Print4All survey - Part 1
A statement by Aldo Peretti (Uteco Converting)
With Print4All, show organiser Fiera Milano offers a new event show concept to the printing and converting industries. Flexo & Gravure Global asked some exhibitors about their opinion concerning their assessment of the new concept and their individual expectations and products on display.
1) What are your expectations for Print4All?
Print4All is a new format which showcases all kinds of printing and converting technologies for all applications. The concept grew out of stakeholders’ contributions: exhibitors, visitors, ambassadors and trade fair experts as well as Acimga, the Italian manufacturers association of machinery for the graphic, converting and paper industries, of which I am the President. Print4All is going to be both a congress and a conference platform with a rich programme of workshops and events focusing on technological aspects, applications as well future trends of the market. The event will be anticipated by international conferences and roadshows to present the point of view of all segments of the supply chain. It started in 2014 in Monaco, in 2015 during Expo, in 2016 at Palermo and last year in Milan reaching totally almost 1,000 international attendees. These conferences, named Print 4All Conference, showcased the point of view of the final consumer as well all the productive implications for the entire supply chain: printers, converters, creatives and printing and converting manufacturers. Oliviero Toscani, global well-known photographer, and Oscar Farinetti, Eataly owner, took part of the conference program as speakers.
2) Why should industry professionals attend?
Industry professionals will attend because technology players in the fields of offset, digital, flexo, gravure, and screen printing processes will be present at the show. So visitors will face a full range of technological offers for printing and converting. Additionally, the conference will offer content about trends and applications.
Print4All is part of “The Innovation Alliance”, a new format that will gather at Fiera Milano from 29 May to 1 June 2018, for the very first time to include Pack-Ima, Meat-Tech, Plast, Print4 All and Intralogistica Italia. A collaboration among the associations Acimga, Argi, Amaplast and Ucima – along with Fiera Milano and Hannover Fairs International, has been designed to bring together five Italian and International trade shows of excellence. The idea is to put a strong focus on presenting the entire supply chain for a one-of-akind event that is complete and universal in terms of content.
3) What will be special or unique about this trade show and conference?
Professionals from every industrial sector will be able to find, in one location, a wide range of products – from processing to packaging to the working of plastics and rubber to industrial and commercial printing and the personalization of packaging and labels, all the way to the handling and warehousing of consumer-ready goods.
4) What will your company be highlighting and showcasing?
Uteco Group will exhibit the latest version of the flexible Gaia EB inkjet digital printing system, that has been implemented in its performances thanks to … but I would not anticipate too much, let’s keep an ace in the hole!
In an extended exhibition area of 300 sqm there will also be a “live on show” of our Rainbow 4.0, the perfect laminating machine for both short and long runs of solventless couplings that, thanks to a belt tensioning control, is suitable for the use of all materials for food packaging. The complete automation of the machine in key with Industry 4.0 allows considerable savings in production times and costs. This machine was perfected just last summer, but due to the considerable number of orders, a further enlargement of Uteco Group was necessary. Plant #4, where a new production line specifically dedicated to our range of laminating machines will be manufactured, will be finished during 2018.
During the fair our ConverDrome R&D Centre of Excellence will host open days where the world premiere launch of Sapphire Evo will take place. This is a brand new hybrid machine for digital and analogue printing with flexibility for short, high quality runs with “tailor-made” configurations. There will also be daily demos on our flexo models. We regularly sell more than 100 units each year with special regard to NXS 300, the latest generation of gravure printing presses. Characterized by a modular and compact design, fully automatic, suitable for very short runs using water-based inks, it features improved performance thanks to the latest developments in green technologies and the remarkable results obtained in partnership with major ink companies.
5) What else are you looking forward to seeing, learning or being a part of at Print4All?
Print4All and “The Innovation Alliance” are examples of synergic events, building up to the point of view of International visitors. They will be able to understand all the technological solutions from raw material (plastic and paper), printing, dosing, filling and in-house logistic. Rho-Pero Fiera Milano Fairground, as fulfilled by the alliance, is one of the best and greatest trade-fair facilities that could represent in the best way the “Made in Italy” success, above all the industrial equipment sector.