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Swifttech Driving the Innovation in Gravure Cylinder Manufacturing in Pakistan

Swifttech Invested in three, K5 Smart Hell Engraving Machines in 2018. Two machines have already been installed in March 2019 , whereas One Machine is on its way. After that we have enabled us to produce 40,000 + Cyls annually. Swifttech also feels pride to Share the News for Investing in Helio Xtreme Technology ( first time in Pakistan ). This new technology will diversify Pakistan’s Gravure Printing & Packaging Market in terms of Brand Security and Fine Quality Printing as of European Standards.

Kompass Pakistan Select HCI Slitter Rewinder

Kompass Pakistan was founded in 1985 and quickly rose to become one of the leading producers of flexible plastic packaging in Pakistan. HCI 800 Rewind Slitter Rewinder has been purposely designed for large rewinding OD requirement, for slitted product OD as large as 800mm. With a solid unwinding stand and an all new rewinding shaft structure, the slitting speed can now reach up to 400m/min. It is suitable for slitting and rewinding of all kind of flexible packaging film, industrial web, electronic material and film roll of uneven thickness.

ERA’s first gravure symposium in Pakistan

For the first time ERA organised a gravure symposium in Pakistan which took place on 25 April in Lahore, historical Moghul residence and currently capital of Punjab state. The south Asian country has almost 220 million inhabitants of which 50 % are aged 25 and younger. It offers a growing market and great opportunities for gravure, which has a share of over 80 % in the market for flexible packaging printing. All major Pakistan packaging printers attended the event to listen to presentations by machinery and equipment suppliers on the technological development of the gravure process. On the following day the delegation from Europe headed by ERA Secretary General James Siever was invited to a plant tour by the packaging printer Kasmy Pack. They operate a brand new 8 colour Cerutti press to print modern film packaging for the food, biscuits and dairy industry. It was followed by a visit to Kasmy Pack’s customer Dalda Foods, major producer of cooking oil and biscuits. In their plant a production line for potato chips was demonstrated: the line started with the peeling and slicing of potatoes, and finished with the packing of the chips in gravure printed film pouches ready to sell to the final consumer. ERA and the Pakistan gravure printers were very satisfied with the outcome of the event which should be the beginning of a closer co-operation to support the further progress of gravure in Pakistan.

Workshop on “Social Media Marketing”

Social media marketing is winding up progressively nowadays. Social media platforms and websites are highly used to promote a product or service and helps in achieving organizations marketing goals. By keeping in view the importance of Social Media Marketing, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) under National Business Development Program (NBDP) workshop on “Social Media Marketing” in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry (PAPGAI) full day Workshop was held on Saturday, 04 May, 2019 at Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi was attended by 25 PAPGAI members.

DG press shows latest developments for security printers on Security Document World

DG press will exhibit at the Security Document World (SDW) 2019 fair in ExCeL, London. The SDW is the industry-leading exhibition and conference for security document professionals. Its the key meeting place for government and industry, suppliers and buyers and all those involved in secure ID credentials and government-identity solutions. With their web offset presses, DG press provides security printers a solution for printing all kinds of security documents: passports, fiscal stamps, stock certificates, brand protection labels, postage stamps, cheques, etc. For decades, DG press serves many security printers around the world: they have installed a lot of security printing machines worldwide and add value by technological improvements, production support and maintenance at privately- and state owned security printers.

Launch of the digital platform “Label Experts”

Labels give products their unique identity and influence the impulse to buy at the point of sale. Accounting for around five percent of the global print volume of approximately EUR 400 billion, today the label market has the greatest growth potential in the printing industry, and has evolved from a niche segment to a sizable industry over the last few decades. The associated knowledge base has also greatly increased hand in hand with this evolution, and today is differentiated on the basis of a remarkable variety of different printing technologies, applications, substrates and further consumables.

HELL Gravure Systems unveils HD Gravure

HD Gravure is the perfect combination of established engraving technology and a whole host of both proven and newly developed, quality-enhancing functions. It improves edge sharpness and the reproduction of fine details in gravure printing. What’s more, narrow engraving tolerances simplify color adjustment in print and result in superior reproducibility. Automatic measurement of critical production parameters enhances process reliability in cylinder manufacture. It also reduces the need for proof prints and thus the costs of cylinder manufacture. The ideal combination of these technologies makes it easy to achieve high-quality, economical results that previously required a huge amount of time and effort. As a result, HD Gravure provides impetus for the major developments in packaging printing – from finer text and shorter print jobs to first-time-right prints, seven-color printing, and efforts to find an alternative to proof prints. HD Gravure is now available for all current engraving machines – from entry level to direct laser engraving. Many older systems can also be retrofitted with HD Gravure.

New Gallus ECS 340 for Arvanitis for enhanced productivity and excellent print quality

Flexo, screen and cold foil printing processes in one line: The Greek label printing company Arvanitis invests in a new Gallus ECS 340, a 8-colour UV flexo label printing press, in order to achieve a consistent high print quality and to increase the overall productivity. Greek label printer chooses new UV flexo printing press from Gallus Installed in November 2018 the new line is a UV flexo printing press with eight flexo and two screen printing units. A cold foil station enables a variety of highly embellished self-adhesive labels. Two die cutting units and the possibility for backside printing complements the conventional label press with a printing width of 340 mm (13.4″). A 100% inspection system Tubescan von BST eltromat is integrated.

HP Expands Digital Textile Printing for Signage and Décor with New Super Wide Stitch S1000

The HP Stitch S1000 126-inch Printer is the newest addition to the recently announced HP Stitch portfolio, providing super wide dye sub production printing. Delivers continuous high-quality prints on paper and fabric, reducing waste and redundancy with simplified operation at high productivity levels. HP introduced HP Stitch S1000, a super wide dye sub production printer designed for high productivity and simplified operation, unleashing new production possibilities for interior décor and soft signage.

Felga Etiketten invests in a new Gallus ECS 340

The Gallus label press was installed at the production line in Lestans die Sequals close to Udine, Italy. The investment is part of Felga Etiketten’s aim to increase the economic efficiency of label production. To achieve this it is also updating its manufacturing hall and adding new converting lines. “We are very pleased with the quality, productivity and flexibility of the new press,” says Philip Grimm, managing director of Felga Etiketten. In addition to the Gallus ECS 340 the company acquired a new high speed Polar guillotine.

Windmoeller & Hoelscher Partners with TC Transcontinental Packaging for New Barrier and PE Extrusion Lines

Windmöller & Hölscher is proud to announce its partnership with TC Transcontinental Packaging on two VAREX II blown film lines, including one barrier line for the Whitby Ontario, Canada plant. These new lines will support TC Transcontinental Packaging’s growth in multilayer barrier films in North America and are scheduled to start up in the fall of 2019. “W&H is privileged to be working closely with TC Transcontinental Packaging on strengthening their position in the flexible packaging market,” said Andrew Wheeler, President of Windmoeller & Hoelscher North America. He added, “Many of the companies TC Transcontinental acquired were longstanding W&H customers and we are delighted to continue servicing and supporting them with our technologies.”

Printing South China 2020 Scales up to 12 Halls

The 27th South China International Exhibition on Printing Industry (Printing South China 2020) returns on 4-6 March 2020 at Area A, China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou. Printing South China will be held together with Sino-Label, Sino-Pack and PACKINNO, comprising of a 4-in-1 expo which covers the entire print-to-pack industry value chain. There will be equipment for printing, labeling and packaging, packaging materials and products, as well as logistics solutions on display. The expo will occupy 12 halls with an exhibition area reaching 120,000sq.m. It is expected to have more than 1,500 exhibitors and 85,000 visitors.

Tarsus and APTech announce strategic alliance and combined event

Tarsus Group (owner and organizer of the Labelexpo and Brand Print Global Series of trade shows) and the Association for PRINT Technologies (owner and organizer of the PRINT® event) have announced that they will combine efforts to launch Brand Print Americas. This will take place in lieu of PRINT® 2020 and will be co-located with the 2020 edition of Labelexpo Americas, happening at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, from September 15-17. Tarsus Group, a global leader in the labels and package printing space, and the Association for PRINT Technologies, a leader in the commercial print industry, are uniting decades of expertise and knowledge of the whole print market by merging PRINT® 2020 into Brand Print Americas and colocating it with Labelexpo Americas 2020. Brand Print Americas will offer printers, converters and brand owners access to solutions for their varied printing needs.

The Print Show 2019 aims to inspire as celebrity speakers revealed

The Print Show will mark its fifth anniversary in style this year by playing host to some of the most well known names from the world of show business - all in the name of promoting print as a media. Explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, boxing legend Chris Eubank and Masterchef star Gregg Wallace will all appear at this year’s event to speak and sign copies of their books, as part of a new feature for 2019. The Print Show 2019 will give visitors and exhibitors an incredible opportunity to meet all three celebrities. Our famous faces will take part in a live Q&A at the show, after which they will chat with visitors and sign copies of their books. Visitors can also have their photograph taken with the celebrity and, using print and finishing technology at the show, The Print Show will work with exhibitors to produce a replacement front cover for the book featuring their picture – showcasing the qualities of personalised print

GMG Colorproof 5.11 Provides For The First-Time Automated Update Notifications

GMG presents with GMG ColorProof 5.11 for the firsttime a version that provides automated notifications about new software updates. The so-called patches can be installed directly out of the application. In addition, the update to Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 brings more compatibility with the latest Adobe products. Color management specialist GMG is releasing a new version of its popular proofing solution GMG ColorProof. Numerous and sophisticated features pay off in many ways for the user, explains product manager Jens Bloeck: “Automated notification of new patches may sound simple, but it’s an important tool for the workflow and the daily work of our customers. The update to Adobe PDF Print Engine 5.1 is also a benefit - it enables our customers to be on an equal level with technical progress.”

First GEOMAN e:line in operation

The Siegener Zeitung - founded in 1823 - is the first publishing house to start production with the new GEOMAN e:line. The press was designed to the individual needs and economics of the newspaper house. With numerous configurations available, the GEOMAN e:line can be upgraded and retrofitted at a later stage. This allows manroland Goss to offer its customers long-term, flexible and future-proof solutions. The new GEOMAN e:line series was developed with a special focus on profitability: Short make-ready times and efficient inline control systems for automated quality control during production make the press ideal for mediumsized printing houses like Siegener Zeitung. Furthermore the GEOMAN e:line is characterized by low overall investment costs and low operating expenses during its long lifespan.

Bison Bag Adds 10 color MIRAFLEX II Press

Bison Bag, a full-service flexible packaging converter with 10c printing capabilities based in Lockport, NY, has placed an order for a 10 color MIRAFLEX II M. This will be Bison Bag’s fourth flexographic press and its first from W&H. The press is scheduled for start-up in fourth quarter 2019. “We’ve been growing steadily since my father started the company in his basement 50 years ago,” said Jim Streicher, Bison Bag’s COO and Co-owner with the Zgoda family. “We’re still g e t t i n g bigger as a company and believe the MIRAFLEX II will take us where we need to go”.

BOBST to focus on sustainability through innovation and performance at Chinaplas 2019

Visitors to BOBST stand D31 in hall 13.1 at Chinaplas will find information, literature and samples illustrating the latest technology and process advancements to serve the Asian flexible packaging and label printing and converting industry. “The extent of both our commitment and our success in delivering solutions that integrate the requirements of the industry in China and South East Asia is increasingly strong” explains Lubin Lu, Business Director, Greater China Bobst Changzhou, referring to the BOBST greenfield s i t e dedicated to t h e production of flexible packaging equipment that was opened in 2018.

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