Paolo Bonamigo focused his speech on the restorable gravure-printed products that currently can be made in flexo printing, the new challenges in raw material evaluation and the special innovative lamination inks and coatings that hubergroup have launched, which boost print quality and efficiency. In this sense, Dr. Lutz Frischmann detailed how hubergroup has been able to overcome binder system immanent restrictions and open up a new world of applications with its solvent based Gecko Platinum Flexo printing inks. “Facilitate outstanding lamination bond strength values even under sterilization, pasteurization conditions and broaden the gamma of applications to flexible packaging flexo printing” ensures Frischmann.

The new generation of hubergroup surface inks for multiple films PE, BOPP, chemical treated PET or Corona treated BOPA have superior wet adhesion and scratch fastness that enables further applications in surface printing. “Tactile varnishes give to the converters the opportunity to create surface effects combining optical effect like contrast gloss and mat with tactile experience, generating a lot of different combinations and applications” explained Mr. Gianetti.

During the event, attendees could analyse 2 K Paper touch, a waterproof paper on a plastic film while Dr. Lars Hancke detailed the importance of haptic perception and tactile coatings.

Carles Rodríguez, Comexi’s Laminating Brand Manager, and Albert Torrent, Comexi’s Slitting Brand Manager, explained also with demos the novelties in the laminating and slitting fields and how Comexi’s latest technologies, research and automation can increase converters performance and offer wide range of opportunities in retort pouches. In this sense, attendees were able to see three different solutions - a Comexi F2 MC press, one of the latest Comexi’s lamination developments, and S1 DT slitter with laser technology and integrated robot-working in different jobs. Besides, they could check the high quality printing and top performance of the laminating and slitting innovations presented during the event.

Hubergroup is one of specialists for printing inks, coatings and press room auxiliaries, currently comprising 40 companies and 130 sites.. In 2016, the group generate sales worth about 820 million euros.

Comexi has extensive experience in manufacturing equipment for the flexible packaging conversion industry. It runs five product lines, each specialized in a different conversion process: flexography printing, offset printing, rotogravure printing, laminating and slitting. The company has more than 36,000 sqm. distributed over three production centres in Riudellots de la Selva (Girona, Spain), Brazil and Italy.

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