ERA met in Thessaloniki

Gravure – the Sustainable Print Process

The European gravure industry met at ERA’s Annual & Packaging/Decorative Gravure Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 21st to 23rd September. Despite the ongoing corona restrictions over 80 delegates followed ERA’s invitation to discuss face-to-face challenges such as sustainability in packaging printing and alternative galvanic technologies. The conference pointed out an encouraging perspective for gravure’s future, and it was noted as a success of the ERA that the EU Commission finally approved the authorization to further use chromium trioxide until 2024. To secure the future of chromium plating using chromium trioxide beyond 2024, Kaspar Walter has made an application at the European Chemical Agency which covers gravure cylinders and embossing cylinders. Furthermore, during the conference, promising alternatives to the traditional cylinder plating were presented by Rossini (Ecogravsystem), Contitech (Dynasurf) and Kaspar Walter (HelioChrome Neo and HelioPearl). And finally the press manufacturers Bobst and Uteco presented their solutions of press enhancements for use with water-based inks, which will further improve the sustainability of the gravure process.


Mr Thomas Reiner
Berndt+Partner, Germany
“Sustainability tsunami is heading towards the packaging industry”

Mr Jonathan Giubilato
Bobst, Italy
“Combining sustainable printing and increased productivity for short and medium runs”

Mr Stefan Glimm
Global Alufoil, Germany
“Functionality first – a plead for recyclable flexible packaging material”

Mr Yiannis Katis
Bel Information Systems, Greece
“Overprint MIS – software automation for rotogravure”

Dr Julian Rotter
Kaspar Walter, Germany
“ChromeExtend – update on the chromium trioxide authorization”

Mr Flavio Losa
Rossini, Italy
“Ecogravsystem revolutionizes gravure printing”

Mr Dominik Michalek
ContiTech Elastomer-Beschichtungen, Germany
“The Dynasurf Project – The (R-)Evolution in the Rotogravure Industry”

Mr Michael Fürholzer & Ronny Siegel
Kaspar Walter, Germany
“New surfaces for rotogravure: HelioChrome NEO and HelioPearl – development update”

Dr Kai Baer
Adphos Digital Printing, Germany
“Energy and CO2 reduction potential with electrothermal drying technology – benchmark study with gas convection driers”

Mr Achim Kurreck
Moog, Germany
“Sheetfed rotogravure – sustainable process to print carton packaging for special application”

Mr Alessandro Baldo
Uteco, Italy
“Rotogravure machines: From additional units to water-based inks for sustainable printing”

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