Published: January 6, 2020
Ralph Giammarco, Vice President at S-One Labels & Packaging, discusses the similarities of the analog-to-digital transformation in flexible packaging to the sign industry's transformation. Digital now comprises 1% to 2% of flexible packaging, and Giammarco estimates growth to a double-digit share over the next few years and delivering a more sustainable product.
Published: December 5, 2019
Eric Dalton, Director of Sales, Western Region, for GMG, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company's package prototyping solution using GMG ColorProof, GMG OpenColor Software, and an Epson SureColor S80600 printer to print and proof with white ink on clear materials and other specialty substrates, such as shrink sleeves for bottles.
Published: November 25, 2019
David Zwang talks to Federico D’Annunzio, Senior Innovation Advisor for the Bobst Group, about some of the new innovations surrounding digital label printing, and how the same automation process can be applied to digital inkjet, flexo, offset, or hybrid label printing equipment.
Published: November 5, 2019
Crit Driessen, VP of Labels & Packaging for Canon, talks to David Zwang about the Océ LabelStream 4000 Series, Canon’s initial entry into the digital packaging marketplace.
Published: October 29, 2019
Mike Rottenborn, President and CEO of Hybrid Software, talks about how prepress for packaging has changed over the years, and how Hybrid Software has developed prepress solutions for flexo, offset, digital, and hybrid packaging printing.
Published: October 28, 2019
David Miller, Director of Digital Business for Anderson & Vreeland, talks to David Zwang about the company’s portfolio of solutions for the corrugated packaging market, and the company’s just-announced agreement to distribute Xeikon’s label and packaging presses in North America.
Published: October 16, 2019
David Zwang talks to Filip Weymans, VP of Marketing for Xeikon, at Labelexpo about the trends that Xeikon is seeing in the label industry and how they are addressing them.
Published: October 9, 2019
Paul Barton from HP Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) talks about the SPS division and how it allows OEMs to leverage HP’s engineering and manufacturing scale to bring products to market. At PRINT 19, HP SPS introduced the Fixed Imager (FI) 1000, a print engine that allows boxes, bags, corrugated, and cardboard to be printed at the desktop level.
Published: October 9, 2019
Printware’s Tim Murphy talks about a new entry in the company’s iJetColor line of benchtop and industrial inkjet printing systems: the iJetColor Pro, a light industrial press based on the FI-1000 printhead technology from HP SPS, allowing customers to create short-run, personalized packaging.
Published: October 1, 2019
Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst, talks to David Zwang at Labelexpo about the company's vision for how it needs to evolve as the industry and customer demands change.
Published: September 3, 2019
David Zwang talks to Kim Beswick, General Manager of Memjet, about the new DuraFlex platform for entry-level and light-production inkjet presses.
Published: August 28, 2019
Bernard Zwaenepoel, Chief Technology Officer Software for Esko, talks to David Zwang at Eskoworld about the increasingly close collaboration between brand owners and packaging suppliers, especially when it comes to using and sharing data.
Published: August 22, 2019
David Zwang speaks with Ali Moosani, Esko President, about Esko Brands, the growing division that focuses on brand development and management.
Published: August 15, 2019
Kevin Goeminne, CEO of CHILI publish, talks to David Zwang about CHILI publish, software designed for “smart artwork and marketing materials creation.” CHILI publish’s smart templates automate repetitive processes for premedia companies and brandowners.
Published: July 24, 2019
Spencer Cramer, CEO of ei3 Corporation, talks about how the company, founded in 1999, leverages the Internet to monitor, manage, and analyze machines. ei3 has partnered with Bobst to serve the package printing and converting industry and now has more than 5,000 machines connected in 100 countries around the world. The next step is develop predictive algorithms to identify potential machine issues before they occur.
Published: July 17, 2019
Jack Noonan, Marketing Manager at MGI Digital Technology, talks about embellishment of print as the next phase in the evolution of digital print for packaging. Digital special effects can add value to packaging, raise brand awareness, and foster customer engagement. Find out how.
Published: July 15, 2019
Chuck Slingerland, Vice President of Sales and Digital Operations at Abbott-Action, discusses how the company has addressed the need to streamline the file-to-production workflow. Partners include Conductor Systems, an MIS provider, and Esko Graphics for its Automation Engine and Kongsberg cutting solutions, gaining 5 to 10 times more productivity.
Published: July 10, 2019
H2O Melon CEO Savvas Tsoukalas talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about how digital direct-to-corrugated printing has helped him better promote his watermelon business, customizing packaging to the particular regions the company serves.
Published: July 9, 2019
At the end of 2018, Durst Phototechnik and Koenig & Bauer announced a 50/50 joint venture to develop a single-pass digital printing system for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industries. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130—including all associated services and the ink business—with a top priority to develop the VariJET 106, which was originally announced at drupa 2016 with a different partner. After learning that Robert Stabler would be managing this joint venture, WhatTheyThink was able to speak with him about his role and his thoughts about the future of the initiative.
Published: June 25, 2019
Newly appointed Esko President Mattias Byström shares his observations on the opportunities that he sees in creating a connected packaging value chain, as well as early impressions of, and excitement about, his first EskoWorld.
Published: June 12, 2019
David Murphy, Worldwide Director of Marketing and Business Development for HP PageWide Industrial Solutions, explains HP's collaboration with users of its HP PageWide corrugated solutions to form the world's first digital users group for this market segment. Called DigitalPack, the goal of this new users group is to make digital print for corrugated better, easier, and more inspirational for global brands.
Published: June 6, 2019
Sean Smyth, Research Analyst at SmithersPira, explains that the focus of the 2019 edition of its Digital Print for Packaging Conference is increasingly on applications rather than print engines—looking at what users are actually creating with the technology, as well as how they can improve workflow.
Published: May 29, 2019
Frederico d’Annunzio, Hybrid Program Manager for BOBST, continues his discussion with David Zwang about the BOBST REVO initiative that has helped bring about the “rebirth of flexo."
Published: May 28, 2019
Frederico d’Annunzio, Hybrid Program Manager for BOBST, talks to David Zwang about BOBST initiatives that have helped bring about the “rebirth of flexo.”
Published: May 21, 2019
David Zwang talks to Francois Martin, Senior Communication Advisor, Bobst Group, about the role of digital printing in packaging. Although digital has the ability to optimize production, speed time to market, and offer other benefits, flexo is improving dramatically. When it comes to packaging printing, no one technology is better than another; the best-suited printing technology will be application-specific.
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