With emphasis on safe food packaging, Hubergroup promoted it MGA and Gecko range of inks at PackTech India held at Mumbai on 15–17 December. MGA Natura is ideal for special sheet-fed offset for printing organoleptically neutral print products on absorbent substrates. It is suitable for printing of food packaging made from paper and board. The prints made with Natura require inline application of an organoleptically neutral water-based coating. The MGA range of inks was launched in India earlier this year.
As more Asian consumers live their lives on-the-go, spending more time in transit every day, they are increasingly consuming meals and snacks on the run. These ‘transumers’ value convenient food that is presented in pre-portioned and highly portable food packaging. But convenience is not the only thing driving the buying decisions of Asian transumers. They also want to lead sustainable lifestyles and this is putting brand owners under pressure to embrace sustainable practices and ensure their goods have minimum impact on the environment.
Some people say that drupa 2016 would mark the end of the big numbers, but deducing trends from statistics can be treacherous. For the past five drupas, the total number of exhibitors has remained relatively stable, oscillating between, grosso modo, 1,850 and 1,950, albeit on less and less exhibition space, wheres visitor delegations have been shrinking continuously during this period. With a total of 1,837 exhibitors and 260,000 visitors, drupa 2016 has been attended by 54,000 less visitors than drupa 2012, but in 2012 the decline was more than 75,000 as compared to 2008, after a period of relative stability and drupa 2000’s peak performance. Most of the decline is attributed to participants from Germany and its direct neighbours, as a result of industry consolidation, but also showing that companies are becoming more selective and are sending less staff to visit the show. A trend which, if we are to believe the drupa organizers, is keeping up or even increasing the percentage of decision-makers and thus overall participation quality.
Yamato Scale is a leading manufacturer of multihead weighers and checkweighers for more than 80 years now. The company offers a range of solutions for weighing, mixing or counting products which are used prior to packaging.
“India is strategically an important market for Armor. It is one of the fastest growing markets in the world,” says Mark Day, vice president and general manager – Asia, Armor. A worldwide leader in thermal transfer ribbons, Armor has a strong team in India. “In terms of manufacturing, we started our operations in India in Bengaluru in 2014, and we are growing quite well.” Armor will move into a new 45,000 sq. ft. factory, also in Bengaluru, by the end of this year. “The new plant will bring in a lot of benefits to our customers,” says Day.
At a pre-drupa media event organized by HP on 21 and 22 March 2016 at its facilities in Israel, the company introduced six new HP Indigo digital presses, three HP PageWide web presses, and innovative cross-platform enhancements in quality, productivity, versatility and color. HP underlined its efforts to broaden print service providers’ (PSP) possibilities for high-value commercial applications to drive business growth.