03 November 2022

Packed open house for MPS Systems Asia

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MPS Systems Asia opened its doors September 6-7, 2022, at its office and showroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and welcomed over 130 guests including customers, the MPS Asia-Pacific agent network, and industry partners for an open house.
The open house featured presentations from five guest speakers covering the latest industry trends, and a live demonstration of the MPS EF-530 seventh-generation flexo press with eight color flexo units and one EXLp packaging station. Focus of the open house was on flexible packaging, as well as the benefits of connectivity and performance optimization.  
The company also hosted a tabletop exhibition where customers had the opportunity to interact directly with 14 participating industry partners including DIC, Miraclon, Apex International, UPM Raflatac, Flexo Wash, Böttcher, Esko, CGS ORIS, BST, Press Systems (GEW), Tesa, Martin Automatic, Fedrigoni, and Univacco.  
‘It was an incredible opportunity to gather together a large number of printers and industry partners to bring valuable support to the Asia-Pacific printing industry,’ said Tim Klappe, managing director Asia Pacific at MPS. ‘Guests had the opportunity to ask questions with industry partners and see first-hand how flexible packaging printing, particularly pouches and shrink sleeves, is the sweet spot with narrow web flexo press. The high turnout exceeded our expectations, and we are grateful to everyone who attended and supported our open house.’  
Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS added that printers are experiencing shortages in skilled labor, shorter print runs, and smaller order sizes. ‘During the live EF-530 press demonstration, participants experienced the machine’s ease of operation, high automation and productivity, and high print quality. This is a connected machine—an area where MPS has heavily invested—that can help printers use valuable data to plan improvements and efficiencies in their overall production processes.’  
Feedback from MPS partners who attended the open house: 
David Robins, regional sales and marketing manager Flexo Ink Business and Regional Accounts Management, AP Region, DIC said that the quick changeover of the MPS press resulted in coming up to speed at 200m/min with superb quality while rapidly utilizing DIC LED inks, demonstrating the strength of two market leaders. 
Hoang Ha, C.illies, Vietnam, said that MPSConnect program is a very concrete step towards realizing sustainable development goals, and will certainly help manufacturers and converters achieve ‘responsible consumption and production goals’. It is a simple, clear, and easy to apply PDCA process. 
According to Albert Tan, regional sales – Malaysia and Singapore, BST, traditionally, it has been very difficult to penetrate the wide web gravure and flexo film converting market with an alternative narrow web solution; the demonstrated EF-530 press clearly shows that this divide can be crossed. The press was equipped with BST web guiding, web viewing, and web monitoring systems and as a regionally based subsidiary.  
Stephanie Lee, regional key account manager, AP | tesa tape Asia Pacific said that the event showcased how combined solutions allow printers to complete complicated jobs with high print quality, cost-effectively, and with process efficiency.  
Sam Seow, sales director of Asia Pacific, Apex International, concluded that the attendance at the MPS Systems Asia open house event is evidence of interest by the industry, especially in the flexible film packaging segment where there’s growing demand for shorter print runs. 
‘The live print demonstration clearly showcased the capability and efficiency of the MPS press which includes quick machine setup time, fast print speed with consistency, swift registration, less waste, and more. It was particularly interesting to see the subject of machine uptime/utilization mentioned by one of the guest speakers arouse the attendees’ interest.’