Bobst reveals new Vision CI flexo press and sustainable laminates

Day one of K 2019

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Danilo Vaskovic explaining the new Vision CI flexo press at the Bobst stand at K. Phot PSA
Danilo Vaskovic explaining the new Vision CI flexo press at the Bobst stand at K. Phot PSA

On 16 October 2019, the first day of the K exhibition, Bobst announced several developments among which, quite notable, is the new Vision CI flexo press billed as the best price-performance flexo printing machine for flexibles on the market. Visitors can see the new press n operation at the Open House event at Bobst’s Competence Center at Bobst Bielefeld, about a 90-minute drive from the Dusseldorf Messe. Packaging printers and converters are invited to go over to have a look with daily buses operating to and fro in what is a full-day excursion. 

Bobst Vision CI flexo pres. Photo Bobst
Bobst Vision CI flexo pres. Photo Bobst

The initial compact Vision CI flexo is an 8-color press running at 400 meters a minute at the Competence Centre. Bobst said at its press conference that it has several fast changeover and anti-vibration features. The new redesigned compact series will have the Vision go to 10-colors, and then to Expert and Master versions that we expect will be more automated and faster.

The Vision CI is designed to deliver efficient performance for all production lengths on a wide range of substrates. Fast to set up and change over, it features technical innovations and automation that ensure repeatable process consistency, minimum waste, and easy production.

The new wide web flexo is claimed to bring substantial sustainability benefits with its ‘smartHEAT’ technology, which enables the machine to use its own heat as an internal and useful energy source, while its ‘smartCLEAN’ technology saves on ink and solvents. Furthermore, ‘smartKEY’ and ‘smartSET’ are features to maximize machine productivity by minimizing job set-up time and material waste.

Display of high barrier solutions at Bobst's stand at K. Photo PSA
Display of high barrier solutions at Bobst’s stand at K. Photo PSA

New laminate developments

Sustainability is a major focus of K 2019 and at the K stand in Hall 4. Meanwhile, the Open House at Bobst Bielefeld provides an opportunity for the company to demonstrate its latest innovations in flexible packaging, including the Vision CI flexo press.

Bobst also talked about several sustainable laminate developments at the press conference, which it is displaying and explaining at the stand. These employ layers of single polymers, and with the use of AloX and other coating technologies are both easier to recycle and have what should be acceptable levels of oxygen and moisture barrier properties for many flexible packaging applications.

New and interesting flexible pouches made with new recyclable LDPE MDO laminates shown at Bobst's K stand. Photo PSA
New and interesting flexible pouches made with new recyclable LDPE MDO laminates shown at Bobst’s K stand. Photo PSA

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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