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Asociación Técnica de Diarios Latinoamericanos
Boletín Semanal junio 23, 2019

Flint Group presenta la plancha termal Flat Top Dot Plate para imprimir empaques flexibles

  • Prints with excellent ink transfer with no surface screening required
  • Increases press uptime with outstanding solvent resistance, avoiding ink fill-in
  • Reduces pinhole effect with smooth printed solids and exceptional highlights

Stuttgart, Germany – At a time when flexible packaging print quality is advancing rapidly with plate technologies such as flat top dots, specialized surfaces and screening techniques, Flint Group is proud to introduce a new thermal, flat top dot plate, nyloflex® XFH Digital. The plate was developed specifically for the wide web flexible packaging printer and is the latest addition to the portfolio of thermal plates designed to perform optimally in the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processor.

The unique texturized surface of nyloflex® XFH Digital plates requires no surface screening to produce beautiful, dense solids on flexible packaging and can be imaged at high speed at any resolution. Besides exceptional ink transfer which reduces pinholing, uniform vignettes with soft highlight fades and even tones are effortlessly achieved. Combined with the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processing system which eliminates all solvent handling and plate drying time, plates will be ready for press – from imaging to finishing – in under one hour.

Plates may be exposed using any standard flexo plate exposure unit and imaged with any laser system suitable for imaging flexo printing plates. There are no additional consumable items or software required to attain the flat top dot structure and texture on the plate. nyloflex® XFH Digital plates are specifically designed for the nyloflex® Xpress thermal processing system.

“Printers will especially appreciate the anti-ink fill (AIF) technology that we put into the XFH plates,” explains P.J. Fronczkiewicz, Product Manager Flint Group Flexographic. “As a result, the plates stay much cleaner during printing, reducing stops and increasing press uptime, and they have outstanding solvent resistance which improves color consistency over long runs. The superior resistance to solvent makes the plates more durable, which also contributes to our customers’ sustainability efforts since they are able to reuse the plates in many instances – so it’s a win-win option for them,” Fronczkiewicz concludes.

Plates are commercially available in .045” (1.14 mm) and .067” (1.70 mm) standard thicknesses and in 35 x 47 in. (900 x 1200 mm), 42 x 60 in. (1067 x 1524 mm) and 50 x 80 in. (1270 x 2032 mm) sizes. Visit www.flintgrp.com for additional information or contact your local sales representative to arrange for trial plates.

The nyloflex® XFH Digital plate is another example of Flint Group’s dedication to provide its customers products which are Better. Faster. Easier to use.

Koenig and Bauer reporta que las ordenes se incrementaron en un 10 por ciento

Growth offensive 2023 has particularly high priority

  • Order gains in service and packaging and security printing
    Well filled project pipeline in all business fields
  • 6.2% growth in revenue
  • Full capacity utilisation thanks to high order backlog
  • Q1 earnings close to last year’s level despite growth expenses
    Equity ratio of 37.5%
  • Guidance for 2019: revenue growth of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 6% in the group

2019 started well for the Koenig & Bauer group, posting a double-digit increase in order intake in the first quarter year-over year to €276.4m. This strong growth, which exceeded the industry average, was underpinned by significantly more orders for services and for folding carton, direct glass and security printing presses. At €230.7m, revenue exceeded the previous year's figure by 6.2%. EBIT was still slightly in negative territory due to the low revenue level, coming to –€2.8m despite high market-entry and growth-related expenses, and was thus not far off the previous year’s figure of –€1.9m. At –€4.9m, group net earnings in the first quarter of 2019 translate into earnings per share of –€0.30.

Strong order intake in Sheetfed

In addition to good service orders, the substantially higher orders for packaging printing presses caused order intake in the Sheetfed segment to rise by 12.4% to €173.5m. Revenue increased slightly by 1.8% to €113m. The good order backlog of €250.5m ensures continued high capacity utilisation. At –€3.1m, EBIT was below the previous year’s figure (€0.4m) due to the product mix and the costs arising in connection with the Print China trade fair.

Growth expenses burden Digital & Web earnings

Despite the strong growth in service business, orders in Digital & Web came to €31.9m, thus falling short of the previous year’s figure of €45.2m due to lower orders for newspaper and flexible packaging printing presses. At €32.4m, revenue remained at the prior year’s level. The previous year’s figure of €32.5m had been spurred by high service revenue due to large press relocations. At –€5.6m (–€4.5m in the previous year), EBIT was burdened by market-entry and growth-related expenses. At €85.4m, order backlog and capacity utilisation are at a high level.

Significant order and revenue growth in Special

More orders for services and presses for security printing and direct glass decorating caused order intake in the Special segment to rise by 37.7% to €80m. Revenue climbed by 20.8% to €92.8m. At €331.7m, the order backlog at the end of March was 6.2% higher than it had been twelve months earlier. Following a segment profit of €3.8m in the previous year, EBIT came to €2m in the first quarter of 2019.

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