VIETNAM • RKW announced it is investing several million Euros into technology, infrastructure and workplace safety, which include a new printing line for multipack films, expansion of the total building area and the optimization of building technology at its site in Vietnam. With the expansion, RKW Lotus is now operating as RKW Vietnam.
The RKW extrusion plant in Vietnam
GERMANY • BASF announced the launch of its Colors & Effects brand, which encompasses its colorants and effect pigments portfolio and serves customers across the coatings, plastics, printing, cosmetics, and agriculture industries.
ITALY • Ferrarini & Benelli announced it had a successful drupa with triple the number of visitor at the booth compared to the 2012 show. It had a strong international interest, in line with drupa’s own numbers.
Bikappa Polimetal corona treating unit at drupa
CHINA • The 24th China International Exhibition on Packaging Machinery & Materials (Sino-Pack 2017) and China (Guangzhou) International Exhibition on Packaging Products (Packinno 2017) will be held 1-3 March 2017 at Area B, China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, PR China.
If there is one industry that has seen its fair share of changes over the past few centuries, it’s the printing industry. And while there are some types of printing that have become less common, there has been significant growth in other parts of the industry, for instance packaging printing.
Flexible and rigid plastic packaging will increase market share as the world market approaches USD 1 trillion at the end of the decade
USA • Microscan announced it offers data acquisition and analytical solutions to prevent errors in manufacturing and increase product quality and production efficiency. The strengths of the its products are the all-in-one solution in terms of capturing and processing images of printed labels and packaging and analysing production goods against gold standards.
GERMANY • In an application report, Rheintacho announced it has a solution for quality control for this task: On an 8-colour flexo printing press, there is a web-inspection system whereby several individual frames are automatically sent to a monitor every second over the entire width of the material using a mobile camera.
The strobe has 480 high-power LEDs and can illuminate up to a 100 cm (39”) area
RUSSIA • Mondi Group has announced it has acquired 100% of the outstanding share capital of ZAO Uralplastic-N (Uralplastic) from Joint Stock Company Rusnano and a private investor. Uralplastic operates one plant in the Ural region and manufactures a range of consumer flexible packaging products for food, hygiene, homecare and other applications.
USA • Hybrid Software announced record-breaking results from drupa 2016. More than 1,200 visitors from 850 companies visited its stand to see demonstrations of the latest innovations in packaging prepress and to run their own live jobs.
Hybrid Software's booth at the beginning of drupa
THE NETHERLANDS • Tresu DigitalSolutions, provider of flexo coating systems for digital printing lines, and Apex International, manufacturer of anilox coating and ink technology for packaging and label converting, have formed a global research, development and training partnership.
THAILAND • When packaging producer Shrinkflex decided to invest in a new 10-colour gravure press from Worldly, it equipped it with a register control system and inspection technology from BST eltromat.
Regi_star 20's real-time, live production images displayed on the machine operator's monitor
JAPAN • Futec, an inspection systems provider, and Maxcess, a web-handling industry services provider announced a sales cooperation that will allow both companies to cross-promote each other’s product portfolio to customers in Germany, Austria and Poland. The companies intend to extend the region in the future.
Left to right: Francesco Cristante,
general manager for Maxcess and Takashi Yoshida, general manager of Futec Europe GmbH
This year’s drupa shines the spotlight on cooperation. How does anyone summarize a trade show that lasts 11 days, sees developments and new business lines from 1,837 exhibitors from 54 countries, and sprawls out over 19 halls? Thankfully, we focus on just a part of the print and graphic arts industry, so that narrows it down somewhat.
Flexo & Gravure Global publishes up-to-date calendar information in each of its print issues, but as we move to a more online world, we want to include a corresponding event listing for the flexo and gravure printing market. We are happy to announce that you can find that information under the Calendar tab on our…
The Flexo & Gravure Global print calendar is now available online
ITALY n Re S.p.A. took part in what it called a successful drupa and showed two new innovations: a new web-viewing system and Wi-Fi management for quick checks of its equipment using a mobile device.
Re introduced Wi-Fi management for quick checks of its equipment using a mobile device