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Kodak Brings the “Science to Create” to drupa 2016

Kodak will unveil a series of new products  at drupa 2016. With a broad range of new developments and enhancements, Kodak continues to drive the evolution of the graphic arts industry.

Kodak will introduce a new process free plate. With demand for its process free Kodak Sonora Plates growing to over 3000 customers, Kodak’s latest addition to the Sonora Plate portfolio is designed to meet the demands of UV print applications.

At drupa 2016, Kodak will also showcase:

  • KODAK AQUA-IMAGE Pressroom Chemicals range to help printers reduce variability and improve performance in the pressroom.
  • KODAK ELECTRA MAX Thermal Plates and KODAK LIBRA VP Digital Plates for commercial and newspaper printers.

Debuting at drupa 2016 will be the new Kodak Flexcel NX System ’16, which builds on Kodak’s NX Advantage technology. Brand new system features include NX tags for the application of multiple patterns on a single plate layout, and Advanced Edge Definition, a Kodak patented technology that controls ink flow at the edge of objects, resulting in cleaner print and greater visual edge definition.

  • Kodak’s stand at drupa 2016 will feature a KODAK ULTRA NX Experience room to showcase environmentally-conscious plate technology

Kodak will also launch its next generation inkjet technology platform, Kodak Ultrastream Inkjet Technology. Built on the company’s continuous inkjet Stream technology, Ultrastream will move production inkjet into the mainstream of commercial printing and packaging. On display on the Kodak stand, visitors will also see:

  • Live demonstrations of the KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press with inline finishing
  • Kodak’s Extended Gamut + Varnish (XGV) technology demonstration for flexible films produced on narrow-web
  • This is Inkjet! Loft, an apartment decorated with Kodak Stream digitally printed products including laminate flooring, countertops, furniture, wallpaper, napkins and water bottles

Additionally, Kodak will be presenting:

  • The new KODAK NEXPRESS ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press, an enhanced version of the KODAK NEXPRESS SX Platform
  • KODAK NEXPRESS White Dry Ink for NEXPRESS devices for the Fifth Imaging Unit
  • The new Multi-Cassette Unit, Single Cassette Unit and In-Line Punch System for the KODAK TRENDSETTER and KODAK ACHIEVE Platesetters to deliver better functionality and performance to drive efficiency, but with a compact footprint

“Kodak is at the forefront of the print, packaging and publishing industries,” said Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke. “Our products deliver what printers want today and need tomorrow with new technologies and enhancements to help printers strengthen their businesses and streamline their printing processes. drupa provides a global platform to share our expertise with industry leaders and printers, and we look forward to meeting many of them at this year’s show.”

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Xerox to Introduce Two New Inkjet Presses at Drupa

Xerox recently announced that it will be launching two new inkjet presses, the Xerox Brenva HD Production Inkjet Press and the Xerox Trivor 2400 Inkjet Press at Drupa 2016.

These presses are the first innovative series of inkjet offerings to come from Xerox. The Brenva HD and Trivor 2400 will enable print providers to accelerate growth and drive the production of more high-value applications such as direct mail, transactional, books and catalogs. The company is looking forward to expand its inkjet portfolio by providing customers with a broader range of products to choose from and improve capabilities for print providers to grow their business.

Xerox has been catering to the growing demand for innovative technology to improve speed and efficiency of printers. The Trivor 2400 press will allow print shops to progress onto the production of catalogs, magazines and color books, giving customers more flexibility. The Brenva HD press combines the cost effectiveness of inkjet with the flexibilities of cut-sheet to address the needs of print providers in the light direct mail, transactional and book markets.

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International Packaging Conclave to Focus on Print Optimisation & Colour Management for Flexible Packaging

CC16 A4 Ad LogoIt will be held on 29 July, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi together with the four day iconic packaging exhibition- PackPlus. The event has been put together by hands-on professionals representing leading companies in the field.

The objective of the conclave is to explore how the finally converted package in every instance should be able to preserve brand equity and deliver a consistent brand experience across printing processes, substrates, inks, colour rotation and myriad other outputs.

“FMCG products, brands, SKUs and pack formats are proliferating in a turbulent marketplace. In an environment where competition is intensifying, duplicates are becoming a menace and consumers are becoming cautious and choosy. In such an environment, colour management and packaging design becomes crucial for brand managers to maintain integrity across a brand family,” says Debabrata Deb of Future Formats, a packaging consultancy firm that has been involved in putting together the conclave.

The conclave will continue with its popular smart format that combines networking and knowledge sharing in an informal ambience.

Interspersed between a keynote address from a thought leader and a roundup and summarizing of the take- aways from another key industry person will be three interactive sessions. The first session will help in understanding the role of prepress, its place in the workflow and how a sound prepress output leads to not only to excellence in print. The second session will dwell upon the actual printing process, the ink kitchen, colour measurement, coding and usage of machine returned inks, colour match at minimum ink GSM, colour stability at maximum speed, reduction of set up time and control on wastage and repeatability of colour over multiple print runs. The last session will show how colour science and workflow discipline unlock the door to the wonder of colours driving that exciting first moment of truth for the awestruck consumer.

The panelists for the event are the experts drawn from different areas of the packaging supply chain who will enlighten the audience on actual implementation of colour management through their vast experience and case studies. Know how will be discussed along with know why.

Brand Owners, Package Converters, Packaging Technologists, Procurement Professionals, Pre-Press and & Pre Media Professionals, Designers, Material & Equipment Suppliers and Consultants are welcomed to attend the conclave.

The event is produced with contribution from WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER, E I DuPont India (P) Ltd, Seigwerk India Limited, Esko-Graphics India Private Limited, Future Formats & PackPlus 2016

 For more information write to us at info@print-packaging.com

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HP Unveils Three New Latex Printers

HP has unveiled the new additions to its range of Latex printers, the HP Latex 500 series consisting of the 560 and 570 printers, and the HP Latex 1500. They will be exhibited at Drupa.

The 500 series is aimed at medium to large print-service-providers, with both the 560 and 570 allowing users to manage a series of jobs with more unattended printing—HP Latex Mobile means jobs can be managed away from the printer or overnight—and boasts usage modes with 50 percent more ink density.

“Many medium-to-large sign and display print providers are looking for solutions that can handle higher-production volumes and enable access to profitable applications,” commented Xavier Garcia, General Manager for HP Inc.’s large Format Printing Division.
“The HP Latex 500 series and 1500 Printer set new performance thresholds at a lower upfront investment, helping customers meet peak production demands to keep jobs in-house as well as capture growth application opportunities such as indoor and outdoor backlit signage.”
The company informed that the Latex 500 series will be available from August and the Latex 1500 printers will be available by July this year.
The new 64-inch Latex 560 and 570 boast about the spindle-less pivot table and automatic skew adjustment to load rolls in one minute or less and the machine can handle heavy duty rolls up to 55kg. It has vivid print modes with 50% more ink density, also featuring a wiper roller accessory for high-quality results on low-cost banners and self-adhesive vinyl.
The Latex 1500 kit offers solutions on the indoor and outdoor applications like PVC banners, self-adhesive vinyl, textiles and double-sided prints. It has a printing speed up to 74sq/m per hour in outdoor production mode and up to 45sq/m per hour in indoor mode. The printer has a 1200dpi HP thermal inkjet printheads, auto nozzle replacement; an optical media advance sensor (OMAS) and an embedded spectrophotometer.
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Kamal Chopra Designated as Honorary Professor at BIGC, China

Kamal Chopra Dec 27 2015In recognition of his services towards printing industry, especially International Print Education, the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, China designated Mr Kamal Chopra as Honorary Professor of BIGC for 3 years. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. (Ms) Zhang Sheru, Dean of Studies and Director of International Cooperation & Exchange, BIGC said, “Mr. Kamal Chopra, an internationally influential and renowned printer, has had cooperation with our university for over 10 years. He has also actively promoted and propelled the bilateral development in printing industry.”

Prof. Luo Xueke, Vice Chancellor of BIGC said, “India is in its prime time of overall development. Indian people are friendly as well as warm-hearted. Indian high education and science are advancing fast and Indian printing industry is on the rapid increase in demand. All these lay sound foundation for further cooperation. Indian printing Association, AIFMP acts as bridge between Sino-India education and printing related industries. Mr. Kamal’s hospitability, wisdom, and knowledge will surely contribute greatly to Sino-India communication and cooperation. ” In view of the above, BIGC sincerely decided to award Mr. Kamal Chopra Honorary Professor of BIGC.

IMG_5001 (1)Mr. Chopra is a known name in the printing arena world over. A qualified printer and a Gold Medallist in printing technology, Mr. Chopra has many laurels to his credit including the award from H.E. The President of India and Global Print Leadership Award at Chicago USA by NPES. One of his work – the unique 13 page calendar offering a complete history of Printing that goes back to over 100,000 years found place in the Printing History Museum in Beijing, China it is considered a huge contribution to the history of printing. He was also felicitated at Birmingham (UK) by the BUMPSA for his achievements in the printing industry.

While thanking the BIGC, Mr Kamal Chopra said, it is the greatest honour for the printing industry of India; it is for the first time ever that such a felicitation if given to a printer in India. I am thankful to Prof. Luo Xueke, Prof. Zhang Sheru and the entire team of BIGC for awarding the title of ‘Honorary Professor’. BIGC is the world’s largest printing institute and now in India we are cooperating with them for higher education to Indian students.

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Uflex to Showcase Print and Cross Media Solutions at Drupa’16

The global flexible packaging company, Uflex, is set to  showcase print and cross-media solutions at Drupa

Products to be on display include:

Ultima 400
The Electronic Line Shaft (ELS)-based rotogravure printing machine has some advantages compared to conventional mechanical transmissions, including better operator access around the press; reduction in noise level; less mechanical parts to be serviced and faster print register response.

The press is built with Electronic Line Shaft technology having all printing, unwind, rewind, in-feed and out-feed equipped with servo motors and drives. By integrating new generation of electronics and ergonomically designed mechanical components, the press is made to deliver a speed of 350-400 mpm. The ELS models are equipped with flying splice turret unwind, rewind, sleeve type impression roller and trolley facilities and also has an option of doing reverse register coating at the last printing unit.

Extrusion lamination machine
The extrusion lamination machine, which will be launched at Drupa 2016, has unique design of drying hood to achieve optimum temperature; separate drive for impression roller; motorised three axis movement of carriage for air gap setting; chamber type doctor blade for anchor coating; T Die with internal duckling and lip opening up to 1 mm.

Other features include unique design of lamination drum to maintain even temperature across the width; sleeve type coating nip as an optional; and facility of coating on very thin poly film.
Embossed cylinders
The flexible packaging major will also highlight a range of embossing cylinders for leather, paper and vinyl applications. These includes very high and very low depth coating rollers from 0.5 gsm to 50 gsm applications like soap wrapper, overcoat, lacquer coating and ink saving in printing and special purpose customised coatings. Other highlights will be hybrid cylinder, an innovation from the Electro Mechanical Line capable of producing high-definition image.
Anti-counterfeiting solutions
One of the most significant exhibits would be the brand protection and anti-counterfeiting solutions that keep look-alikes at bay and prevent them from eroding brand equity. On display will be different types of holograms – analog 2D/3D conventional, dot matrix (up to 24,000 dpi); non-diffractive litho (up to 1,20,000 dpi) and E-Beam; unigrams; latentograms; wide web holographic films, including soft embossing films, hard embossing films, UV embossing films, high refractive index films, windows/ demetalised and lens films.

Uflex will also showcase the thermal holography films and demonstrate its applications in the print lamination area. Also on display will be  holographic pouches, holographic strips, holographic scratch, holographic wads, holographic shrink sleeves; labeling solutions using foils, Fresnel lens and holographic effects, among others.

Visitor are requested to write to Uflex at contact@uflexltd.com for fixing up an appointment for special demos and detailed information. A visitor can also drop by the stall in the morning.
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41 Indian Companies Gear Up For Drupa 2016

Drupa 2016 is just around the corner and 41 Indian companies have confirmed their presence at the exhibition happening at Dusseldorf, Germany, commencing from 31st May.

Drupa has always been the touchstone of technology advancement for Indian converters and over the years, print firm owners have made it a ritual to visit Drupa to decide their next big investment.

The exhibitors include from machine manufactures, packagers, die-makers, to paper mills and everyone in between.

In Drupa 2012, Indian visitors were the maximum from a single country (15,000), second only to the host country, Germany (123,000).

This year, there will be a total of 1,650 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. The exhibition will be spread in a 1,50,200 sq/m area, comprising 19 halls. Among them, HP will have an entire hall by itself.

Traditionally, Drupa has been organised in a four-year cycle. This will change from this year onwards. From now on, the event will take place in a three-year cycle. Thus, after 2016, the next three editions of Drupa will be in 2019, 2022 and 2025.

Again, Drupa is a portmanteau word for two German words, Drucken and Papier, meaning, printing and paper. Moving ahead with the current trends, from this year, Drupa will stand for Digitisation, Rapid manufacturing, Utilities, Packaging, and Applications. The repositioned Drupa will now focus on application growth and future technology – functional printing, interactive packaging and utility applications, which include digital inkjet printing on ceramics and laminate flooring.

Indian Companies Gearing Up  :

  • ATE Enterprises
  • ACME Machinery
  • Chemline India
  • Convertech Equipment
  • Cosmo Films
  • Cytech Coatings
  • DB Engineering
  • Deevya Shakti Paper Mills
  • Designnbuy Webtoprint
  • Diehard Dies
  • Easeprint Solutions
  • Expert Industries
  • Garware Polyester
  • Hetal Gravotech
  • Holostik India
  • Image Gravures
  • Indigo Prints
  • Insoft Automation
  • Ionic Chemicals
  • Kody Equipments
  • Kohli Industries
  • Line O Matic
  • Mahalaxmi Rubtech
  • Manugraph
  • Max Speciality Films
  • Mona Equipments
  • NBG Printographic Machinery
  • Patel Enterprises
  • Prakash Web Offset
  • Print-O-Graph Machinery
  • Radix Software Services
  • Resource Engimech
  • Ronald Web Offset
  • Stallion Innovative Machines
  • Syntron Industries
  • The Printers House
  • TRC Exports
  • Uflex
  • Zalani Paper Mart
  • Zenith Rubber
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Scodix to Introduce E106 to Folding Carton Industry

scodixScodix, the Israeli digital enhancement specialist is set to launch of Scodix E106 enhancement press for the folding carton market.

“We expect the Scodix E106 to be highly disruptive in the packaging sector. Despite not being officially launched before today, we have already taken eight press orders from prospective customers – many claiming that this was the kind of unique capability they urgently needed,”  said Roy Porat, Chief Executive of Scodix, who will give the press its first public showing at Drupa Hall 4 / Stall D-60.
Features include Scodix Sense, spot, braille, digital embossing, variable data finishes and Scodix Foil all in a single device. The foil system was developed by Compact Foilers. Meanwhile Scodix has partnered with Mabeg Systems to produce the Scodix E106 paper handling system.
“Print embellishments provide an opportunity for converters to add value to products, when there’s often little scope to do this elsewhere in the converting process. As average run lengths decrease, Scodix digital enhancement presses – with no tooling costs and next to no set-up – become an undeniably attractive option to replace analogue equipment,” explained Porat.
“Converters investing in the Scodix E106 will be able to offer shorter run lengths profitably, new products, enter new markets and fundamentally, clinch a competitive edge in tough market conditions with value-added services that truly empower brands.”
The E106 can handle substrates from paperboard to plastic and metalised boards, as well as offset and digital prints and water-based coatings and a wide range of laminated products.
In India, Scodix has created a huge impact in the photo album market. Monotech Systems which represents Scodix in India have more than 20 installations of the press across the country with south of India comprising the major share with 12 installations.
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Look Beyond the Box !!

Look Beyond the Box was organized by Institute of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers of India (IPMMI),  Indian Flexible Packaging & Folding Carton Manufacturers Association (IFCA) and Welboud at Mumbai’s Chembur Gymkhana on 3rd may, 2016. Around 90 people attended this ‘Smartly Informal’ seminar.
IMG_2091The speakers included Suprotik Das, Managing Director, Nordson India, who spoke about how important it is to intoduce new approaches in business and  ”Make in India”. He concluded with how one can drive long term cost efficiency.

IMG_2093Kim Tagesen, Packaging Head at IMEA, Henkel, flew all the way from Dubai to enlight the attendees about the global trends in end line of packaging, present case studies along with a ‘crash course’ on all that one wants to know of hotmelts in packaging.

IMG_2095Manish Patel, Managing Director, The South India Paper Mills Ltd, presented some  interesting facts about the corrugated industry and spoke about the essential features a box and the equipment must have in terms of run ability and strength.

IMG_2116P Sajith, Director of Weldbound Worldwide, presented a case of tape vs glue. He showed videos of how the modern process of hot glue sealing keeps the product protected from damages and pilferage. He shared pictures of how the cartons containing products are mishandled while transportation.

The event ended with a highly interactive Q & A round, where the expert clarified the doubts raised by the manufacturers pertaining costing, feasibility and difference between taping and gluing.






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Amcor Set to Acquire Hispanic Packaging Firm

Multinational packaging company Amcor has drafted an agreement to acquire giant South American flexible packaging business Alusa in a A$567m deal.

Alusa is the largest flexible packaging manufacturer in Chile and Peru and operates plants in Colombia and Argentina.

The packaging firm, which generates sales of around A$482m, also comprises three other major divisions; Peruplast in Peru, Aluflex in Argentina and Flexa in Colombia, and is owned by parent company Techpack.

According to Amcor chief executive Ron Delia, the acquisition was made to augment the company’s growth in North and South America.

“With the creation of a new Flexible Americas Business Group in July last year, there was an expectation this business could accelerate growth in both North and South America,” says Delia.

“It is pleasing that over a relatively short period of time, our flexible packaging sales in the region will almost double to nearly US$1bn with the acquisition of Alusa, and the recently completed acquisition of Deluxe Packages in the USA.

“Alusa comes with a strong management team and provides a unique platform in an important growth region. A large number of Amcor’s multinational customers operate in South America, and this acquisition significantly improves our ability to support their needs and to grow with them in these markets.”

Amcor estimates the monetary value of the acquisition over a three year period to be approximately $65m, and says the return on cash is expected to have only reached 15 per cent of its potential at that time.

Amcor’ corporate affairs manager John Murray says the deal will not affect operations in Australia, and is poised to strengthen Amcor’s global expansion strategy.

Murray says the deal was born out of a ‘long gestation period’ to focus growth efforts on a high-consumption market in South America, and will have no effect on the Australian market market ‘as there is very little trade flow between Australia and South America’ he says.

Completion of the acquisition is subject to approval by shareholders of parent group Techpack, and is expected to be finalised within the next few months.