The printing related challenges facing modern packaging are interwoven with innovation and synchronization of the individual suppliers in the supply chain. Therefore grounded know-how in the pre-press and printing area becomes ever more important as the market trends of ever-shrinking print runs, shorter delivery and manufacturing times, low cost production and greater efficiency requirements increase.
The initial “Image-to-Print” idea focusing on rotogravure was born on Drupa 2008 when Sun Chemical, Windmöller&Hölscher, Nordmeccanica and Janoschka have joined forces for local brand owners, retailers and business partners to catch up on facts and figures of latest technical developments and innovations.
Today the “Printing Technology & Innovation Days for Flexible Packaging” give a deep insight into best practices of packaging printing and its dominant technologies rotogravure and flexographic.
The workshops present market trends, strategies and latest technical developments in inks, printing formes and rotogravure and flexographic printing presses as well
as laminating equipment, and offer a great stage for expert discussions. The local market needs and its support are of course one major issue of the conference.
Image-to-Print roadshow had eleven stop-overs since its start in 2009 around the globe: Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Dubai, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Italy.
Besides presentations and think tank discussions, the agenda of the two day conference will also include a visit to the leading flexible packaging producer Hebei Qite Packing Co. Ltd. who will grant insight into its running production on a Windmöller & Hölscher HELIOSTAR S rotogravure press and VAREX multilayer extrusion line as well as Nordmeccanica Simplex SL 1300 laminating machine.
The programme was specifically focusing on market developments, strategies and technical innovations in printing inks and printing tools as well as printing and laminating machines for gravure and flexographic applications. In addition to presentations and discussions, the program provides dedicated think-tank working groups for an individual exchange.
In addition to presentations, workshops and discussions, the Programme included a visit to Plasztik-Tranzit, one of the leading flexographic printers in South-Eastern Europe, giving participants an insight into the current print production on WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER MIRAFLEX machines and an OPTIMEX Extrusion Line.
Part of the agenda on 27/28 November in Poland besides presentations and exchange was the visit of the Polish packaging printer Drukpol who granted the 100 participants insight into its running print production on WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER MIRAFLEX AM and laminating on NORDMECCANICA DUPLEX COMBI LINEAR.
75 guests joined the recent stop-over in Italy. A highlight in Italy was the visit of the Nordmeccania headquarters and its shop floors. Nordmeccanica is among the leading manufacturer of packaging and laminating machines in the packaging industry, and the company visit and the life machine demonstration showed quite plainly Nordmeccanica’s outstanding competence and know-how.
250 guests attended the event beginning of April. A highlight in Ho Chi Minh City was the visit of the Janoschka branch Asia Pacific Engravers Vietnam, one of the leading providers of prepress products and services in Vietnam, where the roadshow guests enjoyed a deep insight into modern rotogravure tool production.
Nearly 250 guests attended the event in October 2012. A highlight in Shanghai was the Grand Opening of the Image-to-Print partner Nordmeccanica who was celebrating the inauguration of its new premises Nordmeccanica Machinery Shanghai. Image-to-Print and its guests were honored to be part of the ceremony and ribbon cutting.
Close to 200 guests from all over South East Asia attended the event in November in the Indonesian capital. Market trends, strategies and latest technical developments in printing inks, forms and machines for rotogravure printing and laminating were presented and discussed with the experts. The visit of the local printer PT. Indokonverta Indah with a life demonstration of the HELIOSTAR® SH press of Windmöller & Hölscher was visualizing modern rotogravure printing.
After successful “Image-to-Print” events in Russia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil and Argentina, focusing on gravure technology for packaging printing, the Arabic market place was focussed. Although some guests were not able to join due to the influence of the political situation, there was a tremendous interest in the conference.
About 100 guests from all over the South American continent participated in the event in Buenos Aires. The efficiency and performance of rotogravure printing form production were proven to be in step with actual practice by the newly installed Direct Laser System on site at Bosisio, part of Janoschka and one of the leading prepress suppliers for the rotogravure printing market in South America.
More than 100 guests followed the invitation to Sao Paulo. The visit of the local printer Finepack with life demonstration of the Heliostar® SL press visualized modern rotogravure printing.
The first Image-to-Print stop-over in Asia hosted close to 150 guests interested in professional speeches and the company tours at the printer Great Wall Plastic Industries on one side, and at the Janoschka subsidiary Asia Pacific Engravers Malaysia on the other side. The insights into the printing and prepress business were highly appreciated.
Janoschka, headquartered in Kippenheim, Germany, has significant expertise in the prepress area and, with more than 1,400 employees plus an annual turnover of 119 million euros, is among the global market leaders in its sector.
Specializing in the packaging, tobacco, security and decor market Janoschka is offering its clients a comprehensive product range including printing tools for gravure and flexo printing, embossing rollers, artwork & reproduction, colour management, cylinder bases and much more besides. The company is represented globally through 26 subsidiaries in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and South and Central America.
The history of Nordmeccanica in the past 30 years is the history of coating and lamination itself.
Starting with the first machines built in the 70's all the way through to the most recent and highly innovative Triplex SL One Shot, the growth in Nordmeccanica has been equally harmonized between production capability and expansion of export: starting at 3000m2 (33,000sqf) of production facilities in the early days, up to today’s 23.500m2 (250,000sqf), with 65% global market share and with over 1850 machines installed.
Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets.
With annual sales $4 billion, Sun Chemical has over 11,000 employees supporting customers around the world. The Sun Chemical Group of companies includes such established names as Coates, Hartmann, Kohl & Madden, and US Ink. Sun Chemical is dedicated to providing value to its customers through by offering the broadest product line, brand and share leadership, unparalleled new product development and unsurpassed technical expertise.
For 140 years, Windmöller & Hölscher has been constantly demonstrating its innovative power and is today one of the leading companies in the area of flexible packaging.
W&H offers its customers a broad range of machinery and equipment ranking among the best in the field of extrusion, printing and conversion. As a company with global activities, W&H sees itself as a partner and system provider offering its customers everything from the single source: from expert advice and engineering to the delivery of high quality machines and complete packaging production facilities. Special areas such as the complete reconditioning of used equipment are taken care of by our affiliate Garant.