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FlexoPrint chose the FA-26 after months of comprehensive research, production job tests, and calculations. In the following interview with Inkish TV, FlexoPrint CEO Lars Ole Nauta describes his thoughts behind the company's latest investment.
“We identified a lot of customer products that could be run better and more efficiently on the FA-26,” Lars Ole Nauta, CEO of FlexoPrint, begins.
“In addition to that, we see a gap in the market between the big foil printers and the narrow-web business. The foil printers usually have very long lead times, where we in the label business are used to very, very short lead times. So if we can combine our label world into the foil world, perhaps there’s a market there,” he continues.
“That was one of the reasons why we decided to make this investment and take this chance of investing in the Nilpeter FA-26,” Nauta concludes.
FlexoPrint & The Optimum Group
Optimum Group is a versatile group of specialized printing companies that collectively offer a total package of self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging solutions. Optimum Group’s 12 member companies from Holland, Belgium, Denmark, and Germany specialise in UV-Flexo rotary printing and digital printed matter for customers in the Food, Retail, Cosmetics, Pharma, Home & Personal Care, Logistics, and the Chemical industry.
With the Optimum Green Portfolio, the group serves as a model in the field of sustainability, developing sustainable packaging and labelling solutions through a structured and environmentally friendly approach. Optimum Group’s combined expertise in design and development, the supply chain, management, and efficient processing in the production environment, ensures optimum service for their customers.
The Right Choice For Us
“We have followed the development of the FA-26 over the last few years, and it’s just like we want it. It’s very lean. It’s very simple,” says Nauta. “Efficiency in pricing and competitiveness is very important for FlexoPrint, and also for the Optimum Group, when we purchase machines. It’s not something we take lightly. Actually, I’ve always said buying hardware is one of the most difficult jobs as a CEO. It will follow you for many years. So we did a thorough investigation, months and months of calculating, and thinking about which way to go. At the end of the day, we thought that the FA-26 was the right choice for us.”
Value-Added Short Run Flexible Packaging
The FA-26 is the latest and widest flexo press Nilpeter has ever developed. Designed for value-added short run flexible packaging and labels, all inline, and fully sleeve-based, both for anilox and plate rollers.
The FA-26 robust unit construction, compact footprint, and landscape design ensure optimum register and consistent high printing quality at all speeds. Designed to print with water-based and solvent inks, with UV, LED, and E-beam processes – in any combination, the FA-26 is a game-changer in short and long run flexible packaging printing. From pouches and sachets, to wrap-arounds, shrink sleeves, labels, and more.
A Part Of Us In The Future
“Of course, I know Nilpeter as a Danish company. But I have to say that we have three competitor machines, and at that time we didn’t think the FA was ready. If we had seen the press now, looking back, we would definitely have chosen Nilpeter. So we think Nilpeter will be a part of us in the future. Also regarding narrower flexo presses,” Nauta adds.
Productivity and ROI
“It is a bit early to look at ROI, but we can see that the speed is basically what we have calculated with. We still have to work a bit on the changeover times, get comfortable, and speed things up. But when we get that right, and we can put our old flexo spirit into our new presses, it will definitely be a good investment,” Lars Ole Nauta concludes.
The Right Mindset
"We are proud to install the first FA-26 in Denmark. FlexoPrint has the right mindset to get the most out of this new printing technology. The company has a strong focus on creating bottom line value through high printing quality and production efficiency, and before deciding to purchase the press, FlexoPrint actually ran their own production jobs on the press in order to calculate ROI and justify the new investment," says Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
FlexoPrint is one of the leading manufacturers of self-adhesive labels in Scandinavia within fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and logistics. The company headquartered in Randers, Denmark, has two subsidiaries in Germany - H&P Etiketten GmbH and TOM Etiketten GmbH - and employs just over 100 people at three production facilities in Randers, Salzbergen, and Greven. FlexoPrint’s customer base primarily consists of food and beverage manufacturers, major retail chains, and label distributors.
Striving to “perfect the art of self-adhesive label printing,” Bailprint Labels Ltd. from Chorley, just north of Manchester, England, has added a new Nilpeter FA-17, the company’s third from the Danish printing press manufacturer. Wanting to add a more modern and faster press with higher automation and less waste, the choice was clear - the new FA had everything they were looking for.
Ahead Of The Competition
Bailprint is driven by a strong desire to look after their customers, stay ahead of the competition by investing in new technology, and always finding ways to say “yes”. As a result, Bailprint delivers the best quality self-adhesive labels on any paper, film, laminate or board, with full in-house design capabilities, not to mention friendly, honest, and reliable service.
The New FA-17 Ticks All The Boxes
“This is our third Nilpeter press, and we’ve built a good partnership with Nilpeter UK, Nick Hughes, and the team. We’ve been very happy with our previous equipment, but wanted to modernize, increase speeds and efficiency, and lower our waste output. The new FA-17 does all those things,” says John Hayward, Managing Director, Bailprint Labels Ltd.
“The press was installed just last month, and while still early, we’re very pleased with the results. Our operators are getting accustomed to the new equipment, which is very easy to use, and the labels look great,” he continues.
Excellent Printing Results On Multiple Substrates
Built around the modern print operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls, the Nilpeter FA-Line provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates: All normal self-adhesive materials, including flexible packaging films, polymer films, metallic films, and paper.
The FA features Nilpeter’s lightweight, easy-load sleeves for reduced setup times, easy handling, increased production speeds, higher print quality, and impressive durability, not to mention a lower cost per label.
Positive Results On The Bottom Line
“John and the Bailprint team are a pleasure to work with, and we’re grateful we get to continue the partnership we’ve built over the years. With the new FA they’ll be able to meet even more customer demands, while seeing positive results on the bottom line. Credit to the Nilpeter UK and Bailprint teams for a smooth installation process during difficult times,” says Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Nilpeter Ltd.
“We are very pleased with our new Nilpeter press! The best solution for each graphic project is only possible with technology that is up to par, and the new FA-17 exceeds our expectations every day,” says Rinaldo Fanchin, CEO, Rifa Etichette s.r.l. ”It is extremely easy to operate, so my printers are happy, and the quality is second-to-none. This will no doubt help us provide customized, precise, and flawless products to our customers,” he concludes.
Pleased with the Stability and the Quality of Nilpeter’s Machines
“The new Nilpeter FA-17 will join our 10 other production lines. For this new investment we have chosen Nilpeter, as we did in 2019 with the purchase of an MO-4. We are very pleased with the stability and the quality of Nilpeter’s presses, and with the excellent technical support provided by Nilpeter Italia,“ says Alessio Fanchin, Product Manager for Rifa Etichette s.r.l.
“Despite all of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have conducted both remote and in-person meetings, tests, and training, of course adhering to all public health guidelines,” says Angelo Tribocco, Sales Manager, Nilpeter SRL. “Installation was a success and I’m delighted to continue our partnership with Rifa, helping them produce the most beautiful, high quality labels,” he continues.
“After having seen so many new presses launched by Nilpeter in my 36-year career, I’m inclined to say the new FA provides the most exciting experience - even our engineers love to install it, kind of a “plug, play & fly” solution. Printers and owners smile from ear to ear after the first weeks of production,” Tribocco concludes.
The Most Versatile Flexo Press on the Market
The 8-colour FA-17 installed in Italy includes Quick-Change Die-Cutting, Cross-Over Unit for Multi-Layer Label Capabilities, Cold Foil, De-/Re-Lamination, UV-Lamination, and more.
Designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, Nilpeter’s FA-Line is built around the modern printing operator, with an intuitive user-interface, and fully mobile print controls. A benchmark of flexibility and modularity, the FA-Line allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application, and Automation Packages, according to needs and budget.
Rifa Etichette situated north of Vicenza, Italy, has created and manufactured self-adhesive labels since 1972, gaining the trust of customers by always offering the highest quality, latest generation technology, and quick, cost-efficient service.
At Rifa, the label of a product is its dress, its image, its character. And the image of a product, today, in an increasing global market is fundamental for its visibility. The label is the first communication to the end customer. Aware of this importance, Rifa’s mission has always been to be at the customer's side, thinking and proposing the best solution to their requirements, responding promptly to requests and expectations with a customized, precise, and flawless product.
LUX Global Label’s new FA-17 was installed in October 2020. The 10-colour flexo press features a new vertical auto-locking mechanism which secures stability throughout the printing process, web-driven impression rollers with a special anti-slip surface treatment, and the new generation CLEANINKING system, which offers consistent density performance at all speeds.
Ambitions Center Around Two Key Areas
”Our ambitions with the new press center around two key areas – operator efficiency and product development,” says Leslie Gurland, Executive Vice President Global Sales and Marketing, LUX Global Label.
”First, the press enables us to increase speeds and cut waste levels, which will allow us to improve lead times and remain cost-competitive in the marketplace. Second, this installation is a sign of our continued commitment to testing the limits and bringing new cutting-edge products to the market,” she continues.
”We have partnered with a company that developed a micro motion 3D-effect technology that requires ultra-precise printing and perfect registration. This can only be produced with the newest FA. The product has far-reaching possibilities both as a unique security feature for the healthcare industry, and as a visual showstopper for personal care products,” she concludes.
The FA-Line 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. The FA allows printers to enhance the performance of their press with Value-Adding Units, Application and Automation Packages. 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.
Success in Challenging Times
In the midst of a global pandemic, LUX Global Label has found success thanks to an uptick in business, incredibly dedicated employees, and many virtual sessions.
”It is important for me to acknowledge all of the incredible employees of LUX who are considered essential workers, producing labels for much needed drugs, over the counter products, and hand sanitizers. They have come to work day in and day out and gotten their job done with a positive attitude. Luckily most of our customers have seen business grow during COVID, as have we, which has of course been a positive in these very challenging times. We have had to pivot and support our customers without in-person visits, through virtual sessions, meetings and press proofs, and only being onsite for mission critical projects.” says Leslie Gurland.
A Credit to LUX & Nilpeter
“I am proud of a call which we received recently from an industry veteran – a credit both to us at LUX, and to our Nilpeter combination presses. The person was producing labels that were very similar to ones that LUX had produced in the past, and his customer wanted to achieve the same look as our labels. Unfortunately his presses were straight flexo and he could not succeed in matching the look we achieved.”
”The label we produced used a white pearl gravure ink which gave a natural shimmer versus a grainy look. The purple vignette was produced in offset so it visually feathers into the white, where flexo printing would create a hard line. It was a huge compliment when this man, who has worked for some of the biggest and best label companies, said “Your label is beautiful – I don’t know anyone in the United States that can match this,"" Leslie Gurland adds.
About LUX Global Label
LUX Global Label is a leading global provider of advanced and highly customized label solutions using proprietary technologies for a variety of Consumer Packaged Goods markets. LUX has 9 Nilpeter FA-Line and MO-Line presses, primarily used to produce pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and flexible packaging for over the counter personal care and pharmaceutical products, as well as some labels for the food market. The Nilpeter offset presses produce best in class personal care labels by combining gravure, offset, silkscreen, and flexo.
The Best Combination of Cost Effectiveness and Flexibility
Manchester-based MP+H Packaging supplies and manufactures printed flexible packaging and labels, including sachets, pouches, flow wrap, top, and base web constructions for the pharmaceutical, medical, nutraceutical, veterinary, healthcare, and health & beauty sectors. Accredited BRC grade AA High Risk in packaging and packaging materials, MP+H offers experience and technical expertise within a tight team framework, which ensures that customers receive the best combination of cost, service, and flexibility, in conjunction with competitive lead times.
A Great Fit
The new FA-22 is a great fit, and compliments the existing press portfolio at MP+H Packaging. While providing additional web width, it allows more flexibility with product sizing and increasing numbers printed across the web. The press further enhances MP+H’s high-quality production for print, register, and colour control, and this will be further complimented by 100% in-line pharmaceutical inspection systems, including colour control software.
Marc Bradley, Managing Director, MP+H Packaging said
“As a business, our focus is high-grade pharma and medical work, and this new Nilpeter press will go a long way to help us keep up with the demand brought about by COVID-19 in the wide medical industry.”
”The addition of our latest Nilpeter press ensures that we, as a company, further continue to support our business sectors with the very latest printing technology available. The new web width takes us into new packaging formats and complements our existing and future customer base, in their growth patterns, into wide and fast packaging machines and formats.”
”The press gives us further optimisation to our current Nilpeter lines in ‘pure’ efficiency. It was a completely different way to buy a press in the current climate (Zoom meetings and sign off with an installation Factory Acceptance Test), but we had every confidence in the delivery of our requests for this Capital Expenditure.”
Nick Hughes, Managing Director, Nilpeter Ltd. said
“Thanks to our mutual cooperation, the press was installed, and up and running in less than a week despite COVID-19 restrictions. It was a great effort by all parties involved.”
Photo caption: MP+H Packaging has acquired a state-of-the-art Nilpeter FA-22. Marc Bradley, left, and Darren Kaye of MP+H Packaging.
Set up by UPM Raflatac Technical Support Manager, Michael Drasch, and Nilpeter Area Sales Manager, Dan Wissing, the joint session covered Nilpeter’s portfolio in great details, focusing on everything from substrate capabilities to special equipment.
An Opportunity To Display Our Solutions
“COVID-19 has no doubt put strain on our flexibility when arranging demonstrations and training sessions for our customers and business partners, but since March 2020, we have been conducting a lot of online demos,” says Dan Wissing.
“We were contacted by Michael Drasch, who asked if we could arrange an online training session for his team, with the purpose of going through narrow-web offset, flexo, and digital printing technologies, and in-depth details about value-adding printing methods. The session had several participants from different locations across Europe, and although UPM’s technicians and employees were not able to get their hands on the equipment, the online demonstrations still gave us the opportunity to show our solutions to the technical team, building their skills to support our common customers as best as they can,” he continues.
“The coordination, planning, and training was a great success, and we look forward to more sessions in the future,” he concludes.
New Insight Into The Technological Opportunities
“This virtual training session organized together with Nilpeter, gave us at UPM Raflatac a new insight into the technological opportunities in printing and converting. There is a true value in the collaboration that we have built together with Dan Wissing on sharing knowledge of choosing the correct self-adhesive label material, and optimum printing, and converting,” says Michael Drasch, UPM Raflatac Technical Support Manager
Important Player in the Nordic Region
Etiflex A/S was founded in 1973 on the pillars of quality, innovation, and delivery assurance. Today, Etiflex is one of the most important players in the Nordic region producing a high volume of labels and flexible packaging for customers such as Carlsberg, Velux, Tican, and more. The FA-22 is Etiflex' third Nilpeter printing press, in addition to their FB-4200 and FA-4.
There’s No Denying of Nilpeter’s Impact
“We’ve worked with Nilpeter since 2005, and to be frank, there’s no denying of their impact; having a stable, high quality press is probably the most import part of our business,” says Brian Sandgaard, Technical Director and Partner, Etiflex A/S.
”The pandemic has affected everyone, us included, but Nilpeter actually managed to install the FA-22 in the start of December, at the height of the second wave, by adhering to all restrictions and guidelines. They have been extremely helpful,” Brian Sandgaard continues.
Business is Good
”A very successful installation by the way – the press has run perfectly since day 1! With self-adhesive labels, monofilms, and carton,” Brian Sandgaard concludes, before leaving the door open for new Nilpeter equipment in the future, ”We just bought one, however, business is good, so who knows.”
Incredibly Easy to Operate
”The new FA-22 is incredibly easy to operate. It goes into register in seconds and stays there no matter what material is in the press, and at any speed. I really enjoy operating this piece of equipment,” says Jesper Nielsen, Printer & Team Leader, Etiflex A/S.
Built Around the Modern Printing Operator
The FA-22 is the perfect fit for an ambitious printer like Etiflex. The press is designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs and built around the modern printing 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 a high level of automation. Last but not least, all main components are produced in-house at Nilpeter in Denmark and the United States, meaning higher production quality and control.
Delighted to Continue The Partnership
“Despite everything going on we were able to conduct both remote and in-person meetings, tests, and training, of course following all health guidelines and policies put into place by both companies,” says Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S. “We’ve established a great partnership with Etiflex over the years, and we’re delighted to see it grow,” Jesper Jørgensen concludes.
An 8-colour flexo press with screen, cold foil, and multi-layer label capabilities, the new Nilpeter FA-17 will add capacity and labeling options to StrongPoint’s portfolio. The investment follows StrongPoint Labels’ long-term growth plans. Installation is expected to take place in the spring of 2021.
High-Speed Delivery to Customers
StrongPoint Labels produces a wide range of labels for various industries and applications, such as food and beverage, health and beauty, chemical products, and manufacturing. With vast experience in label production, StrongPoint knows what is required when choosing materials and adhesives in order to ensure high-speed delivery to customers.
Focus on Pressure Sensitive Labels
”This is our first Nilpeter press – we’ve obviously known them for many years, but started discussing this project in the summer of 2020,” says Leif Persson, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, StrongPoint Labels. ”Once installed, we’ll be focusing on pressure sensitive labels, and we have great confidence that the press will perform as promised,” Leif Persson continues.
“We are very happy to work with Nilpeter. Their experience and knowledge will help us improve, and the short 90-minute drive to Slagelse is a great, added bonus,” Leif Persson says. “COVID-19 obviously changed and slowed down the process, but we have still been able to meet under current restrictions, and we feel very safe,” Leif Persson continues when asked how the global pandemic has affected current activities.
“Hopefully, this investment will lift our business so we will have demand for new equipment in the near future,” Leif Persson concludes.
A Long and Constructive Partnership
“We are very proud to partner with StrongPoint Labels, a highly significant company in the graphic industry, and in security printing in Scandinavia. We look forward to a long and constructive partnership,” says Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
A Part Of The Family
Already a part of the Nilpeter family, having operated FB-Line presses since the early 2000s, Niagara Label is looking to become more cost-effective with the quick-change features of the new FA-17. The FA-17 has been on Niagara Label General Manager Keith Hatswell’s radar for quite some time, and checks all the boxes to address the company’s diverse product portfolio.
“The new FA expands our capacity and capabilities, which we expect will bring in new opportunities. Furthermore, it will help us remain competitive, especially with longer run jobs, and up against larger companies with wider presses,” says Keith Hatswell, General Manager, Niagara Label.
Niagara Label is a mid-sized, label manufacturer near Buffalo, NY, conveniently located to serve the American Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions. With over 33 years of experience, Niagara Label is poised to ensure the highest quality of prime product labels for every market sector. Their responsive, can-do approach lends itself perfectly to the just-in-time requirements of the industry. Like Nilpeter, they think of customers as partners, and work hard to ensure the feeling is mutual.
“Having watched Niagara Label’s continued growth utilizing our Nilpeter FB-Line technology, we are confident the FA-17 automation and Quick-Change features will provide the efficiency needed to address their capacity issues, and the flexibility to grow into new markets. Nilpeter is excited to be Niagara Label’s printing partner,” says Walt Mesik, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA.
The Most Versatile Flexo Press on the Market
Designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, Nilpeter’s FA-Line is built around the modern print operator, with an intuitive user-interface, and fully mobile print controls. Furthermore, the FA-Line features a vertical auto-lock system, driven chill rollers, the latest generation CLEANINKING system, multi-substrate printing, and more. 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 needs and budget.
”This is our second Nilpeter press. We previously bought an FB-Line and were very pleased with the performance. The experience with the FB-Line and the Nilpeter team was a key factor in our ultimate decision to purchase the FA-17,” says Dan Stadler, Director of Marketing, Western Shield Label Company.
An Excellent Fit All Around
”We have been working with Nilpeter on and off for many years. As far as purchasing an actual press, we initiated the discussions on the FB-Line in 2016. We had acquired a large new account that required us to substantially increase our capacity. We were pleased with the speed and registration of the FB-Line, and wanted to improve set-up times, and reduce waste. The FB-Line, which we use for long-run jobs particularly focused on the beverage segment, was and has been an excellent fit for us all around,” says Mike Ornelas, Director of Procurement, Western Shield Label Company.
A Means to Enter the Flexible Packaging Space
“The new FA-17 was installed in the spring of 2020. The logic behind the purchase was quite simply, that the FA-Line has advanced technology that allows us to run faster and reduce waste. The additional width, this being our first 17’’ press in the Los Angeles facility, was a factor as well. Lastly, we are using the FA-Line’s capabilities as a means to enter the flexible packaging space,” Dan Stadler adds.
Partnership Is Key
”Nilpeter partnered with us first by understanding our business model, and then assisting us in making the best decisions on the equipment, that most clearly fits our needs. More specifically, Nilpeter took the time, upfront, to understand our current state, and proposed future state, and then helped us fill the gaps equipment-wise,” says Nizar Elias, CEO, Western Shield Label Company.
”We are looking to continue building capacity and capabilities across our 5 locations. Through our recent new locations, we inherited additional Nilpeter equipment, and we certainly see a path for additional purchases,” Dan Stadler concludes.
”Western Shield’s commitment to producing a high quality product in a timely, competitive, and efficient manner makes their choice of the Nilpeter FA-Line a natural fit. Nilpeter knows, that in today’s business environment, choosing the right printing partner has never been more important. We at Nilpeter appreciate the trust Western Shield has put in us,” John Crammer, Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA, adds.
Built Around the Modern Print Operator
Designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs, Nilpeter’s FA-Line is 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. Last but not least, all main components are produced in-house, meaning higher production quality and control.