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drupa 2020 Dates Brought Forward by 1 Week

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World's most important trade fair for printing technologies will be held from 16 to 26 June 2020.

The dates of the world's most important trade fair for printing technologies will be brought forward by one week: drupa is to take place now from Tuesday, 16 June, to Friday, 26 June 2020.

This was agreed by the drupa Committee and Messe Düsseldorf at their meeting on 15 February 2017. The key argument for this decision was the fact that in some European countries as well as German states the summer holidays would have already started during the initially planned dates (23 June to 3 July 2020). By changing the dates Messe Düsseldorf is responding to requests voiced by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

Explaining the move Werner Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said: "When we decided to stick to the 4-year cycle of drupa in consultation with the leading representatives of the industry during drupa 2016, the majority of holiday dates had not been published yet." He went on to say: "Now we are really pleased that we can offer this solution although there is hardly any room for manoeuvre in the packed trade fair year of 2020. The fact that we agreed on a more compact stand construction period also contributes to holding the entire trade fair in June. And we are delighted to be able to act in our customers' interest by kicking off one week earlier than originally planned."


NPES and VDMA Packaging Study

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Innovative technologies and materials are creating new possibilities for the print packaging industry and resulting in the continuous development of this sector. To find out how our industry is going to evolve within the next years and to identify the upcoming key trends on the global print packaging market, the Economist Intelligence Unit, in partnership with NPES - The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies and the VDMA, the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association of Germany has conducted a joint comprehensive study. Recently, the results of this "Worldwide Market for Print 2.0: Global Opportunities in Packaging" study.

Status Quo of the Print Packaging Market: A Bright Spot of Steady Growth
The aim of this research study was to develop a historical assessment of the global print packaging market between 2011 and 2015 and to project its development over 2016 to 2020. In order to achieve representative results and to give NPES and VDMA members the best recommendations for their businesses, the study evaluated 26 countries spanning all global regions. Those were analyzed based on their overall size and importance within the industry, as well as on the potential growth opportunities they present. The examined segments of the print packaging industry included corrugated, folding carton and paperboard, flexible, labels and tags, and other print packaging.

According to the new study, total world packaging revenues grew from $231 billion ($U.S.) in 2011 to $242 billion in 2015, and between 2015 and 2020 print packaging global revenues are projected to grow by 18% or $44 billion to $286 billion in 2020. Notably in 2015, 78% of total global print packaging revenues was concentrated in the top five markets comprised of the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and the U.K., however, the largest share and fastest pace of future growth will be recognized in emerging nations, primarily in the Asia-Pacific region.

The accelerated growth of emerging markets remains the dominant trend and driving force behind the print packaging industry outlook, due to rising middle classes, and fast growing incomes and urbanization. Regionally, Asia-Pacific is the largest market projected to grow to $130 billion by 2020, compared to N. America projected to reach $90 billion and western Europe to $52 billion.

All subcategories of print packaging will grow at rates of 3-5% CAGR, with corrugated print packaging enjoying the highest share of the global packaging market at $101 billion in 2020, though demonstrating the slowest rate of growth at 3.5% in 2016-2020. Flexible print packaging will be the fastest growing segment at 5.7% average annual pace to post revenues of $73 billion in 2020. Specific country markets across developed and emerging economies will experience varying rates of growth, in all subcategories, to also include folding cartons, labels and tags, and other segments such as direct print on metal and rigid plastics.

Flexible Packaging is the Future

The study makes clear that flexible packaging is expected to be the fastest growing segment over the next five years. The shift from folding carton and other rigid packaging to flexible is explained with its economical and innovative value, especially in points of saving costs, sustainability and easy transport. Further, the growing desire for shorter runs and job sizes becomes more and more important when talking about flexible packaging. Due to changing consumer demands, which include the preference of pre-packaged foods and a wide variety of products in different shapes and sizes, companies have to react even more on those in the future. It also turned out that the market for low migration inks will grow strongly by accompanying the trends of flexible packaging.

The reason for that is that flexible packaging often requires low-migration inks, as it is directly in contact with the product. All in all, the study forecasts that the mentioned facts will drive the segment to gain global market share by 2020.


Elopak celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Elopak (European Licensee of Pure-Pak®) was founded on 11th February 1957 by Johan Andresen Snr.  who invested in the vision of Norwegian engineer Christian August Johansen to bring the Pure-Pak® carton license to Europe from the U.S. and to build Pure-Pak® filling machines.

Today Elopak has developed and expanded to more than 30 countries with over 40 office sites including eleven manufacturing plants and three Pure-Pak® associates, and operates in over 80 markets. During its growth over the last 60 years Elopak has revolutionized the functionality, convenience and shape of the Pure-Pak® carton alongside industry-leading developments in filling technology and systems.

The traditional Pure-Pak® carton has grown into a portfolio of cartons meeting changing consumer  demands. Elopak has developed carton features and closures to enhance convenience and secure food safety and system quality. On the environmental footprint of its systems the company is constantly working to lead the way and exceed any regulatory requirements. Its wide range of carton packaging includes the greenest Pure-Pak® carton ever - a virtually 100% renewable carton from Elopak as a Carbon Neutral Company.

Elopak has developed the Pure-Pak® Aseptic System to meet market demands for high speed and high quality filling equipment for long shelf life applications. In 2011 Elopak opened a new state-of the-art filling machine manufacturing plant in Mönchengladbach, Germany. Within a couple of years a new technology platform for modular designed filling machines was constructed and brought to market meeting the highest hygienic standards and efficiency requirements.

In 2013 Elopak successfully started the production of Roll Fed aseptic packaging material and is ramping up the business with both new and existing customers.

"For over six decades Elopak has developed both the Pure-Pak® carton and filling machine technology with foresight, innovation and a culture of team work and collaboration. All of this is increasing the value of our products and services for the best of our customers and the consumers.  We are continuously developing and expanding our product offerings and will pursue further possibilities by making packaging count and showing how much our customers matter.  As we celebrate our 60th anniversary and our many achievements  - we are ready for reaching out to even more consumers," says Niels Petter Wright, CEO of Elopak.


Stamping Nanomaterial onto Flexible Surfaces

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How do you know if the coffee in your to go mug is ready to drink without trying and maybe burning your lips? Do you have an idea if you can still eat the meat in your fridge even if the expiration date is already exceeded? Actual there is no practicable answer but nanotubes stamps could bring the solution!

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a stamping process that involves carbon nanotubes which might cost-effectively print electronic ink onto almost any surface - whether rigid or flexible.

Higher Resolution than Conventional Printing Methods
But what is new about this stamping method? In the past there have already been some attempts to print electronic surfaces using inject printing or rubber stamping techniques but the results have often been fuzzy. Controlling the results gets more difficult the smaller the scale gets. With conventional methods, the ink risked to disperse to places it should not. Further, the conductive ink often cracked a little when been printed on flexible surfaces so that it lost its conductance.

To overcome all these challenges the stamps developed by MIT come with a surface covered with nanoscale holes, which enable the ink consisting of nanoparticles uniformly flow onto the surface. The MIT researchers also found out that the key to success is not just the stamp's nanoporous surface but it also depends on how evenly pressure is applied to them. Designed in this way, the stamp achieves much higher resolution than conventional printing methods.

New Techniques Bring New Possibilities

The researchers expect that these nano-stamped prints can, for instance, function as a transistor for controlling individual pixels in high-resolution displays. They could also be used as electronic labels or stickers. When it comes to food packaging, they might show a countdown how long the food inside is still consumable. Another application possibility are windows telling you the day's weather forecast based on hyper-local weather monitoring.
Now, that there is a solution for the technical realization of such small applications in prospect the next challenge is to reduce production costs as much as possible. As soon as the costs for fabrication are low enough it will become more likely to print these applications on disposables like a to go mug or a meat packaging.




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Presentation of current trends as well as an opportunity for meeting professionals.

The traditional trade fair REKLAMA POLYGRAF has achieved, for 23 years of its existence, a position of the most important event held in this sector in Central and Eastern Europe. This year it will bring, already for the 24th time, presentation of innovations and trends in the advertising communication and use of printing technologies. This year's edition will focus on the area of packaging - the OBALY (PACKAGING) Trade Fair will be organised simultaneously with the REKLAMA POLYGRAF Trade Fair. The two events will be held from 24 to 26 April 2017 under one roof of the PVA EXPO PRAGUE Exhibition Centre.
At the trade fair of advertising services the professional public can enjoy not only an overview of new technologies, products or final applications, but also a rich accompanying programme of competitions, lectures and conferences. The visitors coming to the Packaging section will be made simultaneously familiar with the news in the sector, and we will focus mainly on individualisation of packages and trends in the design of packages. Attention will be paid not only to digitally printed labels and packages, but also to always more and more popular intelligent packages.

The REKLAMA POLYGRAF Trade Fair is the only event of this type in the Czech Republic and every year it is attended by thousands of visitors from the circles of contracting entities, advertising agencies, advertising producers and other firms. At present it is already possible to definitely state that unlike the last year's event, when participation of exhibitors was endangered by organisation of the Drupa Trade Fair, this year's edition of the trade fair will be proud of its extensiveness and participation of exhibitors comparable with 2015. This means that preparations for the Trade Fair 2017 are fully underway, and therefore it is already now possible to look slightly at composition of individual exhibitors. Like in previous years, the trade fair will be attended not only by a large number of Czech and Slovak firms, but also by a regularly increasing number of foreign exhibitors coming from Poland, Germany, Italy or Bulgaria. "The visitors of the REKLAMA POLYGRAF Trade Fair can look forward to expositions of leading players on the Czech market - they will be able to see extensive expositions of Xerox or Spandex, while in the polygraph section you will find such firms as Canon, Comimpex, Ricoh, FujiFilm, Epson, DataLine Technology, Papyrus, Bitcon, Profisign and other important companies to which the clients are already used in this country. A relatively extensive presentation will be offered in the hall no. 4 by the Slovakia-based firm "Nanotec", which is one of the largest suppliers of consumable materials for digital printing and focuses on complete sublimation designs.

Major space of the REKLAMA POLYGRAF Trade Fair will be devoted to advertising textile products.  You will not miss there expositions of such firms as Cotton Classics, Kapatex, Alex Fox, Falk & Ross, or Industrial Wear. Embroidery machines will be traditionally presented at the trade fair at the expositions of Nedbal Trading, Šicí technika Brother or of newly registered Tama Bohemia. The visitors will find laser etching and cutting machines for example at the stands of Uhal Trade or at the unusual exposition of the 4is company. This year's participation of the firms with an offer of exhibition systems and modules, which are to be presented e.g. by Madness Advertising, Ultima Displays or DIS Media, is also worth mentioning. And of course, companies representing the nomenclature of advertising and gift articles and companies representing the digital signage sector will not be missing at this year's trade fair either," - adds Jana Nosálová, Trade Fair Director.

The OBALY (PACKAGING) Trade Fair is a logical crystallisation from the nomenclature of the REKLAMA POLYGRAF Trade Fair
This print&packaging segment is not fully new at the trade fair, already last year (2016) approximately 200 m2 of the floor area was dedicated to this sector with expectations of the feedback from visitors and possible new potential exhibitors. This year the organisers prepare 2 interactive expositions for visitors, which are to predominate at the OBALY (PACKAGING) Trade Fair. One of them is the "Centre of Low-cost Production of Packages" - in this joint interactive exposition they will present modern technologies of low-cost production of packages to the visitors. They will learn not only how packages are designed and manufactured, but also what the possibilities of the low-cost production of packages are like and how to produce packages at low cost in such a way that they can be functioning, aesthetical and affordable. Within the framework of this project the organisers will present a "manufacturing line", which is to consist of components of individual suppliers from various segments of production, i.e. software for production of packages, printing machines, finishing (lamination, varnishing, cutting-out, laser cutting). They will simply try to present to the trade fair visitors how the package production process takes place, from the design up to its final product. The other interactive exposition will then be "Centre of Marking and Labels".
The partners of both the centres can thus get involved actively in the stand of "their" Centre, where they will present their firm, products or services directly in the place of the event.

The OBALY (PACKAGING) 2017 Trade Fair will be presented as a specialised event, whose main focus in 2017 will be mainly on:

1)    Packages for e-shops
2)    Gift packages
3)    Packages for cosmetics and pharmacy
4)    Labels
5)    POS displays

Among the exhibitors from the field of print&packaging it will be possible to welcome such companies as TECHNOLOGY, ARCON, XEROX, STI Česko, Esko, Achilles, OTK Group, G.N.P. Paketo, KURZ, Weldplast, pap4ever digital and many other players of the packaging segment.

As it is therefore clear from the above mentioned brief description, visitors coming to these two events will not be bored in any case. They will be able to enjoy also the accompanying programme, guaranteed by leading personalities. "After the successful last year's specialised panel we prepare again, for registered participants, a discussion forum concerning the issues of advertising in the Capital City of Prague. Within the framework of the trade fair it will be also possible to attend the announcement of the results of the competition known as Rainbow Ray 2016," - adds Nosálová. The expert conference entitled "Specialities of the Packaging Design" organised by the CZECH PACKAGING INSTITUTE SYBA, which is the main professional partner of the OBALY (PACKAGING) Trade Fair, will be held for the professional public on the second day of the trade fair in the Congress Hall of the Entrance Hall II.

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