7th Annual Innopack Pharma Confex 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

Small Sachets by Uflex Pack a Big Punch at FPA and AIMCAL Awards 2018

One of the reasons why Uflex is at the Helm while its Founder, Chairman & Managing Director Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi revered as the Father of the Indian Flexible Packaging Industry is the fact that the concept of sachet packs in India was introduced by him back in the mid-eighties. It was for these sachet packs that the expensive FMCG brands for ketchups, shampoos, mouth fresheners etc. suddenly came within the reach of the masses changing the very way these products were marketed.

Sun Chemical to commemorate 200 years of packaging innovation and showcase latest offerings too


During FTA InfoFlex 2018, Sun Chemical will highlight a new ink with excellent smear resistance and its portfolio of eco-friendly inks, while showing how its full line of coatings, inks and adhesives can produce packaging that pops off the shelf and enhances pressroom efficiency.

Konica Minolta to deploy India's first AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a global leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies will be installing its first AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press in India. The cutting-edge AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution which comes with a B2 plus Sheet-fed was first unveiled at DRUPA 2012. The solution during its launch garnered significant admiration particularly for its unprecedented image production quality and capability to print on a host of media.

AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press, Konica Minolta’s innovative inkjet press can efficiently cater to latest production demands and incorporates patented UV inkjet technology, traditional sheet feeding and effective media handling upto B2+ size. The solution also eliminates the use of special digital stocks or expensive coatings and can easily handle quality jobs on a wide range of substrates

Some of the salient features of the revolutionary AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press include:

Unprecedented image quality:
The trend setting print output is achieved with Konica Minolta’s high-resolution print heads, 1800IS, which produces true 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution. Konica Minolta’s proprietary UV ink furnishes high quality light fastness as well as scratch resistance print outputs. This eliminates the scenario of complaints from end consumers regarding scratches or rub offs without lamination or any post printing treatment. The company’s original print head design and patented UV ink technology produces outstanding print results. Printing business also gets benefited from image quality a wide colour gamut and quality that matches offset.

Versatile print applications:
The revolutionary AccurioJet KM-1 UV digital inkjet press is very well designed to print up to 3,000 oversized sheets per hour. It produces a wide variety of new jobs such as heavy textured stock and packaging. It also enables printing businesses to print both profitably and in fully personalized fashion for end users, leveraging larger sheet sizes for 3-panel and 4-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, point-of-purchase graphics, dust jackets, wrap-around book covers, and many more.

Unparalleled media handling:
With enhanced media flexibility, AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press processes sizes of up to 585 x 750 mm (B2+ size). It produces an extensive selection of commercial print and packaging applications with a maximum sheet thickness of up to 0.6 mm. The solution also enables printing on a wider range of coated and uncoated substrates including heavily textured, metallic, non-tear able media, eradicating the need for special substrate qualities or special treatment before or after printing. With AccurioJet KM-1 Inkjet Press, small-lot, short-turnaround jobs can be offered immediately after printing to the next production step as the iconic UV ink gets cured instantly.

Enhanced productivity:
The AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press machine can print up to 3,000 sheets per hour in simplex or 1,500 sheets per hour in duplex mode leveraging hybrid production workflow. It also eliminates the requirements of plates enabling easy addition of jobs to the print queues via the web, hot folder or existing offset workflows.

Excellent image stability:
AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press also delivers 100 percent consistency in paper feeding, registration, image quality and repeatability. This absolute consistency comes from excellent front-to-back registration accuracy, enabled by a gripper-to-gripper offset technology. Also, with this solution eradicating the requirement of pre and post printing processes, printing business can save significantly on turnaround time and operating expenditures to soar profit margins.

‘’The industry-leading AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet press solution has set new standards in the global industrial printing segment with its unprecedented output quality, short turnaround time and extremely low operating costs. With a perfect blend of cutting-edge technology and compact design, AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet is set to revolutionize the Indian printing market,'' said Yoshinori Koide, Director - Business Strategy & Project Management Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Other important advantages of the revolutionary UV ink include:
Environment friendly operations coupled with Colour Capacity, Natural Gloss, and Colour consistency and scratch resistance print outputs. The revolutionary ink also helps in immediate fabrication, less wastage and cleaning.

“We at Konica Minolta have always strived to enable printing business across the globe tap new revenue opportunities with our cutting edge solutions. The AccurioJet KM-1 UV Inkjet Press solution will further pave the way for printing industry to harness new market opportunities as well as set new benchmarks for quality, consistency and turnaround time in the segment”, said Kuldeep Malhotra Vice President (Sales Planning and Communication) Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Reproflex Scandinavia brings added value and quality with Bellissima DMS to flexo printers


Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software, a UK based prepress software company, and Apex International, a global leader of anilox and metering products, has today announced that Reproflex Scandinavia is approved to supply flexographic printing plates, screened with Bellissima DMS, to the Scandinavian market.

Labelexpo Southeast Asia introduces education program

Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2018 has unveiled details of a series of educational events taking place during the show, held at BITEC in Bangkok on 10-12 May.

Nilpeter opens new Technology Center in Bangkok in time with Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Nilpeter has opened its Technology Center in Bangkok and has re-located its office to a more strategically located region, King Kaew close to Suvarnabhumi airport. The new Technology Center is open for visits and our dedicated team is standing by for press demonstrations. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Esko’s Equinox and Coflex helps converter ducplast produce plates for extended colour gamut printing

Spanish company Ducplast S.L. is the latest converter to switch plates for flexible packaging printing to extended colour gamut production with Equinox from Esko. The company implemented this new approach in partnership with repro house Coflex. Ducplast, located in Valencia, was founded in 1990 and has 50 employees. The company is a subsidiary of Grupo Dulcesol, leading brand in food products. Coflex, founded in 2004, provides flexographic plates to flexible packaging companies.

Mark Andy acquires Presstek: Offset customers to enjoy benefits, improved service and support

Mark Andy, the Total Solutions Partner to the label and packaging industry, today announced its acquisition of Presstek, a well-known global supplier of DI (direct imaging) offset plates and presses, CTP solutions and world-class service for commercial and in-plant customers.  With the Presstek acquisition, Mark Andy now serves as one of the only full-complement solutions providers to the global graphic arts and print industry.

MPS expands sales team to further support international growth

MPS has made three key appointments to its global sales team in response to successful international sales and preparation of forecasted future growth of its flexo, hybrid and offset printing presses.  Joining MPS in the role of Area Sales Manager are Niels van Groenendaal, Suwannee Tantisrisuk and Sebastiaan Rakhorst.

EKM Global Partners with PrintReleaf for Global Paper Reforestation

EKM Global, the international managed print service software supplier and consultancy, today announced it has entered a partnership with PrintReleaf to drive environmental sustainability in printer paper consumption. PrintReleaf is a rapidly growing organization dedicated to sustainability by monitoring printer paper consumption at companies and, by each paying a small fee for every piece of paper used, to fund reforestation programs to balance or grow our global forestry system.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Huhtamaki to acquire Ajanta Packaging for Rs 100.3 crore

The Indian unit of Finnish packaging company Huhtamaki will acquire Ajanta Packaging (India) for Rs 100.3 crore ($15.5 million) in an all-cash deal. The entire business of Ajanta Packaging is acquired as a going concern on a slump sale basis, Huhtamaki PPL Ltd, the local division of the Finnish firm, said in a stock-exchange disclosure. Meanwhile, Shares of Huhtamaki PPL advanced more than 4 percent intraday Monday on acquisition of the business of Ajanta Packaging. The acquisition will help Huhtamaki in consolidating its position in pressure sensitive label business, it said. The transaction is likely to be closed next month.

Esko XPS Crystal receives EFIA 2018 Gold Award for Technical Innovation

Esko is pleased to announce that its XPS Crystal flexo plate Exposure Unit has received the prestigious 2018 EFIA Gold Award for Technical Innovation. The EFIA Awards were held at The Vox Centre in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 14th March. The Gold Award was presented to Robert Bruce of Esko by Paula Birch, Sales Director at Parkside Flexibles.

L9 announce the 2017 World Label Awards category and Honourable Mention winners

The L9 group of international label associations are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 L9 World Label Awards (WLA) competition judged by an international panel of judges representing each of the participating associations. The judging took place in Brussels the day before Labelexpo Europe at the exhibition venue. The L9 is an alliance of global label associations formed to jointly formulate policies and collecting strategic information of global interest to the worldwide label industry.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cosmo Films bags prestigious SAP HANA Visionary Award

Cosmo Films Limited has recently bagged the prestigious SAP HANA Visionary Award for the year 2018 for embracing the leading cloud technology and harnessing and unlocking its true potential. Cosmo Films is a leading global brand, offering value added BOPP and CPP films for packaging, labelling, lamination and Industrial applications.

Heidelberg presents its new digital press - The New Versafire EV


The enhancement of the new Versafire digital printing generation is fully focused on customer benefit and the market requirements. With the Versafire EV, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) now offers a truly versatile digital production system, designed for use at entry level as well as by experienced digital printing providers. “The Versafire EV gives our customers a flexible production system that is specially designed to ideally meet the requirements in the graphic arts industry and that they can use to further enhance their digital business model as a result of diversification and optimization,” explains Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Digital Technology at Heidelberg.

Connect receives FlexoExpert certification with the highest marks

Connect a Schawk Group Company, which is part of the Matthews Corporation, is one of the leading providers of digital reprographics and photopolymer printing plates in Europe. Specialised in delivering service solutions in the pre-press industry the company’s roots are within flexographic print processes.

With a primary focus on flexible packaging, their customers get a full-service package that includes everything from design and repro to finished flexographic printing plate. As well as providing global coverage to marketers, Schawk also offers regional connections and local insight, which is key to achieving brand consistency, accuracy and workflow efficiency. Today’s aim is to be advisors in production, print services, pre-media, and workflows.

Durban’s Advanced Labels adds the all new FA to existing Nilpeter press line-up

With the all new FA, Advanced Labels’ fourth Nilpeter flexo press, the company aims to add capacity in the highly competitive self-adhesive market, and insource production of yoghurt lids and in-mould labels.

The Durban-based labelling company purchased their first Nilpeter FB-2500 seven years ago, and has since added another two of the same model. This is their first FA flexo press. “From the start, we’ve had a very good relationship with Nilpeter. We’re always given the best advice, and they are very good at keeping us up-to-speed with the latest technology. The Nilpeter presses and our team in South Africa is a great combination,” says Richard Jones, Managing Director of Advanced Labels.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Featured theme pavilions sticking to hotspots, leading the industry to discover the future of printing

On October 18-22, 2016, The 6th All in Print China will be held again in Shanghai New International Expo Centre. It is estimated that All in Print China 2016 will occupy an exhibition area of 82,000m2 and use five indoor halls and a dozen of outdoor halls, covering a total of six major themes, i.e., All in Digital, All in Packaging, All in Press, All in Label, 3D Printing & All in Creativity and Webprint Factory, the latter two of which are featured theme pavilions especially developed in view of the hottest technologies and the frontier fields of the industry....