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WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH in the Franconian town of Gerhardshofen, a globally renowned coatings, adhesive and flexo inks manufacturer for the graphic industry celebrated its 140th anniversary from October 24th to 25th with a brilliant anniversary event.

More than 250 invited international guests followed the invitation of the company on the first day of the event to the new production halls in Gerhardshofen. These included international customers, distribution partners, politicians and representatives of the banking industry as well as cherished and partially retired friends and companions from over the last decades. Also, the owner families of the company Sahler/Grebe, the advisory board of the WEILBURGER Group as well as the management of the sister companies were also there for this occasion. And even a descendant of the Otto Stauber Lackfabrik founded in 1879, Mr. Gerhard Stauber, could be located and invited to the event with his family. The company was taken over by the WEILBURGER Group in 1978 and was renamed WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH.

 

In the midst of this year’s newly commissioned and probably world’s most modern production plant for water-based coatings for the graphic industry, the company created for this event a light-filled and futuristic event location which uniquely invited the guests to celebrate and also offered extensive spaces for dining, networking and relaxation.

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WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH – Production via touchscreen

Varnish manufacturer Weilburger Graphics in Bavaria relies on a digital production system, thus increasing sales. Up to 22,000 tonnes of varnish can currently be produced per year instead of 14,000 tonnes.

Adhesives, additives and water are pumped out of the tanks by the tonne. They automatically flow through pipes on the ceiling into the intended stainless steel container where they are processed into varnishes. Production is in high gear. However, there is just a single employee standing in the 2,000 square metre production hall of Weilburger Graphics in Gerhardshofen in Bavaria, Germany. He manages the entire varnish production on his own with the aid of a tablet.

Just a few years ago, some of the systems in operation were still from the 1980s. Now a state-of-the-art manufacturing system is used for production at Weilburger Graphics, a company that produces adhesives, inks and varnishes for printing companies. Employees control the system using tablets or a permanently installed screen. “Depending on the desired product, they enter the necessary quantity of the required liquid on a touchscreen,” says Technical Manager Dr Jutta Richter (top picture). The 14 tanks and containers are connected to the system with data cables.

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Xeikon to present its latest Digital Innovations for Creative Label Production at Labelexpo Asia 2019

Responding to the fast-moving world of consumerism

Xeikon, a leading global innovator of digital printing technology, will present its latest innovations at Labelexpo Asia 2019. After a highly successful Labelexpo Europe in September of this year and an equally successful attendance at Printing United in Dallas in the US in October, Xeikon is committed to reaching out to the printers and converters in Asia Pacific and therefore attending this key event in Shanghai. Xeikon has a long history of manufacturing and implementing both toner-based and UV inkjet printing systems with open workflow software and application specific consumables. The company is set to bring its unique expertise and a creative portfolio of digital printing solutions and applications to provide the printers and converters in the Asian label and packaging communities with new ideas and guidance for business growth. Showcasing its entry-level digital label press, the Xeikon 3030, the company has taken a booth (P30) in the Flexpack Asia Arena.

Klaus Nielsen, Director Xeikon APAC, states, ”We are seeing an increasing trend year on year in this region for marketing on packaging. As the consumer’s purchasing power grows in the Asian markets, ...

Epple Druckfarben AG: Philipp Eißner new Key Account Manager

Philipp Eißner is the new Key Account Manager at Epple Druckfarben AG since 01 October 2019. Epple Druckfarben AG are strenghtening the support of their European Packaging Printing customers with this step.

Philipp Eißner (38), Packaging Technician graduate has intensive experience in Consulting of large Printing customers and branded companies which he collected while working for renowned names in the Printing sector like Altana AG and the Flint Group. As Key Account Manager, Philipp Eißner convinces with his broad range of professional Know-how on Packaging developments, the Printing products market and R&D. He is delighted with his new task: "I have become familiar with the innovative ink systems from Epple and I am convinced that I can offer my customers fututre-oriented and successful Packaging Printing solutions." Gunther Gerlach, Chairman of the Board at Epple Druckfarben AG, is also sure: "Philipp Eißner will provide the European Packaging Printing customers with new ideas and possibilities to keep them on the path to success, thanks to his expertise."

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WEILBURGER Graphics at the PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019 in Bangkok

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, a world-renowned manufacturer of varnished, adhesives and flexo inks for the graphic industry, was once again an exhibitor at this year’s PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019 in Bangkok.

The company exhibited together with KWS GRAPHIC, a long-standing local sales partner and established supplier to the Thai printing industry, from September 18th – 21st at the seventh exhibition for the printing industry in Thailand. Almost 30,000 trade visitors found their way to the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) this year and found out more about the latest trends in the printing industry.

 

Arno Dürr, Sales Director at WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, who was on site together with Udo Hartmann, Technical Sales at WEILBURGER Graphics about the fair impressions: “This year, we are exhibiting for the third time together with KWS GRAPHIC at the PACK PRINT in Bangkok. Every time we are enthused again, how strong the interest in our products and also the technical knowledge of trade visitors is. Especially our new and probably world’s most modern production plant for water-based coatings received a great attention at the exhibition visitors this year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Wirat Kongsiriphisan and his team at KWS GRAPHIC for the successful exhibition as well as excellent cooperation and we are already looking ...

WEILBURGER Graphics brings world’s most modern production plant for SENOLITH® WB coatings into service

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH in the Franconian town of Gerhardshofen, a globally renowned coatings, adhesive and flexo inks manufacturer for the graphic industry, brings its new, future-oriented and probably world’s most modern production plant for water-based coatings into service.

Just in time for its 140 years anniversary the new production plant was brought into action a few weeks ago after only 24 months of planning, developing and construction. More than 30,000 tons of water-based coatings can additionally be manufactured in the new plant by the coating specialist each year, in this way backing up the long-term growing plans from this global player. A higher production capacity was not the top priority in the new plant’s job profile. Production flexibility, highest food safety and environmentally sound manufacturing processes with resource maximization and energy efficiency for the SENOLITH® WB coatings were the main criteria for the new installation, according to the management and planning team. 

 

In order to achieve these requirements, only modern high-tech components from the highest quality and accuracy were used, so that no contamination risks during production can occur, which would be against international food safety standards.  In this way the company can maximize the food safety of all the coatings to be produced in this plant as well as increase the quality and improve the operating ...

WEILBURGER Graphics becomes European blister coating partner for DSM

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, Germany, a world-renowned manufacturer of coatings, adhesives and flexo inks for the graphic arts industry today announces that, by the end of 2019 at the latest, it will become the European blister coating production partner of Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living.

An important element of becoming the production partner for DSM’s blister coatings adhesives is the WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH production plant for water-based coatings, which went into full operation this year and is one of the most modern, efficient and groundbreaking facilities of its kind in the world. The full automation of this plant according to Industry 4.0 Standard makes it possible to produce economically, ecologically and in highest quality a wide variety of water-based coating systems in large quantities at the push of a button. Through this partnership, the two companies will combine their skills and expertise. Specifically, DSM will contribute its strong resin technology experience, while WEILBURGER Graphics will provide its formulation and application know-how. As part of this partnership SOLUCOTE® products will from now on be distributed by WEILBURGER Graphics under its own well-established SENOLITH® WB BLISTER COATING product class. In the future, product optimizations will be made with the knowledge and experience of WEILBURGER Graphics in close coordination with their customers. ...

TroFilms GmbH successfully certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001

TroFilms GmbH, a medium-sized globally active specialist for high-quality special laminating films for the graphic arts industry based in Georgensgmünd, Germany, has been officially certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management by the Deutschen Gesellschaft zur Zertifizierung von Managementsystemen (DQS), following the scheduled two-day certification audit 10 - 11 July, 2019.

The external auditor for DQS, Dipl. Ing. Knut Roland Popp, who also performed the preliminary audit for the company in April this year, was very satisfied with the implementation of all tasks. He was able to confirm that all regulations had been fully complied with, plus he found no deviations from the quality system. Mr. Popp mentioned the extensive production documentation and quality records, which will enable comprehensive traceability of product quality in future years, as an extra positive aspect of the certification audit.

TroFilms GmbH was supervised by Dipl. Ing. Jörg P. Schmitt, working as an external project manager during the introduction of the globally important industrial management system. After the audit, Mr. Schmitt once again thanked the management of the company, Mr. Ralf Troyer and Ms. Nicole Schwörer, for the trust they had placed in him and emphasized that the successful introduction of this quality management system, including successful certification in only six months, would not have been possible without the acceptance and excellent input of all employees. In particular, he congratulated Mr. Stefan Strauß, plant and production ...

WEILBURGER Graphics as exhibitor at the ninth IST UV-Days

WEILBURGER Graphics GmbH, based in Gerhardshofen, Franconia, will be exhibiting at the biannual UV-Days of IST METZ GmbH in Nürtingen from May 13th – 16th this year.

The company will be presenting its latest range of SENOLITH® UV and SENOLITH® UV LED lacquer series as well as a groundbreaking new UV lacquer under the new SENOLITH® UV FP PLUS product class, which is no longer based on “classic” photoinitiators. The UV lacquer technology optimized by WEILBURGER Graphics for this PLUS lacquer series and being used for the first time in this new product class dispenses with the use of low-molecular photoinitiators such as benzophenone or 4-methylbenzphenon, which minimize the migration of fission products. The use of low molecular weight compounds < 1000 Dalton is dispended with. The UV radiation initiates a self-crosslinking process which leads to a high crosslinking density of the polymer matrix.

 

Thanks to this new crosslinking technology, the new SENOLITH® UV GLOSS LACQUER INLINE FP NDC PLUS 360430 is particularly low migration and thus ideally suited for use in the food industry.

The SENOLITH® UV FP PLUS lacquers can be processed inline as well as offline with all common standard UV lamp systems.

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TroTEMPTATION®-X – Ground breaking new film quality from TroFilms GmbH

TroFilms GmbH, based in Georgensgmünd in Germany, is launching a completely new film quality on the market under the product name TroTEMPTATION®-X with immediate effect. TroTEMPTATION®-X impresses with its appearance, special feel and the very high processing quality that is typical for TroFilms products.

Through a comprehensive research and development process, the company has succeeded in optimising the complex combination of the new production process and the coating materials used in it. This is done in such a way that an ultra-matt film quality with an extremely soft feel and a very high and uniform degree of mattness can be produced without the use of matting agents. Production tolerances can almost no longer be measured due to continuous process optimization. TroTEMPTATION®-X offers very high scratch and abrasion resistance, very good tear resistance, high resistance to sweat and fingerprints and - like almost all film qualities from TroFilms GmbH - can be overcoated with radically curing UV varnishes, hot-foil embossed and bonded (pre-tests are recommended for all further processing processes). In addition, the company has provided this film quality with a specially modified reverse side for better adhesion during the laminating process. It has optimised the coating in such a way that the ghosting images usual for such matt films in double-sided printed jobs are avoided.

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