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Start-up Park at DCX..........................................18 75 years of passion.............................................21 Allahabad’s 1st Canon......................................22 Faster & Better with Xerox...............................24
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Contents FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK..............................................................................................................................................................................................................6 All In Print China 2018 ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................8 New Diana Easy folder gluer launched ................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 Bright colours in “green” print products................................................................................................................................................................................. 15 Télé Star, the first French magazine to use softproofing in gravure printing........................................................................................................... 16 World Press Trends 2017.............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 17 Start-up Park: Bringing new talents to DCX Digital Content Expo............................................................................................................................... 18 WAN-IFRA’s International Color Quality Club includes magazines.............................................................................................................................. 19
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Heidelberg takes over a Fujifilm operation........................................................................................................................................................................... 20 75 years of passion for folding-gluing.................................................................................................................................................................................... 21 Canon’s first imagePRESS C10000VP installed in Allahabad........................................................................................................................................... 22 Konica Minolta reinforces its industrial printing line up with the launch of Accurio Press C2070/2060........................................................ 23 Faster & Better with Xerox: High quality Versant 80 production at Speed Print...................................................................................................... 24 ‘Enhance Your Competitive Edge’ with Scodix ................................................................................................................................................................... 26 HP Indigo WS6000 to increase customer base at Trigon Digital Solutions............................................................................................................... 27 Heidelberg installs world first 18-unit Speedmaster XL 106.......................................................................................................................................... 28 Customers benefit from Gallus integration into Heidelberg ......................................................................................................................................... 30 Reprographic Systems to adopt Esko’s Crystal technology ........................................................................................................................................... 31 Braskem presents intelligent colour changing packaging ............................................................................................................................................ 32
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Konica Minolta JETvarnish 3D bags Diamond at DuPont Awards ............................................................................................................................... 33 LMAI discusses GST ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 33 Strategic partnership for metal decorating inks................................................................................................................................................................. 34 Flint Group opens the 13th Annual Print Awards .............................................................................................................................................................. 35 Cosmo Films expands its range of Direct Thermal Printable Products....................................................................................................................... 36 Omet at LabelExpo 2017............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 36 Konica Minolta appoints Insight Print Communications as Channel Partner ......................................................................................................... 37 Registrations open for 2nd Batch Short term course at BIGC........................................................................................................................................ 38 Stora Enso EcoFishBox won Gold Sustainability Award................................................................................................................................................... 38 Welcome plastic-free blister pack!........................................................................................................................................................................................... 39
Networking/ Hardware Consultant Sukhdeep Singh USA Correspondents Tensi M., Preeti European Correspondent Rimi, Yadhu Morphine
PrintPack Arabia 2017................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 39 OMET printing machines, the key to Industry 4.0.............................................................................................................................................................. 40 Best seller author Shiv Khera session is a LMAI Conference highlight........................................................................................................................ 40
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Fast forward to a clean, lean career......................................................................................................................................................................................... 41 Looking forward to Labelexpo Europe................................................................................................................................................................................... 42 PackPlus’ 17: Entire packaging industry to meet under one roof................................................................................................................................. 43 Anthem, Marque and Schawk win 7 Package Design Awards for private brands.................................................................................................. 44 Dual-shape labels: external and internal die-cutting shape.......................................................................................................................................... 45 The dates for Interpack 2020 have been set......................................................................................................................................................................... 45 SAi celebrates the 25th anniversary of its flagship Flexi signmaking software....................................................................................................... 46
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FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK Dear Readers, Kolkata based Speed Print goes Faster & Better with Xerox. When the Digital Print provider wanted to expand operations, Xerox’s Versant 80 was the obvious choice. Going for two state-of-the-art Versant 80 presses, the company looks big – aims sales boost of 25-30% within a year, recover the investment cost in 3 years and be at the top by 2025. With their Xerox Versant 80 presses up and running, Speed Print now has an installed capacity at over 50,000 12x18 prints which allows them to target more market share and give superior quality of prints to their customers. Read more about this Indian Digital Printing great in our cover story. Canon’s first 100ppm imagePRESS C10000VP has been installed at Allahabad’s Classic Printers. Mr. Puneet Datta, Director, Canon India inaugurated the production print facility. According to Puneet Datta, Director, PPP, Canon India, markets are in the process of transition from printfirst to digital-first and non-metro cities have been witnessing a high growth in adoption of technologies. The latest imagePRESS C10000VP boasts a 2400 x 2440 dpi resolution, choice of new front end controllers based on EFI Fiery FS200 Pro Platform which enables the product to streamline the workflow and media handling capabilities from 60 gsm to 350 gsm. Another key installation in the Digital Printing arena is at Trigon Digital Solutions of Mumbai. Trigon is a leading name in brand and packaging solutions. The latest HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press at Trigon has been provided by HP India and will equip the company with new capabilities to explore segments such as Shrink Sleeves and Flexible Packaging. This installation will also allow them to cater to small quantity label requirements of their clients. In important launches in recent times, Konica Minolta reinforces its industrial printing line up with its new Accurio Press C2070/2060. The Printing line offers a blend of technology, cost efficiency and high quality print outputs to help businesses maximise their profits. In another development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India has appointed Insight Print Communications as channel partner to represent its bizhub Press C71cf Label Press in East as well as in West India for the Label Printing Business. Also its MGI JETvarnish 3D has bagged Diamond at DuPont Awards. Upcoming events include the Indian Printing Industry’s grand showcase PackPlus ’17 in August. The exhibition promises about 80 new launches during this edition. Around 375 exhibitors will showcase their latest products and solutions before the industry visitors at a common platform spanning over 16000 sq.mtrs. Find all this along with regular updates on installations, events, appointments and technologies in the inside pages.
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All In Print China 2018 - enter the era of intelligent printing
The first press conference of the 7th All in Print China was held on May 10th 2017 in Beijing, where the official initiation of the preparation work of All in Print China 2018 was announced. Over a hundred guests were present at the conference, and included representatives from local and international associations, media and leading companies who witnessed the grand inauguration of All in Print China 2018. On October 24-28, 2018, the 7th All in Print China will be held in Shanghai New International Expo Center. There will be 8 thematic pavilions in line with the popular topics, including pavilions for digital pre-press, comprehensive printing, post press converting, packaging equipment, ink & innovative materials, label industry, flexo printing technology and innovation factory. The area of AIP 2018 will reach 110,000m2, and it is expected to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors to attend the event.
Digital Pre-press Pavilion In 2015, the global market value of the digital printing accounts for 13.9% of that of the printing and packaging industry, and the figure is expected to reach 17.4% in 2020. Thanks to the cloud computing,
The area of AIP 2018 will reach 110,000m2, and it is expected to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors to attend the event.
Key Notes : > First press conference of the event took place on May 10th in Beijing. > The 7th All in Print China takes place during 24-28 October next year. > Many special pavilions at the event to deal with different segments.
big data, and mobile Internet technology, the digital printing industry is entering a new domain with huge market potential, high added value and has quickly merged with the traditional printing industry. With the rapid development of digital technology, the pre-press process has become more and more digitalized. A digital work-flow featuring computer integration has come into being, CTP technology has been widely used, and the digitalized revolution has penetrated into the traditional printing industry. In the Digital Pre-press Pavilion, visitors will acquaint themselves with the new trend of digital printing, try its new application, explore new opportunities and grasp new digital technology for pre-press.
Comprehensive Printing Pavilion With the successive slide of international market, especially when China, the printing powerhouse, enters the new normal featuring slowed growth and intensified adjustment, the outdated capacity will be forced out of market gradually, and the high-end printing equipment, as well as innovative equipment with digital, smart and green features will be the routine of the industry. Due to rising human cost for printing services, printing enterprises have tried to benefit from the equipment, so it is inevitable that more intelligent, automated equipment
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deeper in the production. In this pavilion, visitors will find all kinds of innovative and environmentally friendly printing supplies, such as paper, plates, ink, etc.
Label Industry Pavilion
will be employed in transformation and upgrading of enterprises. Printing equipment manufacturers, through more research and innovative technology materials and improved automation, have seen noticeable progress in technical level. The Comprehensive Printing Pavilion will showcase the latest findings on the offset printer and related technologies and solutions.
Post-press Converting Pavilion The development of science and technology and the fierce competition of the market call for development of printing in a faster, better and cheaper direction. After the pre-press and printing begin digital, intelligent and online operation, post-press converting has become the bottleneck restricting the rapid development of the printing industry. Therefore, the automated and intelligent post-press converting is of great significance for the entire printing industry. Now the digital technology has revolutionized the postpress toward automation and intelligent operation: automatic connection for higher quality and efficiency; the surface finishing and diversified processes (cutting, polishing, stamping, embossing) for higher value. In this pavilion, you will have a close contact with the era of post-press converting 4.0.
Packaging Equipment Pavilion With the development of food, cosmetic and other packaging applications, the global packaging market is growing. The data show that in 2016, the output of global
packaging industry increased to about $820 billion. Among them, the paper packaging will continue to lead the global packaging market, with the total output value nearly reaching $250 billion, while the rigid plastic package output value was over $200 billion, and that of soft packaging rose to $163 billion. The booming packaging market offers excellent opportunity for packaging equipment suppliers. How can international brands expand in emerging markets and how can Chinese manufacturing enterprises improve the equipment automation, and intelligence and fine operation to reach the international level in terms of technology? This Pavilion will showcase the sophisticated domestic and international packaging equipment. At the same time, there will be an area specifically for corrugated equipment, focusing on technical solutions of advanced corrugated packaging.
Ink & Innovative Materials Pavilion With the increasing awareness of environmental protection, green printing is the inevitable trend of the printing industry. The development and application of environmentally friendly printing materials can effectively promote the development of green printing, and help printing companies to generate more value-added ideas. Green materials have become a consensus in the industry, but the use of green materials is just at a primitive stage of the green application. In the future more attention should be paid to innovating the new green auxiliary materials, thus making the green concept penetrate
Statistics show that, in 2015, China’s total output value of the label printing industry surpassed 35 billion yuan, up 7.8% in contrast to 2014, while the total output of selfadhesive materials surpassed 4.6 billion m2, up 5.6% over the previous year. From a global perspective, the growth rate of label market in the Asia Pacific region is by far over the global average, being the fastest growing market as well. It is expected that by 2019, the global label market value will increase from $32.7 billion in 2014 to $41.6 billion. Asia, the world’s largest label printing market, will account for 41% of the global label market share. The Label Industry Pavilion will be an epitome of Asian label printing industry.
Flexo Technology Pavilion Flexo printing technology has developed for over 30 years in China. Flexographic printing only had an insignificant market share in the past for its poor quality in comparison with that of the offset printing. With progress in equipment and technology, however, the flexo printing quality has greatly improved and gradually entered the rank of high quality printing. Besides, it shows distinctive advantage in efficiency, environmental protection, safety and health, so it is gaining increasingly higher market awareness and acceptance. Today, flexo printing technology has been able to compete with offset printing, gravure printing, embossing and digital printing technology in many areas, and China’s flexo market will usher in a new era of development. Flexo Technology Pavilion will familiarize you with the best practice and application of the flexo printing technology.
Innovation Factory “Innovation Factory” made its debut in the 6th All in Print China in 2016, enchanting visitors with 30 printing and packaging solutions, 24 sharing speeches, frontier application scheme and exquisite booth design in an exhibition area of 1,500m2. The Innovation Factory will continue to delve into such topics the cultural creativity of printing, green environment, future technology, 3D fab + print, intelligent manufacturing and Internet Plus, focusing on the latest technology, application and future of the printing industry.
New Diana Easy folder gluer launched Successful partnership between Heidelberg and MK Masterwork.
The Nové Mesto production site produces Diana folder gluers. For Heidelberg, it produces impression cylinders. With a workforce of 130, it aims to double its production capacity.
Key Notes : > Diana Easy meets customers’ needs for flexibility and productivity. > Production of folder gluers at MK Masterwork’s factory expected to increase significantly. >
More than 40 customers attend the MK Masterwork open house event.
In Nové Mesto, Slovakia, MK Masterwork produces Diana folder gluers. The factory, with a workforce of 130, is currently being significantly developed once more and aims to double its production capacity.
Last month Heidelberg and MK Masterwork launched the new folder gluer model, the Diana Easy, simultaneously at China Print in Beijing and at a dedicated packaging event in Wiesloch, Germany. On June 1st, more than 40 customers were able to visit the MK Masterwork factory at an open house event held in Nové Mesto, Slovakia and see where and how the new machine is manufactured. The Diana Easy is the latest model to be produced in the Nové Mesto factory which has a history of manufacturing modules as well as entire Diana folder gluers for the Postpress Packaging market segment going back more than 30 years. The site is ideally located to supply customers not only in central Europe but also throughout the world, thanks to Heidelberg’s extensive distribution network. The plant’s capacity was greatly increased by Heidelberg following its acquisition of the site in 2003. Operating under the MK Masterwork banner since 2016 with 130 employees, the factory is currently undergoing further significant development by the Chinese partner to double production capacity to handle the demand for the new Diana Easy, for the existing Diana Smart and Diana X machines as well as new products
planned for introduction over the coming months. MK Masterwork will install a new portal milling machine at the site in the fall and a new ERP system went live at the beginning of the year, both part of an ongoing MK Masterwork program to shorten manufacturing times and increase production capacity.
Diana Easy meets customers needs for flexibility and productivity Designed by the MK Masterwork team in Neuss,
More than 40 customers attended the MK Masterwork open house event in Nové Mesto, where the new Diana Easy was introduced. The two MK Masterwork Managing Directors, Frank Schmid (left) and Miroslav Svec, presented the facts and figures about the site.
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Germany and built in Nové Mesto, the Diana Easy is a new machine but with a heritage that stretches back almost 60 years through many proven Diana models. The Diana Easy features functions from the top-of-the-range Diana X as well as generous throughput up to 350 m/min. One of the key design criteria for the Diana Easy was to develop a truly modular machine that will allow customers to extend the capacity of the folder gluer as the needs of their business change. Adding features such as the ability to produce 4/6 corner boxes or an inline ejection functionality can be retrofitted to the machine at a later stage. The Diana Easy also comes at a very attractive price for packaging and commercial printers as well as postpress specialists looking to replace older less productive machines or develop new products or markets.
Successful partnership between Heidelberg and MK Masterwork It has only been two and a half years since Heidelberg and MK Masterwork signed a partnership agreement to work together to develop and distribute postpress machines for packaging customers, and yet the results achieved have already been outstanding for both companies. Heidelberg has achieved its
The new Diana Easy is produced in Nové Mesto. The folder gluer is truly modular and meets customers needs for flexibility and productivity.
best sales ever in die cutters over the last 12 months and with the introduction of the Diana Easy the company expects this performance to be repeated in the folder gluer area as well. The long-term success of the partnership is founded on the perfect fit between the two companies’ core strengths. MK Masterwork is the largest manufacturer of postpress equipment in the Asian region. As the extensive development of the Nové Mesto site shows, MK Masterwork has invested heavily in the manufacturing and R&D capacity needed to meet the demands of customers in the packaging
market. Heidelberg’s global sales and service network is the largest in the industry and therefore provides a perfect distribution channel for MK Masterwork. Heidelberg also has decades of experience in the development of print and postpress machines. The Nové Mesto site has delivered many hundreds of machines to the global packaging industry over the past thirty years. The ongoing investment by its new owner MK Masterwork means that many more packaging companies will be able to benefit from the highly productive Diana folder gluers it produces over the years to come.
For Heidelberg, the Nové Mesto factory produces impression cylinders.
Bright colours in “green” print products hubergroup offers a wide product range for offset printing certified according to the Cradle to Cradle principle
The environmental label Cradle to Cradle follows the concept to certify products that can feed back into biological or technical cycles when their life cycle has come to an end. With regard to print production, finished print products will either be recycled or introduced into the biological cycle as compostable waste. The printing ink manufacturer hubergroup has developed a wide range of products that has been tested and approved according to the Cradle to Cradle standards. In order to obtain this certification, the independent environmental institute EPEA assessed the ink manufacturing process with regard to its eco-management relating to responsible handling of energy and water resources, and hubergroup’s corporate social responsibility. The assessed and approved printing inks are based on renewable vegetable oils, are formulated cobalt-free and meet the deinkability criteria in line with test method INGEDE 11 along with the specifications of the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC). The portfolio includes process and special colour inks for conventional offset printing. “Our printing inks, certified according to Cradle to Cradle, enable the printing company to produce ecologically optimized print products”, emphasizes Bernd Groh, Head of Product Management for Commercial Sheetfed Inks Europe at hubergroup Deutschland GmbH. “With this offer, we are enabling our customers to enter new markets, as the demand for print products with a small ecological footprint is increasing.”
Télé Star, the first French magazine to use softproofing in gravure printing Mondadori, Lenglet printers and DALIM SOFTWARE make Télé Star the first French magazine to use softproofing in gravure printing. Initiated by William Lenglet, President of the LENGLET Printing Group, and Dominique Aymard, Director of Industrial Operations at MONDADORI France, Lenglet and Mondadori announce that they have introduced the first softproofing solution involved in the creation of a print magazine in France: the weekly Télé Star. As a result of a three-way partnership with DALIM SOFTWARE, this project, begun at the end of 2016, is now operational. Sylvain Boularand, Prepress Manager at Mondadori France, states: “Mondadori France has been printing Lenglet Imprimeurs’ Télé Star helio notebook since the beginning of January 2017. It previously involved a weekly exchange of proofs by courier from Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine) to Cambrai (North). We wanted to discontinue paper proofs and use on-line monitor authorizations through the use of softproofing—built around solutions and common applications shared between Lenglet and us. The choice of softproofing meets technical, organizational, economic and environmental challenges for Mondadori.” Jean-Philippe Mas, project manager of Editorial Informatics at Mondadori France, explains: “Regarding the technical aspect, DALIM ES software is a reference application on the market for monitor-based validation. Now that ES is deployed for flatplan management on 46 titles at Mondadori, we are entering a second softproofing phase. With DALIM SOFTWARE it is now a three-way project that triggers this change process. Thanks to precise replication tools, DALIM DIALOGUE Engine, integrated within DALIM ES, brings, simulation of the final printed newspaper not on paper, but on the screen. Along with DALIM ES 5, the arrival of DALIM LATITUDE brings more functionality between DALIM SOFTWARE’s web applications and our operating system and enhances the user experience for softproofing. “With Lenglet printers, we have agreed not only on the software piece, but also on common hardware. We acquired Eizo ColorEdge CG 277 monitors and Just Normlicht proofStation 20 SP booths, which
can integrate with a calibrated screen. This allows us to compare the printed samples, placed under normalized neutral light, next to their corresponding softproofs on the monitor. In practice, we define a common characterization profile: brightness, black point, white point, RGB. A spectrophotometer connected to the monitor makes it possible to regularly check the accurate reproduction of the characterized parameters and, if necessary, to return to the initial settings. Same screens, same luminous environment, same figures, same control system—this ensures an identical rendering between both Mondadori and Lenglet printers.” François-Xavier Luchart, Lenglet Site Director for rotogravure, confirms: “The collaboration between Lenglet printers and Mondadori France was driven by innovation and progress. We have addressed the matter in an innovative working way, by production information-sharing. Softproofing was immediately considered in a virtual way. At Lenglet printers, softproofing began in 2006, but customers were not ready. When we received this request from Mondadori, we greeted it with enthusiasm! To benefit from the most optimal situation, we chose to apply parallel hardware choices (monitor, light box) and calibration procedures. By doing this, we are guaranteed of total consistency. “ Sylvain Boularand continues: “As far as the organizational aspect is concerned, before we had to print proofs, prepare flats for the courier and wait for them to be sent to the printer. The printer sorted them out and sent them to the gravure press responsible for
printing the Télé Star. Next came questions of storage, archiving and removing content after a certain time limit. This extensive workflow is now replaced by simply validating the pages on screen in a dedicated environment at Lenglet printers, controlled by DALIM ES. ES also adds the benefit of confidentiality of content, in the case of sensitive information, thanks to its extensive access rights settings.” “On the economic side,” explains Mas, “we eliminate courier delivery costs between Mondadori France and Lenglet printers (nearly 200 km), as well as consumables related to paper proofs (support, inks, maintenance, software). Paper proofs have become unnecessary and will be unavailable to the editorial staff. The environmental aspect is undeniable: by eliminating the weekly courier, we inevitably consume less carbon dioxide. Moreover, the creation of screen proofs in the ES ecosystem costs far less energy to produce than the system required to obtain a paper proof.”
François-Xavier Luchart, for Lenglet printers, concurs: “DALIM SOFTWARE, an expert in the integration between printer and publisher, was crucial in our collaboration and in maintaining a synchronized workflow. We have very good experience—and have a very good technical and personal relationship— with DALIM SOFTWARE. With our partners Mondadori and DALIM SOFTWARE, we intend, through the implementation of new shared procedures, to proceed even further with our softproofing system.”
in France to develop a standardized and shared procedure for softproofing in a magazine. Additional research and general implementation of procedures would enable other publishers to seize this opportunity. This would make it possible to evolve the current, rather ineffective, ISO 12646 standard relating to ‘displays for carrying out color proofs’. We hope that the combined experience of Mondadori, Lenglet printers and DALIM SOFTWARE contribute to this approach.”
For Mondadori, Sylvain Boularand concludes: “Mondadori is the first publisher
“We are pleased to support Mondadori and Lenglet printers in this innovative approach
for a French press magazine,” says Isabelle Billerey-Rayel, Business Development Director of DALIM SOFTWARE GmbH. “The DALIM ES solution has been Fogra-certified since 2009. It guarantees the high quality standards we set for all our applications. The softproofing of DALIM ES has been deployed for the production of high-quality catalog and art books. With Mondadori, the publishing world in France has reached a new milestone.”
World Press Trends 2017 The audience-focused era arrives “We used to trade in attention. But trust is our new currency,” Mr. Peyrègne said. “Any decline in trust erodes the foundation of our business: credible, first-rate journalism.” The World Press Trends survey includes data from more than 70 countries, accounting for more than 90 per cent of the global industry’s value. The data is provided by dozens of national newspaper and news media associations, with additional information coming from global suppliers: Zenith, IPSOS, PwC and Chartbeat.
The audience-centric era A fundamental shift in the newspaper business model took place two years ago, when reader revenue became the biggest source of revenue for news publishers. The results of WAN-IFRA’s annual survey depict an industry that is increasingly building loyal audiences around its high-quality journalism, as the shift to reader-based revenue continues. In its 2017 World Press Trends study, WAN-IFRA estimates that 56 percent of newspapers’ overall revenue came from circulation sales (print and digital) in 2016. “The shift from advertising to reader-based revenue is reshaping the fundamentals of our industry,” said WAN-IFRA CEO Vincent Peyrègne who presented the key findings from the global study at the 69th World News Media Congress and 24th World Editors
Forum in Durban, South Africa. “We have entered a pivotal moment,” he continued, “and more than ever our focus needs to be on our audience and producing high-quality, engaging journalism.”
Trust is the new currency Interestingly, this trend continues to emerge at a time when survey after survey reveals that people around the world are not only losing their trust in media, but societal institutions in general. “The decline in trust is the biggest risk we face as an industry, and all our efforts must be with the aim of getting it back,” Mr. Peyrègne said.
Global digital circulation revenues grew by 28 percent from 2015 to 2016, and a full 300 per cent from 2012 to 2016, with the trend expected to continue. Despite that, total global newspaper revenues fell 2.1 percent in 2016 from a year earlier, and are down 7.8 percent over the last five years. Advertising revenues continue to decline in most markets, although there are notable exceptions in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and rates of decline vary greatly between different markets.
Start-up Park: Bringing new talents to DCX Digital Content Expo Partnering with Future Media Lab, WAN-IFRA and its Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI), launch a Start-up Park.
Start-up Park is the new exclusive business platform which allows the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and start-ups to meet and engage with the global network of media executives attending the incoming DCX Digital Content Expo (Berlin, 10 to 12 October 2017). The start-up Park will accelerate the dissemination of creative solutions needed to boost the innovation potential of media organisations. The geography and process of innovation are now more open, collaborative and disperse than ever. Innovation efforts in the news media industry are simultaneously more globalised and more localised while the increasing variety of players contributes to enrich the innovation landscape. But the separate efforts, prototypes and roll-outs by hundreds of different tech companies get inconsistent attention and analysis. Vital lessons and examples are not being widely enough or rapidly enough disseminated.
Advancing innovative technologies to the market With its Start-up Park, WAN-IFRA’s DCX Digital Content Expo brings those companies together in a central and accessible place: the exhibition is a unique environment for early stage start-ups to engage with a global network of thousands of media executives from around the world. Its goal is to rapidly advance innovative technologies and talents to the market and lead to better economy of scales for news publishers. The new area is designed to promote new ideas of start-ups
and connect them with potential customers (media executives) and incubators. Young tech companies (less than 3 years on the market) have the opportunity to exhibit their solutions at attractive special conditions. It combines networking opportunities, series of 30-minutes lectures and pitches. WAN-IFRA will celebrate the best of show in a special start-up contest held during the Expo. “The success of media companies is to a large extent driven by the collaboration capabilities of all parties involved. We are proud to contribute to this essential collaboration work that unlocks the innovation potential of tech entrepreneurs with outstanding creative solutions but a lack of market access to commercialise them successfully”, says Vincent Peyregne, CEO of WAN-IFRA and founder of GAMI. “WANIFRA believes that traditional news publishers need to evolve from a culture that is insular, guarded and top-down in its decision making to one that is collaborative, intellectually curious and data and tech driven. The Startup Park is one of the initiatives of our Global Alliance for Media Innovation that helps news media organisations to shift their business in a constructive and collaborative way”, adds Peyregne. “Looking at the wide range of innovations happening today, driven by the smartest and most creative entrepreneurial minds in Europe, we get a feel for the changes Europe’s media sector is going through” says Max von Abendroth, founder of Future Media Lab. “Journalism media faces new challenges in the digital sphere as the audiences move to new channels, it is making its trusted content accessible for a wider range of audiences, and it is exploring new ways of monetizing media content.
Start-ups presented in Berlin in October offer forward-looking solutions. The Future Media Lab. is very happy to facilitate a successful matchmaking in the media innovation space.”
From innovative ad-tech tools to new forms of narrative The Start-up Park will focus on innovations that combine short-term and long-term priorities for news organisations to move into an era dominated by innovative adtech tools, new forms of narrative and engagement with the audience like virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, automated generation of content. Furthermore, entrepreneurs will present the next generation of productivity tools powered by machine learning, predictive analytics, and business models for the monetisation of digital content. PandaSuite, for example, offers a solution to create an app without any coding skills. The start-up provides an online studio for creating all kinds of interactive stories, communication tools, magazines or games. Another start-up represented at the exhibition is Apollo: Based on extensive studies in the field of artificial intelligence, Apollo developed tools that help media companies to automate labour-intensive jobs like PDF segmentation or article clustering. Ownpage uses an algorithm for personalisation: Its software allows news companies to show readers stories based on their reading habits and what other similar users are reading. Additionally, users can build personalized email newsletters. The start-up Park is a joint initiative by WANIFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation (GAMI), and the Future Media Lab that is hosted by EMMA, the European Magazine Association.
WAN-IFRA’s International Color Quality Club includes magazines
For the first time since its launch in 1994, the WAN-IFRA International Color Quality Club is allowing the participation of magazines. The next round of the worldwide quality printing competition, 2018–2020, is open to all newspapers and magazines: • • •
Newspapers that print according to coldset standard (ISO 12647-3) Newspapers using dryers or UV systems Newspapers with exceptional production conditions (tinted or dark paper, flexographic printing, inkjet printing, etc.) Magazines, printed in sheetfed offset, heatset or gravure
Printing higher-value products and periodicals has become a global trend. From Canada to Australia, newspaper printers are bringing the production of magazines into their portfolio. So it was only logical to include magazines in the Color Quality Club as well. Registration is now open for the next session, International Color Quality Club 2018–2020. Early registrants benefit from a free PreCheck in the autumn of this year. Publications from Belgium, Brazil, Colombo, Finland, Germany, Malaysia and Panama are already registered. The biennial WAN-IFRA International Color Quality Club is the only worldwide newspaper and magazine print quality competition. It is based on objective measurement and the judgement of international industry experts. ISO printing standards are the foundation of the evaluation. The next test period will run under the motto “Fly higher by proving your great color printing” through March 2018. Results will be announced in June, and club members will be honoured in October 2018 at the IFRA World Publishing Expo in Berlin.
Heidelberg takes over a Fujifilm operation The sheetfed giant takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region
By taking over the coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region of its strategic partner Fujifilm Europe BV, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is expanding into the attractive growth segment for consumables. This transaction is another step in pursuing the company’s growth strategy of developing a fully comprehensive cross-sector portfolio that is geared toward specific customer requirements. Fujifilm will continue to focus on supplying total pressroom solutions to plate customers.
“Taking over the coatings and pressroom chemicals operations of Fujifilm in EMEA is helping us become a digital company and enabling us to offer our customers a fully comprehensive portfolio ranging from technology to consumables and service.” - Rainer Hundsdörfer
At the start of the new financial year 2017/18, as previously announced, Heidelberg adapted its structure to its digital future. This move saw the Heidelberg Digital Technology (HDT) and Heidelberg Digital Business & Services (HDB) segments established on April 1, 2017. HDT combines operations in sheetfed offset, label printing, and postpress and is responsible for developing, producing, and marketing the appropriate technologies and products for new business models. HDB, meanwhile, is where Heidelberg will manage its operations in services, consumables, remarketed
equipment, digital printing technology, and solutions throughout the value-added chain. The expansion the company is pursuing in consumables and the design and implementation of new business models are helping to extend this value creation for customers. “We are systematically gearing our portfolio towards profitable growth,” says Rainer Hundsdörfer, CEO of Heidelberg. “Taking over the coatings and pressroom chemicals operations of Fujifilm in EMEA is helping us become a digital company and enabling us to offer our customers a fully comprehensive portfolio ranging from technology to consumables and service.” This transaction further expands the Heidelberg consumables portfolio following the acquisition of UK coating manufacturer Hi-Tech Coatings in 2008 and the buyout of BluePrint in 2014. “We want to become the world’s leading supplier of consumables in our industry in the medium term,” says Hundsdörfer. The acquired operations account for a sales volume of approx. euro 25 million. Heidelberg roughly trebles its previous sales of pressroom chemicals and has
Key Notes : >
Key step in pursuit of strategy aimed at cross-sector portfolio for EMEA customers.
> Customers benefit from application expertise, performance promise, purchasing advantages & portfolio synergies. > Fujifilm will continue to focus on supplying total pressroom solutions to plate customers.
Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, production site in Kruibeke, Belgium.
Reutlingen, Germany, and Kruibeke, Belgium, which employ a total of about 70 staff. Thus, Heidelberg expands its market position for consumables in the high demand print products market of surface finishing and personalization. The transaction is expected to complete by July 2017.
Focusing on Heidelberg customer needs
Heidelberg takes over Fujifilm’s coatings and pressroom chemicals operations in the EMEA region, production site in Reutlingen, Germany.
a market share of around 10 percent in Europe. In the coatings sector, Heidelberg is expected to become one of the world’s top five suppliers as a result of this move. The acquisition, among other things, includes the takeover of both production sites in
“Through our portfolio of high-quality consumables, we are making a productivity promise to our customers. By not only distributing these products but increasingly producing them ourselves and offering them in tandem with our equipment and service solutions, we can tailor this performance promise to the specific needs of our customers,” explains Dr. Ulrich Hermann, Head of Heidelberg Digital Business & Services. The takeover complements the Heidelberg
range of environmentally friendly Saphira printing chemicals from subsidiary BluePrint Products NV. It also reinforces business with Saphira coatings for rising customer requirements in digital printing and in the expanding package printing sector. Heidelberg’s customers in EMEA will also benefit from a wider portfolio and specialist application expertise from the company as both a manufacturer and distributor of highquality coatings and pressroom chemicals. Furthermore, they will have access to a wide distribution and service network in the sector. “As a full-service solutions provider, Heidelberg aims to boost productivity throughout the entire print shop. This will be achieved through IT and data expertise combined with the intelligent interlinking of equipment, services, and consumables, all delivered via one platform. It is against this backdrop that we are specifically expanding our expertise,” concludes Hermann.
75 years of passion for folding-gluing In 2017, it will be seventy-five years since BOBST started designing and producing folder-gluer machines for the packaging industry. One of the very first such machines, a PCR382, was set up in 1942 at the Zeiler company near Bern, Switzerland. This same company, which under its current name, LimmatdruckZeiler, is now an extremely successful part of one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of folding boxes — the RLC Packaging Group —is, to this day, still a BOBST client. What began in 1942 is very much a success story. Thanks to their reputation for consistently high box quality and outstanding performance, BOBST folder-gluers have imposed themselves as the benchmark for the folding carton and corrugated packaging industries. And today’s client can purchase complete folding-gluing lines. They combine highly configurable machines with top-ofthe-range peripherals to provide integrated and automated solutions for anything the customer might need.
equipment and processes — many of which are still patented and unique to the sector. For all of those 75 years, BOBST foldergluers have continually evolved through the roll-out of ground-breaking new technologies such as, the blank aligner, the crash-lock module, four-corner box folding systems, the flipper-ejector, as well as GYROBOX for the production of complex boxes in a single run, Braille embossing and zero-fault quality checks, in-line and at full running speed.
increasingly stringent quality requirements across a whole range of packaging markets. We are continually developing the sophisticated materials and technologies that allow us to deliver all this, while maintaining the same reliability and longevity as those very first machines.”It is this ability to respond to client needs through constant innovation that has earned BOBST its dominant position in the folder-gluer market, such as the sector of e-commerce.
Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, explains, “The success of our folder-gluer equipment over the past seventy-five years is the proof that passion and innovation are part of our DNA. Over the years, customers have demanded equipment that runs faster and faster, is more and more efficient, and can deliver boxes that meet
Today, BOBST folder-gluers are sold worldwide, often locally produced for different markets. Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST has a presence in more than 50 countries, runs 12 production facilities in 8 countries and employs more than 5 000 people around the world.
BOBST has consistently invested around 6% of its annual turnover into research and development. This has allowed the company to develop innovative new systems,
Canon’s first imagePRESS C10000VP installed in Allahabad Classic Printers, one of the leading printers in the city, installs the new Canon press at their production print facility inaugurated by Mr. Puneet Datta of Canon India. Canon’s first 100ppm colour digital press, imagePRESS C10000VP has been installed at Allahabad recently. The machine is installed at M/s Classic Printers, renowned printing organization in the city. The production print facility was inaugurated by Mr. Puneet Datta, Director, Canon India. Superior quality, productivity and efficiency of Canon products, have always reaffirmed the customer’s credibility in them. Canon imagePress C10000VP since its launch has been a differentiator in the digital press segment, addressing the evolving demands of the professional printing space. Post installing the Canon imagePRESS C10000VP, customers across the country have witnessed close to 40% rise in their revenues which proves the profitable business model this press brings to the printers.
The imagePRESS C10000VP comes with 2400 x 2440 dpi resolution, a choice of new front end controllers based on EFI Fiery FS200 Pro Platform enables the product to streamline the workflow and media handling capabilities from 60 gsm to 350 gsm.
Key Notes : >
First 100ppm digital colour press for Allahabad by Canon.
> Growing consumption in non-metro cities pushes growth for quality and speed. > Rapid growth in Digital Printing demand facilitates Canon installation.
Sharing his thoughts at the second installation of the machine in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Puneet Datta, Director, Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India said, “Markets are in the process of transition from print-first to digital-first and hence, the future of paper and print will be determined by how printing organisations reinvent themselves in the digital-first universe. Non-metro cities have been witnessing a high growth in adoption of technologies and even
in printing printers want to embrace the latest and best technologies available in the market place and Canon is the first choice for such printers. The time of embrace digital is ‘now’ for such cities and printing organisations. As the ‘best in class’ the imagePRESS C10000VP colour digital press is a landmark product in the Professional Print segment. It has been instrumental in allowing our customers to exploit the growth in the colour production market while harnessing the tremendous growth and opportunities digital printing has to offer. Constantly evolving and innovating to stay ahead, Classic Printers is one such market leader that has elevated their services with this installation.” “We have always considered our customers as the motivating force to continuously innovate and bring out new products and service offerings with the vision of partnering together for success. We are eager to support all our customers in moving up the value chain. With the installation today, Classic Printers has taken a step ahead in setting new standards in image quality and productivity.” Sharing his experience at the launch, Mr. Joginder Gupta, Owner, Classic Printers, said, “We started as a small unit almost ten years back and over the
years, with support of partners like Canon we have developed in the space of print, service and design. We are a professionally run firm, dedicated to deliver quality work on a wide range of communication. With our in house professional photography and graphic designing department, we provide our customers, economical and high quality prints. Canon has played an imperative role in contributing towards our growth and we are confident that imagePRESS C10000VP with its state of the art technology will further strengthen our endeavour of increased and effective customer outreach.” The imagePRESS C10000VP comes with 2400 x 2440 dpi resolution, a choice of new front end controllers based on EFI Fiery FS200 Pro Platform enables the product to streamline the workflow and media handling capabilities from 60 gsm to 350 gsm. Engineered to deliver production printing
excellence for the business advantage of its users, it is designed to meet the increasing demand from both commercial and in-house print service providers (PSPs) for higher production volumes without compromising on quality. It can help commercial printers, in-plants, production hubs, direct mail and transaction print service providers to produce a broader range of applications in shorter turnaround times.With its high quality printing, steady colour and efficiency it has garnered major attention in the Indian print market in less than a year’s time, thereby,
setting a benchmark in the digital colour printing segment. The imagePRESS C10000VP Series can deliver outstanding customer output while also provide benefits through its impressive productivity and reliability. It features intuitive operation and can help maximize uptime with automated calibration. As a future ready printer, manufactured to cater to the dynamic needs of the market, imagePRESS C10000VP colour digital press is a landmark product in the Professional Print segment.
Konica Minolta reinforces its industrial printing line up with the launch of Accurio Press C2070/2060 The Printing line offers a blend of technology, cost efficiency and high quality print outputs to help businesses maximise their profits.
Konica Minolta has added two new presses, AccurioPress C2070/2060 to its portfolio of cutting edge printing solutions. The AccurioPress C2070/ C2060 machine comes as the successor of bizhub PRESS C1070/ C1060 and is an ideal solution to cater to mid-range digital color printing jobs. The solution has been launched with significant upgrades and refinements as compared to its predecessors and offers complete scalability to meet the growing requirements of printing businesses and enhance productivity. AccurioPress C2070/ 2060 offers trend setting features and technology including a high speed dual scanning at speeds up to 240 ipm for hard-copy originals; 1200 x 1200 DPI resolution with 8-bit processing for smoother, more realistic images; enhanced
Simitri HDE toner for superior halftone and skin-tone reproduction, with biomass plantbased material to reduce environmental impact; SEAD V Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing System continuously maintains image stability etc.
AccurioPress C2070/C2060 are also equipped with Open API, offering a coherent compatibility with solutions from other vendors including authentication, scan routing, accounting, Nuance eCopy ShareScan etc.
AccurioPress C2070/ C2060 is equipped with the best in class 300 GSM Auto-Duplex and can also print on media upto 350 GSM. The machine is capable to take media sizes upto 47 inches. Konica Minolta strives to bring all the features of the higher production devices in their entry level machines to enable the same features on the entry production systems. This adds to the flexibility for our customers and equips them with all the features to cater to wide variety of the needs from the customers.
‘’Our new AccurioPress C2070/C2060 series will enable printing businesses to tap new markets and opportunities with its industry leading applications. The production machines offer print outputs of the highest quality and are extremely scalable for varied customer demands. We are confident that with this launch, Konica Minolta will play a pivotal role in transforming the digital printing segment in India,’’ said Daisuke Mori, MD, Konica Minolta India.
It is also armed with the enhanced Simitri HDE toner for superior halftone and skin-tone reproduction, with biomass plant-based material to reduce environmental impact and SEAD V Screen-Enhancing Active Digital Processing System continuously maintains image stability.
Konica Minolta will now brand each of its Digital Printing Solutions as Accurio in place of bizhub, while AccurioPress will now replace bizhub PRESS for flagship Digital Production Printing devices.
Faster & Better with Xerox: High quality Versant 80 production at Speed Print The latest Xerox Versant 80 duo at Speed Print is not only to boost sales figures by 25-30 % within a year, but the digital portfolio also fuels their target to be at the top by 2025. Speed Print based out of Kolkata was established in 1978. Today, it is one of the leading providers of digital printing services in Eastern India. Since inception, it has been in the digital printing business and offers a vast range of services like designing and printing of corporate brochures, calendars, greeting cards, visiting cards, certificates, manuals etc. to a wide retail customer base exceeding 600+ customers. Besides, customers in the corporate sector include Spencers, CII, Hiland, ICICI Prudential and Indian Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. Speed Print stepped on its growth path in 1983 with the introduction of the concept name ‘XEROX OFFSET’. This proved a launch pad for Speed Print, after which the company constantly kept upgrading itself into pre-press, press and post press every 2-3 years, keeping pace with the technological
With Xerox Versant 80 presses up and running, Speed Print is specially equipped to tap the VDP growth. The installed capacity now stands at more than 50,000 12x18 prints which allows them to target more market share and give superior quality of prints to their customers.
Key Notes : >
The two Xerox Versant 80 presses to bring 25 – 30% growth on sales within the first year.
> Aims to become the largest Digital print production company of the country by 2025. > Xerox Versant 80 – a combination of 2400 dpi, wider colour gamut, features and functionality.
advancement in the printing industry. The state-of-the-art infrastructure delivers complete turnkey solutions, right from concept development to finished products. Over the years, the company has built credibility, reputation and relationships. An approximately 6000sqft of area spread across 4 units include production, post-press & office administration. “In our facility, we house two Xerox 550 presses and one HP Latex 310 press in addition to the fabrication and binding presses,” says Vinod Dutia. For fabrication, they we have a total of 15 machines. The company also owns an Epson Large Format printer and a Canon B&W Laser Printing press. They have also recently installed two Xerox Versant 80 Presses.
Vinod Dutia, Founder and Managing Partner, is responsible for overall Administration at Speed Print. Urvi Dutia, is responsible for their Business Development. There is a skilled workforce of 15 people constituting of technical consultant, machine operators, office staff and operational and sales teams. “With the installation of the two Xerox Versant 80 presses, we expect a minimum of 25 – 30% growth on our sales within the first year,” asserts Vinod. “All our employees receive software training by Xerox and other OEM engineers. Xerox takes special care to conduct these trainings during any upgrades too,” he adds. In the near future, Speed Print plans to move up to add e-commerce portal by going online. “This (e-commerce), we think, is the future of retail printing. Our vision is to become the largest Digital print production company of the country by 2025,” envisions Vinod.
Strong association – shifting back to Xerox Speaking about their recent Xerox Versant 80 installations, Vinod stresses their strong association with Xerox, “Since inception, we are in the digital printing business and our strong association with Xerox continued for over a decade till 2008. However, we had to shift to another brand because the product line at Xerox didn’t match our business requirement. During this time we invested heavily in other Digital presses but their downtime started increasing by the day and also there was little service support from them. As a result of which, we shifted back to Xerox.”
Versant 80 – the ability to print 350gsm regularly
One such area is to educate their clients on printing on special media and its benefits. “In order to make our vision of becoming the largest digital print production company of the country by 2025 come true, we plan to go online through an e-commerce portal. Additionally, we believe that personalization is the key to success and hence, we plan to develop a set of personalized products to meet the requirements of the market as well as our customers,” continues Vinod. “There is a huge scope for printers who cater to organized sector & corporate companies. The option of Varibale Data Printing has not been explored too much as of now and needs to be marketed properly,” he perceives.
While deciding on their latest Xerox, Speed Print’s primary focus was to increase their production capacity. While considering various brands, they found Xerox had an edge over their nearest competitors in terms of machine service support, reliability as well as pricing. Moreover, Vinod finds the sale and service support from Xerox before, during and post installation as excellent.
Now with Xerox Versant 80 presses up and running, Speed Print is specially equipped to tap this growth. The installed capacity now stands at more than 50,000 12x18 Prints which will allow them to target more market share by giving superior quality of prints to their customers. An enthusiastic Vinod expects his current investment of around 75 lacs to return in three years.
“We believe it was a good decision, as now with the Xerox Versant 80 press, we are able to print 350 gsm on regular basis. The machine, being a 2400 dpi virtual print production press, has a much better & wider colour gamut. It provides a combination of features and functionality which ensure high quality production – faster and better. It also allows printing on more media types and its powerful automation generates less waste,” shares Vinod. With the Xerox Versant, they are targeting the specialty media market along with customized/personalized printing options.
The customers are chiefly from Eastern region. Local delivers are done by dedicated staff and outstation deliveries are carried out through courier services.
Speed Print has the advantage of putting both the presses at a single location which allows them to smoothly switch jobs. One machine is dedicated to print on 90gsm – 170gsm papers along with specialty paper and the other machine only prints on 250, 300 & 350gsm board. “With dedicated gsm range for each machine, we are able to manage print jobs much easier then we used to,” claims Vinod. In the ever changing Digital Printing Industry, Speed Print is all prepared to take on tomorrow. It has a number of key focus areas and strategic steps for the future.
Speed Print has Tally Integrated into their system to help them on various fronts from making estimates to Invoices. They don’t follow any manual process. Vinod thinks that the Digital Printing Industry is currently suffering because of lack of set systems and parameters based on marketing, production and delivery. These are the major industry challenges, according to him. He, however, finds the answer to these challenges in economical CRM & ERP software which could cut down on the administration & production timelines and make operations much faster & reliable. “In future we would like the printing federation to roll out education institutions for the Printing Industry & have customized and certified courses on various aspects of the industry for students who want to pursue the subject and consequently, create more awareness and human resource for the industry. We will soon be launching our own marketing campaigns to educate customers industry wise,” concludes Vinod.
‘Enhance Your Competitive Edge’ with Scodix Live demonstrations of the Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station throughout the Dscoop EMEA 6 Scodix, the provider of digital enhancement solutions for the graphic arts industry, demonstrated the clear advantages of incorporating digital enhancement to increase business productivity and profit at Dscoop EMEA 6 from 7-9th June in Lyon, France. “Dscoop falls within a really exciting period for Scodix. Awareness of digital enhancement is at an all-time high and printers and converters are seeing the benefits it can bring to their bottom line,” states Eli Grinberg, Scodix Co-Founder and VP EMEA. Alongside its French customer MR Cartonnage – a pioneer in the field of digital printing on cardboard, specializing in the mock-up and production of small luxury boxes – Scodix delivered a presentation entitled ‘Digital print enhancement, the time is now’, on 8 June. Expanding on a recent InfoTrends survey – in which it was stated roughly half of PSPs had indicated they are considering a digital print enhancement system in the next two years – Amit Shvartz, Scodix VP Marketing illustrated the multitude of ways in which Scodix customers can evolve their market position, and boost revenues and profits through digital enhancement. “Dscoop is such an important event for Scodix. The event is so successful in its platform, with huge scope for networking,” says Shvartz. “We are able to share our successes, demonstrate best practice and work with printers who are interested in boosting profit margins to build solid business cases so they can clearly see the ROI.” Visitors to Dscoop EMEA 6 were shown live demonstrations of the Ultra Pro Digital Enhancement Press with Foil Station on the stand throughout the show, illustrating the productivity and versatility of Scodix technology. The full range of Scodix digital enhancement effects in up to B1 size, including Scodix Foil, Scodix VDE, Scodix Cast&Cure and Scodix Crystals, were also on display.
Scodix digital enhancement applications Scodix Foil: the Scodix Foil Station is an optional hardware module that runs in-line with the Scodix Ultra Pro Digital Press, delivering unmatched foil enhancement capabilities. Scodix Foil on Foil: this option enables unique special effects, unavailable on any other system, compiling different foils on foil, and a variety of Scodix Sense features, to achieve numerous texture effects Scodix Sense: digital enhancement printing that allows print service providers, folding carton converters, designers and brand owners to craft extraordinary creations Scodix SPOT: a selective spot varnish for short to medium runs, Scodix SPOT digitally recreates the effect of traditional analogue flat varnishes, without the setup time or mess Scodix Metallic: allows users to enhance print with metallic colouring by simply utilizing the CMYK colour process of Scodix SENSE Scodix Glitter: Scodix Rainbow is the world’s first in-house digital inkjet glittering station that produces the Scodix Digital-Glittering experience Scodix VDE: Scodix variable data enhancements accentuate personalised digital print – or provide impact as standalone finishing customised for each print
Scodix Braille: the innovative Scodix InkjetBraille solution is designed to provide a better quality of life for blind and visually impaired people around the world, making the service more accessible for short-run production Scodix Cast&Cure: empowering Scodix Foil Station users, Scodix Cast&Cure creates a high-impact 3D holographic effect, bringing a whole new dimension, and value proposition, to print projects Scodix Crystals: replacing the manual placement of chaton, costume jewellery, or crystals on products such as greeting cards and brochures, Scodix Crystals adds a colourful and reflective sparkle.
HP Indigo WS6000 to increase customer base at Trigon Digital Solutions The installation of the Indigo WS6000 digital press at Trigon Digital Solutions by HP Inc. India will enable it to increase sales volumes and engage with brand owners. HP India Inc. has installed the HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press at Trigon Digital Solutions in Mumbai. With this addition, Trigon - a leading name in brand and packaging solutions, will be equipped with new capabilities to explore segments such as Shrink Sleeves and Flexible Packaging. This installation will also allow them to cater to small quantity label requirements of their clients. The label segment in India has been estimated to be growing at 15%1. The category has witnessed label printing companies use increasingly advanced equipment to enhance their printing, converting and decorating capabilities. HP Indigo WS6000 with its advanced features will empower Trigon Digital Solutions to overcome these changing market dynamics, and help them hone their digital offerings in the sector. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. A. Appadurai, Country Manager, Indigo and Pagewide Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India said, “We are delighted to be a part Trigon’s growth journey and are confident that HP Indigo WS6000 will help them realize their strategic goals. With the help of HP Indigo WS6000, Trigon will be able to cater to the opportunity of Shrink Sleeve packaging market segment which will enhance Trigon Digital Solution’s capacity to cater to its customers’ needs.” Mr. Anil. N, Co-founder & Managing Director, Trigon Digital Solutions said, “Trigon decided to acquire HP Indigo WS 6000 keeping in view the future trend. Well, the reality is digital and short run for label has quickly become the need of the hour. It indeed is a nice feeling to cater to customer’s conscious and unconscious need for quality, in shortest turnaround time.”
transfer jobs from conventional printing to digital—at lower cost—while achieving superior quality, productivity and profitability. Equipped with HP’s Mosaic application which is a variable design technology software provided with HP SmartStream Designer, Trigon Digital Solution will be able to create exquisite products for a memorable customer experience by generating numerous unique graphics for variable data jobs.
FMCG companies and merchandising professionals, by providing them pre-press services for design, correction and proofs. They have also successfully executed large variable data projects which have helped the brand owners to fulfill their objective of reaching their target audience more efficiently. Last year, they set up their first international arm in Dubai to better serve their clients in Middle East, African and European markets.
Trigon Digital Solutions caters to
The HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press offers the most productive, high-speed digital solution for medium run label and packaging printing, with print quality surpassing that of conventional printing. The digital press enables label and packaging printers to
Heidelberg installs world first 18-unit Speedmaster XL 106 With an 18-unit Speedmaster XL 106, packaging manufacturer MPS, part of WestRock, offers designers and brand owners exceptional finishing options.
David Rae, Print Champion at MPS (left), has tested the new Prinect Image Control 3 colour measurement system extensively. In his opinion, the opaque white control is the most important feature for optimizing the print quality.
The international packaging manufacturer Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS), part of WestRock, has installed the world’s first Speedmaster XL 106 with 18 units at its Scottish site in East Kilbride. MPS is responding to the high level of customer demand on the part of designers and brand owners for a wide variety of finishing options and premium quality. The new press is the most versatile machine that Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has ever produced for packaging printing in the premium sector and has now passed its final acceptance tests. It comprises eleven printing, three coating and four drying units, as well as the FoilStar in-line cold foiling system. To facilitate zero defect production and top colour quality, the Speedmaster XL 106 is equipped with the new Prinect Inspection Control 2 and Image Control 3 quality and colour measurement systems. For more than a year, MPS monitored a field test with Image Control 3 on its 17-unit Speedmaster XL 106, and was impressed by the new options. “With the new 18-unit machine which, by the way, is positioned right next to the 17-unit machine, we
have once again made a significant investment within our global activities,” explains Tim Whitfield, EVP European Branded Consumer, MPS. “With the perfectly equipped Speedmaster XL 106, we can implement even more processes in-line, with 100% quality assurance, and thus ensure that we meet the requirements of some of the most well-known brands in the world. This helps us to optimize and grow our business.” One example application for the Speedmaster XL 106, which prints at a top speed of 18,000 sheets per hour, is the production of folding whisky cartons with printing on the back, cold foil finishing and double coating.
New Prinect Image Control 3 – gets colours right “Our portfolio of products ranges from premium spirits to high-quality fine confectionery. Brand owners can now give their packaging even more colours and foils, as well as matt, gloss and pearlescent effects, with spot and solid finishes,” confirms David Rae, Print Champion at MPS East Kilbride. In these brand-conscious segments, the quality is extremely
Key Notes : >
At its Scottish site, MPS deploys the world’s first machine with this configuration in its production.
> A high level of customer demand for a wide variety of effects and premium quality. > Prinect Inspection Control 2 and Prinect Image Control 3 ensure top quality, colour fidelity and zero defects in packaging printing.
David Rae, Print Champion at MPS (left), has tested the new Prinect Image Control 3 colour measurement system extensively. In his opinion, the opaque white control is the most important feature for optimizing the print quality. He was supported by Bernd Utter, product management Heidelberg, Jason Brooks, Print Manager at MPS and Gary Wilkinson, Heidelberg UK (from right to left).
The packaging manufacturer Multi Packaging Solutions has installed the world’s first Speedmaster XL 106 with 18 units at its Scottish plant in East Kilbride.
important and MPS therefore ordered the Prinect Image Control 3 system along with the new machine. “We tested Image Control 3 extensively and were also able to ensure that our requirements were also taken into consideration,” explained Rae. “Most of our jobs are produced with metalized cardboard. Image Control 3 gives us the opportunity to measure and control the opaque white using a completely normal print control strip for the first time. On the basis of our feedback, Heidelberg made this function even more reliable. The colour values required are now much easier to save and call up, and the entire system is more user-friendly.”
each individual customer. “Overall, Image Control 3 has ensured higher quality and more uniformity within our process as we can now measure and control colours on all substrates – especially metalized substrates,” summarizes Rae. “Since the end of last year, our Image Control 3 has been connected to the new Heidelberg central colour database. This means that we have a full backup for all the colours and we can also use conversion software to import colour data in CxF format that is then immediately available for use in the system.” MPS requested this function to allow them to produce one and the same colour consistently at all sites.
This is of even greater value as currently more than 600 colours are saved in the archive at MPS – from colours for cardboard with a metalized coating to uncoated and coated papers. 90 percent of the colours are spot colours and are adapted in line with
Heidelberg has been supplying the third generation of the Prinect Image Control full sheet colour measurement system since the end of last year. It scans with spectrophotometric measuring heads and a resolution of 200 dpi. In addition to true
colour image control, the “Offline Inspection” option means that the entire printed sheet can be checked for printing defects and therefore ensures that the packaging is fault-free. MPS also achieves zero defect production thanks to the Prinect Inspection Control 2 in-line inspection system, which implements maximum productivity and quality assurance into daily production. The two new Image Control 3 and Inspection Control 2 Prinect colour and quality measurement systems were presented at the Interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf and also were on show at the subsequent Packaging Days in Wiesloch-Walldorf. Both events took place under the motto “Smart Print Shop – Zero Defect Packaging”.
Customers benefit from Gallus integration into Heidelberg With virtually complete integration of Gallus sales and service organisations into the Heidelberg Group, the synergies to enable optimum customer canvassing and support. Following the completion of the Gallus Group’s integration into Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in 2014 and a number of joint technical developments, such as the Gallus Labelfire digital label printing system, the sales and service organisations of the Gallus Group can now also benefit from the synergies from this takeover. The Gallus sales team in Western Europe and Asia has now been fully integrated into the Heidelberg sales structure. This means that the existing Gallus contacts in Western Europe and Asia will remain in place for their customers but will now also be supported by the Heidelberg units in sales. In Asia, the service units have already been integrated under the Heidelberg umbrella, while in Germany this will take place next year.
Key focus of the Gallus at this year’s Labelexpo will be customer service and digitisation along with showcase of the new Gallus Labelfire and Labelmaster.
Key Notes : >
Heidelberg strengthens the Gallus sales and service structure in Western Europe and Asia.
> Gallus presenting innovations in digitisation at upcoming Labelexpo. > In Asia, the service units have already been integrated under the Heidelberg umbrella.
Gallus now has virtually unlimited access to the Heidelberg Group’s global network. This will enable the Gallus team to continue enhancing its service and support activities in the future by combining the best of two companies – the know-how of Gallus product specialists and the comprehensive support by the Heidelberg Sales and Service Units (SSUs). “Integrating the Gallus sales and service teams into the Heidelberg Sales and Service Units enables us to provide our customers with even more intensive and comprehensive support throughout the world. We’re also able to target additional customer segments that were previously inaccessible to us at Gallus,” explains Christof Naier, Head of Sales, Marketing& Services at Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG. This integration has also been implemented in the North America and Canada regions since October, with the result that Gallus and Heidelberg now also form one unit in those territories. The existing structure remains in place in Eastern Europe and Latin America, as Heidelberg has already
been successfully representing Gallus in those areas for many years. Gallus will be presenting further innovations for the service area resulting from this integration process at Labelexpo, which is being held in Brussels in September 2017. One key focus of the Gallus stand at this year’s trade fair will be the inroads being made into customer service by digitisation. Another equally important part of the Group’s showcase will be the presentation of the new Gallus Labelfire and Gallus Labelmaster machine systems. The Gallus Group with its production sites in Switzerland and Germany is a global developer, producer and provider of narrow-web, reel-fed presses designed for label manufacturers. The machine portfolio is augmented by a broad range of screen printing plates (Gallus Screeny), globally decentralized service operations, and a broad offering of printing accessories and replacement parts. The comprehensive portfolio also includes consulting services provided by label experts in all relevant printing and process engineering tasks. The Gallus Group is a member of the Heidelberg Group and employs around 430 people, of whom 253 are based in Switzerland. The group headquarters is in St.Gallen, Switzerland.
Reprographic Systems to adopt Esko’s Crystal technology Award winning XPS Crystal delivers digitally controlled LED UV exposure for high quality, highly consistent Flexo plate making. Esko has installed the first XPS Crystal 5080 exposure units at Reprographic Systems in Ireland. The company has also invested in two of the latest Kongsberg Digital Finishing Cutting Tables plus Esko WebCenter software. Esko’s new Crystal technology has recently won the prestigious 2017 Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Innovation Award for PrePress Graphics. It also received an international Red Dot Award for Product Design 2017. Paul Vaughan, Managing Director at Reprographic Systems says, “We are taking competitive advantage and winning new business. This important investment is a natural progression. We have been waiting to complete our digital solution with Esko’s new exposure technology. From front end to dispatch, Esko’s continuing commitment to innovation is exceptional and groundbreaking.” The new XPS Crystal is a digitally controlled exposure unit providing near simultaneous exposures supporting all major photopolymer flexo manufacturers. As part of a complete automated platemaking system linking to a CDI imaging unit, the XPS Crystal 5080 offers a superior plate capable of printing at the highest quality levels on diverse substrates. One of the primary factors influencing plate stability is UV exposure, which is fast and holds the finest lines and text onto the plate. Full automation is achieved by linking the XPS to the new fully automated CDI Crystal and thus reducing the process from five manual steps to just one.
and tested and always delivers. For labels, folding cartons, and flexible and corrugated packaging we use Esko’s broad array of flexo tools and solutions. Our long term supplier relationship with Esko gives us every confidence in a tough market.” James Mason, Esko UK/EIRE Sales Manager states, “Over the years we have established a strong relationship with Reprographic Systems and this latest round of investment has come through deep understanding and a detailed analysis of their needs and future aspirations. It is rewarding to know they continue to regard Esko as their partner of choice when it comes to ‘joined up’ innovation”
Established in the late 1960s Reprographic Systems, based in Dublin, has two other sites – one in Lurgan Northern Ireland and the other in Heanor Derbyshire. The company specializes in the manufacture of printing plates for the packaging industry to suit any flexographic printing application. It has predominantly a broad portfolio trade shop servicing wide-web flexibles, corrugated and labels. They also offer wide format print and finishing capabilities. In a world of brands and packaging the company states that they use the best plate processing equipment for a reason – so that they can provide their customers with the very best and consistent plates available on the market.
Vaughan explains, “The positioning of our three sites offer us the widest customer base. Thanks to these Esko solutions, we are now ideally positioned to service both economies in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 we jointly acquired Promopack Digital Studios in Heanor Derbyshire to extend and expand our reach. We know our future is secure with this investment. With the innovative Crystal technology from Esko we will increase our plate making production levels and improve our export capabilities. We have used Esko equipment since the early 90s. It is tried
Braskem presents intelligent colour changing packaging New technology allows packaging to change colour to alert consumer when product is unfit for consumption We may soon be able to stop worrying about the risk of using products in an inappropriate state for consumption. A technology which permits packaging to communicate with the consumer, an “intelligent packaging” by Braskem, the biggest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, in partnership with Clemson University in the US and Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul Federal University (UFRGS) was presented by Braskem at Interpack 2017. Intelligent packaging uses specific indicators to demonstrate the state of conservation of its contents, emitting an external alert. The packaging will change colour to warn the consumer if the product is unfit for consumption. This technology can be used for perishable product packaging in various sectors. In research conducted with poultry, meat and fish, for example, pH alterations determine a packaging colour change. Patrick Teyssonneyre, Braskem’s global director for Technology and Innovation, maintains that a product’s entire value chain can benefit from this technology. “This gives consumers
greater quality assurance on the products they take home, and, at the same time, allows companies to control product integrity after manufacture, either during transport or at the point of sale,” he points out. Braskem began researching intelligent packaging in 2013, concluded Proof of Concept trials in 2015, and produced the first prototypes in 2016. It currently has available capacity for further development of studies in this area with interested sectors. “Intelligent packaging needs to be customized for specific segments: this means it may be a few more years before it appears on supermarket shelves,” explains Teyssonneyre.
How does intelligent packaging work? •
Chemical substances able to react to
specific indicators of product damage are added to the thermoplastic resin used in the packaging. When product integrity suffers any type of alteration, the packaging changes colour to alert the consumer.
So, when you think only your nose can tell whether the preserved food in your refrigerator is fit for consumption, now you can just tell it by the colour of the packaging itself. Braskem has actually made it possible by developing a way to make plastic food or beverage containers change from one colour to another when they react to the changing pH levels of their contents, a sign that certain products may be spoiling. Even though this type of technology has existed in some form for decades, the new introduction by Braskem enables customers to benefit from this US$7 billion plasticsand-chemical company which is the largest producer in the Americas of materials that are moulded into bottle caps, jugs, reusable containers, cosmetic packaging and much more. It has production plants in Brazil, the United States, Mexico and Germany.
Konica Minolta JETvarnish 3D bags Diamond at DuPont Awards The company in the year 2016 witnessed a historic deployment of its bizhub digital industrial printing solutions across India.
MGI’s JETvarnish solution has earned a Diamond Finalist Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The JETvarnish 3D Digital Print Decoration Process for Folding Cartons & Labels is set to enable companies to achieve a premium branded look for their folding cartons and labels without the time, cost and expense of using traditional dies, screens or plates. According to MGI, the French company has simplified the production decoration process for manufacturers, printers and converters. The JETvarnish 3D solution increases the speed and ability of consumer and commercial firms to bring new products to market at a lower cost. According to the company the workstation software offers rapid prototyping for new product launches and full high-volume production management. The MGI innovation achieves 2D, 3D and Variable Foil Embossing on cartons and labels on a single line. The technology shall facilitate printers, converters and finishers to produce special effects with variable data personalization and customized short-runs faster than other printing technologies. According to MGI, the solution is suitable for brand owners who are looking for more multisensory packaging to attract consumers at the point of sale. MGI Jet varnish 3D enables businesses to garner a premium branded look for their printed documents without the time, cost and expense of using traditional dies, screens or plates.
DuPont awards program is an international, independently-judged competition that honours innovations in packaging design, materials, technology, and processes across the entire packaging value chain. The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation reflects how creative, committed and scalable the packaging industry is in catering to global issues and changing consumer demands. The other participants in Diamond Award included Fritz Water Vest, Zume Pizza, Cryovac OptiDure Abuse Bag, Dow AgroSciences and Plantic R. MGI is being represented by Konica Minolta in India. The JET Varnish 3D takes digital spot UV coating to an entirely new level with increased throughput for flat spot UV jobs and astounding 3D raised effects. It allows for fast start-up without plates, screens or waste, producing anything from one to several thousand sheets per hour easily. On the same document, the JETvarnish 3D can alter the coating thickness from 3 to 200 microns, depending on the user’s defined areas. With extended formats ranging up to 52x105cm (20x42’’) and weights up to 600 Gsm, the JETvarnish 3D can be used to convert your every regular printed jobs into high margin spot UV jobs. The 100 percent digital JETvarnish 3D also enables businesses to take a few sheets from a job and spot UV coat it, creating a sellable proof so your customers can see the potential and additional visibility and impact that their jobs could have.
MGI’s exclusive inkjet technology also offers users the quality they deserve, from the first page to the very last. Precise piezo (dropon-demand) print heads allows for lines as small as 0.5 mm (1/144”) or as wide as the sheet (max. width 515 mm/20”). With MGI’s patented coating formula, consumers can also switch from one job to another with no equipment cleaning required.
LMAI discusses GST GST expert Puneet Bansal answers members’ queries. The Label Manufacturers’ Association of India (LMAI) recently organized a seminar on the latest tax introduction in the country by the government. Goods and Services Tax or popularly known as GST will be in effect from July 1, 2017 in the Indian market. The seminar by LMAI was held in Mumbai and aimed to help its members by providing insights on the new taxation and related preparedness for businesses. The event was attended by around 150 industry people who learned about the new tax from Puneet Bansal who also answered the audience queries. He urged the members to put things in place before time to avoid difficulty in registration etc. Vendors should take care that the parties they deal with are also GST compatible for smooth accounting and billing. LMAI plans similar sessions in other parts of the country to facilitate its members for their businesses’ smooth transition to GST regime. The next seminar takes place in Bengaluru on June 22.
Strategic partnership for metal decorating inks Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint treading new paths together At the METPACK trade fair in Essen from 2nd to 6th May 2017, Sun Chemical and KBAMetalPrint announced the commencement of cooperation in the field of printing inks for metal decorating. The partnership relates above all to the three-piece can segment. The metal sheets for such cans are printed on presses of the MetalStar and Mailänder series. The cooperation agreement with Sun Chemical was announced at METPACK 2017 in Essen (left to right): Carlo Musso, Corporate Vice President & Group Managing Director Southern Europe; Rudi Lenz, President and CEO Sun Chemical; Ralf Gumbel, Managing Director KBAMetalPrint; Klaus Schmidt, Marketing Director KBA; Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, President DIC Corporation; Hideo Ishii, Director DIC Corporation; Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member, Inaki Llona – Global Business Leader, Metal Deco Inks depending on the particular needs. The common objective of the partnership between Sun Chemical and KBAMetalPrint on the three-piece market is close cooperation in all matters relating to printing inks. The refers not only to the future inclusion of inks from Sun Chemical into the starter kits supplied with MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating presses, but also professional support in respect of all technical questions arising in the field. The starter kits for MetalStar 3 and Mailänder presses include either the high-performance UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL or the highly flexible SunTrio TOBA series,
The starter kit for the MetalStar 3 now includes inks from Sun Chemical Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint have recognised that there is significant demand for close and long-term process technology support among users who have purchased a new, high-tech printing press and are now setting out to utilise their expanded production capacities. Together, they will be working on further optimisation of the customer’s installations from both the technical and application-related perspectives. The combination of a press from KBA-MetalPrint and inks from Sun Chemical is in this way to guarantee the customer the maximum attainable metal decorating performance. A further objective of the new cooperation is to drive specific developments in printing inks tailored to the special needs of the metal decorating market. The strategic global partnership covers also joint marketing activities in connection with trade fairs and customer events, such as the KBA-MetalPrint Symposiums with subsequent presentation of a new 6-colour
UV MetalStar 3, which were held at metal packaging specialist Pirlo in Kufstein/Austria between 5th and 10th May 2017. Both sides expect to draw great benefit from the partnership and are convinced that it will also generate professional added value for the customer. The declared goal is to be able to offer the customer even better service on the market. Sun Chemical is a member of the DIC Group and one of the world’s leading producers of printing inks. Over 21,500 employees serve customers through 176 subsidiaries and affiliated companies in 63 countries. KBA-MetalPrint, with headquarters in Stuttgart, is a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) and the market and technology leader in metal decorating. As a global systems provider to the metal packaging industry, KBA-MetalPrint offers versatile solutions for the decoration of two- and three-piece cans. The portfolio for the threepiece market includes printing presses and coating machines, as well as drying ovens and exhaust air purification systems.
Flint Group opens the 13th Annual Print Awards Expands to include Narrow Web inks and coatings, Digital Printing Solutions, and Flexographic Products. Flint Group has officially opened its 13th annual Print Awards competition with a ‘Call For Entries’. Label converters from around the globe will be able to submit printed samples of their choosing for evaluation by a panel of industry judges.
“We encourage printers to demonstrate the enriched and expanding pallet of applications that are possible using narrow web presses, utilising any print method of their choice – water-based flexo, UV flexo, UV offset, digital printing, or a combination thereof.”
Winners will be announced during a live event at the Flint Group stand at Labelexpo on September 26th where Flint Group will unveil the submissions that exemplify excellence and entrepreneurship in the wide world of narrow web printing which includes labels, flexible packaging, cartons, and shrink sleeves.
Kelly Kolliopoulos, Global Marketing Director Narrow Web, adds, “Over the past two years we have seen an increased amount of print submissions coming from expanding market segments – it’s encouraging to see narrow web grow in pressure sensitive label, but even more so into various segments of the flexible packaging market and shrink sleeves. We are glad to see narrow web printers around the world pushing past the traditional boundaries.”
Niklas Olsson, Global Brand Manager, comments, “Flint Group is a solution provider with an unmatched product portfolio covering all major steps of the printing process with the aim to provide superior results for our customers and our customers’ customers. In 2017, we open the awards beyond just inks and coatings and expand this celebration of success to include Flint Group Flexographic Products and Flint Group Digital Solutions (Xeikon).
Flint Group has received hundreds of submissions since the first competition in 2005; presenting this prestigious award to more than 75 companies globally. In 2016, Flint Group presented awards in several specific categories at Labelexpo Americas – all submissions using inks, coatings, and specialty products that were supplied by Flint Group.
Commenting on the awards, Mr. Guillaume Clement, Vice President Global Narrow Web, says, “Flint Group has a unique value proposition which includes both equipment and consumables. In 2017 we are eager to expand the awards beyond inks and coatings to include our colleagues in Xeikon and Flexographic Products. To exemplify best in show, we will honour any company who can pull all three Divisions’ products together in one printed piece with a very special award.” Filip Weymens, VP Global Marketing for Xeikon, says, “The Flint Group Print Awards provide our label customers an excellent leveraging opportunity for the work they do on Xeikon digital presses. We’re proud to take part in this celebration of success and are really looking forward to seeing the entries of the digital producers.” Mr. Clement concludes, “We are extremely pleased and honoured to receive so many print submissions year after year; this proves that the Print Awards is held in serious and respected regard by our customers around the world. Flint Group is very proud to host this friendly competition honouring our clients’ creative and outstanding work.” Criteria for judging includes: registration, smoothness of dot/vignette, overall print quality, and degree of difficulty. Entries will be placed in categories relating to technology and application. Entries should be received no later than August 31, 2017 and the same should be submitted directly to Flint Group. For detailed entry guidelines and entry form contact Flint Group.
Cosmo Films expands its range of Direct Thermal Printable Products Cosmo Films, a global provider of films for packaging, labeling and lamination applications now offers an extended range of direct thermal printable (DTP) products. The portfolio now includes standard DTP films, top coated DTP films, high temperatures DTP films and DTP paper. Direct thermal printing is generally used for tagging and labelling applications where elaborate printing is not required and printing is done only for critical information like barcodes. Direct Thermal printing does not require an ink ribbon for printing, and the image/impression formation takes place simply when coated substrate comes in contact with the print head of the thermal printer. The company has just launched a BOPP based top coated direct thermal printable film which is water and solvent resistant and can be used for tough weather labelling such as deep freeze product labelling, industrial bar coding, track & trace and logistics. The film can endure temperatures of -20 to 70 degrees. A high temperature resistance variety with endurance level as high as 130 degrees is also being offered. The
product has been developed keeping meat packaging & carcass tagging applications in mind requiring relatively higher temperature process parameters. The company would now also offer direct thermal printable paper in both top coated and uncoated varieties. Top coated variety would be well suited for applications requiring water resistance.
Commenting on the development, Mr. Kapil Anand, Head - Speciality Labeling Exports, Cosmo Films said, “Direct thermal printing has been gaining significant prominence in recent times due to its ease of use, low total applied cost and optimum image density and we are glad that we can offer both paper and filmic solutions for a wide range of applications now being printed by this printing technology.”
Omet at LabelExpo 2017 quick-job changeover thanks to the exclusive removable inking cassette, with astonishing printing quality result, giving a boost to flexo printing potentiality.
From 25 to 28 September, Omet will be among the main exhibitors at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels. Present at the booth B49-B53, hall 6, Omet will be presenting an extraordinary show, with amazing live demos showing all the potentialities of its machines. For many years, Labelexpo has been the main occasion for Omet to reveal its concept of innovation in the label and flexible packaging printing market. In 1995 Omet Multiflex was the first machine to show a real
Many players of this sector still think of the Varyflex launched in 2001 among the best innovations ever seen in Labelexpo: it was the first machine with servo gearless flexo technology in the narrow-web printing market. Omet’s innovative solutions ensure perfect printing registration and consistent reduction of waste, which translate to high quality products and costs saving. Apart from the first electronic control, Omet benchmarks also include flexo sleeve concept. Six years later, during Labelexpo 2007, Omet promoted a new “revolution” with the XFlex: it was the first press with short web path, thanks to the integration of the chill drum with the impression cylinder, allowing for the least
start-up waste on a narrow-web flexo press. XFLEX was also the first machine featuring the Vision System able to achieve a perfect printing register, with no manual operations, simply by pressing a button. During the live demonstrations, the visitors looked for the “trick” that allowed to obtain a perfect register of 0,05 mm, independently from the skills of the operator. The first variable-size rotary die-cutting unit (MonoTwin Cut) and the first flexo-digital inkjet hybrid press (X-jet) in 2009; the first flexo-offset press with automatic sleeve format change (XFlex X6 Offset) in 2013; The first press with pre-registration through laser pointer and iVision system for real-time register adjustment (iFlex) in 2015. For the next edition of Labelexpo, Omet will be showing 3 presses with new relevant technologies and developments.
Konica Minolta appoints Insight Print Communications as Channel Partner Konica Minolta Business Solutions India ties with Insight Print Communications for Label Printing Business in India.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions India has appointed Insight Print Communications as channel partner to represent its bizhub Press C71cf Label Press in East as well as in West India for the Label Printing Business. Bizhub PRESS C71cf comes as an optimum printing solution for small and medium size businesses in the label and packaging segment to help them explore the endless benefits of digital printing including catering to high volume demands and penetrating new untapped markets. The machine harnesses Konica Minolta’s state of the art dry toner technology is a perfect end to end printing solution for mid range businesses, operating in the label printing segment with varied requirements. The machine also furnishes an impressive printing resolution of 1200 dots per inch (dpi), equivalent to 3600 dpi *1200dpi/8bit and prints images with a maximum size of 1195*320 mm. Compatible with a paper width of 330 millimetres, It also packs in low temperature fusing technology and Simitri HDE toner, enabling it to print on a
broad range of different materials including synthetic paper and polypropylene. ‘’We are glad to have Insight Print Communications with us, which with its proven expertise will help us strengthen our commitment of transforming the printing segment in India. Our bizhub Press series has witnessed record deployment in India in recent times and we intend to further fuel this growth. We are expanding into the Industrial Print category with our flagship product AccurioJet KM1, Bizhub Press C71cf and the complete range of MGI Products’’ said Daisuke Mori, MD Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Konica Minolta aims to participate in the Industry growth by offering newly invented products for Label Industry through experienced Channel Partners like Insight Communications.
for Graphic Arts equipment sales, Insight has played a crucial role to establish some of the biggest global printing brands in India. Insight group was built on the platform of highest quality standards, with the intent of providing world class product & solutions to the printing industry in India. It has always focused on adding value and building long term relationships with one and all. The group is an undisputed market leader in the printing industry that has transformed the industry from merely utilitarian to inspirational. With the Group’s vision to evolve into a ‘Complete Print Solutions’ enterprise, it has successfully diversified into various Print verticals like Commercial, Publishing, Packaging & Signage.
Incepted in 1992 in Mumbai, Insight Communications has charted its growth path based on its commitment to customer service and well-being. India’s largest dealer
Registrations open for 2nd Batch Short term course at BIGC engaged in the printing industry and printing teachers of India.
AIFMP started special training in ‘3D Printing’ and ‘Printed Electronics’ in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (BIGC), China. The first batch is already getting training at Beijing, China and it is a call for registration for the second batch. The training of second batch will be starting on 18th September and Registration is open only on first come first served basis. AIFMP, in collaboration with the BIGC, Beijing, China has arranged a 3 month special training in ‘3D Printing’ and ‘Printed Electronics’ for the students, professionals
This 3 month short, low cost course has specially been designed for the people involved in printing in India. The training is to be provided at Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication under the supervision of qualified faculty. The course studies will include lectures, demonstrations and practical workshops on advance printing technique relating to ‘3D Printing’ and ‘Printed Electronics’. Visits to a range of printing companies using this technique will be included within the course curriculum. Students shall be provided with visa advice and application support. They will have to meet the cost of visa and other charges at their own. Right of admission is reserved with
AIFMP. Besides the specialist short course, Indian students can also opt for various other diploma, bachelor or master programmes. No formal qualification is essential. An ability to communicate in English and basic knowledge of Printing industry is essential for admission. Students shall meet their own accommodation, food and travel. The admission is limited only for the persons sponsored by an institute/ newspaper, printing or packaging unit. Students/ teachers engaged in printing education can also apply for these courses. Training will be provided in batches of 16 to 18 students.
Stora Enso EcoFishBox won Gold Sustainability Award Stora Enso EcoFishBox won the World Packaging Organization’s WPO Sustainability Award. The package was also awarded the WorldStar Award. “This EcoFishBox case is an excellent and concrete example related to the proactive design work and we are very happy that our eco-packaging for the fish industry is
recognized and awarded the Sustainability Award in the WorldStar 2017 competition. It can replace plastics, is recyclable and saves space during transport and warehousing, which makes EcoFishBox a very sustainable packaging alternative”, says Peter Thorstensson, SVP and Head of Corrugated Nordics, Stora Enso Packaging Solutions division.
The jury of the competition chose EcoFishBox as the winner of the WorldStar Sustainability Award, the best sustainable packaging compilation among the 292 packaging solutions participating in the competition. The solution was also awarded the WorldStar Award. EcoFishBox is meant for packing fresh and processed products in shops and restaurants. Designed in-house by Stora Enso, the box is waterproof and leakproof to the liner, thanks to its pre-made PET lamination and special folding method. Fibre-based packaging has not been used for this purpose in the past. The fibre-based box made of renewable material is space-saving and is supplied as a flat corrugated board. Its material is completely recyclable, and it saves on packaging waste handling. EcoFishBox can replace previously used polystyrene boxes for the same purpose. WorldStar is an annual competition for world packing organizations. The competition prizes were granted at the WPO event in Düsseldorf, Germany, at the world’s largest packaging trade fair Interpack.
Welcome plastic-free blister pack! One of the world’s most widely used forms of packaging – the blister pack – can now be made totally in paperboard. Two major benefits are reduced environmental impact and less consumer rage and self-injury. Blister packs are made to hang on a holder in the retail store and often consist of a paperboard backing plus a moulded transparent plastic front section to display the product to the consumer. The Norwegian converter Moltzaus’s ingeniously designed Cefapack improves both the pack’s
environmental performance and openability, and has already won awards. “Our development work had two starting points – environmental impact and ease of opening,” explains Eirik Faukland, the packaging veteran in charge of R&D at Moltzau. To get around the well-known problem of the extreme difficulty of opening plastic blister packs, the basic concept was to replace the plastic with paperboard. What’s unique with the Cefapack solution is that Moltzau chose to replace all the traditional creases with perforations, which gives the desired openability. However, when perforations replace creases, the risk is that they cannot protect the pack’s contents well enough. The choice of which paperboard to use is therefore crucial. Skiwax from the global leader Swix in an easily opened, plastic-free pack. The pack could just as well hold a deodorant or skin cream from a manufacturer who wants to move from a fossil-based packaging material
PrintPack Arabia 2017
The Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) is co-organisers for PrintPack Arabia 2017 along with Expo Centre Sharjah. The third edition of the show is scheduled to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah, Sharjah, U.A.E., from December 11-14, 2017. With Expo 2020 taking place in Dubai, there is a huge scope for Printing and Packaging machines in the Gulf market. Besides, the UAE retail industry is poised for solid growth over the next four years, owing to a lot of
macroeconomic factors including non-oil sector boost, population boom, tourism and massive economic growth in the country. IPAMA members are going to benefit in many respects from participating in the exhibition. The benefits include best price for space, air tickets, accommodation and other services. The application form and the layout plan may be downloaded from PrintPack Arabia website. The application form can be deposited in IPAMA’s office.
to a renewable, non-fossil-based one. “Invercote’s superior tear strength is a prerequisite for a good-quality pack,” Faukland says. “Both the strength and how it performs in the various stages of converting and filling are crucial.” He says another benefit is that in the packs Moltzau has produced so far, the perforations have allowed the customer to increase the speed of the filling lines compared with those using creased packaging blanks. The world-leading manufacturer of ski wax, Swix, is currently packing some of its waxes in Cefapacks and plans to expand the trial. Other products in Cefapacks already on the market are dressings for wounds and non-prescription medicines. In the autumn of 2015 Cefapack was honoured with a Scandinavian packaging award, Scanstar, and in 2017 will receive the WorldStar award from the World Packaging Organisation. As the pack’s designer, Eirik Faukland has also been warmly praised by representatives of the Swedish and Norwegian Rheumatism Associations, which represent rheumatism sufferers. The associations actively encourage the packaging industry to develop more easily opened forms of packaging.
OMET printing machines, the key to Industry 4.0 TransparentFactory. This is the real key to get into the “Industry 4.0”. Thanks to new devices for machines connectivity and the evolution towards the Internet of Things and Big Data, OMET printing and converting lines provide all customers with the opportunity to boost their competitive advantage through higher operative efficiency and consequent business growth. Gianni Gerosa, electronic R&D Manager, explains:”OMET is among the pioneers of the Industry 4.0. Taking inspiration from the concept of smart factory even before it became the pillar of the fourth industrial revolution, OMET research and development have been always committed to design and produce interconnected machines, thanks to software able to display and control all production data and working conditions. Providing our customers with this valuable opportunity has been for years a priority for our company as well as the main purpose of several innovations, which led us into the era of industrial automation. More and more operations are now easily managed by remote control, the diagnostic is even more precise and allows quick and focused assistance, production data are always traceable and available and the supply chain is oriented towards the complete digitalization. For example, the use of RFID devices applied to the printing sleeves help the optimization of the whole process through the chance to memorize
is the only possible strategy to a constant growth. Moreover, the investment on “machines 4.0”is now supported by consistent tax breaks in many countries. This is a critical challenge for everyone, not only for big multinationals: many small and middle companies should take this opportunity as the only way to strengthen their business and increase their market share.
the parameters of every job and recall them anytime. This kind of technologies are essential to take the leap into the Industry 4.0, which has become the objective of the global economic and industrial scenario: this huge change is based on connectivity, automation, and the integration between human labour and “intelligent” machines. Mr. Gerosa explains this technologic evolution: “The pursuit of excellence depends more and more on quality and timing of information. OMET R&D has been developing sophisticated systems to integrate into our lines, conscious that our customers need immediate and intuitive information to improve their production, because innovation
Being part of the Industry 4.0 can bring huge advantages in terms of production maximization and sales improvement, reduction of time to market, maintenance costs and production down-times. OMET machines provide the solution to all of this.
Best seller author Shiv Khera session is a LMAI Conference highlight The LMAI Conference which is going to take place from 20 to 23 July 2017 at Jaypee Palace Hotel Agra will have Shiv Khera session as its one of the key highlights. Shiv Khera is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author. He will be having a special inspirational session at the conference. Rooms at venue hotel are limited and will be available on first come first served basis. Those interested may book before seats are full. The Internationally acclaimed eminent author, Shiv Khera has to his credit his best seller book “You can Win”, having sold over 3.4 million copies, among other books.
Fast forward to a clean, lean career FINAT’s new President’s call to tomorrow’s business leaders At a time when packaging technology as a whole is changing very fast, Chris Ellison, Managing Director of OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Ltd (UK) has been elected to the challenging position of President of FINAT, the European labelling association based in The Netherlands. “It’s a massive honour, to be elected President”, he says. Replacing outgoing President Thomas Hagmaier, Managing Director, Hagmaier Etiketten (DE), Ellison has over thirty years’ experience at the ‘sharp end’ of the industry, and a strong personal history of business development and innovation to contribute to his new role. He will be supported by newlyelected Vice President Francesc Egea of IPE Innovaciones (ES). At the FINAT General Assembly, Aydin Okay (Canpas, TR) was re-elected to the Board. Newly elected to the Board wereIlkkaYilipoti (Auraprint, FI); GüntherDieroff (Benelli, SE); Alex Knott (Dow, UK), appointed Technical Committee Representative; and Chris Jones (Alphasonics, UK), appointed Young Managers Club Representative. Their entry coincided with the farewell to the Board of Past President Kurt Walker, IsidoreLeiser (Stratus Packaging, B), Marc Büttgenbach (Bizerba, D), Sean Duffy (Bluestar Silicones, F, TC representative) and Dana Kilarska (Purgina Labels, SK, YMC representative).
‘A top agenda item’ FINAT’s activity base has magnified in line with the industry the association serves, and – in an increasingly global marketplace – is
today committed to offering state-of-theart support to its members, who represent the whole supply chain. As Chris Ellison underlines: “Packaging and labelling production is one of the most sustainable industries of all, because it continually replenishes itself – always reflecting changing market needs and fashion trends in a youthful way. That’s why I’m particularly passionate about FINAT’s current focus on recruiting young people into the business. As the founders of the original small, often family-owned, label companies are now beginning to take retirement, we’re facing a real skills shortage that we need to address right now. I know this is a great industry to work in –lively, challenging, and rewarding! – and I’m keen to promote it as the attractive career proposition it is, but I’m also well aware that today we’re competing with many other seductive ‘techno’ options, so it’s a top agenda item for me to have FINAT promote the labels and printed packaging production sector as a clean, lean career choice today.”
New FINAT leading-edge technology website “The advent of new technologies across the whole sector brings its own challenges, impacting the entire make-up of a participant company’s systems. I will be strongly supporting development of the excellent technology website FINAT has recently created, which continually brings members up-to-the-minute expert information on key areas. It’s important to do this, because the pace of technology change in print is getting
faster and faster, and equipment model cycles shorter. Not only that, leading-edge equipment today demands huge investment –yet margins are tighter, customers want extended payment leadtimes, and we need to think about changing direction with what we produce from just a simple ‘label’ to including new offerings like shrink sleeves, inmould labels, and flexible packaging. That’s what brand owners want, and Industry 4.0 for sure means that we all have to become more competitive in our relations with our customers –to be able to keep, and grow, our business.”
Helping us change “And to meet those challenging requirements, we’ve really got to become more competitive and customise our internal business systems to achieve optimal efficiencies. Success means a continuous programme of innovation and new thinking, and the support of an international association like FINAT can make all the difference. You can’t grow your business if you don’t grow your people, and I get a huge amount of satisfaction out of watching staff grow in confidence and professionalism.” “I believe FINAT can really help us change – how we should be thinking, in terms of adding value, technology, recruiting young people. Supporting the label industry national associations, FINAT underlines the international nature of our industry now, which today features a very complex remit – so we have to be as mobile as we possibly can… Fast forward: that’s the main agenda I’ll be addressing during my presidency.” At his own local level, Chris Ellison is committed to establishing a stronger link for FINAT with the UK’s BPIF Labels – “in view of the possible implications of Brexit”, he says. His role as FINAT President will also involve participation in the major international events and features of the label industry calendar – including Labelexpo in Brussels in September and the annual FINAT European Label Forum – and, at an even broader international level, leadership of the L9 – the association of nine national label associations around the world.
Looking forward to Labelexpo Europe FINAT and Tarsus celebrate a 25 year partnership Two iconic brands in the labelling industry – Labelexpo and FINAT – will celebrate the 25th anniversary of a successful partnership at this year’s Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, 25-28 September. The event represents an appropriate opportunity for the partners to focus their vision once again on the broad canvas of the industry to whose growth both have contributed much, and which is uniquely represented by the Labelexpo Europe exhibitors and visitors.
World’s leading showcase Labelexpo Europe has gone from strength to strength since its debut in London in 1980, and this year’s show now occupies no less than nine halls at the Brussels Expo – over 35,000m2 of floor space, accommodating over 700 exhibitors from 40 countries worldwide and also providing the venue for this year’s Global Label Industry Awards presentation dinner. Tarsus’ predecessor (the Labelex/Cowise Group) and FINAT signed their first Labelexpo agreement in 1991, and it is up for its fifth renewal towards the end of this decade. Meanwhile, similar partnerships have been developed with other regional associations around the world,such as TLMI (Labelexpo Americas, Chicago), LMAI (Labelexpo India, New Delhi) and, most recently PEIAC Labels (Labelexpo Asia, Shanghai). The transformation of Labelexpo Europe from a niche self-adhesive labeling event to an established global trade show covering a much broader spectrum of labelling and package printing and converting technology, also reflects the changing shape of the industry, in terms of imaging technologies – particularly digital print – and packaging styles such as flexible pouches, shrink sleeves, and in-mould labelling. Label printers today are certainly positioned at the very heart of the lively packaging industry. However, Labelexpo’s continuing success will depend very much on its ability to respond to market demands, so Labelexpo and FINAT have expanded their joint Labelexpo Advisory Board (LAB) – initially consisting of
management representatives from Labelexpo and Board members from FINAT – to include a cross-section of exhibiting suppliers. Their efforts, coupled with the first results of a long-term investment by the event venue, will deliver improvements in logistics, facility management, and visitor convenience for this year’s show.
‘An unmissable event’ As Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series, says: “Our collaboration with the Labelexpo Advisory Board (LAB) undoubtedly makes Labelexpo Europe an unmissable event for label and package printing professionals. Our close working relationship helps shape serious and practical content for the show, and has driven important improvements at the show’s home, Brussels Expo. The LAB is very influential within the wider label community, and we are very appreciative of their ongoing support, invaluable input and expertise.” Ralf Drache, Director of Sales and Marketing at HERMA and FINAT Board Liaison in the Labelexpo Advisory Board, adds: “Inspiring and supporting our industry
is the greatest ambition of Labelexpo Europe. For many years now, the LAB has focused on continuous improvement of this trendsetting trade show. Feedback and the expectations of both visitors and exhibitors, combined with the vision and experience of the Labelexpo Europe organisation, initiate a dynamic process of creating new measures and developing ideas. It’s an excellent example how FINAT represent the interests of its members and the entire label industry.” FINAT Managing Director Jules Lejeune concurs. “Our information and support platform is continuously expanding in this fast-moving technology and business arena. We very much value our partnership with Tarsus and Labelexpo, in the Labelexpo Advisory Board and in all-round collaborative activities. It delivers real added value, and – as it has been for the last 25 years – is a key enabler in keeping our members at the leading edge of the label industry.” FINAT will be welcoming current and potential members of the association at Labelexpo Europe on Stand 11A31.
PackPlus’ 17: Entire packaging industry to meet under one roof 16,000sqm! 375 Exhibitors! 6 Halls! 1 Destination! PackPlus will take place from 3-6 August, 2017 and the entire packaging industry will be meeting under one roof at the upcoming event. This year, it will witness more than 80 product launches. Key highlights include: Uflex Engineering will offer High Speed Solventless Lamination Machine, High Speed Slitting Machine with Turret System, Pick Fill Seal Machine & High speed Extruded Snacks Packing Machine. Modtech Machines will launch Robotics Case Erector and Case Packer. Bagla Group will present High Speed Automatic Shrink Wrapping Machines from Minipack, Italy. MRL Printing Rolls of MRL Group will be launching easy changing Rubber roller Sleeves, Anilox Rolls, Design Rollers for various application of Printing, Roto gravure printing, Lamination &Flexo Printing. Skytech Corporation will launch Air Cushion Packaging Machine and BANDMA will launch a whole new range of Packaging Solutions. Apart from the product launches, various exciting machines and solutions would be showcased at the exhibition. In the Packaging & Supply Chain section, HewlettPackard India Sales will showcase innovative & exciting world of applications printed on HP Indigo Digital press for Labels & Packaging segment. MultivacLaraon India will present Packaging Solutions for food products, life science and healthcare products apart from
industrial items. GMP Equipments will display Viscofill Liquid Filling & Sealing Machine & Labeling Machine. ACE Products will present its most durable range of Shrink Packaging Machines and other Packaging products. KGK JET India will display Inkjet Printer Machine. NilkamalBito Storage Systems will display racking and shelving storage systems. In the Converting & CartonTech section, Global Link Impex will display high speed Paper Cup Making, Cutting Printing machines. Speedway Machines will showcase Product Model - TSZ-600 (Standy Zipper Pouch Making Machine). Pelican Rotoflex to display advance solutions in Solventless Lamination and Printing. BST Eltromat India will present world class systems for Web Processing Industry, 100% Print Inspection, Web Viewing Video, Register Control & Web Guiding. Uflex – Cylinder Division will showcase Specialised Print Cylinders for Flexible Packaging. NEELKANTH Machinery Company will
display its Fingerless Corrugation Machine. Vardhman Enterprises will display Roll Cutting & Creasing Die Machine, Automatic Paper Cup Machine & Slitting Machine. Rollexe Engineers will showcase Ball Shaft, Ball Lock, Air Expanding Shafts, Lug Type Shafts, Multi Bladder Shafts, Leaf Shafts, Mechanical Shaft, Safety Chucks & Adapters Series. The Packaging Product Pavilion which has grown tremendously will be housed in 2 Halls. It is safe to say that it has indeed lost its tag. The “pavilion” will have Uflex – Holography Division displaying specialised Anti Counterfeit solutions. Premium Polymers will showcase Induction Sealing Wads & Liners. Kanpur Plastipack will present a range of FIBCs. Panamax Tapes will offer complete packaging solutions with Adequate & Effective Adhesive Tapes. AG Poly Packs PET & HDPE bottles with creams jar for cosmetic and pharma companies. Honeyshield Emballeurs to showcase the latest in Honeycomb packaging, along with complete packaging solutions. “With various product launches, running machines and solutions on display, PackPlus’ 17 is all set for a record breaking year,” said Neetu Arora, President, Print-Packaging.com, the organisers of the Show.
Anthem, Marque and Schawk win 7 Package Design Awards for private brands SGK’s brand development and brand deployment agencies honoured with Vertex Awards SGK, a division of Matthews International Corporation, and a global brand development, activation and deployment provider that drives brand performance, has announced that its brand development and brand deployment agencies have been honoured with seven Gold, Silver and Bronze Vertex Awards for Private Brand package design. The Vertex Awards are the only global competition devoted exclusively to the art of Private Brand package design. This year’s Vertex Awards IV competition included more than 300 entries from 25 countries and 49 retailers from each of the inhabited continents of the world: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The awards are judged by a highly esteemed panel of industry experts from around the world and awarded based on Creativity, Marketability, and Innovation. “We are fortunate to collaborate with clients that understand the power of strategic packaging design,” said Wendy Kufeldt, managing director of Anthem. “Effective design communicates and embodies the brand promise, enabling break through results on shelf and delivering a distinct consumer experience.” In the Packaged Goods category, Anthem was awarded Vertex Gold for its private brand design:Sam’s Choice Honey (Retailer: Walmart). In the Redesigned Brand category, Anthem was awarded Vertex Silver for its private
brand design: Sam’s Choice (Retailer: Walmart). In the New Brand category, Marque Brand Consultants (SGK’s regional brand development agency in Australia) was awarded Vertex Gold for its private brand design: Your Majesty (Retailer: Woolworths Limited). In the New Brand category, Marque Brand Consultants (SGK’s regional brand development agency in Australia) was awarded Vertex Silver for its private brand design: Smitten (Retailer: Woolworths Limited). In the Holiday or Limited Edition category,
Marque Brand Consultants (SGK’s regional brand development agency in Australia) was awarded Vertex Bronze for its private brand design: Woolworths Christmas 2016 (Retailer: Woolworths Limited Australia). In the Healthcare category, Marque Brand Consultants (SGK’s regional brand development agency in Australia) was awarded Vertex Bronze for its private brand design: Little Ones (Retailer: Woolworths Limited). In the Redesigned Brand category, Schawk was awarded Vertex Bronze for its photo production and production design: Portfolio (Retailer: Lowe’s).
Dual-shape labels: external and internal die-cutting shape OMET enables production of labels with double die-cutting shape, without backing removal. OMET technology and innovation, in collaboration with the passion and enthusiasm of Grafiche Amadeo, managed to elevate the latest OMET installation on a higher performance level, with the production of special labels with double die-cutting shape, without backing removal. This specific configuration is applied on an 8-colour XFlex X2 370. Grafiche Amadeo entered the label business with the purchase of two OMET narrowweb flexo presses in 3 years. The second XFlex X2 was equipped with innovative technical solutions developed on the specific request of the customer. OMET designed a tailor-made solution for the production of dual-shape labels based on the addition of a die-cutting station in-between the flexo units and on an accurate use of the glues. The machine was especially designed with a particular layout that enables the removal of the internal part of the label, by cutting and removing it before the stripping unit. The die-cutting unit installed in-between the last 2
printing groups cuts the shape meant to be removed, without touching the backing, thus preventing the support from being punched, as it usually happens. Andrea Delfino, Responsible for label sector at Grafiche Amadeo, explains: “After the cutting process, we use a Cold Foil and a flexo unit to apply a layer of UV glue on the shape already die-cut, to facilitate its removal. The label and the filmic substrate are coupled by mean of a nip roll, the UV lamp activates the glue and the removable shape sticks to the plastic film that strips it away. The following steps consist in traditional die-cutting process and matrix rewinding to obtain a special label with both internal and external die-cutting shapes. Mr. Delfino continues: “Thanks to OMET technology implemented on XFlex X2 and to a wise substrate handling, the working speed of this press can reach 130 m/min”. The application of a layer of glue killer under the shape to be removed is a crucial step for the success of the entire job. When the adhesive
material is separated from the backing, this particular substance is spread onto the area corresponding to the removable shape, weakening the strength of the glue in order to facilitate the stripping process. Without this special glue killer, the maximum printing speed would be dramatically slower. OMET had already integrated this special configuration with the die-cutting unit inbetween two printing groups on an XFlex X6, fully automatic and high-performance machine. Yet, Grafiche Amadeo’s X2 is the first machine to implement this very application on a completely mechanical platform.
The dates for Interpack 2020 have been set Following the Düsseldorf trade fair cycle, the next interpack at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre will be held in three years’ time, from 7 to 13 May 2020. The last interpack, which took place in May this year and attracted 2,865 exhibitors and 170,500 visitors, met with a highly positive response among the companies that came. Exhibitors praised, above all, the quality of the German and international visitors and their strikingly high willingness to place orders. A number of firms said they had never received so many specific orders during a trade fair before. By the year 2030 Messe Düsseldorf will have invested a total of EUR 636 million from its own funds in the expansion and modernisation of the exhibition centre. One milestone to welcome exhibitors and visitors at interpack 2020 will be the completely redesigned South Entrance and a new Hall 1. The new building will replace the former Halls 1 and 2 in summer 2019, buildings whose basic substance dates back to the
1970s. The new Hall 1 will have a capacity of 12,025 square metres, so that interpack 2020 will have just over 550 additional square metres of hall space compared with the previous facilities. In addition to a new Hall 1, the new complex will have a foyer directly outside, about 2,100 square metres in size, with a 17-metre (56-foot) steeply pointed canopy made from translucent glass fibre fabric with integrated LED lighting. It will have six meeting rooms and direct access to Congress Centre Süd. The suppliers’ trade fair components – special trade fair by interpack will run
completely in parallel with interpack again in 2020 and will be held at a central location within the exhibition centre. This idea met with a highly positive response among this year’s exhibitors, so that expansion options are now being explored for 2020. Any companies wanting to exhibit at either interpack or components in 2020, can register at a much earlier stage this time – at the end of 2017. The official closing date will be sometime in spring 2019, and the precise details will be announced by Messe Düsseldorf in due course.
SAi celebrates the 25th anniversary of its flagship Flexi signmaking software Seminar attendees have the chance to win a three-month or lifetime software license of their choice SA International (SAi), provider of solutions for the professional signmaking, large format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, is set to offer visitors special at-show promotions of up to 50% on its foremost software packages at Serigrafia SIGN FutureTEXTIL (12-15 July). As provider of advanced sign & display software solutions, SAi’s technologies are central to the production of a vast gamut of applications, including premium signage, visually-striking textiles and intricate woodworking.
applications prior to cutting, EnRoute allows companies to reduce their turnaround times while propelling their production time. Visitors to the event would explore how to enhance their competitive edge with advanced drawing and manufacturing techniques for vinyl trimming; eliminate timeconsuming errors with cutting-edge contour cutting for plotters; master productivity tips and tricks for high-quality textile, solvent, UV or latex applications at a competitive
rate; learn how to streamline workflow with minimum investment; discover businessenhancing capabilities of next-generation colour management systems; and expand their business offering with 2D and 3D design and output solutions. Those attending an SAi seminar will also be entered into a raffle to win a three-month or lifetime software license of their choice. The winners will be announced on 15th July.
The company’s portfolio includes a comprehensive design, RIP, vinyl cut and print and cut package, SAi Flexi. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, SAi Flexi offers a host of benefits including seamless design-to-output workflow, optimized material usages and supreme quality, providing customers with lower production costs and improved profit margins. Also on display will be the company’s dedicated textile solution, FlexiTEXTILE PRO along with its updated EnRoute CAD/ CAM software for CNC machining. With the capability to incorporate rendered surfaces to
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