Prati debuts Futura with unlimited upgrade possibilities

Labels at Gulf Print & Pack

Paolo Grasso, export manager of OMET and Jay Chawda, sales director of Printech ME at Gulf Print & Pack 2017

Futura is an open platform technology that allows Prati systems to be upgraded quickly and seamlessly with the integration of additional modules to permit the handling of an extended portfolio of printed products, such as those produced with filmic materials, in-mold labels or shrink sleeves. Futura is now to be offered as standard on all Prati machines, and was unveiled at Gulf Print & Pack 2017. It was shown on a Saturn Omnia multiuse finishing system on the Printech Middle East stand.

The upgrade can be done in-situ at the customer’s premises, making it an easier process to upgrade machines than the previous model of retrofitting, where they would need to be shipped back to Prati. “It is a versatile system that will safeguard our customers’ investments and allow them to meet the evolving requirements of their customers, whether adding IML, shrink sleeves, etc.,” said Prati sales and marketing director Chiara Prati.

OMET, Prati and Flint IML discussion at Gulf Print & Pack 2017

There is already much positive feedback from the Gulf Print & Pack 2017 trade fair held in Dubai at the World Trade Centre in end-March. OMET was well represented by Printech Middle East, agent for the Middle East market, whose stand was one of the exhibition attractions thanks to the great appeal of Italian brands such as OMET and Prati.

IML knowledge event

Great success was also recorded at the In-Mold Labels (IML) knowledge event, organized by Printech together with Omet, Prati Converting and Flint Inks. On the evening of 27 March, around 50 companies, mostly label and flexible packaging printers, participated with particular interest in the fast development of IML printing technology—although a niche market today but with very high expectation of growth in the next five years in the Middle East and Asian regions. OMET’s export manager Paolo Grasso, Prati’s sales director Chiara Prati and Philip Eappen along with David Chambers of Flint Group participated as speakers at the event. The pleasant evening concluded with a delectable dinner, which gave further opportunities to talk and debate on the IML subject, still not entirely clear for many printers.

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Naresh Khanna
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. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.