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A Significant Speed Boost and Cost Reduction with Hybrid Production Inkjet for Flexible Packaging

UTECO Group, in conjunction with Kodak, has released and will be installing the first Sapphire EVO aqueous-based production hybrid inkjet press for flexible packaging. This newly designed press significantly raises the bar on production speed while lowering operational costs compared with existing digital solutions.

By David Zwang
Published: April 23, 2018


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David Zwang travels around the globe helping companies increase their productivity, margins and market reach. He specializes in production optimization, strategic business planning, market analysis, and related services to companies in the vertical media communications market. Clients have included printers, manufacturers, retailers, publishers, premedia and US Government agencies. He can be reached at david@zwang.com.



By Sean Smyth on Apr 27, 2018

Great piece Dave.
I think there will be significant challenges in getting the technology to market in flexibles, but the prize here is absolutely enormous for the successful vendors. Brands, retailers and converters have great opportunities for innovation and supply chain improvement here, the engineering of the products is making them win share against rigids, new print and less time to market for the printing will be another major strong point for the sector.


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