Dispatches from drupa — Day seven

As the second week of drupa begins, many folks are feeling a bit exhausted and exhilirated. It is not a relaxing show, but all the innovations, exciting news and people from around the world keep everyone running on adrenaline and print energy.

One of the biggest news coming out of this is the fact that drupa will keep its four-year schedule, something that exhibitors and visitors alike told our editors they were hoping for. Three years is simply too little time to come up with the kind of innovations people expect at drupa, and visitors want to be impressed.

Our editors spoke with Flexofit, a company that works to help printers and printing suppliers alike in Africa. As a growing emerging market, it says there are so many opportunities for waste reduction and quality improvement. Something particularly interesting is how the company says people in Africa view packaging as a sort-of status symbol. The company has upcoming post-drupa seminars scheduled for the autumn in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa.

And speaking of South Africa, Asahi Photoproducts had plenty to announce at drupa, but something it was particulary excited about was its newest client, Golden Era South Africa, because it had purchased the first AWP system in Africa.

On the digital front, our editor attended the Landa show, which was dramatic, filled with music, drums and dancing. There was also an explanation of the technology inside the machines on display (see day one for a photo), although talking to some resident experts, they say the quality isn’t as good as offset, which the company claims.

We stopped at EFI, which had its Nozomi c18000 on display. It uses EFI’s cool-cure LED technology and takes its name from the Japanese bullet train. The line is capable of 75 m/min (246 fpm). It can run 14pt board (around 0.4 mm) up to a full range of corrugated flutes, including triple wall. The company also makes software that integrates with current corrugated technology, making it easier to estimate which processes are best for a printer’s margins.

And we caught a glimpse of Omet’s hybrid offset-flexo press, which is designed especially for package printers. We will have more of course in our special drupa issue, which we are calling drupa spotlight. Our editors have begun the planning in earnest now that the show is in full-swing.

Don’t forget to follow our sister publications on Twitter, NarrowWebTech and Packaging Films, for their take on the show.

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