BOBST set to lead the pack in innovation at Drupa 2016

Bobst, the world’s foremost supplier of equipment and services to packaging and label manufacturers, is set to employ Drupa 2016 to showcase innovation solutions that will drive customer productivity higher, open up new capabilities and protect customers’ global investments, the company has said in a statement.

Jean-Pascal Bobst, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bobst, said, “2016 will be a milestone year for Bobst as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the formation of our company. This Drupa will see us clearly demonstrate that we are going forward with the same dynamism and commitment that first won us our reputation in the industry.

“The Group continues to expand technologies and services to continuously improve its performance supporting our increasing customer base in their variety of applications. We will unveil innovations that will address the needs of brands and their suppliers for maximum efficiency, reduced time to market and optimized printing processes. Our services offerings will continue to expand and new customers’ features will be unveiled covering the entire product portfolio”

Among other highlights at Drupa 2016, Bobst will lead the way in innovation, leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to deliver the solutions that the industry needs, in both the conventional and digital arenas.

Other innovations by the company include the unveiling of the world premiere of a brand new Mastercut 106 PER. This new model will be the most productive die-cutter ever available to the industry, thanks to a range of ground-breaking innovations that will set new standards in die-cutting.

A new Masterfoil 106 PR hot-foil stamping press that incorporates Foil Unwinder+, a system which delivers up to 30% more press productivity and a reduction of up to 50% in foil use.

There is also a new folder-gluer to be launched at the show, along with the new MASTERCUT and new MASTERFOIL, feature increased automation, shorter set-up times, lower running costs, easier use, and will allow packaging manufacturers to realize ‘zero fault’ production.

A brand new version of the M6 UV flexo press, configured with folding carton production in mind, which will challenge offset printed carton production by offering job changeovers in under a minute – thanks to Digital FlexoTM technology; high running speeds; and high-speed in-line sheeting.

Innovative and effective alternatives to offset printing for the production of folding cartons and flexible packaging will be on display. Using new low migration UV curable inks and Digital FlexoTM automation, BOBST will equally show solutions that offer comparable set-up times to digital, allied to the highest productivity.

Other innovation include the extended color gamut (ECG) printing, using four or seven fixed colors, on new ECG optimised presses, taking full advantage of substantial developments in ECG printing technology.

New CI flexo, in-line flexo, gravure and new digital printing presses; laminators; coaters; and metallizers, many featuring digital automation technologies for easy, repeatable and reliable operation in a digital printing and converting workflow.

Innovative tooling software for the production of high-performance die-cutting formes, using Bobst branded precision die-board wood, ejection rubber and rules will as well be introduced.

There will also be presentations by a specialized team of the breakthrough high-output Digital Printing Press for corrugated board and Digital Printing Press for folding carton, paper and film.

Meanwhile, Stephan März, worldwide Head of the Services Business Unit, has said that “at Bobst we have always been at the forefront of innovation. We aim to be a guiding partner, helping our customers succeed whether it is by providing services that help them make the most of their existing equipment, by supplying highly productive new solutions for conventional processes, or by offering disruptive new technologies such as digital print.

“The Bobst booth at Drupa will be a ‘must see’ for anyone involved in packaging or label manufacture,” März assures prospective visitors and partners, with whom it will be working closely along with other forward-thinking suppliers to the industry.