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KMI launches AccurioLabel 230...................23 Canon launches CLICKTRACE........................24 Flex board ban in Kerala..................................47
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Caption : The Gallus stall buzzing with activity at Label Expo Europe 2019
Contents FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6 Heidelberg extends usage-based contract portfolio......................................................................................................................................................... 8 Baldwin to showcase latest technologies at K 2019 ........................................................................................................................................................10 New Research identifies benefits of Print.............................................................................................................................................................................12 Officials of leading Industry Associations meet KMPA members................................................................................................................................12 Bartaman chooses mailroom technology from Ferag.....................................................................................................................................................14 Jagran goes for DAM from Digital Collections, a ppi Media partner..........................................................................................................................16 Future of Packaging Industry in India....................................................................................................................................................................................17 Manugraph announces partnership with Japanese Seiken Graphics........................................................................................................................18 Matthias Fischer is ppi Media’s new contact for the Indian market............................................................................................................................18 Trelleborg expands blanket capabilities at WAN-IFRA India..........................................................................................................................................19 Ranpath invests in HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press.............................................................................................................................................................20 FOGRA for AccurioJet KM-1.......................................................................................................................................................................................................21 Konica Minolta India announces 450th global installation of AccurioLabel press ...............................................................................................22 Konica Minolta expands Indian product portfolio with AccurioLabel 230 launch...............................................................................................23 Canon launches print shop management software CLICKTRACE in India ..............................................................................................................24 Quality and Consistency: EFI Nozomi C18000 ...................................................................................................................................................................25 Heidelberg/ Gallus at Labelexpo Europe 2019 ..................................................................................................................................................................26 Packaging in an E-Commerce World......................................................................................................................................................................................28 Cosmo Films adds two new products to its Synthetic Paper portfolio......................................................................................................................30 Avery Dennison felicitates winners of ‘Spirit of Invention’ Scholarship.....................................................................................................................31 Conductive Ink Markets 2019-2029: Forecasts, Technologies, Players.......................................................................................................................32 Children like to read magazines...............................................................................................................................................................................................33 Baldwin showcases Industry 4.0 and IoT connected process technologies ...........................................................................................................33 MPS unveils new E-Sleeve technology at Labelexpo Europe........................................................................................................................................34 Konica Minolta at Labelexpo Europe 2019..........................................................................................................................................................................35 Future of Reading..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................36 MPS and Colordyne to bring new hybrid printing solutions to the market............................................................................................................36 BW Packaging Systems highlights ‘Expect More’ at Pack Expo.....................................................................................................................................37 The largest Label Industry Global Awards reveal winners.............................................................................................................................................38 Siegwerk showcases tailor-made ink and service portfolio ..........................................................................................................................................40 Printronix Auto ID introduces T800 in India.........................................................................................................................................................................41 Edale celebrates 75 years by cutting 10,000 Kg waste at Labelexpo.........................................................................................................................42 Industry and NGOs pressing EU on Printed Food Packaging........................................................................................................................................43 Siegwerk supports the VAFP Summit 2019 ........................................................................................................................................................................43 Acme Roll Tech debuts at Labelexpo Europe 2019...........................................................................................................................................................44 VINSAK has a successful Labelexpo Europe 2019..............................................................................................................................................................44 UV Graphic Technologies has the best ever Labelexpo participation.......................................................................................................................45 Flexo Image Graphics: Mark Andy launches Evolution & Digital Pro Series ............................................................................................................45 YesGo 1st Workshop takes place in Mumbai.......................................................................................................................................................................46 Kerala govt. bans flex boards in the state.............................................................................................................................................................................47 Mimaki unveils next generation large format printers and cutters............................................................................................................................48
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FROM THE EDITORS’ DESK Dear Readers, Speaking at a press meet at the recent WAN-IFRA Conference in Gurugram this month, Mr.Sanjay Shah, VC & MD of Manugraph India Ltd. announced their partnership with Seiken Graphics Inc. of Japan. Explaining the partnership, he said, “This is a partnership of world class Japanese and Indian technology. This tie up will manufacture a highly advanced Double Width, Single circumference 4 x 1 Press at Manugraph’s well known manufacturing facility at Kolhapur in Maharashtra.” The new double width press will be manufactured under a technical collaboration between both the companies. Having a single circumference for both, plate and blanket cylinder, as well as a host of highly improved features, press will feature the latest and most advanced technology on offer from both companies. Also at WAN-IFRA India, Trelleborg announced expansion of its blanket capabilities. “Trelleborg’s mission is to provide the Indian printing industry with training, advice and after-sales support that is unrivalled,” said Maniraju Bora. “The blanket is crucial to the profitability of the press and we increasingly help newspaper groups use blanket technology to reduce cost-per-copy on their presses. Our experts provide training on selecting the correct blanket, settings on the press, and maintenance and storage of fabric-backed and metal-backed products. Speaking further of newspaper technology, Bartaman has chosen mailroom technology from Ferag, which is adapted to the special requirements of the Indian customer. The technology equips Bartman’s Kolkata plant enabling it to streamline the copies move from its pressroom and ready for distribution in stacked bundles. The fully re-equipped printing plant of the newspaper publisher now operates with the HPC High Performance Conveyor, HPS High Performance Stacker and JobStrap modules. The printing plant began operation in May 2019. Further, Jagran has opted DAM from Digital Collections, a ppi Media partner. 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. ppi Media has also announced its new contact for the Indian market – Mr.Matthias Fischer. He will be working with Country Manager, Hemant Kumar. Konica Minolta has expanded Indian product portfolio with the launch of AccurioLabel 230. Konica Minolta India has also announced 450th global installation of the flagship AccurioLabel press. Canon has launched print shop management software CLICKTRACE in India. Built exclusively for the Canon production printer with EFI Fiery, the solution is designed to optimize resources and increase profits of copy shops. Other highlights of the PRESSIdeas September issue include industry news from the world of Printing, Labelexpo Europe, technological launches, research findings, trends, trainings and govt. bans to name just a few. Enjoy reading!
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Heidelberg extends usagebased contract portfolio New variants of the digital subscription model boost the portfolio’s appeal. As it continues to pursue its digital transformation, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is setting out to rapidly and consistently extend its usage-based contract portfolio and expand its digital business models with repeat sales. Customers that have previously signed a subscription contract with Heidelberg are benefiting from clear improvements in their value-added processes and significant performance gains. Heidelberg has therefore started to launch additional versions of the subscription model onto the market so that even more customers can benefit from the advantages the portfolio offers.
Subscription customers benefit consistently from improved performance
During an international media event hosted by the Klampfer Group in St. Ruprecht an der Raab, Austria, Heidelberg highlighted the successful launch of “Heidelberg Subscription” in its eastern European sales region.
“Heidelberg Subscription” is exactly what the industry has been waiting for. To date, Heidelberg has signed contracts in the mid-double-digit range with equal numbers of customers from the commercial and packaging sectors. The customers who have opted to take out a “Heidelberg Subscription” have to one extent or another recorded a clear improvement in their overall equipment effectiveness thanks to some significant performance increases in terms of makeready times, printing speed, paper waste, and the overall productivity of their processes.
To ensure even more print shops can benefit from the portfolio’s advantages, Heidelberg is further extending the appeal of the program. For example, for a monthly, usage-based fee, print shops with a subscription contract can acquire the Prinect software functions that they actually need, without having to purchase individual licenses. The same applies to machine maintenance and consumables supplies for both pre-existing machines and new machinery purchased in the conventional way. There are also freemium offerings that Heidelberg customers can use without having to pay anything, such as certain basic functions from Heidelberg Assistant. Under the top configuration level of the portfolio, Heidelberg supplies customers with all the necessary equipment, software, and consumables – such as printing plates, inks, coatings, wash-up solutions, and blankets – as well as a comprehensive range of services geared to availability. Customers pay for the sheets they print. If they so wish, Heidelberg will also take care of all aspects of logistics operations for consumables as part of a subscription package (“Vendor Managed Inventory”). The terms of the individual contracts are variable. “By extending our subscription offerings, we are going to ensure virtually all print shops can benefit
Key Notes : > Customers benefit consistently from improved performance. > “Heidelberg Subscription” proving very popular with customers in eastern Europe. > Performance increases in terms of makeready times, printing speed, paper waste, and the overall productivity of processes.
Figure: “Heidelberg Subscription” is exactly what the industry has been waiting for. The portfolio has met with a high level of demand from customers in the growth markets of eastern Europe.
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from the advantages of a pay-per-use approach in one way or another,” explains Professor Ulrich Hermann, member of the Management Board responsible for Lifecycle Solutions and Chief Digital Officer at Heidelberg. “Regardless of which package a customer opts for, they always pay for the actual benefits they enjoy. Through this approach, we aim to significantly improve performance for our customers – the interests of both the customer and Heidelberg are aligned under this model.”
Portfolio proving very popular in eastern Europe During an international media event hosted by the Klampfer Group in St. Ruprecht an der Raab, Austria, Heidelberg highlighted the successful launch of “Heidelberg
Subscription” in its eastern European sales region. The portfolio has already been successfully introduced with customers from various market segments in Austria, Poland, Slovakia, and Turkey and is underpinning the strong order volume in the region. It also covers all the press formats offered by Heidelberg, including the very large format being used by a Turkish packaging printer. “Our subscription portfolio is generating a great deal of interest from customers in the growth markets of eastern Europe. That is why we are planning to extend the offering step by step to other countries in the region and are anticipating continued strong demand from customers. It is becoming increasingly clear that these new digital business models are helping
us to compensate ever more effectively for fluctuations in order volumes that are linked to economic developments,” continues Hermann.
Contract business is a central pillar of the company’s digital transformation By consistently and comprehensively expanding its usage-based contract business, Heidelberg is accelerating both its own digital transformation and that of the industry as a whole, thereby reducing its exposure to economic fluctuations. In the future, contracts like these are to set to account for around a third of overall net sales. Heidelberg will also be showcasing additional digital contract model innovations at the upcoming drupa 2020 trade fair.
Baldwin to showcase latest technologies at K 2019 Flexible film production innovations deliver enhanced quality, productivity and energy efficiency. Baldwin Technology Company, provider of process enhancement technologies for flexible film, sheet and print production, is participating at K 2019, Dusseldorf, October 16-23. At booth C53, hall 4, Baldwin will showcase its latest cleaning, surface treatment, coating and drying innovations tailored to optimize process profitability. “We are proud and excited to show our stateof-the-art innovations ideal for flexible film extrusion, lamination and printing systems at K 2019,” said Peter Hultberg, CCO, Baldwin Technology. “For example, we will show how you can gain additional hours of extra production time a year thanks to our automatic cleaning system.” Baldwin’s proven FilmCylinderCleaning system offers automated and highly efficient cast and chill cylinder cleaning performed during operation, enabling maximal uptime while enhancing the film quality. Valuable production time and material costs are saved. Manual cleaning of chill rolls can
take in averages 30-60 minutes, often with the extrusion line being stopped. Automated cleaning with Baldwin’s FilmCylinderCleaning only takes 2 to 3 minutes. Also new to the plastic film industry and presented at K 2019, is a new generation of Ahlbrandt Corona technologies. The highly energy efficient Ahlbrandt Corona surface treatment feature top-of the lineperforming electrodes, ensuring enhanced ink and glue adhesion leading to flawless printing and laminating results. Due to its innovative solutions for fast and easy service, electrodes can be changed in just a few seconds, maximizing the production uptime. The precise Ahlbrandt Rotor Spray coating secures a film quality with long term antifog properties and release for demolding thermoformed parts. Utilizing a non-contact application technology, it saves both chemistry and energy consumption and unlike other processes, there is no harm to any recycling of the finished film.
The high-efficiency Ahlbrandt Hot Air Dryer solutions are specially designed for drying of plastic films at low temperature and at top production speeds with optimum edge-toedge evenness. Baldwin’s innovations deliver complete process enhancement for flexible film and sheet extrusion production as well as excellent print results. By empowering the quality of film characteristics for a flawless product and improving the overall quality, process productivity and energy efficiency, the production will be more profitable and sustainable.
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New Research identifies benefits of Print Reading on paper allows for deeper comprehension and retention, concentration, vocabulary building and memory, recent studies show. Intergraf calls on policymakers and educational organisations at EU and national level to ensure that print has its role in education.
Although the use of digital devices for reading continues to increase, new research reveals that readers’ comprehension is better when reading from paper. A meta-study of 54 studies with more than 170,000 participants has demonstrated that comprehension of long-form informational text is stronger when reading on paper than on screens, particularly when the reader is under time pressure. The meta-study also found that digital environments continue to pose challenges. Readers are more likely to be overconfident about their comprehension abilities when reading digitally than when reading print, in particular when under time pressure, leading to more skimming and less concentration on reading matter. Contrary to the widely held belief, the study finds that the screen inferiority effects of ‘digital natives’ have increased rather than decreased over time, regardless of age group and of prior experience with digital environments. That is why Intergraf highly recommends prioritising print reading over digital reading in schools unless there is a proven learning advantage of digital. Inaction risks a degradation of students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, which could hinder the development of educated, critical thinking citizens in our society for decades. Intergraf is the European federation for print and digital communication. The Brussels-based trade association represents employers in the European printing industry. It represents 21 national
printing federations in 20 countries with its primary task being to represent and advocate for the interests of the printing and digital communication industry in Europe,
working with European Union to support the sector’s competitiveness through advocacy, information-sharing, networking and social dialogue.
Officials of leading Industry Associations meet KMPA members On 30th Sept Mr. Ravinder Reddy, Vice President (South) All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP), Prof. Dr. Kamal Chopra, Past President of AIFMP and Chairman PAMEX Exhibition visited Kerala Master Printers Association (KMPA) Office and had a meeting with the members of the Association as part of promotion of PAMEX 2020. They were accompanied by Mr.
Nauroze Arora of Print Packaging.com and Mr. Ashok Kumar newly elected Treasurer of KPA. KMPA President Mr.R.Gopakumar extended full support to the upcoming PAMEX 2020 and said large group of members from KMPA will be visiting the PAMEX.
Bartaman chooses mailroom technology from Ferag Superior mailroom technology adapted to the special requirements of Indian customers for a successful Indian newspaper publisher. Ferag has successfully won over another Indian customer for its mailroom technology: Bartaman Pvt. Ltd. based in the metropolis of Kolkata. This newspaper publisher’s newly built and fully reequipped printing plant is now operating with the HPC High Performance Conveyor, HPS High Performance Stacker and JobStrap modules.
Bartaman invests in mailroom system by Ferag in its Kolkata plant. The mailroom technology equips the newspaper with the facility to streamline the copies move from its pressroom and ready for distribution in stacked bundles.
Key Notes : > Ferag successfully wins over another Indian customer for its mailroom technology. > Bartaman’s fully re-equipped printing plant now operates with the HPC High Performance Conveyor, HPS High Performance Stacker and JobStrap modules. > The newly built and fully re-equipped printing plant began operation in May 2019.
Bartaman Patrika is a publication founded as recently as 1984, and which has now become the secondlargest daily newspaper in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is published in Bengali, appears in five different regional editions, and has a circulation totalling more than 670,000 copies (2017). There are five printing sites: Kolkata, the state capital, along with the cities of Malda, Midnapore, Burdwan and Siliguri. Sprawling Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) west of the Ganges delta is India’s third-largest metropolis, with 14.1 million inhabitants (2011). Regional daily newspapers in the various Indian languages (Bengali but also Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Sanskrit) are a flourishing and highly dynamic market segment that has seen annual growth averaging eight per cent in recent years: nine out of of India’s ten largest dailies are regional newspapers.
The country’s size and occasionally difficult logistics circumstances give rise to numerous newspaper printing plants producing regional editions mainly on smaller, Asian-built presses.
Fits Indian requirements In 2018, Bartaman Pvt. Ltd. decided upon major investment in a new Kolkata printing plant. To this end, capital was ploughed into technology from European manufacturers. In printing, for example, that came in the form of a Manroland Cromoman 4-1 newspaper press with three towers for printing up to 24 pages each. This is the fourth such machine to arrive in India and is adapted to regional conditions: designed to stand on a ground floor so it will fit inside existing production premises, tolerant of fluctuating power supply voltage, and capable of handling the newsprint paper available in India. Likewise adapted to the special requirements of Indian customers is the mailroom system from Ferag, a supplier newly chosen by Bartaman Pvt. Ltd. to equip its Kolkata operation. The scope of supply included:
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two HPS High Performance Stacker stack turners two JobStrap N-RT strapping units with AVT SA03 foil wrapping machines a 63-metre-long HPC paced conveyor line for linking the transfer station at the press output, the two stack turners and a separate outfeed station.
Seen as superior Concerning reasons for the successful West Bengal publishing house choosing Ferag technology for the first time, Bartamans director Abhijit Bhattacharya says: “The selection criteria for mailroom technology included the suppliers’ production operations, their hardware and software technical solutions, and the services on offer both during and after installation.” After visiting several Ferag users and on account
of feedback received, the Ferag mailroom system could be seen as superior to all the other systems available. Abhijit Bhattacharya continues: “The entire purchasing process was most satisfactory, from the quotation to the technology being delivered at the installation site. Every aspect was handled very professionally, with clear communication of all the pre-installation requirements to be fulfilled. The installation itself then went ahead perfectly and within the specified time frame.”
“Total endorsement” After just a few months under construction, the new printing plant began operating in May 2019. With regard to the experience gained with Ferag technology, Abhijit Bhattacharya adds that “Output is excellent.”
Even the most minor of problems was solved promptly and with the necessary support from Ferag engineers. “All in all, we see it as total endorsement of our decision to invest in this system.” Ferag AG, with its headquarters at Hinwil in Switzerland, has for over 60 years been known and respected in the printing industry for high quality postpress processing and direct mailing systems. Ferag is also a specialist in innovative conveyor and processing technology for the most varied industrial applications and goods distribution systems. Through its worldwide sales organization, the company is active in more than 20 countries with its own sales and service companies or agencies.
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.
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 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.
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.
Future of Packaging Industry in India World of Paper is a platform which aims to bring together the experts from Paper, Printing, Packaging, Publishing and Allied Industries. India is among the fastest growing economies. With increasing prosperity, both the desire and the need for modern packaging solutions emerges. Paper packaging is a versatile and cost-efficient method to protect, preserve, and transport a wide range of products. Attributes, like lightweight, biodegradability, and recyclability, are the advantages of paper packaging that make them an essential component in today’s modern life. The largest end-user industries for the global packaging demand arises from food, beverages, consumer products and industrial/bulk packaging. The rising consumer consciousness, regarding sustainable packaging, along with the strict regulations being imposed by various environmental protection agencies, regarding the use of environment-friendly packaging products, is driving the market for paper packaging. The growing demand for flexible paper packaging due to the rise in consumer awareness regarding the harmful effects of plastic on the environment is helping the paper packaging industry to grow. A study by trade and commerce trade association Assocham and global consulting firm EY revealed that the packaging industry in India is anticipated to reach $73.6bn by the 2020 financial year (FY2020), due to India’s growing population and income levels. The conclusions drawn are therefore supportive of a continued expansion of the paper packaging demand globally, especially in the high growth regions of the world.
cracking lucrative business deals, thus giving the sector a robust boost. PAPEREX – AN ENHANCED BUSINESS PLATFORM PAPEREX is the series of International Exhibitions focusing on the Paper and all allied Industry and is held biennially in India. It is the only comprehensive forum serving the paper industry and has established itself as a “Business Festival of the Paper Industry”.
Paper Machinery, Corrugated production line suppliers and professionals and view their products on display, first hand at the exhibition. To serve all verticals of paper industry in a better way, The World’s Largest Paper Show is enhancing the platform with three co-located events to cater the entire gamut of paper & all allied industries at one business platform: •
The event has always received an overwhelming response from the world over & it is ready to repeat the success story this year also with expected presence of 700 + exhibitors from 35 countries. Paperex is the ideal gateway and perfect platform for everyone in the Paper Technology business, to meet and explore opportunities to source information, discuss and negotiate business with the manufacturers of Paper and allied products, Tissue, Raw material and Machinery for the manufacture of paper and board, Mills owners, Converting,
WORLD OF PAPER a concurrent show for Paper, Printing, Packaging & Publishing industries CORRUGEX, a concurrent show on Corrugated Box Machinery, Technology & allied Industries TISSUEEX, a concurrent show highlighting the participation of Tissue, Products, Machinery & Technology
Block your dates for this Business Festival of the Paper Industry scheduled from 3-6 December 2019 in New Delhi.
World of Paper is a platform which aims to bring together the experts from Paper, Printing, Packaging, Publishing and Allied Industries. It is scheduled during 3-6 December 2019 @ Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. Pragati Maidan enjoys the position of being the best event hosting venue in India. Co-Located with Paperex - The World’s Largest Paper Show, the event will attract professionals, suppliers & manufacturers showcasing their latest innovations & developments. World of Paper will also act as a guiding force for networking &
Manugraph announces partnership with Japanese Seiken Graphics - a partnership of world class Japanese and Indian technology. Speaking at the press meet at the WANIFRA Conference in Gurugram this month Mr.Sanjay Shah, VC & MD of Manugraph India Ltd. announced the partnership with Seiken Graphics Inc. of Japan. “This is a partnership of world class Japanese and Indian technology. This tie up will manufacture a highly advanced Double Width, Single circumference 4 x 1 Press at Manugraph’s well known manufacturing facility at Kolhapur in Maharashtra,” he said. The new double width press will be manufactured under a technical collaboration between Manugraph and Seiken. Having a single circumference for both, plate and blanket cylinder, as well as a host of highly improved features, press will feature the latest and most advanced technology on offer from both companies. The press will run at a speed of 75000 cph, providing great versatility for customers with higher print runs. Offering Japanese technology at Manugraph’s existing 4 x 1
press price level, it also comes with plenty of other benefits like a reduction in cost of consumables, which in itself, is a win-win for Indian customers. Additionally, customers do not require to import 4 x 1 technology, as the new tie up will provide great cost effectiveness by way of an immense saving on foreign exchange, no expense on duty or shipping, easy availability of spare parts and prompt and faster after sales service. “Seiken Graphics has earned the industry’s trust with installations of their presses in Japan and around the world. There are a number of installations in India as well,” said Mr.Shota Namita, President of Seiken Graphics, at the press meet. “Our company has a manufacturing philosophy that promotes consistency and high quality,” he added. Combined with Manugaph’s continuous innovation and advanced technology, it is expected to make a great impact in the Indian market. Moreover this collaboration of Manugraph and Seiken has come at a right time, with India having the
largest circulation of newspapers in the world and still growing. The Indian newspaper industry is expected to see a major demand in the double width news paper segment having larger print runs.
Matthias Fischer is ppi Media’s new contact for the Indian market solutions. He took charge of the ppi Media sales team in India on October 1, 2019. “I’m really looking forward to my new role. I see myself as a partner for existing and potential customers. India is a very important market for ppi Media. I’ll be working with our Country Manager, Hemant Kumar, to help our customers develop their position as forward-thinking media companies,” explains Matthias Fischer.
ppi Media, manufacturer of publishing solutions, serves publishers and media groups throughout India, including companies like Jagran Prakashan, the ABP Group and Bennett, Coleman & Co – the publisher of The Times of India. The internationally experienced publishing expert Matthias Fischer becomes the new local contact for all ppi Media publishing solutions effective October 1, 2019. Matthias Fischer has 20 years of experience as an expert in publishing and editorial
“Matthias Fischer is one of the most experienced experts I know for publishing solutions and the Asian media landscape. He’s the perfect contact for our customers in India,” adds Dr. Hauke Berndt, Managing Director and CEO of ppi Media. “Thomas Müller-Lupp is relishing a new challenge after enjoying thirteen successful years as ppi’s expert for the Indian market. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.” Customers, partners and interested visitors met Matthias Fischer, Hemant Kumar and Hauke Berndt at ppi Media’s stand at the
recent WANIFRA India conference. ppi Media develops highly efficient solutions and services for media companies. The software house, which is managed by its owners, was founded in 1984 and has since become a globally renowned workflow specialist for automated newspaper production. 80% of all daily newspapers on the German market are produced using products developed by ppi Media. Media companies in Europe, Asia, Africa and the US use the company’s solutions in their daily work for the planning, production and editorial workflows of digital and print products. ppi Media’s portfolio includes the agile development of digital solutions using modern Design Thinking methods and the provision of innovation advice throughout the different stages of a company’s change process.
Trelleborg expands blanket capabilities at WAN-IFRA India Trelleborg is increasingly tailoring offset printing blanket solutions to suit Indian printer’s requirements.
Trelleborg’s printing solutions operation continues to expand the capabilities of offset printing blankets for the newspaper industry. Visitors to WAN IFRA 2019, September 18 and 19 in Delhi, India, discovered how printers can benefit of these progresses in offset printing. Maniraju Bora, Sales and Technical Director for the South West Asia region, says: “We are embracing the challenges of newspaper printers in India, asking for experts on the field, capable to support the severe requirement of high speed printing presses. We are not only supplying them fast and quick with solutions but we are also supporting them with an ‘Expert Team’.” “The Trelleborg team has grown bigger than before. Beside Sandeep Gupta, Dy.Manager Sales & Technical–(India & Nepal) and myself,” continues Maniraju Bora, “the Team now includes Kalyan Mushti, who joined our Team as Technical Manager responsible for the Indian market. Kalyan, with his long experience in the newspaper market supports our presence and focus in the newspaper & Publication market.” Trelleborg is increasingly tailoring offset printing blanket solutions to suit Indian printer’s requirements and over the last few years it has been working closely with newspaper groups to understand the needs of their pressrooms to provide blanket solutions that improve productivity while maintaining consistent quality and cost.
them into India with modifications to local requirements. Trelleborg has developed several easy-touse, downloadable software tools, including a ‘configuration’ product that lets users select the correct blanket by entering the application sector, such as web coldset, web heatset, single-width, double-width, combi or UV. Trelleborg has a well established network of experienced Dealer partners throughout India that provide local, on-site support and the company has developed a dealer locator App that offers a simple way of finding the nearest dealer. “The comprehensive work carried out at Trelleborg’s extensive R&D facilities at the Lodi Vecchio manufacturing facility in Italy has created offset blanket solutions that match the specific needs of the Indian newspaper market,” continues Bora, who has more than 25 years of experience in this sector. “Printers need the flexibility to customize blankets according to the type of stock they are handling, the press being used and other relevant factors such as press age etc.
printing industry with training, advice and after-sales support that is unrivalled. The blanket is crucial to the profitability of the press and we increasingly help newspaper groups use blanket technology to reduce cost-per-copy on their presses. Our experts provide training on selecting the correct blanket, settings on the press, and maintenance and storage of fabric-backed and metal-backed products.” “An in-depth knowledge is becoming even more important because of the rapidly changing landscape in the industry. For instance, the growing use of different stocks that have their own surface characteristics, the implementation of UV / LED, high-density pigment inks, neutral founts, FM screening, coatings, primers and more have a major impact on the printing process and the printing blanket.” Visitors to WAN IFRA 2019 saw all these product and solutions as well as met the Trelleborg Team – Maniraju Bora, Sandeep Gupta and Kalyan Mushari, at Trelleborg booth 1.3.
“Trelleborg’s mission is to provide the Indian
Products such as Trelleborg’s Vulcan Metal Times, Vulcan 202, Vulcan Royal Web, Rollin Graffity Plus and Rollin Hipage are household names amongst newspaper printers in other countries and Trelleborg is now launching
Ranpath invests in HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press HP and Ranpath Group reinvents digital printing in Sri Lanka with HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press. HP Inc has installed the first HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press at Ranpath Group, a leading printing solution provider in Sri Lanka. An early adopter of technology, Ranpath Group has installed the HP Indigo12000 at their Colombo facility. The new HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press produces the widest range of commercial applications with breakthrough print quality, high productivity, and broad versatility. It delivers a new level of printing capabilities that open unique, high-value opportunities for digital printing business.
“The Indigo 12000 digital press sustains commercial printers in evolving the strong-growth, high-value print markets among commercial printers which are becoming the base for a future of fully demand-customized print communications.” - Oran Sokol, Director, HP Indigo and PWI, APJ
Key Notes : > First installation at Ranpath Group to boost business growth in country. > Revolutionizes commercial printing with first B2 size digital press in Sri Lanka. > “We are excited to be among the early adopters of HP Indigo digital press,” says Niroon Buddhasiri, CEO, Ranpath Group.
Enabled by HP Indigo’s Liquid ElectroInk technology and unique digital offset process, prints produced on the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press are of extremely fine quality. Using the breakthrough LEP Technology, the press delivers smooth and sharp prints, matching offset print quality. HP Indigo ElectroInk has a wide digital colour gamut, reaching up to 97% of PANTONE colours and using up to seven ink stations on press. A Appadurai, Country Manager, Indigo and PageWide Web Press, Graphics Solutions Business, HP Inc. India & Sri Lanka, said, “The focus of offering high quality printing solutions revolves around smooth and supreme commercial offset printing quality. The HP Indigo 12000 can enable new growth opportunities to businesses through higher value and print margins,
along with the productivity and automation. Our association with Ranpath Group is a proof of our continuous commitment for excellence & innovation. With the latest installation of HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, we will be revolutionizing the Sri Lankan commercial print industry in a big way. We will look forward to further strengthening our relationship and help them drive greater business growth and efficiency to fulfill their customer needs.” Oran Sokol, Director, HP Indigo and PWI, APJ said, “At HP our focus is to provide technologies that are not only advanced and cutting edge, but also relevant to the market requirements. The Indigo 12000 digital press sustains commercial printers in evolving the strong-growth, high-value print markets among commercial printers which are becoming the base for a future of fully demand-customized print communications.” Commenting on this, Mr. Niroon Buddhasiri, CEO, Ranpath Group said, “We are excited to be among the early adopters of HP Indigo digital press. By leveraging the capabilities of the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press, we will revolutionize the commercial printing industry in Sri Lanka. With this new technology we will empower the brands to be more creative and drive more impactful engagement with their consumers.”
• HP Indigo offers a suite of integrated solutions that simplify and automate colour management and enable businesses to save time and costs with fewer colour adjustments and reprints. The world’s bestselling B2 digital press with about 600 installations across the globe – the HP Indigo 12000 just got better. The Indigo 12000 introduces valuable innovations in print quality, application range, and productivity, a new priming technology and breakthrough colour matching capabilities. The Indigo 12000 is PrintOS connected, opening countless opportunities. The 29 inch HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press produces wide commercial application range with superior print quality, high productivity, and wide versatility. Built on the best-selling HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press, the press brings breakthrough printing capabilities that extend unique, high-value opportunities to grow business. An easy fit for offset printers, the HP Indigo 12000 Digital Press offers a solution for the digital printing of any commercial application on any substrate. They can use the full sheet to print canvas wall art, high-impact posters, folders, oversized books, specialty products, and more. HP Indigo 1200 Features summed up: • The leader in print quality and colour, enabled by HP Indigo’s liquid ElectroInk technology and unique digital offset process, HP Indigo digital prints are the highest quality. Using dozens of software and hardware innovations, the press delivers the smoothest and sharpest prints in the industry, matching or even exceeding offset quality. HP Indigo ElectroInk has the widest digital colour gamut, reaching up to 97% of
PANTONE® colours and using up to 7 ink stations on press. A 5th ink station is standard. Breakthrough colour matching tools ensure perfect colour accuracy and consistency. Higher productivity: Printing 29 inch sheets in colour at up to 4600 per hour, the press is capable of producing over two million colour sheets per month. Print monochrome in duplex at 4600 sheets per hour. Sophisticated automation tools boost production efficiency and uptime. Widest media range: One Shot extends substrates to canvas, synthetics and metalized media. Print on 50 lb text to150 lb cover and 3-18 pt in thickness—including coated, uncoated, coloured and dark papers, and
paperboard for folding cartons. Use on-press HP Indigo ElectroInk Primer to expand printing possibilities on off-theshelf papers. The choice of brands: Brands use HP Indigo for its high print quality, just-in-time production, and ability to engage customers by customization and personalization with unique variable data printing capabilities. Reinvent print production: HP PrintOS is a print production operating system with apps that help you get more out of your HP Indigo presses and simplify and automate production. Use PrintOS to continuously improve operations. Access the open and secure cloudbased PrintOS platform anytime, anywhere.
FOGRA for AccurioJet KM-1 Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 receives the world’s first FOGRA53 accreditation. Adding yet another feather to its cap, Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 has recently been awarded the world’s first FOGRA53 accreditation. The robust profile certification was awarded by Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies for the outstanding stability, versatility, and colour accuracy delivered by the AccurioJet KM-1 after an exhaustive testing program. The development also makes Konica Minolta the first global press manufacturer to receive the FOGRA53 accreditation.
Delivering differentiation, digitally: The AccurioJet KM-1 A top-of-the-line UV LED digital inkjet sheetfed printer, the AccurioJet KM-1 comes equipped with many advanced capabilities. Not only is it capable of moving short-run offset to digital inkjet, but can also carry out hybrid printing operations by seamlessly integrating with existing offset processes. Capable of printing up to 3,000 single-sided B2 sheets per hour at up to 1,200 dpi, the AccurioJet KM-1 is also designed for duplex printing, as well as printing on packaging board, lightweight papers and textured stock.
that of uncontrolled ink dot movement. By self-freezing ink drops upon contact with the print material, DFT ensures superlative print quality and also overcomes the challenge of mottling of colours and printing on porous materials. Thanks to such innovative capabilities, the AccurioJet KM-1 has already been recognised by the European Digital Press Association (EDP) as the “Best CutSheet Colour B2+ Printer”. Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies is a German-based research institute for printing and media. It operates under the aegis of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF), which oversees and supports joint industrial research on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The institute’s recognition of AccurioJet KM-1’s superior tech capabilities will give the growing community of Konica Minolta customers across the world yet another reason to celebrate their association with the brand.
Another major differentiator for the AccurioJet KM-1 is the Dot Freeze Technology. The unique technology addresses one of the most fundamental issues with inkjet printing:
Konica Minolta India announces 450th global installation of AccurioLabel press Exhibiting its innovative offerings at the illustrious Labelexpo Europe 2019, Konica Minolta unveils the latest addition to its range of toner label press solutions – the AccurioLabel 230. Notching up another milestone in its remarkable growth trajectory, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India announces the installation of the 450th AccurioLabel toner press on a global scale. The announcement was made at the Labelexpo Europe 2019, the world’s biggest label and package printing exhibition, where it also unveiled the latest addition to its range of toner label press solutions – the AccurioLabel 230, which comes with numerous upgraded features.
“At Konica Minolta, our aim has always been to deliver digital printing systems that are in sync with the latest trends in the market. It is in line with this mission that we also exhibited the upgraded addition to our AccurioLabel press family at this year’s Labelexpo Europe.” - Daisuke Mori
Key Notes : > Konica Minolta India highlights qualities of its new product through practical demonstration. > AccurioLabel 230 - offering a 73% faster printing along with enhanced productivity. > Less wasteful, and offers more accurate print registration.
The 40th edition of the illustrious event was held in Brussels, Belgium, between September 24 and September 27, 2019. At the event, Konica Minolta India displayed its innovative printing and postprinting solutions and highlighted the qualities of its new product through a practical demonstration. Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 230 serves as an improvement upon its predecessor, offering a 73% faster printing along with enhanced productivity. In addition to including an option for overprinting, the new product does not require any warm-up, is less wasteful, and offers more accurate print registration.
two years ago. This year, we have achieved the installation of the 450th toner press! We are pleased with the confidence our buyers have shown in our cutting-edge printing solutions. New-age customers today want shorter runs, shorter turnaround times, and higher personalization. At Konica Minolta, our aim has always been to deliver digital printing systems that are in sync with the latest trends in the market. It is in line with this mission that we also exhibited the upgraded addition to our AccurioLabel press family at this year’s Labelexpo Europe.”
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Daisuke Mori, MD Konica Minolta Business Solutions India said, “We have come a long way since we announced the 100th customer milestone at the Labelexpo Europe
“Thanks to the confidence of our customers, we have leapfrogged from being the third biggest manufacturer in label printing when we started out in 2017 to being number 2 in the market in 2018, as
per InfoSource figures (April 18 – March 19). We will continue to deliver the best-in-class printing and post-printing solutions to fulfil any and all industrial printing needs of our consumers,” he added. The latest edition of Labelexpo Europe saw more than 600 exhibitors converging for the event to showcase their offerings to an international buyer audience of printers, suppliers, brand owners, and designers. These included print OEMs, parts suppliers, and materials/inks/finishing manufacturers. The event also witnessed many state-of-theart technologies, live demonstrations, and product launches in rapidly-growing domains such as hybrid printing, flexible packaging, and automation.
Konica Minolta expands Indian product portfolio with AccurioLabel 230 launch The successor product to the AccurioLabel 190, the latest offering is designed to significantly enhance productivity, profitability, job flexibility, and operability while delivering high-quality prints. Konica Minolta Business Solutions, provider of advanced imaging and digital printing technologies, has recently expanded its product portfolio in India with the launch of the AccurioLabel 230. The state-of-theart roll-to-roll label printer is the successor solution to the highly successful AccurioLabel 190 that has registered 400 global installations since its launch in 2016. With a maximum print speed of 23.4m/ min and a warm-up time of less than 30 seconds, the AccurioLabel 230 is designed to deliver great value addition through high print quality, productivity, and operational flexibility. It facilitates high print output and fast turnaround times between print jobs and is capable of handling a wide range of print media – including non-tack/tack paper, tack coated paper G/M, synthetic paper, PP, and PET – and thicknesses of up to 256gsm. In addition to its operational speed and flexibility, the AccurioLabel 230 differentiates itself from competing products with its unique overprinting solution that automatically adjusts the overprint position for accurate registration; this reduces print wastage and lowers operational costs for print businesses for pre-printed jobs. The machine also comes with advanced variable data printing
(VDP) capabilities, making it perfect for short-run print jobs that require a high degree of personalisation. Its compact, ergonomic design also makes it possible for the AccurioLabel 230 to be installed in large print setups alongside other machines, as well as in smaller print shops. Speaking on the launch, Mr. Daisuke Mori, MD Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd., said, “Labels and packaging is a fast-growing market segment in India and the launch of the AccurioLabel 230 caters to this emerging demand for new-age print jobs. Through the product, we are looking to provide print and printing businesses
across India with a solution that can help boost their profitability, enhance operational efficiency, and drive business growth. Given the success that the AccurioLabel 190 has received, both in India and across the globe, we are confident that our latest offering will receive a similarly enthusiastic market response.” The launch of the AccurioLabel 230 builds on Konica Minolta’s technological strength in the printing domain. The development also underlines its vision to capitalise on the country’s high-growth labels and packaging market with its range of cutting-edge label printers.
Canon launches print shop management software CLICKTRACE in India Built exclusively for the Canon production printer with EFI Fiery, the solution is designed to optimize resources and increase profits of copy shops. Keeping up with the pace of the fast-moving digital printing industry and to match the evolving needs of the customers, Canon India has launched CLICKTRACE, a print shop management software. Exclusively built for Canon production printers, the software is designed to optimize order processing and pricing, exactly find out the print jobs done from shop floor about CLICKS and media usage even when one is away. Additionally, CLICKTRACE will empower the users to quickly adapt to the increasing demand for fast and safe information access through an easy-to-manage software solution.
CLICKTRACE empowers the users to quickly adapt to the increasing demand for fast and safe information access through an easy-tomanage software solution.
CLICKTRACE offers an intuitive interface and an inbuilt instructional system to ensure a short learning curve for the existing as well as new users for better productivity. The software order entry form is designed with an open approach specifically for efficiency in price accuracy. With growing types of media and change in customer demands, CLICKTRACE also grants a full overview of purchase, media consumption and alerts of low stock media in time. This eventually helps in reducing the stock of media which are used less or never used. Speaking on the launch of CLICKTRACE, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India said, “Staying true to our commitment of customer
delight, Canon India takes pride in being at the helm of world class technology in the professional printing business. As a responsible brand, it is our endeavour to bring forth products and solutions that are a perfect blend of business efficiency and cost reduction. Our approach is not just focused on printing, but printing efficiently. With the increasing emphasis on resource optimization and automation, Indian businesses are eyeing for operational efficiency, cost reduction, improved turnaround time and serviceability. We understand this need of our customers and CLICKTRACE is the right step towards offering a perfect solution to the needs of our valuable customers.” Expressing his views on the launch announcement, Mr. Puneet Datta, Senior Director, Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India said, “At Canon, we are committed to customer delight. We aim to achieve this by creating “Reliable Products, Solutions & Services”. Our customers’ needs are captured vide structured feedback and over past 2 years we have been receiving inputs from the proprietors of digital printing about specific challenges in managing their operations. Taking into consideration the feedback, we have developed CLICKTRACE – a digital workflow automation software. With this software, we aim to integrate their print workflow needs under a simple
Key Notes : > Designed to optimize order processing and pricing. > Exactly find out the print jobs done from shop floor about CLICKS and media usage even when one is away. > Grants a full overview of purchase, media consumption and alerts of low stock media.
L-R- Ms. Shikha Rai, Vice President- IT & HR, Canon India, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India and Mr. Puneet Datta, Senior Director, Professional Printing Products (PPP), Canon India at the launch of CLICKTRACE, a print shop management software
and single solution. Built exclusively for the imagePRESS series with EFI as the front end, the software helps turn paper intensive or manual processes into streamlined digital workflows. We believe that this software will play a major role in solving both small and big challenges faced by the digital printers and will prove to be an important milestone in the growth story of our customers.” CLICKTRACE provides an easy solution to the biggest challenge for any copy shop,
that is, of keeping a track of prints for all its customers by maintaining a customer master list. The master list can be updated and downloaded easily as and when required for any given period using the software. Additionally, it helps shop owners to keep a close track of each pending payments and update it as and when received. Moreover, the software helps in managing orders with pre-added price list and media catalogue, including options for pre-press,
post press and customer data. It also helps in avoiding media stock situation by getting prior alerts from system by showing media consumption trends like the one used the most and the least. CLICKTRACE is built to track any possible mismatch in consumption and orders by providing details of clicks and media used from printer controller and order management systems. Owners can also enjoy getting real time updates on pending, completed and processing orders on their emails.
Quality and Consistency: EFI Nozomi C18000 EFI Nozomi C18000 is 1st single-pass digital corrugated printer to achieve Fogra Certification. Dr. Andreas Kraushaar, head of the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies prepress department, certified the EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass corrugated printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. as Fogra compliant. The ultra-high-speed, single-pass direct-to-board digital printer passed the Fogra Process Standard Digital Print Check this summer and is the first such printer to do so. Developed by Fogra, the Process Standard Digital (PSD) represents an industrially orientated and standardized procedure for the creation of digital print products. With a PSD certificate, packaging converters and corrugated display manufacturers using the Nozomi C18000 printer have additional, proven verification of the quality and reliability of their digital production offering. Successful implementation of the PSD can also help Nozomi C18000 users – a group that includes many of the world’s leading packaging companies – with reduced manufacturing cost and waste, higher quality and time performance, and better overall sustainability in corrugated production.
“EFI has been an active member of Fogra for many years and contributed to the development of the Fogra Process Standard Digital,” said Kraushaar. “That is why I am not surprised to see the Nozomi C18000 passing the Print Check Criteria for both Fogra and GRACoL standards so seamlessly.” The PSD Print Check is part of the ISO/TS 15311-2 based Fogra PSD. This specification allows companies in the print and media industry to prove their ability to create print jobs conforming to PSD. At EFI’s facility, Fogra reviewed a typical print job for colour consistency, uniformity, detail sharpness and print run stability, in compliance with the requirements defined by PSD. “The certification of the Nozomi C18000 printer’s output quality by Fogra proves
once again EFI’s approach to delivering superior quality – which gives customers confidence for day-to-day operation,” said José Luis Ramón Moreno, vice president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing. “This certificate ensures that Nozomi C18000 printer output meets customer expectations in the corrugated packaging and display industry regarding gamut, fidelity, precision and repeatability.” Fogra is one of the leading print research institutes worldwide, serving the print and media industry since 1951. Fogra uniquely features the combination of applied research and qualifying software, hardware and “brainware.” The organization also is an active member of the ISO technical committee 130.
This summer, Kraushaar and his research team tested the LED-inkjet corrugated printer at EFI Industrial Printing facilities in Almassora, Spain, verifying the Nozomi C18000 printer’s output process control, color fidelity and workflow. The Fogra team tested against the FOGRA39 standard, as well as the GRACoL/SWOP standard from U.S. industry association Idealliance, and determined that the printer successfully passed all the tests and requirements. Dr. Andreas Kraushaar, head of Fogra´s prepress department, congratulates Josep Marin Felipe, EFI Nozomi marketing product manager, for the successful certification of EFI Nozomi C18000 according to the Fogra PSD Print Check Digital.
Heidelberg/ Gallus at Labelexpo Europe 2019 – focus on digital printing and converting as growth market. Gallus, a Heidelberg Group Company, showcased the whole range of possibilities for digital and conventional label printing and converting. The hybrid label press Gallus Labelfire combines industrial inkjet printing with conventional label printing at printing speeds up to 70 m/min and showed a range of digital finishing possibilities with the integrated Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU) at Labelexpo. The “Your Smoothie” campaign explained to visitors how full Variable Data Printing is working. On the Gallus Labelmaster visitors could see the newly launched Digital Printbar for digitally printed opaque white as well as a new rotary, quick-change die-cutting unit and further optimized features for conventional narrow web printing.
All the possibilities of hybrid label printing with the Gallus Labelfire were on show at Labelexpo Europe 2019 – from highly embellished labels produced using the integrated Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU) to best-in-class digital inkjet printing and fully variable data printing.
Having the motto “Powered by Your Trust” in mind, Gallus and Heidelberg showed live at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in hall 5, stand B28/C31 two Gallus Labelmaster presses, the Gallus Labelfire and the Gallus Smartfire. The Gallus Labelfire is designed for digital production of narrow web products, especially self-adhesive labels. In 2018, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
estimates the global pressure-sensitive label market grew by about 5%. Interest in digital printing, in addition to analogue and hybrid print solutions, is one of the market drivers in this regard, according to the AWA Global PSL Market Study 2019.
Gallus Labelfire: Spot on digital The Gallus Labelfire, a hybrid label printing press, combines the flexibility of digital printing with the advantages of conventional printing and converting. The shown machine demonstrated a range of finishing possibilities – flexo printing and cold foil embossing combined with digital finishing with the Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU). If integrated inline, as shown during Labelexpo 2019, the digital finishing technology of the DEU creates tactile relief effects and matt or gloss spot coatings in various thicknesses digitally. The advantages: shorter set-up times, minimized cleaning and no costs for additional tools. Moreover, inkjet low migration inks for the Digital Printing Unit (DPU) of the Gallus Labelfire, Heidelberg Saphira Digital inks, were introduced. The “Your Smoothie” label explained to Labelexpo visitors what the very best of full variable data printing
Key Notes : > Launch of Digital Printbar. > “Your Smoothie” campaign underlines additional possibilities of variable data printing. > Gallus Labelmaster with new die-cutting unit and optimized features boost productivity in conventional label printing.
All the possibilities of hybrid label printing with the Gallus Labelfire is on show at Labelexpo Europe 2019 – from highly embellished labels produced using the integrated Digital Embellishment Unit (DEU) to best-in-class digital inkjet printing and fully variable data printing Source: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG
(fullVDP) with the Gallus Labelfire looked like. The possibilities of the Gallus Labelfire’s digital unit combined with the fully variable data printing option meet rising demand in this regard. Industrial variable data printing (iVDP) is no problem either with the Gallus Labelfire.
Launch of the Digital Printbar Also unveiled at the show by Gallus was the new Digital Printbar, an inkjet printing unit designed specifically for digital insetting of highly opaque, digital white. With a printing width of 430 mm (17”), the new, shiftable Digital Printbar benefits from inkjet-based digital print technology and achieves a very high opacity similar to screen printing. Depending on the job requirements, this unit can be a highly cost-efficient alternative to conventional printing processes.
Gallus Labelmaster with a new, rotary quick-change die-cutting unit
The Gallus Labelmaster conventional press combines excellent flexibility and cost-efficiency with impressive new features such as the brand new Digital Printbar and the new Rotary Die-Cut Unit Quick Source: Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG
The new solution is a rotary front-loading die-cutting unit which supports fast format changes – enabling the fastest ever change of die-cutting format in the company’s history. In addition, the labels printed live by the Labelmaster presented further possibilities to add value to narrow web products like diecutting at any position.
Gallus Smartfire for entry level digital label printing As an integral part of the digitization campaign, the Gallus Smartfire digital label printing press was also shown live at Labelexpo. Ideal for short runs that are constantly changing, this press is a cost-
effective, professional solution for anyone who is looking to move into digital label printing. In addition to discovering the latest wideranging possibilities of digital printing and embellishing, visitors to the Gallus stand at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (hall 5, stand B28/ C31) saw what Gallus machine systems can do at all levels – whether digital-only, hybrid, or conventional. The latest Screeny printing plates used with the Gallus Rotascreen system solution and the Phoenix UV LED direct imagesetter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen complete the presentation at Labelexpo Europe 2019.
Change die-cutting formats in less than one minute: Gallus premiered its new Rotary DieCut Unit Quick (RDC Quick) at Labelexpo, live demonstrated at the Gallus Labelmaster.
Packaging in an E-Commerce World. Digital pre-print opens a new era for brand protection and brand activation in e-commerce. - By Anja Röhrle: Marketing & Communication Manager, DS Smith.
Continuing boom in e-commerce has fuelled the surge in parcel volume which is expected to exceed 100 billion parcels by 2020 in thirteen industrial nations. Such growth shows that Packaging has long since emerged as a key component in the e-commerce logistics chain.
Key Notes : > DS Smith’s Made2fit packaging solution ensures that package sizes can be adjusted according to the volume of the products to be shipped. > The clever boxin-box system guarantees that the online shopper will remember the unboxing of the product as part of a positive brand experience. > With mosaic printing, individual shippingpackages with unique design in digital pre-print can produce thousands of unique copies in just one print run.
“Digital pre-print opens a new era for brand protection and brand activation in e-commerce. Smart, digitally printed corrugated cardboard packaging solutions inform, entertain and network the shopper. They warn of product counterfeiting and guarantee transparency in shipment and traceability. All this is now possible not only for short, but also for medium and long print runs. Hence, there is almost a paradox: that of individualised mass production.” The ongoing digitalisation and the associated changes in consumer shopping behaviour have a major impact on the design and construction of packaging. Mass-produced products lose their attractiveness. Brand manufacturers, retailers and logistics providers are adapting to the new challenges of online trading. They receive strong impetus from the packaging industry, which has a lot to offer when it comes to e-commerce packaging made of corrugated board with innovative solutions and stateof-the-art print technologies. 74.4 billion: this is the number of shipments that courier, express and parcel (CEP) services carried worldwide in 2017, according to the latest figures in the annual Pitney Bows Parcel Shipping Index; roughly 17 percent more than in the previous year. This surge in parcel volume is being fuelled by the continuing boom in e-commerce. Already by 2020, it is expected to exceed 100 billion parcels in the thirteen industrial nations surveyed. In view of such volumes and growth rates, it becomes clear: Packaging has long since emerged as a key component in the e-commerce logistics chain.
The Empty Space Economy The report “The Empty Space Economy”, drawn up by Forbes Insights in collaboration with the international packaging specialist DS Smith, reveals that nearly every package shipped online contains empty space. 60 percent of executives surveyed felt that more than a quarter of what is sent to customers in transport packaging is in fact thin air. An enormous amount of extra material is used - both for the overbox and the filling material. Consumers are becoming more and more critical of this. Brand manufacturers and retailers are also increasingly addressing the issue of packaging optimisation. The reasons are obvious: lower material and logistics costs, less transport damage, more sustainability and an improved customer experience.
Tailor-Made for Every Channel The development of optimised e-commerce packaging solutions from corrugated board is by no means trivial. They pass through a completely different supply-cycle than goods that go into retail. There is often a lack of reliable data to provide information on the actual loads during transport. Online shipping places the highest demands on the packaging, as the goods are not only expected to arrive at the customer undamaged but also ideally to inspire the customer about the product and brand in such a way that they will share this positively on their social media channels. DS Smith started early to deal with the peculiarities of the delivery cycle, the trends and insights around e-commerce. Today, in addition to its extensive know-how, the company has developed and offers a whole range of special e-commerce solutions and
innovative technologies. These include the exclusive DISCSTM testing standard, which simulates the real loads within the so-called ‘last mile’ and, on the basis of the knowledge gained, allows the material and design of the packaging to be matched to the respective supply-cycle and its specific requirements. The innovative Made2fit packaging solution ensures, for example, that package sizes can be adjusted manually or fully automatically according to the volume of the products to be shipped. And this is possible in all three dimensions.
E-Commerce is Slimming Down Innovations like these generate real addedvalue in the e-commerce supply-cycle. As online distribution becomes more and more important for the consumer goods industry, there are hardly any manufacturers who do not need special e-commerce packaging for their products in order to optimise their processes. Single-item shipments lead to new challenges in fulfilment. To streamline processes, packaging specialists like DS Smith came up with a number of great ideas. The e@Box, for example, combines product packaging and overpack. On-site filling of the boxes with the branded product takes place directly at the manufacturer‘s premises. This saves valuable time and cost in logistics. At the same time, the all-in-one solution for shipping single items always has the right size and strength - regardless of whether cosmetic products, chocolates, shoes or cordless drills are shipped with it. In addition to high product-protection and convenient handling, the clever box-in-box system guarantees one thing above all: that the online shopper will remember the unboxing of the product as part of a positive brand experience.
Brand Activation in Focus Product lifecycles are getting shorter and shorter, also because start-up companies are launching ever new, ever more stylish products onto the market. Mass-produced products lose their attractiveness. Shoppers‘ brand loyalty is fading and eco-sustainability aspects are becoming increasingly important. All this creates new challenges for the industry. Today‘s customers want to be inspired and courted by individualised products that are as sustainable as possible. It is more important than ever to focus on the customer and tailor business processes,
products and shopping experiences to their needs. And this is precisely where transportpackaging made of corrugated board can bring strong, new accents to a manufaturer’s brand. When it comes to customer centricity, digital pre-print and its associated flexibility open up a new dimension of interaction. And this is no longer true only for short, but now also for medium and long print runs. Attention-grabbing interior prints and seasonal campaign motifs also enable a differentiated and more emotional customer approach in e-commerce. Smart packaging informs, entertains and networks the online shopper. A scan of printed Quick Response Codes, for example, can provide information about growth areas, as well as tips for the optimal preparation of the product ordered online. In the same way, consumers can gain access to bonus programs or social media platforms where influencers showcase the product or provide helpful video tutorials, for example on make-up applications, as well as on the installation or commissioning of complex products. Thanks to so-called mosaic printing, even individual shipping-packages can each be given a unique, individual design in digital pre-print. Thus, thousands of unique copies are produced in just one print run. Even last-minute changes of the artwork are now easier, because printing plates are simply no longer necessary.
Brand Protection: Secure QR Codes and Watermarks Provide Security
offer in terms of brand-protection: secure QR codes are not replicable and provide a reliable method of verifying whether a product is genuine or counterfeit. It makes sense to combine this with a tamper-evident closure on the corrugated cardboard transport packaging. Printed, serialised codes allow packaging to be tracked, but also verified. In addition, this can be used to “marry” product and packaging with each other, for example to record individual batch numbers, production data and production times. This also makes traceability much easier to implement in the event of a recall. Watermarks can also be printed on the transport packaging in digital pre-print, which enables hidden coding in the printed image. When used selectively, this can in turn be used to check whether it is an original product or not.
Next Stop: Omnichannel Packaging Modern technologies and changing consumer habits are bringing about constant changes in e-commerce. Offline and online are increasingly blending into each other. Already today, industry, physical retail and pure online players are investing in the development and expansion of their omnichannel initiatives. The relentless, continuing networking of the online and offline worlds has far-reaching effects on the entire supply cycle. In the packaging sector in particular, there will be more and more demand for comprehensive, integrated solutions that work equally well on storeshelves and in online retailing.
Digital printing technology also has a lot to
Cosmo Films adds two new products to its Synthetic Paper portfolio Laser printing is a newly introduced feature for the digital product. Cosmo Films has recently added two new products to its synthetic paper portfolio. One of the products is a digitally printable synthetic paper and other one is a high tear resistant synthetic paper. The product launched for commercial digital printing can print with both powder toner based laser printers as well as liquid toner based printers. Laser printing is a newly introduced feature for the digital product and has been added keeping the huge potential of photo-album & coffee table book printing segment in mind. It is printable with almost any production printer – HP Indigo, Xerox, Konica Minolta, Ricoh and Canon to name a few. Apart from laser printing, the product can undergo any printing process be it conventional & UV offset printing/UV & water based flexographic printing/thermal transfer printing/screen & letterpress printing/ UV inkjet printing or HP indigo & HP Latex printing. Brilliant whiteness of the product makes it appear very similar to paper and helps produce excellent print quality and true colour output.
The product launched for commercial digital printing can print with both powder toner based laser printers as well as liquid toner based printers.
Key Notes : > Cosmo Films adds digitally printable synthetic paper. > Also adds a high tear resistant synthetic paper to its synthetic paper portfolio. > The non-tearable product displays excellent tear resistance and has been designed specifically for tag applications.
High Tear Resistant Synthetic Paper The product has been engineered to be non-tearable, displaying excellent tear resistance and has been designed specifically for tag applications. It is printable on both sides by UV offset, water & UV Flexo, and thermal transfer printing processes. Some of the typical tag applications include garment hang
tags, horticulture identification tags, tree tags, cattle identification tags and airport transfer tags. Speaking on the development, Mr. Kapil Anand – Global Head for Speciality Labels & Industrial Films at the company said, “We have a diversified portfolio of products under the Synthetic Paper category which currently find applications in retail & packaging, commercial printing, tags & labeling, and identification & credentials.” “We are continuously working to fill in the market need gaps and also expand share of the pie. With these two new additions; we now cover the entire spectrum of print technologies and also offer a robust product with high tear resistance,” he added. Cosmo Synthetic Paper is a co-extruded, white opaque, polypropylene based film which resembles paper in appearance. It is mostly used as a substitute of paper in applications requiring durability and longevity such as menu cards, maps, marksheets, retail POP etc. The paper is non-tearable, has moisture & chemical resistance, excellent lay flatness and is available across thickness profiles. The product is EU 10/2011, USFDA, REACH and RoHS compliant. It is printable with most of the available printing technologies which include wet & UV offset, wet & UV flexo, letterpress, screen, thermal transfer and digital.
Avery Dennison felicitates winners of ‘Spirit of Invention’ Scholarship 10 winners get rewarded for academic excellence and outstanding innovation capabilities under its Spirit of Invention (InvEnt) Scholarship Scheme. With the aim to recognize and reward academic excellence and outstanding innovation capabilities in students studying in the fields of science, engineering & technology, Avery Dennison Foundation recently announced 10 winners under its Spirit of Invention (InvEnt) Scholarship Scheme. In its 2019 edition of InvEnt, Avery Dennison felicitated 10 scholars from premier institutes in an award ceremony organized in Gurgaon. Each year, Avery Dennison Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Avery Dennison Corporation in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE), honours 10 Indian students to encourage and support leadership & innovation development amongst the students. This year, 10 winners belonging to 5 premier institutes received the scholarship of US$ 1300 each and an opportunity to participate in a special workshop on invention & innovation conducted by the Avery Dennison Foundation. The five premier institutes include:
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Delhi Technological University, Delhi Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay MKSSS’s Cummins College of Engineering for Women, Pune M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
This year marks the 8th edition of InvEnt, an Avery Dennison Foundation Initiative to recognize and reward invention, innovation and excellence among the budding talent in India. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Alicia Procello, President, Avery Dennison Foundation said: “Avery Dennison Foundation is committed to fostering talent and nurture creativity to inspire students to think innovatively. Through InvEnt scholarship, we aim to promote the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among the students by providing a platform to express innovative ideas, inculcate fresh thinking and pursue their passion. We congratulate the winners for demonstrating a high level of creativity
and we will continue to support talented students and build innovators of tomorrow”. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pankaj Bhardwaj, General Manager and Senior Director, Avery Dennison India said: “We continue to extend our legacy and make a difference to the communities that we live in. InvEnt helps us to achieve a major part of this goal through supporting and honouring the talent, exactly where it matters the most. Furthermore, we are making conscious efforts to extend our community services to the areas of women empowerment and child education around our offices and factories. Our partnership with the likes of National Skills and Development Center, Read India and Rotary International is helping us in this pursuit.” Started in India in 2012, the winners under the Avery Dennison Foundation Spirit of Invention (InvEnt) Scholarship Programme are selected through a merit-based, rigorous three-stage selection process. It is the eighth edition of the awards and a total of 80 scholarships to date, have been given.
Conductive Ink Markets 2019-2029: Forecasts, Technologies, Players Industry expert and Research Director at IDTechEx, Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, publishes article analysing the diverse markets for conductive inks. The conductive ink market is extremely diverse. This diversity has given this market long-term resilience, allowing it to sustain a growing application pipeline over multiple decades. Indeed, the industry has reinvented and rejuvenated itself multiple times as the application mix has been altered. Today, conductive inks find use in all manners of applications, as described in our report â€œConductive Ink Markets 2019-2029: Forecasts, Technologies, Playersâ€?.
The report provides one of the most comprehensive and authoritative views of the conductive inks and paste market, giving detailed ten-year market forecasts segmented by application and material type.
Key Notes : > Report based upon years of research. > In the past five years alone, the analysts have interviewed more than 120 industry players. > Visited numerous users/suppliers across the world, and attended more than 25 relevant conferences/ exhibitions globally.
This report covers many applications including photovoltaics, power electronics, EMI shielding, in-mould electronics (automotive, home appliance, etc.), electronic textile and wearable electronics, 3D antennas and conformal printing, flexible hybrid electronics (FHE), touch screen edge electrodes, automotive (defoggers, seat occupancy sensors, seat heaters, etc.), 3D printed electronics, multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCC), ITO replacement (hybrid, direct printing, etc), printed piezoresistive, capacitive and bio sensors, PCB (DIY/hobbyist, professional, seed-and-plate), RFID (HF, UHF), printed TFT and memory, OLED and large-area LED lighting, flexible e-readers and reflective displays, large-area heaters (battery, plant, seat, etc.), conductive pens, digitizers, and more. Furthermore, the technology landscape is also segmented. There is segmentation is by material (e.g., Ag, Cu, etc.), by particle size and morphology (e.g., nano vs micro, spherical vs flake, etc.). Each technology will have a different proposition in each market. They often differ in terms of conductivity, thickness, curing temperature and time, printing technology, and cost. The wonderful ability of inks to be customized has also created many non-traditional performance criteria on which inks or pastes seek to differentiate. These include formability, stretchability, substrate compatibility, mechanical bond strength of sintered pastes, and many more. The report is based upon years of research - in the past five years alone, the analysts have interviewed more than 120 industry players, visited numerous users/suppliers across the world, and attended more than 25 relevant conferences/exhibitions globally. Furthermore, in the last four years they visited around 35 tradeshows in Japan, USA, Taiwan, Korea, Germany, UK and so on to update the report.
IDTechEx has organised global conferences and tradeshows on printed electronics for the past decade in Asia, Europe and USA. These shows bring together the entire value chain on printed electronics, including the leading conductive ink suppliers, printers, and end users. This gave the analysts unparalleled access to the players and the latest market intelligence. This report provides one of the most comprehensive and authoritative views of the conductive inks and paste market, giving detailed ten-year market forecasts segmented by application and material type. The market forecasts are given in tonnage and value at the ink level. It includes critical reviews of all the competing conductive inks and paste technologies including firing-type pastes, sintering pastes, PTFs, laser-cut or photo-patterned pastes, nanoparticles, stretchable inks, in-mould inks, copper, copper/silver alloys, nanocarbons, and more. Here, we outline the latest
performance levels/progress, technology challenges, key suppliers, existing and emerging target market, and forecasts where appropriate. It also provides a detailed assessment of more than 27 application sectors.
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Children like to read magazines For the third time, an annual study on children’s media has found that German children are passionate about reading. The children’s media study of 2019 shows that reading magazines, comics or books remains one of the favourite pastimes of children in Germany. According to the study, 4.3 million girls and boys in Germany between the ages of 6 and 13 years old read magazines. Moreover, German parents trusted children’s magazines more than any other media. Around 74% of parents consider reading magazines to be a ‘meaningful occupation’ for their children. Reading remains one of the things children like, as 91% of them find reading magazines to be fun and enjoyable. Overall, the use of magazines, comics or books by 6 to 13 year old children in Germany has increased from 71% in 2017 to 76% in 2019, according to the study.
Baldwin showcases Industry 4.0 and IoT connected process technologies At LabelExpo Europe 2019 besides Industry 4.0 & IoT, Baldwin presents colour management, surface treatment, UV/ LED curing and many more solutions. Baldwin Technology Company took the wraps off next-generation colour management, surface treatment, UV / LED curing, inspection, defect detection and Industry 4.0-based analytics solutions at LabelExpo Europe 2019. At the Baldwin exhibit, the theme was Industry 4.0 and Industrial “Internet-of-Things”-enabled technologies that work together to achieve greater uptime, productivity, and automation. Featured solutions pair sensorgathered data with operational data from Baldwin equipment to gain live, actionable insights that can be used to improve production monitoring, so printers can achieve new levels of colour consistency with fewer defects and greater assurance of curing. “With Baldwin technology, your UV system provides continuous insights into its performance to improve service efficiency, prevent curing issues, and assure brand owners of consistent quality, job after job,” explained Chief Marketing and IoT Officer Steve Metcalf. “We now offer IoT-connected solutions across our product lineup to give printers a competitive advantage based on intelligent analysis, not feelings.” Ahlbrandt, AMS Spectral UV (formerly Air Motion Systems and Baldwin UV) and Baldwin Vision Systems (formerly QuadTech and PC Industries) are companies that joined the Baldwin Technology family as part of strategic acquisitions in the last three years. Company Chairman and CEO Kyle Chapman
explained that Baldwin’s dedication to the printing industry made acquisitions of companies manufacturing networkable process automation technologies a priority for its overall strategy. “There are many companies that make point-of-concern technologies - Baldwin differentiates as the only industry supplier offering a platform of hand-selected, innovative solutions that can be integrated to give printers something new,” Chapman said. “LabelExpo Europe 2019 marks the first unveiling of our IoT offerings in connection with UV LED curing, and this is just the beginning,” added Carsten Barlebo, Vice President EMEAR of Baldwin’s AMS Spectral UV. “The industry is being challenged to embrace Industry 4.0 to automate and assure its processes, for reasons like packaging security, brand consistency, and food-grade requirements. At Baldwin, we are leading the transition by offering pre-connected data solutions for companies looking to stay competitive and profitable in today’s fastpaced environment.”
MPS unveils new E-Sleeve technology at Labelexpo Europe Predictable print results combined with increased speeds demonstrated at the show. MPS introduced its new E-Sleeve technology at Labelexpo Europe 2019 (booth 11C20) September 24-27 in Brussels, with key features presented in live demonstrations on the EF SYMJET hybrid press. Designed as a superior alternative to traditional sleeves that use compressible material, the new MPS E-Sleeve enables printers to generate predictable results at increased speeds, with guaranteed quality tolerances and more reliable production cost calculations. “Flexographic printing sleeves play a critical role in the overall flexo printing process, as they have a major influence on print efficiency and quality,” said Bert van den Brink, MPS Co-Founder.“We at MPS saw the need to change from sleeves that use an aeromounting principle with a compressible inner core, to a design with precise concentricity across the entire plate for optimum print results. It’s a game changer for the printing industry!” Key features of the MPS E-Sleeve include optimum pressure settings to avoid unnecessary bouncing, precise concentric run out properties, constant parallelism for ideal register across the entire print length and increased dimensional accuracy for optimum register between all colours and die stations.
Introducing Talktome connectivity platform into all machines The innovative MPS Talktome connectivity technology, providing real-time data exchange and control, will now be introduced into all future MPS presses on a global scale. “With 23 years’ experience, MPS has proven superior results in providing customers world-wide premium flexo printing presses that perform with high quality and speed,” said Bert van den Brink, MPS Co-Founder. “However, MPS strives to deliver even better performance for our customers in areas of job changeovers, services, operator training and measuring results by using the intelligence from our presses to create process and workflow improvements for the printing machine. “Today, with the Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity developments and techniques are now available at a large scale with intensive security and robustness. MPS embraced and implemented these connectivity capabilities to create a platform for our customers which give more insight into their processes and equipment productivity, with performance measurement and analysing services.” Initially debuting at Labelexpo Europe 2017, the MPS Talktome connectivity platform connects printing machines and workflow
with Management Information Systems (MIS) for real-time data exchange and control. Data to be exchanged from the MIS to press includes all job-related machine settings and tooling information presented to the operator in the job queue. Data from the press to MIS consists of the printing speed, metres/ yards printed (order status), waste produced (waste sheets), set-up and printing time. Easy to intensive Talktome performance programs will be offered by MPS for initial and ongoing improvements. Labelexpo Europe visitors learn about the overall Talktome connectivity program as part of the ‘Beyond the Machine’ experience on MPS booth.
First edition of MPS Label Awards To commemorate printing excellence of unique label applications, MPS invited customers to submit their finest labels printed on MPS presses for a chance to win an
With a reduced weight, MPS E-Sleeves provide easier and faster job changeovers and lower lifetime tooling costs through improved durability. Also at Labelexpo Europe was the launch of a wider version (17” / 430 mm) hybrid MPS EF SYMJET press integrated with the new Domino N617i unit. The press is equipped with five flexo stations, digital cold foil, a Kurz cold foil unit for single images and optical effects, lamination and die-cutting. The main theme on the MPS booth at Labelexpo was ‘Beyond the Machine’ where visitors learnt more about MPS and their strengths in four key processes: Connectivity, Applications, Productivity and Service.
The independent MPS Label Awards jury with Gregory Bentley, Global Primary Packaging Director, Global Innovation & Technology Department of AB InBev, Dirk Goethals, Business Unit & Sales Manager of Athena Graphics and Hans Poortinga of MPS during the judging process.
award. The first-edition MPS Label Awards ceremony announcing the winners was held in glamourous Hollywood red carpet style on day two of Labelexpo Europe, on the MPS booth. Winners were chosen out of 32 nominated labels from MPS customers all over the world. A selection of winners in different categories was made by an independent jury consisting of Dirk Goethals, Business Unit & Sales Manager of Athena Graphics, Gregory Bentley – Global Primary Packaging Director, Global Innovation & Technology Department of AB InBev, and Hans Poortinga, MPS Manager Technology & Expertise Centre (and experienced printing expert). The over-all gold award winner received a free year of a Summum Service Level Agreement for one MPS press, valued at euro 7.500.
Konica Minolta at Labelexpo Europe 2019 - showcases its innovative printing and post-printing solutions at the gobal exhibition. In a move highlighting its technological strength in the print and printing domain, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India attended Labelexpo Europe 2019, the world’s biggest label and package printing exhibition. The 40th edition of the illustrious event was held in Brussels, Belgium, between September 24 and September 27, 2019. At the event, Konica Minolta India demonstrated its cutting-edge printing and post-printing solutions Accurio Label series and a combination with MGI JetVarnish Web to finish and additional solutions which were demonstrated live during the exhibition. The exhibition showcased many state-of-theart technologies, live demonstrations, and product launches in rapidly-growing domains such as Digital Label Printing & Hybrid Printing, flexible packaging, and automation from Konica Minolta.
of Konica Minolta’s highly successful digital label press, which has important enhancements. These include a 73% speed increase, improved productivity, an option for overprinting, no warm-up required, less waste and more accurate print registration. Visitors saw the overall production of a label from pre-press to the finished product including embellishment and different kinds of finishing.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions India is the India arm and a 100% subsidiary of Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc., an advanced imaging and networking technologies organization. Headquartered in Gurgaon, the company has a diverse portfolio of hardware and software solutions aimed at the office, production, industrial, and printing requirements.
At the heart of Konica Minolta’s offering were the practical demonstrations of the recently-launched AccurioLabel 230 toner press - being shown in public for the first time at Labelexpo - that is meeting the growing market needs for shorter runs, flexibility and more customization. Konica Minolta’s AccurioLabel 230 is a new version
Future of Reading Although the advent of digital technologies has brought with it many advantages in the way we communicate, study or do business, traditional media still remains indispensable for us. New media uses a variety of digital technologies, that provide us with limitless onscreen possibilities. Digitisation and digital technologies have been incorporated into the education system, too. New ways to use digital tools in teaching and learning have fostered a lot of discussions around teaching methods utilising digital tools. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. An independent academic study was carried out to understand the impact of digitalisation on reading practices, particularly in children
and young adults, under the COST Action E-READ initiative. This research found out that print readers have a better recall of temporal relations between events and are able to reconstruct more correctly the plot of a text than screen readers. E-READ also found out that paper remains a better support, especially for long text, since it encourages deeper comprehension and retention. If we do not act urgently, we could be faced with serious longterm consequences for reading comprehension and critical thinking due to reading on a screen being encouraged by schools and the media. Policymakers, schools, educators and parents across Europe should be aware that
reading on screen without the necessary supporting tools hinders children and young people’s learning potential. It is clear that there still remains an important place for print media in our digital world, which is critical for the development of educated, critical citizens in our society.
MPS and Colordyne to bring new hybrid printing solutions to the market MPS Systems and Colordyne Technologies start strategic partnership; first development shows at Labelexpo Europe 2019. MPS Systems and Colordyne Technologies have established a strategic partnership to bring new hybrid printing solutions to the market. The first developments of this partnership were shown at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
aqueous Inkjet technology and flexo for the flexible packaging market. Working with Colordyne on the new aqueous pigment inkjet technology provides an additional way for us to deliver the best solutions to our customers.”
Both companies will work together on hybrid printing solutions that combine UV LED or water-based flexo technology with digital aqueous pigment inkjet technology. The new developments incorporate Colordyne’s digital print engine using Memjet’s DuraLink printhead technology integrated in the MPS EXL-Packaging product line. With the modular design of the EXL-Packaging product line any unique combination of flexo and inkjet technology, plus additional machine functionalities and technologies can be configurated to meet the needs of the individual customer.
“Both of our companies see an opportunity to expand beyond the narrow web label and tag market,” said Andy Matter, president of Colordyne Technologies. “Working with MPS allows us to deliver complete hybrid solutions featuring wider web widths and the capabilities to expand into packaging applications beyond pressure sensitive labels. We look forward to providing
“After the successful experience of offering hybrid solutions for the narrow web market we strongly believe that the hybrid technology will also be part of the future for the mid web packaging market,” said Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS Systems. “As we are very much focused on the total process, we believe in the combination of
customers in new markets the solutions they need to enhance their production capabilities at an affordable price-point.” Headquartered in Brookfield, WI in the USA, Colordyne Technologies, manufactures efficient, high resolution digital print solutions providing on-demand label and tag colour inkjet printers for a wide range of applications and industries. It has a wide range of digital colour platforms – from benchtop industrial colour printers to complete, in-line finishing production presses.
Result of the new MPS-Colordyne partnership will be an MPS EXL-Packaging press with an integrated Colordyne digital print engine
BW Packaging Systems highlights ‘Expect More’ at Pack Expo In addition to showcasing packaging technology, Barry-Wehmiller hosts discussion forums for customers and suppliers. At Pack Expo Las Vegas, BW Packaging Systems, the packaging machinery arm of Barry-Wehmiller, addressed some of the mega trends affecting the packaging industry in its own Educational Seminar Series in its Booth. All five BW Packaging Systems companies—Accraply, BW Flexible Systems, BW Integrated Systems, Pneumatic Scale Angelus and Synerlink— were present in Booth C-1800 for Pack Expo, held September 23 to 25, 2019, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Design Group, part of Barry-Wehmiller’s Engineering and IT Consulting Platform, was also represented. BW Packaging Systems’ theme for this Pack Expo was “Expect More,” highlighting the core belief that a complete packaging solution provides not only industry-leading equipment and technologies, but also the necessary integration, training, service and support required to help customers fully realize the value of their investment. “We say we want customers to ‘Expect More’ because we really do,” said Carol O’Neill, BW Group President, Packaging. “No matter if you want a single piece of equipment from one of our companies, or a fully integrated line, we have a solution for you.” O’Neill pointed out that the combined might of the Barry-Wehmiller packaging companies is a more than $700 million business, offering customers comprehensive solutions from an extensive portfolio of brands that are considered the most reliable and trusted in packaging. “Many meaningful conversations took place at this Pack Expo event,” O’Neill said. “We’re
in a unique position to be a long-term partner for our clients. Our continued growth means we can truly offer customers a full spectrum of packaging capabilities, with quality service to back up our equipment and support our clients for years to come.” O’Neill and all of the BW Packaging Systems company presidents were present at the booth throughout Pack Expo and engaged with both the press and packaging professionals. The BW Packaging Systems booth hosted an Educational Seminar Series, during which packaging experts spoke on a number of important issues facing the manufacturing industry today. The series included: • Staying Flexible in the Food Manufacturing Environment • Selecting the Best Labeling Equipment for Your Personal Care Product • Investing in Robust Equipment to Integrate Your Packaging Line • Cream of the Crop: Using Smarter Machines and Flexible Manufacturing for a Competitive Advantage in the Dairy Industry • Digital Factory of the Future • Production Optimization Through Machine Intelligence • Rainbow Packs, E-Commerce and More: Market Trends That Shape a System’s Design Additionally, in this year’s booth, BW Packaging Systems exhibited a variety of equipment and technologies and showcased its ability to address requirements across the
entire packaging line. Among other machines from its portfolio, Pneumatic Scale Angelus displayed a filler/seamer combination that leverages the strengths of its flagship Hema and Angelus brands, well-known for their strengths in robust construction, hygienic design and production flexibility. This particular machine configuration includes electronic synchronization between the servo drives on the Hema filler and the Angelus seamer. For Pneumatic Scale Angelus’ customers, no mechanical linkage between these two components means big savings on parts and components. Accraply exhibited the Accraply 100 pressure-sensitive labeler along with a Graham & Sleevit DF60 tamper-evident shrink sleeve applicator. This configuration is a cost-effective solution that is able to accurately label even the most difficult applications. Toolless changeovers make these machines quick to configure—ideal to meet the demands of fast-moving production lines.
The largest Label Industry Global Awards reveal winners Avery Dennison, Esko and GMG among category winners honoured; Pawandeep Sahni – Weldon India wins The Rising Star Award. with up to 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web, was presented to GMG GmbH & Co. KG, for its GMG Calibration Creation Wizard. Developed to enable customers to create colour-accurate mock-ups for labels, flexible packaging and cartons, the judges were impressed with how the company had connected GMG Color Management software with an Epson SC-S80600 to achieve such accurate reproducible proofs. Avery Dennison, Esko, and GMG were among the category winners honoured at this year’s prestigious Label Industry Global Awards, which took place on 24 September at Brussels Expo, Belgium, the first night of Labelexpo Europe 2019. Now in its 16th edition, the awards recognize the most innovative, influential and successful work from the label and package printing industry across the globe in the last twelve months. The 1980s retro themed ceremony brought together hundreds of guests featuring some of the biggest names from the international label community, and those working behind the scenes to constantly move this dynamic sector forward. It was the largest Label Industry Global Awards event yet as it also celebrated the 40th anniversary of Labelexpo. The Award for Innovation (for companies
The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees), sponsored by Xeikon, went to Esko for its Esko Print Control Wizard software, developed to simplify the implementation of screens and dot gain curves in the reprographics process. Its main feature is the ability to control where the transition from AM to FM occurs. The judges were impressed by the way that transition points can be changed at the touch of a button, enabling the operator to see the immediate impact on tonal values. Avery Dennison won the Environmental & Sustainability Award, sponsored by Labels & Labeling, for its Recycled PET Liners. The launch of the product in Europe has focused on meeting sustainability objectives and the need to support recycling in the packaging industry. The judges were impressed that the sustainable liners were made with 30 percent
recycled PET post-consumer waste from PET bottles, while maintaining the technical qualifications the liner material needs for supply chain labeling success. The Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison, went to Robert Rae of GEW. Robert joined the company in 2014 following an early career in research with P&G. With a top chemistry degree from Durham University, his skills have enabled him to make an immediate contribution towards developing a world class LED product introduced in 2016, and now in launching a revolutionary LED system at Labelexpo 2019. He has also been heavily involved with the UVFoodSafe Group. The European Converter of the Year Award, sponsored by Grafisk Maskinfabrik, went to Reynders. Founded in 1956, Reynders today has label plants and Centers of Excellence in Belgium, France, Poland, Spain and India. The judges felt that its recent developments in digitally printed, full colour booklets were especially noteworthy, since after only 18 months, the company’s investment in the production of ‘loyalty stamps’ has resulted in over six billion labels printed and supplied to all corners of the world. Reynders also promotes sustainable label alternatives, with a planned installation of 800+ solar panels and investments to reduce water, gas and electricity consumption. Its emphasis on career growth and after work activities for employees also impressed judges. A Special Recognition Award, sponsored by ILS, was also made to Clive Smith, founder of Labelexpo, honoring his creation and
ongoing development of the largest label and package printing exhibition in the world and a leading event for 40 years. He entered the exhibition industry in 1968 and started his own company in 1974. In 1979, he launched the first labeling event in London, before the decision was taken in 1985 to move it to Brussels. Sister shows were launched in the USA in 1989, and in Singapore in 1991, creating a truly global brand. The company became the founding part of Tarsus Group in 1998, with Clive remaining as Chairman of the Labels Division to this day. The final award of the night, the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, which was previously announced in June, went to Jim DeFife, VP Pressure-Sensitive Materials, Multi-Color Corporation. This award, sponsored by Avery Dennison, honors the contribution an influential individual has made which has really impacted the growth of the international label industry. DeFife has been a driving force in the global label industry for almost 40 years, with a focus throughout his career on the development of technical solutions that have revolutionized and grown the pressuresensitive market – firstly with Avery Dennison and then, for the past 17 years, with Spear and Multi-Color. Mike Fairley, chair of the judges, said: “I, on behalf of the judging panel, would like to commend and congratulate all our finalists and winners at this year’s Label Awards. What really made them stand out was the demonstration of genuine brilliance in their innovation, leadership and sustainability, and dedication to improving their businesses. They illustrate the very best of the label and package printing industry, so it is important that their efforts are recognized in moving our industry ever forwards.
the evening featured Tony Hadley, singer and former member of chart-topping band Spandau Ballet, who performed to a delighted crowd and acted as host for the night. Guests also had the opportunity to try out a replica DeLorean, and arcade games. The Label Industry Global Awards 2019 category finalists were as follows (Labelexpo Europe stand location indicated where applicable). All are listed in alphabetical order: 1. The Award for Innovation (for companies with up to 300 employees), sponsored by Flint Group Narrow Web: GEW (EC); GMG; Hybrid Software; Lake Image Systems; and Sÿnia/Wizzcom. 2. The Award for Innovation (for companies with more than 300 employees), sponsored by Xeikon: Esko; Lenze; Lintec Europe (UK); and Wink Stanzwerkzeuge. 3. The Environmental & Sustainability Award, sponsored by Labels & Labeling: Avery Dennison; and Sleever International Valmet 4. The Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison: Katie Davis – Bostik; Jesses Freitas – StickerGiant; Ahmed Lotfi Mansour Bayan for Printing & Packaging; Robert Rae – GEW; and Pawandeep Sahni – Weldon. 5. 5. European Converter of the Year Award, sponsored by Grafisk Maskinfabrik: CS Labels; Marzek Etiketten + Packaging; Reynders; and Stratus Packaging. The Label Industry Global Awards were created in 2004 to celebrate innovation and
excellence within the label and package printing sector. The Awards ceremony alternates each year between Labelexpo Europe (Brussels) and Labelexpo Americas (Chicago). The R. Stanton Avery Achievement Award is bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values. The award is a significant update to the previously named R. Stanton Avery Lifetime Achievement Award in order to better reflect the industry as it is today – one embracing innovation and tackling major environmental challenges such as label waste. The members of the judging panel for this year’s awards were: Mike Fairley (chair), James Quirk, group managing editor, Labels & Labeling; Chris Ellison, president, FINAT; Craig Moreland, past chairman, TLMI; Steve Katz, editor, Label & Narrow Web; and Jean Poncet, editor-in-chief, MP MEDIAS.
“These awards are also unique in that they are the only awards of their kind that celebrate both innovative companies across the globe, and outstanding individuals in our industry. This year’s awards are particularly special as we also mark 40 years of Labelexpo with the addition of two new categories, so I sincerely hope all our winners will go on to inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders as we look ahead to the next 40 years of Labelexpo.” As part of the Labelexpo 40th anniversary celebration, the retro 1980s theme for
Siegwerk showcases tailor-made ink and service portfolio With the motto, “Focused on your needs” Siegwerk addresses current and future packaging trends at Labelexpo Europe 2019. Siegwerk, global provider of printing inks for packaging applications and labels, exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2019, provided a combination of its best performing inks, industry standard product safety and knowledgeable guidance and support. Siegwerk experts discussed label and package printing innovations and visitors learnt more about the compay’s broad offering including cutting-edge ink solutions. “It’s Siegwerk’s goal to provide our customers with the most efficient ink solutions and support for their individual situations, by being ‘Focused on your needs’,” explains Guido Lander, Vice President Business Unit Narrow Web EMEA at Siegwerk. “At this year’s booth we highlighted our expertise in trending topics like shrink sleeves, plastic tubes and laminates, digital printing as well as upcoming requirements from brand owners regarding sustainable ink solutions and how Siegwerk’s product portfolio enables an efficient recycling of printed films. Visitors got in touch with our experts to learn more about our latest ink developments and how we can meet their individual needs and challenges. Siegwerk attaches great importance to open dialog with its customers. Understanding their needs is key to the company identifying trending topics and open issues that enable
it to channel its research and development activities into the market segments of the future. “That’s why platforms like LABELEXPO are ideal touchpoints for us to share ideas and discuss the latest challenges and requirements with our customers and other industry experts,” adds Guido Lander.
Leading ink solutions for sleeve production The all-round labelling of containers using sleeves is a growing trend in packaging today as it offers more design opportunities than standard labels. But the sleeve production is a fully developed and complex process and printing inks for sleeves must meet strict requirements, regardless of whether the tube is printed with UV ink or solvent ink. At Labelexpo, Siegwerk presented its broad range of UV, LED UV and solvent-based ink systems and special whites for all printing technologies suitable for sleeves used for non-food and food packaging applications. All inks and whites are always available as both standard and low migration ink systems.
New ink developments for plastic tubes and laminates Plastic tubes and laminates (PTL) are challenging packaging structures especially demanding highly reactive ink series with
good adhesion mainly on pre-treated Polyethylene and Polypropylene covering many types of printing processes. Overprint varnishes for PTL manufacturing must offer high chemical resistance to various kinds of filling goods, high scuff resistance as well as good surface slip properties for processing the tubes in filling lines. Optimal post-decoration properties are required for hot-foil stamping or screen printing which often gets applied on top of the tube coating. Siegwerk offers a wide range of specialty solutions for high-end packaging today. Its specialty UV varnishes can be applied on various laminates and tubes based on plastic substrates like PE, PP, ABS, PC and PS. At Labelexpo, the company presented a new ink development especially for the PTL segment, Sicura Nutritube, a new low migration ink series for dry offset printing is designed for extruded (pre-formed) tubes as well as laminated tubes in web printing.
New digital printing opportunities for labels and packaging Siegwerk has a strong footprint in digital printing offering customized ink solutions to end users’ final application requirements. UV inkjet allows for direct print on 3D objects which increases brand differentiation, helps packaging producers to save labeling materials, reduces waste and achieves overall leaner processes. At Labelexpo, Siegwerk presented its inkjet ink portfolio for a wide range of applications including food, pharma as well as household, hygiene and industrial packaging.
Sustainable ink solutions for an optimized packaging recyclability in a circular economy As one of the leaders in product safety and sustainability, Siegwerk is driving the development of eco-friendly inks. Assessing ways of enhancing the ecological footprint of the company’s inks, with no loss of performance, is one of its key research and development efforts. During the Labelexpo Siegwerk presented for the first time a newly developed product systems which allows for complete de-inking of printed films as
they are used for labels, shrink sleeves and other applications, leading to a complete “clean/virgin” recycling of the transparent film in a later process. With SICURA Low NRGY UV/LED UV the company offers a newly developed UV/LED UV offset ink system with impressive deinking properties even comparable to the deinkability of
conventional oil-based sheetfed offset inks. Besides, customers find water- and solvent based ink series that are compostable according to DIN EN 13432. With its ink series Sicura Litho NutriEco Siegwerk also markets the world’s first low migration UV ink range for cosmetics and food applications that has been awarded the Gold status
of the “Cradle to Cradle® Material Health Certification” by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). These inks are safe for recycling processes and adhere to the circular economy approach. These are just a few examples of Siegwerk’s innovative and sustainable ink solutions that were presented at the show.
Printronix Auto ID introduces T800 in India High-performance Thermal Desktop Printer with RFID provides enterprise-level productivity with advanced security protocols. Printronix Auto ID, Inc. has introduced the T800, a high-performance thermal desktop printer. The T800 offers enterprise-level productivity, dependable performance, and a suite of versatile features such as RFID, and Wi-Fi with advanced security protocols. Strengthening its existing desktop thermal printer range, the T800 offers enterpriselevel productivity and advanced features usually found only in industrial printers. A high-performance ARM A7 processor offers fast-time to -first-print and it is easily capable of producing over 1,000 labels per day. Its 300-meter ribbon ensures fewer roll changes and therefore less downtime.
Product Management. The T800 is also Printronix’s first desktop printer to incorporate its renowned Printronix System Architecture (PSA) and includes a full suite of labour-saving features and printer management tools for easy dayto-day operations. PSA is an exclusive intelligent design platform that combines advanced features with a common set of building blocks to simplify printer installation, operation, and improve productivity. Printronix Auto ID is a global provider of
business-critical printing solutions; offering reliable assortment of industrial printers, desktop printers, supplies and parts in the industry. As a fully owned subsidiary of TSC, Printronix Auto ID functions as an independent business that is known for its thermal printing technologies with product portfolio including thermal barcode, RFID and groundbreaking ODV validation solutions. Delivering high print quality, superior validation features enterprise-grade usability and ruggedness, Printronix Auto ID solutions are backed by a strong service and support network.
One of the key differentiators between traditional desktops and the T800 is its ability to print RFID labels. The T800 with optional UHF RFID was designed to meet the growing demand for encoding and printing RFID labels at an affordable price. Retail, manufacturing, and healthcare are just a few of the industries that use RFID to track products throughout the supply chain, take inventory in real-time, or locate assets within the enterprise. The T800 makes printer setup for encoding and printing of RFID labels fast and easy. Not only can it support labels down to 625 inches in length, but the antenna can be adjusted for non-standard inlay positions. Further, the RFID label calibration function automatically sets the optimal label encoding position within the printer. “The T800 represents the latest in the aggressive growth strategy that has marked the Printronix product line for the past few years with a special focus on highend features such as RFID and exclusive technologies such as barcode verification solutions,” said Andy Edwards, Director of
Edale celebrates 75 years by cutting 10,000 Kg waste at Labelexpo A by-product of not running a single demo press at label expo was that we saved the equivalent of running an average household for 50 days, says James Boughton, MD, Edale.
For everyone who visited Edale’s stand at Labelexpo, apart from the company’s distinctive orange livery, the first thing you would have noticed was there was no running press. James Boughton Edale’s Managing Director explains what seems quite a controversial decision. “Labelexpo is an exhibition based around label printing and converting, and quite honestly as a manufacturer of printing presses if you cannot print you should not even be there. The Edale FL range has been producing award winning print quality for over 10 years so our printing capability has never been in question. The bigger issue in the market place today is how to reduce the unnecessary waste. Whilst 75 years old Edale’s has quite a young management team and the environmental issues discussed on a daily basis are something we feel strongly about and want to help by reducing our own environmental impact, albeit in a small way.” By not running a press Edale saved more than 10,000KG of waste that would otherwise have been destined for landfill without fulfilling any purpose. If you extrapolate this for the top 10 press manufacturers at the show with each of these running two machines a total of 200,000KG would be sent for waste. James continues, “this waste is produced unnecessarily in our opinion and is only produced in the pursuit of profit
with total disregard for the environment. As a company we want to be “green”. We are constantly using technology in our presses to reduce waste on set-up, by having the EZ REG Autonomous registration system along with the EZ DIE quick change die station waste is taken away from the operator’s control allowing for consistent and low waste figures.” Edale is constantly looking at ways to improve its carbon footprint; the latest demonstration press to be installed in their showroom has LED curing. Having extensively researched the market, Edale has chosen its partner based on the fact that an astonishing 90% power saving can be achieved over conventional UV ARC systems, which results in a 75% overall power saving when taking the press and curing into account. James says, “Power is a major concern and will only get worse as the years pass by, power will not get cheaper it will only get more expensive. A by-product of not running a single demo press at label expo was that we saved the equivalent of running an average household for 50 days.” Edale’s latest “ECO” innovation was prompted by one of their customers who has re-purposed many of the wooden shipping containers into work benches and furniture. Edale presses shipped in 2020 will include “Ikea Style” drawings detailing how to convert
the packing cases into an “EZ BENCH” for the quick-change die cutting system. James finally states, “Going green is not easy and will take time for a company like Edale, however there is a common misunderstanding that going “green” impedes business performance. This is not true, because our decision not to print waste at the show did not affect the number of leads generated and 2020 looks set to match the record growth and sales to be achieved in 2019, perhaps not something all analogue press manufacturers can claim.” 2020 marks a major milestone as Edale celebrates its 75th birthday. “We may not have grown quickly, nor huge, but we have been a constant from the start as a stable and reliable partner for label converters all around the World, a World that in our own small way are trying to protect,” he concludes.
Industry and NGOs pressing EU on Printed Food Packaging Industry and NGOs are pressing the EU to adopt harmonised rules on printed food contact packaging. Although industry relies on recognised standards and national legislation, as well as harmonised good manufacturing practices (GMPs) across Europe, the food packaging value chain is calling on European regulators to present a proposal for a new printed Food Contact Regulation as was announced by the European Commission a couple of years ago. “The European Commission had committed to present a draft proposal for a Regulation on Printed Food Contact Materials in 2018. It is now on hold, pending the completion of the evaluation of existing EU food contact
legislation, with the risk that Member States present national measures.” Laetitia Reynaud, Policy Advisor, Intergraf With the single-use plastics legislation adopted earlier this year, alternative packaging materials for food contact applications like paper and board are now further being explored by industry and consequently are also under the radar of consumer protection organisations. In July, BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, published a press release claiming that printed paper and board food packaging may contain and release harmful chemicals. They published the result of tests of 76 samples of printed paper or board food packaging, including coffee cups,
paper straws, printed napkins and grocery products. The tests have been carried out by 4 consumer organisations based in Italy, Spain, Denmark and Norway. They investigated the presence of primary aromatic amines and photoinitiators. Industry deplores that no information is available on the tests and samples used. For instance, no information is available on whether these samples have been manufactured in Europe or outside of Europe. Nevertheless the conclusion drawn by NGOs is the same as industry: the European Commission should start working on EU legislation for printed food contact materials.
Siegwerk supports the VAFP Summit 2019 As a silver sponsor of this year’s Vietnam & Asia Flexible Packaging Summit, Siegwerk raises awareness for packaging safety. Siegwerk was a silver sponsor of the Vietnam & Asia Flexible Packaging Summit 2019. The summit is an international business and technical gathering for flexible packaging, films, printing, converting and extrusion and took place from September 26 - 27, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As one of the region’s largest conferences aimed at the flexible packaging industry, 150 experts and professionals from around the world met to discuss emerging trends and to share ideas for new developments which will shape and expand the future of the flexible packaging market in the region. According to Smithers Pira, a worldwide authority on the packaging, print and paper supply chains, the Asia Pacific region is still the largest emerging market for flexible packaging with China, Vietnam and India showing the highest growth rates. The demand for flexible packaging solutions which offer convenience and superior product protection at a minimum total cost and a low environmental impact will drive the future development of the market. The increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions with optimized recyclability will shape the future of the industry while calling for close exchange and collaboration along the whole flexible packaging value chain. This includes manufacturers, converters, brand owners,
raw material suppliers and ink providers as well as specialized recycling companies. At the same time, product safety will remain the top priority particularly for food and pharmaceutical products. “The summit is a good platform to learn about experiences from various sectors of the printing and packaging industry enabling attendees to exchange ideas, expand their knowledge and gather inspiration to further shape the future of flexible packaging in the region,” describes Jane Manley, General Manager Southeast Asia North at Siegwerk. “For Siegwerk it is a great opportunity to further raise our local profile as the expert for safe and sustainable inks while highlighting the general importance of safety and compliance in food packaging.” In addition to local packaging associations and various global experts across the supply chain Jatin Takkar, Head of Product Safety and Regulatory at Siegwerk, delivered a presentation about safe packaging inks giving insights into challenges, legal requirements and future needs. Concerns over food safety and the critical role of ink as a potential influence on product and consumer safety was the focus of this presentation. Takkar raised awareness of the potential risks originating from packaging inks which contain different chemicals, some of which may be harmful if they migrate and
come into contact with packed food. Toluene, a chemical known for its unfavourable toxicological and organoleptic properties has recently been faced with regulatory bans as well as renewed requirements of global brand owners banning toluene as an ingredient for food packaging applications. Takkar presented a case study on toluene inks and their impact on consumer’s safety, society and the environment to better illustrate the need of safer packaging inks. Siegwerk has implemented a full ban on the usage of toluene and other raw materials containing toluene in its ink formulations intended for nutrition, pharma and hygiene packaging applications following the company’s insistence on offering the safest ink solutions in the world. Siegwerk has always been committed to sustainability and product safety and has made ink safety one of its key guiding principles. Siegwerk’s product safety guidance includes global regulatory compliance, brand owner requirements and risk assessments ensuring that products are safe for the end-use applications. The company continuously supports various customers and brand owners to minimize migration and therefore reduce food contamination risks finally avoiding potential regulatory problems.
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.
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. 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.” Vinsak sold 1 Lombardi Invicta, 4 Lombardi Synchroline, 2 SPGPrint (CTP Pre – Press) and Iwasaki IF330 etc.
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.” 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 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!”
Premedia Course, Packaging Course. YesGo’s next workshop will be held in Bangalore.
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,
Kerala govt. bans flex boards in the state Bans PVC flex media; promotes only recyclable media for advertising The Kerala state government has imposed a ban on the use of flex boards with effect from August 29. Flex material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been banned in the state in view of the health and environmental issues it causes. According to the order issued by the state government, printing and use of PVC flex boards has been banned, and in its place only banners and publicity material made of recyclable materials like paper, PE, and cloth would be permitted. Further, every such display would need to feature the message that it is ‘recyclable, PVC free’, apart from details like the expiry date of the material, place of printing, and printing number. The contact number of customers also needs to be recorded by the printer. The order not only disallows use of plastic coated cloth for advertising and publicity display, but also has provision for imposition of heavy fines on anyone contravening the order. Earlier this year, the High Court had banned the use of PVC flex boards for the Lok Sabha election campaign.
Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a ban on single-use plastics from October 2, the order has come despite single-use plastics not including flex PVC. For event-based publicity materials, the date of expiry should be the date of the event, while for other publicity materials, it should not exceed 90 days. All such materials should be removed withing seven days of the expiry period by those who erected such materials. The Chief Minister of the state, Pinarayi Vijayan has urged all to avoid use of plastic during Onam festival and tourism week celebrations. He said that the green protocol that was introduced for marriages and conferences has been a hit and that is why the government has now decided to ban flex material completely. Tonnes of plastic came out from the soil and water bodies after the floods that have caused immense damage to the environment. If the government and people join hands, the use of plastic and thereby the degradation of the environment can be contained he said. There are mixed reactions from industry on the ban order. Sign Printing Industries Association (SPIA) of Kerala has decided to go on a month-long protest against the ban. SPIA maintains that the body has already taken measures like recycling of used PVC flex and so there is no rationale in enforcing a ban on the use of PVC flex for advertising and other displays. The industry
body is joining hands with other business associations in the state to organise protest in front of the Kerala Government Secretariat in Thiruvanthapuram. The protest will begin on September 30. Other issues like the printability, quality, strength and durability, cost of substitute media, media availability, technological roadblocks, investment and employment are yet to be dealt with, as is common with such blanket bans. PVC flex media supporters vouch for recyclability of PVC flex and cite examples of other materials as being more or less similarly damaging to environment. It is for the government to discuss the issue collectively with environmentalists, material and service providers and experts to find the best course in the interest of both people and environment.
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. 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), while a brand-new, advanced Take-Up device enables the handling of rolls up to 45kg.
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.
As part of the “Mimaki Green Technology” concept, the company is also introducing new 600ml ink packs and reusable eco 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.
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
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