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Subhasis Roy, business director, South East Asia and Indian subcontinent, Bobst business unit sheetfed addressing the audience at the Corrugated Board Converting conference

Focused on the latest innovations and trends in flexible and corrugated packaging respect- ively, two conferences held on 16 and 17 March 2015 in Bangkok, set the stage for over 200 attendees to experience the most advanced developments in machinery, processes and material technologies.

Flexible packaging was the focus for the roadshow’s opening day, which started with addresses by V Vavricka, deputy head of mission of the Embassy of Switzerland, and C Pungthong, president of the Thai Packaging Association. Addressing end-use market requirements and trends across the entire cycle of substrate production, printing, converting and finishing, Bobst and partners Atlas Converting Equipment, Coim, Daetwyler Graphics, Daetwyler Swiss Tec, Esko, Macchi, Rossini and Schmid Rhyner, tackled a wide variety of issues, analyzing challenges and presenting solutions in their respective fields of expertise.

The flexible packaging conference guest speaker, Mayuree Paklamjeak, a professor and packaging adviser to the Thai industry associations for printing, packaging and plastics, brought to the fore theneeds and trends ofthe packaging industry in Thailand through her 40- year experience with brand owner companies.

On the second day, Bobst and partners BHS, IST and Mac Dermid provided business and technology updates as well as invaluable insights into the latest trends incorrugated packaging. The highlight of the second day was the exploration of original means of improving profitability in corrugated packaging through structural innovation and improved visual appeal, as well as by improving shop floor efficiency. While Bobst and its partners presented the latest technological breakthroughs, the core philosophy was translating these
innovations into real time business gains.

Interest was particularly keen regarding the advantage of the power register concept for diecutting; the new features of the LILA speciality folder-gluer that address gap and fish tailing issues; and the ergonomics and technology of the latest Bobst FFG 8.20 flexo folder-gluer which fulfils the growing need to change over jobs numerous times in a given production shift.

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