A quick review

India Label Show 2008

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part of Tarsus’s Labelexpo series
The India Label Show 2008, part of Tarsus’s Labelexpo series, was held at New Delhi between 3 and 6 December, 2008. This was the first edition of the show after it was bought out by Tarsus.

The show featured a lot of running state-of-the-art equipment including 15 label presses. These included top names like Nilpeter (FB-3300S), Gallus (EM 280), Rotatek (Brava), HP Indigo (ws4500), Gidue (S-Combat), Focus, Orthotec, Multitec (Ecoflex), AB Graphic (Omega Digicon Series 2), Lintec, Da Shen, Zonten, Jandu Engineers and H.R. (Paper) Machinery. Mark Andy were also due to demonstrate their 2200 combi press but the machine was stuck at the docks as they did not receive the customs clearance in time.

Other running equipment included a whole range of products from 100% inspection and defect detection systems from BST Sayona, and AB Graphic, the Cyrel FAST flexographic plate production line from DuPont with software from EskoArtwork, the Thermoflex Narrow CTP device for flexo/letterpress plates from Kodak, an intermittent rotary label die-cutting machine from Keen Machinery, web-guiding and tension control systems and a novel 100% inspection system from Erhardt + Leimer, finishing equipment from Apexrototech and RK Machine Tool Industry, stroboscopic inspection systems from Unilux and a RFID inlay insertion line from Bielomatik.

Other exhibitors/product agencies included other leading press and slitter-rewinder manufacturers like OMET, MPS, Etirama, Bang Sung, Aquaflex, Roland DG, Ruian Donghai, Autoprint, Stork, Kammann, J.M. Heaford, Xeikon,Konica Minolta, Martin Automatic, JD Enterprises. There were a large number of tooling and consumables suppliers like those for dies and tools (Bunting Magnetics, Electro Optic, Gerhardt, Kocher + Beck, Lartec, Rotary Technology, Rotometrics, Schober), substrates (Avery Dennison, UPM Raflatac, Weldon, Kaygee Loparex, Yupo, Huzhou Unifull, Lintec, MLM, Moma, Shree Arihant Laminate, Stic –On Papers, Snug Papers, SMI Coated Products), plates (Agfa, Flint, Toray, Jet, DuPont, Kodak), inks (Flint, Encres Dubuit, Inkstream), adhesives & chemicals (Dow Corning, Jesons, R.H. Special Coatings), UV systems (GEW, IST Metz, Alpha-Cure, Runwing, Unique UV and Light) anilox rollers (Cheshire, Zecher), doctor blades (Convertech) and cleaning equipment (Alphasonics, Flexo Concepts, Teknek). There were pre-press and MIS software suppliers (EskoArtwork, Label Traxx, Shuttleworth, Tharstern) as well as some label/hologram suppliers (Reynders, Kris, Shrink Pack Labels, Polyonics, Holostik, Holoflex Kumbhat, V-Tach Packaging) and a provider of anti-counterfeiting solutions (Techsun).

The overall presentation and range of products on display were quite good and well worth a visit for anyone connected with the label business like label converters and brand owners. The visitor turnout, however, appeared to be less than that at the last edition of the show in 2006.

The January-February 2009 issue of Packaging South Asia scheduled to be released at Printpack 09 in New Delhi will carry a detailed review and reportage on the show, as well as interviews by the PSA team of some of the suppliers and their buyers.