From foil to digital printing at 21 PICON drupa stands

PIcon DRUPAThe UK Printing Industry Confederation, PICON, will organize the stand and PR for 21 UK companies at drupa. A varied mix from ink to foil to hi-tec companies such as FFEI with its inkjet production systems. Some very interesting companies amongst them with new products and services for growth markets such as labels and packaging as can be read from the press release below.




Focus on new prepress, printing, finishing & ancillary products & forging international partnerships

31st March 2016 – Picon, the UK trade association representing print industry manufacturers and suppliers, is supporting 21 British companies in its four Picon Pavilions at drupa (May 31 – June 10). Covering almost 600 square metres, across four halls, the Picon Pavilions showcase ‘Best of British’ companies offering a variety of specialist equipment and services spanning prepress, printing, finishing and ancillaries.

Picon supports the export activities of its members by providing a cost-effective way to exhibit at major international events, without all the organisational and logistical detail required when exhibiting individually. Picon Pavilions not only provide a central hub for companies to showcase their products, but also a hosted business lounge with meeting rooms and WiFi to allow members to hold meetings with their customers and international sales agents.

The companies participating in the Picon Pavilions are: Alphasonics, Applied Laser Engineering, BCS, Compact Foilers, CyanX, Dies Direct, Edale, FFEI, Focus Label Machinery, Heights (UK), Imprint Business Systems, Infigo Software, Magnesium Elektron, ManMat, Profoil, RK Print Coat Instruments, Rollem, Security Foiling, SF Services, Troika Systems and Victory Lighting. Information about each company and its focus at drupa is summarised below.

“The fact that we have 21 companies participating in the Picon Pavilions at drupa, including several for the first time, indicates the optimism of UK manufacturers and eagerness to build their export markets,” says Picon Chairman, Robert Flather. “While much has changed in the print industry since the last show four years ago, there is much to be excited about and drupa gives our members the opportunity to exhibit cutting edge technology which ensures print remains current and competitive. It’s encouraging to see that many are unveiling new developments and all are seeking to expand their international sales by forging new distribution partnerships.”

Picon Pavilions at drupa 2016: Exhibitor highlights

Hall 3 Stand F35

RK PrintCoat Instruments manufactures equipment used to produce repeatable samples and its flexo pre-press devices are used worldwide for conducting trials to resolve colour communication and print/process issues including: colour matching, printability, gloss, scuff and chemical resistance off-press; quickly reducing downtime and with minimal waste.

Victory Lighting manufactures high quality Infra-Red and Medium Pressure UV Lamps for curing applications. At drupa the company showcases various new products it has recently added to its portfolio and aims to create new strategic distribution partnerships as well as offering their knowledge and experience to OEMs.

Hall 10 Stand B10 

Alphasonics is a cleaning equipment manufacturer and at drupa will launch ‘Anilox Control’ and reveal how its technologies are designed to ensure the effective management of aniloxes that go beyond simple cleaning. Alongside its highly popular ultrasonic anilox cleaning systems, Alphasonics will showcase new developments which it says are the ‘answer to flexographic cleaning problems’ featuring brand new parts and plate washing systems. Plus, following the successful launch of ‘Active Cavitation’ at LabelExpo, a new technology which alternates between varying ultrasonic frequencies in one cleaning cycle will debut at drupa. 

Applied Laser Engineering features Functional Topography at drupa. Laser engraved Functional Topography describes a surface that has functionality provided to the surface by the laser. This functionality could be to hold ink, for Flexo, Gravure or Anilox rollers, or to create a surface used for embossing or imprinting a substrate. Other applications include printed electronics, optical films, anti-microbial and low-friction surfaces. Discover more at Drupa.

Dies Direct is the UK’s fastest growing die manufacturer for the foiling and embossing and moulding industries and is launching its new quick on-line pricing app at drupa. With the best service levels in the UK, the company now wants to share that service with the rest of Europe.

FFEI will show its digital inkjet integration capabilities and products at drupa. The company’s objective is to seek out new partners for future product development projects, which build on the proven technologies powering FFEI’s Graphium digital Inkjet Label Press and workflow product range.

Focus Label Machinery will show its latest servo eFlex and Proflex flexo presses, plus the dFlex hybrid flexo-inkjet model. The d-Flex inkjet press combines the latest high-speed full-colour Konica Minolta inkjet technology with in-line UV flexo printing & converting. The new Flex & Proflex E models incorporate open-architecture print stations with top-loading print cylinders.

Heights Group is launching its new TITANIUM UV and Thermal Plate Processor for high quality commercial plate production at drupa. The HEIGHTS complete range of offset, relief and special products will also be represented and the company is inviting professional and experienced dealers from around the world to visit its stand.

Imprint-MIS is launching v18 of its successful Print Management Information System (MIS) at drupa. A desktop redesign, greater functionality, further developed modules, SentinelNet online machine monitoring and Shop Floor Data Capture and much more will be shown for the first time. Imprint-MIS gives users a flexible solution that includes JDF integration, estimating, works instructions, cost monitoring, production control, stock control, purchasing, and invoicing systems that are recognised for their reliability.

Infigo Software will be demonstrating a variety of solutions which have the power to revolutionise any market sectors. The company’s showcase focus will be on MegaEdit, a dynamic online design tool, and Symphony, an all-encompassing cross-media marketing platform which makes up just part of Infigo’s comprehensive web-to-print product portfolio.

ManMat manufactures metal and plastic based creasing matrix through its SureScore and brands. The company distributes worldwide, offering a personal service tailored to its customers. New at drupa is Diamond, a new leading edge creasing matrix technology for long run applications.

Magnesium Elektron is the global leader in supplying Magnesium, Copper, Brass and Zinc into the Graphic Arts industry. With sales offices and manufacturing facilities around the world, the company provides local service with global support. Customers can depend on Magnesium Elektron to provide the highest quality materials and to help find the best solutions for their engraving needs.

Profoil is Europe’s first and biggest on-line shop for foiling professionals selling; dies; foil; toggles; heater plates; foil conversions; and many more products. The company is launching its new premium toggles and a new international website with euros, dollars and sterling transaction capability at drupa.  The company is looking for agents and invites companies to visit them to learn more.

Rollem will be launching three new products at drupa which will expand its capability for print finishing across a wider range of applications. Visit the booth to see these new products demonstrated and to discuss your print finishing issues with the team of Rollem engineers.

SF Services has become the world’s number one company specialising in the sale of foiling and embossing equipment:  It also represents Masterwork (MK). If you want to purchase a foiling and embossing machine this is the stand to visit.

Troika Systems, winners of EFIA Technical Innovation Award 2016, will be demonstrating its latest enhancements and developments: the new Advanced Inspection Microscope with Advanced Gravure and Plate Analysis applications. Plus, a new corrugated 3D scanning microscope, with its current SurfaceCAM and AniCAM 3D scanning microscopes for Anilox, Gravure, Engraving and flexo-plates quality control management, and also the P2P-HD.

Hall 12 Stand B05

BCS has added to its AUTOBOX range with a brand new machine which simplifies the box making process even further. The BOXER, more compact and simpler to use, is aimed at companies wishing to produce their own boxes – both the right size and quantity, even printed – exactly when they require them. 

CyanX is looking for European partners to work with on its wide range of unique products. The company will be showing its eco-seal™ aqueous coating along with its pressing solution, the X-presser. Foiltone, the inline cold foil and Cast & Cure specialist and Ikeuchi humidification will be joining CyanX. For the first time CyanX will be showing a new anti-static solution and it will also make a major announcement for a turnkey mailing solution for digital printers.

Edale will discuss its design and consultancy services with clients looking to develop new and innovative print and finishing solutions. Edale is also keen to meet with OEMs and technology companies and share knowledge and expertise to bring dynamic new products to the market. The company will also be highlighting its range of flexographic and digital printing presses and converting equipment.

Hall 16 Stand A40

Compact Foilers manufactures a range of modules for producing special effects such as cold foiling and cast and cure in the offset, digital and flexographic printing industry. All its machines include three foil saving features as standard: rapid set up, complete safety and total web tension control.



About Picon

Picon Ltd is the business support organisation dedicated to the promotion and ongoing development of UK manufacturers and suppliers to the printing, publishing, papermaking and paper converting industries. Picon’s long association with the industry has enabled it to develop into a leading, forward thinking business organisation that aims to meet the needs of its members. From multi-nationals to SMEs, the growth and complexity of its membership continues to reflect the evolution and diversity of the sector, where the products and services provided are shaping the future direction of the global graphic communications industry. T: 01438 832742


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