Print Factory, Bangalore, opts for Kodak Flexcel NX Wide Hybrid System

With a turnover of $24.6 billion and a growth rate of 13% to 15% annually, the Indian packaging industry is expected to reach $32 billion by 2020. And according to a recent Mckinsey report, there will be a ten-fold increase in India’s middle-class population by 2025, which will further trigger the consumption of packaging materials. This will bring another growth spurt to packaging, says the Mckinsey report, which also notes that the country needs more packaging professionals.

As Print Factory prepares to take advantage of this growing packaging market, they have integrated a Kodak Flexcel NX Wide Hybrid system alongside their two newly acquired offset machines. This new set-up will enable Print Factory to print directly on corrugated sheets. It will also deliver significant cost savings compared to their previous reliance on film with the introduction of thermal plates. With strong cost pressures in corrugated packaging segment, Kodak Flexcel technology delivers superior quality and lower and cost-effective post-print results on lower grade liners.

Kodak has commercially released new extensions to its industry-leading Kodak Flexcel NX System, empowering customers in the post-print and pre-print corrugated markets to drive significant print quality improvements while taking advantage of increased print stability and pressroom efficiencies. Developed in response to customer demand, the new Kodak Flexcel NX Wide System and a new range of Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexo Plates (Kodak Flexcel NXC plates) will extend to the corrugated sector the print excellence customers have grown to expect from Kodak flexographic solutions. With a proven track record in labels, flexibles, cartons, shrink sleeves and bags, the Flexcel NX System allows pre-press providers and printers to maintain a competitive edge by delivering highly impactful packaging of exceptional quality while streamlining production costs. Through continued innovation and investment in technologies such as Kodak Squarespot Imaging Technology and Kodak Digicap NX Patterning, corrugated producers will now be able to take advantage of these benefits with a solution that enables expanded tonal range, higher line screens, more efficient ink transfer and improved print quality on lower grade boards.

Vianord Engineering appoints Insight as their channel partner in India

In a continuous effort to actively support the global growth of flexo platemaking and more specifically, to address the needs of flexographers and professionals of the packaging industry in India, Vianord Engineering named Insight Print Communications Pvt Ltd as company channel partner for the country.

The new relationship will allow Vianord Engineering to further broaden its reach in the country as well as serve customers and prospects more efficiently and effectively. Based in New Delhi, through its offices in India, Insight Print Communications will offer and support the unique Vianord EVO systems.

The partnership will help Vianord Engineering seize opportunities in India’s growing flexo platemaking market.

Insight Print Communications recently promoted the Vianord EVO flexo platemaking platform at the busy Labelexpo India 2016 show, which took place at the India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida, attracting a great deal of interest from both existing and potential customers.

Ajay Agarwal, managing director & CEO, Insight Group, stated “We are very excited to expand our offering with the Vianord EVO line and bring the most powerful and advanced flexo platemaking solutions available to one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”

“We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Insights. It was imperative for us to find a very strong partner that not only had proven market-leading attitude, but also shared our vision for scaling up excellence in Flexo Platemaking,” noted Massimiliano Merlo, global director marketing and sales, Vianord Engineering.

manroland web systems forays into packaging printing

manroland web systems is setting a new benchmark for webfed printing presses featuring the latest in automation and technology for the growing packaging printing industry

Depending on applications ranging from board to foil printing, an optimized arrangement of presses with offset, flexo and gravure printing units in hybrid configuration is available. The established PECOM-X drive, operation and workflow management system is the basis for combining various components from manroland web systems to form a one-system solution.

The first press of the new generation has been sold with Offset and Gravure printing units for the flexible packaging industry. manroland web systems' longstanding experience in highly automated offset printing offers our clients in the packaging sector new possibilities for staying competitive and allows them to react to the increasing demands of the market.

Meaning ever-shorter print runs, increasing price pressure, consistently high printing quality, reproducibility, just-in-time production, sustainability and an overruling machine intelligence through networking of processes and systems. The most modern manroland web systems pre-setting, regulating and control systems enable waste reduction of double digit figures.

Industry 4.0 is reality in the new packaging printing press from day one. An integral component of the one-stop solution from manroland web systems is the globally available Life-Time-Service package which is strongly linked with the automation of the press. It connects users to the three service pillars: Solutions, Support and Store. And that means predictable costs and 24/7 access to the TeleSupportCenter during the entire life cycle of the press as well as the highest level of convenience for order processing of wear and spare part supplies via the manroland web STORE.

Packaging grows fastest in Asia-Pacific region

NPES The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the VDMA, the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association of Germany (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) have released the joint comprehensive study, “Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging.”

According to the study, total world packaging revenues grew from $231 billion ($U.S.) in 2011 to $242 billion in 2015, and between 2015 and 2020 print packaging global revenues are projected to grow by 18% or $44 billion to $286 billion in 2020. Notably in 2015, 78% of total global print packaging revenues was concentrated in the top five markets comprised of the US, China, Japan, Germany and the U.K., however, the largest share and fastest pace of future growth will be recognized in emerging nations, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region.

The accelerated growth of emerging markets remains the dominant trend and driving force behind the print packaging industry outlook, due to rising middle classes, and fast growing incomes and urbanization. Regionally, Asia-Pacific is the largest market projected to grow to $130 billion by 2020, compared to N America projected to reach $90 billion and Western Europe to $52 billion.

All subcategories of print packaging will grow at rates of 3-5% CAGR, with corrugated print packaging enjoying the highest share of the global packaging market at $101 billion in 2020, though demonstrating the slowest rate of growth at 3.5% in 2016-2020. Flexible print packaging will be the fastest growing segment at 5.7% average annual pace to post revenues of $73 billion in 2020. Specific country markets across developed and emerging economies will experience varying rates of growth, in all subcategories, to also include folding cartons, labels and tags, and other segments such as direct print on metal and rigid plastics.

TCPL Packaging orders two Heidelberg MK 1060YM foil-stamping & die-cutting equipments

Mumbai-based TCPL Packaging Ltd, in a landmark deal, recently signed up to buy two brand new MK 1060 YM foil-stamping and Die-cutting machines from MK / Heidelberg. With a turnover exceeding Rs 600 Crore this year, TCPL Packaging is one of the major converters of paperboard and folding cartons in India.

“Our strong presence across the nation and the world-class service we offer to our customers is well backed by our state-of-the-art infrastructure. The MK1060 YM equipment is a compelling value-add to our business model and portfolio,” says Saket Kanoria, managing director, TCPL.

The MK1060 YM, manufactured by Heidelberg’s joint venture partner, MK Masterwork Machinery, China, is designed to handle large-format die cutting and foil-stamping requirements with longitudinal and transversal foil pull systems. An advanced vacuum feed table can substantially enhance sheet feeding stability, while electronic controls help reduce operator workload and make the feeder unit user-friendlier. A quick return on investment, the equipment can handle substrates with thickness ranging from 90 gsm to 2000 gsm.

“We hope the MK1060 will meet our performance expectations. The fact that Heidelberg has an extensive service network in India also helps," adds Saket.

Lalitkumar Lamba, product manager for Heidelberg, Postpress Packaging solutions, states, “The stamping section of the MK1060 comes with a foil advance system consisting of 4 advance shafts, which ensure that the foil unwinds with an error tolerance of 1 mm, resulting in foil savings. The foil wind unit is capable of maintaining stable foil tension at high speed. The honeycomb chase is made of special thermal resistant materials. The heated bed consists of 20 heating zones which gives accurate heating properties on complicated foil stamping jobs.”

A lower plate made of high quality materials improves foiling and embossing make-ready times, making the MK1060 YM ideal for repeat jobs, thereby improving profitability. The lower plate is equipped with a central registration system to reduce plate changing, positioning and adjustment times dramatically. The MK pneumatic locking device locks the plate framework automatically without the need for tools, saving time for the operator.

TCPL has also made a foray into the flexible packaging segment to supply cork-tipping paper, laminates, sleeves and wrap-around labels, as reinforcement to its traditional product lineup that includes folding cartons, printed blanks and outers, litho-lamination, plastic cartons, blister packs and shelf-ready packaging.

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