The M5X, the M1 and the M6 lines— all in latest configuration and fitted with enhanced features. These presses are based on Bobst’s 2015 acquisition of Nuova Gidue and rebranding as Bobst

At Labelexpo Europe this year, Bobst will have the largest exhibit, featuring equipment in operation, engaging presentations, and connectivity displays. As many as three narrow mid-web inline UV flexo printing presses will be demonstrated at the company’s stand—the M5X, the M1 and the M6 lines—all in their latest configuration and fitted with enhanced features. These presses are based on Bobst’s 2015 acquisition of Nuova Gidue and rebranding as Bobst.

As well as the inline flexo presses showing incremental innovations to increase the equipment performance continuously, Bobst also has a brand new development in store. “It relates to packaging and we are keeping it under wraps,” shares Matteo Cardinotti, managing director of Bobst Firenze and head of narrow and mid-web multi-process product line. “But mum’s the word until Labelexpo, when all will be unveiled during a dedicated event that will take place on the BOBST stand on the evening of the first show day, on 25 September.”

It could be that the under wraps development refers to something that is not yet known to the market. However it may also refer to the new Bobst joint-venture with Radex called Mouvent. Mouvent showed a narrow web compact inkjet press at the company’s launch on 6 July 2017 at Wetzikon. It said that it will show its two new 7-color UV inkjet narrow web presses known as the LB 701UV and the LB702 UV. It is not clear but we expect Mouvent to have its own stand at the show.

Visitors to the Bobst stand will also learn about the vast and comprehensive range of web-fed solutions Bobst offers in the different segments of the label industry. These include the latest developments in CI flexo, gravure printing and lamination, which are especially suited for customers looking for efficiency in short-run production. Also, visitors can hear more about the Bobst range of silicone, adhesive and pre-/post- metallizing coating lines and vacuum metallizing solutions, including the new K5 EXPERT and AluBond process for high adhesion.

“Alongside all this technology, Bobst can offer preventive maintenance and service packages that help the equipment to deliver extraordinary levels of performance at all times. During the show some of the latest connected services will be demonstrated,” said Cardinotti.

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