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Nilpeter and Label Systems partner for success with The All New FA

Label Systems, Inc., located in the Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas, has earned a solid reputation for providing high quality label products with innovative solutions and good old-fashioned customer service, through nearly 45 years of business. 

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The addition of The All New FA from Nilpeter will jump start their journey into the next 45 years of business.

Label Systems, Inc. started from humble beginnings in a family garage, with the vision of providing customers with custom branded solutions for their label needs. Today, they are proud to have successfully served over 5,000 satisfied customers worldwide across more than 25 industries.

“We work with some very large brand owners that require the highest quality packaging delivered on time and on budget. When we discussed the new market trends and opportunities, the team at Nilpeter shared a wealth of information and knowledge. The level of innovation and automation in their equipment, along with their skilled team, will provide us with the tools to be a leader in this industry. Those are the types of qualities we look for in a partner and the new FA press will be a powerful addition to our line-up,” says Amy Van Brunt, President & Owner of Label Systems, Inc.
Amy Van Brunt, President & Owner of Label Systems, Inc., is embracing new market trends with The All New FA from Nilpeter

John Van Brunt, Founder & VP of Operations, explains the decision process on the new press, “Your next press purchase is always a challenging decision. We researched many press manufacturers but in the end our previous success with Nilpeter, and the partnership we have built, solidified this decision. The level of automation providing improved make-ready times and operator efficiency make this press the perfect choice. This press will engage with our current operations and allow us to easily enter into new markets and offerings.”.

The All New 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 and wireless operation, 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.

“We are proud to continue our relationship with Label Systems, Inc. – the new FA is ideally suited for industry 4.0 operations and performance, marking a new journey and a bright future for Amy, John, and their team,” says Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA.

Phipps Label Co. invests in The All New FA

“We were looking to continue our growth pattern which required us to increase our capacity and efficiency, and provide more flexibility in our product offerings". 

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Phipps Label Company was founded by Greg Phipps in the spring of 1990. A long-time veteran of the label printing industry and a hands-on guy, Greg wanted more control of the quality of the labels he was delivering. Hard-working employees and loyal customers have been the key to growing the business into its current 35,000-square-foot facility that houses six high-performance presses, versatile finishing equipment and the latest in digital printing technology. The new FA will be a welcome addition.

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Greg Phipps of Phipps Label Co, and Bob Loescher of Nilpeter, standing by the all new FA on the assembly line at Nilpeter USA in Cincinnati, OH.

“We were looking to continue our growth pattern which required us to increase our capacity and efficiency, and provide more flexibility in our product offerings. After we saw the new FA perform for the first time, we knew exactly what we needed to do,” says Greg Phipps, Owner and President, Phipps Label Co. ”Right from the start of the Nilpeter factory tour, we could see how this press was different. With the automated machining centres producing one-piece steel modules all at once, this press is just built different, and it shows. The level of performance and efficiency is exactly what we were looking for. The FA’s make-ready times are reduced so much through the job save and recall functions and the one piece inking system provides the absolute fastest setup times. This press will change the way we can deliver to our customers and keep us one step ahead of their needs,” Greg Phipps concludes.

The All New FA is Nilpeter’s latest offering from the FA-Line. Providing clean-hand operations through wireless controls and the most sophisticated Industry 4.0 automated setup. The new FA is a next generation platform meeting the ever-growing needs of the modern press operator – offered in multiple levels of automation and production requirements. The FA is tailored to meet the printer’s exact needs for today and can be enhanced later on with add-on Application and Automation Packages.

Hybrid flexo/InkJet printing will bring best of both worlds to packaging

As digital printing continues to expand its presence in the packaging industry, printers and converters are finding ways to creatively implement the benefits of digital along with the advantages of conventional technologies.

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In the label segment, hybrid printing, which often combines inkjet and flexographic technologies, has emerged as a solution to provide the best of both worlds into a single-pass process.

During the third annual Digital Packaging Summit, hosted by Printing Impressions sister publication, packagePRINTING, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a panel of suppliers that have launched products and solutions in the hybrid print space discussed the impact the technology will have in packaging.

Panel member Keith Nagle, Digital Product Manager for Nilpeter USA,  explained the importance of suppliers being proactive in educating customers on how to extract the most value from a hybrid press.

“We bring the customers in and show them the platform and all of the tools that we’re going to build for them and for them to offer to the marketplace,” he said. “Everything from how the workflow works, how to make it simpler for them and how to take it out and market it regionally. Then, they can branch out from there.”

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Nilpeter’s Paul Teachout wins TLMI Supplier of the Year 2017

Nilpeter is proud to announce that Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA Inc., has been named TLMI’s 2017 Supplier of the Year at The TLMI Annual Meeting held October 8 – October 11, at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Gainey Ranch Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Presentation Speech – Lisa Milburn
Lisa Milburn, Managing Director Labels Division, Tarsus Group gave the presentation speech, and emphasized Paul’s tireless work with TLMI and other industry organisations, as well as his efforts in workforce development, sharing his knowledge with the next generation of label and packaging printers.

”The recipient of this year’s Supplier of the Year Award has over 35 years of industry leadership experience... (He) has been active with many educational activities and is sat on several committees, including the TLMI Awards Committee since 1998...the Technical and Marketing Committees, and is a frequent speaker at converter meetings, including Print Think, and the annual awards.”

”He is regarded as a thought leader in the industry, having authored numerous technical papers and whitepapers for many publications. He is frequently called upon by other suppliers to offer industry insight.”

”A passion of his has been supporting continuous efforts to drive workforce developments, and for the past 10 years he has worked with high school and college students through the Phoenix Challenge Foundation - High School Competition. The recipient also sits on the advisory board of the Central Piedmont Community College’s Harper Campus where his son is currently studying Graphic Communications. He was a key driver behind the (Nilpeter) donation of a new press at Clemson University, and was awarded the Clemson University Top Cat Award in 2017 for years of support to the Graphics Communications Program.”

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Acceptance Speech – Paul Teachout
Paul Teachout was thrilled to accept the award, offering thanks to his many colleagues and friends in the industry he so loves.

”Thank you very very much. A few weeks ago when Craig (Moreland, TLMI Chairman) called me and left me a message, I said ”Oh boy, I’m going to sell a press today” and then when I called him back the first thing he said was ”I don’t want to buy a press, this is a TLMI thing”. I thought I had him there for a second.”

”Thank you, Lisa. There’s no better people than you and Tasha (Ventimiglia, Labelexpo Event Director) to give this to me. Thank you to Craig and Dan (Muenzer, TLMI President) for the opportunity to continue to participate and engage in this wonderful organization. It’s a privilege. Thank you to all the suppliers and converter members, it’s been a privilege to do this since 1998. I’ve met so many wonderful people, including Steve Lee, Frank Sablone, Pat Hague, Robert Smithson, and so many others. I think I’ve had an opportunity to work with so many of you in this room, and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have the privilege and the opportunity to do so. So thank you to everybody in this room for allowing me to contribute and participate and engage with your activities as well.”

”As (Lisa) mentioned my father got me started in this a long time ago, and I remember – perhaps the most important thing that ever happened to me, was back when I was an apprentice on an offset press. I’m running a job, he came and looked at it, and he looked at the register and asked, ”What is that?” - I said, ”it’s good enough”, and the look that he gave me that day changed my life. He said son, ”if you think good enough is good enough, you’re never going to overachieve,” and from that day forward I’ve done everything I can to be better than just good enough.”

”I have three beautiful children and a beautiful wife. I’m a proud husband and father for the last 25 years, and I couldn’t have done it without “Ms. America”. Thank you so much. In closing, this organisation has been the best thing that’s ever happened in my career, the people and the organisation itself, just outstanding. Continue to contribute, and engage, and volunteer, and participate – you will not be disappointed. So thank you very much, enjoy the rest of the evening.”

Congratulations Paul, from everyone at Nilpeter. We are proud to have you as a member of our family.

About The TLMI Annual Meeting
The TLMI Annual Meeting provides a unique opportunity for converter and supplier members to interact in a relaxed environment, conducive to establishing new partnerships and to strengthening existing relationships. The two-day event helps members stay up to date and inspired with informative educational programming and enlightening guest speakers, all addressing pillars of the TLMI strategic plan, including workforce development, external affairs, sustainability, and communication. TLMI members also enjoy tours, sports outings, and the Awards Dinner and Reception honoring the TLMI Label Awards Competition winners, Environmental Awards recipients, the Supplier of the Year, and the Converter of the Year. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held October 14 – October 17, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, in Florida, USA.

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“LabelExpo Europe was great. We especially enjoyed the first three days –the Nilpeter stand was packed, we saw a lot of interest in our new product offerings, closed some big deals, and picked up a lot of interesting leads. Our main takeaway is that the industry is in full ”investment mode”, which provides us with a lot of opportunities, and we are very excited for the future. Going forward, we think the usual Tuesday - Friday event is more beneficial with regards to logistics,” says Jakob Landberg, Sales & Marketing Director, Nilpeter A/S.”


Paul Teachout, VP of Sales & Marketing, Nilpeter USA, presented the Nilpeter presses to the visitors five times per day.


The Nilpeter stand was packed with visitors from all around the world.

Sai Com Codes orders three Nilpeter presses
Indian label printer Sai Com Codes has ordered three Nilpeter FB presses, with one 8-color and two 10-color presses ordered at Labelexpo Europe 2017.
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All three oppresses come with full UV, chill drums, cold foil, delam, relam and turnbar. Two will be installed in Sonepat in November 2017 and February 2018, while the third will be shipped to the company’s new plant in Guwahati in December 2017.

The company made a double Nilpeter investment at Labelexpo India 2016. After these installations, Sai Com Codes will have a fleet of eight Nilpeter presses to cater to the label industry. Harish Gupta, managing director at Sai Com Codes, said: ‘We opted for Nilpeter presses again for ease of operation and good service by the team.’

Manish Kapoor, country manager for sales at Nilepter India, said: ‘Sai Com Codes is one of Nilpeter’s biggest customers in India and we are very pleased with the company’s growth.’

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Lerchmüller invests in stand-alone PANORAMA
Swiss label printer Lerchmüller has invested in a 5-colour variable data stand-alone PANORAMA to upgrade old equipment, decrease delivery times, and increase business in new markets for variable data and other personalization
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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.

Paperdrive opts for future flexibility
Paperdrive, located in Georgensgmünd, Germany has quickly established itself as a full service provider for their customers, having started out as a pure labels trading company.
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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.

New MO-4 makes label printing even more attractive at Ellerhold
With the installation of two MO-4 offset presses, the Ellerhold Group is expanding its label division at the two locations in Zirndorf and Glücksburg, Germany.
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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.

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Leading Ivory Coast flex pack printer choose FA-6*
Abidjan, Ivory Coast: SOCIPACK, a leading Ivory Coast flexible packaging printer, installs Nilpeter FA-6* flexo press to meet increasing market demands for adhesives labels, sleeves, and wrap-around labels, further cementing their place as one of the fastest growing companies in the African flexible packaging and food packaging sector.
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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.


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