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Green Gravure Report Summary

Project ID: 738010

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - Green Gravure (Roto-Hybrid Process® Cylinders for Green Gravure Printing)

Reporting period: 2016-12-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The Green Gravure project aims to bring to the market the state-of-the-art Roto-Hybrid Process which combines two novel pre-press gravure printing cylinder process technologies; Hybrid Cylinder technology to enable size variable printing cylinder production and a Diamond-Like Carbon coating process to replace chrome plating and other electrolytic processes like copper or nickel plating. The Roto-Hybrid Process provides a unique solution to help address key challenges facing the global gravure printing industry, enabling faster, more cost effective and environmentally friendly cylinder production and processing to help strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of Europe's gravure printing industry. Through the collaboration of the Green Gravure project partners, this FTI Pilot project will advance the Roto-Hybrid Process to market, developing a final prototype system in an operational environment (TRL 8) and through trials with end users, the partners will demonstrate the key benefits of the solution and the business opportunity which is supported by comprehensive market and competitor analysis and a robust business plan. In cooperation with a number of cylinder engravers and gravure printing firms already engaged with the project partners, the added value this project will demonstrate within the global gravure market will attract further interest from target users, which will enable the technology owners within the consortium to establish joint ventures and licensing deals for wider market uptake and to boost global market penetration and turnover for the benefit of all industry partners involved in this project.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The project is proceeding excellently, with two large prototypes that have the potential to revolutionise the gravure printing industry designed, specified, ordered and built, both now undergoing final commissioning checks prior to trials.
Due to critical commercial confidentiality concerns, at this stage we cannot share more detail.
However our initial results suggest that this project will deliver innovations to the gravure printing sector that have not been seen in over a century, enabling it to compete, or even out-compete, the flex printing solution that has been seeing the gradual decline of the gravure print industry globally.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Our results to date imply the following improvements over current state of the art:
Reduction in ink usage by 10-15%
Lifetime of cylinders increased 400-500%
Reduction in space needed to store, and stocks of cylinders to handle printjobs, by 80%
Reduce time from order to print by at least 50%
Greatly increased print quality
Removal of the need to use chrome plating, a toxic process being legislated against in my territories

This is the predicted outcome from the work of 5 SMEs over 12 months, surely presenting a great value investment for the EU's grant funding to date.
The project also promises a large global sales pipeline for these European SMEs, with commensurate employment opportunities and tax revenues to add to the sectoral and environmental benefits already highlighted

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