The addition of two new presses, installed at the company’s production plant in The Hague, Holland, marks another big step for Geostick, adding standardization across group locations, as well as more flexibility and opportunities for the company's label, flexible packaging, and tag customers.
The Business is Still Growing
“With these modern printing presses we are more ready to cope with the increasing demand for short delivery times and high printing quality in mid-length runs. The business is still growing, and with the added efficiency provided by our two new FA presses, we have won even more food production customers,” says Cees Shouten, Operations Director, Geostick Group.
“On the two presses in Den Haag (ed. The Hague, Holland) we produce mid and long run jobs for the food industry - mostly labels with direct food contact, for instance on avocados, and mango fruits. The labels are highly decorated with a minimum of 4 colours in print,” he adds.
“We have greatly benefited from the high printing quality, short track transit, easy loading of tooling, not to mention production efficiency of the FA press,” Cees Shouten concludes.
Automation, Capacity, and Quality
“With this new investment, Geostick has taken their automation, production capacity, and quality to an even higher level. This will give them the perfect tool to help reach their target of €100 million turnover in 2024, when Geostick will celebrate their 100 years in existence,” says Bert van Kooy, Sales Manager Benelux, Nilpeter B.V.
Improvements and Adaptations
The relationship between the two companies dates back to 1994, a handful of years before Nilpeter’s acquisition of Rotopress, that established the Danish machine manufacturer’s platform in the Pan-American markets, Nilpeter USA.
“We bought our first Nilpeter press in 1994, which was coined “Rotopress” at the time. It was a 6-colour 10” press, and it quickly became a workhorse given its capabilities, speeds, and ease of use. We have since bought several more presses from Nilpeter, all based off the experience with that first machine. Nilpeter has been a valued partner with General Data and has been willing to take our recommendations of improvements to their engineering teams, adding our adaptations to their future models. Given that partnership, and their willingness to work with their customers, we have continued to purchase Nilpeter presses for our shop floor and integrated them with other equipment (butt splicers, turrets, digital units, coaters, etc.). Having ran that first press myself for a number of years, I can personally say that I have found Nilpeter machines to be one of the easiest presses for operators to learn and use to their full potential,” says Thomas E. Gornall Jr., Plant Superintendent, General Data Company, Inc.
The Mark of a Great Relationship
At Nilpeter USA, the shared history, not to mention willingness to grow, is greatly appreciated. “I’ve had the pleasure to work with General Data for the past 25 years. You know the relationship is good when you can walk through the back door unannounced, and head straight to the pressroom. I actually installed their first machine in 1994, and a few more, before moving into sales. The new FB-3300S installed last month will add new opportunities to their already long list of specialized medical products. With UV/hot air and auto registration, this servo-driven machine can run thin films one minute and 14 pt tags the next. We look forward to working with General Data as we both grow during these next 25 years,” adds Tom Strunk, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA, Inc.
“We have upgraded to a new Nilpeter FB-Line, a 13’’ flexo press. The press itself is great, very operator friendly, and you can easily run high-quality labels off these presses. We have transitioned all of our medical labels to the new FB press. The automatic registration is easy to work with and you can run just about any high-quality flexo job out there. I would recommend one of Nilpeter’s FB-Lines to any print company out there,” says Roy Ratliff, Production Supervisor, General Data Company, Inc.
Exceeding Estimated ROI
“I have over 30 years experience travelling around the USA and overseas in the converting industry. I have worked with, operated, and serviced just about every flexographic press or support equipment in our past and current markets. With this knowledge and hands-on experience, Nilpeter is my “go-to” for converting equipment. A visit to their Cincinnati, Ohio, site reaffirms my confidence in their leadership and comfort level in the equipment. They have risen to the top of our industry. Our estimated ROI on the new FB-Line has been blown away by the actual numbers. I wish to congratulate the engineers and assembly team - and sales, too - with a job well done,” David Clark, Vice President of Manufacturing, General Data Company, Inc., concludes.
The following is an excerpt from a story written by PrintWeek Middle East & Africa. The link to the full story can be found below the excerpt.
Regarding expansion, Shah informed that their latest purchase was Nilpeter FA-6*, a mid-web flexo press. “It is the quality and a highly cooperative team of Nilpeter that lures Raqam’s press needs. The key highlight of Nilpeter machines is that they are very stable and have almost no downtime,” Shah said. Raqam owns all the Nilpeter press models including FB (mid-range flexo), MO (offset), high-end FA-4 and now the FA-6. The machine will be installed at Raqam’s customer facility, that is built exclusively for running flexible packaging and tube laminates, this December. “Our goal is to become a premium player in the narrow and mid-web industry offering an entire spectrum of products including paper, labels, films, tube laminates etc. With the new Nilpeter press, we could become one of the strongest one-stop solution providers in the entire region,” he added.
Read the full story here: PrintWeek MEA
August 2019: Albéa, the world's largest manufacturer of laminate tubes for cosmetics and oral care packaging, has further invested in Nilpeter technology with the acquisition of new FA-presses for company sites in India, Brazil, and Poland. Most have already been installed, with installation on going in Brazil.
The collaboration between the two market leading companies dates back to 2008 when Albéa, through their former UK division, Betts Group, acquired two original FA-4 flexo presses for locations in India and Indonesia.
A Comprehensive Vetting Process
Interested in adding new technology, the Albéa head office in France reached out to Nilpeter once again, and after a comprehensive vetting process with testing, trials, and visits with competing suppliers, chose Nilpeter’s All New FA to be installed in India, Poland, and Brazil. In addition to the advanced technology of the new FA, the high ease of use, and impressive press performance with tough laminate tube materials, Albéa emphasized Nilpeter’s global support setup, worldwide reach, and 24/7 hotline for troubleshooting and live technical assistance. The new FA-presses will be put to good use in the fields of laminate tubes for oral care packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other various personal care applications.
Learning and Growing Together
“In short, we are delighted to continue the close working relationship we have developed with Albéa over the years. It is truly mutually beneficial – working together, learning from each other – gaining and improving in laminate tubes, and growing together through the process. And the potential for more is evident. We cherish the collaboration and look forward to many years of mutual success,” says John Hammond, Sales, Nilpeter UK Ltd.
Built Around the Modern Print Operator
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 print operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls. A benchmark of flexibility and modularity, the FA allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages, according to application needs and budget. Future customisations are often done with a simple press of a button. All main components are produced in-house, meaning higher production quality and control. Nilpeter’s LEAN production flow and uniform facilities in Denmark and the US assure delivery worldwide. Albéa’s new FA-presses are prepared for the addition of digital printing stations, which will allow them to print variable data in the future. Furthermore, Nilpeter has developed a zero waste/defects solution to ensure Albéa meets market quality requirements.
Albéa, the world's #1 cosmetics packaging wholesaler, manufactures the packaging and beauty solutions you use every day: Tubes, lipsticks, mascara, perfume, and lotion pumps, applicators, as well as packs filled with formula, comfort kits, and much more. As a beauty packaging supplier, Albéa serves prestigious and emerging brands, those who are independent and those steeped in history, small and large, local and international.
Final tests are conducted on one of Albéa’s new Nilpeter FA-Line press, before packing and shipping to Albéa Levice in Slovakia.
Pierre Thillement, Albéa France, running the numbers at the recent Factory Acceptance Test with Nilpeter in Slagelse, Denmark.
The Albéa Team learning the ropes with their new FA-Line press alongside Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Nilpeter Ltd.
July: 2019: Last March, Reflex Label Plus acquired a 14-colour FA flexo press from Nilpeter, for its Keighley site in England, to meet customer demands for unique designs, high quality and embellishments, and to achieve ambitious business expansion goals. We checked back a year on from installation to see if their initial goals have been met, hear what feedback they have received, and learn about their plans and expectations for the near future, in this Q&A with Shaun Hanson, Operations Manager, Reflex Label Plus.
Q: Let’s start from the beginning – what were your thoughts and ambitions prior to acquiring the FA?
A: “Well, as you know, we deal in wine and spirits, beers, cosmetics – label jobs that require high-end printing capabilities, lots of embellishments, textured varnishes, foiling etc. With that in mind, and in order to meet our expansion goals, we came to the conclusion that we needed to invest in new, state-of-the-art equipment. After a full evaluation process including our own in-house experiences, we decided that Nilpeter’s new FA was the way to go.”
Q: How was the process leading up to installation, and did you feel confident going into it?
A: “During the build-up, the Nilpeter team invited us on many, very helpful training sessions – myself, and three members of my team, were invited to Italy to see and work with the press in a live environment, to ensure that no stone was left unturned. And in Denmark, during the press pass/acceptance test, we were just filled with confidence that we were going to hit the ground running as soon as the press was installed.”
Q: You and Group CEO, Ian Kendall, spoke of anticipating future market requirements in advance, and a more effective use of materials. Has the FA helped in that regard, and can you give any specific examples?
A: “For starters, the installation took about two weeks, and by week three we were in full production. Myself and group ownership are over the moon with direction this press has allowed us to go in – production numbers are absolutely fantastic, and we have been able to progress into different fields, in large part thanks to this press. From a numbers standpoint, we are now running 100% more efficiently on around 50% of our jobs.”
Q: Has the FA helped you seize the opportunity and capacity for rapid growth in high-end label production, you mentioned the last time we spoke?
A: “Prior to acquiring the FA, we were primarily printing wine labels, but since its arrival, we’ve been able to attack different avenues in the spirits market, labels that require higher embellishments, the use of more expensive materials, while demanding full job control with zero spoils. The FA, our partnership with Nilpeter, and cooperation with their Customer Care unit, has given us the confidence as a business, and the opportunity, to succeed with this expansion.”
Q: Overall, would you say that you are happy with your Nilpeter press?
A: “To summarize, and I think the best way to answer your question would be to say, that our next investment at this site will most definitely be another FA from Nilpeter, with more features and added embellishment options. I like the “your printing partner” slogan, and the partnership has indeed been key - the collaboration on both sides of the table, from start to finish. We are extremely excited for the next step in this journey!”
The Reflex Group was formed in 2002 with the goal of being “the world’s most sustainable packaging company” – a goal still entrenched at the heart of operations. Reflex seeks to be on the forefront of innovation, investing in technology and people for continuous improvement. Today, Reflex is one of the largest companies of its kind in the UK, and with an international customer-base, Reflex serves a broad range of customer sectors. Products include self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves including R.O.S.O., liner-less labels, flexible packaging, in-mould labels, artwork, and design. The company prints high-end labels in combination for many bespoke brand owners through their Reflex Label Plus division.
Under the 100-year anniversary banner, Nilpeter will exhibit two of its FA-Line flagship flexo presses at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The FA-Line presses, which have already exceeded 100 installations worldwide since launching at Labelexpo Europe two years ago, will feature a number of new, groundbreaking technologies.
The first FA-Line press on display is 17’’ wide, features cold foil and lamination, as well as Nilpeter’s new high-speed Semi-Rotary Die-Cutting unit. Introduced to the market for the first time, this press will run in combination with two new technologies: the High-Build InkJet Varnish and High Opacity White InkJet units. Nilpeter will demonstrate the press’ versatility and value-adding capabilities within Wine & Beverage applications.
Effective Flexible Packaging
The second press on the show floor is the all-new multi-substrate 22’’ FA-Line. It features a new 22’’ Quick-Change Die station, UV-lamination, and UV-LED drying. With this press, Nilpeter will demonstrate how to effectively print various Food & Beverage flexible packaging applications throughout the show.
Join Nilpeter as they raise a glass to mark the company’s 100-year milestone, and display exciting new developments at Labelexpo Europe 2019 – as always in Hall 7, stand 7B35 & 7B41, Brussels Expo.
On June 13, 2019, the Nilpeter USA Technology Center hosted the first co-sponsored Open House by Nilpeter and SCREEN Americas. More than 80 guests and partners were welcomed by SCREEN Americas President, Ken Ingram, and Nilpeter USA Managing Director, Lenny Degirolmo. The two leaders shared their vision of the partnership, and the common sense approach of bringing digital and conventional offerings together to provide a powerful solution for its customers.
Joined by many industry co-suppliers and educators, guests had the opportunity to learn more about what these technologies offer, and more importantly, how to integrate them into their workflows in order to maximize output through added automation – streamlining operations and improving efficiencies. These sophisticated technologies allow company partners to modernize their facilities and overcome workforce challenges by investing in new technology.
Multiple presentations were given by leading suppliers that support the printing and converting process from order entry to finishing. Avery Dennison started out by sharing new innovations in substrates and top-coats that directly impact the digital UV InkJet market space. Techkon gave an insightful presentation on “Running to Color”, inline color measurement solutions through automated measurement devices that can provide direct feedback to the printer. On the embellishment side, Color Logic shared their solutions for metallic embellishment utilizing colour management techniques on foils and reflective materials to create the most appealing packaging. Automation through the entire workflow is a key step for improving efficiencies, and One Vision gave a great presentation on how to automate workflow and prepress processes by utilizing the latest software solutions.
Nilpeter USA also presented and debuted the all-new REFINE Finishing offline modular finishing and converting line. This offering gained a lot of interest with guests. Its simplicity and technically advanced operations, as well as a very cost-effective solution for offline finishing and converting, was met with wide eyes. Nilpeter USA and SCREEN Americas representatives are very excited to add this product to the program.
Some of the most rewarding information of the day revolved around industry trends and consumer demands. Gary Walton from Cincinnati State University gave a high-energy presentation on workforce challenges and how to overcome them. A new program called “Friends of Print” has been established for industry professionals to engage and increase the awareness of the printing and packaging markets to a new workforce. NAPCO media’s Nathan Safran provided an in-depth research study of the digital market space, brand owner requirements, and consumer trends. The study effectively broke down each digital technology, uncovering strengths and weaknesses. This presentation provided exceptional information to converters, allowing them to make educated equipment decisions for their business models.
After a very filling working lunch and a lot of networking amongst all, it was time to see the hardware in action. It did not disappoint. Prior to press demonstrations, Nilpeter USA provided tours of the factory, showcasing their journey through automation and big data control. The new Nilpeter operations have been very well-received by all partners, who see the clear advantages and efficiencies of investing in automating workflows. Next up was a full demonstration of the Nilpeter FA platform, showcasing to partners the platform of the future as well as the clean-hand solutions utilized as the base of the company’s digital hybrid offerings. Following this, Nilpeter USA partners, SCREEN Americas, gave a very intuitive presentation on the complete workflow of the PANORAMA DP3+ offering, and all the flexibility on offer. Visitors were provided a clear explanation on the stand-alone, near-line converting, offline converting, and full hybrid solutions. As an added bonus, presentations from earlier in the day had provided all the information necessary, to help them determine the proper solution for their needs.
Finally, full demonstrations of the REFINE Compact unit took place. The Compact unit was an eye catcher for all involved. It offers as much if not more flexibility than many other competitive units at a fraction of the cost. Nilpeter USA is already seeing good activity with this technology.
All in all the co-sponsored Open House was a very successful and rewarding day. The companies received nothing but positive feedback, good comments on the presentations, facilities, equipment, and alignment of the Nilpeter USA and SCREEN Americas teams. Combining resources along with the support of key industry suppliers will allow Nilpeter USA and SCREEN Americas to build brand recognition as the leaders in the Digital UV InkJet market space, with focus on innovation and printing technologies.
June 11, 2019: In May, Nilpeter A/S hosted an Open House for leading print houses and industry partners from the Polish printing industry. Nilpeter’s new agent in Poland, Koenig & Bauer CEE, accompanied the many visitors to the Open House, which also served as an introduction to the new partnership between the two companies.
Several representatives from the Polish narrow-web printing industry visited Nilpeter HQ in Slagelse, Denmark, for a Day of Technology, complete with presentations from industry partners, guided tours of Nilpeter’s modern manufacturing facilities, live press demonstrations and more.
The day began with presentations in Nilpeter’s Technology Center, including insights into the company history, DNA, and product philosophy. Following a tour of Nilpeter’s manufacturing facilities and an introduction to Nilpeter’s modular platform design philosophy, the guests enjoyed lunch in the company’s open plan canteen with bio walls that enhance the indoor climate.
Nilpeter’s Technology Center performed live demonstrations of the FA-Line and PANORAMA Hybrid presses, as well as the REFINE Compact finishing line, before Nilpeter industry partners, Hubergroup, CMC, EyeC, JONVAC, REFINE Finishing, and 3M supplied valuable information related to production management and efficiency.
Nilpeter would like to thank Koenig & Bauer CEE for helping organize the event, partners in attendance, press (Poligrafika, Swiat Poligrafii, Swiat Druku), and visitors for joining them at corporate headquarter.
Pictures courtesy of Swiat Poligrafii.
The competition grew from the notion that winemaking, and the wine label, is “first of all, a love story” and therefore centered around the lovers par-excellence: Romeo and Juliet. With any great love story, you need a great wine, and we chose one of the most refined wines available in Italy, the Nodo d’Amore.
Nilpeter would like to thank all the designers who took part - we saw an impressive 433 registered teams, with 557 designers, from a total of 30 nations. Of these, 77% were professionals, and 23% were students.
At the June 7th Award Ceremony, held at the Farina Winery in Verona, a cash prize of €10,000 will be awarded to winners selected by a well-renowned jury including our own Lars Eriksen, David Carson of David Carson Design, Bruno Bertelli of Publicis Italia, Davide Bonazzi, Elena Farina of Farina Wines, Riccardo Guasco, Davide Mosconi of Auge Design, and Mariano Diotto.
Starting Monday April 15th and leading up to the Award Ceremony, these winners, gold and honorable mentions will be showcased on our Instagram page – nilpeter1919, with the 1st prize winner revealed following June 7th. We look forward to sharing the results of this exciting task and learning experience with every wine and label enthusiast.
During the visit we experienced Olympus’ advanced production setup – with six Nilpeter presses on the floor - and got a glimpse into their planning and sales practices. Olympus is very focused on efficiency and sustainability, thus putting a great deal of effort into limiting waste in both setup and job processes.
The company has seen solid growth over the past many years, primarily in the field of high-end value-adding labels in combination print - flexo with hot foil, screen, cross-over, and so forth.
Scroll down to see a selection of photos from the day, and click here to read about Olympus latest Nilpeter acquisition. Thank you, again, to DLA, Adrian Brown, and his wonderful team at Olympus Print.