Heidelberg talks about folding cartons

Report on Heidelberg's folding carton webinar

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Speedmaster CX 102 press

Heidelberg organized a webinar on 25 March to highlight how commercial printers can venture into packaging printing using its technologies and solutions.

Joerg Daehnhardt, head of the segment team folding cartons at Heidelberg, began the webinar by saying that the folding carton industry, especially in the emerging markets, is growing fast despite the pandemic. If a commercial printer wants to get into printing folding cartons, he or she already has some equipment and solutions, such as workflow, press, CtP, and sometimes die cutter, already in place, he said.

Earnhardt discussed the extra equipment that commercial printers will require to get into the folding carton converting business. They include data for die-making, flexible press equipment, die-cutter with stripping facility and folder gluer.

Sean White, print media center demonstrator, Prinect, said that Prinect production workflow could be an essential solution for someone who intends to venture into the packaging business. Prinect, the integrated print, and media workflow, links together all the print shop departments. It automates the job flows and makes operations more transparent.

Florian Franken of the product management group – sheetfed highlighted the flexibility of Heidelberg’s Speedmaster presses, focusing on Speedmaster CX102 press. With speeds of up to 16,500 sheets per hour, the Speedmaster CX 102 can handle almost all commercial, label, and packaging printing changes and can process all materials, from lightweight paper to rigid cardboard, with ease.

“The Speedmaster CX 102 is the universal press in our portfolio, and it is suitable for almost all offset printing applications. It has been designed to process a wide range of substrates,” Franken said.

Heidelberg demonstrates the Speedmaster CX102 press

During the webinar, Heidelberg presented a live demonstration of the Speedmaster CX 102 press. Two different jobs were processed in the press. The first was a commercial job where 16 pages were printed on 135 gsm in 63X88 format. The second job was a folding carton job which was printed on a full size 70X100 300 gsm paperboard stock with an additional spot color and full surface coating.

Kirsten Haase, head of business development – packaging, provided information regarding dying cutters and folder gluers. She talked about the MK Easymatrix 106 die-cutter. With an output of 7,700 sheets per hour and short set-up times, the Easymatrix 106 C/CS processes materials from 90 to 2,000 g/m². Even corrugated boards up to 4 mm thickness can be processed.

Haase said that the more one grows into carton printing and converting, the greater the need for more efficient equipment to achieve a good and fast process. “A typical die cutter to reach this is the Easymatrix 106,” she said.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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