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Bobst Group and SEI Laser will join forces to accelerate the development of digital laser cutting solutions for the label and packaging industry. The synergies between both companies will enable them to develop new solutions and approaches to answer their clients’ needs.

The new activity will develop and commercialize worldwide digital laser cutting solutions for the labels, flexible packaging, folding carton, and corrugated board industries.

Once all required approvals will have been obtained, Bobst Group will provide more information, continuing to shape the future of the packaging world.

Bobst accelerates its digital investments

Bobst recently announced the acquisition of the remaining 49.9% in Mouvent AG to reinforce the development of its printing portfolio.

Bobst acquired 50.1% of RADEX in June 2017 to develop Mouvent AG, a start-up company focusing on digital inkjet printing. The intent was to explore and deliver the next innovations to transform packaging production. The work was accomplished over the last three years.

Mouvent’s innovative cluster technology has been deployed in the Mouvent LB-701, LB-702, and the Bobst Master DM5 presses. Despite the Covid-19 situation, more than 20 presses have been sold in Europe and the USA during 2020. The Bobst digital portfolio is opening new horizons for label converters, combining high-quality printing, high productivity, and the right economics. It is answering the growing demand for short runs, faster time-to-market, versioning, and seasonal products.

With this acquisition, Bobst is poised to further accelerate its leadership in printing and converting. New digital inkjet platforms and new water-based inks will soon be announced, answering the sustainability requirements and shaping the future of the packaging world.

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The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are growing similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

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