DuPont Packaging Graphics features new flexographic plate and equipment technologies

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DuPont Packaging Graphics (DuPont) (stall B52) is highlighting new flexographic plate and equipment technologies for the tag and label market Labelexpo India 2014. Shown for the first time at Labelexpo India, these new featured products include the DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST DFUV plate, the DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST 1001 TD processor and the DigiFlow 1000 EcLF exposure-unit, all designed to deliver quality, productivity and sustainability benefits to tag and label printers.

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The new Cyrel® FAST DFUV flexographic printing plate is designed specifically for the narrow web printer who needs a high-performance plate for use with ultraviolet (UV) curable inks.  It is a thermal process plate that comes up to color quickly minimizing startup waste and prints smooth and dense solids, without compromising dot gain, highlights and resolutions.  This new plate can improve solid ink density, reduce waste, save time and cost in applications involving high-end substrates such as pressure sensitive and self-adhesives labels. 

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Labels India app now on iOS as well….

India’s pioneer magazine dedicated to labels, packaging and converting industry – Labels India that released its android app a fortnight has been getting amazing response from the industry and alike. It has now been worked to support iOS phones as well. Aimed to bringing its readers on an engaging digital content platform and to keep them abreast of the latest news and happenings in the narrow web labels and the converting industry, this free-to-download app is available on The app can also be downloaded by scanning the QR Code given on the right side of the website.

The first magazine in India to be aimed directly at the narrow web labels and the converting industry, Labels India provides label printers with relevant information on trends and technologies, as well as the latest news and affairs on what’s happening in the global labels, packaging and the converting industry with a special emphasis on India.

Speaking on the response to the app, Associate Editor Mahua Mazumdar says, ““It was time that we kept in tune with the moving times. We needed something dynamic and attractive to connect to our readers and create an interactive communication platform. Nothing can get better than this app to keep abreast of the latest technologies even while on the move.”
The app that is now available to work on both ios and android platforms is a trendsetter as it brings all the topical information and news items on companies, associations, economics, markets, products, services and events as well as technical features right into your mobiles and tablets. Created by Bangalore based Pranshu Kulshreshtha, this app meets all requirements and is very easy to manoeuvre and use. And it also takes less time to navigate as compared to browsing on a site. But the biggest advantage of this application is that it comes free.

Gargi Bhattacharyaa of Labels India concludes: “We are all very excited by this development and the response to this new app. We are now more than ready for the new communication challenges ahead! Should you have any difficulties downloading the app or have any query or feedback, you can directly contact via the contact form provided on the site and we will be more than happy to serve you.”
Providing a comprehensive understanding of the technology, Labels India covers topics requiring an extensive knowledge of the industry. It includes materials, adhesives, printing methods, application technologies, inspection systems, new innovations, including smart labels, RFID, indicator labels and chipless tags, brand protection and security, as well as the related areas of tickets and tags.

NEC Packaging Event to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

easyFairs is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary on 25 and 26 February 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC. The flagship packaging event will play host to over 350 exhibitors all showcasing their latest products and developments in the market to thousands of packaging and print designers, retailers, buyers and managers. 

Event organiser easyFairs has already unveiled its new three dynamic core brands,Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print, which all areas of the show will fall within. This aligns the full easyFairs packaging portfolio across Europe under the same brand concepts.

Alison Church, Event Director for easyFairs’ UK packaging events, says: “The easyFairs portfolio has become Europe’s fastest growing network of packaging events, so we have taken the opportunity to harmonise our shows across all the markets, simplifying our offer to our exhibitors and the industry as a whole.”

Packaging Innovations – the future of branded and inspirational packaging: The highly successful Packaging Innovations brand will continue to focus on the latest trends and innovations in packaging materials and concepts, with Ecopack and Contract Pack remaining as important components of the show with dedicated floor areas.

Empack – the future of packaging technology: Empack is one of easyFairs’ most established brands across Europe, with a strong presence particularly in the Benelux and Switzerland areas. Its focus is on packaging technology, with core visitors including packaging operations managers, engineers and technologists.

Label&Print – the future of packaging printing, labelling and converting: All aspects of offset printing, converting machinery and labelling equipment will now sit under one major show concept Label&Print. The inclusion of Label&Print as one of the three areas of focus underscores easyFairs’ vision to invest in and expand this aspect of its portfolio.

When the event took place in February 2014 it attracted 6,004 visitors, including packaging buyers from major names such as GlaxoSmithKline, Lush Cosmetics, Heineken, Britvic Soft Drinks, Danone, Asda and Proctor & Gamble; exhibitors were delighted with the buzz and visitor footfall from the moment the doors opened, with 77% of them rebooking onsite for next year’s show.

IBIS Packaging Solutions was just one of the companies exhibiting at the 2014 event. Hayley Mustad, Key Account Manager for IBIS Packaging Solutions, remarked: “The footfall was great, with key decision makers from blue chip companies coming onto the stand. Great show; so much so we have booked for 2015, with a bigger stand!”

Next year’s event will feature even more product launches and live demonstrations, making it the ideal shop window through which to showcase products and services in front of thousands of decision makers and influencers with real buying power.

Launching at the show will be four new features – The Drinks Symposium, The Pharmaceutical Symposium, The Retail Symposium and The Beauty Symposium, providing exhibitors and visitors from all spheres of the packaging and print world with a unique programme of valuable and insightful content.

Always popular is the BIG Packaging Debate, which will also be returning to the show, bringing industry experts together to put key issues of the moment under the spotlight.There will be a full learnShops programme addressing hot industry trends and issues; plus the BIG Print Debate and the popular feature Lions’ Lair.

Alison Church concludes: “Next year’s event is going to be a real showstopper. It will be packed with exhibitors specialising in all aspects of packaging and print from materials and design, to machinery, new technologies and equipment. It provides the perfect opportunity to see the latest innovations, touch products and materials, and to discuss your individual business with suppliers face-to-face. It’s going to be a celebrational show!”
The next easyFairs UK packaging events will be Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 25 & 26 February in 2015.

Polish Packaging firm paves the way for growth with KBA

Polish packaging printer Werner Kenkel recently expanded its press fleet with a second giant sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer (KBA). The new Rapida 145 with five printing units and coater will predominantly print corrugated packaging like the KBA Rapida 162a which has been successfully in operation at the firm for a few years. The new press will expand the company’s production capacity by approx. 80 per cent.
Werner Kenkel is a family enterprise founded in 1979. It specialised in the production of packaging made of solid board and corrugated using flexo and offset from the beginning. The firm currently has three sites and its cutting-edge offset facility is located in Krzyck Wielki. The first Rapida 162a was installed at this plant in 2010 followed recently by a new Rapida 145. The firm’s co-owner Damian Kenkel: “The key reasons for the purchase of another press was down to the continuously growing packaging market in Poland, increasing customer requirements in terms of quality and finishing as well as the necessity to expand production capacity. Given the extremely positive experience we have had with our first Rapida 162a we decided once again on a large-format KBA press. For the last four years our Rapida 162a has predominantly printed packaging products. Now after transferring the majority of these jobs to the new Rapida 145 we plan to use its outstanding capabilities for finishing and special effects.”

High level of automation

The new Rapida 145 with five printing units and coater suits production at Werner Kenkel perfectly. It is mounted on a plinth measuring 420mm (16.5in) and its features include a board-handling package, nonstop facilities at the feeder, SIS sidelay-free infeed, DriveTronic SPC DriveTronic SPC dedicated plate-cylinder drives with KBA Plate-Ident plate recognition and pre-registration, CleanTronic Synchro for the simultaneous washing of the blankets and impression cylinders, DriveTronic SRW simultaneous roller washing in the idle units parallel to printing and KBA VariDryBLUE energy-saving drying technology. The ErgoTronic ColorControl console is equipped with ErgoTronic Lab and QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control. The press is integrated in pile logistics at the feeder and delivery as well as connected to the firm’s MIS and IT systems, just like the Rapida 162a.

Wies?aw Grabsztunowicz, production manager and head planner at Werner Kenkel: “Only a few vendors offer the format we wanted. We knew that KBA is a trusted supplier with its sheetfed offset facility near the Polish border which was an important benefit. We were satisfied with the expertise shown by the KBA sales and service team in Poland when we received our Rapida 162a. The press itself also works problem-free. A further advantage was that our press operators were familiar with how to operate a Rapida. We therefore chose KBA once again”.

More production flexibility

Rapida 145’s configuration allows this press to take over most jobs from the larger Rapida 162a. Wies?aw Grabsztunowicz is convinced that the firm’s flexibility has improved due to the short makeready times delivered by the new press: “We spent several days discussing the optimum equipment of the new press with representatives from KBA CEE. In doing so, we took into account the enormous potential of our six-colour Rapida 162a with two coaters (for dispersion and UV coating). The option to transfer a large part of our orders which require basic dispersion coating to the Rapida 145 and to exploit its high level of performance allowed us to free up capacity of our two-coater press which we now use more for high-grade finishing jobs. We are thus able to expand our product spectrum considerably”.

Damian Kenkel: “Our customers are global players, from the FMCG, electronic and chemical industries. Their demands in terms of quality force us to invest continuously in our press fleet. The inauguration of the Rapida 145 fits this strategy perfectly”.

Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE, adds: “We are pleased that Werner Kenkel has once again invested in technology from KBA and are convinced that the new Rapida 145 will contribute to the firm’s further development. This extensively automated press is suited to the economical production of smaller print runs. We are proud that the circle of Polish printers who bank on high-end sheetfed offset solutions from KBA has grown with this press installation at Werner Kenkel”.