Overview of the hottest Asian flexible packaging p

2022-10-23
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Overview of Asian flexible packaging printing market (Part 2)

1. The final products of wide flexible flexible packaging printing:

Plastic Products:

decorative bags, napkin boxes, frozen food packaging, frozen food packaging, snack packaging, bread bags, candy paper, milk boxes, edible oil packaging, pet food bags, T-shirt bags, handbags, etc

paper products:

handbags, cement bags, candy paper, flour bags, medicine boxes, corrugated box surface, folding box surface, pet food bags, biscuit bags, etc

aluminum foil products:

high end packaging, cream packaging, cheese packaging, instant cup cover, etc

2. The range of wide flexible packaging printing

although there is no standard definition, most manufacturers believe that the width range of wide flexible packaging printing is 600mm to 1400mm. Narrow width printing machines with a width of less than 600mm and ultra wide width printing machines with a width of more than 1400mm. Now there are 600-1000mm medium width printing machines in the packaging market, which will be fully committed to the development of short version printing and rapid replacement of prints

3. wide packaging flexographic printing machine

looking at the evolution theory of Web flexographic printing machine, if you want to understand the development process of flexographic printing technology, you can see the development history of flexographic printing machine very clearly. When we want to discuss why and how to do it, here we have three steps to explain the whole process

step 1: quality

starting from the appearance of the first generation reel to reel aniline printing machine, it is basically a poor design of paper reel printing machine. We have been using this inferior six color printing machine since the invention of the first laminated six color printing machine in the early 1930s. In the 1950s, a new shape of the laminated printing press appeared, which is known as the arch structure. Then in 1958, the first CI flexographic printing machine was introduced, and the whole flexographic printing technology entered a new milestone

ci flexographic printing machine is based on the following innovations: 1.) The complete combination of roller and ink roller provides better tolerance, smooth operation and power balance; 2) the optimal circumferential tolerance of CI drum is within ± 2 -3mm; 3) the traction and separation of the printing base is changed from mechanical type to hydraulic type; 4) the first positive angle straight scraper is installed on the rubber ink roller, and then it is developed into an anti angle reverse scraper; At the same time, the design of the hot air dryer is started to dry the printing ink completely, and a better tension regulator is used to deal with the thinner substrate. We would also like to thank ink manufacturers, plate manufacturers, substrate manufacturers, prepress technology developers, plate pasting machine manufacturers, roller manufacturers, sleeve manufacturers, corona discharge surface treatment manufacturers, etc. without their assistance, there would be no flexographic printing today

Step 2: high speed production

in the early 1960s, there was a new trend, that is, to focus on improving production speed, that is, at that time, we only cared about wider and higher speed printing machines. The development of these high-speed printing machines has also improved the R & D ability of machine designers and the development and design of better drying systems

step 3: rapid communication and complete quality control

in the 1990s, we participated in two world trends: TQM (total quality management) complete quality control. JIT (jus belt tension testing machine t-in-time manufacturing and delivery) fast delivery

this trend has a great impact on the packaging industry. The main foundation of TQM is continuous improvement and research, so we can ensure that all product manufacturing and service provision are designed with zero defects. Of course, we also consider the balance between cost and competitiveness. The main idea of JIT is to reduce waste in the production process, including the concept of zero inventory. Customers reduce inventory and order quantity according to JIT theory. Printers and packaging carton processing plants soon began to develop in the direction of a small number of orders, while printer manufacturers took a high degree of automation as their development strategy, using computer stored parameters to print repeatedly, such as web tension, hot air temperature, air volume, printer position on CNC, automatic gear meshing, registration control, etc., in order to reduce lead time and achieve the consistency of various requirements, It is completely easy to obtain high-quality printed matter

however, the replacement of a large number of dynamic technology leaders with very heavy version rollers and corrugated rollers requires the help of machines. JIT urges customers to minimize inventory, while the wide machine is designed with TQM, robot and CNC full automation as the architecture, and at this time, there is almost no need for manpower

v. the future trend of flexographic printing in Asia

when a country reaches a rich living standard, it is bound to improve the packaging materials and their internal products. At that time, Asian supermarkets will become very influential, and printing processors will also begin to face new pressures, which is like a replica of the West. The production quantity becomes less, the printing materials become diversified, especially the amount of PE film increases, which will stimulate the new development of flexographic printing

the growth of CI flexographic printing machines that now print plastic films is closely related to high-quality PE films. At present, many packaging and printing processors in Asia believe that they do not need flexographic printing yet, because there are not many PE film packaging, and they have not encountered the pressure of requiring short version and rapid replacement of printing parts. At the same time, they prefer gravure printing to flexographic printing. However, in the long run, investing in flexography now is more worth considering than investing in the future. Opportunity is to favor those who are prepared for the printing processing industry

will the proportion of Asian packaging and printing processors using flexographic printing reach 60% or 80%? Our view is that flexographic printing will appear in more supermarket shelf space, but it may not reach the rate of Europe. Everyone is anxious to wait and see because of different thinking modes, such as different preferences for food. In the long run, this difference also lies in that the change of consumption habits does not happen overnight

we believe that the flexographic printing wide packaging industry will shine in Asia in the future. The main reasons are:

Asian printers will acquire advanced flexographic printing technology from Europe and the United States by purchasing the first high-quality CI machine, and will establish cooperative relations with printing machine manufacturers and consumers, which will enable them to produce high-quality printing products in a very short time

the traditional thinking of buying machinery is about to disappear, and the signal output from the load sensor will now need to be completely analyzed when buying machinery. The main determinant is no longer price, but cost recovery and profitability. Flexography can be compared with gravure printing

modern consumption habits and current transportation and marketing channels promote the universality of TQM/JIT; TQM/JIT has increased the trend of a small number of orders, that is, we all like to use the printing method with short printing preparation time, so we prefer flexographic printing to gravure printing

another important reason is the rapid improvement of the quality of flexographic printing, and we have many technologies that can make the quality of flexographic printing play a greater role, such as CTP (computer direct plate making), CTS (direct output sleeve plate making), the sharper ceramic roller produced by the latest laser engraving, UV, IR, EB ink and other coating and polishing, frequency modulation and addition technology of printing plate, etc

we believe that by 2005, the share of flexographic printing in Asia will increase significantly, with Japan accounting for 7% and other Asian countries accounting for 15%

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