university marketing and vocational training. Management actively informs the company about future requirements connected with digitalization. Industry 4.0 and necessary qualification measures are an important topic in performance reviews. The human resources development program at Optima prepares employees for the future. It includes numerous training offerings on digital subjects and agile work. At the moment, the company is about to conclude a collective bargaining agreement that comprehensively regulates mobile work and gives employees more flexibility. In addition, the works council and the Human Resources department are closely exchanging views on the goals and requirements of Work 4.0.
Market relevance and level of innovation are crucial A successful application for the competition depends on the market relevance and the solution’s level of innovation. The competition
is oriented toward companies from BadenWuerttemberg, primarily those that are small or mid-sized. A jury of experts from Allianz Industrie 4.0 judges the applications received. It is composed of representatives from business, science, chambers of industry and commerce, unions and politics. Awardwinners include well-known companies such as SAP, Bosch, Siemens, Wuerth, Kaercher and ebm-papst.
Contiweb at Labelexpo Europe 2019 Contiweb Thallo – greater business opportunities and enhanced productivity when producing smaller jobs with web offset system. Contiweb will use Labelexpo Europe 2019 to demonstrate how packaging and label print providers can secure greater business opportunities and enhance productivity when producing smaller jobs with its web offset system, the Contiweb Thallo. With the ability to produce new plates in a matter of minutes, the Contiweb Thallo dramatically slashes time-consuming job changeovers while maintaining premium image quality. This allows businesses to increase throughput and exceed brand owners’ expectations by reacting quickly to competitive marketing campaigns. With a Thallo print unit on the stand (stand 7E59, hall 7), visitors will witness this rapid sleeve changeover in real-time through live demonstrations.
Sales Manager at Contiweb, packaging converters continue to face several key challenges, namely an ever-present squeezing of profit margins at the hands of short run lengths, together with environmental legislation aimed at reducing their carbon footprint.
a new job within minutes, the Contiweb Thallo dramatically slashes time-consuming changeovers and is engineered to produce short runs quickly and profitably. Beyond this, the solvent-free inks ensure that the print provider’s carbon footprint is kept to a minimum.”
“Web offset printing provides a viable solution to overcome these pain points,” he explains. “With the capability to set-up
For those seeking to expand their product offering, the Contiweb Thallo is equipped with an advanced web tension control system, enabling print providers to not only print on paper and cardboard but also stretchy substrates. This opens the door to a wider array of applications including in-mould labels, wrap around labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging for food and non-food. The Contiweb Thallo is a hybrid web offset printing system that features high quality, sustainable production of film, foil, paper and board based label, packaging and security print applications. According to Jan Willem Nota, Technical
‘Invaluable Contributor Award in Trade & Industry’ for Gururaj Ballarwad Mr. Gururaj Ballarwad, President, ALPS, receives the award during the MICE Conference Expo & Awards 2019. Mr. Gururaj Ballarwad, President, Association of Label Printers & Suppliers has been bestowed with the ‘Invaluable Contributor Award in Trade & Industry’. The award got conferred during the MICE Conference Expo & Awards 2019, organized by Mice Affairs magazine on July 19, 2019. During the award night, many associations and trade bodies were also acknowledged for their contribution in Trade & Industry. The associations and the trade bodies which received awards in different categories were
PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, EEPC India, Export promotion Council for Handicraft, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, Sports Goods Export promotion Council, PMMAI, FISME India, Indian Paint & Coating Association, All India Plastic Industries Association, OPA, FIEO, AIFMP, FICO Punjab, IAMSME of India and Noida Entrepreneurs Association. The one day event witnessed presence of 200+ key delegates from MICE fraternity across verticals.
H.E. Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador of Vietnam to India was the Chief Guest of the event. Mr. Chau emphasized on the importance of MICE industry for the growth of a nation’s economy. Director- MSME DI, Chairman IAMSME of India , President FICO, the chief guests during the Inaugural session also emphasized on the role of MSME and Association Buyers in MICE Industry. Focused panel discussions on various subjects including Mice Travel-Opportunities and Loopholes, Trade Associations-Unveiling the Mystery, MICE and Technology kept the audience connected to the sessions throughout the day.
Xeikon exhibits at Printex 2019 Xeikon is set to showcase its complete portfolio of innovative solutions at PrintEx 2019. Taking place in Australia at Sydney’s Olympic Park, 13 - 16 August, this popular show attracts the wider print community. Xeikon will use this opportunity to demonstrate the multiplicity and breadth of solutions they have for a variety of sectors that use both inkjet and dry-toner technology, all driven by Xeikon’s powerful and userfriendly digital front end, the X-800. Xeikon is focused on meeting and supporting businesses looking to diversify and add new revenue streams. The flexibility of Xeikon technology will enable converters to diversify and will grow with their business development. For example,
converters will not just print phamaceutical labels for bottles but also produce the small cartons they go into. With the same platform, converters will be able to produce heat transfer labels, and added to this, the Xeikon technology now allows delivering high quality flexible pouches. The Xeikon platform also offers diversification in commercial printing with the production of high quality brochures, book covers, wall decoration, and point of sale items. In addition, there is the ability to print on a variety of materials without the need to pre-coat. Visitors will find Xeikon at the show on Stand R36 in Hall 3. Guru Labels – a premium supplier of high quality digital labels in Australia and a Xeikon user for a number of years – will also be exhibiting at PrintEx
and will be happy to speak to any potential digital users about their digital journey with the Xeikon technology. From entry level solutions through to high end production lines, Xeikon is ready to share its latest news on the innovative power of its X-800 DFE and its diverse ability to drive a number of digital presses using both inkjet and dry toner technologies.
United Caps honoured with prestigious IMDA award Company lives up to its PERFORM commitment with MORPHOTONIX collaboration and award for Best Technical Achievement: Holographic Closure Technologies. protection company. The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) is a trade association representing molders, label printers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers and others committed to the development and growth of in-mold labelling and decorating products, technologies and markets. To create this unique and secure bio-inspired and sustainable closure design, Morphotonix nano-engraved steel cavities with 130,000 dpi precision custom diffractive holograms, which were replicated by United Caps into the closures via injection molding. The cavities are seamlessly integrated in the molding line, and the closures are produced at standard speeds, with zero additional consumables. The irremovable security designs provide immediate verification without scanning.
Unique holographic United Caps anti-counterfeiting closure developed in collaboration with Morphotonix.
United Caps, international manufacturer of caps and closures, was honoured with an IMDA award for Best Technical Achievement:
Holographic Closure Technologies, for a holographic in-mold label jointly developed with Morphotonix, a high-tech brand
Sistrade at Labelexpo Europe 2019
SISTRADE – Software Consulting, S.A. will be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, from 24to 27of September. This year, SISTRADE presents the latest version v.12 of Sistrade MIS|ERP, where a number of new features and improvements are released for all the label converters, flexible packaging and packaging. This new version allows companies to be
a part of the Industry 4.0 transformation, contributing to an enhance in automation and increase production efficiency, the latest version of Sistrade MIS|ERP data collection interface is now more simple and userfriendly but at the same time more accurate and easy to follow with the increased use of highcharts.
“We also showed this innovative approach to security closures at ProPak Asia 2019 last month, where it received rave reviews due to its unmatched anti-counterfeiting performance and its attractive, attentiondrawing appearance,” said Benoit Henckes, CEO of United Caps. “With an estimated US$460 billion in counterfeit goods worldwide, counterfeit prevention has significant economic benefits, including protection of jobs and prevention of deaths due to counterfeit drugs. This holographic solution is one of two SMARTER anti-counterfeiting solutions we have demonstrated at ProPak Asia and other recent shows; the other one is QR+ technology, a combination of a QR code and secure fingerprint that helps brands enhance consumer confidence. It’s another example of how we leverage our market-driven pillars for differentiated total packaging solutions: Relate – Perform - Sustain. In this case, as an element of our Perform pillar, we have improved usability for consumers and productivity for customers by making it easier to quickly identify a genuine product.”
SISTRADE will be present at Labelexpo at stand 9A39, Hall 9.
Toray and Codimag to collaborate at Labelexpo Europe 2019 Combined demonstrations highlight most efficient, environmentally friendly offset printing process.
At Labelexpo Europe 2019, scheduled for 24 to 27 September in Brussels, Toray will be collaborating with Codimag to demonstrate the benefits of waterless offset printing. Toray will be located in Hall 11, Booth number D02, at the show, while Codimag will be located just across the aisle in Booth number C10 and will be running live waterless offset printing demonstrations on its VIVA 420 intermittent (semi-rotary) press using Toray IMPRIMA LJ plates on a variety of
different substrates. Toray’s show presence will feature the full array of waterless offset printing plates for label production. “Our collaboration with Toray at Labelexpo Europe will clearly show visitors the advantages of waterless offset printing,” said Benoit Demol, CEO of Codimag. “Our VIVA 420 intermittent press with Toray IMPRIMA LJ plates delivers one of the most productive offset printing experiences in the industry and is suitable for not only label printing, but also other packaging materials such as plastics films, in-mold materials and cardboard. The VIVA 420 with Toray IMPRIMA LJ plates in addition to its suitability for shorter runs, also competes well with flexographic printing for longer runs as higher durability of the new LJ plates fits perfectly with high speed and productivity of our latest Viva 420. We’ll also have some fun and surprises, including introducing visitors to our new ambassador, Annie Lox! We jointly look forward to sharing this outstanding solution with visitors to both of our stands.”
Chemistry free pre-press – Tap water plate processing In addition to learning about the benefits of waterless offset printing through the Codimag collaboration, visitors to the Toray
booth will learn about Toray’s complete line of waterless offset printing plates for labels and packaging, including its new line of chemistry free, water-washable plates, IMPRIMA LJ for label printers. These water washable plates save costs and offer greater environmental benefits for waterless offset printers, and visitors will be able to see the washing process for themselves. IMPRIMA LJ water-washable plates, do not require chemistry in the developing process and can be processed in most available waterless processors. IMPRIMA LJ does not require post-baking. This makes these plates easy to insert into any offset workflow and results in low-cost processing. Other benefits of these new plates include: • Stable dot reproduction • Resolution 2400/2540 dpi, AM resolution 1–99% at 300 lpi (120 l/cm), FM screening 1–99% Hybrid screening: 1–99% • High ink coverage • Up to 3 hours daylight resistance under standard safe-light conditions • Long shelf life, suitable for archiving • Compatible with all waterless inks, UV and Oil based • UV compatible • Resolution 300 lpi • Water washable
Xeikon to showcase four live production solutions at Labelexpo - ready to share digital expertise with the launch of latest advisory tool ‘TRANSFORM’. Xeikon is set to showcase four live production solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (Hall 5 Stand C28). The company will also introduce its latest advisory tool ‘TRANSFORM’ sharing the company’s deeper understanding, experience, and valued digital printing expertise with the international label community, Xeikon can offer printers and converters insights into different ways of transforming a label printing business into a business for the future. Starting now and in preparation for the show, visitors to the website transform.xeikon. com can consult Xeikon and get advice on the ideal digital set-up for their business by simply answering a few questions. As a pioneer in full colour digital label printing, Xeikon has gathered a wealth of knowledge on the key success factors in implementing digital production. Over the four days of Labelexpo, Xeikon will exhibit on the Flint Group stand 5C28 and feature a wide portfolio of digital label printing solutions, including entry level as well as high productivity production lines from start to finish. There will be demonstrations on the latest innovative power of Xeikon’s X-800 workflow tools driving a number of digital presses using both inkjet and toner technologies and demonstrating food safety for flexible packaging and stand up pouches. Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s VP Marketing states, “Looking at today’s consumer-driven trends and the evolving diversity in consumer behaviour, label printers and converters are confronted with a number of challenges. They face varying run lengths, increasing numbers of jobs, long runs over many versions, personalisation, and just-in-time delivery requirements while still running their operational costs effectively. Digitising their print manufacturing process helps them to address these challenges. With ‘TRANSFORM’, we provide a tool that guides business owners in this transformation process.”
the deepest market understanding allowing us to offer label converters tailored advice on how to start with digital or optimise existing digital production. By just asking five simple questions related to their business, we provide personal advice that can set them on the right track to choose the ideal configuration for their business strategy out of almost 200 possible digital label production setups.”
Popular digital printing configurations showcased live at Labelexpo Europe With TRANSFORM as a must-see, Xeikon will be operating a selection of popular configurations throughout the show: • Label Discovery Package: an entry-level solution addressing 90% of all end-user label applications • Xeikon CX500: addressing high-end food and wine label printing • Xeikon PX3000: the ideal solution for health & beauty markets and highperformance durable label printing • Xeikon aXelerate: helping printers and converters to go the extra mile Xeikon will also be a key participant in Labelexpo’s Flexible Packaging Arena.
There, it will showcase its digital pouchmaking solution involving full colour print and lamination for food packaging, both in the Brand Innovation Showcase and in the Sustainability Insight Café. Xeikon will also contribute to the Label Academy Masterclass.
Flint Group Label Factory: combining industry strengths Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, will be present on the Flint Group stand C28 in hall 5. Visitors to this booth will discover how the “Flint Group Label Factory” offers an unmatched product and services portfolio that covers all steps of the value chain for label printing, and addresses most industry needs. Flint Group presents technologies from four different product groups that encompass the latest developments in prepress and pre-production, through digital and conventional print and embellishments, converting and delivery. These include Flint Group Flexographic Products (flexographic and letterpress printing plates), Flint Group Narrow Web (inks for any narrow web printing technique), Xeikon (digital printing solutions), and ThermoFlexX (digital imaging for flexo and letterpress).
“Xeikon has over 30 years of experience in developing digital technologies for the label industry,” continues Weymans. “We have
Heimtextil presents 2nd edition of the New & Next University Contest Up-and-coming product and textile designers will be presenting refreshing inspirations and innovative textile developments at Heimtextil 2020.
At the upcoming Heimtextil (from 7-10 January 2020), Messe Frankfurt will put the spotlight on the textile designers of tomorrow. With the “New & Next University Contest”, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles is targeting European universities that specialise in textile design and other related courses of study. They are invited to submit three representative design drafts by their students via the online platform of the contest. The closing date for entries is 30 September 2019. The winners of the competition will be given a stand and therefore an opportunity to present themselves under the “New & Next” banner in the “Textile Design” product area in hall 3.0.
New & Next: start-ups showcase young design At Heimtextil, “New & Next” has been a byword for the promotion of newcomers and
start-ups for many years now. Under this title, Heimtextil presents young labels that are new on the market. Recently, around 40 newcomers to the market presented fresh design ideas to the international trade fair audience. In the Textile Design product segment (hall 3.0) in particular, young studios inspire with exciting designs. In addition, New & Next participants also offer creative design concepts in other product segments.
New: Job exchange platform for textile and fashion professionals Graduates, young professionals and established professionals can now access attractive job offers via the new Texpertise Network job exchange platform. The job exchange platform thus also offers companies from the textile and apparel industry the opportunity to recruit new staff. A win-win situation created by the Texpertise Network, the worldwide network by Messe Frankfurt for professionals in the textile and fashion industry.
HP opens new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence 150,000 square foot facility facilitates world-class R&D, engineering, co-development, and sustainable innovation for the next-generation technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. On June 12, 2019, HP Inc. opened the doors to its new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, one of the world’s largest and most advanced research and development facilities for the next-generation technologies powering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The new Center brings together hundreds of the world’s leading additive manufacturing experts in more than 150,000 square feet of cutting-edge innovation space – about the size of three football fields – to transform the way the world designs and manufactures. The 3+ acre facility at HP’s Barcelona campus is dedicated to the development of HP’s industrial 3D printing portfolio and provides a large-scale factory environment to collaborate with customers and partners on the digital manufacturing technologies revolutionizing their industries. “HP’s new 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence is one of the largest and most advanced 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development centers on earth – it truly embodies our mission to transform the world’s biggest industries through sustainable technological innovation,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing at HP Inc. “We are bringing HP’s substantial resources and peerless industrial 3D printing expertise together with our customers, partners, and community to drive the technologies and skills that will further unleash the benefits of digital manufacturing.” The new Center of Excellence unites hundreds of experts in systems engineering,
data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and 3D printing and digital manufacturing applications in what is believed to be the world’s largest population of additive manufacturing specialists in one location. Specifically designed for active collaboration across HP engineering and R&D groups, customers, and partners, the new facility integrates flexible and interactive layouts, co-development environments, and fleets of the latest HP plastics and metals 3D production systems to drive more rapid and agile product development and end-to-end solutions for customers. Leaders such as BASF, GKN Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new 3D printing and digital manufacturing innovations at the Center.
and Environmental Design) Certification. At a company level, HP’s goal is to use 100% renewable energy in its global operations over time, with a target of 60% by 2025. HP’s investment in the new Barcelona Center creates one of the largest 3D printing and digital manufacturing research and development facilities in the world. It significantly expands HP’s global 3D printing and digital manufacturing footprint and enhances existing innovation locations in Corvallis, Oregon; Palo Alto, California; San Diego, California; Vancouver, Washington; Barcelona, Spain; and Singapore, where HP recently launched a groundbreaking collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) to drive 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, materials and applications, and cybersecurity innovations.
The 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence also reflects HP’s commitment to the environment by incorporating a photovoltaic canopy to provide 110kW of power, rain water reuse for irrigation and sanitary purposes, HVAC and natural light optimization, and ecofriendly construction materials with a goal of achieving a LEED (Leadership in Energy
Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII scoops two EDP Awards at FESPA 2019 Mimaki’s Tiger-1800B MkII topped two award categories at the 13th EDP Awards at FESPA 2019. Mimaki, manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, celebrated winning two awards at the European Digital Press Association (EDP) Annual Awards ceremony, held at FESPA 2019 last week. Mimaki’s Tiger-1800B MkII was the champion of the day, earning its first award in the category of ‘textile printer roll-to-roll more than 100 sqm/h’, and the second for its Rimslow TR Series complete solution, in the category of ‘pre- and postpress-treatment solutions’. During the 13th EDP Awards contest, over 100 entries across five main categories were made, with 28 products announced as winners. Chosen based on numerous criteria including quality, value to user and environmental impact, the winners were selected by 20 leading trade publications within the digital printing industry, reaching over half a million readers across 25 European countries. As part of the Tiger Pro Series, the Tiger1800B MkII is a high-volume textile printer for direct printing or paper transfer with a print speed of up to 385m2/h. This versatility and speed paired with the printer’s ability to print at up to 1200 x 1200 dpi, enables users to produce extremely high-quality products without the need to compromise on production and throughput. Capable of handling all kinds of fabrics and papers, the printer can be used for a wide range of applications including tapestries, interior decoration and fashion & apparel. Other important features of the Mimaki Tiger1800B MkII include MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). MAPS prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. This feature, alongside NRS, which enables the printer to replace damaged nozzles with operating nozzles without stopping production, enhances the printer’s performance and boosts productivity and quality for the user. “We’re delighted that our Tiger-1800B MkII came first in two categories during such a prestigious awards ceremony,” says Bert
Benckhuysen, Product Manager for Mimaki Europe. “To be recognised for the fact that we listen closely to the needs of the market and constantly work to improve our products for customers, affirms our position as a strong force within digital textile printing.” Allowing textile printers to take full control of their workflow, the Tiger-1800B MkII and the TR Series is a complete solution for coating, printing, steaming and washing machines. Rather than purchasing technology from different manufacturers to handle the four production processes, Mimaki ensures complete technology compatibility, for improved efficiencies and quality. “The Mimaki TR Series is all about increasing productivity and cutting costs throughout the whole digital textile printing process.
Providing an entire workflow solution instead of a stand-alone product, enables us to offer a much more stable and reliable production line. This enables increased uptime and allows our customers to focus on designing products that make them stand out in the crowd,” Benckhuysen concludes. Mimaki Europe showcased both the Tiger1800B MkII and the TR Series at ITMA 2019.
Xerox wins multi-year IWS contract from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Xerox Intelligent Workplace Services (IWS) offering transcends traditional Managed Print Services to enhance security, support compliance, reduce environmental impact and improve productivity. Xerox has been awarded a multi-year, multimillion dollar contract administered by the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ secretariat leading the digital transformation of the Executive Branch. With the agreement, Xerox will provide Intelligent Workplace Services (IWS), a Xerox offering that transcends traditional Managed Print Services to enhance security, support compliance, reduce its environmental impact and improve productivity for the 43,000 employees the EOTSS serves across the Commonwealth. Xerox will design and manage a more efficient print infrastructure for Massachusetts and will introduce Xerox AltaLink and VersaLink Multifunction Printers (MFPs), also known as workplace assistants. These MFPs are equipped with a common user interface and built-in security features that make it easier to create and share electronic documents securely, thus transforming how employees work.
Security software, Xerox Workplace Suite and Xerox Image Overwrite, also will help the EOTSS and the agencies it serves manage and secure their digital assets—a key priority for the Commonwealth. Xerox Workplace Suite helps govern device access, and Xerox Image Overwrite destroys confidential information stored on the hard drive of MFPs. “The Executive Branch of the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts is at the forefront of implementing new technologies that protect and maintain their assets and automate tasks to make them more effective,” said Mike Feldman, president of Americas Operations, Xerox. “Xerox will help the EOTSS engineer a smarter, more efficient print environment that will help those they serve, and by extension, the constituents in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”
Events Calendar PackPlus 2019
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