Monthly Archives: October 2017

Esterlam’s NEW E Series Doctor blades – Leading the charge in electronic markets

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Based in the UK, Esterlam are Global leaders in providing doctor blades for today’s demanding printing and coating industries. Having developed the world’s first synthetic doctor blade over 40 years ago, Esterlam have now set new standards for the future of coated electronic applications.

Commercial Director Neil Hailey said “In real terms, this means our special E Series blade is perfect for a whole range of applications from battery separators for electric vehicles to aerospace and printed electronics to flat panel displays, photovoltaics and mobile phone technology. These specially developed blades are at the forefront of new technologies.”
Utilising the latest developments in advanced polymer technology, Esterlam’s innovative E Series have improved spring characteristics giving greater consistency and control over coat weights from start to finish. “Greater control means less wastage, increased yields and improved productivity,” added Neil. “Their self-lubricated qualities mean longer blade life with abrasive ceramic and graphite applications, plus significant reductions in roller wear and scoring.”

The growing renewable energy market is set to increase dramatically over the next few years as millions of new electric vehicles will be made. The UK electric car market has exceeded expectations in September with plug-in cars representing 3.5% of all new cars sales. With diesel sales plummeting, car buyers appear to be switching to plug-in vehicles in greater numbers than ever before.

Backed by government policies — China’s battery companies are beginning to dominate an industry which has been led for three decades by South Korean and Japanese manufacturers such as Panasonic, which makes the battery cells for Tesla cars.

Lithium-ion batteries revolutionised the consumer electronics market after Sony commercialised them in 1981. From the Walkman to the iPhone they form a central part of the gadgets in everyday life. Now they are set to play an equally significant role in transportation, helping to reduce the dependence on oil.

“As carmakers invest more heavily in electric vehicles the lithium-ion battery will be a key technology for at least the next decade,” said Esterlam Managing Director John Hailey. “With years of ongoing development, our E blade is already being utilized in this very exciting area. We already supply blades for a host of different industries in over 100 countries globally and we look forward to continued success within this new industry.”
As well as coatings for battery separators for electric cars, bikes, buses, trams,

fork lifts trucks, boats, planes, drones, Esterlam’s specifically developed E Series is also being used for RFID tags, mobile phone batteries, energy harvesting and storing, touch screens, plasma screens and OLED screens, microgravure, printed electronics and Photo Voltaic films.

“The applications are endless,” added Neil. “We keep innovating and providing solutions that work and we’re so fortunate to have such an experienced global technical team at the heart of everything we do.”

Esterlam International Limited
Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England
Tel: +44(0)1752 690691 Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436

Labelexpo 2017 Europe Achieves Record Visitor Numbers

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Labelexpo Europe 2017, the largest international event dedicated to the label and package printing sector, culminated in its biggest-ever show last month with record-breaking visitor numbers – 12% bigger than 2015.

Held at Brussels Expo over 25 – 28 September, Labelexpo Europe hosted 679 exhibitors, including nearly 200 new exhibiting companies. Visitors and exhibitors alike enjoyed a massively enhanced experience thanks to the recent refurbishment of Brussels Expo. Attracting large delegations from Brazil, China, India and Japan, the show reported 37,724 visitors; an increase of 5.6% on 35,739 visitors in 2015.

World leaders Esterlam were amongst the exhibitors with their technical experts on-site . “It was a highly productive show this year,” said Esterlam’s Managing Director John Hailey, “With the ever increasing demands of doctor blade applications, we were able to meet companies face-to-face and discuss specific requirements. We also supplied a great number of samples and we’re still sending sample products to new contacts post-show.”

Labelexpo included a wealth of new conventional developments on show with enhanced features for automation, package printing and increased efficiency for short runs.

“Our unique blades are made from bi-axially oriented polyester which have been sourced for their engineering properties and material characteristics,” said Commercial Director Neil Hailey. “It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the next generation of doctor blades.”

We met with a lot of our current agent/distributors and also many new companies who recognise the quality of Esterlam products and the benefits they offer. We had companies from every European country, Scandinavia, North and South America and Asia etc who all wanted to represent us which is a great testament to the Esterlam Team, our products and technical support service too!

Lisa Milburn, Labelexpo’s managing director comments: “The Labelexpo team have worked incredibly hard to deliver outstanding content for what was a very bold show and thanks to the commitment and support of our exhibitors and industry partners, we’ve created a very successful business environment for the industry. This edition has broken all previous records and its success is testament to the fact that the label and package printing industry continues to see Labelexpo as being the place to be. We are still extremely ambitious for the show’s future and we look forward to returning to Brussels with an even bigger and better event in September 2019.”

John added, “The traffic flow from start to finish was strong and the four days flew by, a big thank you to everyone that made this year’s show such a sucuess!” added John.

Contact Info:
Esterlam International Ltd
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 690691