Flexo printing or flexographic printing is a printing process that can be applied to many substrates, including porous materials (paperboards, corrugated boards, paper) and non-porous materials (plastic films). The process can also accommodate various ink types (water-based ink, solvent-based ink, UV inks and EB-curable inks). It is one of the most common printing methods for flexible packaging, corrugated board printing, paper cup printing, paper bag and plastic bag printing, and sanitary product(diaper/pads) printing.
In recent years KYMC has focused on two main areas: One, helping our customers in their ESG (environment, social, governance) strategies to become a sustainable business. Two, to help meet the paper packaging market demand as more and more countries are banning the use of plastics. In October 2023, Japan joined Europe in pledging to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. From an environmental perspective, KYMC machineries are designed to help reduce energy consumption by equipping their machines with energy recycling systems. KYMC provides flexographic printing machines that can work with water-based ink to reduce VOC emissions. KYMC machines can be customized to integrate the printing, coating, and lamination into one machine to improve efficiency and therefore to reduce waste production during job changes.
The route to a more eco friendly packaging is to switch from plastic materials over to paper materials. Is this really the case? Paper is a more recyclable material on its own. However, it is another story when paper is coated with plastic. If the recycling ecosystem for plastic coated paper is not set up in the neighborhood, plastic coated paper may be harder to recycle than plastic alone. Furthermore, the process of producing paper is more water intensive than plastics. Using paper also means taking the risk of over deforestation if paper is not sourced sustainably. So, is paper really more eco-friendly than plastic? In this article we will look at the bigger picture to explore the pros and cons for both paper packaging and plastic packaging.
RFID tags play an important role when it comes to tracking and obtaining information about a product. That’s why global brands like UNIQLO, Decathlon, and Zara have fully adopted the RFID tag into the price tag system for their products. As ESG factors become increasingly important for companies in the marketplace, companies are looking for greener ways to produce RFID tags. The need for green tags is on the rise. There are mainly two places in the RFID production process that we can alter to make it greener. One area is to alter the selection of substrate that the aluminum antenna sits on, and the other area is to alter the way how the antenna (RFID dry inlay) is manufactured.
If you are on a water-based printing operation or thinking about switching to a water-based printing operation, then you must understand the common water-based printing issues which include 1. Ink foaming 2. gelation 3. light ink color 4. and poor drying.
As brands try their best effort to catch the attention of consumers, different packaging designs are created to achieve this goal. In turn, it is the printers’ and converters’ (coating and lamination) challenge to turn these different designs into down-to-earth packaging products. Surface-reverse printing is one of the ways to catch the consumer's eye. In the following article, we will discuss the two typical industrial processes related to surface-reverse printing/coating.
OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness. It is a measurement of productivity. OEE can be broken down into three different factors which are Availability, Performance, and Quality.
For those that are not familiar with the nonstop web splicing. In general, there are two types of nonstop web splicing, which are lap splicing and butt splicing. Lap splicing is about joining two web rolls together. To join an end of a web roll and a beginning of a web roll together by laying one roll over the other with a tape. In this case, an overlapping region will be created to join the two rolls. On the other hand, butt splicing joins the two web rolls together without an overlapping region, which makes it much harder to perform. Butt splicing is used in applications where the thickness generated by the overlapping region during web joining is not acceptable.
On 2022-01-13, Taiwan Flexographic Technical Association (TFTA) concluded its annual seminar and exhibition event. The TFTA led by KYMC and other industry leaders aims to become a platform for the Flexographic industry in Taiwan. The platform will be an education and training hub, providing market and technical information to its members. At the same time, serve as the bridge between the Taiwanese government and the local enterprises. In the future, KYMC will continue to aid its members in establishing a tighter relationship with the international supply chain.
This article is a commentary on the paper cup industry in terms of its role in the circular economy. To provide a comprehensive discussion about the paper cup industry through four different topics. First, looking into the different ways to make the paper cup more environmentally friendly on the market. Then diving into the industry status quo on the efforts placed into making the paper cup more environmentally friendly and its effectiveness. Then jumping into the paper cup market potential in terms of government policies and regulations, market volume, and market value. Last, ending with my personal perspective on how the paper cup industry will play out in the circular economy.
Have you ever wondered how’s everyone doing under the pandemic? Where do you stand when compared to others? According to Smithers’ latest industry report. The anticipated impact of COVID-19 is an increase in both the print value and print volume of the packaging & labels industry by more than 10% from 2020-2025. Is this really the case? Let’s see what our customers have to say...
KYMC has reached out to our global client base to see how they are doing. The below responses were provided by Huhtamaki from UAE, Verix from Australia, Detpak from South Africa, Longpak from South Africa, and Alpha Plastomers from India.
Albeit the market disruption caused by the Corona Virus, the demand for the KYMC inline flexographic press continues to go strong. The inline flexographic presses are supplied to the major players of take-out bags, fast food wrappers and containers producers across the globe, ranging from USA, China, India to Vietnam.
Touch Taiwan is an annual leading exhibition for the display industry. Connecting the high-tech industry’s supply chain. For the display application on OLED, Micro LED, digital signage, wearable display, automotive displays, logistics display and educational displays.2019 is KYMC’s fifth attendance to the show. This time around KYMC working together with the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan demonstrated our capability to fabricate OLED lighting and functional substrate using the flexographic printing process.