At drupa 2024, hubergroup Germany will present its water-based and food-contact packaging inks on three stands; and deliver four presentations regarding flexible, food, and recyclable packaging solutions, as well as digital colour communication.

Thomas Polster, manager of Business Development, Brand Owner, and Global Key Account, will begin by presenting a panel discussion on “The future of flexible paper packaging” on 31st May at 14:00. He will cover the opportunities and challenges of web offset-printed flexible paper packaging, how it performs, and the design options available – speaking to brand owners, paper and printing press manufacturers, printers, and packagers.

A second presentation titled “Inside the Box – Direct Food Contact” will be hosted by junior product manager Korbinian Steigenberger on 2nd June at 11:45. This will discuss the special features and regulatory requirements of direct food contact with printing inks and coatings, and how brand owners can balance a visually appealing pack with the demand for sustainability-minded design.

At 16:30 on 4th June, Patrick Hübel, director of Global Product and Color Management, will reveal the licensed hubergroup Digital Colour Communication (HDCC) system. “Hit the Spot – Digital Colour Communication” will run through the use of modern software solutions to capture, digitize, and exchange colour specifications – a process intended to increase quality, speed, and efficiency – and Hübel will present a way to visualize colour templates digitally.

Dr Lars Hancke will deliver a fourth hubergroup event on 6th June at 16:00. “Recyclable Printing Ink Solutions” will examine the part printing inks play in material recycling, with upcoming recycling guidelines requiring packaging manufacturers to re-evaluate standard printing ink systems, and propose alternative solutions.

Three stands will display hubergroup’s innovations and products for food packaging. At Stand A31-1 to A31-5 in Hall 16, the company’s MGA portfolio will be displayed on Koenig & Bauer’s stand.

This will include the MGA NATURA fast-strike sheetfed offset series. Designed to be printed on the outside of food packaging, it will form part of the Extended Gamut System on Koenig & Bauer machines.

Additionally, the MGA CONTACT direct food-contact series, which claims to offer bright and safe printing on the inside of a paper or cardboard food pack, will be showcased. Experts from hubergroup will be available to discuss 7-colour printing.

In Hall 14, Expert S.r.l.’s stand (Stand D-50) will present hubergroup’s water-based packaging ink solutions for a range of compliant packaging. The modular HYDRO-X system is set to offer flexibility and colour intensity, with technicians demonstrating and discussing the solution.

hubergroup’s solvent-based Gecko Bond Top packaging ink series will also be available to view at Comexi’s stand (Stand C-19) in Hall 10.

“Our mission goes far beyond the production of printing inks and chemicals,” explains Konstantin Schmidtke, director of Business Development and Global Key Account Management. “We are doing pioneering work for the future of food packaging: sustainable, innovative, and efficient.

“As an innovation partner, we are committed to holistically driving success in packaging printing. At our events and stands, every visitor can form their own impression and connect with us, as it is part of our mission to be in close dialogue with our clients and develop joint solutions.”

drupa will take place in Düsseldorf from 28th May – 7th June.

At the same event, Fujifilm will showcase its new water-based ink; a ‘processless’ plate for offset printing; a printing press that utilizes dry toner for compatibility with paper packaging; and other contributions to its integrated analogue offset and digital printing solutions.

LEIPA will also present its digitally printable solid board substrate. Alongside and Xeikon, it will apply personalized images, barcodes, sequential numbers, and more directly onto carton packaging.

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