Heidelberg’s next Showtime on 22 July

Upcoming event is for commercial printers

Heidelberg’s next Showtime on 22 July
The new Heidelberg XL DD 106 rotary die-cutter Photo Heidelberg

Heidelberg’s next showtime event is just this week on 22 July 2021 and it focuses on commercial printers. Below is the report on its event in June in which it talked about a very stable and lucrative segment, In-Mold Labels.

In the second part of its showtime event on 23 June 2021, in which it talked about its ‘new XL104’s high performance at a good price,’ the company also demonstrated its In-Mold (IML) and wet glue label solution.

This demonstration used an 8-color plus coater and three Y unit sheetfed press and a new version of its rotary diecutter, the Speedmaster XL 106-DD. IMLs are used extensively for food packaging, lids, and paint buckets. In India, they are used for butter, cheese, ice-cream containers, and paint buckets.

Heidelberg says its new solution, also ‘high performance at a good price,’ sets new standards for producing in-mold labels. In addition, the new diecutter has been reduced from two units to a single drive unit, taking less space, consuming less power, and less CAPEX.

The Speedmaster XL 106-DD works on the principle of the rotary die cutter, which offers several advantages over the flatbed and punch die-cutters which are usually used in the production of in-mold labels.

It requires 15 minutes of make-ready, and according to Heidelberg, for production runs up to 500,000 sheets, the cost of tooling is reduced by 50% compared to traditional flatbed die-cutting. In addition, using innovative components from the Speedmaster XL 106 perfecting technology ensures precise align delivery piles without a single blank being detached from a sheet.

The Speedmaster XL 106-DD rotary die-cutter is equipped with an innovative magnetic cylinder with extraction for special applications. The machine not only cuts out the contour but also removes even the tiniest injection holes of five millimeters diameter or more completely and reliably. All of this in a single step and at a higher speed than previously possible.

Heidelberg’s Showtime to discuss commercial printing applications

In the Showtime presentation, the converting of IMLs solution was shown together with printing on a specially equipped XL 106 8-color press plus coater with three Y units for curing the IML and wet glue label stocks. The IML performance package includes a Cutstar for reel to sheet, a feeder with an additional blow bar for thin materials, optimized sheet travel, and delivery.

The rotary diecutter XL 106 has been shrunk from two drives to a single drive and can run at 14,000 sheets per hour. As Heidelberg’s Philip Doley pointed out in the presentation, the IML market is very stable and has not suffered any Covid-19 pandemic effects.

He also suggested that the single unit diecutter is available at a very attractive price which we are pretty curious about. Most IML labels in India are printed on gravure, CI, or label flexo presses and die cut using flatbed die-cutters and robotic gathering stations for the end products.

The next Heidelberg web events are on 15 July for folding cartons and on 22 July for commercial printing applications. For the forthcoming 22 July event, you can register from the video below or by clicking here.

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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