Around 25 percent of all printed products are packagings: a huge market that, with an average of approximately three percent annually, is the market segment with the strongest growth in the industry. International brands do have the most demanding quality standards on advertising and product staging. Trends such as ever declining runs, faster innovation cycles, shorter delivery times, increasing cost pressures, falling margins, more embellishments, zero defect production, and customized packagings must be kept in mind. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is the only manufacturer to enable new business models for packaging printing, such as supply on demand or web to pack, by integrating offset and digital printing, including postpress via the Prinect workflow. The two technologies are perfect complements – offset printing is perfect for longer runs, while digital printing shows its strengths when it comes to shorter runs and jobs involving variable data. Lifecycle Solutions with Saphira consumables and services are an essential part of Heidelberg’s solution offering for achieving top quality, productivity, and production reliability. Saphira has established itself as a quality brand in ten years. Click read more below for additional detail.
Sun Chemical has launched SunWave™ Lumina, a new range of high performance, UV LED curing sheetfed offset inks for commercial printing. Suitable for use on all sheetfed press types, the range offers class-leading lithographic performance, delivering fast makeready, highly stable printing with minimal wash-ups and excellent duct flow. This results in increased uptime for presses and increased productivity for commercial printers.
The SunWave Lumina range of inks is based on the latest highly engineered UV resin system and provides exceptionally fast and hard curing under UV LED and low energy mercury lamps for both single- and double-sided printing. SunWave Lumina is fully compliant with the latest EuPIA raw material guidelines.
While achieving outstanding levels of productivity, SunWave Lumina also delivers on print quality with excellent dot gain and high gloss and mechanical resistance and is designed for Process Standard Offset printing to ISO12647.
Jonathan Sexton, Marketing Manager, Energy Curing Products Europe, Sun Chemical, comments: “SunWave Lumina is a significant step forward for our portfolio of UV low-energy-curing offset inks. Not only does the range meet the market’s need for robust inks that maximize the uptime of sheetfed presses by minimizing the cleaning time required during printing, but, based on our own benchmarking and customer tests on various sheetfed presses, it delivers best-in-class performance.”
The new SunWave Lumina process ink range is immediately available initially in Europe from Sun Chemical.