During Interpack, which takes place in Dusseldorf, Germany, May 4-10, Bobst will host an open house for show visitors at its Competence Center in nearby Meerbusch, where some of its technology will be demonstrated live.
Other Bobst Competence Centers throughout Europe will also be available during Interpack for customer demonstrations. A gravure technology forum and another open house event will also be held at Bobst Italia immediately after the show on May 11-12.
“Interpack is an opportunity for us to talk directly to people involved throughout the entire supply chain of the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors,” says Erik Bothorel, head of the business unit web-fed at Bobst. “We have a comprehensive range of innovative equipment that meets the demands of all these segments, from flexo and gravure printing, through coating, laminating and metallizing, to converting and finishing. Just last year alone, we launched multiple new products that pushed forward what packaging manufacturers can achieve, from opening up new markets with digital flexo, the UV flexo printing of food packaging, and new barrier coatings, to substantially increasing the productivity of processes such as die-cutting, and folding and gluing.”
Along with its ranges of web-fed CI and in-line flexo printing, multiprocess printing, gravure printing, coating, lamination and vacuum metallizing equipment, Bobst is also leading innovation in process development. This includes driving the development of high-barrier functionality in packaging substrates, making them industrially viable solutions in terms of machinability, and ensuring their properties are maintained unaltered even during the more complex conversion processes required by some flexible packaging applications.
“We support our customers in achieving excellence in process performance, so that they can profitably manufacture the highly functional substrates the market increasingly demands,” Bothorel says.
In the sheet-fed sector, as well as being an innovator of equipment such as those that will be in demonstration at Bobst Meerbusch, the company is known as a force in the development of printing and post-press processes that deliver the productivity and functionality that packaging manufacturers need, from high-performing equipment to intelligent quality control systems and the ability of packaging manufacturers to achieve food-grade compliance.
During Interpack 2017, the Bobst Competence Center at Meerbusch will run daily live demonstrations of the VisionCut 106 LER blank separating die cutter and ExpertFold 110 high-performance folder-gluer for folding carton applications, a Foliostar litho-laminator, and a high-productivity Mastercut 2.1 die-cutter for corrugated packaging manufacture.
“After a successful show last time, we’re returning to Interpack, so that people from throughout the industry can again talk directly to our team, Bothorel says. “Whatever role visitors have in the supply chain, we directly participate in the quality of the products they produce because, today, the packaging is very much part of the product. Our solutions help solve many of the production issues they find themselves facing.”
Bobst can be found in the Swiss Pavilion in Hall 11 at Stand C31. Show attendees are invited to visit the Bobst Competence Center in Meerbusch throughout the event.