JAPAN • Toyobo announced its latest innovation is the Cosmolight Z range, available for analog and digital. The plates excel in the ease of handling, the washout process and transferring ink, according to the company. It offers more convenience in prepress and can be very effective in meeting the increasing print quality demands.
The plates are a good fit with AV Flexologics plate making machines, the company said
ITALY • Omet plans to present its new Varyflex V2 Offset 850 with Electron Beam drying system at drupa this spring. A modular machine that combines flexo and offset printing, with the opportunity for further customisation, it’s designed and built for the packaging sector according to Omet.
Omet's Varyflex V2 Offset will be shown at drupa this spring
UK • Xaar introduced its new Xaar 1002 GS40 for UV applications. The new printhead with five levels of greyscale capability can be used for printing UV spot varnish and for applications requiring a high laydown at higher print speeds, Xaar said.
High build, varnish and textured effects can be added to labels, packaging, graphics and wood laminate using this printhead, the company said
ITALY • Omet is accepting customer challenges, asking clients to come to it with new problems that it hopes its custom-made machines can solve. According to the company, each machine is unique, highly personalised, designed and conceived to respond to very specific needs.
Omet's XFlex X6
ITALY • Grafikontrol is updating its services based on the Total Quality Control 360° (TQC-360°) system. The TQC-360°, which is currently awaiting its patent, is a modular platform developed to provide printers with a solution to guarantee quality.
GERMANY • Lohmann will present its products and new innovations at drupa this May and June in Dusseldorf. In addition, TRESU and Lohmann plan to show the first results of their partnership.
Under the theme Smart Bonding for Flexo, Lohmann will show adhesive solutions specifically for the flexographic printing industry
ITALY • Uteco Group announced the new model of its Onyx line, the Onyx XS 4.0 Evolution will be demonstrated at drupa. The flexographic press is a compact, eight-colour press for printing repeats up to 650 mm (26”), according to the company.
USA • Harper Corporation of America announced its roadshow across the US and into Canada beginning 29 March to demonstrate technology and advancements in the flexographic industry.
BELGIUM • FTA Europe, the European umbrella organisation for flexo is celebrating today its first anniversary. Founded on 9 February 2015 by the founding members ATEF (Spain), ATF (France), ATIF (Italy), EFIA (United Kingdom) and EFTA Benelux, the association can look back on several successful events in 2015.
CANADA • TC Transcontinental, Canada’s largest printer, added a new Titan SR800 slitter rewinder to its fleet of slitter rewinders operating within its TC Transcontinental Packaging division.
The Titan SR800 slitter rewinder
UK • Troika Systems launched its Surface Cam Calibration Program (SCP), a calibration system for its two applications used by coating and embossing converters.
The calibration system ensures users of low screen material that the depth and volume of the embossing or coating cylinders are correctly measured, Troika said.
THE NETHERLANDS • At drupa 2016, DG press will exhibit a new Thallo printing unit and a refurbished vision unit. According to the company, there are some improvements compared to the previous generations of web offset printing presses for printing on film which will be highlighted by DG press at the drupa show.
BELGIUM • The newly establisched FTA Europe is planning to launch a European Flexo award in 2016 at the occasion of drupa. The idea is that winners from national flexo awards competitions will be submitted for a European “best of the best”’ selection.