An innovation for the flexible packaging industry!

While gravure is the market leader, offset and flexography printing both are used for printing short run packaging, but in different ways. The coming years should see a web offset in the converting and corrugating industries. With this demand a new name has geared up the market in very short span of time. THALLO is a first sleeve web offset presses for flexible packaging. Apart from the huge value addition and employment involved in retail activities, packaging has served the Indian economy by helping preservation of the quality and lengthening the shelf life of innumerable products – ranging from milk and biscuits to drug and medicines, processed and semi-processed foods, fruits and vegetables, edible oils, electronic goods, etc besides domestic appliances and industrial machinery and other hardware needing transportation.

The packaging industry growth has led to greater specialisation and sophistication from the point of view of health (in the case of packaged foods and medicines) and environment friendliness of packing material. The demand on the packaging industry are challenging given the increasing environmental awareness among communities.

Over the past decade flexible packaging has emerged as arguably the most dynamic and innovative of packaging formats. The flexible packaging report gives a detailed analysis and forecast of the market on a global as well as regional level. This impressive rate of expansion is higher than the gross domestic product (GDP), suggesting the flexible packaging market is growing quicker than well-developed and traditional rigid packaging markets. The Smithers Pira report has forecasted the market to grow CAGR at 4.4 percent by 2019.

The growth in packaging industry is mainly driven by the food and pharmaceuticals packaging sectors. The large and growing Indian middle class, along with the growth in organised retailing in the country are fuelling growth in the packaging industry. In addition, expansion of food & beverage market, which is the largest application of flexible packaging, is expected to fuel the growth of the market. Rising consumer preference towards light weight, durable and highly aesthetic flexible packaging is expected to significantly fuel the growth of the market over the next few years.

The packaging industry in India is a mix of both organised medium to large players as well as very small players with a localised presence. The industry is comprised of a large number of manufacturers of basic materials, converted packages, machinery and ancillary materials. With the need of adopting better packaging methods, materials and machinery to ensure quality which has become very important for Indian businesses.

While gravure is the market leader, offset and flexography printing are both used for printing short run packaging, but in different ways. The biggest advantage of offset quality is often superior to that of flexo, which becomes increasingly desirable in marketplace that strives to offer consumers a surfeit of choices. The booming label industry is riding an offset invasion for flexible packaging. It slowly adapts to the global trend where offset occupies the foremost position for package printing, hosts of opportunities are opening up for converters and the suppliers. The coming years should see a web offset in the converting and corrugating industries. With this demand a new name has geared up the market in very short span of time. THALLO is a name known for first sleeve web offset presses for flexible packaging.

The sleeve offset technology initiated by DG Press and introduced by VINSAK in the region, allows one to work with variable sizes in web offset, easily change sizes without changing the units and a cost effective way of printing different repeat lengths. With this technology the change of unit is just a minute task. Any repeat range is possible between 406 – 762 mm (16-30”).

THALLO is designed to be modular and adaptable to the production of almost every product. The press can incorporate equipment from other manufacturers. This results in a flexible investment. It is equipped with the latest technology in motion control a l l ow ing for unique control of web tension and substrate flow through the press. This increases the ability to print on a greater range of substrate. Web offset offers quality, cost advantage, flexibility, product safety and sustainability. This system is designed to provide extra information and support to entire organisations that work with the printing press and is divided into four modules that can be ordered as add-ons. These include Service Module, which is delivered as a standard and helps for quick troubleshooting and if necessary remote service via a safe and quick internet connection. While, Process Module helps the operator with understanding printing errors during the offset printing process and can avoid print discrepancies. Besides, Operator Module helps the operator to efficiently operate the press and helps to reduce job changeover times. Management Module gives the management an extra detailed insight on the performance of the press.

The manufacturer of flexible packaging has been restricted to the established processes flexo and gravure printing. Printing with the infinitely variable size web offset method (e.g. THALLO) has cost benefit compared to flexo or gravure printing. The ultimate goal is declared that it must be possible to produce flexible packaging in a wide range of print lengths at a reasonable cost. This is why up to now the established processes flexo and gravure dominated this area. Web offset machines have been missing this cost-efficient size range.

Variable size offset printing is an up-andcoming process with rapidly developing technology that will increase its share in the flexible packaging market. In competition with the established processes, web offset has become a useful supplement, particularly for the range of small and medium runs, where printing plate costs and response times play a key role today.

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