AUSTRALIA • After much research to find the best solution for improving productivity on its wide web flexo presses, one of South Australia’s suppliers of printed packaging, Poly Products, has announced it has installed Flexo Wash technology at its plant in Regency Park, Adelaide.
Left to right: Steve Renfrey and Andy Lee are impressed with Poly Products’ new Flexo Wash machine
What is the current situation of the printing processes and their potential in regard to the future of packaging manufacturing? How will the machinery for package printing shops be designed in the future? Will everything remain as it is, or will packaging substrates be printed with very different processes than those currently used?
THE NETHERLANDS • Simco-Ion announced its IQ Easy platform is prepared to fit in and function in the environment of Industry 4.0. A buzzword in many sectors of the print industry, the trends point to further automation, networking, cloud and data collection and analyzing.
A typical converting value chain for films shows the possibility for static levels to get too high
UK • Thepackhub and EFIA announced a seminar looking at the world of packaging print opportunities called Printing for Brand Success on 8 September in Berkshire. Participants will see a number of presentations tackling issues and opportunities in the world of print for packaging.
USA• Amcor Flexibles announced the addition of a new MP4 press in its Milwaukee facility that allows flexographic printing, gravure coating and slitting to occur in a single pass. The additional capacity from the press and slitter will support demand for coated healthcare grade paper and film.
GERMANY • What is innovation management and how does it work? What are the advantages for companies that use it and for its customers? Dr Michael Dattner, who is responsible for innovation management at BST eltromat writes about this concept in the drupa daily (in both German and English).
In the field of inline spectral colour measurement, collaboration with the University of Wuppertal led to the development of an algorithm for non-standard backings
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