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Innovations for the Benefit of Packaging and Commercial Printing

24th June 2015 13:00 - 18:00

Welsh Government Office - London

This first colloquium of the recently formed "International Centre for Manufacture by Printing" (icmPrint) looks at recent developments and concepts that could provide benefit, reduce costs and increase value added for packaging and commercial printing. This wide ranging event covers topics which can have immediate impact, such as reducing colour changes and environmental bills, combined with some of the latest concepts and thoughts on future developments for innovative packaging. Some of these stem from the EU COST project FP1104 on "New possibilities for print media and packaging - combining print with digital" (i.e. new media, the www etc) who have enabled us to fly in experts from Holland and Finland to compliment the UK experts.

Sanne Tiekstra and Frans Mayra are supported by the COST FP1104 project

Registration to the above event will be £25 per person. The event is supported by the Welsh Government who is providing the meeting space in London. Numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. The cost is merely to cover the light refreshments.

13:00-13:10 Coffee and Registration
13:10 - 13:25 Welcome,
Tim Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
13:25 - 13:55 Environmentally friendly printing plants,
Nigel Wells, icmPrint
13:55 - 14:25 Innovative Packaging,
Sanne Tiekstra, Bumaga BV
14:25 - 14:40 Comfort Break
14:40 - 15:10 Hybrid Playful Experiences - Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide,
Frans Mayra, UTA, Finland
15:10 - 15:40 Integrating Electronics with print,
Tim Claypole, Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating
15:40 - 16:10 Some design considerations for augmented print and packaging,
David Frohlich, University of Surrey
16:10 - 16:30 Fixed pallet printing and the benefits of working with the University,
David Galton, Asahi Photoproducts (UK) Ltd
16:30 - 18:00 Close and light finger buffet

"Innovative Packaging"

Sanne Tiekstra, Bumaga BV

One of the major innovations in packaging today, is the introduction of active and intelligent packaging. Active and intelligent packaging can be defined as follows: Active packaging influences the internal environment of the packaging to proactively improve the quality of the packaged good, whereas intelligent packaging provides information on the history or the quality of the packaged product.

Research and development of new fibre-based packaging materials with active and intelligent features have shown huge potential to optimise the supply chain, and increase the shelf-life of foodstuff and enhance consumer consciousness of food utilisation.

This presentation will mainly focus on fibre-based packaging, and will show examples of active packaging innovations and possibilities for market introduction, as well as focus on the overall perception of the European printing industry towards innovative printing (results of a survey conducted in scope of COST FP1104).

"Hybrid Playful Experiences - Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide"

Frans Mäyrä, UTA, Finland

The novel combinations of print with the digital, augmented functionalities are having an impact on both the utilitarian, as well as in leisure contexts. Enjoyable user experiences build bridges over the utilitarian-leisure domains: innovative and pleasurable implementations of hybrid media and products are capable of attracting attention in the marketplace, regardless whether the primary use intention is related to the information, instrumental values, or purely to pleasure and aesthetics. In this talk, the hybrid developments in playful product designs in the leisure context are taken into focus. The researchers at the Game Research Lab in the University of Tampere have carried out a survey into the ways in which digital games and traditional, physical board and card games and toys are currently undergoing a rapid process of intermixing, innovation and evolution. Some examples are provided particularly from how the Finnish game industry has expanded their digital product lines to physical and hybrid, playful products.

"Some design considerations for augmented print and packaging"

Professor David Frohlich, University of Surrey

Advances in printed electronics and optical recognition of printed codes and images are opening up new possibilities for print and packaging. In particular, they allow paper and card to be augmented with interactive digital content. Current developments in this area are focus mainly on the technology and its value in the market. In this talk I examine some design considerations which affect both these factors and might be used to prioritise technical and market research in the area. I draw on findings from two recent projects in which we have prototyped and tested a number of interactive artefacts with sound, including a newspaper, a furniture box and a glossy photobook.

Tim Claypole

Tim ClaypoleTim Claypole is a founder and director of the WCPC (Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University). He is a faculty member of the College of Engineering, Swansea University. His areas of research include colour control, manufacturing systems, quality, maintenance, reliability experimental design, fluid mechanics and process thermodynamics. He is a British Expert on ISO TC130 on standards for the graphic arts. As well as graphics and packaging, he has internationally leading research on the use of volume printing processes for advanced manufacture of a diverse range of products including electronics, sensors and point of care health.

Tim led the ERDF funded DIPLE project won the 2009 Regiostars award for "Research, Technology Development and Innovation", reflecting the successful transfer of the research into industry. He was awarded an MBE for his services to graphic arts and industry in the 2010 Queens New Year's Honours.

His contribution to the printing industry has been recognised by the industry with the TAGA Michael Bruno award in 2008 and in 2009 an EFTA special award for outstanding contribution to flexographic printing. The EPSRC, Government and Industry have funded his research that has led to over 170 publications on printing and related topics. He recently finished a prestigious EPSRC Portfolio Grant in "Complex Fluids for Complex flows", these are only awarded to World leading research groups. He is a co-investigator on the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture of Large Area Electronics. This major UK award for research is held by the WCPC jointly with the other 3 UK Centres of excellence in Printable Electronics - Cambridge University, Imperial College London and Manchester University.

Nigel Wells

Nigel Wells entered the industry in 1965 with a five year apprenticeship in the UK, followed by nearly 20 years in Australia working in production, sales, marketing and management positions for sheetfed, heatset and coldest printing companies. In 1988, he returned to Europe working in Munich and Madrid for the Eurografica consultancy (subsidiary of Manroland). In 1993 he became business development director of MEGTEC Systems based in Paris. In 1998 he created the Virtual Industrial Marketing company and launched the Web Offset Champion Group (international cross industry best practice group, he is also project manager and publisher to the PrintCity Alliance since 2001. Formal education includes printing technology in the UK, management in Australia and marketing in Paris (Economiste en Marketing Industriel de CNAM). Nigel co-organised drupe Lean & Green conference with the World Print & Communication Forum.

Sanne Tiekstra

As Program Leader of the End Products Program at Bumaga BV and KCPK, Sanne is responsible for the realisation of the industry vision within this area. Bumaga's vision is that paper based products offer great possibilities for increasing consumer needs like sustainability, safety, added functionalities, intelligent packaging, and chain optimisation. Even though the usage of paper and board might change significantly, worldwide the usage will still grow. Innovation and business development grow more important, and our industry has a future in specialisation! Furthermore, SME partners have a crucial role in innovations in the paper and board industry. By research, development, innovation/demonstration, implementation, and consortia we are trying to realise this vision. We are always taking the point of view of the paper and board industry, but we closely cooperate with partners from the value chain and outside our industry. Our ultimate goal? Improve the position of the Dutch paper and board industry and develop new products.

Since I am working at KCPK / Bumaga BV, paper is literally impossible to miss in my everyday life as it is such a fascinating product. I?d like to show paper and cardboard are very versatile, especially when you are open to new ideas and collaborations.

During my Master's studies Industrial Design Engineering at University of Twente, I deliberately chose the direction of Packaging Development and Management because the world of packaging is so diverse and challenging. The (Dutch) paper and board industry can achieve much more in amongst others the packaging sector. Cooperation with different chain partners, but also the link between industry and science offer many opportunities. With imagination, integration, and lots of enthusiasm, my aim is to innovate and create new opportunities and applications within the paper and cardboard industry.

Frans Mäyrä

Frans Mäyrä is the Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, with specialization in digital culture and game studies in the University of Tampere, Finland. FMäyrä heads the University of Tampere Game Research Lab, teaching digital culture and games since early 1990s. He is widely consulted as an expert in socio-cultural issues relating to games, play and playfulness. His current research interests extend from game cultures, meaning making through playful interaction and online social play, to borderlines, identity, as well as transmedial fantasy and science fiction. He is currently leading the research in the Ludification of Culture and Society, Hybridex, and several other games and play related research projects.

David Frohlich

David Frohlich is Director of Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey and Professor of Interaction Design. He joined the Centre in January 2005 to establish a new research agenda on user-centered innovation in digital media technology. Current work includes a mixture of PhD and Research Council projects exploring a variety of new media futures relating to digital storytelling, personal media collections, and community news and arts (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dwrc/). Prior to joining Digital World, David worked for 14 years as a senior research scientist at HP Labs, conducting user studies to identify requirements and test new concepts for mobile, domestic and photographic products. David has a PhD in psychology from the University of Sheffield and post-doctoral training in Conversation Analysis from the University of York. He has also held visiting positions at the Royal College of Art, and the Universities of York, Manchester, Sydney (UTS) and Melbourne.

David Galton PhD

David Galton is a director of Asahi Photoproducts. The corporate company Asahi Kasei is based in Japan and its principle business is rooted in industrial chemicals for hydrocarbon technologies. Asahi photoproducts are one of many companies in the functional products division of the corporate company. Galton leads the companies UK flexographic printing plate business activities.

Galton remains an active researcher and has published numerous technical papers and articles on his research in recent years. He is currently the Chairman of the EFIA (European Flexographic Industry Association).

Galton maintains regular contact with Leeds University and the University of Swansea. Both are regarded highly internationally for their contribution to the research and understanding of the underpinning science which supports the flexographic printing process. His contribution to Education and Training was recognised with the presentation of a gold award for his services to the UK flexographic industry by the EFTA in 2005.

David Galton is a native of London and has worked within the printing industry for his entire industrial career. Since finishing his initial printing education at the London Collage of Printing he started his industrial career with ILFORD Films. Working in a technical group based in the R&D department, which was tasked with the field application of Rapid Access graphic arts film in the early 1970's. In the early 1980's he transferred to Litho Plate technology working with Polychrome. In the mid 1980's Galton transferred to Asahi Chemical Industries working in the flexographic sector of the printing industry.



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