SWITZERLAND – Bobst is a Swiss company that supplies machinery and services to the packaging industry has announced a new portfolio of products and services to help converters and brand owners through digitalization and address sustainability.

The print packaging machinery giant has been pushing its ‘four key pillars’ – connectivity, digitalization, automation, and sustainability.

According to Jean-Pascal Bobst, chief executive of Bobst Group, it was impossible to predict events such as the pandemic and conflicts, and subsequent consequences for the industry such as shortages of materials and manpower.

While these trends have undoubtedly been accelerated, Bobst has implemented a strategy and built a portfolio of solutions and services that enables converters and brand owners to thrive even in this new packaging world,” said Jean-Pascal Bobst

The company believes that the entire packaging value chain can be connected, giving clear visibility of the production process to converters and brand owners.

The updated Bobst Connect provides digital solutions to prepare, produce, react to, maintain, and optimize the production workflow of a job.

Bobst is marketing the new version which it says offers features and functionality to help customers optimize their packaging – digitizing and linking up all steps of the process.

Additionally, the new Bobst Helpline Essential for non-connectable machines is a remote assistance service that allows customers to have access to video streaming and high priority connection with Bobst Technical Services specialists for quicker troubleshooting.

Moreover, the company is opening a new logistics hub for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions.

The new EMEA hub – located in (Genk, Belgium) joins existing hubs in the US and the Asia Pacific.

The logistics center, with 100 000 parts for all product lines is available for immediate dispatch and is designed to improve service levels.

In the folding carton sector, Bobst is announcing the new Accucheck Recipe Editor for folder-gluers, which allows users to create and edit ACCUCHECK recipes remotely within the Bobst Connect platform and to send these recipes to several ACCUCHECKs on the production floor.

Automation and productivity are crucial in an era where converters and brand owners are facing higher demands than ever due to the booming e-commerce market, while simultaneously facing challenges such as shortages in skilled manpower and raw materials.

Meanwhile, Bobst has also recently launched a new high barrier flexible packaging solution designed for recyclability, a metalized, high barrier, mono-material, flexo printed new recycled polypropylene (rPP) pouch.

It is the first surface printed pouch with a barrier, produced using rPP household collected recycled material on the market.

Jean-Pascal Bobst also revealed the company is working on the FibreCycle home compostable packaging solution in partnership with Tipa – a fully paper-based, high barrier, recycle pack.

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