Soma to show latest version of Optima

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The latest version of the Optima flexographic printing press from Soma Engineering will make its debut at drupa 2016. Visitors will get to see a demo (twice daily) of the press featuring five unique solutions for flexo printers. Launched in 2013, the Optima offers a completely different design in flexographic printing presses optimized to run both labelstock paper and film packaging materials. The press bridges the gap between narrow and wide web printing for products such as in-mould and wrap around labels, shrink sleeves, retort pouches and sachets as well as paper sacks, cups and plates.

Available in 620 and 820 mm widths in up to eight colors, the Optima is capable of speeds up to 300 metres a minute and features unwind and rewind systems that are located outside the printing unit modules. This variable design allows the option of choosing any unwind/rewind configuration and in-line upstream or downstream printing and converting units such as cold seal or slitting – 1,050 mm and 1,270 mm wide web versions of the Optima model are also planned.


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.

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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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