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Contents FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK..............................................................................................................................................................................................................6 Kodak introduces SONORA Plate Savings Estimator............................................................................................................................................................8 The Print Show 2020 to take place over a weekend, attract new audiences ........................................................................................................... 10 Think Smart and move ahead with The Speedmaster SX 74.......................................................................................................................................... 12 How to increase the efficiency of your press....................................................................................................................................................................... 13 More press for less......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13 IPAMA’s new Governing Council Members .......................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Print Anubhuti @ NAEP 2020..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Refurbished Fine Coat 80 & 65 machines by Autoprint .................................................................................................................................................. 15 Pamex International Outreach Program concludes in Bangladesh............................................................................................................................. 15 Jagran goes for DAM from Digital Collections, a ppi Media partner........................................................................................................................... 16 Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Award to celebrate Indian literature......................................................................................................................... 16 PRINT is vital for critical thinking.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 17 AI in the Newsroom: How Artificial Intelligence can benefit resource-challenged newsrooms....................................................................... 17 HP Inc. and Girl Rising partnership empowers students and teachers....................................................................................................................... 18 Océ becomes Canon Production Printing............................................................................................................................................................................. 19 Jet Press 750S awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing................................................................................................................................ 20 Xerox delivers ‘Game Changing’ embellishment printing capabilities....................................................................................................................... 21 Synergizing resources: The ALKC Print Sdn Bhd................................................................................................................................................................. 22 Longxingsheng: The semi-automatic post-press packaging equipment specialist.............................................................................................. 23 1500th installation of Cyrel FAST ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 24 Collaboration brings new colours to Dow’s 3D-printable LSR....................................................................................................................................... 25 Redefining the Possible: Beck, Glaroform and bfa at K 2019.......................................................................................................................................... 26 AIPL Zorro: Catering to industrial adhesive, hardware and consumable needs..................................................................................................... 28 MSFL meets expectations at the highest level at Labelexpo ........................................................................................................................................ 29 “Infinite Possibilities, Smart Production”................................................................................................................................................................................ 30 Siegwerk announces changes in Board of Management................................................................................................................................................ 31 Better Human: A virtual brand in a real market environment....................................................................................................................................... 32 MPS breaks sales records at Labelexpo Europe.................................................................................................................................................................. 33 Printronix ODV-2D comes to India........................................................................................................................................................................................... 34 YesGo 1st Workshop takes place in Mumbai........................................................................................................................................................................ 35 The Authentication Forum to empower India, Industry, and Indians in the Fight against Fakes..................................................................... 36 Dual award success for Berry..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 37 Baldwin introduces Ahlbrandt Corona innovations at K 2019....................................................................................................................................... 38 Flexo Image Graphics: Mark Andy launches Evolution & Digital Pro Series ............................................................................................................. 39 UV Graphic Technologies has the best ever Labelexpo participation........................................................................................................................ 39 Acme Roll Tech debuts at Labelexpo Europe 2019............................................................................................................................................................ 40 Cosmo Films at Labelexpo Europe 2019................................................................................................................................................................................ 40 Domino Digital Printing Solutions successfully launches UV95................................................................................................................................... 41 VINSAK has a successful Labelexpo Europe 2019............................................................................................................................................................... 41 Zircon adds Mark Andy and Rotoflex equipment to its lineup...................................................................................................................................... 42 Toray and Codimag collaboration brings productivity to Label Converters............................................................................................................ 43 Sistrade launches V.12 version of MIS|ERP at Labelexpo Europe 2019....................................................................................................................... 44 BAMU Printing Department celebrates Decennial Ceremony....................................................................................................................................... 44 DuPont launches new pigment inks at Printing United .................................................................................................................................................. 45 Mimaki unveils next generation large format printers and cutters............................................................................................................................. 45 Brother opens Emmerich building........................................................................................................................................................................................... 46

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FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK Dear Readers, Better Human, a virtual brand in a real market environment, unites premium packaging with sustainability. A PrintCity Alliance introduction, its latest project, Better Human shows how premium packaging can be reconciled with the demands of environmental protection and sustainability. Launched at the 6th Packaging Inspiration Forum, Better Human is a fictitious brand that manufactures high-quality electronics using sustainable methods. All Better Human products are made from sustainable and recyclable components such as wood from sustainably managed forests (no tropical timber), corn starch and algae. To underscore the sustainability of its products, Better Human uses only fully recyclable packaging materials and resource-saving packaging designs. It markets to all age groups and genders and its customers typically are willing to pay a higher price for sustainable products. Being a “better human” therefore is a statement and the brand would likely have a good chance of being successful on the real market. Counterfeiting corrupts an economy by harming consumer rights, damaging brand equity, causing losses to industries and causing loss of government revenues. The menace of counterfeiting has caused a revenue loss of approximately INR 1 Trillion (14.7 Billion USD) to the Indian economy and curbing it could give a huge boost to the economy. Counterfeiting can effectively be curbed with widespread and proper implementation of authentication technologies, enforcement, awareness, and monitoring. Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association (ASPA) and Messe Frankfurt India are organizing the third edition of The Authentication Forum in Delhi. The Forum aims to empower India, Industry, and Indians in the Fight against Fakes. At the Authentication Forum, industry stalwarts, government departments officials, representatives of regulatory bodies, business leaders from various industries, representatives of national business associations, etc would come together to discuss effective and efficient strategies to fight counterfeiting in various industries. Printronix Auto ID has announces its Popular ODV-2D Barcode Printer/Verification Solution in India. The solution can not only verify but also validate barcodes as they are printed. For added accuracy, data printed on the label is validated to match the data sent from the host and the barcode image is verified based on ISO standards. This is the only integrated solution on the marketing that prints, verifies and validates barcodes. Zircon Technologies’ recent acquisition includes two 17” Performance Series P7E presses from Mark Andy and one DLI, two VLIs and two VSIs from Rotoflex. These endeavours aide the expansion of not only their facilities’ footprint in India as they prepare to open their fifth manufacturing site, but also Zircon’s presence in the global label market. The newest facility will be located in Dehradun. VINSAK has sold 1 Lombardi Invicta, 4 Lombardi Synchroline, 2 SPGPrint (CTP Pre – Press) and Iwasaki IF330 etc on the Labelexpo Europe floor. Also, UV Graphic Technologies sold in total 7 presses and 11 plate mounters at the show. Our cover story is about ALKC Print Sdn Bhd - Albert Leong is a proud rigid box manufacturer who writes a business success story with partner, Koom Lim Cheong, business acumen and latest technology lead by Longxingsheng machine. Also of interest should be Xerox’s ‘Game Changing’ embellishment printing capabilities; HP Inc. and Girl Rising partnership; how Printing is vital for critical thinking; and droolworthy refurbished machines from Autoprint. Find all this besides our regular updates on global graphic arts industry in this October issue of PRESSIdeas. Enjoy reading!

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Kodak introduces SONORA Plate Savings Estimator Online tool allows printers to remove their guesswork to calculate their estimated savings before switching to SONORA Process Free Plates.

Investing in new technology is one of the most important decisions a business faces when considering how to improve their operations. For an increasing number of printers, switching to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates is an investment that is having a positive impact, delivering greater operational efficiencies and a clear Return on Investment (ROI). To help printers who are considering changing their plates to process free, Kodak has developed the SONORA Plate Savings Estimator. This new online tool allows printers to calculate their estimated savings if they were to switch from a traditionally processed plate to KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates.

“More than four thousand printers around the world have made the switch to SONORA Process Free Plates. They are saving money, time and are reducing their impact on the environment.” Evandro Matteucci, VP, PSD, Eastman Kodak.

Key Notes : > Free up space by eliminating processing equipment. > Eliminate the variability from processing to improve consistency and quality. > Get plates to press faster, reduce downtime and provide a cleaner, safer working environment.

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“More than four thousand printers around the world have made the switch to SONORA Process Free Plates. They are saving money, time and are reducing their impact on the environment,” said Evandro Matteucci, Vice President, Print Systems Division, Eastman Kodak. “We understand it might be costly for printers to change some of their business practices or swap out inefficient equipment. Switching plates is a quick and easy way to start saving money and to take a step toward becoming more sustainable. The Savings Estimator takes the guesswork out when making that decision.” Traditional plate processing uses water, energy, and chemicals to prepare plates for the press after imaging on the CTP device. The processing step also adds variability that impacts efficiency and costs in the pressroom. The SONORA Plate Savings Estimator provides a customized calculation of the savings a printer could see if they integrate SONORA Plates into their operations. Getting started is quick and easy – printers simply enter information about their current plate volumes, type of plate processing used, plate price, and the location of their business. The Savings Estimator will then instantly calculate the total estimated savings for several local currencies. In addition to using the Savings Estimator, printers

can also contact their local sales representative to request a comprehensive calculation based on the individual company’s specific processes, costs and equipment. Kodak’s SONORA X is a breakthrough process free plate technology which has enabled up to 80% of printers to switch to process free plates. This includes large printers as well as those printing challenging applications that need a high-performance plate. SONORA X Plates deliver three significant improvements over SONORA XP Plates, including longer run lengths, especially with UV applications, faster imaging speeds, and more robust handling capabilities. As the adoption of KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates has accelerated around the globe, Kodak expects nearly one out of three plates it sells to be process-free by the end of 2019.


The Print Show 2020 to take place over a weekend, attract new audiences The Print Show 2020 will take place from September 27th to 29th at the NEC in Birmingham, located across Halls 7 and 8.

“By moving the opening day to a Sunday, we’re opening up The Print Show to a whole new audience and becoming much more flexible. This is really important to us as we seek to evolve the show year on year.” - Chris Davies, Event Director, The Print Show

Key Notes : > It’s the first time that the event takes place partly over a weekend. > Organisers expect the dates would open up the show to visitors who cannot attend during the week. > Vivid Laminating Technologies is first company to book its stand for 2020.

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Organisers of The Print Show have revealed that the 2020 edition of the annual event will switch to a run of Sunday to Tuesday, taking place from September 27th to 29th in Halls 7 and 8 at the NEC in Birmingham. By making the switch, organisers say that the event will become more flexible for members of the industry who may not be able to get out of the office to visit on a weekday to attend. The dedicated print event will remain at the NEC in Birmingham, providing both exhibitors and visitors with a gathering point central to the whole of the UK.

“On the back of another busy show this year, we’ve had an incredible response from exhibitors, with plenty saying they are looking to book for the show next year,” Davies says.

Chris Davies, event director for The Print Show, explains that the decision to move the event was based on detailed feedback from visitors to previous shows. “We’ve had great success staging the show during the working week, but the fact is that some members of the industry aren’t able to visit as they are too busy in the office or workshop in the week,” Davies says.

Confirmation of the dates for 2020 comes on the back of a successful event this year, which featured a host of major names from across the global print spectrum. A total of 5,445 people were in attendance at the NEC from September 17th to 19th to find out about the latest in print and related technologies.

“By moving the opening day to a Sunday, we’re opening up The Print Show to a whole new audience and becoming much more flexible. This is really important to us as we seek to evolve the show year on year.” The move has seemingly proved a hit already, with finishing technology leader Vivid Laminating Technologies booking its stand for The Print Show 2020. Vivid is the first name on the floorplan for next year and is a familiar name to visitors, having exhibited at each edition of the show since its launch in 2015.

“From our initial conversations with exhibitors, the move to a Sunday to Tuesday event will suit all parties and offers something completely different to visitors. We look forward to revealing even more exciting changes to The Print Show in the coming weeks and months.”

Those in attendance were also treated to unforgettable Q&A sessions with three celebrity speakers in the form of Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, Chris Eubank and Gregg Wallace. The Print Show 2019 proved a big hit with exhibitors, with many coming forward to speak about their success over the three days. A key strength of The Print Show is that every year it directly attracts the leading print and finishing technology manufacturers from across the UK commercial print supply chain. These companies use the show to launch brand new products that can be seen for the very first time.


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mileage and corresponding stress, such as in cardboard processing. The advantages of a replacement suction head are obvious. Except for a few stationary parts, the suction head will be equipped with the latest parts. The new manroland

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By replacing all wearing parts contained in the package, the assembly is renewed in such a way that your press functions as efficiently as a brand-new machine. The advantages are clearly visible: less sheet stoppers and higher speed, especially for sensitive substrates.

The suction head is usually replaced within a few hours. An increase of 1,000 s/h in the machine speed is not unusual after a suction head is replaced. Therefore, the investment pays for itself within a few production days. All ServiceKits are available for the whole ROLAND family including ROLAND 300, ROLAND 500, ROLAND 700 HiPRint, HS, DirectDrive, EVOLUTION, ROLAND 900, XXL presses

Manroland reputation for quality, reliability, technology and after-sales support, is well known. In the past this came at a price. Manroland presses were always known as a premium product at a premium price. But taking a closer look at Manroland Sheetfed today will show that its business has been transformed: • Today Manroand is leaner, more efficient and more responsive than at any time in

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Yet still they produce some of the highest quality, most technologically advanced sheetfed presses available in the world today, only now from a much reduced cost base. If you haven’t looked at Manroland Sheetfed recently, you could be pleasantly surprised by just how much more press for less Manroland offers. So why not contact Manroland Sheetfed today and find out.

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Conclusion A replacement suction head is the right investment if you want to increase the efficiency of your machine.


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IPAMA’s new Governing Council Members The elections for the Governing Council of Indian Printing Packaging & Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA), for the term 2019-21, were concluded on 16th October 2019. R.K. Verma, Election Officer, declared the names of the winning candidates. The house unanimously proposed and approved the names of Mr. Dayaker Reddy as President, Mr. Iqbal Singh as Honorary General Secretary and Mr.Dharam Pal Rawat as Treasurer – all holding their respective posts presently. New Governing Council Members (or officer bearers ) of IPAMA are: Mr. Vinay Kumar Gupta (Vice President – North), Mr. P.K. Bhalla (Vice President

– West), Mr. Jaiveer Singh (Vice President – East), Mr. R. Suresh Kumar (Vice President – South), Mr. Rakesh K. Sodhi (Joint Secretary – East), Mr. Satish Kaushik (Joint Secretary – West), Mr. Dharmesh Arora (Joint Secretary – North), Mr. Harish Bansal (Joint Secretary – South), Mr. Adithya Gupta, Mr. D.H. Deshpande, Mr. D.K. Garg, Mr. Mahesh Tanwar, Mr. Manish A. Panchal, Mr. Nitin Garg, Mr. Ravinder Singh, Mr. S. Rajaram, Mr. T.D. Raghani, Mr. T.R. Mahajan, Mr. Ashok Kumar Seth – Co-opted, Mr. Gagan Singh – Co-opted and Mr. B.S. Rawat – Co-opted. The new office bearers expressed their commitment to work as a team for the betterment of the Indian Graphic Arts

Print Anubhuti @ NAEP 2020 Building on the overwhelming response last year for the 13th NAEP Awards, Print Anubhuti @ NAEP 2020 will see print experts gather to celebrate the very best in various categories of print. Established in 1955 The National Awards For Excellence in Printing (NAEP) awards are renowned throughout the world of print in India. Each year this is where the talents of outstanding recipients are showcased and judged by industry experts. It is where industry standards are set and it is also where inspiration abounds. With hundreds of entries across multiple categories and a spectacular show followed by dinner, the Print Anubhuti @ NAEP 2020 are where stars are created, and importantly new trends are set and relationships are made stronger.

Entrants for the Print Anubhuti @ NAEP 2020 awards have deadline of 20th November 2019 to submit their work. The final judging will take place in December and the winner will be announced alongside the PAMEX 2020 exhibition in Mumbai at the Print Anubhuti @ NAEP 2020 Gala Dinner on 8th January 2020 at Westin Mumbai Garden City, Goregaon. The multi dimensional and multifaceted characteristics of print can be addressed as Anubhuti, therefore Print Anubhuti presents opportunity to explore the various form of printing entangling all our five senses. AIFM not only recognizes the work from the industry but also provides opportunities to the students of printing by encouraging their participation. Download detailed brochure & entry forms from www.pressownerspune.org

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Industry so that it can complete with the best machinery and equipment available in the global market. They also expressed their commitment to work.


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Refurbished Fine Coat 80 & 65 machines by Autoprint Offline UV Coating Machines to enhance the visual appeal of the printed material, add value to print jobs and tap the growing potential in the market. As a comparable alternative to the brand new Autoprint Fine Coat, Autoprint now has come up with the offer of refurbished Fine Coat 80 and 65 machines with driers. Reconditioned Autoprint machines are available for sale on “direct purchase” or “buy back” basis with 6 months warranty and PMC (preventive maintenance contract) for 1 year @ additional cost. The machines bear Autoprint’s quality certification and are delivered after thorough system checks performed by the technical team of Autoprint. These equipment represent outstanding quality and cost efficiency and are backed by round-the-clock Autoprint advice and support including for replacement parts and consumables.

Autoprint’s proven quality and sturdiness for its machines means these equipment retain their original value and reliability backed by Autoprint’s service network. Moreover,

Autoprint possessing high technical understanding of their products further makes these refurbished machines a prized possession for customers.

Pamex International Outreach Program concludes in Bangladesh Team PAMEX kicked off the International Outreach Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 12 October, 2019. The team held an Introductory meet and Press Conference on the side-lines of Printech Bangladesh 2019 which saw major participation by Indian Manufacturers. The meet saw more than 75 exhibitors and visitors along with media personnel. The welcome note was given by Mr. Islam- the General Secretary of Printing Industries Association of Bangladesh. Prof. Kamal Chopra- Chairman of PAMEX- gave a presentation and spoke about what the printers could expect at the Pamex Exhibition, scheduled to happen from 6-9 Jan 2020 at BEC, Mumbai.

to look to the future in printing is growing across the world and especially in the Indian subcontinent. Hence the topic “Future Printing- Brain Storming with World Leader” resonated very well with the audience. “We are very happy with the response we got in Dhaka. With International Outreach Program, our plan was to reach to the

printers directly. We have started on the right note. Next we head to Nepal with a Print Odyssey planned across the country and also the one day conference and exhibition. Srilanka is another destination for our International program. With more than 275 exhibitors already on board, PAMEX 2020 is shaping quite well,” said Chopra.

The presentation was followed by a Question & Answer session. Commenting on the presence of a delegation of Printers from Bangladesh at PAMEX 2020, Mr. Islam promised that more than 40 printers would be visiting the show in Mumbai. Prof. Chopra also spoke about the WPCF conference in Dhaka. The printers of the region were very keen to attend. The need

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Jagran goes for DAM from Digital Collections, a ppi Media partner ppi Media integrates the Digital Asset Management System DC-X by Digital Collections at the Indian media-giant Jagran Prakashan. As of 2016, the company switched to ppi Media’s production and planning solutions. Now a Digital Asset Management (DAM) System by Digital Collections, ppi Media’s partner from Hamburg, will be added as well in 2019. Dainik Jagran, the flagship brand of Jagran Prakashan, has been using the planning and production tools of ppi media’s Digital Assembly Line, including the planning and production suite PlanPag, since 2016 for the print production of over 260 local newspaper editions. With the introduction of the Digital Asset Management system DC-X, the publishing company will now also be able to increase the efficiency of the editorial library management for texts, images, videos, and other assets.

experts from both ppi Media and Digital Collections. “Based on our experiences with ppi Media over the years we are confident that the DC-X Software System by Digital Collections will help us in organizing our content in a more advanced and structured manner. This will assist our newsrooms for faster retrieval of required archived content” says Sandeep Gupta, Executive President of Jagran Prakashan.

The Golden Standard – Professionally Implemented DC-X allows for a central asset management of texts, images and videos all in one central content hub and offers an intelligent rights and workflow management. The integration of DC-X at Jagran Prakashan is led by an experienced project team consisting of

Dainik Jagran, with a readership of 55.9 million readers per day, has been the largest read daily of India for the last consecutive 21 rounds of the Indian Readership Survey (IRS). With 37 editions, Dainik Jagran covers 11 states of India. It has also been declared by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) as the largest read daily in the world.

Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Award to celebrate Indian literature The house of Mathrubhumi has enriched Malayalam language and literature since its inception way back in 1923. For close to a century, Mathrubhumi has been a platform for almost all of the leading writers from Kerala, and has published the best in Indian literature. Both as an award-winning publishing and media house, Mathrubhumi has been an industry leader and a pathbreaker. The Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters (MBIFL) was envisioned as an extension of this commitment and belief. MBIFL is gearing up for its third edition from Jan 30-Feb 2, 2020. Encouraged by its success and acceptance both by the general public and the literary circles in India and abroad, an annual Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award has been instituted to honour and celebrate Indian literature. The award carries Rs 5 lakhs and a memento. “The Mathrubhumi Book of the Year award is a commitment from Mathrubhumi to honour the best in Indian literature every year. We are inspired to honour and celebrate brilliant works, and encourage the publishers to look

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for the best writing by Indian authors,” said Mr MV Shreyams Kumar, Joint Managing Director of Mathrubhumi, and a patron of MBIFIL. The award is open to Indian writers who are published in India. Works in regional languages should be translated to English to be eligible for the award. With a theme of ‘Shrinking Spaces; Transcending Letters’, the third edition of MBIFL is a celebration of the liberating scope of human imagination and encouraging our innate spark of artistic, cultural and creative potential. In this short span, the festival has established itself on the cultural calendar of Kerala. “With its first two editions itself, MBIFL has created its own space on the map of cultural festivals in India. The feedback from the speakers and the audience has been positive and encouraging. As we move on to our third edition, we look for more associations to add value to the festival in terms of workshops and master classes so that we will be able to contribute to the literary as well as

creative landscape of the state,” said Sabin Iqbal, festival director. Chandrasekhara Kambar, president of Kendra Sahiya Akademi, also addressed the audience. The award will be announced and presented during the third edition of MBIF MBIFL is celebration of Kerala’s inherited syncretic culture and an initiative to take forward the legacy of literature, words, and their potency. High – profile conservations, reading sessions. A cartoon / illustration exhibition, story-telling, impromptu performances and an exploration of traditional Malabar cuisine and the wandering history of the Malayalee are among the main attractions. Each day of the festival will culminate in cultural evenings.


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PRINT is vital for critical thinking The use of mobile devices and social media for accessing news articles continues to increase. However, new research reveals that – regardless of age – readers’ comprehension of long informational texts is better on paper. It is therefore vital that we ensure that press, magazines and educational books, will continue to be published in print in the future. While mobile devices and e-readers have had a surge in popularity, research published in 2019 proves that reading on paper still has its unique advantages. A group of scientists looked at the impact that digitisation has on reading practices by analysing 54 studies with more than 170,000 participants. They found that comprehension of longform informational text is stronger when reading on paper than reading on screens, particularly when the reader is under time pressure. Other studies show that despite the popularity and accessibility of digital products, paper continues to be the preferred reading method for consumers, especially for long texts. Reading on paper has proven advantages including helping readers with their cognitive ability, concentration and retention, and building vocabulary and memory. Living in a time of constant digital distraction, it is vital we preserve the proven benefits of print, especially when it comes to the content of newspapers and magazines that encourage in-depth reading. This form of reading is essential for European citizens to understand and form opinions of today’s

political, economic and social situation in the world. Intergraf therefore calls on policy makers to not only raise awareness of the benefits of printed over digital media for informational texts, but to ensure that policy does not actively favour digital products when the benefits of reading print are so clear. Policymakers should also pay close attention to the direct relevance of these findings to the democratic engagement of society. In-depth reading is essential to understand and form opinions about the current political and economic environment. If digital media continues to grow at the expense of print, Europe could suffer from a less informed, less engaged electorate. Immediate action is needed at all levels to ensure that content made available by newspapers and magazines continues to be published in print. It is everyone’s responsibility to promote printed magazines, newspapers and educational books which have been proven to facilitate comprehension and develop critical thinking. Intergraf and the Board of WAN-IFRA’s World Printers Forum call on the European Commission to: • Recognise the proven advantages of printed press, magazines and educational books for better understanding of the subject matter and thus enabling the development of critical thinking; • Refrain from a digital-only approach in the field of education and press; • Promote the use of printed materials

in schools and other education environments unless there is a proven learning advantage of digital; Support further independent research that measures the effects of digitisation on reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Intergraf represents 21 national printing federations in 20 countries. The printing industry in the 28 European countries comprises some 117,000 firms and employs around 637,000 people. The turnover in the printing industry is about € 85 billion. The industry throughout Europe consists mainly of small enterprises, as 90% of them employ fewer than 20 persons. The World Printers Forum is the print community within the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). It advises WAN-IFRA in all aspects of the printed newspaper. WAN-IFRA represents worldwide more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

AI in the Newsroom: How Artificial Intelligence can benefit resource-challenged newsrooms A new report, “AI in the Newsroom”, has been published by the World Editors Forum, the network for editors within WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers. The report is the second of the 2019 Trends in Newsrooms series. It features case studies of how artificial intelligence is being used in newsrooms around the world, plus discussion of the risks, challenges, and ethics. The case studies go beyond inspiring

examples from well-funded, pioneering newsrooms. Included are ideas from resource-challenged operations who are experimenting with machine learning to eliminate repetitive tasks and augment decision making, thereby freeing up journalists. The report offers expert advice for those wanting to start their AI journey. “Many small newsrooms looking for tech solutions to solve resource issues or tailor their products don’t know where to start. We

hope the examples in this report give them inspiration,” said Cherilyn Ireton, Executive Director of the World Editors Forum. The case studies included in the report include: MittMedia, Sweden; The Business Times, Singapore; RADAR, UK; Aftenposten, Norway; and Dagens Næringsliv, Norway. The 28-page report is available free to download for members of WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum.

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HP Inc. and Girl Rising partnership empowers students and teachers 10 million students and teachers to get empowered through the partnership that marks International Day of the Girl; 3-year education partnership provides technology and curriculum in U.S., India and Nigeria. On the International Day of the Girl, HP Inc. and non profit Girl Rising announced the launch of new curriculum and technology solutions that will equip up to ten million students and teachers. The multi-year partnership extends to communities in the United States, India and Nigeria, and is a critical component in reaching HP’s goal of enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.

Today, more than 130 million girls around the world continue to lack access to education and women account for two thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills.

Key Notes : > Delivers educational content, technology, multimedia assets, activities and lesson plans to students and teachers. > Builds on HP’s global commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. > Expands existing partnership with Girl Rising with the joint mission to change the way the world thinks about girls and education.

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“We are thrilled to once again partner with HP – a company committed to social impact and at the forefront of innovation in the classroom – to radically scale our efforts to ensure girls everywhere have the knowledge, skills and confidence to decide their own futures,” said Christina Lowery, CEO of Girl Rising. “We are devoted to this cause because it is a proven catalyst: giving girls access to education and opportunity is the most effective factor in transforming pressing global issues including health, poverty, and climate change.” HP believes that education is a fundamental human right that creates pathways to new opportunities. Today, more than 130 million girls around the world continue to lack access to education and women account for two thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills. HP will include

Girl Rising’s teacher training modules focused on youth empowerment and life skills in HP Education Edition PCs. Targeted toward primary and secondary schools, HP will also deploy a suite of curricula and a library of content to accompany the HP School Pack, a suite of software pre-loaded onto HP’s EHP Education Edition PC. “HP prides itself on bringing out the best of humanity through the power of technology,” said Michele Malejki, Global Head, Social Impact Programs, HP. “Girl Rising is doing groundbreaking work to empower women and girls around the world. This has never been more important, and our collaboration will equip millions of both students and teachers with the curriculum and technology they need to thrive.” With the goal to develop the next generation of female leaders, the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurship (HP LIFE) – a free e-learning program from the HP Foundation created to support entrepreneurship and skills development – will provide additional curriculum in the three markets. HP School Packs, a suite of software for educators, will also be available for the duration of the program. HP will evaluate additional opportunities for Girl Rising content and curricula distribution, including new


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products and services, as well as additional partners to scale the program over the next three years.

Global education opportunities Building on the groundbreaking work of each organization and their previous collaborations - launching the Hindi language version of Girl Rising in India in 2015, celebrating every day gender equality champions around the world through the Girl Rising Creative Challenge in 2018, and the production and distribution of Brave Girl Rising earlier this year- HP and Girl Rising are now scaling efforts to improve learning outcomes and gender attitudes for both boys and girls.

HP continues to advance education opportunities for women and girls around the world. Last month during UN General Assembly, HP Inc. and UN Women signed an agreement to advance education, entrepreneurship and digital learning for women and girls in five priority countries: Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Morocco. HP’s partnership with UN Women through two UN Women initiatives – Second Chance Education and African Girls Can Code – possesses immense potential to both scale and address the lack of investment in women

and affording them access to opportunities for career work and economic growth. Both India and Nigeria have rapidly growing populations of young people with extreme numbers of children not in school - 41 percent of the population in Nigeria is under the age of 16, with 10.5 million out of school and India has the world’s largest population of 10-24 year-olds, 47 million of which will drop out of school by the 10th grade. The burden on education in both countries is overwhelming and new, innovative solutions are vital to advancing change.

Océ becomes Canon Production Printing Canon Inc. and Océ Holding B.V. have announced the official corporate name (trade name) change of Canon Group company Océ to Canon Production Printing. After joining the Canon Group in 2010, Océ continued to develop and manufacture its printing products under the Océ brand. Renaming Océ to Canon Production Printing and integrating the Océ products under the Canon brand, will create brand unity across all areas of Canon’s printing business, improve synergies across their portfolio and establish a clear end-to-end, go-to-market approach. The change of the company name comes into effect as of January 1, 2020.

of the Canon Group’s commercial printing business worldwide. Océ develops and manufactures high-tech printing products and workflow software for the commercial printing market. The product

offering includes continuous-feed and cutsheet printers for high-volume printing and publishing, and large-format printers for display graphics and CAE/GIS applications.

Since its establishment in 1877, Océ has introduced a number of unique copying and printing technologies. Through further integration with the Canon Group, Océ will continue to develop its core technologies and grow its market share as Canon Production Printing, in order to accelerate the growth

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Jet Press 750S awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing Accreditation makes Fujifilm’s third generation B2 inkjet press both the world’s fastest contract proofing device and the world’s only production press certified for contract proofing. Fujifilm’s third generation B2 inkjet press has been awarded Fogra certification for contract proofing, including FOGRA51 and FOGRA52 accreditation for premium coated and uncoated wood-free substrates respectively. This follows tests carried out at Fujifilm’s Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels, using Fujifilm’s own proprietary XMF ColorPath colour management software. The exhaustive testing process assessed and approved the Jet Press for: • PDF/X conformance • Proofing substrate colour, gloss and fluorescence • Colour accuracy [gamut] • Uniformity, permanence and light fastness • Fading [drift] • Long and short term repeatability • Rub resistance • Colorimetric tone value transfer • Tone value reproduction limits • Image register and resolving power • Margin information With tests carried out on coated and uncoated offset stocks, coated inkjet paper, canvas and synthetic paper, the Jet Press consistently met or exceeded the required standards. “We were very impressed with the consistency and quality of results produced by the Jet Press 750S,” says Yuan Li from the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies. “Only printing systems with the highest level of performance could pass tests like these.” Mark Stephenson, Digital Printing and Press Systems Product Manager, Fujifilm

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Graphic Systems EMEA, says that Fujifilm is delighted, but not surprised, by the results. “For some time now,” he explains, “especially in the Japanese market, the Jet Press has enjoyed considerable success as a proofing device. It is a lot more than that of course – but we have seen it replacing the wet proofing process in Japan, in particular, as offset printers there have been quick to recognise its potential to create rapid and very high quality proofs for long run offset jobs. “The Fogra certification confirms the very high standard of colour consistency and accuracy the Jet Press can achieve and we’re delighted to see it get

this official stamp of approval. We believe this certification gives the Jet Press 750S a strong claim to be both the world’s fastest contract proofing device and the world’s only production press certified for contract proofing.” Backing up the colour accuracy claims of the Jet Press 750S still further, it has also been awarded Digital Press Certification and the ISO/PAS 15339 Master Elite Certification from the US-based graphic arts think tank Idealliance. No other four colour digital device (other than Fujifilm’s Jet Press 720S) has both of these accreditations.


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Xerox delivers ‘Game Changing’ embellishment printing capabilities Xerox Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology paired with the all-new Xerox PrimeLink C9065/C9070 opens new opportunities for printers at an unmatched price point. With specialty printing being one of the fastest-growing digital segments, Xerox developed the Xerox Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology designed for the all-new Xerox PrimeLink C9065/C9070 Color Printer and the Xerox Color C60/C70 Printer. The Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology is an accessory that has been engineered to augment the traditional cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) offering. For the PrimeLink C9065/C9070, an entry-level production printer, the accessory expands the device’s colour capabilities with fluorescents, gold, silver, white and clear embellishments when needed. A similar accessory for the C60/C70 also offers printers beyond CMYK capabilities with metallics, white and clear. This technology opens new doors to growth, allowing printers and creatives in all fields to produce brilliant and unique pieces such as greeting cards, flyers, invitations, posters and signage. “The 2-in-1 capability of our print engine combined with our new Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology allows printers to push past the boundaries of commodity print at a price point unmatched in the market,” said Terry Antinora, Vice President and General Manager of Workplace Solutions, Xerox. Also new to market is the PrimeLink C9065/ C9070. Designed to flex to meet the needs of both busy offices and production environments, the printer includes a 10-inch touchscreen, making it easy to access general functions as well as cloud and productivity apps that automate tasks for the mobile, always-connected office worker and professional user alike.

heavyweight media and extra-long sheet (XLS) capabilities, supporting printing materials up to 26 inches/660mm long such as banners, book jackets and calendars. Additional professional-grade feeding and finishing capabilities include oversized, high-capacity feeding; stacking; punching; two-sided and square-fold trimming for full bleed documents; and booklet, tri-fold, C/Z folding. Equipped with the Simple Image Quality Adjustment (SIQA) tool and choice of EFI servers, the PrimeLink C9065/C9070 allows printers to set up jobs seamlessly with consistent, optimal print quality in less time. “We engineered the Xerox PrimeLink C9065/C9070 for extreme reliability and breakthrough performance on every metric,” Antinora added. “This next generation, entrylevel production printer positions Xerox to

continue its lead in this market.” Order taking for the PrimeLink C9065/C9070 is available now in countries served by Xerox. Order taking for the Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology for the PrimeLink C9065/C9070 will begin in the first-quarter of 2020, and order taking for the C60/C70 accessory is available now in countries served by Xerox. Both the Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology and PrimeLink C9065/C9070 were on display at PRINT 19 at booth #1510 in Chicago from Oct. 3-5. The Association for Print Technologies also named the Adaptive CMYK Plus Technology an industry game changer and awarded Xerox with the Vanguard Breakthrough Award as a part of its RED HOT program. Xerox earned seven RED HOT Awards and two Vanguard Awards this year.

Boosting productivity is the printer’s 270 ipm scanning and 70 ppm printing capabilities. Even at these speeds, quality is not sacrificed. The PrimeLink C9065/C9070 delivers best-in-class performance with 2400 x 2400 dpi colour image quality, outstanding fine-line detail, images, colour transitions and colour accuracy. To scale for production environments, the PrimeLink C9065/C9070 offers

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Synergizing resources: The ALKC Print Sdn Bhd Albert Leong is a proud rigid box manufacturer who writes a business success story with partner, Koom Lim Cheong, business acumen and latest technology lead by Longxingsheng machine. Albert Leong was into die cutting business when he used to get lot of rigid boxes for die cutting on job work basis. Though rigid boxes as finished products used to fetch attractive price, Albert thought doing just die cutting wasn’t contributing as a sensible and acceptably rewarding business. He along with his friend Koom Lim Cheong, who is today a business partner, decided to dedicate a section of his factory to rigid box making. Starting with a cover pasting machine three years ago in 2016, they found opportunity in Moon Cake, a huge demand market.

Albert was able to get almost similar productivity in his previous all manual system of production. However, the automation has helped him with obvious advantages like speed, accuracy and consistency apart from keeping at bay the possibility of human error.

Key Notes : > Starting with a cover pasting machine three years ago in 2016. > Houses a Chinese Longxingsheng brand rigid box making machine - LS-450 plus Automatic Visual Positioning. > May go in for another Longxingsheng LS450 plus machine.

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Moon Cakes are always in huge demand during the mid autumn festival which the Chinese celebrate with lots of flamboyance and fervor. And these Moon Cakes are generally packed in rigid boxes for gifting during the festivities. So the duo decided to try and make the boxes themselves rather than actually do the job work of just die cutting. Thus started the story of these two friends who decided to take a plunge together into making rigid boxes – and they made it big too. Albert, at a young age of 21 was already into free lance printing who would get the stationery material printed for corporate customers in Kuala Lumpur around the year 2004. He calls himself as a ‘mouse’

– one who would go to any place where ‘food’ is available – referring to his activity of getting the stationery jobs printed at the printers who offered him the best quality at the cheapest price. But then, he realised pretty quickly that it would not be possible to survive for long by being the ‘mouse’ that he was then he rightly decided to put up a production facility. “I felt a dire need of having an office where my customers can reach me to get their demands met and I too could serve them better from the office,” says Albert. He also identified that a formal place like own office was always a better place to negotiate business. He soon expanded to include die-cutting capabilities to his facility where printers would come and get their paper/boards die-cut to shape using a custom made die. “In fact the die cutting venture has taught me much about printing. Its amazing nuances really helped me to step on to the next stage of business in my life, that is, rigid boxes,” he declares. Without any formal training, learning on the job while practically doing it, committing mistakes, rectifying, doing it all over again are just few of the virtues of Albert – a self taught man with that determined Chinese resolve to pull him through and create success in business and life.


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Meanwhile, Koo Lim Cheong, Albert’s Partner came from a family of printers who have been in this business since 1988. They had their printing setup in the same vicinity as ALKC Print Sdn Berhad in which Koo and Albert are partners. “Albert being in die cutting and I in printing makes a lot of sense for our collaboration to produce rigid boxes since all of our infrastructure, expertise, capabilities and finance synergise together to attain the intended goal of recovering our investment in the minimum possible time,” says Koo. In fact, Koo looks after the sales part of the Rigid Box business. He also looks after the printing of cover paper which is done at his press unless there are any size issues upon which they outsource to a common friend. Today, Albert and Kim have a Chinese Longxingsheng brand rigid box making machine - LS-450 plus Automatic Visual Positioning in their relatively small yet well organised workspace near Kuala Lumpur city. “We do about 5000 sets (top & bottom) of boxes in an eight hour shift in the present setup despite having space constraints for storage of finished boxes,” reveals Albert. Albert was able to get almost similar productivity in his previous all manual system of production. However, the automation has helped him with obvious advantages like speed, accuracy and consistency apart from keeping at bay the possibility of human error. “Either you increase workforce and involve yourself in nitty-gritty’s of production or invest in a machine that automates processes to work and give you productivity and quality. We chose to go for the latter,” he adds. ALKC Print Sdn Bhd. caters not only to the needs of direct customers but also to that of job workers who bring in the Cover and Boards for their boxes. “It is easier said than done to actually produce 5000 boxes a day and for that we are open to job work as well; after all we have to pay back the loans,” smiles Albert, who strongly believes that the ROI should not exceed two years. “Every trick in the trade should be implemented to recover the invested cost on machines within a couple of years or else it’s no point doing business at all, and we have been able to justify it as of now,” he emphasizes. It was interesting to see a Konica Minolta colour printer and a vinyl cutting machine too at ALKC Print Sdn Bhd. “We use it for sampling of rigid boxes for a faster

Longxingsheng: The semi-automatic post-press packaging equipment specialist

Dongguan Longxingsheng Machinery Co., Ltd. is located in the city called the ‘world manufacturing city’ - Dongguan City in Guangdong Province in the Peoples Republic of China. The company is owned by a young and dynamic Mr.Charming. It also has an independent R&D department which is led by a Tsinghua University professor. The company specialized in semi-automatic postpress packaging equipment for more than 10 years. Cardboard/MDF/Paper grooving machine series, box forming set series and rigid box making machine series are three main products lines that the company promotes. After having a dominant share in the Chinese market with installations in Hucai, Junsi, Yuto and other famous printing and packaging companies, today it has installations all across the world including RR Donnelley, Motivating Graphics, Pragati Offset, Star Print, Yuto, Tasin and many-many more. Quality consciousness is a hallmark of turnaround and also to show the customer a true-to-original type box and it has been a great add-on for us though both of these machines had other purposes, when we actually bought them,” reflects Albert. When asked as to what he thinks as the toughest part of the rigid box making process, he quickly says that the process of rigid box

Longxingsheng and they leave no stone unturned to achieve the best. The company has been an exhibitor for the last few years at Drupa too making forays into the European market as well. The management of the company has special focus to provide professional high quality products and satisfactory after-sale service to our customers all across the world Including Korea, Africa, Egypt, Middle East, India and many more. Talking to Industrial Print Magazine, Ms.Lyla Lu, The International Sales Manager of Longxingsheng said, “It has been an amazing journey for us with our machines producing Samsung phone boxes in Korea, gift/sweet/jewelry boxes in India, high value goods packaging in Middle East etc.” She also emphasized the fact that there is nothing like seeing a satisfied customer and she swears by the fact that most of her customers are - satisfied!

making, as in other production workflow, are a series of steps and any lag in any of the steps can finally cost you a lot. Therefore, in order to make sure that each step is fool proof, we have to develop systems and religiously adhere to them to save on cost and keep the profitability high,” he concludes.

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Talking about future plans, he is clear about not going in for a fully automatic machine. “The Malaysian market is not too huge and the fully automatic does not actually fit in, though I am highly impressed by the recently launched Longxinsheng fully automatic model. Instead, we need a machine which has very less turn-around and setting up time leading us to manage many jobs in a day. For that, another LS-450 plus would be an ideal machine for us,” Albert reasons. With the present machines from Longxinsheng, the proud and successful rigid box manufacturer, Albert is able to achieve not only the desirable quantity but also quality to meet the present and future demands of his customers.

1500th installation of Cyrel FAST DuPont Advanced Printing (DuPont) is celebrating the installation of its 1500th DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal flexographic plate processing system.

“Nearly 20 years ago DuPont revolutionized flexible packaging with the introduction of the first thermal flexographic plate and processing system, named FAST because of how quickly a plate could be processed and ready for press,” said Sam Ponzo, Global Business Director, DuPont Advanced Printing. “Since that time, DuPont has been at the forefront of developing successive generations of equipment that provide better plate processing, higher reliability and even lower emissions. This 1500th installation

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is testament to the quality and value our systems bring to printers and trade shops worldwide.” The current generation of Cyrel FAST systems now have one of the most advanced emissions systems available, reducing VOCs by more than 98 percent versus solventbased systems and providing emissions far below even the most stringent environmental regulations.

“We have been users of DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal processers for more than 15 years,” said Edward Bernier, President of EXPAC Prepress Service Group in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. “DuPont’s quality has always been impressive, but our newest generation of Cyrel FAST processors take performance to the next level.” In addition to lower VOC emissions, the latest generation of DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal processors enable greater uptime, thanks to lower maintenance requirements and remote diagnostic capabilities not available on previous generations.


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Collaboration brings new colours to Dow’s 3D-printable LSR Designers now have the option to 3D-print silicone rubber parts in colour using liquid silicone rubber from Dow and a new dosing system developed by Nexus. very transparent, enabling users to design and produce parts for applications where clarity and transparency are vital attributes. The final performance is virtually the same, regardless of which colour the designer chooses. Once used primarily for prototyping, 3D printing has entered the realm of productionscale manufacturing. Potential applications include, but are not limited to, mobility and lighting, wearable devices, consumer electronics, and custom footwear. A collaboration between Dow, Nexus Elastomer Systems and German RepRap enables designers to 3D-print coloured parts using Dow’s groundbreaking SILASTIC 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) and companion colour packs from Mesgo Iride Colors. End-users can now enjoy the benefits of Dow’s 3D-printable LSR in a range of consumer-pleasing colors thanks to this collaboration, which has linked Nexus’s new colour dosing system with German RepRap’s liquid additive manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer. “The collaborative work with Nexus and German RepRap to align the new dosing system with the German RepRap L320 3D printer enabled us to give designers the option of printing coloured parts – as well as transparent parts – from this uniquely beneficial material,” said Hans Peter Wolf, research and development manager at Dow.

Visitors to the K 2019 Trade Fair – 16-23 October in Düsseldorf, Germany – saw this system in action on the new German RepRap L320 3D printer. Demonstrations using SILASTIC 3D-printable LSR were held daily at the Dow exhibit in Hall 8a, Booth K48.

SILASTIC 3D-printable LSR SILASTIC 3D-printable LSR combines the performance benefits of silicone elastomers with the design and processing advantages of the additive manufacturing process. It can enable faster prototype development and the creation of customized products, and it is ideal for small manufacturing trials of complex parts.

3D-printed parts with properties that closely match those of injection-molded LSR parts and can ease transfer to injection molding processes for high-volume manufacturing. Dow’s portfolio of performance materials, industrial intermediates and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for our customers in high-growth segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 113 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,000 people. Dow delivered pro forma sales of approximately $50 billion in 2018.

Expanding design options and speeding time to market, SILASTIC 3D-printable LSR supports coloured and transparent

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Redefining the Possible: Beck, Glaroform and bfa at K 2019 At K 2019, booth partners Beck Automation AG, bfa solutions ltd, GLAROFORM AG present efficiency for the environment.

Booth partners Beck Automation, GLAROFORM and bfa solutions have taken the opportunity of K 2019 trade fair to present a production cell that, in many respects, redefines the limits of feasibility of injection moulding and decisively supports the quest for a “closed-loop” recycling economy.

With regard to the continuing discussion on the correct use of plastics, ICM has the potential to be a real and sustainable solution for reducing plastic consumption. The process is primarily characterised by the reduced material and energy consumption and offers the industry many more economic benefits.

Key Notes : > Beck Automation presents compact, high-performance IML automation for wraparound labels. > GLAROFORM launches highperformance injection-compression moulding (ICM) tools. > bfa showcases MES PiSolutions Live Application (Packaging) at joint booth with Beck Automation and GLAROFORM.

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A 200 ml plastic container produced with a 4-cavity ICM (injection-compression moulding) configuration from GLAROFORM and Krauss Maffei High Performance (formerly Netstal) impresses with ground-breaking material efficiency. The unrivalled low wall thickness stretches physical limits, not only resulting in considerable material savings, but also leading to a further reduction of the already highly competitive production cycle time. The lower closing force and injection pressure required thanks to the new process reduces the forces acting on the machine. This extends the life of production plant, thus increasing sustainability while minimising energy consumption. With this machine, GLAROFORM clearly demonstrates its ability to innovate and is an expression of the company’s philosophy of delivering the highest precision together with a uniquely robust design. Beck Automation presents compact, highperformance IML automation for wrap-around labels. The system is characterised by the dynamic process, process stability and very high availability with short cycle times. The precise interaction of the individual components of the plant including automation systems, the injection moulding machine, the mould, label quality and the optical control system increases productivity while adding value. The use of lightweight materials on the main arm and the deployment of high-performance linear motors enable fast, dynamic movements. The main axle has two drive motors, which improves dynamics and extends the life of both the belts and the motors. Inclined label magazines, where the labels are contained with the print image facing down, minimise label warpage.

This guarantees an optimised, precise positioning of the labels. Even with very fast cycle times, the labels are separated and transferred to the cores without disruption. The removal, transfer as well as the depositing and stacking of the products all impress with captivating levels of automation. The modified logbook which has recently been integrated into the HMI control system, features user administration, parameter monitoring, simplified error analysis as well as a maintenance interval. In addition, the IML system is equipped with a 10-camera vision system from Intravis. This monitors the outside of the containers through 360° while at the same time inspecting the inside of the product. Furthermore, labels with a digital watermark from label supplier Verstraete are deployed. This new technology enables efficient sorting at recycling plants equipped to handle this technology. In addition, the digital watermarks which are invisible to the naked eye can also be used as codes, in the same way simple bar or QR codes are used today. MES PiSolutions by the company bfa solutions ltd provides the interface between the production and the ERP levels in this sophisticated and pioneering application. It has the task of collating and evaluating data from the injection moulding machine, the handling process and the quality assurance system and to make this data available to different users. The various functions of the MES help to make, among other things, downtime, defective products and production progress all visible in real time. This way, problems can be dealt with quickly or a tool change with a preheated tool can be prepared just-in-time. Thus the utilisation and efficiency of production plant and production lines can be significantly increased. This makes it possible to save even more energy, time and money, and further demonstrates the idea of plastic as an efficient and sustainable raw material. In the face of changing consumer demands, the


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plastics industry today has the opportunity to create a win-win situation for the environment as well as its own stakeholders. The production plant shown here, with the significant reduction in wear and consumption in terms of materials, energy, work and the plant itself, while at the same time increasing output, stands for an even more efficient future. They presented the state-of-the-art of tomorrow’s technology at the K 2019 in Hall 12, Booth A51-03 (Swiss Pavilion). GLAROFORM AG , global supplier of high performance injection moulding tools for thin wall applications worldwide with specialisation in food and medical packaging etc. launched high-performance injectioncompression moulding (ICM) tools on the occasion of the K 2019. With regard to the continuing discussion on the correct use of plastics, ICM has the potential to be a real and sustainable solution for reducing plastic consumption. The process is primarily characterised by the reduced material and energy consumption and offers the industry many more economic benefits. GLAROFORM at K 2019 presented: • 4-cavity round ICM cup tool with IML // joint booth with Beck Automation and bfa solutions (Hall 12, Booth A51-03, Swiss Pavilion) • 6-cavity round 250g container tool with IML // on the Krauss Maffei High Performance booth (Hall 15, Booth D24) Beck Automation AG, manufacturer of automated solutions for in-mould labelling (IML) for injection moulding applications has its core business in the decoration and labelling of lids, tubs, trays and buckets for a wide range of both food and non-food applications. Apart from the above Glaroform locations, Beck Automation was present on the BMB booth (Hall 13, Booth A33) for 4-cavity square pail with handle and IML. bfa solutions is a globally well-established supplier of automation engineering solutions as well as MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) solutions in the fields of injection moulding and assembly.

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MES PiSolutions Live Application (Packaging) // Joint booth with Beck

Automation and GLAROFORM (Hall 12, Booth A51-03, Swiss Pavilion) MES PiSolutions Live Application (Automotive) // Sumitomo Demag booth (Hall 15, Booth D24)

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Injection Compression Moulding (ICM)

Injection Compression Moulding (ICM) is a manufacturing process that combines injection and compression moulding. This is a dynamic injection process: compared to conventional injection moulding, the mould is not closed completely at the filling stage. As a result, the closing force is then used to distribute the injected material throughout the mould cavity.

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Today, ICM is particularly common in the production of technical parts such as DVDs or lenses. Here, the ICM process offers essential advantages in terms of dimensional accuracy and moulded surfaces. Conversely, the market for ICM systems in the field of thin-walled packaging is still in a state of development. The first early adopters are emerging, both on the supplier and the user side. These companies are mastering the challenges of this process and thus creating economic as well as ecological benefits for the environment, society and for themselves. The key benefits of Injection Compression Moulding of thin wall packaging are as follows:

Material savings of up to 25% Enhanced possibilities regarding raw materials Increased output by up to 5% Closing force requirements reduced by up to 40% Reduction in energy consumption by up to 20% Lower maintenance costs Reduction in production area by up to 15%

In Mould Labelling (IML) Since IML is a very dynamic process, operational efficiency is the sum of all the machine’s high quality components. First, the labels are sucked out of the label station. In the second step, the labels are placed on the cores and held in place by a vacuum. The cores move into the cavities to transfer the labels. In this phase, the labels are blown off against the vacuum, electrostatically charged and thus positioned in the mould, mapping the cavities as closely as possible and held in place. The level of process design and the quality of the labels are decisive for process reliability, reproducibility, part quality and cost-effectiveness. A high-quality automation system, which is equally convincing in terms of availability, process reliability, stability and longevity, is crucial for return on investment and the level of added value.

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AIPL Zorro: Catering to industrial adhesive, hardware and consumable needs In talk with Mr. Chanan Rohiwal, COO, AIPL Zorro Pvt. Ltd.

Established in 2010 by Mr. Ajit Gupta, AIPL Zorro Pvt Ltd. has a rich experience of over three decades. With its unwavering commitment to customers AIPL Zorro is part of a proud and independent manufacturing and marketing organization with a dedicated growing distribution channel pan India and beyond. “We serve Hardware, Manufacturing, Automotive and Construction Industries with the same value DNA as our parent organisation, ABRO Inc.USA,” says Chanan Rohiwal, COO, AIPL Zorro.

Most of AIPL products are of ABRO Inc and are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities across the globe. With warehouses across India to support a national distribution channel, they have a total workforce and sales team exceeding 400.

Key Notes : > Serving various industries with same value DNA as parent ABRO Inc. USA. > ZorroQuikQuick Bond Tape, which is an instant adhesive solution for woodwork. > New products include masking tapes, waterproofing construction chemical range, wood adhesive, hardware fittings, and other hardware consumables.

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The major market segments that AIPL Zorro caters to are hardware consumables, manufacturing, automotive & construction segment. “Our principal clientele varies according to the industry and is vast,” adds Chanan. In hardware consumables, they are known by the name of ‘ABRO Tape’, which, for carpenters, painters and auto body shop workers, is synonymous to the product itself. Metal fabricators are also a principal client while talking about abrasives. For construction chemical, construction and material engineers are of principal focus. “Our association with ABRO Inc.USA has enhanced and intensified over time and together we are everexploring new solutions for the markets,” says Chanan. AIPL Zorro has seen tremendous growth since its inception and now boasts a turnover of over 300 Cr. “The growth that we enjoy has multiple dimensions to it and can be expanded into the following criteria – workforce, offerings, customer support, branding, advertising, technology, corporate social responsibility etc.,” states Chanan. Most of AIPL products are of ABRO Inc and are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities across the globe. With warehouses across India to support a national distribution channel, they have a total workforce and sales team exceeding 400. With a workforce of around 100 employees, the next step is to develop an organized training program for the workforce. “Based on this, scope of work would be defined so that only the most qualified and suitable personnel get the responsibility areas that they are fit for,” says Chanan. The other area of focus is product development, research and enhancement to bring unique solutions to the markets. Under the guidance of the CEO (Mr.Ajit Gupta), Chanan Rohiwal

takes the key strategic decisions. The sales function is taken care of by VP of sales; Mr. Aseem Singh and Mr. Rajeev Narang head the entire marketing, advertising and branding and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Akash Jain, heads key finances. AIPL Zorro Pvt. Ltd has been diversifying its offerings with solutions that cater to new segments in the market. Renown for ABRO Masking tape, the organization has understood the gaps in the market by consistently listening to the voice of the customer and has been developing solutions to address those needs with an approach that focuses on lowering the cost without compromising on the quality and increasing versatility and efficiency of the products. The R&D budget has seen substantial growth, a result of which can directly be seen in new products like masking tapes, waterproofing construction chemical range, wood adhesive, hardware fittings, and other hardware consumables. With a lot more under development, the research and development team is now an instrumental division of the organization. “A few of our latest products are ZorroQuikQuick Bond Tape, which is an instant adhesive solution for woodwork. We also have recently launched Anti-Slip Tape that have interior and exterior applications in slippery/hazardous areas,” shares Chanan. With new technologies, AIPL Zorro Pvt. Ltd has now scaled up in production and operations. Adoption of a custom-developed enterprise resource planning tools is aimed at bringing stability to the growing operations while expansion in manufacturing and upgrades of units have been vital in meeting customer and market requirements in quantity without compromising on quality. “The adhesives market in India forecast to cross US$ 1.3 billion by 2025, because of continuously growing building and construction sector, increasing demand for packaging materials in food & beverage industry and growing furniture industry. As an industry leader, we have seen the APAC countries have dominated the adhesive tapes market and are anticipating to


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continue doing so in the forecast period,” he adds. AIPL Zorro’s ‘Kahaani Zidd Ki’ is an initiative that provides a platform to the unheard voices of Everyday Heroes. “It is an initiative with the objective of bringing about and amplifying positivity in the world we live in. We believe that positivity has not only the power to heal people but also has a huge impact on the decisions that we make,” reveals Chanan.

Besides, they have undertaken initiatives on environment protection and sustainability, like, Phenk Mat- Gaadi Se Sadak Par. “PhenkMat is a pledge of ‘Cleanliness’ by creating awareness among vehicle owners to keep a litterbag in their cars, instead of throwing them on roads,” explains Chanan. AIPL Zorro took part in the recent Delhi Wood 2019, an International Trade Fair for woodworking machinery, tools, fittings, accessories, raw materials and products.

They highlighted the power of bond through their adhesives and other construction chemicals. Other key events they recently took part in include Build & Design, Index 2019, Woodex Asia, Andhra Pradesh Constriction Expo and Acetech Bangalore 2019. At the Andhra Pradesh Constriction Expo, AIPL ABRO offered some of its highest selling products that included the Zorrofix range of waterproof construction chemicals. In other products, the company offered visitors ZorroBond, ZorroFit and the famous ABRO masking tape.

MSFL meets expectations at the highest level at Labelexpo - Max Speciality Films Displays in-line coated BOPP label films for superior adhesive and print receptivity for UV flexo. number of representations from the Indian business community as exhibitors, entrepreneurs, and visitors alike. “And why not after all India has been the game changer for the industry in more ways than one and the Global markets are aware of this fact and benefiting from the cost effective yet innovative solutions from the east,” he states.

For MSFL (Max Speciality Films), Labelexpo Europe 2019 participation was a rewarding experience. The company showcased its innovative solutions to its existing as well as new customers at the show. “It was truly a rewarding experience to exhibit our innovative solutions to our existing and new customers at Labelexpo Europe 2019. It was an insightful exposure for the team and a learning curve for all of us individually,” comments Ramneek Jain, CEO of MSFL. “We met our expectations at the highest level as we showcased ultra-high film clarity for thicker transparent label films. In addition, we also displayed our in-line coated BOPP label films for superior adhesive and print receptivity for UV flexo. And last but not the least, we presented WAL films for high speed bottling applications. It was a holistic platform for us to showcase our label product offering that will have a far-reaching impact on various packaging applications,” he elaborates. Ramneek says that there was a generous

“Labelexpo is a great exposition of ideas, innovations and organizations at the global level. The market dynamics are always changing and will remain fluid in all times. However, label products will always have their rightful place. Such expositions offer multiple benefits to all the stakeholders and help us converge to make future ready solutions. Though, there are many small and big platforms to meet the customers and exhibit your solutions, Label Expo has always been a holistic congregation of visionaries,” continues Ramneek. Labelexpo Europe 2019 has been a fairly successful outing for MSFL. They offered custom solutions to a lot of new small and medium size customers from across the globe. “It was heartening to see the response we generated, and we have garnered leads that we will pursue to add about 30-40% to our overall sale of label products,” declares Ramneek. Sharing his Labelexpo experience he says that he found a lot of change in the packaging industry especially from the perspective of product technology that is sustainable and recyclable. “Innovative solutions across the globe are changing the

benchmarks and exciting solutions are being created across the packaging industry. We witnessed solutions custom made for the very aware customer who seeks processes and stringent guidelines to be delivered along with the products. There is a lot of creativity at disposal and new trends of efficiency and capability that offer enhanced appeal to the products.” “I am very hopeful and confident that no matter which way the market tilts, the packaging industry is robust and is heading towards a revolutionising era built on sustainable label solutions, which is the key and the most critical part of packaging and adds immense value in the realm of brands that are fighting for visibility and better shelf life,” concludes

Ramneek. MSFL will be extremely focused on the leads generated during the exposition and are working closely to offer custom made solutions. Poised to stay on the path of their strategy of innovation and make some course correction based on the experience collected from the LabelExpo, they look forward to participating in the Label Expo scheduled to be held next year in India.

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“Infinite Possibilities, Smart Production” Heidelberg shows end-to-end packaging solution in China for Asian Market.

The participants had the opportunity to visit an open house at the factory of MK Masterworks in Tianjin. There the visitors took a plant tour and watched the presentations of Powermatrix 106CSB and 106FC and Diana Easy 85 etc.

Heidelberg Asia-Pacific hosted its Packaging Day at Qingpu factory under the theme, “Infinite PossibilitiesSmart Production”, on 10 September. Over a hundred visitors from all over the Asia-Pacific region attended the event at the Heidelberg Print Media Center in Shanghai, China, where they demonstrated strong interest in Heidelberg’s integrated solutions and received comprehensive answers to the growing needs in the industry where cost pressure is increasing, run lengths are constantly declining and lead-times are growing shorter all the time. Brand owners and consolidated groups are acting globally, changing the nature of printed products by increasing the variety and functionality of print, customization, versioning and personalization. Heidelberg offers its customers a wide product portfolio with comprehensive automation and integration. “We are continuously enhancing the Smart Print Shop, and offering our customers a consistent packaging workflow with complete end-to-end box production. One of the solutions for this is our cloud-based webto-pack platform called ”Boxuni” that was recently launched by our customer, Xianjunlong Colour Printing Co. Ltd., and Heidelberg. The platform connects printers, packaging designers and print buyers,” explained Thomas Frank, Cluster Head, Asia-Pacific, during his welcome speech.

Prinect workflow is the foundation of “Smart Print Shop” and the start of the entire presentation of the day. “The packaging printers from the region were clearly impressed with Heidelberg’s fully integrated Smart Packaging workflow. Key highlights included quick-and-easy box design, impressive 3D rendering with finishing effects, carton board samples printed on the Versafire and contrasting colours to offset in addition to powerful cost savings from ganging and multicolour printing technology. And with the help of Prinect’s end-to-end workflow solutions, we are helping packaging printers produce faster, smarter and more productively than ever before,” Brian Kow, Prinect Business Development Manager in AsiaPacific, confirmed. With the new configuration of the Speedmaster CD102-8+L UV, push-to- stop/navigated printing was demonstrated for the first time at the Qingpu factory. Navigated printing enables operators to make complex job changes easily with the support of automated job changes through Intelliguide Software on the Prinect Press Center XL 2 and Wallscreen. Douglas Mooney, in charge for further developing Heidelberg’s sheetfed business in Asia-Pacific said, “This time, we highlighted the flexibility of the CD102 with special applications such as in-line embossing

Key Notes : > More than 100 visitors from all over the Asia-Pacific region attended Packaging Day at Heidelberg Print Media Center in Shanghai, China. > The latest end-toend packaging solutions with equipment, software, consumables and service were presented in live demos. > Following Packaging Day, MK Open house continued to attract customers with its latest post-press packaging solutions.

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MK’s latest packaging solutions, Promatrix 106CS, Diana Eye and Diana Go impressed the customers.


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effects, UV/drip-off coatings and multicolour schemes by producing two jobs, chocolate boxes and pharma packages.” The Speedmaster CX 75, a true multitalent, produced two jobs showing the customer benefits in packaging printing with quick and easy job change, small footprints and userfriendly printing. The printed sheet by CX75 was colour-matched to the one printed by the digital Heidelberg Versafire press in the demo. A Speedmaster SX74-4-P, a perfecting press printed one-over-one pharma package inserts. After printing, MK’s Promatrix 106CS die cutter processed the printed sheets of chocolate boxes to demonstrate fast job changes and high productivity. To finish the package production process, MK’s Diana Eye and Diana Go folder gluers were demonstrated. Heidelberg Lifecycle products were also a key part of the demonstrations. Customers were given an overview of Heidelberg’s service capabilities, highlighting the global parts distribution and the worldwide biggest network of highly trained and skilled technicians. The benefits of remote service and predictive monitoring to maximize up times and ensure press reliability were explained in a very impressive manner. A wide variety of Saphira consumables are

Push-to-Stop and Navigated Printing were demonstrated for the first time in Heidelberg’s Qingpu factory with the new configuration of the Speedmaster CD102-8+L UV.

used on every job. Supporting complex conventional, UV and muliticolor jobs on paper, board and foil substrates, Saphira inks, coatings, blankets, plates and chemistry all worked together flawlessly to ensure the success of the rapid job changes and minimum waste sheets achieved during the event. Customers witnessed for themselves the perfect print quality that only Saphira products can achieve in when working together with Prinect software and

Speedmaster equipment. On the following day, the participants had the opportunity to visit an open house at the factory of MK Masterworks in Tianjin. There the visitors took a plant tour and watched the presentations of Powermatrix 106CSB included MasterSet, Powermatrix 106FC included MasterDrive, Diana Easy 85 included Diana Inspector, Digimatrix 60FC and Laser Cut 340.

Siegwerk announces changes in Board of Management Change of Board responsibilities for Asia and Americas regions by Seigwerk. Siegwerk, global providers of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, has announced a change of business responsibilities in its Board of Management. With the recent leadership changes in the Board of Management, Siegwerk will create synergies between regions to drive future business performance and to further strengthen the company’s offerings and services for customers in the global packaging and printing markets. Herbert Forker, CEO and former President Canada, USA and Latin America at Siegwerk, has taken over responsibility for India, China and South East Asia from Ralf Hildenbrand, who in return has assumed responsibility for the Americas from Herbert Forker. The leadership changes were effective October 1, 2019.

During the past 10 years, Ralf Hildenbrand developed a successful growth strategy for Asia and its sub-regions and led the region to its current outstanding level of performance with dedicated teams serving customers with best-in-class solutions and services. Given the strategic importance of Asia, it is an obvious move to have these now maturing regions report directly to the CEO - while at the same time leveraging Ralf Hildenbrand’s experience in organization and business development for the Americas. By combining Canada, USA and Latin America under one roof as the “Americas” region, Siegwerk plans to be better facilitate the future learning exchange across the entire region.

Ralf Hildenbrand will also continue to drive the global development of Flexible Packaging in his role as Global Flexible Packaging Business Unit Coordinator – as well as leading the Global Technology team including Sustainability, Circular Economy, Product Safety and the Brand Owner Collaboration. Continuing as Board members in the current roles are Dr. Oliver Wittmann, CFO, and Dr. Jan Breitkopf, President EMEA.

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Better Human: A virtual brand in a real market environment - unites premium packaging with sustainability. The PrintCity Alliance introduces its latest project, Better Human, launched at the 6th Packaging Inspiration Forum. This new project shows how premium packaging can be reconciled with the demands of environmental protection and sustainability. Better Human is a fictitious brand that manufactures high-quality electronics using sustainable methods. All Better Human products are made from sustainable and recyclable components such as wood from sustainably managed forests (no tropical timber), corn starch and algae. To underscore the sustainability of its products, Better Human uses only fully recyclable packaging materials and resource-saving packaging designs. It markets to all age groups and genders and its customers typically are willing to pay a higher price for sustainable products. Being a “better human” therefore is a statement and the brand would likely have a good chance of being successful on the real market.

Sophisticated finishing techniques underline the lifestyle aspect of the products The sophisticated print finishing techniques draw on haptic and optical effects. The natural, luminous colours and the deliberate use of natural images and design elements give the packaging a striking and memorable look. Techniques include hot stamping and

coating technology, hybrid lacquer texture/ gloss effects and blind embossing. Also integrated in the design is a tamper-evident label. The folding cartons for the ear[th] buds and the paperboard blister pack for the ear[th]phones were produced at Model Kramp.

Materials – structural design – production: Numerous parameters contribute to sustainability Sustainability naturally begins with the choice of substrate and the structural design. The packaging is constructed without plastic so it can easily be recycled. Recyclability is a core issue that hinges on the different materials being easy to separate in an automated process, a factor that is also reflected in the new packaging regulations. But the project addresses other issues as well, such as reducing CO2 emissions, eco-friendly materials and efficient production processes. Better Human, the PrintCity Alliance’s new project, demonstrates how premium packaging can be reconciled with the demands of environmental protection and sustainability. It was unveiled at FachPack in Nuremberg at the 6th Packaging Inspiration Forum. Model Kramp GmbH in Hanau, Germany, uses state-of-the-art printing and print

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finishing technologies and operates one of the world’s most high-tech production facilities for exclusive cosmetic and perfume packaging. At its new building in Hanau’s «Amerikafeld» business district, Model Kramp GmbH sets high standards in energy consumption, climate protection and work environment. The 6th Packaging Inspiration Forum for the first time is making two appearances this year: 28 & 29 October in Hamburg and 25 & 26 November in Stuttgart. Participating companies include: LEONHARD KURZ (hot stamping and coating technology, holograms) Metsä Board (folding boxboard, white kraftliner, food service paperboard), WEILBURGER Graphics (varnishes, adhesives and water-based flexo inks), and Model Group (display and packaging solutions made from solid and corrugated board).


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MPS breaks sales records at Labelexpo Europe Successful introduction of ‘Beyond the Machine’ and wider hybrid EF SYMJET press. MPS reports a rewarding Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels with surpassing the number of press orders received on show, the successful introduction of the ‘Beyond the Machine’ concept showcasing four key processes that extend beyond the printing press, and debut of a wider EF SYMJET hybrid press that drew crowds during live demonstrations.

Successful presentation of ‘Beyond the Machine’ In this year’s show, MPS chose to focus not only on machinery, but also on services and processes that provide key support. This was physically displayed by placing a – fully equipped – press in the middle of the stand, surrounded by four ‘islands’: Applications, Service, Productivity and Connectivity. Inge Smolders, Manager Marketing Communications of MPS explained: “MPS is known for manufacturing equipment of the highest quality. But instead of packing our stand with machines, we came to Labelexpo Europe with a different message this year: to communicate that we’re much more than just a machine builder. “By delivering best-in-class Service, guaranteed Productivity, outstanding

Applications and up-to-date Connectivity innovations, we prove that an MPS press is only a tool that helps printers achieve the best and complete lifecycle performance from their investment.”

Debut of wider EF SYMJET hybrid press Also unveiled at Labelexpo Europe 2019 was the new, wider version of the hybrid EF SYMJET, an inkjet/flexo platform built with an exclusive partnership with Domino. The MPS EF SYMJET press is now available in 340 mm/ 13” and 430 mm / 17” widths and can be equipped with multiple flexo units, lamination and embellishing units, diecutting and many more converting options. During live demonstrations, a combination of nine labels were printed with various embellishments including digital cold foil, hologram- and lenticular 3D effects, de-lam re-lam and micro texts. Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS: “Productivity is one of our focus processes that extends ‘Beyond the Machine’. With the new 17” width, we are offering our customers higher productivity, more flexibility and the possibility to open new markets and even more options for applications. This is a great addition to our portfolio of flexo, hybrid and offset

Explanation of the nine different samples printed with the new 17” hybrid EF SYMJET press

presses for labelling and packaging.”

Record international flexo and hybrid press sales LabelexpoEurope 2019 concluded in celebration for MPS with a record number of twelve press sales, in a combination of EFS&EFA flexo presses, EXL-Packaging and EF SYMJET hybrid equipment. Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS proudly said: “We are extremely pleased with the number of press sales signed during Labelexpo that breaks our previous record. A mix of flexo, hybrid and packaging presses were sold to printers in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.”

Well-visited live demonstration of the Beyond the Machine concept

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Printronix ODV-2D comes to India Printronix Auto ID announces its Popular ODV-2D Barcode Printer/Verification Solution in India. Printronix Auto ID, a global enterprise-grade industrial printing solutions provider has announced its popular ODV-2D Printer/ Barcode Verification solution with three major upgrades. The ODV-2D is can not only verify but also validate barcodes as they are printed. For added accuracy, data printed on the label is validated to match the data sent from the host and the barcode image is verified based on ISO standards. This is the only integrated solution on the marketing that prints, verifies and validates barcodes. This upgrade comes standard with the new release and can be added, at no cost, to existing ODV-2D printers. Printronix is now offering a Field Kit that allows companies to transform their existing T8000 printers into an ODV-2D solution. The ODV-2D prints labels, validates and verifies the content, overstrikes labels with rejected barcodes and reprints new labels. Additionally, it can provide detailed grading reports for every barcode printed and then be exported to a standard database file. Field Kits can be installed on any T8000 (4 inch) printer by an ODV-2D Certified Partner.

New Reporting Options Printronix has expanded its compatibility with third-party applications to capture ODV grading reports, enabling a full closed-loop barcode printing solution. This option allows companies that already use a third-party

application to easily integrate ODV-2D reporting into their existing process. However, the third-party applications are not required; companies can continue to use the Auto ID Data Manager, one of the many applications within Printronix PrintNet Enterprise software suite, to capture detailed reports of every grade and barcode printed. “When we introduced the ODV- 2D 18 months ago we immediately captured the attention of the compliance and regulatory markets not only due to the 1D and 2D barcode verification capability, but also because of its ability to seamlessly integrate into production environments,” said Andy Edwards, Director of Product Management. “We will continue to invest in the technology and the latest version adds several enhancements that increase the versatility, expand the application scope, and optimize the installation process”, added Edwards. With the introduction of the integrated ODV-2D, Printronix has eliminated the need for companies to piece together their own solution from separate printers and scanners. Built on the ultra-reliable T8000 printer platform, the ODV-2D offers robust printer performance integrated with

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advanced barcode verification and validation technology plus a full suite of thermal printer language emulations and features that allow it to integrate easily into any environment. As companies struggle to meet industry requirements for barcode compliance, many businesses are turning to barcode verification solutions to eliminate refused shipments and costly fines, as well as meet regulatory printing requirements. The ODV-2D provides a comprehensive and affordable solution for this market. Printronix Auto ID is a global provider of printing solutions – an assortment of industrial printers, desktop printers, barcode validation solutions and media supplies. As a fully owned subsidiary of TSC, Printronix Auto ID functions as an independent business that is empowered to leverage its established leadership in thermal printing technologies. The product portfolio of Printronix Auto ID includes thermal barcode, RFID and groundbreaking barcode verification solutions. Delivering the highest print quality, superior validation features enterprise-grade usability and ruggedness, Printronix Auto ID solutions are backed by robust service and support network.


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YesGo 1st Workshop takes place in Mumbai Global event on premedia prepress and packaging software training along with Esko.

The first workshop on Premedia Prepress and Packaging Software Training by YesGo along with packaging technology providing leader Esko took place from 16 to 21 September 2019. “YesGo is now a ‘New Search Of Printing Industry’,” says Nizam Appas, Brain behind the mission YesGo. With much fanfare and well anticipated humongous presence of the audience across the industry- YesGo 1st Workshop in Mumbai along with Esko was kick started on 16th September 2019. The 1 Week Workshop ran for 6 consecutive days – 16 – 21 September 2019. Touch the Benefits – The Theme gelled well along the audience which encompassed Industry Veterans Mr. Manoj Mehta – Chairman Unique Floq, Mr. Arnab Maiti – Country Manager Esko, Mr. Nitin Patil – Managing Director Numex Blocks, Mr. Jai Prakash – Managing Director Vee Pee Art Studio, Mr. Srihari Rao – Global Head Printing Technology Essel Propack, Mr. Hemant Jain – Business Head SGSCO Asia Met, students from IIP, Students and Faculty Prof Sagar Waghmare from SIES – South India Educational Society – Mumbai, Students of YesGo and Media Friends from What Packaging.

shed light on Zero Defect Packaging in his presentation. He also asserted that YesGo is doing a wonderful job in creating skilled manpower. Mr. Hemant Jain showcased lively presentation on Integrating Artwork To Digital. He said that Industry today gives preference to skilled manpower and Esko and YesGo are leading from the front in honing skill in the industry. Ms. Rakhi Das Business Development Manager YesGo opened the event with her Welcome Speech. Mr. Nizam Appas concluded the event with his much appreciative Vote of Thanks with the words,

“YesGo - A New Search Engine of Printing Industry. For all your needs – Just YesGo It!” The lively and interactive session between speakers and students during the event rendered quite a learning experience exposure to the attendees. The 1 Week Workshop covered ArtiosCAd, DeskPack Photoshop, Deskpack Illustrator, ArtPro, ArtPro+, PackEdge, Plato, Studio including Automation Engine, Colour Management, Premedia Course, Packaging Course. YesGo’s next workshop will be held in Bangalore.

Chief Guest of the event was Mr. Manoj Mehta who enlightened the audience with his speech on Innovations in Luxury Packaging. Mr. Arnab Maiti – Guest of Honour at the event – caught the audience attention with his insightful presentation on Digital Maturity Model for Brand Packaging. Mr. Hemant Jain spoke about his experience and expertise in the industry. Mr. Jai Prakash shed light on the Prepress Delivery System and integration with design. Mr. Srihari Rao

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The Authentication Forum to empower India, Industry, and Indians in the Fight against Fakes Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association (ASPA) and Messe Frankfurt India are organizing the third edition of The Authentication Forum in Delhi. officials, representatives of regulatory bodies, business leaders from various industries, representatives of national business associations, etc would come together to discuss effective and efficient strategies to fight counterfeiting in various industries. Also, showcase and deliberate on solutions and systems which are available in the country.

Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association (ASPA) and Messe Frankfurt India are organizing the third edition of The Authentication Forum in Delhi. The two-day flagship leadership summit is scheduled for 7th and 8th November 2019 at the Lalit Hotel, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. ASPA (Authentication Solutions Providers’ Association) is the world’s first and only self-regulated non-profit organization that represents the entire as physical and digital authentication solutions industry globally. The association has taken on the task of nurturing the anti-counterfeiting ecosystem by sensitizing consumers, brands and policymakers towards the menace of counterfeiting and creating awareness around the solutions. To take this mission forward The Authentication Forum is organized annually. Counterfeiting corrupts an economy by harming consumer rights, damaging brand equity, causing losses to industries and causing loss of government revenues. The menace of counterfeiting has caused a revenue loss of approximately INR 1 Trillion (14.7 Billion USD) to the Indian economy and curbing it could give a huge boost to the economy. Counterfeiting can effectively be curbed with widespread and proper implementation of authentication technologies, enforcement, awareness, and monitoring. At the Authentication Forum, industry stalwarts, government departments

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Eminent personalities from renowned organizations from across industries like FMCG, Auto, Pharmaceutical, E-commerce, Packaging, Consumer Durables, Crop Protection – Agriculture, Fertilizers, Pesticides, etc would be speaking at the event. Mr. Ramashankar Pandey, Chairman, Aftermarket Committee, ACMA& Managing Director, Hella India; Mr. Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE & Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs, ITC Ltd.;Dr. Jayashree Gupta, President, Consumers India; Mr. Yash Pal Sachar, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Honda Cars India; Mr. AmartyaaKumaar Guha, Associate Director Supply Chain, Flipkart; Mr. Amit Kale, Assistant Vice President, SME Packaging, Automation and Quality Control, Reliance Industries; Mr. Harendra Bana, Associate Director Security, India Region, PepsiCo.; Mr. Pankaj Kumar Patodi, Head Supply Chain, Godfrey Philips India; Mr. Vikas Ranjan, Brand Protection Manager India and South East Asia & Member – Global IPR, Adidas; Mr. Arshad Jamil, Associate Vice President and Head Intellectual Property Rights, Biocon Biologics India; Mr. Ashraf Ali, Anti-Counterfeit Manager India, Bayer CropScience; Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Managing Director, Insecticides India and Mr. Ulrike Kreysa, Vice President Healthcare, GS1 Global Office among others would be participating in the panel discussions. Speaking about the upcoming forum Mr. Nakul Pasricha, President, ASPA said, “The forum is a unique initiative to get voices and opinions from various stakeholders on one platform and find ways to collaborate in the fight against fake products. Counterfeiting is a huge challenge for our country which causes big losses to various industries.

It is high time that every stakeholder acknowledges how big this problem is and joins hands to find a solution. It is also important to sensitize the consumers and spread awareness about the power they have thanks to the digital technologies which can provide real-time intelligence and data analytics. Authentication solution companies are ready to help industry in solving three important issues a) Providing visibility & traceability within the Supply Chain b) Ensuring every consumer receives genuine products without any tampering and c) Enabling consumer engagement in the authentication process. We are excitedabout the upcoming forum and the impact it will have on businesses going forward.” The aim of the conference is to empower India, Industry, and Indians in the fight against fakes. There will be discussions around counterfeiting landscape in India - role of the government and industry in curbing counterfeit menace, counterfeiting analysis from a global perspective – what other countries / global brands are doing to combat counterfeiting, consumer empowerment in the fight against fakes, implementing an end-to-end anticounterfeiting system across industries, evolution of brand protection and anticounterfeiting, anti-counterfeiting and supply chain security, future of Authentication technologies such as big data, Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain; And adoption and implementation of anti-counterfeiting solutions. ASPA members protect over 15,000 brands worldwide through the identification of genuine products and documents. ASPA works closely with global authorities such as International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA), Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB - Interpol), FICCI CASCADE, and other industry bodies in India.


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Dual award success for Berry X-EnviroShrink took Materials Innovation Award and Jake Hollins named Apprentice of the Year. junior product designer. Now in their 19th year, the Plastic Industry Awards showcase the very best of the UK plastics industry covering areas such as product design, innovation, recycling, manufacturing, training and environmental performance. This year’s awards were presented at special ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane on September 27th. The X-EnviroShrink shrink wrapping material from Berry bpi protec took the Materials Innovation Award, while Jake Hollins from Berry UCP Zeller Plastik was named Apprentice of the Year.

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awards,” comments Jean-Marc Galvez, President, Berry Consumer Packaging International. “They ideally encapsulate two of the most important facets of our business – our people and our ability to innovate. It is through the calibre of our employees and our commitment to drive innovation in all our new product and material developments that we can continue to deliver the best and most sustainable solutions for our customers.”

X-EnviroShrink maintains all the collation and transport benefits of traditional shrink wrap packaging, while incorporating up to 75% recycled content and being recyclable itself, making it one of the most sustainable solutions for the multi-packing of goods. It is the first fully recyclable shrink film to incorporate Sustane polymer from bpi recycled products and represents an excellent example of a closed loop product, matched by high performance and technical innovation. Jake Hollins’ award recognises his drive, ambition and determination not to be discouraged by setbacks. He was made redundant halfway through an initial apprenticeship with an engineering firm, and so contacted closure manufacturer Berry UCP Zeller Plastik to see if he could continue his apprenticeship there. This meant he had to effectively restart his NVQ and complete it within 12 months. His attitude impressed the company, which then employed him as a

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Baldwin introduces Ahlbrandt Corona innovations at K 2019 Corona innovations for Plastic Film Extrusion and Converting designed for maximized uptime and highquality, food-grade and cleanroom applications.

Ahlbrandt System – A Baldwin Technology Company, has revealed Corona innovations engineered for plastic film extrusion and converting applications at K 2019 in Dusseldorf, October 16-23, at booth C53, hall 4. The new particle-free Ahlbrandt Corona electrodes prevent contamination from damaged or broken elements, an innovation that provides an advantage for clean rooms and those converting high-quality, foodgrade plastic films. This novel design got introduced in the Ahlbrandt Corona Pure, Pure XL, Flex, and Slim product lines. Also showcased at K 2019, was the new Ahlbrandt Corona Extrude which is a pretreatment system for blown film extrusion lines where it is essential to obtain a perfect surface tension prior to the finishing process. It features powerful metal electrode segments for a long lifetime operation. Ahlbrandt’s unique electrode designs enables high pretreatment intensity on reactive film areas,

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which in turn leads to a continuously maintained treatment efficiency at optimal production speed without any impact from temperature variations during the production cycle. Additionally, the operator can easily access and flip the electrode segments; thereby, cutting service and maintenance time to a minimum. “We designed the Ahlbrandt Corona innovations with the high demands of film extrusion in mind, to maximize the process uptime and simplify operation; but not only that, also for a fast system delivery and installation. With the new electrode design and the Ahlbrandt Corona Extrude in our inventory, we can quickly deliver and

commission,” said Holger Bätz, Managing Director, Ahlbrandt. The slim and compact, yet durable design makes the innovations future-proof and easily integrated into new and existing production lines. The robust parts enable a long service life with minimal maintenance, increasing uptime and delivering optimal return on investment. In addition to the new Ahlbrandt Corona innovations, Baldwin Technology showcased its FilmCylinderCleaner, Rotor Spray and Hot Air Drying solutions for the plastic film industry at the K 2019 exhibition.


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Flexo Image Graphics: Mark Andy launches Evolution & Digital Pro Series Evolution Series provides converters a scalable production solution providing adaptability to the needs driving future business growth. For Gourav Roy, Flexo Image Graphics (FIG), LabelExpo Europe has always been the most important shows for the labels industry. FIG team was mainly available at Mark Andy booth catering to the interest for flexography and digital printing and converting systems. “Launch by Mark Andy for Evolution Series and Digital Pro series was an important move for us and for the market we handle,” says Gourav. Besides, Rotoflex, which is also part of Mark Andy group, was of great interest for visitors as it already boasts almost 90 installations in the Indian subcontinent. A simple-to-operate platform powered by proven Mark Andy engineering and technology, Evolution Series provides converters a scalable production solution designed to serve their business needs today, while providing adaptability to the needs driving future business growth.

Evolution Series is available in 13 and 17 inch (330 and 460 mm) web widths with production speeds up to 750 fpm (230 mpm). Gourav says the number of visitors from India as well as the subcontinent has reduced at the Labelexpo Europe, however, he was positive about the opportunity to meet converters who are serious about their interest and positive about their expansion plans. “LabelExpo is always a high point where converters get a break to introspect and plan for the future. Label industry is growing and if one is up to date, there could be no reason to look back,” says Gourav. They closed a few deals and quite a few are in the pipeline. “The market is competitive

and scalability is important to sustain. Keeping the same focus in mind we saw new launch of flexo presses and lot of focus on the digital side,” he shares, speaking about the technology on show. “Converters needs to constantly think dynamic and a show like this helps the growth chart,” he concludes.

UV Graphic Technologies has the best ever Labelexpo participation Sells all the equipment on show on the very first day of the show. The Labelexpo participation for UV Graphic Technologies has been the best ever this edition. With many Indian visitors at the show, the company received a great response for its products on display.

With a successful Labelexpo participation, Abhay is enthusiastic about their next big launch, which he says would be the Press with the smallest web path the industry has ever seen.

Speaking on the show experience, Abhay of UV Graphic Technologies comments, “With the industry going through ups and downs for quite some time, Labelexpo proved a high point for the industry and for us too; we sold many machines at the show. We sold our UltraFlex 8 colour multi substrate and multi capability press Flexo press on the first day of the show. We also sold the 3 plate mounters. Besides, we booked 6 new orders for the Flexo Press and sold 8 plate mounters. In total we sold 7 presses and a total of 11 plate mounters.”

“The show was a great success and we sold all the equipment on the stand on the very first day. Besides the international

orders which were mainly from Europe, we also closed two orders with Indian printers. Vikram Printers Mumbai, placed an order for a 8 colour multi substrate press and Jupiter Laminators Sonipat placed an order for a 10 colour 530mm width press with multiple capabilities including Hot Foil Stamping and two Rotogravure Stations for filmic substrates,” he concludes.

“The label industry is growing at a fast pace and there is a greater demand for quality presses in the market. However, we found there was more emphasis on print finishing and Digital on the show,” he adds. Mr. Kevin Van Dyk of Spec Systems, Cape Town, South Africa shaking hands with Mr. Abhay Datta.

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Acme Roll Tech debuts at Labelexpo Europe 2019 Receive great visitor response for their Anilox Rolls showcased at the show. “We see Labelexpo is definitely a high point at this stage when we are seeing a bit of slowness in the Indian market,” adds Sandeep.

Participating for the first time at the Labelexpo Europe, Acme Roll Tech received amazing response from visitors and customers at the show. Speaking about the show, an enthusiastic Sandeep, Acme Roll Tech says, “The show was great for us. It was our first time and we welcomed a continuous rush of visitors at our stand. There were many Indian customers at the show. We were also fortunate that many of them are already our customers now.”

They had showcased Anilox Rolls at the show. The products received great response. “We have received good inquiries which are going to get converted in sales once we are back in India,” reveals Sandeep. trajectory,” he emphasises. “We saw a great enthusiasm at the show which shows great enthusiasm among industry people. We started our commercial product six months back and got great response from Indian customers. After coming to Labelexpo and seeing the response from customers around the world, I am sure we are on the right growth

Having started commercial production 6 months back, Sandeep considers Acme as a relatively new entrant in the market thinks it of paramount importance to create brand visibility in market. They are participating in upcoming Paperex India show in December and have also registered for Drupa 2020.

Cosmo Films at Labelexpo Europe 2019 - showcases its extensive range of films for labeling applications and Synthetic paper. Labelexpo Europe 2019 proved a good platform for meeting many new prospects from around the world for Cosmo Films which showcased its extensive range of films for labeling applications and Synthetic paper. “It has been a very good show for us. Apart from regular customers visiting us, we also met a lot of new prospects from around the world, enquiring for our showcased products,” says Pankaj Poddar, CEO, Cosmo Films. Cosmo Films welcomed a lot of visitors from India as well. “A global platform like Labelexpo unites various stakeholders from across the world under one roof. It also helps us in understanding the latest trends in the industry, thus helping us to focus on these trends to suit our customer’s requirements. It always is a high point,” observes Pankaj. He seemed particularly impressed with the technology on show at Labelexpo. There were many innovative solutions that he found interesting for the industry like the sustainability solutions for the Pressure Sensitive Label Industry. “Also, there were a lot of printing machines on display that have

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gotten more robust and efficient with time,” he adds. Looking at the enthusiasm at the show, Poddar was upbeat about the growth chart. “This year, apart from meeting existing customers, we also met new prospects and generated a lot of enquiries for our products.

It was a fruitful experience for us and we look forward to the next Labelexpo,” he sums up, concluding by sharing that Cosmo Films is looking to participate in Labelexpo Americas next year. Besides, they have already signed contracts for Labelexpo Europe & Mexico in 2021.


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Domino Digital Printing Solutions successfully launches UV95 - The first N610i Domino digital label press already sold and shipped to an Indian customer. Labelexpo Europe has been good for Domino Printech India. “We had a decent rush of Indian visitors who edified us on their present and future label requirement,” says Ajay RaoRane, Asst. Vice President - Digital Printing Solutions at Domino Printech India. “The show has been good for us both from the Global presence perspective and the Indian visitor perspective. We have had some quality visitors from India with whom we could derive insights on their label press requirement. They edified us on their requirement, how & what the Indian market shall demand in near future from the label industry,” he adds. Ajay sees Labelexpo Europe as a high point in present slow global economic conditions. “The Indian label industry is on a good surge and there has been good room for innovation and creativity in the Indian market with the upsurge in demand for smaller batches of

labels and multiple SKU’s of products,” he shares. Domino had good sales at the show. They announced during the show sale to LabelPak International which is based out of Wavre Belgium. Domino Digital Printing Solutions successfully launched UV95, their new seven-colour food packaging compliant UV digital ink set at Labelexpo Europe 2019. They also demonstrated their Digital Embellishment solution where they were doing Digital Foiling and Digital Varnish on various substrates. “This was very much appreciated by label converters across the world including India,” declares Ajay. “We are positive about the growth chart and with the first N610i Domino digital label press sold and shipped to the customer, we

are excited about the market traction,” he continues. Domino will be installing its first Domino N610i Digital Label Press in coming month. “With this installation, we are looking to treat the Indian market with labels with impressive finish and quality in the coming days,” he concludes.

VINSAK has a successful Labelexpo Europe 2019 Sells 1 Lombardi Invicta, 4 Lombardi Synchroline, 2 SPGPrint (CTP Pre – Press) and Iwasaki IF330 etc on the show floor. Vinsak had a successful Labelexpo Europe 2019 with both its Lombardi InvictaI2 press and Iwasaki IF330 intermittent press making waves at the show floor. Finishing products from ABG, Rietstack and Pantec were also huge crowd pullers and SPGPrints scored two sales too. “We have been very busy with all our principals this year,” says Rajesh Bajaj, Vinsak. “The booths were very busy all throughout the show. Though there was a heavier rush of visitors at the show on day 2 & 3 and there were Indian visitors too, but not many were new faces,” he adds.

Synchroline, 2 SPGPrint (CTP Pre – Press) and Iwasaki IF330 etc.

Calling Labelexpo a high point, he says, “Absolutely, we can say Label Expo has been a higher point for the Label printing Industry. Label Expo was definitely a boost to reach the high point seems like we’re getting there.”

Speaking about the technology on show at Labelexpo, he says, “The machines are getting more advanced to handle various substrates, specially filmic and transparent material adding the flexibility of printing packaging. Also the inspection systems, finishing equipment’s are doing more and at great speeds. Value addition to the labels was the key it seems.”

Vinsak sold 1 Lombardi Invicta, 4 Lombardi

He was quite enthusiastic about the label

industry growth and the enthusiasm of visitors at the show. He sees a lot of scope in the forever evolving label industry and says, “With the growing demand for unique and value added labels and flexible packaging we are sure we’re scaling up on the growth charts.” After Labelexpo, Ranesh is eagerly looking forward to the K show and Drupa.

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Zircon adds Mark Andy and Rotoflex equipment to its lineup Zircon Technologies’ recent acquisition includes two 17” Performance Series P7E presses from Mark Andy and one DLI, two VLIs and two VSIs from Rotoflex. Zircon Technologies’ recent acquisition includes two 17” Performance Series P7E presses – a 10 colour and a 12 colour press. Additionally, the company expanded their offline converting and finishing equipment portfolio with the addition of one Rotoflex DLI, two Rotoflex VLIs and two Rotoflex VSIs. This agreement also includes an additional highly configured Performance Series P7E and three additional Rotoflex machines to follow shortly. These endeavours aide the expansion of not only their facilities’ footprint in India as they prepare to open their fifth manufacturing site, but also Zircon’s presence in the global label market. The newest facility will be located in Dehradun, India, approximately 250 km north of New Delhi, and is estimated to add approximately 100-120 new jobs to their existing 480 person staff. The addition of new equipment is expected to propel the company into verticals outside

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of their current specialties, which include Wine and Spirits, Home and Personal Care and Security. Zircon will also be entering the market of cardboard tube and aluminum foil lidding, where large growth is projected. Zircon Technologies expects to reach 80100 million dollars in revenue in the next four years, and Sanjeev Sondhi, Director of Operations at Zircon Technologies notes, “This grow includes plans to invest an additional six million dollars in capital equipment over the next 12 months to help achieve those projections.” Sondhi further elaborates integrating the major investment with the company’s aggressive growth strategy: “We are continuing to do what we have done since the beginning and that is reinvest in Zircon Technologies. To maintain our target growth rate, it was necessary to further diversify our business and that is what led us, again, to the Mark Andy Performance Series

and Rotoflex’s customized finishing solutions. The acquisition of new equipment enables us to extend our reach in the Indian and international label and packaging market.” Gourav Roy, Rotoflex and Mark Andy representative in India and Managing Director at Flexo Image Graphics, believes that the future of Zircon is limitless and is looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the company as a trusted industry contact. On Zircon’s continued expansion, Roy stated, “Zircon started with focus on self-adhesive labels in 2006 with a Mark Andy 2200 13” 8 color press. Since then, they’ve experienced exponential growth. The vision and appetite of Sanjeev to take calculated risk taking habit and to have the best of the infrastructure helped Zircon to grow to a level what it is today. FIG, and by extension Rotoflex Mark Andy, is prepared to extend the best services and be part of Zircon’s growth.”

left to right: Manohar Dhugga (VP Operations – Rotoflex), Mr. Arun and Sanjeev Sondhi (Director Operations) – Zircon Technologies, Jason Desai (CEO) – Mark Andy, Gourav Roy (MD) – Flexo Image Graphics at Labelexpo Europe 2019


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Toray and Codimag collaboration brings productivity to Label Converters Waterless offset with the Codimag VIVA 420 press and Toray plates expands range of applications, competes favourably with flexography. For more than two decades, waterless offset printing pioneer Toray and narrow web press manufacturer Codimag have sustained a deep partnership that has helped extend the environmental, quality and productivity advantages of waterless offset printing to a growing number of narrow web applications, including labels, cardboard, film, in-mould labeling, shrink sleeves, security printing and more. At Labelexpo Europe 2019, the two companies displayed the latest results of this collaboration, providing label printers/ converters with proof that by migrating all or some of their production from flexography to waterless offset printing, they can substantially improve both quality and bottom line. “In 1999, when we decided to move from letterpress to offset to improve the quality of our printing and reduce tooling costs,” says Benoit Demol, Codimag CEO, “we believed that waterless offset was the best solution for our market for two reasons: 1) it has all the advantages of offset in terms of quality and range of substrates that can be used; and 2) it doesn’t have the inconvenience of offset around maintaining ink/water balance. We obviously needed to work with Toray when we made the change because they are the leading provider of waterless offset plates, and they have helped us a great deal to develop our presses, including waterless offset applications and settings such as temperature control.”

waterless offset plates are much less costly than flexo plates.” Demol points out that the new Toray IMPRIMA LJ waterless offset plates are not only chemistry-free for increased environmental sustainability, but they are much more durable as well. “This is essential” he says, “because when you are printing longer runs as we are with the VIVA 420, you need plates that are of higher durability. They are a perfect match for all aspects of the label market.” “Although we do have partnerships with other press manufacturers,” Mitsunori Hayashi, Director at Toray, explains, “Codimag supports us in the label market. We share the goal of being able to print high-value products in an eco-friendly way, and we believe that it creates new business opportunities and also draws volume from the less sustainable flexo process. It makes a great deal of sense to work together as we not only continue to grow the waterless offset label market in Europe, but also in China and South America.” Hayashi reports that even though the IMPRIMA LJ plates have only been on the market for a few months, the company is receiving high praise from customers for their

chemistry-free nature, and also for the higher resolution and more durability they offer. “In many cases, the customers are looking for more projects with shorter runs, but they are also demanding higher quality. Plus, environmental regulations around the world are becoming more stringent, creating even more opportunity for waterless offset and eco-friendly presses like the VIVA 420.” Both companies continue to work on more improvements and new solutions moving forward. “As we move toward drupa 2020,” Hayashi states, “our collaboration will be even tighter and more important.” Demol concludes, “drupa 2020 will be another good opportunity to collaborate again with Toray and educate label printers about why they should switch to waterless offset – for the same reasons why waterless offset was chosen in other markets including newspapers, plastic cards, and security applications: waterless offset can print on any substrate with very high quality and productivity, minimal waste and a significantly smaller environmental footprint. drupa 2020 will be an excellent venue to bring the latest developments and engage printers of all types by sharing with them the advantages and opportunities that waterless offset printing brings.”

Both Toray and Codimag are pleased with the advances that have been enabled by the Codimag VIVA 420 press with Aniflo and Toray’s new IMPRIMA LJ waterless offset plates. “The VIVA 420 is a new generation of narrow web press,” Demol adds. “We have increased the press speed to 85 meters per minute, which is the equivalent of a flexo press with inline die cutting, we have improved web guiding, and we have reduced waste and set-up time even more than previous presses due to the combination of Aniflo, which we introduced in 2007, and an improved web motion system. Now you can change over jobs in as little as five minutes with less than 30 meters of waste. In addition,

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Sistrade launches V.12 version of MIS|ERP at Labelexpo Europe 2019 New feature enhancement helps simplify, accelerate and improve production processes allowing companies to be part of Industry 4.0.

• Participating at the 40th edition of Labelexpo Europe, Sistrade launched the new V.12 version of MIS|ERP Sistrade. During the four days of the fair, hundreds of visitors from various nationalities came to Sistrade stand, looking for a specialized system for printing industry companies that operate in the area of labels and flexible packaging. The newly launched version of MIS|ERP V.12 software includes the following features and enhancements helping to simplify, accelerate and improve all production processes allowing companies to be part of Industry 4.0: •

Multi-layer parallel process with a clear definition of the internal routing process

integrated with the planning module and data collection module, as well as a full reorganization in flexible packaging graphical process for a better data visualization and the incorporation of cylinder management workflow to send/ receive cylinder to/from engraver. Scheduling module is more intuitive and dynamic allowing anticipation of production changes. The revised data collection interface is now more simple and user-friendly but at the same time more accurate and easy to follow with the increased use of highcharts. Sistrade Dashboard Builder, just as its name suggests, provides a tool for creating your own KPI dashboards in table or chart, in order to monitor the progress of the entire sales, stocks or productions processes.

According to the Sistrade team present at Labelexpo Europe, “Companies from various sectors of the printing industry (labels, flexible packaging, packaging) are more aware that new technologies are playing an important

role in companies, they realize that MIS|ERP software is able to improve the company’s production process resulting in less waste and more profit, thereby improving the company’s environmental impact and contributing to a reduction in energy, raw material consumption and waste. ” Sistrade is an international information systems engineering and consulting company, with offices and branches in various countries. During 19 years of its activity, Sistrade currently has customers in more than 24 countries on 4 continents. Sistrade is a company certified in ISO 9001 and NP 4457 standards (Quality and innovation).

BAMU Printing Department celebrates Decennial Ceremony On the completion of its 10 years, the Department of Printing Technology & Graphic Arts at Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad (BAMU), organized decennial ceremony on 3 October, 2019. Prof. Kamal Chopra joined as the Chief Guest whereas Prof. (Ms.) SadhanaPande, Registrar BAMU was the Guest of Honour during these departmental celebrations. Professor BBWaykar, Dean of Science & Technology faculty was the special guest on

the occasion. The ceremony was presided over by Mr. Parag Hase, HOD, Printing Technology who was also the moderator on the occasion. Professor Waykar, in his address highlighting the significance of Printing Technology Department in the University, said, “Printing, especially packaging printing is progressing and there is lot of scope for the youngsters in this field.” The Head of Department Mr. Parag Hase in his presidential address said, “In the coming

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days, Department would launch several skill based programs and there would be expansion of laboratories and workshops for the practical experiences of students.” On the occasion, senior students of the Department also welcomed newly admitted first year students to the department. Professor Chopra apprised the students of the key highlights of the upcoming PAMEX 2020 exhibition at Mumbai on 6-9 January, 2020 and conducted a joint campaign activity with the attendees by releasing vehicle stickers for the promotion of PAMEX.


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DuPont launches new pigment inks at Printing United New ink delivers “The Color of What’s Next” to roll-to-roll customers. We are excited to launch our new pigment ink. Our customers are asking for the brightest, richest colours and we are delivering that with P2700. DuPont Advanced Printing displayed its newest ink offerings for the growing digital textile market segment at Printing United Oct. 23-25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. At the show, DuPont showcased its new DuPont Artistri P2700 pigment ink designed for roll-to-roll printing. Artistri P2700 is a medium viscosity ink that delivers excellent colour saturation, soft hand feel and unmatched wet and dry crock fastness. For Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printers, DuPont

is highlighting innovative pretreatment technology which enables stain-free printing and superior hand feel on cotton/polyester blends. And with new choices of gamut expanding colours as wells as its new Color Series E, F and G pigment ink offerings for DTG printing, DuPont continues to offer the most complete and highest performance DTG ink.

For more than 35 years, DuPont Advanced Printing has delivered outstanding colours, via their Artistri digital inks, to textile customers. Artistri digital inks combine DuPont proprietary dispersions, polymers and ink formulations resulting in brighter, more robust digital inks for digital printing. Artistri inks provide colour consistency across production runs and over time. From DTG to Roll-to-Roll (RTR) application DuPont is known for developing the bright, rich colours with high durability. “We are excited to launch our new pigment ink. Our customers are asking for the brightest, richest colours and we are delivering that with P2700,” said Jeff Hansen, Americas Marketing Manager – Digital Printing.

Mimaki unveils next generation large format printers and cutters Mimaki has recently launched Plus series, the next generation of its large-format printing and cutting solutions. while a brand-new, advanced Take-Up device enables the handling of rolls up to 45kg.

Debuting worldwide at The Print Show (NEC Birmingham, UK, 17–19 September), the brand-new CJV300 Plus, JV300 Plus and CG-FXII Plus were on display on Stand E10, Hall 9 where Mimaki was represented by its authorised distributor, Hybrid Services. The new Plus series – consisting of three models, namely the CJV300 Plus integrated solvent printer/cutter, the JV300 Plus solvent printer, and the CG-FXII Plus cutting plotter – boasts substantial productivity increases on previous models, in addition to delivering superior print quality at faster printing speeds. This is enabled by MAPS4, the latest version of the Mimaki Advanced Pass System. Reliable productivity is assured with Mimaki’s pioneering NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System),

The Plus series models also feature new, proprietary ID Cut function. This innovative functionality has been developed to enable continuous cutting operations on multiple jobs, with minimal human intervention, time, or material waste. Whilst both the CJV300 Plus and the CG-FXII Plus feature the ID Cut function, the JV300 Plus can be used in combination with the CG-FXII Plus to take full advantage of the new functionality. “The unprecedented quality and productivity gains that the Plus series provides, combined with an environmentally friendly vision, make each new model a very compelling proposition for those print service providers aiming at boosting their competitiveness, whilst at the same time optimising their production workflow,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe.

cases on the Plus series. Designed to ensure smarter, more sustainable printing processes, the new ink eco cases provide larger run capacity and 15% savings in ink costs when compared with the 440ml cartridges. In addition, the eco cases can be reused extensively, further contributing to making the Plus Series an eco-friendly, costeffective choice for large format print service providers.

As part of the “Mimaki Green Technology” concept, the company is also introducing new 600ml ink packs and reusable eco

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Brother opens Emmerich building 1000 m2 new building includes offices, meeting rooms, a spacious lounge and canteen area as well as a brand new showroom. On 30th September, the new premises of Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH in Emmerich am Rhein in Germany was inaugurated in a solemn ceremony. The President of the Brother Group, Mr. Ichiro Sasaki personally opened the 1000 m2 new building, which is state-of-the-art in both work and environmental technology and includes offices, meeting rooms, a spacious lounge and canteen area as well as a brand new showroom. The opening ceremony was attended by employees of Brother Emmerich and its Bologna branch office and by representatives of the Brother headquarter in Nagoya, Japan. With the new office building, Brother is

preparing for a continuous growth to be expected in the future and the resulting steady increase of employees. The Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH offers their currently more than 60 employees at the Emmerich location, as well as all future employees, a working atmosphere that meets the demands of a modern, expanding employer. At the subsequent festivities, the company Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH was in addition awarded the “Brother President’s Award”. This award, which honours the Brother Group’s most

successful offices worldwide, has gone to Brother Emmerich for the second year in succession. Jörg Haan, Managing Director of Brother Emmerich explains: “Two milestones for the Brother company in Emmerich in one day: The opening of our new, stateof-the-art building and the re-awarding of the President’s Award for our efforts fill me and all employees with pride and joyful anticipation – we can be proud of what we have achieved in the last few years. We were able to bring Brother far forward and we are looking positively and with confidence to the future with our young and dynamic team in our new premises.”

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Printing South China 2020

Date: 15 NOV -19 to 17 NOV - 19 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai

Date: 04 MAR -20 to 06 MAR-20 Venue: China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou

World of Paper Date: 03 DEC -19 to 06 DEC - 19 Venue: Pragati Maidan New Delhi

Pamex 2020 Date: 06 JAN -20 to 09 JAN-20 Venue: Bombay Exhibition Centre Goregaon, Maharashtra

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Drupa 2020 Date: 16 JUN -20 to 26 JUN-20 Venue: Messe Düsseldorf, Germany

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