Gulf Print & Pack 2017 closes on high note

Held over March 26-29, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Gulf Print & Pack 2017 ended on a high note as more than 50 industry-grade machines were sold over the course of the trade exhibition. Over 200 exhibitors participated in the region’s leading print technology show and reported big business and high levels of interest from the visitors who attended this year.

Close to AED30 million worth of machines were sold during the event, with big industry players including Canon, Giffin Graphics, Heidelberg, Kodak, Konica Minolta and Xerox reporting that good quality leads are in the pipeline and will be pursued in the coming weeks. There was a very strong international delegation from over 110 countries, including from emerging markets such as Iran whose contingent included SPS Complex, a producer of packaging films; fiber-based packaging specialist Caspian; label company Irandar and Chakavak Printing House, a producer of award-winning holograms.

With optimism high among industry stakeholders, Gulf Print & Pack will return to Dubai from April 15-18, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Uflex to offer easy to open flexible packaging solutions

Have you felt the angst of standing under the shower trying to tear a shampoo sachet which simply refused to yield and finally you had to bite it open? Quite a nightmare – isn’t it? But, Uflex has found a solution.

Uflex has been the first company to introduce laser scored flexible packaging in India. By the sophisticated Laser Scoring Technology the outermost layer of a laminate is incised with laser beams. Virtually every type of incision can be made by this technology. Predefined tearing path is created which guides the end-user to conveniently open the packaging. Commendable is the fact that all of this is done without compromising the barrier properties required by the product packed inside.

Emphasizing upon easy to open flexible packaging, Ashok Chaturvedi, chairman & managing director, Uflex Limited said, “In line with our business strategy of innovation to create value added differentiation to the advantage of our clients, we have invested in sophisticated laser scoring technology that permits perfect incision in a laminate at controlled depths and variable web speeds. This in turn allows the consumers to easily open the pack, adding to experiential delight and upholding the very ethos of flexible packaging.”

Kwality Offset Printers enters digital label printing with Xeikon 3030 Plus

Leading Indian label manufacturer Kwality Offset Printers, New Delhi expects to increase turnover by up to 15% following its decision to embrace digital production with the acquisition of a Xeikon 3030 plus digital label press, which has a variable web width of 200 mm up to 330 mm. It runs at a resolution of1200 dpi at a top speed of 15 m/min and handles substrates without specific pre-treatment. It emits no VOCs and has high light-fastness. The new press will be installed by Kwality Offset Printers at the end of the year.

The firm caters mainly to FMCG companies, including liquor, food and healthcare. Among its clients are such well-known brands as Pernod Ricard, Nestle, Radico Khaitan, GlaxoSmithKline, Dabur, Heinz, Wrigleys, Perfetti, Cargill and the DS Group. Run lengths for these customers are beginning to vary greatly which is what prompted the investment, explains owner Rajeev Chhatwal, “We are seeing a number of flexo jobs that are 1,000 meters, 2,000 meters and even as low as 500 meters in length. These take up a significant amount of time with conventional production technologies. By moving these jobs to digital production, we are able to free up production on our flexo and litho presses for the longer runs for which they are better suited.”

(L-R) Bent Serritslev (Xeikon’s managing director Asia Pacific), Rajeev Chhatwal (partner Kwality Offset Printers India), Krish Chhatwal (partner Kwality Offset Printers India) & Neeraj Jagga (Xeikon’s sales channel manager Asia Pacific).Chhatwal continues, “We chose to partner with Xeikon because Xeikon label presses do not require any special coatings or substrates. This means we can take advantage of our normal inventory to produce these shorter runs. We looked at other options, but we chose Xeikon for two primary reasons. The first was that I found Xeikon was more in touch with us as a label printer; they understood our industry, our needs and our challenges. The second was there was a greater focus on teamwork. They wanted to work with us as a true partner and be there throughout our journey into the digital world.”

Insight Graphics installs India’s first OMET iFlex label press

Omet iFlex, which was showcased for the first time in India at Labelexpo India 2016, was sold to Kolkata based Insight Graphics Pvt Ltd. The machine is now installed and is a 10 colour all UV press with iVision registration control, quick change die cutting system, complex matrix rewinder, hot air dryer, Delam/Relam system, web turnbar, cold foil station and two die cutting stations.

The iFLEX label press is simple to use and quick at set-up! Several innovations characterize this press, all aiming at simplifying the printer’s work in reaching the highest quality, effortless. They include laser-assisted pre-register and register setting devices that speed up the machine set-up and rebooting after job change. iFLEX has shortest web path in narrow web printing for incredible savings in the start-up phase (waste measured is below the transition paper between two prints!). According to Ashish Shah of Insight Graphics, “We have installed the first 10 colour Omet IFlex-370 press in India. Machine performance and operation are satisfactory. We are confident that this machine will ensure consistent quality which will ensure meeting current as well as future demands of our clients.”

Pawandeep Sahni, director, Weldon Celloplast, Omet’s exclusive agent in India, says, “Insight is an important customer, being the first one in East India. We look forward to a strong and continued relationship with Insight graphics.”

12,000 corrugated box makers on the brink of closure

Corrugated box industry is reeling under the twin blows – 4 massive price increases in a short span of two months on one hand by Kraft Paper Mills & recurring monthly closures by Kraft Paper Mills on the other hand. Price increases have badly affected the financial viability and frequent closures have completely disrupted the supplies of raw materials for corrugated box industry.

Kirit Modi, president – Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers Association (ICCMA), a Pan India body, stated that unless the Box users including large FMCG brand owners grant minimum 23% price increase quickly, units of this industry would face imminent closure shortly. At the same time, paper mills are being requested to avoid closures to avoid stock-out situations of boxes. If this is not done quickly, there are strong chances of production lines of essential public consumption items coming to halt for want of boxes.

GK Sardana, president of Federation of Corrugated Box Manufacturers of India (FCBM), requested all the concerned govt. agencies to come to box industry’s help in averting the crisis situation by prevailing upon Kraft Paper Mills Associations to shun closures and maintain smooth flow of supplies. Hon’ble Prime Minister’s cherished dream of ‘Make in India’ is a huge success. Artificial scarcity situation created by such closures by Kraft Paper Mills would jeopardize it. That would also result in displacement of workmen employed in this industry, which would be inevitable unless all stakeholders come to the rescue of box units.

In addition to increase in the cost of Kraft Paper, all other inputs, namely, manpower costs, ink, starch, stitching wire, freight and other overheads have also witnessed a huge increase in the last few years, leading to an impact on conversion cost by as much as 50 to 60%.

Corrugated box industry in the country with 300 Automatic Units and more than 12,000 Semi-automatic Units are facing imminent closure on account of these disruptions. This industry which is employing over 6,00,000 work force is playing a pivotal role in the Indian economy by producing almost 52,00,000 tpa boxes with the total market size of Rs.18,000 crores per annum & it also protects the environment as its’ products are 100% recyclable and eco-friendly.

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