Stork Prints celebrates 50 years of innovation at Labelexpo!

Stork Prints demonstrated its unrivalled expertise in rotary screen and digital UV inkjet printing for labels and packaging at the Labelexpo Europe in Brussels (Hall 6, booth H40). Since Stork Prints was the first to introduce rotary screen printing at the ITMA Hannover in 1963, it celebrated 50 years of innovation at the Labelexpo this year with great shows, samples and a happy hour every day. There were plenty of demonstrations that visitors could witness the advantages of Stork Print’s total system solutions first hand as well meet Stork experts and see how Stork’s expertise and products could work for them!
Brilliant, rapid and low-cost labels with the DSI

One of the main attractions at the Stork stand was the DSI UV inkjet label printer as Stork prepared a historical show for this runner up in the digital label printing market. This digital printing press produces eye-catching labels with excellent colour strength and brilliance, at speeds up to a remarkable 700m2/hour, while keeping costs low. The DSI is modular in design, and therefore suitable for everything from stand-alone digital printing to use in complete lines with in-line (semi-rotary) converting.

Multiple demos were given each day for markets such as personal care, food and industrial. Besides their own demos Stork Prints also participated in the official Labelexpo Inkjet Trail showing printed labels for Pharma, Food and Industrial sectors!

Introducing variLEX direct laser exposer

Stork Prints presented the innovation in digital exposing, a hybrid direct laser exposer for digital pre-press. The new system is called the variLEX, referring to its versatility in product applications, such as rotary screens, flexo and dry offset plates. The variLEX delivers top quality exposing with an unmatched productivity. The machine was presented at the Labelexpo 2013 where its unique features were demonstrated. Stay tuned; more information will follow shortly!

50 years of rotary screen technology

This year Stork Prints celebrated its special 50 year anniversary of rotary screen technology – it was the year 1963 that Stork introduced the very first rotary screen for the textile printing industry at the ITMA show in Hannover. Stork’s rotary screen caused a revolution in the printing industry and offered a big step forward in volumes and design freedom for printers. With RSI (Rotary Screen Integration), label printers could produce special effects and access extra functionality that cannot be achieved by any other printing process. Reliable and economical value-added production of the ‘non-label look’, metallic and opaque colours, glitters, tactile warning symbols, texture varnishes, scratch-off inks and many other effects can be applied using Stork’s RSI technology. 

“Looking back in time I am proud to say that Stork Prints products and innovations created a standard in the textile and graphic printing industries. As of today our products create an added value solution in optical and functional design for end users. Looking at global trends in the market I am confident to say that we have chosen the right direction in the past and more importantly, for the future in digital and rotary screen printing,” said Bas Hoijtink – Commercial Manager – Stork Prints.

Mark Andy shines Bright at Labelexpo Europe : Wins Global Label Award for Innovation along with Flint Group

Mark Andy Inc. continues to expand their technology offering and are being recognized for their efforts in moving the industry forward and building collaboration among key suppliers. During Labelexpo Europe, held this week in Brussels, Belgium, the company was honored with the prestigious Award for Innovation for delivering a UV LED curing system, ProLED. Flint Group also won an Award for Innovation for their development of EkoCure UV LED printing inks. Both companies have spent nearly two years in joint development of the technology, making it an available mainstream technology for converters printers worldwide.
This Award for Innovation marks the fourth innovation award in the past three years. In 2011, the Performance Series line of printing equipment won two innovation awards for its exclusive and unique print station design, and the new Quick Change Die Cut (QCDC) was recognized earlier this year for its high-speed, extremely accurate die cutting technology.  Mark Andy Inc. continues to expand their technology offering and are being recognized for their efforts in moving the industry forward and building collaboration among key suppliers. During Labelexpo Europe, held this week in Brussels, Belgium, the company was honored with the prestigious Award for Innovation for delivering a UV LED curing system, ProLED.  Flint Group also won an Award for Innovation for their development of EkoCure UV LED printing inks.  Both companies have spent nearly two years in joint development of the technology, making it an available mainstream technology for converters printers worldwide.

“We are very happy to receive the Award for Innovation this year for Mark Andy ProLED. We are proud of the successful collaboration with Flint Group. Working together through joint cooperation has a truly positive impact on the industry as a whole, and we hope to see more of this among other industry suppliers,” stated PJ Desai, president of Mark Andy Inc.

In addition to the award, this year’s Labelexpo proved to be one of the best exhibitions yet for Mark Andy and Rotoflex. The company launched several new technologies in Europe – ProLED and Quick Change Die Cut for the Mark Andy flexo press line, and URC 2.0 advanced control system for Rotoflex inspection rewinders.  Thousands of visitors made their way through the Mark Andy and Rotoflex stands to witness all the new technologies in live action, which has already led to increased sales and new customers.

Bumper Labelexpo Europe reflects growing market optimism

Labelexpo Europe 2013 has reported its largest ever edition with record-breaking attendance figures. The show, which took place 24-27 September, covered seven of Brussels Expo’s exhibition halls for the first time and attracted 31,795 visitors (up 11% on 2011) from 158 countries (up from 123 in 2011) and just under 600 exhibitors (up from 550 in 2011). Underlining the show’s importance to what is the fastest growing sector of the wider print industry, Labelexpo Europe occupied 31,000sqm; its largest show floor size in its 33 year history.
As the label and package printing industry’s major platform for product launches, Labexpo Europe 2013 saw the unveiling of over 150 new products including presses, ancillaries and consumables. Big launches included Epson’s Sure PrecisionCore technology and its Surepress L-6304 UV ink label press, Mark Andy’s flexo printing solutions including the Performance Series P3 and P5 narrow-web presses, Ritrama’s Core Linerless Solutions system and Stork Prints new DSI® UV inkjet label printer.

Numerous market leading exhibitors increased their presence at 2013’s event including Avery Dennison, Durst, EFI, Gallus, HP Indigo, Mark Andy, MPS, Nilpeter, UPM Raflatac and Xeikon. By the end of the show, 86% of the space had already been rebooked for the 2015 edition – the highest ever onsite rebook rate.

Labelexpo Europe 2013 also welcomed the successful debut of several new busy feature areas. The Package Printing Workshop showcased the opportunities both digital and conventional printing can bring to folding carton, lid laminate and stand up pouch decoration. The Inkjet Trail put the different available inkjet technologies under the spotlight and compared their results when producing identical label designs on the same label stocks.

Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series remarks: “With the Eurozone now out of recession, confidence and optimism is beginning to return to wider global industry and converters are starting to invest in their businesses again. This year’s Labelexpo Europe is without doubt another world-class event! Seeing our manufacturers and suppliers making sales here confirms that Labelexpo Europe is the best-selling platform in the label and package printing industry with printers prepared to spend high on capital equipment.”

Milburn concludes: “Continued innovation across the various product groups and strong, sustainable growth in demand across the labeling and package printing market are being translated into sizeable order books. We’ve again had excellent feedback from exhibitors underlining that Labelexpo Europe is the show to secure significant sales with numerous reports of many presses being sold.”

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