BELGIUM • With drupa less than 70 days away, every aspect of the print industry is starting to buzz with activity. Last week’s pre-drupa press event was no exception as more than 60 journalists from more than 26 countries gathered to learn the latest innovations and inventions of eight different companies.
The two day event began in Bruges, where representatives of five companies – Asahi Photoproducts, CERM, Chili Publish, Enfocus, Esko and X-Rite/Pantone – presented their best and brightest for the drupa year. Some of the innovations included Asahi’s AWP-DEF water-washable plates, which it says is works well for fixed colour palettes, Esko’s software platform with improved 3D support particularly on mobile devices. New for drupa included X-Rite and Pantonelive’s private cloud for printers and converters to store their own colour formulas, Enfocus’ Appstore to harness the power of its users’ own programming ability, as well as Chili publisher’s new Chili rendro, which renders high resolution PDF files correctly and quickly, the company said.
The following day, the journalists visited Xeikon’s premises to learn about its newest innovations and see some of them in action. Included in the newest machines are the Xeikon FDU, a flatbed die-cut unit for folding cartons and Trillium One, in partnership with Miyakoshi, a digital press capable of running at 60 m/min (200 fpm) at 1200 dpi with a print width of 500 mm (19.7”).
After seeing the Trillium One in action, a bus transported the group to Agfa, where it introduced its newest software innovations including anti-counterfeit Arziro Design, a plugin for Adobe Illustrator, and ink technologies for smart packaging as well as cloud service that integrates into the company’s existing software. On display as well was its low-migration UV ink, which the company said has already created attractive possibilities for packaging applications with other opportunities opening up in flooring, decoration or bottling, as well as in the automotive industry or when it comes to glass or metal printing.
See the slideshow for more information and look for a full write-up in the next issue (2-2016) of Flexo & Gravure Global.