June 8, 2016
(From left) Tsuneo Baba, President, Screen GP; Christian Engel, CEO, BHS Corrugated; and Bill Baxter, Inca Digital
Today BHS Corrugated Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH and Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions Co. Ltd. announced an exclusive partnership to develop the BHS Corrugated Inline Digital Printing Solution for corrugated box plants.
A new company, Screen GP IJC Ltd., has been established to develop the print engine technology that will be integrated into the new digital print solution. It is based near the Screen GP subsidiary Inca Digital’s manufacturing plant in the UK.
With an estimated turnover of $513 million in 2016 and 50 percent share of the global market, BHS Corrugated is the leading supplier of corrugators. Screen GP has considerable experience in color imaging and inkjet technology development, especially for the Truepress Jet range of digital presses for transpromo, direct mail and label print production. Inca Digital is a center of excellence, well known as the pioneer of wide-format flatbed inkjet printing and manufacturer of the high-productivity Inca Onset UV printer.
The new company will integrate the core competencies and expertise of all three in inkjet, engineering, web transport and manufacturing to develop the new industrial inline print engine. The alpha installation of the BHS Corrugated Inline Digital Printing Solution is planned at a customer site in 2018.
Unlike other digital print solutions on the market, the BHS Corrugated Inline Digital Printing Solution will be the only real time reel-to-printed sheet process, which is an integral part of the corrugated board manufacturing process. The single-pass, aqueous inkjet system will print onto widths up to approximately 9 feet wide at speeds of up to 984 feet per minute. It will be available as an option for new BHS Corrugators or as an upgrade to existing installations. Integrating digital printing inline on the corrugator will bring two main value propositions: quick turnaround to enable fast and flexible order processing and saving on total cost of ownership.
Global production of corrugated board is predicted to exceed 2.8 trillion square feet by 2020, growing at a rate of about 5 percent a year. (ICCA Corrugated Statistics). The strong cost and environmental advantages of producing smaller volumes of corrugated board quickly and on-demand is driving the development of specialist digital printing systems. A high-speed inline, inkjet print process meets those market needs.
“We are delighted to forge this cooperation with BHS,” says Tsuneo Baba, President, Screen GP. “By combining our digital printing technologies with BHS’s equally advanced technologies, we aim to trigger major innovation in the corrugated industry.”
Christian Engel, CEO, BHS Corrugated, says, “Screen GP is a technology leader in digital print in a variety of markets. Our partnership will enable us to be well prepared for the digital decade that the corrugated industry is entering and one that will bring a revolution of print, processes and machinery layout in box plants. BHS Corrugated focuses on providing high-end and high-speed solutions, and I am convinced that the integration of inline digital print during the corrugating process is the superior option that will deliver significant benefits to our customers. The beta machine will be launched in 2019.”
BHS Corrugated Maschinen und Anlagenbau GmbH is a global market leader for corrugators with 1,600 employees worldwide and a market share of close to 50 percent. In 2015, the company achieved a record turnover of $425 million. The company is headquartered in Weiherhammer, Germany. BHS Corrugated is consistently strong across the entire product and service range: from development and production, to installation and maintenance, to a variety of innovative service solutions in the areas of corrugating rolls, individual machines and complete corrugators. BHS Corrugated is proud to forge long-term partnerships with their customers and will continue to support them with trend-setting solutions in the future.