The numbers speak clearly: with 260 thousand visitors from 88 countries and 1837 exhibitors, DRUPA 2016 was an enormously successful edition, brimming with innovations and impactful impulses for the world printing industry. The increasing quality of the visitors also confirms its success: in spite of the noticeable overall drop in traffic compared to the previous edition (314 thousand in 2012 vs. 260 thousand in 2016): nearly 75% had decisional powers, underlining how those who visited the DRUPA did so with the intention of investing immediately or in the very near future.
Despite this overall drop, numbers were instead proportionately more important for the presence of the Uteco Group, which during the eleven days of the fair counted approximately 5000 visitors interested in their technologies (5 times the previous edition!) in their own and in other stands with Uteco machinery, coming from every corner of the globe (both consolidated and emerging markets) including even the numerous Brand Owners of leading multinational groups in the Food & Beverage, Healthcare, and Paper Industry sectors.
The Uteco stand featured a technological layout that guided visitors through all the printing and converting technologies (flexo, rotogravure, digital, offset, hybrid, coating and laminating) as well as various other innovations studied and developed in the cutting-edge Uteco R&D Centre, ConverDrome® in collaboration with important technological partners and international institutes and universities, like in Green Technology field (EB3 Advanced – UV Led – Water Base Advanced) and other applications in data acquisition sectors (UDAA), printed electronics for active packaging (RFID), protection and communication of the "Stealth Code" brand and products,...., many of which are protected by newly deposited patents.
The jewel in the Uteco crown was the brand new Onyx XS EcoOne, an integrated and super-compact EB flexo machine with 8 colours up to 650 mm with downstream laminating and slitting in line integrated into with the new automatic rewinder with indipendet arms technology and automatic unloading system of the finished reels, presented during two daily demos to an increasingly full audience
There was also an intense market interest in the new-generation colour element of the NEXT 450 rotogravure, recently presented to the market and already sold to sector clients in Europe, America, and Asia. This will be flanked by two more models, beginning with the NXS 300 narrow version for short runs.
Another huge success was the collaboration with Eastman Kodak Company, whose stand presented 5 daily demonstrations of the new Uteco/Kodak Sapphire for digital printing on plastic films, in eptachrome (7 colours) and high-speed overprint painting with in-line water-based inks and paints that, with a maximum speed of 300 m/mn, is suitable for printing on paper and plastic film, up to a width of 400 mm (to be increased in the future-generation Sapphire EVO) and resolutions up to 600 x 600 dpi, which leading USA labelling groups for primary brands have already requested in their first pre-series versions.
Just as significant was the agreement signed by GOSS with the DGPress brand in the field of Roto-Offset, with which Uteco has been collaborating for the development of the Thallo sleeve model, sold at this specific fair to important international groups.
Finally, the presence in coating and laminating was important, thanks to the presentation of the Izar machine developed with Remac Converting S.r.l. for the entry level range, which was flanked by the special advanced Mistral, Horizon 4.0 and Rainbow Evo models.
This year DRUPA once again confirmed itself as a perfect B2B fair and platform for significant business decisions for Uteco.
During the eleven days of the fair Uteco signed 18 contracts with clients from Europe, America, Asia, and Africa for all the technologies illustrated for a total of about 22 million euro.
Uteco’s participation in concomitant events during the DRUPA fair was also outstanding (including an important symposium as main speaker on EB technology and a stimulating debate/interview with other world players at DFTA) and the high-profile Open Houses held in their own plants in Europe and in the USA. Today the group is, more than ever, not only a leader in all printing and laminating technologies, but also in the development of technological innovations in many other industrial sectors… even in aerospace.
Moreover, the company is now supported by an increasingly renovate internal organisation (Lean, 6Sigma, Kan-Ban, SAP), which is continually consolidated by new investments in human resources, machinery, plants, and structured 4.0.
Uteco Group is looking forward to meet you all at the forthcoming K 2016 Fair (Dusseldorf, 19-26 October), the most important fair in the world for plastic and rubber materials, and – before the next DRUPA in 2020 – at the "The Innovation Alliance" 2018 event, taking place in Milan, Italy, 29 May-1 June 2018), in a format that combines Fiera Milano with the top Italian fair of PRINT4ALL: Converflex/Grafitalia/Inprinting + Plast, Ipack-Ima, Meat-Tech, Intralogistica Italia.