Growing interest in web-offset for packaging flexibles

Former Goss packaging acquisition Thallo is developing interest in its web-offset technology by building a demonstration system.

Thallo was integrated into press ancillaries manufacturer Contiweb, which became a standalone company when Goss International was merged with manroland web systems, which is also a competitor in the market for offset packaging presses.

manroland Goss has two similar web-offset based presses in its portfolio - one developed by each partner.

Contiweb says its decision to construct a Thallo demo system responds to mounting global interest in web-offset printing for flexible packaging. Technical sales manager Jan Willem Nota says the technology addresses key challenges such as the squeezing of profit margins through short run lengths, and environmental legislation aimed at reducing their carbon footprint.

"Web offset printing provides a viable solution to overcome these pain points," he says. The Thallo press can set up new jobs within minutes, slashing changeover times, and will produce short runs quickly and profitably. Solvent-free inks keep the print provider's carbon footprint to a minimum."

The demo press - of seven UV offset units and one flexo unit for solvent- or water-based and UV inks - will be the first of its kind to be manufactured at the company's headquarters in Boxmeer, the Netherlands.

"We want to ensure that prospects can conduct their own tests or trial runs to assess the speed and print quality achievable with the Thallo," says Nota.

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