Labor Shortages Boost Demand for Finishing Process Equipment

18 May 2011, 6:00 Sinocorrugated

Labor Shortages Boost Demand for Finishing Process Equipment
SinoFoldingCarton 2011 to help manufacturers upgrade finishing processes

At the beginning of Spring, China’s labor shortages, nationwide, were even more acute than in 2010. The shortages are not only being felt in the Pearl and Yangtze River Deltas, coastal areas like Tianjin or large cities like Beijing; they extend as far as northern and Midwestern cities like Chengdu and Wuhan.

Aon Hewitt, a global human resource consultancy, predicted in its February 2011 report that there would be a 10% to 20% labor shortage in China after the Spring Festival. The research found that, in early 2011, the Pearl River Delta region received 86.7% more orders than it had the previous year. This means that 82.5% of companies in the area need to increase their workforce by roughly 20%.

Labor shortage accelerates investment in finishing process equipment
The labor-intensive folding carton packaging and printing industry is not immune to the worker shortage. Along the production line in folding carton manufacturing, finishing is the process most adversely affected. Manufacturers must, therefore, work out how to cut costs and eliminate staff shortages. All this in a fiercely competitive folding carton packaging and printing market where customer demand means an increasing need for greater production efficiency. It is survival of the fittest and the fastest as companies that can rapidly respond to customer demand are the ones that survive.

This call for greater manufacturing agility is why it so important to increase automation. In doing so, manufacturers can reduce the number of staff involved in the finishing process, and cut operation times.

Because commodity packaging is rising in profile, finishing process technology is key to the final quality and appearance of product packaging. It can't change the color of the printed graphics on folding carton, but it can greatly improve visual appeal. This adds value and aids sales promotion.

The finishing process is the most complex in manufacturing. It involves many production links, and needs a lot of manual and material input. Today, many folding carton packaging production processes are still not fully automated because equipment cannot completely replace manual operation. Rising human resource costs, labor shortages and increased prices of materials mean that folding carton companies urgently need to develop more finishing process equipment that does not rely on manual operation.

A greater number of folding carton businesses have increased their investment in finishing process equipment. They are upgrading machines faster, partly automating some finishing processes and even fully automating others.

In light of this market demand, folding carton finishing process equipment manufacturers also have a great opportunity for growth, which is why they are calling on local manufacturers to improve product quality, be versatile in terms of responding to market demand, and produce finishing process equipment that is high in efficiency, reliability and stability. As the folding carton packaging and printing market embraces the new equipment investment boom, finishing process equipment will take the lead.

A showcase for new finishing process technologies and equipment

Numerous high profile local and international finishing process equipment manufacturers for the packaging and printing industry will gather at SinoFoldingCarton 2011 at the Beijing International Exhibition Center from July 6 to July 8. On-site, they will show new equipment, products, technologies and highly automated folding carton manufacturing solutions. The exhibitors aim to provide visitors with an efficient and convenient platform to improve production processes and achieve high efficiency by upgrading the finishing process.

In the field of die cutting bronzing technology, local Chinese equipment manufacturers, having observed international prototypes have opted for independent development production. Several automatic die-cutting stamping equipment businesses have sprouted countrywide. Judging from the performance index, this recent proliferation has effected great improvement. Top machines can operate at a rate of up to 7,500 pieces/hour while die cutting precision is around ±0.075 mm. Hot stamping is now predominantly characterized by stamping foils, the speed of which can exceed 6,000 pieces/hour and reach precision levels of between ±0.10 and ±0.30mm.

In terms of functionality, die-cutting machines have changed their standard configuration from merely die cutting to also being able to deal with production waste. Numerous companies have introduced die-cutting machines with a waste disposal capacity. The hot stamping machine also has new functions like two-way foil delivery, holographic positioning, hot stamping and plain silver seamless stamping for customers to choose from.

At SinoFoldingCarton 2011, visitors will be able to see the latest developments in die cutting and hot stamping products from renowned local and international equipment manufacturers. These include companies like Bobst, Xuheng, Eva, Xincaishun, Yaoke, Yahua, Tokyo Wenhong, Tangshan Yuanheng, Tangshan Vanguard, Hongjing, Chengyuan, Weihai Tiannuo, Wutai, Xinchuan, and Xinlian. Folding carton producers who are keen to improve production efficiency, cut wastage and lower costs will be able to find abundant solutions on-site.

As the last process in the folding carton production line, the folder gluer has great impact on the carton’s quality and shelf display effect. Although the folder gluer manufacturing industry is relatively new, only gathering real growth momentum in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the intervening two decades of development have seen folder gluer production technology greatly improve. Folder types have wider adaptability and now range from single line folders to hexagonal, octagonal and heterotypic folders. This improvement in folder gluer production technology significantly cuts costs for the folder carton printing industry.

At SinoFoldingCarton 2011, visitors will be able to evaluate the new folder gluer technology from Bobst, a high profile international manufacturer. They can also see the latest solutions from local manufacturers like Xuheng, Eva, Xincaishun, Hongyuan, Tokyo Wenhong, Yahua, Wutai, Draken, Hade, Chengyuan and Jiajie. Additionally, glazing and laminating technology will be showcased at SinoFoldingCarton 2011.

By attracting local and international industry leaders in manufacturing, SinoFoldingCarton 2011 is recognized as a major industry event globally. It showcases the best and newest technologies and highlights solutions for improving the folding carton finishing process. It will be an efficient platform to help folding carton packaging and printing companies invest in, and enhance, their own finishing processes to improve production automation.

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