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FLEXO Magazine : November 2013
again,” says Lisa Milburn, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series. More than 150 new products were debuted, including presses, ancillaries and consumables, at the 2013 iteration, which ran from Sept. 24-27. FTA member eXHibiTS FTA members, of which there were many at Labelexpo Eu- rope, had similar things to report. A number of them brought new products to Brussels to introduce to the throngs of at- tendees. Here is a wrap-up of debuts from some members at Labelexpo Europe: • MPS’ new EB flexo press is “the most cost-effective press ever built by MPS,” says the company ’s Eric Hoender- vangers. “Designed for printing and converting self- adhesive labels, the EB high-performance flexo press is a solution for label printers in all market segments,” he explains. Also unveiled was the extended MPS EF multi- substrate press line, with three versions ranging in price level and level of automation • A significant highlight for Mark Andy was its ProLED UV LED curing system being celebrated as a co-recipient of the Global Label Award for Innovation, says com- pany Marketing Specialist Jill Smith. Mark Andy ’s Quick Change Die Cut technology, which won the 2013 FTA Technical Innovation Award, debuted to the European market. Rotoflex, which the company acquired in 2008, had a packed floor space with attendees examining its new technologies, which included the redesigned VLI rewinder and recently introduced URC 2.0 control system • Nilpeter had the European debut for its sleeve-based FA-4*, designed for high-end labels and packaging, and its high-performance FB-3 UV-flexo press, notes Jakob Landberg. He also points to the company ’s “new MO-5 offset platform, a wider 520-mm . version for labels and package printing,” that “created interest among the premium-quality converters in Brussels” • Holly Poplawski refers to the international debut of PC Industries’ Graphic-Vision GV 500 Series Web Viewers as receiving a “great response” from Labelexpo Europe visitors, specifying its “long-lasting LED lighting and in- dustry exclusive standard barcode verification. ” Addition- ally, its Guardian OLP Offline Proofing System “received a phenomenal amount of interest, thanks to the system’s capability to handle a wide range of applications and materials, including tubes, foil and film on its available scanners” • Univacco Technology’s Lynn Wei says the company “launched and introduced a series of its joint label collec- tion with Flint Group and a new cold foil application on shrink sleeve film” over the four-day expo • Jonathan Sexton of Sun Chemical observes that Label- expo Europe served as the “launch pad for Sun’s new product, SolarFlex Neutron White, which generated great customer interest. ” Sun Chemical’s inkjet business, Sun- Jet, also launched its new range of low-migration inks, in partnership with Durst • Tesa’s Jürgen Dostal says that the company ’s new Steelmaster mounting tape range, the tesa 52018 Soft- print x-Soft, as well as its new tesa Foam Advisor, which “gives advice for the correct foam hardness to be used for optimum printing results according to the plate type, thickness and motif to be printed,” enticed visitors Wikoff Color, an FTA member and first-time Labelexpo Eu- rope exhibitor, has made regular appearances at the biennial Labelexpo Americas show. John Pettus of Wikoff maintains the company attended “in order to grow its global customer base and drive additional business to its United Kingdom ink and coating manufacturing operation.” “The amount of show attendants was impressive,” he says, “and Wikoff feels its message, culture and product lines were well received in a fairly new market.” Other FTA members shared similar sentiments. Jazmin Cordero, of Harper Corporation of America, pinpoints Labelexpo as the “perfect setting” for the company to “lay the groundwork for its new strategy in supporting not only Europe, but customers throughout the world.” In Brussels it announced a “new partnership with MECA & Technology Machine out of Green Bay, WI.” Label Vision Systems, Inc’s Tim Lydell says the company was “inundated... with prospects from the opening of the first day to the closing day” thanks to “the advent of track and trace and serialization of bar codes.” The latest versions of Martin Automatic’s MBS unwind/splic- er and LRD rewinder, each with a unique set of improvements and evolutionary components, brought inquiries from potential and future customers from around the world, according to the company’s Marketing Manager Craig Thomson. J M Heaford’s award-winning FTS Narrow Web Flexo Plate Mounter “generated huge interest,” says the company’s Sally-Anne Heaford, “with more than 200 visitors to the stand.” Other notable achievements by FTA members included: • Flint Group Narrow Web winning of “the New Innovation Award for LED printing inks,” according to Niklas Olsson, “and the announcement of the company’s investment in a new combination printing press in Trelleborg, Sweden” • A total of 32 Vetaphone A/S systems that Anne Langkjer Wüthrich says were “on display, installed in machines from all the main manufacturers” • Xeikon’s “See the Proof” campaign that brought “enthu- siastic crowds from around the globe at its booth,” says the company’s Wim Maes • A total of 61 live demonstrations, with more than 30 percent more visitors compared to 2011, staged at the Gallus stand, caused Christof Naier to be confident that Gallus’ Print Shop concept, including the highly flexible near-line solution comprising the Heidelberg Linoprint L digital printing system and further processing on the Gal- lus ECS C, generated plenty of attention And it wasn’t only window-shopping at the event, with Xei- kon, Label Vision Systems and others ringing up sales. “The Nilpeter bell rang 24 times, each time a Nilpeter press was sold,” says Landberg. Ilse Decuyper, from Esko, may sum up Labelexpo Europe 2013 the most succinctly: “Workflow management, color management and prepress made our crew extremely busy for the full four days,” she says. “Already looking forward to Labelexpo Europe 2015!” n FLinT grouP nW, mArK AndY Win innovATion AWArd AT LAbeLeXPo euroPe 2013 After landing on the short-list of potential winners with more than 20 other entrants, Flint Group Narrow Web took the Award for Innovation at The Label Industry Global Awards on opening night of Labelexpo Europe 2013. Flint won for its EkoCure UV LED ink technologies, alongside its development partner and co-supplier Mark Andy. “ UV LED, mercury and ozone-free ink technology from Flint Group now offers a commercially viable option with its new EkoCure inks, providing improved cure re- sponse, cost and productivity savings, waste reduction, energy savings and enhanced safety that will undoubt- edly have a significant impact on the future of the label industry,” said the judges in their comments. EkoCure UV flexo and screen inks are the first-ever narrow web printing inks developed for use in combina- tion printing. First launched in the U.S . in 2012, they are now globally available through Flint’s extensive distribu- tion network. “ To be [given] this innovation award is very encourag- ing and an excellent example of what can be achieved when working in partnership with industry suppliers,” says Guillaume Clement, its global business director of narrow web. “It is the teamwork and common drive that have made this revolutionary technology reality.” 62 FLeXO NOVEMbEr 2013 www.flexography.org www.flexography.org NOVEMbEr 2013 FLeXO 63