UV offset printing on non-absorptive surfaces is getting popular by the days. It gives an ultimate packaging solution for Board Lamination and Decorative Printing. The daunting challenge in this segment however remains the availability of right kind of substrate where direct printing can be done without any primer/ treatment.
Let’s try to understand this, a little better. Liquids do not wet surfaces with free energies lower than their surface tension. On the contrary an extremely high surface free energy as compared to the surface tension of the ink will also result in poor wetting and adhesion. Therefore according to printing industry experts, for best wetting and ink adhesion on to non-absorptive surfaces the ‘dyne level’ or the surface free energy of the substrate should be about 10 dynes above the surface tension of the ink.
Unfortunately many polymeric substrates have too low surface energy required for good printing and ink adhesion and therefore the substrate has to be remedially modified in order to make it printable.
This modification is usually done with an adjustable corona treatment or by applying a suitable primer coating. Corona treatment is fast and relatively inexpensive, but surface dyne levels are susceptible to loss or decay during prolonged storage and upon contact with some fountain solutions. Precautions must be taken to obtain a uniform dyne level that is not too high. Corona treatments can at times also dramatically increase troublesome static charges in the material treated. Therefore to avoid this, primer coatings that adhere to both the substrate and to the subsequently applied inks are used. This as one could well imagine is an elaborate and time consuming process that has been posing further challenges for the convertors.
With this problem statement at hand, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company Uflex Limited has engineered a speciality polyester film F-UVC film which is suitable for direct UV offset printing without requiring any primer/ treatment. The film is available in both bare transparent and metallized variants, where the un-metallized side is used for UV offset printing and UV curing. The metallized polyester film i.e. FLEXMETPROTECTTM (F-UVC-M) is available in optical density ranging from 1.4 to 2.2. The wide range of optical densities gives choice to customer to use the product for diverse range of applications. The metal bond between the metal and the film is 130-180 gms/25mm.
There are several benefits of Direct UV Offset Printable PET Film:
(a) It is suitable for direct surface printing without primer/ corona treatment;
(b) The lead time is minimum at convertors’ end;
(c) Yields excellent print results, high gloss and clarity with high quality resolution for pictures and half tone jobs with good scuffing resistance;
(d) It is suitable for high speed machines and is versatile, tear proof and crack resistant;
(e) It offers excellent smoothness, flatness and ink adhesion.
Mr. J.K. Sharma, AGM, Technical Service and New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited highlighting the benefits of the Direct UV Offset Printable PET Film said, “Primer coating for rendering the films printable is a cumbersome and time consuming exercise at the Convertors’ end. The coating machine is a big capital investment in itself. Therefore with this new innovation by Uflex, the convertors can heave a sigh of relief. Not only does the film increase operational efficiencies of convertors but also restricts their capital expenditure.”
Talking about this new speciality film, Mr. Pramod Sirsamkar, President – Technical & New Product Development (Films), Uflex Limited said, “This is a great product for UV curable offset printing giving excellent scuff resistance, adding value for both the customer and the end user. The demand for this film is very encouraging.”
Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited expressing delight at the new launch said, “Our feedback loop in the global market is very strong. We are always in touch with our clients globally and are promptly responsive to their needs. Convertors had been facing difficulties with primer coating of the films as it takes a lot of time. This had been impeding their productivity. I am happy that the team at Uflex addressed the pain point of convertors by engineering the UV Offset Printable PET Film, which now permits surface printing without any treatment.”
Having witnessed dozens of enticing encounters among hundreds of teams over the last many days and after winning the hearts of millions of football lovers and players, the 3rd season of STAIRS School Football League (SSFL) — which was kicked off by Shri Vijay Goel, Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, on Oct 19th, 2016, at Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi – came to an end on Thursday, Dec 1, 2016. Shri Rajiv Yadav, Sports Secretary, Government of India, presided as the Chief Guest for the closing ceremony, while many other dignitaries graced the occasion with their presence.
Mega sports event SSFL-3 saw more than 30,000 school-level footballers from 2000 schools of Delhi & Gujarat participating in the tournament. During the event 4000 matches (500 in Delhi and 3500 in Gujarat) were played, making it the biggest as well as the longest-ever football league at the school level. A total of 256 teams, comprising 128 teams of under 14 boys and 128 teams of under 17 boys, participated in the tournament. Apart from the boys’ team, the tournament also witnessed avid participation from 32 girls’ teams in U-14 and U-17 categories.
The closing event was followed by a prize distribution ceremony, during which trophies, medals and certificates were given to the winning team and players for showing exemplary performance. Shri Rajiv Yadav, Sports Secretary, congratulated the winning team for their gritty win and thanked all the participants for their enthusiasm and passion for the game of football. He also assured all future support to the STAIRS School Football League, world’s biggest football scouting and training programme at the school level, and other initiatives of STAIRS in order to encourage and develop sports at the grassroots level.
Congratulating the winning team and talking about STAIRS, Mr. R.K Jain, Group President, (Corp. F & A) Uflex Limited , said, “We are glad to see the growing love and passion of today’s children towards sports like football, and think that if nurtured well, they can well be the super sportspersons of tomorrow. So far as our association with STAIRS is concerned, it has come a long way for institutionalizing sports in the best interest of underprivileged children and youth. I am happy to see how this platform has evolved over the years, paving the way for inclusive development. One noteworthy thing to mention is that not only boys, but even girls are now showing their keen interest in football. SSFL-3 itself saw participation from 32 girls’ teams, which is quite encouraging. We hope that the confidence of children playing under the Uflex-SSFL banner will only grow over time.”
Addressing the august gathering at the closing event, Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General, STAIRS, said, “Gone are the days when Indians were crazy only for cricket. Now football seems set to regain its lost glory and make a big comeback in times to come. The massive craze for soccer among the nation’s youth today as well as hosting of events like SSFL-3 are a precursor to this. I am happy to announce that SSFL has already established itself as the largest football talent scouting and training programme in India, and has also become one of the most significant ‘talent spotting’ platforms for clubs and bodies seeking to acquire talent right at early adolescence. During a short span of two years of its existence, about 35,000 children have already been enrolled with SSFL, while the aim is to cross 1,00,000 footballers on a permanent basis for scouting, training and development. I see a great future for football in India.”
The fundamental objectives of SSFL include:
a) Transforming the sporting scenario at the grassroots,
b) Uproot all obstacles confronting sporting talent at the hinterland and
c) Nurturing future champions and creating opportunities for them to excel
SSFL-3 began with league matches at over 8 different venues across four zones in Delhi while the semi-final and final games were played at the central venue. The event was solely meant for the children under 14 years and under 17 years of age and exactly followed the FIFA World Cup format. All the participating school teams also had to go through the qualifier rounds. For the 3rd season, SSFL got assistance from Sakaar Association for all its matches in Delhi and from Gujarat State Football Association for all Gujarat-based matches.
|S.No||Winner||Runner – up||Final Score|
|Under 14 girls|
||Ahlcon Public School||Modern School, Vasant Vihar||2-0|
|Under 17 girls|
||RSKV, East Vinod Nagar||Ahlcon Public School||1-0|
|Under 14 boys|
||GBSSS No 1, Moti Bagh||STAIRS East||4-0|
|Under 17 boys|
||Nalanda Public School||CRPF Rohini||4-1|
Comexi, the specialist of flexible packaging conversion machinery announces sale of a new Comexi Futura to Uflex Limited, India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and Solution Company. The deal has been closed at K exhibition in Düsseldorf (Germany).
Comexi Futura is a versatile machine designed to offer a greater value to the product, thanks to all its finishing options. It guarantees a holographic finish through recognized Cast & Cure technology creating a highly attractive visual register effect using a UV lacquer without the need for laminating and is completely free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). It also offers copy protection to guarantee the genuineness of packaging. Comexi Futura allows cold-foil application, UV laminating, different coatings to give an attractive finish to the product, and the possibility of solvent less laminating.
With this new deal, Uflex has made its 3rd Comexi Futura purchase over the last year and this may increase according to the flexible packaging giant’s growth plans in the coming years. The relationship between the two organizations dates back to 2007 when the first Comexi NEXUS laminator was installed at Uflex. Now, almost a decade later, these ties are still throbbing with the sale of more than 20 value
Comexi President, Mr. Manel Xifra expressing his pleasure over the new deal said, “We are proud to have become a close supplier for Uflex and are working towards developing new ways to increase our collaboration”.
Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman & Managing Director, Uflex said, “The trust between Uflex and Comexi has grown over the years and has contributed to our journey of being ahead of competition.”
India’s largest multinational flexible packaging materials and solution company Uflex Limited declared the earnings for quarter ended 30 September 2016 today. The consolidated net profit at INR 90.4 Crore has gone up by 16% when compared to the same quarter, last fiscal. EBITDA rose by 6% and stood at INR 233.1 Crore. Consolidated total revenue at INR 1559 Crore in Q2 FY 2016-17 is 2% higher than the levels registered in the same period during FY 2015-16.
In terms of the H1 FY 2016-17 numbers, the consolidated net profit is up by 15% at INR 176.6 Crore as compared to H1 FY 2015-16. EBITDA stands at INR 461.5 Crore as opposed to INR 439.9 Crore last fiscal thereby registering a 5% growth. The top line however is a tad lower by 1% and stands at INR 3097.7 Crore compared to the first half of the previous financial year.
Commenting on Q2 results, Mr. R.K. Jain, Group President (Corp. F & A) Uflex Limited said, “Our raw material prices are linked to crude oil prices. The downward pressure of raw material prices over the past few quarters has been retaining the selling prices of the goods on the downside. Therefore you will see that while the volumes have grown, the total revenue has not shown growth during the period.
The volume of packaging films has gone up by 14% during the reporting period w.r.t. Q2 FY 2015-16. Volume of packaging products has gone up by 5% during Q2 FY 2016-17 when compared to the same period in the previous financial year. Thus we have registered a 12% growth in overall volume Y-O-Y.
If you look at the H1 FY 2016-17 numbers our volume of packaging films has gone up by 9% and the volume of value added packaging products have increased by 1% thereby registering an overall volume growth of 7% Y-O-Y.
The bottom line has risen by 16% on the back of innovative and value added packaging products that we have been continuously introducing both in India and overseas.”
In the investors’ communique released soon after declaring the Q2 results, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, Uflex Limited said, “As we approach the completion of commissioning our Aseptic Packaging Plant at Sanand – Gujarat, excitement is building up by the days. I am pleased to inform you that the civil work is almost complete and installation of state-of-the-art machines is underway. With steady progress at site, the plant will be commercially operational by April/May 2017. Encouragingly great interest has been pouring in for liquid packaging solutions from some of the leading F&B brands. We see our new product offering fruitfully extending our ties with existing clients besides bringing many more on board.
The schedule of activities related to our technological collaboration with Comiflex SRL Italy for manufacturing geared and gearless C.I. Flexo Printing Machines at our Engineering Plant in Noida is progressing well and we hope to come up with the first machine by the end of this financial year.
Talking about our commitment towards sustainability infused innovation; we have engineered the 9.5 micron PET AlOx Speciality Film. Manufactured at our plant in Mexico, not only is the film transparent but it also offers extremely superior barrier properties. The R&D team has successfully restricted both Water Vapour Transmission (WVTR) and Oxygen Transmission Rates (OTR) well below one. The film is substantively down-gauged without diluting the performance and machinability. The product has been well received by the market.
In the coming months you will get to hear about many more product innovations and process improvements that will take your company to newer heights.”