Labelexpo Europe 2015 is already shaping up to be a fascinating show. Not only will it be the biggest yet, but there will be major new technology announcements and the start of a groundbreaking shift towards package printing.
Looking at the flexible packaging scene, Soma will be the first company in the history of the show to demonstrate a CI flexo press, optimized for printing on unsupported films – not only flexible packaging but also shrink sleeve labels and wraparound labels. Nuova Gidue, along with its REVO partners, demonstrates new technology for ‘certified’ UV flexo printing of flexible packaging; and HP Indigo is expected to show its 20000 press with its converting system partners.
On the digital front will be the first showing in Europe of HP Indigo’s WS6800 press with in-line Spectrophotometry, and of Xeikon’s Cheetah, while Konica Minolta debuts an electrophotograhic toner press designed for the mid-range digital market. The Gallus-Heidelberg DCS340 receives its commercial launch, and Durst introduces an ‘entry-level’ version of its Tau UV inkjet press.
Other new technology announcements we were aware of as L&L went to press include a ‘bolt-on’ linerless label module for existing flexo presses and much more.