FINLAND • Kotkamills is launching its new range of consumer board products; the folding boxboard range will be covered by the AEGLE brand and the food service range by the ISLA brand. The standard board ranges will be launched in July when Kotkamills’ new board machine starts.
The raw material for all Kotkamills’ board products are procured from certified Nordic forests, the company said
GERMANY • As promised earlier in our drupa coverage, we go into more detail about the the Bobst press conference and its stand at this year’s drupa. Bobst announced and displayed two new rotogravure presses at drupa, the RS 6002 and RS 6003, each designed to address specific market segments.
One of Bobst's new MW CI flexo presses, which focus on reduced waste and set-up time
GERMANY • Clariant launched new Eco pigment grades, organic pigments and water-based pigment preparations at drupa to expand sustainability possibilities in the world of non-impact printing, it said.
The inks enable manufacturers to print electric patterns directly onto any surface while eliminating hazardous chemical metallization processes
GERMANY • Comexi along with Reifenhäuser India, a supplier of technologies and components for the plastics extrusion, has reached an agreement for a Comexi F2 MB flexographic press with Creative Polypack, a flexible packaging manufacturer in Kolkata. The deal came about at drupa.
Team photo with representatives of Creative Polypack, Comexi and Reifenhäuser India
KENYA • The Messe Düsseldorf’s interpack alliance and IPACK-IMA announced they will share a platform in Nairobi. The food processing & packaging exposyum (fppe) and East Afripack will form a joint platform at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre from 5 to 7 December 2016.
While our editor only stayed for the first seven days of drupa, there were so many things to see, we couldn’t fit them into just seven posts, so we have an extra day of photos of information for our readers.
KYMC, a Tawainese company, will display at All In Print at booth N1A145
DENMARK • Tresu Group announced the sale of a hybrid, wide-format Flexo Innovator printing line to the paperboard converter Dominion Packaging of Richmond, Virginia, USA. Dominion purchased a multiple colour Innovator press with hybrid printing capability that is expected to be fully operational at its facility by the end of 2016.
An inline inspection and colour management system are also available as well as a hot air drying system that can reduce emissions by using re-circulated air
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.
Andre M. Verhoeven of IGT Testing Systems stands with the newest F1 for drupa
GERMANY • Drupa has just announced it will stick to its four-year cycle and that the next trade fair will be held again in Düsseldorf from Tuesday, 23 June, to Friday, 3 July 2020. With this decision Messe Düsseldorf is responding to the numerous demands voiced by exhibiting industry players, it said.
USA • Technavio’s analysts released a new report forecasting the flexible packaging market in Europe to grow at a CAGR of 5.84% during the period 2016-2020. According to the company, the report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the flexible packaging market in Europe for 2016-2020.
Sunday at drupa was a more mellow day than Saturday, so we took some time to interview our editor Rebecca Watson about trends and must-sees at drupa. As the show enters its second week, check out her impressions on the technology, information and beauty at the world’s biggest print show.
Flexo & Gravure Global editor Rebecca Watson talks trends and must-sees at drupa 2016
USA • Tresu Group announced the sale of an eight-colour hybrid Flexo Innovator to one of the world’s largest paper and packaging businesses, Westrock Company, of Norcross, Georgia. The press, accommodating water-based ink, UV OPV coating media and inline finishing capabilities, will be installed at the facility in Eutaw, Alabama, by the end of 2016.
The Flexo Innovator’s inline configuration can print and finish paper, carton board, laminates, metallic substrates and unsupported films
It’s the weekend here at drupa, which means fewer hours on the floor and (a little bit!) more mellow of a time for the journalists. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything for our readers!
See our exclusive video coverage of the Diamond Awards below!
Something that can be said about drupa is you never run out of things to look at, new novelties to discover or innovations to explore. And while that is the point, with 17 halls of printing technology, it can be very easy to experience sensory overload.
Our editors went to Windmöller & Hölscher's technology center, which required a bus trip
GERMANY • Harris & Bruno International (H&B) announced they will demonstrate three Excelcoat coaters, a web coater and various chamber systems in OEM presses at drupa. H&B’s chamber systems apply UV, soft touch, AQ, matte and other coatings with particulates. Various levels of automation are available delivering quick changeovers between UV & AQ.
The company’s booth, located in Hall 16, Booth B78, will demonstrate the Excelcoat ZR30 offline coater