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We were supposed to have an exclusive walkthrough of the 200K at LabelExpo, but as HP asked it to be rescheduled at the last minute, we couldn't change our program - so Editor Morten B. Reitoft gives you a short update.
Link to the INKISH V12 film from Israel you can find here:
Jules Lejeune, celebrating his 25th anniversary as managing director of the self-adhesive label association FINAT, talks about recent challenges faced by the European label industry, sustainability regulations, and the European Label Forum.
As mentioned a couple of times, CERM did some super nice panel debates from their booth, and James Brennan was in a panel with Stuart Morrison from Screen and Dennish Ebeltoft from Springfield. It is great to hear how solutions are actually integrated.
Christian Menegon, HP Indigo’s global business development manager who joined Indigo in 1995, has been at the forefront of digital technology’s evolution in the label industry for nearly three decades. He discusses HP Indigo’s new V12 and 200K presses.
Theurer.com is one of many exhibitors at LabelExpo Europe 2023, and though everybody is suffering from the heat, the mood is high. Managing Director Tobias Theurer finds time to talk to INKISH and gives us some background of the company, but also how the MIS/ERP solution has developed from being 'only' an invoicing and quotation system to a system able to so much more - integration, workflow, imposition, and with growth and presence in many markets Theurer.com predicts a bright future - we were happy to finally catch up with Theurer in person, super nice :-)
At the CERM booth, many panel debates took place. Unfortunately, we could only cover a few, and one of them was with Dennis Ebeltoft from Springfield. In that same session, Stuart Morrison from Screen Europe attended and talked about how Screen has also developed interfacing to solutions like ABG and, in this case, CERM. With its 350UV, Screen has become a well-known and well-used inkjet solution in the label industry, and when you hear about the collaborations, it only seems natural. Dig in!
Brazilian press manufacturer Etirama has launched its new SPS3 flexo press at Labelexpo Europe 2023. With a 350mm web width, the machine runs at up to 150m/min
Mark Andy’s Mexico sales manager talks about the Mexican label market and how nearshoring is helping growth to stimulate growth.
CERM's booth at LabelExpo was busy. Not only with demos and meetings, but a considerable percentage of the booth was reserved for panel debates where attendees could listen to different customers' stories about CERM. Editor Morten B. Reitoft attended one with Marco Oude Nijeweme from the Dutch label printer Eshuis and got the chance to talk to him after the debate. In this session, the topic was planning. Nijeweme explained how CERM helps them optimize job planning and even how scheduled maintenance and rush jobs can add to the planning, which dynamically changes to realities and SLAs. Interesting story to learn from.
Jordi Quera, VP of sales and marketing at Zonten Europe, discusses why semi-rotary offset technology can compete with digital in the short run and its increasing popularity in the European market.
Our Conversations are popular and for good reason, as you get the opportunity to get closer to the person behind the high-level management position. Editor Morten B. Reitoft can talk to the new Tarsus Group Managing Director, Jade Grace, in this film. You will learn what Jade Grace does when she is not working, but more importantly, learn about some of the considerations about expos, her own job, ambitions, and the future of tradeshows. Super nice conversations.
Christoph Gamper, CEO of DURST Group, is always interesting to speak to. In this interview from LabelExpo Europe 2023, we talk about Hawkeye - Durst's AI technology and how LabelExpo is different from a show like drupa. When we talk to Gamper, he is one of the few CEOs who have no fear of discussing issues like the value of a trade show or the organizer's flaws. Liberating is the word that comes to mind. Christoph Gamper will be one of the guests at our upcoming '23-edition NON-EVENT in Copenhagen. Enjoy!
Label Expo Brussels DID deliver on all parameters (except internet speed and temperature). Still, a very good show, and here in the morning of Day 2, James Quirk and Morten B. Reitoft share their views on the first day and expectations for the third. INKISH will only cover two days here, but still, that gives you thirty interviews - almost all online as you read this!
IST Metz sells UV-curring for other OEMs and offers customers retrofitting opportunities, not only retrofitting of LED-UV in IST's mercury housings but even competitors' housings, making it extremely easy for customers to choose IST. Volker Selg is good at explaining how LED-UV works and what advantages it gives the customers - one to see.
Alina Miccolis discusses Fedrigoni’s new Manter neck label range, recycled papers, and RE-Play range, which enables siliconized liners to be recovered and recycled.
The new MPrint C4 Compact sounds almost like the name of a new car, but it's not. The C4 Compact is a UV-coated 4-color printing device that can be fitted onto any existing Flexopress, essentially turning the Flexopress into a hybrid machine. Super nice idea that should be THE option many are looking for. Mprint is a company owned by Kurz, and they develop some pretty nice technology. A small four-color label printer was presented when we met with Achim Herzog at the IST UV-Days just a few months ago. Still, at LabelExpo, they introduced the 4C Compact, which, in our opinion, probably should have won the prize for best new business idea! Many excellent digital print bars/print heads are mounted on flexo presses. Still, with the Mprint 4C Compact, Mprint has developed a 4-color printer that can be mounted on almost any flexo press and essentially turn the machine into a flexo press with digital printing capabilities. Herzog emphasizes the potential, and well - it's a super great idea!
In this interview, Global Director - Digital Embellishment Solutions, Michael Aumann, explains the three types of digital embellishment technologies that today exist and how these are used based on application. We also talk about sustainability and many more interesting things - but dig in, we are certain you will like this! Kurz has built a super nice booth at LabelExpo, where they show both technology and applications. In the interview, we learn more about whether metalization is sustainable and how Kurz addresses sustainability both in the production and in the finished products. We also get a chance to learn about the technologies Kurz supplies and, therefore, better understand when to use which technology. It was super nice meeting Michael Aumann again, who recently stepped into a global marketing role. It's worth listening to!
Infigo web-to-print has been around for some time; during the past years, however, we have seen them at more and more tradeshows worldwide, and the company is on an exciting journey. At LabelExpo, they revealed their latest update, a web-to-label with two-way communication to CERM. In this interview, Alex Bowell explains the advantages for the customers - and how Infigo visited customers and had beta customers for a long time to understand the label segment and create a web-to-label solution to be the best in the market. Super interesting to hear, and some of the features are super cool!
Dennis Ebeltoft participated in one of several CERM pane debates during LabelExpo. His company, Springfield, decided years ago to be a 100% digital label Converter, and he speaks about how they have built up workflow around CERM, ABG, Screen, and ESKO. Ebeltoft also explains how they started with several Indigo's and how moving to inkjet with the Screen 350UV and an integrated ABG finishing line today allows the company to operate print and finishing with only one operator. Enjoy!
Mike Barry discusses the new technology being launched by Domino at Labelexpo Europe, including the European debut of its N7310 inkjet press and new inkjet integration module.
Commercial manager Lizzie Bentley talks about IST Intech’s LED curing technology and the company’s recent rebranding from Integration Technology Ltd.
At the BOBST booth at LabelExpo we got the chance to meet with Patrick Graber from BOBST. We are in front of the DM340 talking about the success of the machine, but also the new digital white that give customers an extra option on the machine. But see the interview and learn :-)
A racing car driver is spotted in the halls of Labelexpo Europe 2023, promoting pre-press expert Heaford’s Top Mounter competition.
CEO Chiara Prati tells INKISH TV about the new wider version of its DIGIFAST digital converting line as the family-run company celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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