UTECO and DG press MachineS seal partnership deal for Thallo web offset printing press for flexible and paper packaging

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

imagePeter Kloppers, Director of DGpM, commented, “We formed this partnership with UTECO to increase our ability to offer the press worldwide. UTECO, worldwide leader in all printing technologies such as flexo – Hybrid flexo with inkjet – rotogravure – and web offset, has strong market knowledge and a strong foot in the market which we want to pursue. Besides this, UTECO will complement the Thallo web offset printing press with dedicated flexo and rotogravure units. There is a good synergy between the two companies and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work together with UTECO.”

Luigi Bertagna, Special Machines BU Technical Director remarks: “Thanks to this partnership, UTECO Group with our massive experience in different areas of packaging, printing, coating, security, aerospace, nanotechnology, and with DGpM’s extensive and lasting experience in the offset field, created a modular machine fully developed with the latest technical solutions and fitting for all customer’s needs.”

Due to its huge growth in recent years (+30% in 2013), UTECO Group is investing in plants in Italy and abroad, in human resources and in many innovative R&D programs in all sectors of the printing and converting industries, ranging additionally to security, aerospace, and nanotechnology. In these development plans, the further implementation of web offset technology is a priority among the strategy of the group.

Thallo variable repeat web offset printing press

The development of the Thallo holds key innovations to address the challenges and limitations that hold back mainstream use of web offset by package printers. It can be a radical change for package printers now printing in flexo or rotogravure that want to change to offset. A technology change that will provide the printer with many benefits, but requires effort in coordination with prepress and even more important, your client base. “We help our customers implementing the transition from flexo or rotogravure to offset.”

The Thallo comes in web widths of  520, 850 and 1050 mm ( 20,5 33,5 and 41,5 inch)  and has repeat lengths from 406 to 762 mm ( 16 to 30 inch) the press is focused to handle papers and films between 10 -200 microns. The Thallo is modular and can be configured according to customer’ needs.

The Thallo will be demonstrated in the DGpM factory in Hall, the Netherlands during an open house at the end of 2014 where interests can see the first built Thallo. The official launch of the Thallo will be on DRUPA 2016.

Source: DG Press Services

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