More than 50 managing and technical directors joined together to attend the different presentations and demonstrations that the two companies performed with latest product developments and applications options for flexible packaging printing.
Sante Conselvan, president FTA-Europe, explained the latest world flexographic packaging trends. Paolo Bonamigo focused his speech on the restorable gravure-printed products that currently can be made in flexo printing, the new challenges in raw material evaluation and the special innovative lamination inks and coatings that hubergroup has launched.
Dr. Lutz Frischmann detailed how hubergroup has been able to overcome binder system immanent restrictions and open up a new world of applications with its solvent-based Gecko Platinum Flexo printing inks. “Facilitate outstanding lamination bond strength values even under sterilization, pasteurization conditions and broaden the gamma of applications to flexible packaging flexo printing,” added Frischmann.
Giuseppe Gianetti presented the properties of Gecko Frontal Uni Premium ink, which covers the maximum feasible application range available for NC-based frontal printing inks and enhances performance. “Nowadays, there is no need to settle for less business, more ink sets changes or reduce flexibility. With this solvent-based frontal printing inks, converters don’t have any restrictions and they can enlarge their portfolio,” reported Gianetti.
Moreover, the new generation of hubergroup surface inks for multiple films PE, BOPP, chemical treated PET or Corona treated BOPA have superior wet adhesion and scratch fastness that enables further applications in surface printing.
“Tactile varnishes give to the converters the opportunity to create surface effects combining optical effect like contrast gloss and mat with tactile experience, generating a lot of different combinations and applications”, explained Gianetti. Also, during the event, attendees could analyze 2 K Paper touch, a waterproof paper on a plastic film while Dr. Lars Hancke detailed the importance of haptic perception and tactile coatings.
Raúl El-Fakdi, Comexi’s flexo brand manager, explained new developments in the current flexographic printing environment and the attendees could discover by means of demonstrations the main benefits from hubergroup inks, Comexi flexo presses and new Comexi’s Cingular Match fixed palette technology that permits reduction of the printing run and minimizes waste increasing efficiency.
Attendees were able to see three different solutions - a Comexi F2 MC press, one of the latest Comexi’s lamination developments, and S1 DT slitter with laser technology and integrated robot working in different jobs. Besides, they could check the high-quality printing and top performance of the laminating and slitting innovations presented during the event.