Packaging

Wed June 12th

John Lackner · President · Colbert Packa...

Marks's Quest for Americans led him to John Lackner, who announced his purchase of an RMGT Series 10 machine at Drupa. The most extended configuration in the US so far - with an 8+2 configuration - made to serve the needs of current and future customers - but learn more in the interview. Enjoy!

Wed June 12th

Mike Natalizia · CTO · AstroNova · Repor...

It was a super interesting chat with CTO Mike Natalizia from AstroNova. Of course, developing modern inkjet label presses is very different from the days with ribbons. In this interview, we talk about technologies, market demands, substrates, and inks. Super interesting!

Wed June 12th

Stefan Kleditzsch · Head of Sales, Centr...

KAMA seems to be the rising star on the finishing and embellishment sky, and here, INKISH's Jacques Michiels talks to Stefan Kleditzsch.  

Wed June 12th

Walkthrough part 1 · Eric Frank · Senior...

In this walkthrough, Eric Frank shows you a straight 7-color B1 offset press with a coater setup for an extended color gamut - and the new speed record holder with 22,000 sheets an hour. Listen and learn as Eric Frank takes you through the machine!

Wed June 12th

Walkthrough part 2 · Eric Frank · Senior...

And the Walkthrough continues - so enjoy :-) LinkedIn Profile: Eric Frank https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-frank-838a6b10/

Tue June 11th

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Alfonso Cobe · Commercial Director · ASG...

Alfonso Cobe from ASG discussed his company at the Weilburger Graphics stand at drupa. ASG is a major national distributor in Spain, focusing on consumables like rubber, inks, chemicals, and plates. They have been distributing Weilburger Graphics water-based and UV varnishes for three years. The market response to Weilburger Graphics is positive due to its high quality and international reputation. Current trends include a high demand for barrier varnishes as a replacement for plastic, with Weilburger Graphics offering specialized varnishes like Soft Touch, Dripot, and UV effect varnishes. The Spanish printing market is focused on packaging, reducing costs, and increasing productivity. At Drupa, Alfonso is interested in new digital technologies and their integration with varnishing processes.

Tue June 11th

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Jokin Iruretagoiena Osoro · Managing Dir...

James Quirk in conversation with Managing Director Jokin Iruretagoiena Osoro from ETI.

Mon June 10th

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Shekar Balarishna · Managing Director · ...

What a day. The Bangalore-based printing company Imprint TechnoPack is now officially the first FOGRA-certified printing company in India, and in this interview that takes place minutes after the signing at FOGRA's booth, Managing Director Shekar Balarishna explains why they chose to join FOGRA but even more important what it means to the company serving customers from abroad in India. India continues to be one of the strongest growing economies, and many Western companies are looking for opportunities - here is India's first FOGRA-certified printing company. A warm congratulations and best wishes from team INKISH.

Mon June 10th

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Mark Dempsey · WW GTM Director · HP Indu...

Interesting to talk to Mark Dempsey from HP Industrial about corrugated packaging, especially since more and more converters and packaging printers are interested in full-printed boxes.

Sun June 9th

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Koen Vlieghe · BOBST · the VIGC talks fr...

Interview in Dutch - subtitles in English. BOBST pakt opvallend groots uit op deze Drupa. Ze hebben dan ook een indrukwekkende portfolio en grote machineconfiguraties meegenomen. Er is veel veranderd bij BOBST sinds ze de laatste keer deelnamen aan Drupa, nu 8 jaar geleden. Vlaming Koen Vlieghe, Zone Business Director Label neemt ons mee op de spreekwoordelijke “Booth tour” en geeft uitleg over de “digitale strategie“ die BOBST sinds enige tijd versneld uitrolt. — EN — BOBST has a grand appearance at this Drupa. They have brought with them an impressive portfolio and large machine configurations. A lot has changed at BOBST since they last participated in Drupa, now 8 years ago. Flemish Koen Vlieghe, Zone Business Director Label takes us on the proverbial “Booth tour” and explains the “digital strategy” that BOBST has been rapidly rolling out for some time now.

Sat June 8th

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Greg Woods · President & CEO · Astr...

Almost impossible to imagine, but AstroNova started with a 4-color ribbon print and is today a recognized supplier to the label/printing industry. At Drupa 2024, the neighboring booth, MTEX from Portugal, was acquired by AstroNova very recently - moving AstroNova into a new league of printers. Super interesting chat also allows us to learn about organic and non-organic growth! LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregwoods1234/

Sat June 8th

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Elói Ferreira · CEO · MTEX NS · Reporti...

MTEX has a background in the textile industry, which makes perfect sense, as MTEX is situated in Portugal. CEO Elói Ferreira speaks about the advantages of being part of Astronova. Enjoy!

Wed May 29th

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La Franceschina Antonio, Lorenzo Patrini...

LinkedIn Profile: Lorenzo Patrini - ACM https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorenzo-patrini-809763286/ La Franceschina Antonio - ACM https://www.linkedin.com/in/la-franceschina-antonio-92a1a54/ Andrea Belloli - Asahi https://linkedin.com/in/andrea-belloli-a38412146/

Fri May 17th

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Christof Bromberger · CEO · Bromberger P...

Bromberger Packungen celebrates but doesn't celebrate its 120th anniversary because, as CEO Christof Bromberger says, the big celebration is 125 years in only five years. As the company name indicates, Bromberger Packungen produces packaging material. In this film, we speak to both Christof Bromberger and Arno Duerr from Weilburger Graphics about choosing and working with the right supplier of different consumables like varnishes, coatings, and even ink. Enjoy :-) Interview by James Quirk

Thu May 16th

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Ali Benchekroun · Associate Executive Di...

What to expect when you visit a North African country for the first time? Well, we arrived at around 20:00 local time in Casablanca airport, and when we got out of the plane, the warm, dry air was pleasant. Luggage and security were a breath, and a few minutes later, our driver came, picked us up, and drove us about 30 minutes from the airport to our hotel. The adventure started great, and the expectations of visiting DirectPrint were high. And we were satisfied. Several Komori printing presses in different formats, Horizon and MBO binding equipment for perfect binding, stitched products, and tons of hands and equipment for rigid boxes, folding cartons, labels, digital embellishment, and, of course, the two KAMA products - the very reason for our visit - a Flexfold FF52i (Folding Gluer with extremely short setup time), and a ProCut76 a die cutter/hot stamping machine with extreme precession AND fast setup time - we have done a walkthrough of the machine, you can see it here: https://inkish.tv/inkish-video/sofwalkthrough/ Ali Benchekroun is getting ready to take over the family business at some point. Still, he will take over a super WELL-run operation with all the modern technology you can only dream of. Enjoy!

Wed May 15th

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Mirco Wilke · All4Labels · Investment in...

Crystal Clean Connect fully automates the entire plate-making process, from imaging and exposure to plate production, reducing the number of steps in the flexo plate-making process from twelve to just one. It delivers a 90 percent reduction in dedicated operator time, an average 25 percent increase in press OEE, and a 20 percent reduction in ink usage. The system results from two years of joint development between Asahi Photoproducts and Esko. Mirco Wilk from All4Labels, Pascal Thomas from Esko, and Dieter Niederstadt from Asahi Photoproducts share the story in this film. Enjoy. Interviewed by Jacques Michiels.

Tue May 14th

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Shlomo Nimrodi · Highcon · PreDrupa LIVE...

Morten Reitoft and Shlomo Nimrodi discuss preparations and expectations for Drupa 2024. Nimrodi, who recently traveled from Seattle to New York, emphasizes balancing daily business operations with Drupa preparations. He notes that his recent US trip involves meeting with the sales team and potential clients, some of whom plan to attend Drupa, to finalize deals. Nimrodi reflects on the changes in Highcon's team since the last Drupa in 2016, highlighting the positive impact of new team members and their energy. He describes Highcon's strategic pivot towards industrial-scale packaging for corrugated and folding cartons, moving away from more niche markets. This shift aims to mainstream digital die-cutting and meet the market's needs more effectively. At Drupa, Highcon will showcase significant improvements, including a 50% increase in productivity through technological advancements and process changes. They will introduce the Beam 3, the Beam Writer (an offline device for faster job setup), and upgraded versions of their existing equipment. Highcon will focus on customer applications and their products' substantial productivity and efficiency gains. Nimrodi discusses the importance of customer feedback and involvement in product development, particularly with the new Vulcan model. This collaborative approach ensures that Highcon's innovations align with market needs and helps mitigate risks. He also highlights the success of the Beam Writer, which allows customers to increase productivity without the need for additional machines, offering a cost-effective solution. The conversation ends with Reitoft thanking Nimrodi for his participation and expressing mutual appreciation for their ongoing collaboration. Nimrodi acknowledges the value of Reitoft's contributions to the industry and looks forward to seeing him at Drupa.

Tue May 14th

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Matthias Miederer · KAMA · PreDrupa LIVE...

Matthias Miederer and Morten Reitoft discuss the developments at KAMA and their plans for Drupa 2024. Miederer, who started working for KAMA as the Head of Product Management earlier this year, explains his role in strengthening the link between sales and development. He introduces KAMA as a supplier of post-press finishing solutions, focusing on tailored solutions for short to medium-run finishing, especially targeting the digital printing market. Reitoft showcases a product from KAMA's customer, Studio on Fire, emphasizing the added value and quality KAMA's equipment brings to print products. Miederer agrees, highlighting the company's commitment to providing efficient finishing solutions that help customers offer more to their clients and gain new jobs. They discuss KAMA's new product, the Hammerhead, a digital embellishment machine capable of coatings/varnishes and metallization. Miederer explains that the Hammerhead continues KAMA's tradition of building solid, robust machines while integrating efficiency and speed for digital embellishment. The machine offers a B2 platform ready for B1 and can run at 5,700 sheets per hour, making it flexible and suitable for various production needs. Reitoft asks about the potential market for digital embellishment. Miederer acknowledges the slow growth compared to digital printing but sees increasing interest and adoption. He emphasizes the need to educate graphic designers and the benefits of digital embellishment in offering flexible, tool-free, and unique finishes compared to traditional methods. They then discuss the FlexFold, KAMA's high-speed folding and gluing machine with a high level of automation. Miederer highlights its quick setup times and suitability for the pharmaceutical market with built-in Braille functionality. He mentions that KAMA will showcase the ProCut 76, FlexFold, Hammerhead videos and samples, and animations of new robotic solutions at Drupa. The conversation wraps up with Reitoft noting the importance of KAMA's solutions and looking forward to seeing Miederer at Drupa in two weeks.  

Sun May 12th

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Daniel Velema · Managing Director · Koen...

Daniel Velema was recently announced as Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Durst - and that journey is interesting as Velema has great experience bringing the joint venture forward. In this interview, we get a chance to talk about the market and the potential - and though Velema is busy with customers, there are still a few things to learn, we believe - Enjoy!  

Sun May 12th

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Maik Laubin · Vice Presiden Digital Solu...

Even though the decision to develop and produce the VarieJet 106 was made long ago, and the market is changing, VP Digital Solutions Maik Laubin ensures Editor Morten B. Reitoft that the market is changing in the right direction. With customers demanding products that can only be made profitable digitally, the technology developed in the Koenig & Bauer Durst Joint Venture is right for the market - Maik Laubin is convincing, and his speak - and with the first machines in the market - it will be interesting to see what happens. We got the chance to talk to one of the two beta customers at the Open House, and he was VERY pleased - so it is exciting times :-)

Sun May 12th

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Benjamin Bösch · Sales Director · Koeni...

Benjamin Bösch joined Koenig & Bauer Durst just weeks before this interview. Still, with a background from manroland, HP, Landa, and now Koenig & Bauer Durst, we, of course, had to ask him if his the 'living evidence of the digital transformation,' - and here we go. Will the increased digital transformation in packaging also change how sales are done, and will that commoditize the market? We are excited to see Benjamin Bösch with Koenig & Bauer, and hopefully we will get more chances to talk to him in the future. Enjoy!

Sun May 12th

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Tom Sander · Product Manager · Koenig &#...

This walkthrough shows the new Koenig & Bauer Durst VarieJet 106, a digital printer for folding cartons. The product Manager, Tom Sander, brilliantly explains how the machine is built, where the flexo varnish units are positioned, and what advantages these and the VarieJet have. Enjoy!

Wed May 8th

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Job Van Hasselt · KAMA

From the Netherlands, living in Malaysia, having a house in Mallorca, and serving Asia Pacific + North Africa for KAMA. Job Van Hasselt gets around, has broad industry knowledge, and is experienced, curious, and successful with KAMA. We met with him in Casablanca - listen :-)  

Tue May 7th

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Houssine Chekkar · MASAKA · North Africa...

Houssine Chekkar is known by many. A very nice and open-minded man with a history from HP. He is proud of his past as much as of his current job, founder, owner, and CEO of Masaka. Masaka represents DURST and KAMA in North Africa, with both brands having a huge opportunity. Houssine Chekkar explains to Editor Morten B. Reitoft that it always starts with trust - building relations, understanding the needs, delivering the product or service, and business is established. We met Chekkar during our visit to Casablanca, where we met one of his many customers - and, of course, got a chance to talk to him about the potential in this part of the world!