MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 28, 2021 (Press Release) -The European gravure industry met atERA’s Annual & Packaging and Decorative Gravure Conferencewhich recently took place in Thessaloniki from 21 until 23 September. Despite the ongoing corona restrictions over 80 delegates followed ERA’s invitation to discuss face to face challenges such as sustainability in packaging printing and alternative plating technologies.
The conference which stood under the headline“Gravure – the sustainable print process”underlined the functionality of modern film based packaging material to protect the filling good, and thus to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. In this respect an encouraging perspective was pointed out for gravure’s future.
It was noted as a success of the ERA that the EU Commission finally approved the authorisation to further use chromium trioxide until 2024. To secure the future of the galvanic chromium plating beyond 2024,Kaspar Walterhas made an application at the European Chemical Agency which covers cylinder plating and embossing.
The conference also discussed several promising alternatives to the traditional cylinder plating:Rossinipresented theirEcogravsystem,Contitechtheir Dynasurf project andKaspar Waltertheir HelioChrome Neo and HelioPearl technologies. And finally the press manufacturersBobstandUtecoshowed their solutions of press enhancements for use with water based inks, which will further improve the sustainability of the gravure process.
The winners of theGravure Award for Sustainable Packagingwere presented during the conference: in the category printed products were rewarded with an award the Thessaloniki based Greek packaging printerHatzopoulosfor a mono material coffee packaging printed exclusively on PP film and the Vietnamese packaging printerThành Phúfor their dog food pouch printed on a mono material PE/PE structure. In the category innovationBobst Italiareceived an award for their water based ink solution, whereas the Swiss companyRheonicswas rewarded with a certificate for their new inline viscometer technology.
Since its foundation in 1956, the European Rotogravure Association (E.R.A.) is the international organisation of the gravure industry with worldwide membership. It currently has some 100 members from the packaging, publication and decorative printing sectors as well as associated industries such as paper and ink makers, printing and finishing equipment manufacturers and the leading cylinder engravers.