Year 1 of KRG European Commission Grant project completed

  • Karm Research Group in the UK was specifically set up to bring to market, a new gravure printing cylinder technology. Since then KRG has gone from strength to strength and in addition to pioneering additional innovations in the gravure industry the group has also undertaken research projects and the development of specialist materials for use in the biomedical, construction and engineering sectors
23 March, 2018
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The Roto-Hybrid technology team from Karm Research Group (KRG) have recently completed the first annual project review with the European Commission of the €3m, 24 month, European Commission funded grant to bring to market the innovative Roto-Hybrid Process.

The process is the culmination of several years of research and development and combines two novel pre-press gravure printing cylinder process technologies, namely the Hybrid Cylinder technology, and a novel new gravure cylinder coating technology (Hybrid Chrome Replacement) that is a direct alternative for chrome plating and other electrolytic processes like copper or nickel plating.

The grant project review included a visit by the European Commission to the Roto-Hybrid HCR coating plant in Germany and whilst Year 1 of the EC project was primarily focused on manufacturing development the focus of 2018 will now shift from manufacturing set up towards customer trials of HCR and a wider programme of additional end user trials.

Why Go Chrome Free?

The Hybrid Chrome replacement coating is a Patent Pending environmentally safe hybrid cylinder coating process with its foundations in diamond-like-carbon and when combined with the Hybrid Cylinder as part of the Roto-Hybrid Process, the end result is a gravure process that is  also superior in terms of print results, lower print cost with increased cylinder longevity.

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Although the RotoHybrid team are currently conducting a series of technology trials with early adopters, later in Q2 the technology trials programme will be extended to a wider group of parties interested in using the RotoHybrid process.

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  • About KRG

    Karm Research Group is a research and development focused group of companies with active projects in the printing and packaging, electronics, healthcare and construction sectors.
  • Roto-Hybrid Process

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