Packaging sector continues to develop exciting innovations

Last month Kodak participated in the Asian Flexible Packaging Conference (AFTA) in Manila. As we all know, the country is dealing with the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, so it was certainly no small effort on the part of the AFTA organizers to ensure the conference could be held. It’s just one of the many examples of the incredible resolve of the people of the Philippines.

Kodak showcases a range of consumer packaging examples at AFTA

Kodak showcases a range of consumer packaging examples at AFTA

Over 200 participants attended the conference to share, learn and discuss the many innovations happening across the packaging sector. We were very honored to count some of our customers as award winners, including Kodak Flexel NX users: Letra Graphics India (Gold Award) and TPN Flexpack of Thailand (Gold & Silver Awards).

An area that continues to attract quite a bit of attention is the work Kodak is doing in the functional printing space, which includes smarter packaging and the development of touch screens for smartphones and tablets. On the “smart packaging” front, Kodak is currently developing applications that span active packaging, electronic packaging, and brand protection. Imagine food packaging with printed sensors that provide a range of useful information, like if the carton of milk has been out of the fridge for too long to safely consume.

Kodak is also beginning to develop the capabilities to help reduce the cost of touchscreens and even make them flexible and foldable. This new method would combine our printing capabilities and extensive intellectual capital in the material sciences space. Currently, touch screens are produced using a very rare metal called indium. As part of the new process, Kodak will produce touch screen sensors using our silver halide technology. You can read more about this interesting new market at Kodak’s Touch Screen Sensors page.

For more information on Kodak Packaging Solutions, contact Vidhu Gautam, RBM APR, Email: vidhu.gautam@kodak.com

An exciting future in store for package printing

 

Kodak's Doug Edwards and Bing Wang address delegates at the  Flexo Association of China's Annual conference

Kodak’s Doug Edwards and Bing Wang address delegates at the Flexo Association of China’s Annual conference

Kodak’s Doug Edwards was recently in China for the Flexo Association’s Annual Meeting to talk about the future of flexography in package printing.  He noted that over the past five years, the packaging market has grown from $237B to $307B with emerging markets like China powering this expansion. Today, Flexo printing comprises 39% of the packaging printing market and is growing at a rate of 2-4% per year. Doug attributes Flexo’s increasing share of the market to some of the big improvements in technology, including Kodak’s Squarespot technology, which delivers improved tonal reproduction and excellent print stability across a range of packaging substrates.  Looking into the future of packaging, Doug discussed the opportunity to create a range of innovative new packaging applications, including, smart packaging embedded with sensors and printing solutions that are enabling greater brand protection.  Imagine food packaging that could tell consumers if a bag of food had been out of the refrigerator too long.   To learn more about Kodak’s solutions for smart packaging and brand protection, visit www.kodak.com/go/brandprotection

Kodak connects with customers at Label Expo India

Label expo India 2012 is the largest event for the label, web printing and converting industry in South Asia.

Kodak showcased its strength in packaging solutions at the show with a focus on Prepress and Digital Flexo NX plates for flexographic printing, along with its offset and proofing solution.

One of the key solutions that were highlighted at the show was the Kodak Flexcel NX System.  Read more about our presence at Label Expo in:

 

Kompass picks Kodak

Karachi-based Kompass Packaging has signed a contract with Kodak to bring the first Flexcel NX digital flexographic system into Pakistan.The investment represents a key part of Kompass Packaging’s strategy to attempt to convert its customers from gravure to flexographic printing. Kompass Packaging chief executive Hasal Jalil said: “98% of Pakistani printing is still produced gravure. Flexo printing technology has so many more benefits – it is cheaper, more efficient and it can produce shorter runs cost-effectively. We are giving the market another option.”

The company has also bought Kodak’s Approval digital color management system and the Prinergy Powerpack workflow software to allow it to increase its digital capabilities.

The new machines are due to be installed at Kompass Packaging’s plant in Karachi in August.