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From their facilities in Schinznach-Dorf, approximately 30 minutes outside Zürich, Lerchmüller provides a wide variety of high-quality label products, direct mailings, cards, and forms. Their new PANORAMA serves as a replacement for an existing offset press, and the prospect of no click charges, the promising future of InkJet printing, and stable consistent printing quality were deciding factors in the decision-making process.
“After a lengthy decision-making process, we have come to the conclusion that the printing quality of the Nilpeter DP-3 PANORAMA is best suited to the high requirements of our customers. Thanks to the extended colour space in the VIVID color mode and the high-resolution screening process, the DP-3 PANORAMA guarantees an outstanding yet extremely natural colour depth - comparable to HD Flexo quality. The fact that we can also rely on Nilpeter's many years of experience as a label press manufacturer in the introduction of the new technology, has made the investment decision easier for us”, states Mr. Dörig, CEO Lerchmüller.
From left to right; Lerchmüller Production Manager Boris Wyrsch, General Manager Rolf Dörig, and General Manager Patrick Lerchmüller.
Finally, the local support from Andreas Höfner and the team at Nilpeter GmbH tipped the scale and convinced Lerchmüller to choose the PANORAMA as their first Nilpeter press since acquiring a Nilpeter B-280 letterpress years ago.
“We are very happy to see the first PANORAMA installed in Switzerland, especially with a quality-conscious converter such as Lerchmüller, who seeks to catch up with the latest technology”, Andreas Höfner, Managing Director at Nilpeter GmbH, explained.
Nilpeter joined the company as a partner at the very beginning, and most recently installed a Nilpeter FA-4* flexo press.
Already on their 5th anniversary (in 2013) Paperdrive invested in a Prati Vega Plus 450. Shortly thereafter, CEO Friedrich Schuhmann realised that the old production and administration facilities were no longer sufficient, and in 2015 the company moved to the new industrial area, Georgensgmünd. Together with his son Oliver, his daughter Marina, and the skilled Paperdrive team, Friedrich Schuhmann had taken the next step towards growing the company.
Paperdrive expanded toa total of 3,800 m2 and invested in new technology. When the company was comparing technical data and performance possibilities of machines from various manufacturers, Nilpeter GmbH from Minden came into play. The original plans allowed for expansion of the existing plant with the installation of another rotary flexo printing press with a web-width of 370 mm. The fact that Nilpeter’s FA-4* with the web width of 420 mm was installed at the conclusion of Friedrich Schuhmann search is due to a number or reasons, one being that this web width allows for larger flexibility with future jobs. Furthermore, the design of the printing units in the FA-4* provides a very short web path in the machine, which is very noticeable when it comes to setup times and waste.
In addition, the family together with Peter Lehmeier, Technical Manager at Paperdrive, decided to invest in another Prati packaging machine. As one of the first companies in Southern Germany, Paperdrive has acquired the newest model of the Saturn to complement their Nilpeter FA-4*, this in a web width of 450 mm. The machine is equipped with a fully automatic “fast cut” knife system, a dual turret, and other automation features.
The ultra-modern combination printing presses feature five offset and three flexo units as well as a screen unit - all inline. In Zirndorf, Ellerhold produces offset-printed, embossed labels for wine, with screen printing in rainbow colours plus high-build varnish. In Glücksburg they produce no-label look vodka labels with screen printed White as primer, and offset fonts.
Immo Brodersen, Sales Manager at Glückburg, explains the possibilities of printing and finishing on the MO-4, "We can use several foils at the same time. This creates a kind of 3-D effect when combined with matt and glossy films”. Customers from the food industry also appreciate the application of metallic cold foil and subsequent printing. All rainbow colours can be realized without costly tools. Cosmetics companies often combine label printing with the lamination of soft-touch films for a velvety feel.
No-label look without wrinkles
The Cast & Cure technology is ideally suited for the rotary printing on the MO-4 and can be realized relatively cost-efficiently. On the label, a variety of patterns, structures, and holographic effects are created by a special printing technique, in which the light breaks as in prisms. Energy drinks have already been positioned with such labels in the Asian market. Or high-quality beverage bottles with Cast & Cure labels made tamper-evident. If a relief varnish should simulate water drops on the cola bottle or a textured varnish the shell of an orange on the juice bottle - the MO-4 prints and improves the label in one operation. The customers of the no-label look (Clear on Clear) of the MO-4 are particularly impressed, as transparent films are white-coated in screen printing and can then be printed in many ways. This way, design and fonts can be presented very well on juice drums or whiskey bottles.
Dedicated to High Quality Flexible Packaging
Located in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, SOCIPACK is primarily dedicated to printing high quality flexible packaging for the cosmetic Industry, personal hygiene, pharmaceutical, and agrochemical industry, among others.
Managing Director of SOCIPACK, Mr. Hassan Abdallah has chosen the Nilpeter FA-6* press “to ensure the highest level of quality of labels, to meet the growing trend for short run production of new, innovative, and integrated packaging designs, and to deliver on special targeted and customized orders.”
Managing Director of SOCIPACK, Mr. Hassan Abdallah, with his new FA-6*
Expanding the Product Portfolio
With the 8-colour Nilpeter FA-6*, the first label printing press in SOCIPACK’s machine park, the company has expanded their portfolio to include high quality labels, sleeves, and wraparounds. The FA-6* enables the printer to achieve the leanest performance in today’s competitive market for laminates, wraparound labels, pouches, shrink sleeves, and more.
Nilpeter’s representatives in the region, BLG International, has a strong sales and service setup in Abidjan. The local support and backup was of utmost importance to SOCIPACK, and the skill was evident during the installation process – the press has been “plug and play”, and SOCIPACK has not experienced any problems whatsoever.
A Second FA-6* in 2018
The company is so pleased with the experience, and in particular with the press, that they are already considering acquiring a second FA-6* in the near future.
Nilpeter is pulling out all the stops at LabelExpo Europe 2017, premiering the all new FA flexo press.
This brand new flexo press is the latest addition to their state-of-the-art flexo programme, and displaying one of their newly upgraded digital PANORAMA Hybrid presses.
The All New FA
The new FA is the most versatile flexo press on the market – designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, and built around the modern press operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls.
The FA provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates. Based on Nilpeter’s Clean-Hand design approach, the FA ensures clean hands during press operation, with a minimum of hands-on press interaction; all data is saved, jobs are easily recalled, and the press will auto register.
Last but not least, the new FA allows printers to enhance the performance and capability of their press with Value-Adding Units as well as Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget.
The PANORAMA Hybrid
In addition to the all new FA, Nilpeter is also bringing their newly upgraded PANORAMA Hybrid to the show. Since the launch of the PANORAMA digital product line at LabelExpo Europe 2015, the Danish press manufacturer has made major enhancements, including a re-design of the PANORAMA’s converting and flexo printing units, as well as updates of the press software.
The new digital PANORAMA Hybrid configurations cover a wide and varied spectrum of customer needs and requirements – from stand-alone, to all-round, and value-added hybrids.
See you there!
Nilpeter is looking forward to seeing you in Brussels from September 25 – 28, as always, in Hall 7 at stand nos 7B35 & 7B39.
Visitors of Nilpeter’s booth at Label Latinoamerica 2017 will be introduced to a variety of innovative solutions and products, including the DP-3 digital InkJet press of the PANORAMA product-line, Trojanlabel digital printer, a Rotoflex slitter/rewinder, and a Nikka automatic inspection system.
“This time we decided to showcase the digital side of our business”, says Rubens Wilmers, Managing Director at Nilpeter do Brasil. “Our goal with this show is to demonstrate to the South American market, that Nilpeter is a one-stop-shopping supplier when it comes to narrow-web printing equipment – a true printing partner.”
The Label Latinoamerica trade show, also known as “The LABEL”, is an international exhibition and conference on adhesive labels, tags, and product identification. The 8th edition will run from 21-23 August at the Pro-Magno Events Center in São Paulo, Brazil. The show has been growing every year since 2004 and is one of the most important events dedicated to the narrow-web sector in Latin America.
The agreement covers the specific markets of Nilpeter USA Inc., Nilpeter do Brasil, Nilpeter Asia Pacific, and Nilpeter Ltd. in the UK and Ireland.
“From the get-go, it has been Nilpeter’s strategy to offer a wide range of digital solutions with our PANORAMA product-line and the products from TrojanLabel fit perfectly into this equation”, says Jakob Landberg, Sales & Marketing Director at Nilpeter A/S. “We are very excited because we now cover a larger market with quality products which is what converters expect from Nilpeter.”
The Trojan2 is a mini digital label press that can propel converters into the world of digital labels. As such, it supplements Nilpeter’s PANORAMA product-line of hybrid solutions.
TrojanLabel has grown rapidly to become one of the leading manufacturers in the digital colour label printer market and has now become a part of AstroNova inc.
“We consider this collaboration to be a significant, strategic partnership which will further accelerate our leadership position of several hundred Trojan installations in this market “, says Mikkel Wichmann, Managing Director of TrojanLabel. “With Nilpeter as a global partner, we will be able to get closer to our customers, provide strong backup, and further enhance our successful distribution channels.”
Moving with the times
In 1963, Rebsons Labels purchased their first printing press and started to produce labels – thus becoming a self-adhesive label manufacturing company. Rebsons Labels has “moved with the technological trends over the past years, upgrading and purchasing state-of-the-art label printing equipment”, says Rebsons’ owner Benny Friedmann.
The Nilpeter PANORAMA is next in line. “There is a constant and ever growing demand for digitally printed labels; run-lengths are getting shorter, and customers require variable data on labels and demand shorter delivery times,” says Benny Friedmann.
“In addition to being a loyal Nilpeter customer for more than 40 years, we assessed the digital market during a 2- to 3-year period, and decided that the Stand-Alone PANORAMA was by far the best solution for us. An immediate benefit is our vast production of generic labels with variable data for a large super market chain customer – the PANORAMA allows us to reduce production time and stock holding of variants, and enables us to print on demand and improve cash flow,” he adds.
The beginning of a 40-year relationship
In 1972, Benny Friedmann attended his first Drupa exhibition with the intention of buying a flexo press of the same brand as those already in his production. However, when Mr. Friedmann arrived at the Nilpeter booth and saw the S-185 4-colour flexo press, his eyes lit up. He admitted to the South African Nilpeter agent that this was his dream machine, but unfortunately, it was out of his price range. Luckily the Nilpeter agent had good contacts in the South African banking industry, so he pulled a few strings and managed to arrange funding. This meant the beginning of a 40-year long business relationship.
"My first Nilpeter press changed my business. Suddenly I was able to print the highest quality. I printed self-adhesive labels that were far more sophisticated, launching my business into an entirely different league", Friedmann explains. “All the presses I have bought since have been state-of-the-art, and I have retained my advantage”, he concludes.
From B-200 to the PANORAMA
Over the years, Rebsons has bought many Nilpeter presses. In the 80s, before the era of trade sanctions, the first B-200 was acquired. As Danish suppliers to South Africa were part of the sanctions, trading stopped, but in 1992 with sanctions lifted, Rebsons bought a second B-200 and a third followed shortly thereafter. Nilpeter FA-2500, FB-2500, and FB-3300S have all been part of the growth at Rebsons, and now the next step has been taken with the addition of the PANORAMA.
Rebsons Labels is a leading supplier of labels in South Africa and produces self-adhesive labels for local and international clientele from various industries.
Allied Pacific has invested in an 8-colour FA-4* flexo press with de-/relamination, UV-lamination, cold foil, and Quick-Change Die Unit.
The investment is a result of an increased demand for value-added flexible packaging.
The Philippine packaging solutions company is a large player on the local package printing market and is one of 50 subsidiaries in the giant RD Corporation. Since 2005, the company specialises in printing of labels, pouches, boxes, wrappers, and much more, within the food segment.
“We see a clear trend towards advanced flexible packaging solutions”, General Manager of Allied Pacific, Ann Magdalene S. Chua, explains. “We operate in a highly competitive market in the Asian region, so we need to differentiate ourselves from the competition”.
In 2015, Ann Chua set out to find her next flexo press to keep up with the increasing demand. She spotted Nilpeter’s FA-4* running candy sachets at LabelExpo Europe’s Packprint Workshop in 2015, and her interest was sparked.
“I was immediately impressed with the level of automation on that press”, says Ann Chua. “It basically combines a very cool design with a lot of practical and ergonomic features – and this appeals to me”.
Another contributing factor for Allied Pacific’s decision is the confidence in Nilpeter’s service setup in the Asian region. “Service is of the utmost importance to us, and we have no doubt that Nilpeter Customer Care will support us every step of the way”, says Allied Pacific’s General Manager.
Allied Pacific Packaging Solutions Corp. expects to move into more segments, such as health & beauty, beverage, and pharmaceuticals. “There are so many benefits to the FA-4*, and I would be very surprised if this is the last Nilpeter press we invest in!”, Ann Chua concludes.
Ann Chua, General Manager of Allied Pacific Packaging Solutions Corporation, in front of their new Nilpeter FA-4*.
Recently upgraded with a complete re-design of the converting and flexo printing units, as well as a major upgrade of press software, Nilpeter’s digital product line, PANORAMA, covers a wide and varied spectrum of customer requirements – from stand-alone to all-round, and value-added hybrid configurations.
What and where?
All4Labels has purchased three PANORAMA Hybrid combination presses. All the presses support 5-colour InkJet engines in various combinations with flexo processes, hot foil/embossing, and Quick-Change die-cutting.
“The three PANORAMA Hybrids will be installed at different All4Labels locations across Europe and follow our strategy to set new industry standards in terms of flexibility, customisation and supply chain excellence. We have followed the market trend towards customisation for a long time, and with this investment we will reach the next level. We have chosen Nilpeter’s PANORAMA, because it combines the strength of the different technologies in a perfect way”, says Torsten Wietholz, Corporate Director of All4Labels.
The All4Labels installations open a whole new chapter in the opportunities around digital print driven by brand owners with focus on sustainable supply chain and product differentiation. “We definitely expect the trend of personalisation to grow drastically in the near future - opening new doors for our customers”, says Jakob Landberg, Nilpeter Sales & Marketing Director. “For that very reason, our focus will be on supporting this market development by designing dynamic modular hybrid solutions”.
See the PANORAMA Hybrid at LabelExpo Europe 2017
The PANORAMA was a major attraction when launched at LabelExpo Europe 2015, and with the new enhancements and upgrades, Nilpeter’s digital product line should garner plenty of attention at this year’s show, as usual taking place at Brussels Expo in the Belgian capital, from September 25–28, 2017. Nilpeter will exhibit in Hall 7 at stand nos 7B35 & 7B39.