drupa Showcases New Digital Technologies

From inkjet and nanographic printing to B2-format digital presses, manufacturers showed off all their latest gadgets at drupa 2012—though many are still a year away from completion.

Taking place only once every four years, the drupa international printing trade fair is a huge show. By the time it wrapped up its two-week stint in Düsseldorf, Germany, last month 314,500 visitors from more than 130 countries had walked its 19 halls and visited its 1,850 exhibitors.

Though impressive, that was still 18 percent fewer visitors than had showed up at the 2008 show. A sign of the times, perhaps, but vendors were nonetheless ebullient about the turnout, insisting that the quality of customers had increased dramatically.

In the months leading up to drupa 2012, much had been written about how inkjet would dominate the show again, as in 2008. Those predictions proved accurate, as far as they went, but that characterization is too limiting. For example, Landa Corp.’s new nanographic printing process employs piezo electric heads, but the company doesn’t refer to it as inkjet printing, in part, because an intermediate blanket transfers the nanoink to the substrate rather than it being jetted directly onto it.

There was also a mini resurgence of “liquid toner” printing technology in Düsseldorf, with several manufacturers promising to bring solutions to market. That qualifying statement actually was another recurring theme of the show, as the majority of solutions announced are not slated for commercial release until sometime in 2013.

Among the other trends in evidence were a focus on B2-format digital printing solutions and manufacturers configuring offset presses—including sheetfed models—with inkjet imaging units for hybrid printing or using them as building blocks for dedicated digital printing solutions. It was striking to see how much emphasis was put on digital solutions by the “traditional” offset press manufacturers.

Nanographic Printing

What helped make “nanography” the talk of the show were the announcements that ­Heidelberg, Komori and manroland sheetfed had formed strategic partnerships with Landa to bring nanographic printing solutions to market. This is in addition to Landa’s plans to introduce three sheetfed and three web presses of its own. The agreements with Heidelberg and Komori cover the development of new printing press lines, whereas manroland reportedly is looking to retrofit existing presses.

Water-based Nanoink is the foundation of the printing process. It is formulated with small polymer pigment particles in the 50 to 70 nanometer size range and is “ejected” onto a heated transfer blanket that evaporates the water and creates a thin ink film (500 nm thick)—thinner than offset lithography. The nano-size pigments are said to be powerful absorbers of light and produce sharp dots, high image density and uniformity, abrasion resistance and a broad CMYK color gamut.

The process can print at maximum 1,200×600 dpi and in up to eight colors on any “off-the-shelf” substrate, from coated or uncoated paper stocks to plastic films, without the need for any pre-treatment or special coating. It is a digital process, so variable-data printing is possible, but Landa initially is focusing on the low cost per page for digital printing of work currently done via offset. The company said it expects to start delivering its own branded presses to customers by the end of 2013 and reported strong order taking (with refundable down payment) to “secure a place in line.”

Inkjet Presses

A case can be made for designating 2012 as the coming out party for sheetfed inkjet, while 2008 was predominately the inkjet web drupa (though Fujifilm and Screen did offer sheetfed inkjet technology demos at the previous drupa). This time around, Screen showed the now commercially available JetSX with duplex capability and launched the 13.7˝-wide Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label printing system.

Fujifilm featured a folding carton version of its sheetfed press as a technology demonstration, but unveiled its entry into the inkjet web arena—the J Press W (provisional name). Featuring a 21.4˝ web width and maximum print speed of 127 meters per minute, the press uses Vividia pigment or dye-based inks and is expected to be commercially available in late 2012.

Komori showcased two inkjet presses, one sheetfed and one web, based on different technologies. The 29˝ Impremia IS29 sheetfed model—being developed jointly with Konica Minolta (as in the KM-1 press)—uses UV ink and a large central drum to print 3,300 sph at 1,200 dpi and is expected to be available in about a year. Within the 18-month time frame, Komori plans to bring to market the 20˝-wide Impremia IW20 web-fed system that prints at 75 meters per minute and a maximum 1,200 dpi resolution.

In the meantime, the agreement between the two companies will enable Komori to offer a variant of the toner-based Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C8000 digital color system, which it has branded the Impremia C80.

Characterizing it as prototype, MGI Digital Graphic Technology entered the B2 fray with its ALPHAJET UV inkjet press, which prints a maximum 20×29˝ sheet at 1,200 dpi and 3,000 sph in up to six colors plus spot or flood UV coating. The press is expected to be commercially available in mid to late 2013 and boasts features such as pallet-based loading, LED UV dryer and a patented system that uses clips and tension to keep sheets flat. A raised-effect printing mode is to come.

Memjet Overshadowed

Memjet-based solutions made a big splash at last year’s GRAPH EXPO, but were overshadowed in Düsseldorf. Delphax Technologies did make a bold play with its debut of the élan 500 color press, powered by Memjet, which prints up to 500 (A4) ppm at 1,600×800 dpi (or 250 ppm at 1,600×1,600 dpi). It uses stationary heads containing more than 70,000 jets to image a maximum 18×25.2˝ sheet with pigmented or dye-based inks. Projected availability is around mid 2013, with the cost of head replacement being a key question for this system.

Kodak and Xerox had similar drupa experiences for two very different reasons. In both cases, questions about the future direction of the company overshadowed the product introductions. Antonio Perez spent much of Kodak’s media briefing discussing the company’s bankruptcy filing, while Ursula Burns referenced her personal life to refute the notion that Xerox was moving away from technology to focus on services, noting that giving birth to her daughter didn’t change her relationship with her son, the first born.

In terms of their inkjet press offerings, both companies added new models to their existing product lines:

The Kodak Prosper 6000XL Press is designed for higher volume production with a top speed of 1,000 fpm at 133 lpi and can be configured with the Image Optimizer Station for greater substrate flexibility, including regular coated, uncoated and glossy papers from 45 to 300 gsm.

Xerox’ CiPress 325 waterless inkjet press is an entry-level companion to the CiPress 500, offering a maximum 325 fpm print speed at 600×600 dpi, which can be upgraded to the latter’s 500 fpm at 600×400 dpi throughput via software license. (The 600×600 dpi mode will also be available on the CiPress 500.)

Having previously released the details of the new 29˝ HP 10000 digital press, the big news from HP at drupa was the announcement that Consolidated Graphics placed a pre-order for 10 of these new machines. HP’s other major news was the roll out of its three-color Enhanced Productivity Mode (EPM), offering reportedly 33 percent greater throughput, across its product lines.

HP also introduced incremental product upgrades across its inkjet web press family by implementing advanced ink and print head technology that is said to produce a rounder dot and more consistent quality. Available this fall, the 42˝ HP T410 and 30˝ T360 print in monochrome at a top speed of 800 fpm, up to 25 percent faster than previous models, and retain the 600-fpm color print speed. Offering an increased print speed of up to 400 fpm, the HP T230 is expected to be available by the end of 2012.

Two new models were added to the Color­Stream 3000 inkjet web series, from Océ, a Canon Group company. The “basic” model ColorStream 3200 has a 17˝ width and speed of 688 (letter-sized) ppm or 157 fpm, while the new top-speed ColorStream 3900 model outputs 909 ppm/417 fpm with a 211⁄4˝ web width. Océ also introduced the JetStream 4300 as the high-speed model in its 30˝ “Wide” series, which prints at 656 fpm.

Liquid Toner

Ryobi and Miyakoshi Printing Machinery showed a “pre-market” version of a B2-size sheetfed digital press that prints with “ultrafine particle” liquid toner, notable for its ability to print up to 10,000 sph. Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions North America will bring the product to market in the United States by the end of 2013.

A step or two further away from commercialization is the Trillium series press Xeikon is developing based on the “high-viscosity” liquid toner (HVT) technology it acquired roughly 18 months ago. The company displayed a single-color print engine in a restricted viewing area at drupa and is projecting to have full-color machines at customer sites within two years. The technology uses the same imaging head as the Xeikon 8000 series.

Inkjet Modules

Presstek announced the option to equip its 29˝ Presstek 75DI model with inkjet heads for variable-data printing at up to 600 dpi and 10,000 sph (down from the press’ 16,000 sph maximum print speed). Configurations of the 4.17˝ heads can be customized to meet specific client needs for monochrome printing. The company also introduced the Virtuoso print quality system, automatic perfecting and UV printing options for the press.

Ryobi and Kodak signed a “worldwide statement of cooperation” that enables Ryobi 750 series (31×23.6˝ and 10,000 sph) sheetfed offset presses to be equipped with Kodak Prosper S5 imprinting systems (up to 600 dpi and 500 fpm). Configurations include two heads with one drier, four heads and driers, or four heads with driers and an inline UV varnish station.

Also teaming up with Kodak was Timsons, which showed the Timson T-Press monochrome inkjet book printing system in the Kolbus stand. The press uses Kodak Stream inkjet technology to print a 53˝-wide web at up to 650 fpm and feeds into a Kolbus binding system. (Kodak introduced the 3,000 fpm print speed, Prosper S30 imprinting system at drupa, which should open up additional in-line inkjet printing opportunities.)

Atlantic Zeiser announced a collaboration with KBA to equip the new Rapida 105 sheetfed press with Delta 105i inkjet printing modules to enable barcoding and serializing of press sheets at up to 600 dpi and 787 fpm. Heidelberg is also offering Atlantic Zeiser inkjet heads, along with Domino and Inkdustry products, as options for imprinting customized alphanumeric codes on its new Speedmaster XL 106 sheetfed platform. And, the company’s heads are the first ones to be tested by manroland sheetfed for use in a fixed print bar on its press for 600 dpi imprinting at 7,000 sph, or 14,000 sph at 300 dpi.

Digital Finishing Presses

Even though they may operate in a manner akin to other imaging devices, referring to machines dedicated to applying a coating or other treatment as digital presses still seems like a stretch. They’re in a class unto themselves.

The B2 trend was evident even in this product segment with Scodix adding the S74 (29˝/74cm) and S52 (20˝/52cm) models to its Digital Press S series. These devices use inkjet nozzles to deliver drops of PolySENSE clear polymer that can be built up to a 250-micron thickness on substrates from 135 to 675 gsm. Scodix was also highlighting its Rainbow glittering station, a dedicated UV unit that applies a special type of PolySENSE followed by standard glittering powder.

MGI introduced the JETvarnish 3D digital spot UV coater that can also create textured and raised, 3D embossing effects on sheets up to 20×42˝. This model can spot coat up to three times faster than the original and employs a new camera system to ensure registration with the printed page. Presented as a technology preview was the NOVA UV in-line coater that will be available as an option for the Meteor DP60 Pro and the above models starting in late 2012.

With its announcement of the entry-level Meteor DP8700 XL model with a maximum 13×19˝ format, MGI was part of the final digital trend at drupa—incremental advances in the “traditional” digital color press sector. Xerox, for example, introduced the 155 ppm iGen 150 model, while Canon launched a high-capacity stacker for the imagePRESS C7010 series, and Kodak highlighted the new 36˝-long sheet option and 166 ppm “turbo mode” on its Nexpress SX3900 platform. Konica Minolta did preview the all-new bizhub PRESS C1100, but is holding details for its product launch in 2013.

Thirteen normally is thought to be unlucky, but as a target date for commercial release of new digital presses, 2013 quickly took on a near magical aura in Düsseldorf. Perhaps “drupa 2012+1” would be the most accurate label for the show.

Related story: drupa 2012: Offsetting Digital’s Advance

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  • http://ArtRosbottom Art Rosbottom

    Very well written piece. <br />
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    The PIA should provide a petition that all of us interested parts could sign. <br />
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  • http://andy andy

    It is not obvious by what has been passed what benefits there are other than on an individual basis.<br />
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  • http://Art Art

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  • http://Andy Andy

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  • http://JoséCarlosOliveira José Carlos Oliveira

    ColepCCL is a packaging company and we print in metal (tinplate).

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  • http://BrettKilhenny Brett Kilhenny

    Is this the same Berry Plastics we know and love???

  • http://StephenWurtzel Stephen Wurtzel

    Another segment of American ingenuity sent overseas. No wonder so many well trained American workers cannot find employment. Eastman Kodak is another prime example of why our country is going to hell in a handbasket. We send all of the manufacturing overseas and as a result our government ends up having to support our out of work Americans by dolling out unemployment dollars. I am not impressed one iota. I have been president of my printing company for almost 38 years. I have seen the demise of the American print supplies first starting with ink, then paper, then machinery and now plates. What has happened to the blue collar American job? It is for sure that your publication is not enhancing the situation. I would think you would want to encourage hard equipment production and ingenuity in this country and not just write about another Kodak plant opening in China. In another generation to come, Americans will be pulling the rickshaws, and the Chinese will be riding in them.

  • http://Chase Chase

    This was a very interesting article to read. It’s interesting to learn that the machine is efficient and doesn’t emit UVA, UVB, or ozone. Great read!

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    Congratulations Colbert Packaging on this latest development. Best Wishes for continued success!

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    Ok so these look really bad for printers like me, where are these figures taken from?

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    I agree with Tom’s conclusions except for one thing summed up by I think Henry Ford who said: “print anything you like about FORD, as long as you spell it F-O-R-D”.

    I think Henry meant there is no such thing as bad PR or as long as you making news, you are one step ahead of others.

  • http://GaryGatesSr Gary Gates Sr

    It woulkd seem that the company would want the Continental Brand to emmerge as the strong one as Continental is way up in customer satisfaction while this 1,000,000 plus Untied flyer [award issued in the 1960’s] avoids United because they have slid so far down the line in Customer Service.
    I think the smart thig would be to go to thye Proud Bird with the Golden Tail theme while down playing UNITED.

  • http://GeoffBush Geoff Bush

    Our Telstar Engineering booth was one of the busiest in the show due our new equipment offerings including a digital press retrofit done in conjunction with Digital Printing Solutions Technologies and our first showing of the re-engineered Hot Stamp unit formerly manufactured by I-KELA. The oil or electrontic Hot Stamp has been comletely upgraded and features a new control unit for constant job management. We can put our retrofits on all the presses, old or new, mentioned in this article.

  • http://propertymanagement property management

    Explore lean manufacturing concepts to eliminate unnecessary waste and reduce non-value added steps in the process,” she says. “Be proactive in continual improvement efforts by monitoring,identifying and implementing efforts..

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  • http://BettyBorchers Betty Borchers

    I wish they would find some other source of packaging Lisinopril. This packaging they have now really sucks for senior citizens. Why can’t they just put the pills in a regular container with a lid???

  • http://TerryJames Terry James

    Are there any flexographic pressman schools in the St.Louis Metro east area?
    My name is Terry James, my e-mail address is misterterry1@yahoo.com. Thank you

  • http://TravisPak Travis Pak

    Nice read. It is nice to see an article recognizing the packaging industry, as well as organizations that have been recognized for their hard work.


  • http://Kevin Kevin

    Can someone please put me in touch with someone who can give me pricing on double sided thermal printers. I have tried contacting NCR, Toshiba and many other suppliers without any feedback. I am looking at becoming a distributor in South Africa. Please help if you can.

  • http://JoeSuffoletto Joe Suffoletto

    Congratulations and Well Deserved!

  • http://Mr.Porter Mr. Porter

    Is there any overview for all companies working with HD-Flexo already?

  • http://KevinKarstedt Kevin Karstedt

    Glad to see that Heidelberg is continuing its efforts in packaging and digital printing….both of which are growth sectors. We wish them luck and look forward to hearing more from these efforts.

    Kevin Karstedt
    Karstedt Partners LLC
    Consulting in Packaging and Digital Printing

  • http://Ben Ben

    This is awesome! I going to look into getting some posters printed there soon.

  • http://GregImhoff Greg Imhoff

    With A&V’s commitment to the flexo market this may be a positive for all. Well done and good luck A&V.

  • http://RonWoodward Ron Woodward

    Interesting press release. If you research the Idealliance website, there are quite a few printers in the country that are already G7 Certified Master Printers. Our company, Carolina Graphic Services, is a G7 Master Printer and has been since July 2010. We print packaging, POS and POP materials in large format primarily. Not sure where the statement stating that “they are one of the few packaging printers to be so certified”, comes from…..did anybody research how many there are?

    Ron Woodward
    Sales & Marketing Manager
    Carolina Graphic Services

  • http://HenryKafeman Henry Kafeman


    An interesting article to raise the profile of this much neglected operational area.

    From my experience of the printing industry any evaluation, maintenance or optimisation of Ink Presetting performance is almost always neglected.

    So the original ROI from Ink Presetting is not maintaned over the long term!

    Henry Kafeman

  • http://HDFlexo HD Flexo

    Is there any overview about all the companies producing photopolymer-thin-slleves with HD Flexo?

  • http://KevinKarstedt Kevin Karstedt

    I have seen the new press and the new plant that surrounds it…very impressive. I congratulate the entire Zumbiel team for putting together an extremely impressive operation. The new Manroland press is just part of the state of the art operations.

  • http://alen alen

    impatiently looking forward for year 2014, time of recovery and good times

  • http://GaryNeal Gary Neal

    Thanks for the info about thermoformed plastics. My boss asked me to do some research and I had no idea where to start because I had honestly never heard of this technology before yesterday. I found this article to be the most thorough and informative. That sounds spammy. Sorry, but I really did like your article.

  • cindy

    U.S. Demand for converted flexible packaging predicted to exceed $18 billion by 2015

  • Kostlin

    Is there any overview about all the companies producing with HD Flexoyet?

  • Kostlin

    Is there any overview about all the companies producing photopolymer-sleeveswith HD Flexoyet?

  • Dave Harris

    It is time that someone finally held a boot camp on carton folding. A boot camp can be an effective option to help people concentrate their attention on a particular topic for a short period of time. Boot camps are effective in other areas also. Here is a link to boot camps. http://www.bootcampsforteens.com for people that are interested in other types of boot camps.

  • MTG

    Is there any overview about all the printing oder prepress companies working with HD Flexo yet?

  • CK Playground Apparel

    I love seeing new technology coming out in these types of genres. I primarily concern myself with screen prints and screen printing because I spent a lot of time making custom t-shirts for people. But stuff like this excites me and peaks my interest. feel free to check out my business at http://www.ckplaygroundapparel.com if youre interested, thanks.

  • jordan mcvickers

    This story is missing a lot of true facts.Sitting next to my Mother, I learn her Mother was actually the REAL founder with her then husband Don. My Mom re-calls at the time she remembered the company all they had was one die cutter and that was it. I believe this company deserves the recognition and truth behind it all!

    My name is Jordan Christopher (Edge) McVickers and you can reach me at patriotheat06@gmail.com for questions regarding my post.

  • emdad majid

    Interesting post & thanks for sharing with such a nice , decorative & cool blog.

  • kevin

    I would like to learn more about this program and whether we could find a similar means of disposing of our matrix waste at my plant here in North Carolina?
    Kevin McKenna, Owner, Tarason Packaging

  • dsibbett

    Same 10 color Press I operate here at home….The F&K is an amazing piece of machinery

  • Tommy

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  • OTEC

    How can you expect different results with the same people being a part of the problem for the past 20 year.

  • Billy

    Great idea! Not only is this an efficient way to pack food, but also a huge step in reducing the carbon footprint. The population of the world continues to grow; therefore, the amount of food consumed will be steadily increasing. Food Packaging Design will be crucial in slowing down the amount of carbon emitted in the atmosphere and this product shows a perfect example of how we can start doing that. Great work guys!

  • Sahil Cisin

    Congratulation for the completion of the 40 years anniversary, It been pleasure to wish a person who word hard 40 year to come on the tyvek brand across the world.

  • Sahil Cisin

    Congratulation for the completion of the 40 years anniversary in creating protective garments, It been pleasure to wish a person who word hard 40 year to come on the tyvek brand across the world.

  • MTG

    Is there any overview about all the printing oder prepress companies working with HD Flexo yet?

  • Renee Fleischmann

    That’s awesome! Congrats!

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    Informatics Outsourcing is an Offshore Market Research service company for Clinical Research,Bio Chemistry, Bio Technologies. Market Research services includes both Quantitative and Qualitative Market Research services Worldwide with affordable price.

  • Jess

    It looks like it was quite the competition! I am anxiously waiting for the August issue to find out who wins!

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  • Mark

    Can you please tell me what this is in image? I want to see this.

  • Moe Anderson

    I remember printing some product labels using a printer that was just like this. I always appreciate a label that it neat and easy to read. Nowadays, companies just throw all of the information on there without even thinking about what a customer might think when they see it.

  • Angel Munoz

    The "All Around BEST " quality printing and packaging company Gauranteed
    Ive been in the industry for a little over twenty years and this is the best operation ive experienced
    Angel Munoz

  • Dena Dooney

    Way to go Scott! Great article about a great guy!

  • Andy Drage

    go to http://www.pharmaceuticalprinters.co.uk to see how we can prioduce your minature informative leaflets to go with your products

  • polo

    For large format lenticular poster, using the lenticular lens is the nomal way by most of lenticular printing company,and the technology is matured. You can visit http://www.3d-leader.com, they can produce high quality products at affordable price.

  • Color_Passion

    We salute you Mr.Schreier. Thanks for everything that you have done to this printing industry.

  • Ardash DERDERIAN

    I do congratulate both gentleman

  • Long Nguyen
  • http://MarkLongnecker Mark Longnecker

    I’ve heard Ann speak twice now and her content and delivery are outstanding, thought-provoking, and very insightful on the subject of generational change. You won’t want to miss her workshop at the Spring PPC meeting in Nashville.

  • Jhonn Lk

    Packaging Industry plays a crucial role, adding value to the various manufacturing sectors including agriculture and FMCG segments. Uflex Ltd., is gearing up with innovative packaging ideas and a host of value added packaging materials and sophisticated products for the market

  • Jose

    "We now have a clear path forward for Kodak, and we are positioning the company for a profitable and sustainable future". Same song that Perez has been singing since 2005. How this leader of "Worse CEO" lists has managed to keep his job is a mystery. Yet alone the board of directors, who still tolerate leadership incompetence. They cap a long line of clowns who have run this company (to the ground) since the late 70’s. But even now though, sweeping changes at the top and this company could still be a powerhouse.

  • Michael Ferrari

    Coca Cola see the opportunity to engage and grow share through packaging and they take action. This share a coke campaign is a model and likely other CPC’s will take note. No doubt customization through packaging will continue to proliferate.

  • Vik SolRep

    Is it possible to redo this article to have more up to date companies represented? Obviously I would want Viki Solutions mentioned as we came from Creo/Kodak and have color accurate proofing and creative workflow that we offer to top printers and brand managers around the world.

  • Vik SolRep

    Contact for Viki Solutions is http://www.vikisolutions.com or info@vikisolutions.com.

  • Packaging

    The sustainable packaging drive which has become the new buzzword in the flexible packaging market is catering to an increasingly environment conscious consumer. Uflex has in place an environmental policy aimed at improving the company’s performance in terms of the effects of their actions on the environment, pollution control and how they can make beneficial contributions to the maintenance of the environment.


  • VikSolRep

    Can we see an updated version of this article that focuses on online proofing and integration? We would like to participate as a vendor that offers similar products and partners with large organizations.

    Viki Solutions

  • Larry Nadeau


    I am Larry Nadeau at Domtar. Domtar makes heavy weight uncoated freesheet products and would like to discuss with Kevin Carey about troubleshooting complaints for crack at fold. How best do I contact him?
    My email address

  • VikSolRep

    An alternative is Viki Solutions Vera product which offers color accurate proofing for packaging with major brands and pharma using it every day. The team came from Creo/Kodak and it would be great to see an updated article that explains how Viki Solutions development team have build the next evolution in proofing products with packaging, video and 3D as a focus for growth.

  • Timothy Spangle

    I possess 35 years carton experience, I know most companies are full of crap, there is more carton work than any body can take, I interviewed at Boxit, they do not need any new customers, I was told that point blank

  • Jhonn Lk

    Modern marketing tactics focus on getting seen by its target consumers and in this regard packaging of the product becomes paramount. Hence, packaging Companies in India need to provide value and earning customer loyalty instead of simply conveying message to the consumers and hoping it will stick. Uflex Ltd. makes sure to keep its customers updated on its latest products and services.


  • DigitalKevin

    Jack, nice article, it should be an interesting LabelExpo this year. We see the number of inkjet press suppliers to the label market growing rather than shrinking which is a sign the market has yet to reach maturity.

    Having been in the digital arena from the beginning, we are seeing some of the same market and development trends playing out in the Folding Carton sector for the use of digital printing. This will be an interesting market to watch over the next few years. Welcome a talk if you are interested.

    Keep up the good work,
    Karstedt Partners

  • Khosrow Mokori

    Hello, Sir
    My name is Khosrow Mokori and I am a steel rule die maker (flat dies) with fourteen years of work experience
    in Vancouver BC, looking for work anywhere in Canada. I am really good at bending all types of steel rules accurately.
    Thank you.

  • Chris Lynn

    There are 3 ways to address the concern re "finishing line for a color digital press":
    1. Invest in digital finishing technology, like Highcon for folding carton converters
    2. For label printers, print digitally, rewind, and run through current finishing technology – inefficient
    3. Add inline digital printing, like the DICE (digital inkjet color engine) to an existing narrow web press – making use of existing investments in converting equipment.

  • Supriya Singh

    Flexible packaging has redefined the way packaging of products can be done. With an array of innovative techniques in terms of designing, looks and convenience the industry has been up to date with consumer needs and satisfaction. Uflex Ltd through cutting edge innovation and expertise has been manufacturing attractive packages for various products.

  • Janssen Mary

    gooday my name is mary and i find this article very interesting. can someone enlighten me more on the type of printing machines suitable or that will be needed in printing this no label look labels. I currently own a primera lx 400 printer

  • Ted

    It is a pleasure to have Quad Tech equipment on the presses that I have worked on since 1985. It has been a tremendous help to make the industry of printing totally automatic. Thank You , Maintenance Tech. Ted

  • Pat Berger

    When and only when the nano ink can pass flotation deinking should this be considered. With all of the other inkjet printers reducing the available recycled fiber for same grade paper we sure don’t need another source of fiber that will contribute to the accumulating tonnage to be be down-cycled.

  • Barry

    How exactly do you enhance a press that heretofore does not exist?

    This is all marketing bs to cover for the fact they are still figuring this monster out! I bet 20% of the early adopters lose their business over this investment.

  • Greg Imhoff

    Sharing digital libraries and applications such as this with clients is simply good business. Well done Pantone, X-Rite, and Sun.

  • Ias Iso

    Great Information! While developing software or building a company that works with technology or engineering-related projects, it might be worthwhile for you to apply for ISO Certification.

  • Scott Pillsbury

    CONGRATULATIONS JEFF! Great choice for a very prestigious award in our industry. Well done

  • ravi

    Thanks for the very useful information
    David Manager
    Safire Printing & packaging Pvt Ltd

  • HSE

    It’s interesting to note that you condone cutting pvc (vinyl) on a laser system, given that when burned it forms dioxins, which cause cancer, build up in the food chain, harm the immune system, it also gives off chlorine gas which is VERY TOXIC, can cause death.
    Even with good exhaust systems these fumes could escape !!

  • Priya Pant

    Design is an integral part of the flexible packaging. It is the designing which will actually help the product stand out amongst its competitors. Uflex Ltd caters to various FMCG companies and is committed to quality and excellence and improved designs. http://uflexltd-packaging.com/

  • Greg Imhoff

    The EIU Global Print & Packaging estimates of $579 BN USD (2012) growing to $669 BN (2017) fits other forecasts I have read. Other than BRIC nations emerging and ramping up all over, the positive growth in NA areas will be in Packaging, most notably in Flexible Convertors but across all packaging including Offset as seen in the stellar growth of the Ed Garvey Group.

    The NPES Graph clearly shows the nexus points of 2015 / 2016 where the US and China reverse leadership positions globally. With the US curve flattening and China curve conjoining up, this may be due to general print demand of China and not reflect on the US demand of growth forecasted here in packaging by Freedonia, Smithers PIRA and others. All packaging segments in NA will I believe remain strong and continue to grow.

    PRIMIR studies hold an accurate crystal ball quality for me and so in PRIMIR calling out UV/EB, specialty markets, standardization and more above means to me that serious business in packaging will continue for printers convertors and suppliers who continue to organize accordingly.

  • Webwood Guy

    hello dear manager,we would be thank full if you send us the price of your Automatic printing slotting Machines
    and more information s about buying and warranty and machines info.we are looking forward to receiving your emails.our email:manager@oghab-carton.com

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  • James Lang

    employing children now

  • James Lang

    Ling industries, sponsored by Avon

  • James Lang

    my sushi brings all the japs to the yard

  • Haiko Seeling

    Ok – so it’s time to burst everyones bubble here. Velcro – meaning more waste for the packaging. It’s bad enough that all of these products are sold in plastic – which is horrible for our environment – but now they’re trying to make these Earth destroying bags "user-friendly"? The rest of the world, and most grocery stores, are leaving plastic bags behind, yet this company is touting them, and pushing them onto consumers. 5280 All Natural Cleaning Products – http://www.5280Soap.com – unless you’re buying in bulk – this company sells their product on store shelves in glass mason jars – which are reusable and much more Earth friendly! They also donate and give back to the community regularly (including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) – they’re made in Colorado – and they truly care about their customer, not their bottom dollar. http://www.facebook.com/mountainlaundry

  • Priya Pant

    Flexible packaging adds value and marketability to its packaged items both in food and non-food category. Features like barrier protection, longer shelf life, ease of use, resealability, designabilitiy, eco-friendliness etc have been desirable in making flexible packaging a favorite amongst food manufacturers. Leading the way in packaging innovation is Uflex Ltd. Top of the line designs and recyclable plastics have been our bastion for last many years.

  • Julio González

    Design and 3D printing was a cinch…the hardest part will be to get smell of coffee to the potion you make from "Noescafé" (stands for " It´s not coffee" )… lol

  • Adam Lewis

    Great blog..


    Colorific ink

  • Tony Morgan

    Nowadays the digital printer plays a vital role in the industries it’s not help the business in the cost cutting but also helps to increase the efficiency to complete the work on time. Recently I have purchased the digital printer from this website: http://www.sublimationinks.com where the vast ranges of printers are available.

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  • Russel Woods

    Awesome news!

  • Russel Woods

    Awesome news!

  • Specialty Sodas

    Love this campaign and the video ads they’ve created. Brilliant advertising. — http://www.SpecialtySodas.com

  • Autoprint Press

    Great technology in printing industry. Wish you all success.

  • Pro Label

    Miami, FL— November 20, 2014 — ProLabel Inc., a manufacturer of digital labels and folding carton, announced today that they have purchased a building in the City of Hialeah, Florida that doubles the amount of space needed to house the new Digital Presses to meet its customers’ growing demand for high quality digital labels and folding cartons. Established in 1995, ProLabel specializes in Digital Color Labels for the Cosmetics, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Nutriceutical, Private Label and other Industries. The company is based in South Florida and serves customers across the United States, Canada, and throughout the Caribbean. http://www.ProLabelInc.com
    ProLabel Inc.
    621 West 20th Street
    Hialeah, Florida 33010
    (305) 620-2202

  • Brian Ludwick

    great story

  • Randy Radosevich

    Is RRD more like KMart or Walmart: Are they leveraging their network as the basic unit of management, or not?

  • Jay

    For avg main steet investor, here is the question which was not answered in article. RRD yields appx. 6 % dividend for value investor now. With three new company, which company will pay dividiend, how much or it will disappear alltogether in the name of growth? Based on the current share price of $16, the value of each comapny will be 16/3=$5.33? Can someone calrify?

  • Kevin Karstedt


    Nice job with the video I am looking forward to many more.

    I was pleased and proud to be part of this new event and format. I have been to many conferences and shows over the years and I think NAPCO has really hit on a way to bring quality information to the marketplace. I am already looking for ways to bring even better content to the 2016 Summit.

    Here is looking at 2016…