Labelexpo Asia 2023 showcases vibrant Chinese industry

8 April 2024

Labelexpo Asia 2023 showcased a vibrant Chinese manufacturing industry along with key international suppliers.

Labelexpo Asia celebrated its 20th anniversary at the SNIEC exhibition center in Shanghai in December, providing a showcase for the Chinese machine manufacturing industry and introducing new international technology to the country’s converters.

Now the second biggest Labelexpo show in the world, Labelexpo Asia boasted a total exhibition area of more than 32,000sqm with more than 380 exhibitors, including over 100 new companies.

Highlights of the show included new launches across digital printing technology, hybrid printing technology, flexo/offset printing technology for label and flexible packaging printing, automatic production processes for pre-press, printing and post-press, as well as sustainable inks, adhesives, self-adhesive materials and RFID.

Digital printing

New digital technology launches were a highlight of this year’s exhibition. As well as international suppliers, including HP Indigo, Durst, Konica Minolta and Epson, there were launches from domestic brands, including Weigang, Flora, Pulisi, Label Source, Haotian, KingT, Vorey, General Inkjet and others.

HP not only displayed an HP Indigo 6K and HP Indigo 25K press on site but also demonstrated the new HP Indigo 200K online for the first time in the Chinese market. The HP booth featured selected user case studies across different market segments. ‘In addition to digital label and packaging presses, HP has many technologies, such as a complete set of anti-counterfeiting and variable data solutions,’ says Roy Xu, HP’s Greater China industrial print general manager.

Xu says the HP Indigo 200K digital press is mainly aimed at flexible packaging applications, particularly for label converters looking to diversify into the flexible packaging market.

‘Digital printing is not looking to replace the traditional CI flexo packaging market,’ adds Xu. ‘We have used the technical experience accumulated in the label printing field to expand to the high-potential short-run flexible packaging market.’

Durst demonstrated its Tau 330 RSC E press, the entry-level press to the Tau range with the same print engine imaging at 1,200 x 1,200 DPI. The press comes as standard with CMYK+ high opacity white, but can be upgraded to CMYK+OVG+W. The company also introduced its Hawk Eye automated print quality control system to the China market.

Shares Lynn Pan, deputy general manager of Durst China: ‘Durst closed three orders on site, among which the Shandong Golden Realm label company ordered its third Durst digital press. At the last Labelexpo Asia in 2019, the company signed the first Durst digital printing press.’ Durst has now sold eight presses in China. [...]

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Source: Labels & Labelling