Q&A with Mr Sebastien Geffrault, Zone Business Director, BUWF, South East Asia Pacific, BOBST
PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019
Q: Are there any rising trends that one can look out for in the packaging industry in Thailand and the overall Southeast Asia region?
[A] Like elsewhere in the world, the packaging industry in this region is under pressure to produce more sustainable packaging in a more environmentally friendly way, with the emphasis on more recyclable and reusable packaging. Evolving consumer demands are driving shorter turnaround times, and packaging manufacturers have to adjust their production capabilities to handle a larger number of smaller orders. The online retail market continues to boom, putting extra pressures on the production cycle. Related to this, the need for lightweight packaging is growing, particularly in the corrugated sector.
Q: What are some of the products and/or technologies that BOBST will be introducing at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019? Would it include the Connected Series service?
[A] BOBST will showcase several of its innovative technologies and services at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019. These include:
- The new CL 750 DA laminator – a compact, multi-technology machine, guaranteeing the highest quality and reliability. It is capable of running both solvent-based and solvent-less lamination processes on the same compact platform. It is also equipped with automatic splicing winders.
- The 20SEVEN CI flexo press – this innovative press brings the advantages of process consistency and repeatability to a new level, delivering increased efficiency compared with conventional printing, and is ideal for the requirements of the 7-color Extended Color Gamut (ECG) process.
- NOVACUT 106 ER – a die-cutter, which as well as being cost-effective, reduces work in progress and improves both quality and productivity throughout the entire carton conversion operation.
World-class machines deserve world-class services. We will also showcase BOBST Services, which provide converters and printers with solutions that help them to optimize productivity and quality, while reducing downtime and environmental impact. For example, our Helpline Plus service allows customers to connect with BOBST experts immediately as the need arises, meaning that around 80% of all technical issues are resolved remotely within two hours. In addition the productivity applications, Remote Monitoring and Downtime Tracking, provides customers with a constant production overview, as well as root-causes for potential machine stoppages. All data is saved and can be used for production improvement analysis, and informed decision making.
Q: What are some of BOBST’s sustainability strategies? Any challenges faced so far?
[A] BOBST continually looks for opportunities to design, or re-design, our equipment so that it reduces process waste levels, energy use, or any potential environmental risks that its use might create. For example, digital automation and digital color management innovations such as REVO, THQ and ECG in our printing machines are helping to reduce waste with significant energy savings compared to previous machines. We are also making major investments in research to help improve the recyclability of certain packaging materials. In parallel with this, BOBST takes a holistic approach to the whole process of manufacturing and the equipment our customers buy from us. We take pride in the initiatives we undertake to reduce our own energy use and the carbon miles that components cover, while we also strive to rid our plants of potentially harmful chemicals and processes and to make the workplace as safe and positive a place as possible. BOBST is fully committed to sustainability, developing technical solutions for reducing waste levels and energy use in the production cycle. An example in flexible materials is developing solutions for the production of high barrier materials that – by being single layer – can be fully recycled.
Q: Why did BOBST choose to repeat its participation at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019?
[A] PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is one of the leading events for the packaging and printing industry in Southeast Asia, and we are delighted to be a part of it again in 2019. It provides a fantastic opportunity for us to share our innovative products and services to a wide range of visitors, whether brand owners or converters or other key decision makers. We look forward to talking to many people onsite and seeing how we can help them to gain a competitive advantage.Read more »