Roto-Hybrid recently attended the Gravure Association of the Americas Technical Forum in Clearwater, Florida.

Opening the event was a keynote speech on ‘The Opportunity for Transformative Breakthrough in Gravure’ by Professor Robert Eller of the Rochester Institute of Technology and as part of the innovation Incubator session RotoHybrid gave an update on the business and the continuing development of the Hybrid Cylinder and Hybrid Chrome Replacement technologies.

As part of the presentation Roto-Hybrid an update was given on the Roto-Hybrid European Commission research grant and its goal to bring to market a viable chrome free gravure cylinder process such as HCR which offers a real solution to the current and future challenges of chromium regulation whilst simultaneously offering a technically superior gravure cylinder with improved ink release, better wear resistance and additional performance  gains over and above its health and environmental superiority to chromium compounds.

The 24 month, €3m European Commission research grant commenced in December 2016 and Roto-Hybrid’s Lee Oakley gave an overview of the grants’ first year milestones and presented some case study data to the audience which demonstrated some exciting data in respect of reduced ink consumption in using the diamond-like-carbon HCR when compared to a normal chromium finished gravure cylinder in a side-by-side comparison test.

The Gravure Association of the Americas, of which Hybrid Cylinders are members is a trade association formed as the result of the merger between the Packaging and Label Gravure Association Global (PLGA Global) and the Gravure Asociation of America (GAA with the intent to create value and opportunities through interactive communication, training, education and promotion of the Gravure printing process.