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Labelexpo Europe 2023: India’s first-time triumph in top exhibitor rankings

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During the inaugural press conference at Labelexpo 2023, Jade Grace, managing director of Labelexpo Global Series, made an exciting announcement. For the first time ever, Indian companies have secured a spot in the top ten exhibiting countries at Labelexpo’s prestigious European flagship event.

The presence of these Indian companies at Labelexpo Europe 2023 demonstrates the industry’s global reach and highlights India’s growing influence in the label and packaging sector. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Indian companies that showcased their innovations at Labelexpo Europe 2023:

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Acme Rolltech from Ahmedabad unveiled its latest developments in ceramic anilox rolls featuring four different engraving patterns. This included the High-Density White anilox with three opacity levels and flexo sleeves for High-Density Colour printing, which was initially introduced at Labelexpo India the previous year. Acme also presented its flexo technology, boasting a cell profile that provides uniform coverage for high gloss finishing with precision, perfect for releasing lacquers and varnishes.

Alliance Printech from Faridabad exhibited two narrow-web presses, Nova 45 and NovaSmart, designed for printing, converting, and embellishing labels and flexible packaging. These presses offered up to 10 printing units and 3 die-cut stations, available in three widths: 370, 450, and 550 mm. Additionally, Alliance showcased the NovaGraph flexo press for printing medical charts, ECG, POS, and ATM rolls. They also presented various other equipment, including digital inspection and slitting machines and transport systems.

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APL Machinery from Faridabad introduced a brand-new LED UV coating and curing system compatible with offset, flexo, and gravure presses. With an impressive installed base of 15,000 systems, the company also offered special UV applications for screen printing, tile, glass, high gloss panel printing, and 3D object printing.

Convertech, based in New Delhi, has consistently participated in Labelexpo shows across Europe and India. The company showcased its full range of SurePrint doctor blades, suitable for flexo, gravure, and coating applications. This included high-carbon steel versions and a stainless steel variant for water-based inks with high pH values. Convertech also unveiled a new line of SureClean ink cleaning products and a powerful anilox cleaning gel.

Cosmo Films, a regular participant, displayed a comprehensive range of specialty label stock, industrial films, and adhesives. Their offerings included various films, adhesives, and synthetic papers with high tear, moisture, and chemical resistance, produced for over 40 years.

Everest Holovisions from Mumbai showcased a range of holographic patterned paper.

Garware, headquartered in Mumbai with production facilities in Aurangabad, presented two innovative shrink films: the High Shrink Film with 30% PCR content to reduce carbon footprint and the Pearl Float Low-Density Shrink Film, known for its low density and ability to float in the recycling process. They also exhibited lidding films, heat-sealable PET films, PET release liner films, and high and medium-shrink PET films.

Globus International, based in Khalapur, Maharashtra, focused on siliconized paper- and film-based release liners.

Holostik, headquartered in Noida, positioned itself as a brand protection service provider. They showcased holographic hot and cold stamping foils, holographic LD strips, tax stamps, security labels, shrink sleeves, UV embossed 3D labels, induction-sealing wads, and various track-and-trace and security features.

IEEC from Mumbai exhibited corona treatment modules for narrow-web presses, catering to both OEMs and end-users. They also showcased corona generators, ozone destruction modules, and ozone-generating devices for laminating applications.

Jindal featured a large booth with samples of their BOPP and BOPE films, with a specific emphasis on films for in-mold labels. Two new products were introduced: a conformable PP polyolefin film, 40% thinner than standard PE films, and a PCR PP made with 30% post-consumer recycled content while retaining the properties of standard PP films. These products were available in clear and white finishes.

MLJ Industries from Noida, a member of the Mitthanjee Group, concentrated on label stock and siliconized release liners.

Mona Equipments from Noida showcased an extensive offering, including Mona+Plus doctor blades, air-expanding and mechanical shafts, cantilever and multi-tube shafts, mill shafts, slitter knife shafts, safety chucks, core chucks, multi-tube and air chucks, circular knives, steel rollers, pumps, and a core cutting machine.

Monotech, headquartered in Chennai, positioned itself strategically between conventional printing and converting machinery and purely digital players like HP and Asian brands. They introduced the dSpark label foiling and varnishing machine, two inkjet imprint modules, and their variable data printing, slitter rewinding, and inspection system, VSRI. Additionally, Monotech presented the KolorSmart Universal Printing System, a UV inkjet label press launched at Labelexpo India the previous year, and announced a new partnership with a Brazilian group.

Multitec from Faridabad showcased its S2 dual servo press, attracting a steady flow of visitors throughout the event. The company, participating in its sixth Labelexpo in Brussels, boasted an impressive installed base of several hundred narrow-web flexo presses and over 2,000 printing and converting lines worldwide.

Resource Engimech from Baroda set up a comprehensive shop at the event, offering various shafts, chucks, locks, rollers, shaft extractors, reel lifters, tubes, valves, springs, and related products.

Shree Lamipack from Ghaziabad presented a wide range of release liners and holographic security solutions. Their offerings included anti-tamper seals, sheet and roll holograms, barcode labels, security labels, anti-counterfeiting patterns for packaging, thermal paper rolls, thermal transfer ribbons, and more.

SMI, part of the Jindal Group and based in Mumbai, featured coated label stock for various markets, including pharmaceuticals, lubricants, liquor, cosmetics, consumer goods, and EDP end-industries. With around 200 options in hot melt and water-based acrylic adhesive label stock, SMI served a client base of approximately 300 printers across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. SMI was renowned for its well-designed exhibition stands.

Vacmet from Agra, UP, highlighted its BOPET and BOPP films, metallized paperboard, metallized paper, heat-seal barrier paper, holographic films, lacquered gold films, films for cardboard lamination, and gift wrap substrates.

Varshil Packaging from Ahmedabad presented a diverse range of label stock at their booth, encompassing release liners, paper label stock, PP and PET filmic label stock, as well as sheet-based label stock suitable for offset and digital printing.

Emily Wilson
Emily Wilson
Based in London, Emily Wilson is an accomplished professional in B2B writing and content creation She serves as the guest editor for The Packman and has been actively contributing to the magazine since February 2023.

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