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EFI will launch a single-pass press for corrugated packaging at drupa, which it claims will offer a significantly lower purchase price than rival systems. It will be based on a new aqueous UV ink technology, which is enabled in part by its acquisition of UK-based colourant specialist Rialco.

EFI also announced that it will launch a single pass press for corrugated packaging at drupa, which it claims will offer a significantly lower purchase price than rival systems. It will be based on a new aqueous UV ink technology, which is enabled in part by its acquisition of UK-based colourant specialist Rialco.

“The new machine combines some of our great concepts,” said EFI CEO Guy Gecht. “It uses our experience of single-pass printing in a tough industrial environment from CretaPrint, the in-line digital finishing capabilities of the Jetrion and the image quality of the Vutek. And we will make it a lot more affordable than anyone else attempting to go into the digital packaging market.” Gecht promised that the machine would be the first of a range using a new platform that in time would also address signage, labels and textiles.

EFI also announced that users of its Prinance MIS and Printy MIS who are on maintenance contracts will be able to switch to EFI PrintSmith free of charge. The announcement follows EFI’s acquisition of Alphagraph, which developed Printy and the former Heidelberg MIS, Prinance, both of which were predominantly sold in German-speaking countries.

Packaging South Asia is the cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which is scheduled to be held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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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