The 8th International Converting Exhibition (aka ICE Europe 2013) closed its doors last Thursday, having broken several records. Here’s a look at the show By The Numbers:
- 401 exhibitors from 19 countries; 41% coming from outside Germany
- 109,000 net sq ft of display space
- Five largest exhibitor nations after Germany: UK, Italy, USA, Switzerland and France
- 6,600 visitors from 64 countries — a 16% increase over 2011
- 44% of visitors came from outside Germany; 10 biggest foreign contingents hailed from Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Turkey.
- 33% of visitors belonged to the packaging industry; 21% were in engineering, 20% in the paper industry and another 18% in package printing.
One stat that was clearly evident by the machinery on exhibit were the 51% of attendees who were mainly interested in seeking slitting/rewinding equipment and accessories. Check out this rundown on some of the show’s offerings:
Atlas Converting Equipment, Ltd. (Bedford, UK) was honored with a C2 European Converting Innovation Award for its “next generation” Titan SR9 Series slitter/rewinders. The award was presented to Alan I. Johnson, company managing director (right), and Barrie K. Homewood, sales/marketing director for Titan products, on the first day of the show. The Titan SR9 Series technology platform features three separate machine modules of unwind, slitter & rewind sections. Atlas just sold its latest Titan SR9-DS duplex model to French contract converter Applitec S.A., based near Lyon.
Kampf Schneid- und Wickeltechnik (Wiehl, Germany) celebrated the sale of its 750th Conslit slitter/rewinder. The reworked Conslit 17/08 model for processing flexible materials up to 1,750 mm wide and with a rewind diameter of 800 mm was sold to a European customer.
Ashe Converting Equipment’s (Ipswich, UK) all-electric Sapphire S2 slitter/rewinder runs a wide range of films, laminates, flexible packaging and paper laminations. The machine design incorporates dovetail mount, slitting assemblies with fast setup and changeover of slit patterns for razor, shear and crush-cut slitting. It runs at 700 mpm.
SOMA Engineering (Lanskroun, Czech Republic) showed off the PLUTO III with integrated unwind unit that offers mid- and wide-web packaging printers and converters a cost-effective solution for slitting a wide range of substrates at up to 600 mpm.
Euromac Costruzioni Meccaniche S.r.l.’s (Villanova Monferrato, Italy) compact overhead TB-3 slitter/rewinder is PLC-controlled for all machine functions with a digital touchscreen operator panel and modem for remote monitoring.
The BIMEC S.r.l. (Vanzaghello, Italy) TCA/64-C dual-spindle turret slitter/rewinder was purchased by Germany’s R. Bayer Vacuumverpackung. It handles parent rolls up to 1,000 mm in diameter and webs up to 1,350 mm wide at speeds to 800 mpm.
The CASON s.p.a. (Montonate di Mornago, Italy) Innova Biback is engineered to be an operator-friendly, convenient slitter/rewinder, able to reduce downtime in material changeover and knife positioning, keeping ownership costs low over time. It slits down to 20 mm wide and runs at 500 mpm.
Adolph Müller GmbH & Co. KG (Scheessel, Germany) displayed its duplex Autoslitter with shear-cut cross-cutter with automatic tabbing, core lay-on and tail closing.
The CMC Cevenini S.r.l. (Concorezzo, Italy) log slitter was sold to German adhesive-tape converter Logo Flex 3D Technologie GmbH of Remscheid. It features a fully automatic working cycle (minus material loading and unloading), maximum parent-roll width of 1,650 mm, indexing tolerance of +/- 0.1 mm and a minimum cutting width down to 2 mm.
GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme (Darmstadt, Germany) offered info on its upgraded, center-winding rapid-dl slitter/rewinder. The shaftless unwind unit is now attached directly to the machine, which is loaded by means of a lifting table, the web control unit is based on edge or printing line that uses optical detection, and a motor-adjustable spreader roller has been added — among other improvements. GOEBEL is represented in the US by Matik, Inc. (West Hartford, CT).
Check out my next post, “ICE Europe 2013 Photo Album 2: Machines, materials & widgets,” for details on other new-product developments from the biennial trade fair.