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.

Heidelberg and Gallus synergise for an unrivalled label printing machine

Seven years after the market launch of the Gallus ECS 340, currently the best-selling and thus most successful conventional label printing system in its class, Gallus is set to write another chapter in its success story. In a world première, Gallus showcased a pre-series model of its latest generation of machines at the Gallus Innovation Days (September 20-22, 2016, St Gallen, Switzerland). This machine has been developed in association with offset press manufacturer Heidelberg. The Gallus Labelmaster is a label printing press platform designed for the label and packaging market. It features a special platform design and can be configured by customers to meet their own specific requirements.

The partnership…

World premiere – Klaus Bachstein, CEO of the Gallus Group, Ferdinand Rüesch, anchor investor of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and vice president of the board of directors of the Gallus Group and Stephan Plenz, management board member of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG and head of the Heidelberg Equipment Division start up the new label printing system Gallus Labelmaster.With its open interfaces and Heidelberg platform development know-how for offset presses of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), this machine series represents a highly secure investment and enables users to respond flexibly to future changes in the market. The new Gallus Labelmaster for label printing thus builds on the successful, tried-and-tested design principle of Speedmaster offset printing presses from Heidelberg.

“Gallus and Heidelberg have harnessed a great many synergies in developing the new platform technology for the label market. A modular design and a reduction in complexity benefit both sets of customers, sheetfed and label market, and make them more competitive,” says Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Management Board responsible for Equipment.

The Gallus Labelmaster augments the existing digital label printing portfolio – also developed in collaboration with Heidelberg and based on the Gallus Labelfire 340 – with a solution for high-quality packaging and label applications. Gallus is set to launch the first series machines with a web width of 440 mm. Other, wider web widths will follow as development of the machine system continues. A Gallus customer is currently putting the first machine through its paces in an intensive field test programme and the first series deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of next year.

What’s new?

In the new platform system, the Gallus Labelmaster is made up of modules that each comprises two printing units. These modules are available in three different variants – The basic version already covers all the required standards of the label printing. The “Plus” version allows greater flexibility and the “Advanced” version leaves almost nothing to be desired and is configurable for all needs in the level of automation. By opting for a modular system, Gallus is ensuring that label printers can satisfy prevailing market requirements and stay fit for the future at all times.

This modularity is made possible by, among other things, a new locking system that makes it easy to change printing units accurately. The system positions the printing units on the base unit with absolute precision and locks them in place, thus ensuring 100 percent register accuracy from the moment the press is started up, regardless of what substrate is chosen. What’s more, the machine system supports a wide range of substrates, from paper and PE to PP and foil.

The developers at Gallus have also introduced a very special feature to make the Gallus Labelmaster exceptionally user friendly. Summarised under the term “best-spot interaction”, the Gallus engineers have ensured that the press is simple and above all fast to operate across all sectors. The press can be controlled centrally via an HMI touch panel, although manual intervention is also supported, with operators able to make changes with ease and, more importantly, very quickly, thereby achieving extremely short setup times. The lightweight aluminium printing cylinders that have been specially developed for this machine type can be changed in just a few quick steps, thus ensuring that job changes can be completed with unparalleled speed.

However, it is not just setup processes that have been speeded up – the high printing speeds of up to 200 m/min on the press ensure outstanding operational cost-efficiency with absolute register accuracy. A short web path of just 1.1 m from printing unit to printing unit significantly reduces waste and an optimised ink duct for the chambered doctor blade needs just 250 g of ink and therefore keeps the associated costs low, in addition, the ink duct has been improved in ink spitting and foaming. The newly designed flexographic printing unit - developed with the experience from the structural principles of the Heidelberg sheetfed offset printing - is driven directly by two servomotors and delivers premium Gallus quality from the start. Besides being fitted out with flexographic printing units, the press can also be equipped with a newly developed screen printing unit that enables users to make the most of high-end finishing options.
The new Gallus Labelmaster

The register accuracy of the Gallus Labelmaster is particularly striking – whether the press is running at a low setup speed or being accelerated to a high maximum speed, the printed image is always in register, without the slightest correction necessary. This performance highlights the precision of the Gallus Labelmaster.

Unrivalled flexibility promise…

By developing this machine platform for label printing, Gallus has succeeded in giving the market a press for conventional label and package printing that offers virtually unrivalled flexibility. Thanks to the three module variants, this platform can be used to configure the right press for any business model – and all for an outstanding price-performance ratio coupled with the famous Gallus quality. Put simply, it is Gallus-like.

Vinsak@LabelExpo India 2016

VINSAK, a leading manufacturer of label printing and security solutions is going to participate for the record 20th time in Label Expo 2016 and every year VINSAK brings something new for visitors.

VINSAK will display their most watched USAR machine equipped with slitter, rewinder and 100% inspection system for label finishing. Being a modular machine, it can be equipped with die-cutting, variable data printing and, adjustable splicing table with pneumatic clamps for removal of the waste product.

Apart from VINSAK, Lombardi and ABG International machines will also prove their mettle in the show.

Lombardi will be demonstrating its new Synchroline 430 UV Flexo press, known for its versatility and printing on the wide gamma of materials. SYNCHROLINE is equipped with printing groups governed singularly by brushless motors and the setting and maintenance of the printing register of the whole press are governed by the electric board with a system of register control.

While, ABG International, one of the leading manufacturers of label finishing solutions, will showcase their turret rewinder-VECTRA ECTR 430 which is fully upgradable with a wide range of options, which include servo technology upgrades, allowing the ETCR to produce a range of finished rolls from a wide spectrum of substrates. The ECTR is also fully compatible with automatic core loading options and finished roll label application options. The ECTR, with its wide range of optional extras including automatic core loading, is fully compatible with A B Graphic International Ltd’s own 100% camera inspection system.

Besides watching live demonstrations of machines, buyers will have an opportunity to explore products of Lead Lasers, Iwasaki International, Schober, and Petrel. Each of the strategic associates will provide sample, brochures and related information about its products and most of all; managers from each company will be present to guide them about nitty-gritty of their machines.

Lead Lasers will focus on promoting its unique hybrid direct laser engraving machines - Printmaster hybrid - used to produce high-quality laser engraving on plates and sleeves ranging from 1 mm to 7000 mm.

When it comes to offset flexo press, it’s IWASAKI International which has created a big reputation in the international market with Intermittent Press TR2 UV offset flexo printing machine with 5 offset print station and 3 flexo printing stations. TR2 is available in web width of 100 to 330 mm and speed of 30-250 rpm.

Visitors will also have the luxury of knowing about brand protection solutions from Petrel known for world class security inks, fibres, and thread. Petrel Security inks are printable by offset, silk-screen, flexography, gravure, and are used for protecting documents against falsifications and counterfeiting.

Last but not the least, Schober USA Inc.will offer its world class equipments for punching and cutting of labels and other extensive materials. Schober develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of tools, modules or complete processing lines for the manufacturing of longitudinal, cross, contour and half cuts as well as perforations by proven technologies.

BOBST to present comprehensive range of technologies for the label industry

BOBST will showcase its latest range of technologies to produce technically demanding, defect free output for label industry applications at Labelexpo India.

Quality of production is one of the fundamental necessities that make a winning solution out of a production line: although it must also win the challenges of operational efficiency, safety, sustainability and profitability. The scope of BOBST solutions for the different segments of the label industry is very comprehensive, from narrow- to very-wide web, and offering a host of printing and converting options. Depending on their market segment, visitors to BOBST’s exhibition stall will find information on the latest technology innovations and dedicated solutions appropriate to them.

BOBST presses in the narrow- and mid-web flexo and multi-process inline range of solutions for labels deliver profitable production and superior quality across a wide spectrum of applications, including linerless labels, PS labels, wet-glue labels, in-mold labels, wrap-around labels, sleeves and coupons. The M4 line is a very efficient press for printing a variety of applications. The press delivers new standards of precision in servo control, providing stability and perfect register quality and consistency at all speeds.

The advantages of the BOBST Digital Flexo process will be explained by the BOBST specialists on the stand. When fitted on BOBST narrow- and mid-web inline flexo presses, the system enables users to digitize all their press operations, delivering on the one hand the assurance of packaging color consistency through the use of the REVO extended color gamut, and on the other a highly efficient, hence profitable, production flow with automatic job changeovers and up to 95% press run time.

Other BOBST solutions that Labelexpo India visitors will be able to discuss with BOBST experts include the brand new MW CI flexo and the CL 750 - SL 750 compact laminating solutions, which are especially effective for mid- to wide web short run production, as well as the range of wide web gravure printing presses, coating lines and vacuum metallizers suitable for a great variety of applications in the label manufacturing industry.

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