PrintabLED wins the Gold Metpack Innovation Award 2017
The Italian company PrintabLED has won the industry Gold Metpack Innovation Award 2017, for its high performance UV-LED systems of the same name for paint and printing systems.
Representatives of the company accepted the award at the special ceremony held on 3 May at the Messe Essen exhibition centre in Germany. The jury recognised the high energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design of the UV-LED drying technology for curing printing inks, paints and adhesives on metal packaging. UV-LED devices do not use mercury and have a narrow emission spectrum, so that no ozone or undesirable radiation is formed during thermal drying. Compared with traditional techniques, the new products require up to 90% less energy.
The Stuttgart manufacturer KBA-MetalPrint which supplies printing and paint lines secured the Metpack Silver Innovation Award for its development CS MetalCan, a new kind of mechanism for drinks cans with keyless inking technology.
CS MetalCan, equipped with ten keyless inking units for indirect letterpress printing, is a further addition to the KBA MetalPrint portfolio and offers technical printing solutions for metal printing. In addition to the reduced design change times, the jury praised amongst other things the increased safety for operators resulting from the plant’s higher degree of automation.
The Metpack Bronze Innovation Award was awarded to the manufacturer of coatings for metal packaging Valspar. The American company won the industry prize for its new range of coatings, ‘valPure V70 non-BPA Epoxy’ for metal packaging. Epoxy is a type of coating used worldwide with a permanent record of success in performance, processing and brand protection. Traditionally, epoxy coatings are based on the chemical compound BPA, whose use is subject to regulatory restrictions. Products in the valPure-V70 range are therefore based on an epoxy resin platform which is not manufactured using BPA.