Looking Ahead to an Exceptional SinoFoldingCarton 2012

8 Jan 2012, 7:13 Sinocorrugated

Author: Han Xiaoliang
Counsel and Senior Engineer, Beijing Institute of Printing Machinery, National Technical Committee on Printing Machinery Standardization; Editorial Board Member, Folding Carton Packaging magazine

In my professional lifetime, I have organized and participated in a number of local and international printing equipment exhibitions. With that in mind, the 2011 SinoFoldingCarton event, held at the Beijing International Exhibition Center, was highly impressive.

The five exhibition halls spanned a total area of over 20,000 sqm and the event featured numerous high profile companies, from China and abroad. This greatly contributed to the expansive scale and high quality of the show.

The advanced technologies displayed by local digital ink jet equipment manufacturers, showcased the Chinese ink jet printers used for electronic code monitoring of medicines. They also shone a spotlight on local advances in digital printing equipment.

New, high-end automatic packaging equipment for die cutting, hot stamping, folder gluing, paper cutting and laminating were also on full display. The items featured high levels of Chinese innovation and greatly enhanced the authoritativeness of the exhibition to members of the industry.

China’s printing and packaging trade used to focus on developing equipment to print only books, newspapers and commercial publications. As such, only government bodies were drawn to shows like these. At SinoFoldingCarton 2011, it was evident how diverse and much improved the equipment on display today is. Digital, automatic and mechanical printing and packaging equipment has replaced manual and semi-automatic machines.

The exhibition also illustrated a range of new trends. Technicians are gradually replacing general workers as operators of equipment as old folding carton machines are being replaced. This means the end of the era in which printing and packaging companies competed for cheap labor. Most exhibitors at SinoFoldingCarton were new, progressive, private companies from the new printing machinery sector. This means private companies are growing rapidly, thanks to the government’s subsidizing of small and medium-sized companies.

Additionally, more products featuring self-owned intellectual property were showcased. Several of the featured pieces of equipment served the same function. They also had new innovations and designs. SinoFoldingCarton 2011, focused on folding carton manufacturing, attracted a diverse market of buyers and was a busy trade platform. The equipment displayed by the packaging companies was digital, efficient, large in format and multi-functional.

Held in the first year of the 12th Five-Year Plan, SinoFoldingCarton 2011 was a wonderful buying and selling channel for packaging and printing companies. As we look forward to the next edition of the event, here is a summary of highlights from the 2011 show.

1. Numerous Exhibitors Promoted Digital Ink Jet Equipment
The ink jet equipment for producing electronic monitoring codes for medicines was an exhibition highlight. Many companies, including the Founder Group, Beijing Shield, Beijing Mengtai, Yuanchuang, Shanghai Dragon, Xinjianlong, Tiancen, Dingheng and Shanghai Junda, took part and displayed their new digital ink jet equipment. In addition to printing medical electronic monitoring codes, the machines can also be used to print food electronic monitoring codes, lottery tickets, bills and cards.

Shanghai Dragon was one of the companies that offered various solutions. The large paper sizes the company’s machines can handle are 780×920mm, 920×920mm, 1040×920mm, 1200×920mm, 1040×850mm and 1200×850mm, at top printing speeds of between 4,000 and 6,500 pieces an hour. The company’s main printing machine has parts for automatic sheet feeding, powder removal, position correction, an ink jet platform, spraying points, drying features, varnishing features, air cooling features, waste removal and automatic sheet feeding features. Clients can choose the parts most suited to their requirements.

The Domino K series digital inkjet printing system was promoted on-site. The system prints bar codes, two-dimension codes, QR codes, numerals, trademarks and other patterns of varying sizes. It also connects inkjet heads of different printing width to alter the size of the print. Print width ranges from 108mm to 780mm and the resolution ratio is up to 600dpi. Other local companies producing digital ink jet equipment include Weihai Printing Machinery and Beijing Saijet.

2. Automation of Paper Cutting Equipment
In the past, foreign companies showcased automatic label paper cutting equipment – automatic label diecutting production lines. The machines on show were capable of cutting a printed sheet of labels into paper strips using an automatic cutting machine; then cutting the strips into squares, using another machine. They then die cut the squares into labels with a wine label diecutting machine. Finally the labels were tied with a strapping machine and packed into boxes. The equipment produces up to one million customized labels an hour. The paper cutting production line is automatic, and the automatic cutting system is made up of a jogging desk, an automatic workstation for the paper cutting machine, a transit desk and a paper collecting desk.

The automatic cutting system operates with paper first being placed on the slant-jogging desk. The sheets of paper are loosened and aligned by the desk’s vibrations. The desk rises to the same height as the paper-cutting machine desk and the former transfers paper to the latter. The automatic workstation cuts the paper into a specified size and these sheets of paper are transferred, via a transit desk, to the paper collection equipment. The whole process is completely automated, which reduces cutting time by 85 percent. Efficiency is also greatly boosted as an automatic paper-cutting machine matches the efficiency of three paper-cutting machines.

Zhejiang Guowei Printing Machinery showcased its semi-automatic paper-cutting production line (sans automatic workstation) at SinoFoldingCarton 2011, to highlight the best in paper cutting automation. Guowei is only the second local company to master such advanced technology. Shanghai Shen Wei Da Machinery and German company, Polar, displayed two semi-automatic paper-cutting production lines. Polar claimed that the margin of error in the cutting of wine labels was no more than 0.3mm. Such highly accurate automatic equipment will replace paper-cutting machines that are either dangerous, or need high levels of manual operation.

3. Automatic Platen Stamping Die-Cutters Reach International Standard
According to statistics published across various trade media, the international companies that produce automatic platen stamping die-cutters include Bobst, Heidelberg and Yongxin. An additional 30+ Chinese companies produce the same equipment. These include Tianjin Changrong, Shanghai Yahua, Shanghai Xuheng, Hubei Jingshan and Qingdao Meiguang. These companies are mainly registered in Beijing, Tianjin, Tangshan, Jiangsu Province (including Shanghai), Guangdong Province (including Shenzhen), Shandong, Wenzhou and Hubei.

Statistics from various trade associations also show that yearly sales of five companies that mainly manufacture automatic platen stamping die-cutters was RMB 668 million (USD 105.4) in 2010, up nearly 30 percent from 2007, and higher than sales prior to the onset of the global financial crisis. Compared with the printing machinery industry, which has yet to regain 2007 levels, the die cutter manufacturing industry is developing fast. The total sales volume of the country’s stamping die cutters was estimated at over RMB 1.2 billion (USD 189.3 billion) in 2010. This included equipment like Tiger Mouth stamping die cutters and wine label die cutters. Sales of Shanghai Xuheng, Shanghai Xuke, Qingdao Meiguang and Hubei Jingshan also count towards this total.

With higher manufacturing levels and improved quality of locally produced stamping die cutters, the end products have entered high-end wine/tobacco packaging and printing markets. At the same time, few new printing equipment manufacturers have joined the field. These items have also become valued as upmarket products for export to Europe and the US. Tianjin Changrong’s equipment, for example, has been exported to Sweden.

For the purpose of import and export, this machinery counts as molding equipment (pulp and paper forming equipment included). Statistics from the General Administration of Customs show that imports of equipment have been falling annually since 2005, while exports have continued their rapid rise. With years of trade surplus in stock, the equipment has become one of the country’s major exports and been highly competitive on the international market.

Import & Export Quantities Of Molding Equipment
Year Imports (USD million) Number of Imports Exports (USD million) Number of Exports Trade Surplus (USD million)
2010 12.48 116 45.83 8956 +33.35
2009 11.68 97 41.67 2539 +29.98
2008 14.23 101 55.85 43332 +41.62
2007 34.78 173 50 38912 +15.21
2006 28.98 247 42.41 1962 +13.43
2005 29.29 216 26.65 1620 +2.64

Tianjin Changrong promoted four products at the exhibition, including the MK920SS double platen automatic die cutting and stamping press (see Image 1). The company is China’s first manufacturer of double platen die-cutters. Double platen automatic die cutting and stamping presses support several technological combinations:

• hot stamping / hot stamping
• hot stamping / die-cutting
• hot stamping / die stamping
• die stamping / die-cutting

This versatility offers packaging and printing companies an efficient alternative. As well as Zhejiang Guowei and Qingdao Mei, who featured semi-automatic die-cutters that require manual paper feeding, several companies from Tangshan Yutian and Zhejiang Wenzhou also attended the exhibition.

At the 2nd International Printing Technology Exhibition held in Dongguan this year, Heidelberg showcased a 1050mm automatic exhaust die-cutter. This marked the company’s first foray into China’s post press packaging equipment sector. Heidelberg pledged to develop die-cutters of various specifications in the future.

Weifang Huaguang Precision Manufacture also displayed 1200mm and 1500 semi-automatic corrugated die-cutters. Shanghai Yahua and Shanghai Yuheng promoted large 1450mm automatic platen die-cutters and Tianjin Changrong even showed a 1700mm corrugated paper die-cutter (with waste removal). The die-cutter brands boosted local pride alongside their international counterparts and showed the great strides made towards higher levels of automation by China’s printing and packaging industry.

4. Automatic Gluers Introduced to Market
The introduction of automatic box pasting gluers to the local market was another show highlight. In the past, while several companies produced small automatic gluing machines that pasted paperboard, automatic box pasting gluers were rare.

At SinoFoldingCarton 2011, Yutian Xinlian, Jiangsu Hongjing, Qingdao Meiguang and Shenzhen Tokyo Wenhong all exhibited large automatic box pasting gluers. The XLHX-1600C box pasting gluer produced by Yutian Xinlian can paste paperboard and corrugated paper in flute sizes E, B, C and A. The biggest paper size it can support is 1450×1600mm and its top speed is 200 m/min.

The ES-1700PCW high-speed automatic box pasting gluer shown by Jiangsu Hongjing can paste paperboard and corrugated paper in flute sizes E, C, B and A with five layers. It can handle paper up to 1300×1700mm and its speed ranges from 60 - 300 boxes a minute. It can also paste special box shapes. The AFG1226 automatic box pasting gluer promoted by Qingdao Meiguang can paste corrugated paper in flute sizes A, B, C, AB and BC with three or five layers. The highest speed is 120 m/min and it can handle paper up to 1200×2600mm. These emerging companies are forces that have contributed to improving the technical standard and automation in China’s printing and packaging industry. Trade professionals can look forward to more highlights like these at next year’s exhibition.

For more information, please visit www.sino-foldingcarton.com

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