PrintCity: Best Networking Drupa Ever!

The successful co-operation of PrintCity Alliance members & partners in shared drupa 2012 exhibition activities has shown once again the strength of strong networks in the global print, packaging & publishing industry. 

Organisations Networking Together for Success

Twenty eight world leading organisations in printing, packaging & publishing worked together to deliver ‘must see’ shared PrintCity Alliance attractions and events throughout drupa.

“Our focus is to encourage industry networking & knowledge sharing under the theme ‘Connection of Competence”, states John Dangelmaier, President of PrintCity.

“This was best shown in our Value Box, where companies working together showed the wide range of creative Value Added Packaging opportunities.”

“I talked to many important brand owners, designers & printers, explaining the possibilities and new effects created for Value Added Packaging”, explains Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of PrintCity. “Visitors from all over the world got inspiration from the effects & advantages you can achieve, using techniques & materials from creative businesses working together. These benefits are not just from visual or haptical features. They also include linkage to electronic media, plus highlighted savings through lean & green production.”

Rainer Kuhn and John Dangelmaier agreed – “Our best ever PrintCity drupa for networking & cooperation!”

Value Added Printing & Packaging – Features & Benefits

The involved PrintCity members & partners: Metsä Board, manroland sheetfed, Eltosch, Finest Fog, Weilburger, Merck, Kurz, UPM and Westland created an eye catching ‘Value Box’, each wall featuring one of the main topics in Value Added Packaging. These included Enhancement (Touch & Feel), Function (Smart Packaging), Sustainability, Production and Workflow. These topics attracted printers, packagers, brand owners & designers. In addition to samples, visitors received information about the How and the Why for special value added effects and learnt about their benefits.

Tune-Up Your Web Press – Features & Benefits

PrintCity members and partners contributing to this area were: Baumüller, Tolerans, Procemex, Sonoco Alcore, manroland web systems, Cofely and UPM. FAQs about the benefits of tuning up your web press were answered in a creative way via an interactive display. Visitors talked to the experts from the companies within that shared area. All companies present answered questions about reducing Total Life Cycle Costs, increasing Quality / Productivity, adding New Capabilities and sharing web offset printing knowledge. 

Digital & Offset Printing – Features & Benefits

In this area, visitors discussed the best of both worlds – how both digital and offset technologies can contribute to their future business strategy. Visitors learned about Business Models for Future Production, plus Applications, Workflow & Materials, from participating members and partners: Océ, manroland web systems, UPM, Metrics and MEGTEC.

Lean & Green Opportunities – Features & Benefits

This area included content from, and was manned by, international experts from PEFC, Fujifilm, Vision in Print and ClimateCalc to answer questions around topics to make the printing process Leaner & Greener. Visitors benefited from their shared knowledge and learnt about Best Practice Methods, CO2 Calculation Techniques, Latest Enabling Technologies and how Certification is a benefit for their business.

PrintCity/WPCF drupa International Environmental Conference – May 10

The conference was a success with over 80 participants from leading printers, publishers and brand owners around the world. 14 speakers delivered a valuable insight and encouraged discussion on the topics of: Environmental Footprint, with a focus on Lean Production; Sustainability for Success; and Communicating on the Environment, including labels and certification.

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