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Sustainable Print Technology at Drupa
May 9, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

With a shared commitment to advancing sustainable packaging solutions, KYMC, a leading flexo printing machine manufacturer, and Toyo Ink Co., Ltd., an artience group company and a prominent provider of ink and coating solutions, are poised to make a significant impact at drupa 2024. Embracing innovation, Toyo Ink has developed a range of functional inks and coatings tailored specifically for sustainable packaging applications. Complementing this initiative, KYMC has engineered printing machines capable of simultaneously printing and coating with these functional inks and coatings. Together, the two firms are gearing up to showcase their collaborative efforts in sustainable packaging solutions at the drupa 2024 exhibition.

Revolutionizing  Printing: The Power of Smart Production Monitoring Systems
May 9, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

An upgrade to an ergonomic press design can turn into a more efficient production process. This is critical in a fast-paced world of printing and converting, where productivity and flexibility make all the difference. A digital kanban system for monitoring and managing the operation can contribute greatly to an ergonomics process. To be able to centrally monitor the real-time production status at the different press locations prevents unnecessary waste caused by walking back and forth around the machine. Walking back and forth to obtain status info at the different stations can be prevented.  As a result, an improved ergonomic friendliness for the operator and at the same time reduced unnecessary time spent on gathering data.

Coating for Food Packaging
March 27, 2024 | KYMC Marketing

Keeping it fresh, containing the grease, controlling gas exchange, and preventing light penetration and aromas leaking are the main functional aspects of coating in food packaging. From an aesthetic perspective, coating helps the food to look as attractive as possible to the consumer. With the growing demand for convenient food due to the busy urban lifestyle, the need for preserving the food and marketing it to the consumers is also growing. According to Vantage Market Research, the food coating market is valued at USD 3.3 billion in 2022. It is projected that the food coating market will reach a value of USD 4.99 billion by 2030 at a CAGR of 6.12% between 2023 and 2030.  So how does coating work, and what are the mainstream coatings on today’s market?

Sustainable Paper Cup
February 6, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
Paper cups are usually coated with a layer of plastics (Polyethylene) or wax to make them waterproof. However, this layer of plastic makes recycling much harder. As result, many paper cups ended up in the landfill. Environmental consciousness is on the rise, and companies are now seeking more sustainable paper cup solutions. Some of the solutions include using a more recyclable water-based coating, printing with water-based ink, and to use easily separable solution for plastic and paper.
Automation on a flexographic press
January 23, 2024 | KYMC Marketing
Automation is important. According to Capstone Partners, an investment firm in Boston, USA, the packaging industry players actively adopted technology innovation and automation throughout 2023. Large companies like Amcor and Sealed Air pursued solution models where efficiency was maximized through automation. Many of the Merger and Acquisition(M&A) deals in 2023 were focused on increasing automation at the plant. To remain competitive in the market, finding a flexographic press that has sufficient automation for the packaging operation is crucial for revenue-generating companies... 
Mono Material Market and Challenges
December 25, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
When it comes to market adoption, producing mono materials with the needed functions at a justifiable cost and yield rate is very important. From an interview with a KYMC customer, the initial investment for producing a functional mono material is quite expensive. During production, the machine downtime for a typical material is at 2%. However, for mono material production, the machine downtime falls at 20%. On the market, the customers are willing to pay 20 percent to 25 percent more for mono materials over multi-substrate materials. At the end of the day, it’s a balance between cost and environmental impact
What is flexo printing & How does it work? | Ultimate Guide
November 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

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.

What is sustainability in business?
September 28, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Sustainability in business refers to a company’s strategy and effort to reduce negative environmental impact from its business operation. An organization’s effort into sustainability is often measured by the ESG metric or environment, social and governance. According to Gartner the rising importance of ESG is driven by a wide range of stakeholders, from investors through to communities, NGOs and employees. Therefore, CEO and senior business executives are highlighting the importance of ESG, which is rising quickly in their priority. However, developing an ESG strategy is a big step for many organizations. Many organizations fail to bridge its strategy with its execution. At KYMC we work with our customers to achieve their ESG goals, here is what we recommend you to start with:
Wax Coating for Packaging Applications
September 24, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Wax coating is applied to paper to enhance the functionality during packaging. Wax will make the paper more durable and moisture resistance. Wax will keep the paper together when it comes into contact with moistures like grease or water. That’s how you are able to enjoy your greasy hamburger without getting grease onto your hand and unwrap your candy without it sticking to its packaging. Wax coating is all around us.
From an environmental perspective: Paper Packaging V.S Plastic Packaging
September 14, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

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.

4 Common water-based printing issues
July 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing

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.

4 Common coating and lamination adhesive issues
July 26, 2023 | KYMC Marketing
Flexible packaging is one of the most common packaging methods. The reason for flexible packaging’s popularity is due to its lightweight construction and its material savings when compared to rigid packaging.  The construction of flexible packaging is the usage of laminating adhesive to bond different layers of film, foil, or paper together to form an effective structure to protect the goods within the packaging. The effectiveness of bonding and sealing of the different substrates will involve having the right adhesive mix ratio, the right coating weight, the right drying temperature and time, the right impression, and the right dyne level of the substrate. Some of the common coating and lamination adhesive issues include 1. low bonding strength 2.  Tunneling in laminate 3. Bubbles in lamination 4. Ink bleed