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Digital creasing and cutting for folding cartons

Israeli company Highcon has developed a “revolutionary machine“ to eliminate the need for conventional dies in folding carton production. Benny Landa, Indigo founder and a key investor In Highcon, adds: “I believe it will do for the folding carton market what Indigo did for print – and the industry will be changed for ever.”

The Highcon Euclid uses precision laser optics and polymer technologies to transform cutting and creasing from an analogue to a digital workflow, dramatically streamlining the finishing process.

“Over the past two decades we have witnessed key areas of the supply chain becoming digital, but packaging finishing has remained analogue,” says Aviv Ratzman, Highcon’s CEO. “Converters and their customers have been unable to benefit from the speed and flexibility that digital solutions could provide to finishing. But this is about to change.”

The new digital converting system is claimed to increase speed to market dramatically, eliminate costly production steps and reduce the carbon footprint of packaging production. It is also believed that the implementation of this technology will drive numerous new packaging opportunities for converters, packaging printers and brand owners.

Chris Baker, Highcon VP sales and business development, states: “We have been developing our product with input and advice from a number of top converters around the world to ensure we meet the market needs. We are confident that this technology will change the face of packaging finishing.”

Highcon will launch the Euclid and demonstrate it at drupa 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany (3-16 May).

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