Bobst CEO, Jean-Pascal Bobst, is announcing nothing less than a revolution at his press event. The company promises “more connectivity and proximity” and is presenting networked machines, combi-lines and a new high-barrier solution for flexible packaging at its headquarters near Lausanne.
The world is experiencing great changes, says the head of the Bobst Group at the opening of the annual event for the international trade press. The packaging industry would particularly benefit from these changes. And just looking at the figures proves him right.
More packaging in use worldwide
By 2026, Smithers Pira forecasts an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to 2021 for flexible packaging. The consultancy sees an increase of 3.8 per cent for corrugated board, 4.7 per cent for folding cartons and 4 per cent for labels.
Bobst has also recognised these trends correctly, says Jean-Pascal Bobst. The company has implemented a strategy and built up a portfolio of solutions and services with which packaging and brand manufacturers can also operate successfully in this new packaging world.
More connectivity and proximity
Proof of the revolution thesis is found in the new updated BOBST Connect. The digital solution aims to connect the entire packaging value chain in a way that gives packaging and branded goods manufacturers clear insight into the production process. BOBST Connect offers solutions for preparation, production, response, maintenance and optimisation of production workflows.
Machines already offer up to 80 per cent automation
In the corrugated sector, the new EXPERTLINE – comprising an EXPERCUT 1.7 I 2.1 and the EXPERTFLEX – is a large-format converting line combining flatbed die-cutting and post-print flexo, ideal for the production of e-commerce applications. It offers high flexibility and is available in a standard and a mirrored version.
For the folding carton market, BOBST announces SPEEDSET, a new, improved package for makeready time reduction that is available for all of the company’s flatbed die cutters. This package shortens changeover times and increases performance. SPEEDSET offers improved ergonomics, such as an additional 15″ screen at the feeder for faster setup of the optical register system.
New sustainable flexible packaging
Bobst is also working on sustainable packaging. Bobst works with up to 50 partners in order to offer only the most practicable solutions at the end of the day, thus sparing customers many years of development work.
In collaboration with Tipa, a specialist in the development of sustainable packaging, they have worked on a compostable packaging solution for home use. FibreCycle is a fully paper-based and recyclable solution with a high barrier effect. It is part of the oneBARRIER family of new alternative and sustainable solutions that Bobst is developing with its partners.
Back in the spring, Bobst presented a high-barrier solution for flexible packaging that is recyclable as part of the CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging) initiative.
It is a bag made from recycled polypropylene (rPP); a high-barrier metallised mono-material printed using flexographic printing. It is the first bag on the market made from recycled household-collected material (rPP) with a printed surface and barrier.
“There is no question that the challenges in today’s packaging environment are greater and more diverse than ever before. However, at BOBST, we know we have the portfolio, services and partnerships to help packaging and branded goods manufacturers meet them successfully.”
Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO Bobst Group