Packaging industry prepares for Gulf Print & Pack 2015


Unknown2The show, running April 13-16 at Dubai World Trade Centre, will see 350-plus exhibitors show equipment and technology for pre-press, on-press and post-press printing and converting of a range of print products.

Exhibitors include Heidelberg, Bobst Africa & Middle East, Mark Andy, Nilpeter, Xerox, Kodak, UPM Raflatac, Henkel, Toyo Ink Middle East, Vinsak, XOL Automation, Labelmen Machinery, Giffin Graphics, OKI Europe, Green Graphics, Emirates Trans Graphics, Prestige Graphics Trading, AFRA Printing Equipment, Signtrade, AGE Graphic Equipment, Anoop Plastic Products, Multisystems, Flex Europa, SBL Machinery, CMYK UAE and Sanki Machinery. The show will welcome 80 first-time exhibitors, such as Holostik India and Primera Europe.

Highlights from the show floor will include Heidelberg, which is to use its presence at Gulf Print & Pack 2015 to share a positive message with the region’s print market, and capitalize on reasons for optimism amongst local printers and converters. It will use Gulf Print & Pack 2015 to debut the Linoprint digital press platform in the Middle East.

Italian converting equipment specialist Prati has similarly outlined its ambitions for the Middle East market, and will use Gulf Print & Pack 2015, where it is exhibiting alongside its local agent Printech Middle East, to demonstrate its Saturn Midi die-cutting finishing line.

Fellow Italian manufacturer Omet will also be exhibiting alongside Printech Middle East at Gulf Print & Pack 2015, as will Cosmo Films, one the world’s largest high quality laminating film manufacturers, which will showcase films to cater to the requirements of the Middle Eastern market including wet lamination, thin/thick gloss and matte thermal lamination films, anti-scuff and velvet touch films.

Innovia Films will be present at Gulf Print & Pack 2015 to show its newly launched Propafilm RCU. It is the first BOPP film that has been officially proven to provide up to 1.5 years protection from mineral oil migration.

For Kodak, Gulf Print & Pack 2015 will provide the opportunity to show its range of Sonara process-free plates to the Middle Eastern market for the first time. Sonara process-free plates eliminate the processing step required by traditional thermal plates and provide significant energy, water and waste reductions without requiring printers to make sacrifices on productivity or print capabilities.

Primera Technology Europe will use the show to present its FX400e foil imprinter. FX400e, an optional accessory to Primera’s LX-series color label printers, applies shiny gold and silver borders, fonts and other graphics to inkjet or laser-printed labels.

In addition, a 3D feature will show how this emerging B2B technology has a role in label and package print prototyping.

This will see D2M Solutions put a spotlight on 3D virtual design, 3D scanning and 3D printing in the consumer packaging sector, with experts to take show visitors through all the stages of developing new packaging, from the 3D virtual design concept, or reverse engineering of an existing packaging product for the development of packaging molds or new packaging products, through to 3D printing of prototype packaging or prototype packaging molds.

‘The Print & Pack in 3D feature area is a valuable addition and must see for visitors to this year’s event,’ says Mike Simmonds, event manager of Gulf Print & Pack. ‘3D printing is already used for blow molding, thermoforming and vacuum forming, particularly for prototype packaging molds.

‘In addition, this advanced technology is being utilized for short run products and product trial approvals as it can produce packaging on demand, as soon as required. Interest in 3D printing is growing significantly and we hope to demonstrate just how straightforward and uncomplicated having a 3D printing capacity can be, as well as highlighting its commercial value to a printing business.’

‘Growth in the Middle Eastern printing industry has been following the same pattern being seen in Asia and Latin America with demand overtaking more mature markets such as Western Europe and North America,’ continues Simmonds. ‘Technologies and their capabilities are always advancing and that is directly influencing brand owners in their product development choices and in turn consumer behavior and habits.

‘Print processes are experiencing marked trends worldwide in how they are used with an increasing appetite for digital, flexo and inkjet technologies emerging. Increased personalization and shorter print runs are growing the production of labels, flexible packaging, active and intelligent packaging formats and photobooks.

‘The market is moving fast, so this year’s show will be even more invaluable to visitors looking to capitalize on these profitable growth areas.’


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