Socipack was created in 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Already operating within several plastics segments, from film extrusion, injection, blow molding, and woven sacks. Socipack was created to produce high-quality flexible packaging for the West African region.
In the beginning, this was done by acquiring a couple of complete CI flexo lines with inline finishing, as well as 5-layer co-extrusion film production machinery.
Two Nilpeter Presses Installed
Immediately, the label market was also targeted. A fully equipped 8-colour Nilpeter FA-6* flexo press was installed in 2017, and after installation, Mr Hassan ABDALLAH, General Manager, mentioned that market needs would lead to a second press in the near future. In 2019 the company’s second Nilpeter 22” wide FA-Line landed in Abidjan, this time a 10-colour press, to meet the increasing capacity of labels in this market. Today, Socipack is running the two Nilpeter lines in three shifts.
Socipack’s high quality label production has led to many return customers, who are now benefitting from the company’s region leading shrink-sleeve capabilities in primary packaging, food packaging, and more. Unique technologies can be implemented, from holographic effects to high quality finishing.
Bright Future and Expansion Plans
Thanks to professional management and very high confidence in their partnership with Nilpeter and BLG International, Socipack has established European manufacturing standards in their region of Africa, with a bright future ahead complete with ambitious expansion plans, possibly venturing into other countries.
Finewebtech was founded in 1987 in the South Korean capital of Seoul. The award winning label and flexible packaging printer primarily deals in cosmetics, household items, foods, pharmaceuticals, and more. After a comprehensive market search, Finewebtech decided to go with the Nilpeter FA-17 midst 2019, which decorated the first All New Nilpeter FA-line installation in the country. According to Erik Blankenstein, Sales Director Nilpeter Asia-Pacific; Nilpeter’s local representation by SCREEN Korea and in particular Mr. Johnny Lee, GA Company & Marketing Director, has played an important role in the Korean market development and business relationship with Finewebtech. The first press was installed in August 2019.
The Confidence to Quote Customers with Shorter Lead Times
“The flexibility on the All New FA has cut our production time significantly,” says Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, Finewebtech Label Solution System.
“For example, having the option to put Rotary Screen on the rail, with its own dedicated UV lamp system, has cut down our preparation time by at least 20% and increased our production capacity by more than 20%. With this, our 9-colour press is working as a 13-colour press as we do not have to compromise print stations to do rotary screen. The ability to put most of the embellishment options on the rail has given our production team the confidence to quote customers with shorter lead times,” he adds.
Print Quality from the All New FA is Uncontested
“Nilpeter’s dedication and development within flexo printing has brought our print quality to an absolute top-level. By keeping the impression and the chill roller separate, print quality from the All New FA is uncontested! Density levels are amazing. The longer web-path on each print station, and even longer web-path at the end for varnish, gives fantastic print and varnish results,” says Mr. Lloyd Jang, General Director, Finewebtech Label Solution System.
”We have many different flexo press brands in-house, and I have to say, the machine downtime on the Nilpeter press is incomparable. And we’ve experienced nothing but quick response times and solutions from the Nilpeter team. When faced with complicated new jobs, the Nilpeter application team is always of great help,” he continues.
Two Additional Nilpeter Presses on the Books
“We have just signed off on our 2nd & 3rd Nilpeter All New FA presses and we are looking forward to further expanding and streamlining our business. We feel very confident that the level of automation, efficiency and flexibility that our additional two FA-lines will bring, will allow us to make this happen,” Mr. Jang Tae-Soo, President & CEO, Finewebtech Label Solution System concludes.
The 14” wide flexographic printing press is part of the FA product line offered by the Danish press manufacturer. It is considered as one of the most modern and automated pieces of equipment within the label printing industry. Designed to produce high-quality labels and flexible packaging, the printing press stands out for its high level of automation, the superb printing quality and its ability to handle quick job change-over.
Antonio Tomás, CEO of Sorma Ibérica, explains why he continues to trust the Danish brand to expand Sorma’s production line.
“The choice came given by the demands of our customers and the experience we already had with Nilpeter. It was the team that adapts to the current situation and responds to what we need. The market and our customers require us to manufacture sophisticated and high-quality labels in addition to printing guarantees.”
A few months after the installation of the equipment at its facilities in Valencia, Sorma Iberica was asked if the equipment met their expectations.
“It has met our expectations, we did not expect any less. We have known Nilpeter for 20 years and do not doubt its quality. We are very happy with the new printing press, it is a great machine that gives us a lot of security. We feel like a part of Nilpeter - it is a serious and professional brand. We trust the brand and after the experience we will continue to trust.”
At such a delicate moment for all companies due to the Covid-19 crisis, Esagraf, Nilpeter’s agent in Spain, specifically thanks Sorma Ibérica for their trust placed in our team during all these years.
“We highlight their great work and professionalism in the printing industry and we look forward to continuing to accompany them for a long time.”
Envases Group has plants in Buenos Aires, San Luis and in Cartagena, Colombia, and specializes in aerosol aluminium and tinplate cans. Last year, the company launched a new pharmaceutical packaging division with the acquisition of the only roll-to-roll Hapa digital printer in Latin America.
The Latest and Safest Printing Quality
"This jump in technology, versus the flexo and gravure solvent based machines currently used in the Argentinian market, alongside the acquisitions of the new Nilpeter FA-22 will allow us to offer our customers the latest alternatives in printing quality, but also the safest, as they are nitro free," Ignacio Siccardi, Head of Pharmaceutical Division, Envases Group says.
"Lately, in the pharma world, there have been some repercussions about how nitro-based primers and inks react to the temperature in the blister machine lines, and produce nitrosamines which is a compound that causes cancer in humans. That's why UV LED and nitro-free inks are the future of printing in pharma," Ignacio Siccardi continues.
"Our idea and ambition with this investment is to back our customers with their new high velocity blister lines, and offer them a safe, excellent quality and quick lead times to better meet their needs, in either flexo or digital, and in any design," Ignacio Siccardi concludes.
The Modular Multi-Substrate FA-22
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 modular, multi-substrate FA-22 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.
"With this investment, Envases Group joins a very special segment in our market. This press will mainly be used to print on aluminium blister substrates, and only a small group of press manufactures around the world has gained access to this market by supplying the correct press technology. We are very pleased to enter into this partnership and excited to see what the future holds for Envases Group," says Nils Evers, General Manager, Nilpeter Latin America.
All Nilpeter facilities around the world are still operating with ongoing production, observing local government and health services guidelines. Spare parts handling is fully active in normal opening hours, and Customer Care is performing 24/7 remote support and trouble-shooting from all global Call Centers.
All inquiries for visits in our Technology Centers in Denmark, USA, Thailand, Brazil, and India are welcomed and handled in compliance with local travel regulations.
Our focus is to achieve "business as usual" with the health and well-being of our employees and partners safe and secure under current conditions in all markets.
For inquires please contact your local Nilpeter Partner.
The latest and widest flexo press we have ever developed, the 670 mm wide FA-26 presents a significant shift in product strategy. We’re entering new markets, with all the well-known Nilpeter features, and setting new standards within flexibility, sustainability, fast job change-overs, and automation. Now made possible for the wider web conventional flexible packaging segment, where job-changes traditionally are more timely and more expensive. At Nilpeter, we have seen increased market interest for quite some time now, both from our existing label print customers, and from flexible packaging printers, geared towards inline printing of pouches, flow packs, form-fill-seal as well as converting of shrink sleeves, in shorter runs, and smaller batches.
Outstanding features and benefits from our existing label printing presses
With the new FA-26, we are able to offer the same, outstanding features and benefits from our well-known label printing press program - high quality flexo printing, UV, solvent or water based, combined with many inline converting processes - on a wide variety of new substrates, recyclable and biodegradable plastic substrates included. This is made possible thanks to the very comprehensive and advanced automation system from our line of label printing presses, transferred to wider web printing to provide a very sustainable and lean performance.
The flexibility of the new FA-26
Recyclable and biodegradable plastic substrates are a big part of this new development with a keen focus on more environmentally friendly materials. The flexibility of the new FA-26 allows converting of newly developed substrates as well as traditional, combined with different laminating technologies – enabling different lamination systems to create recyclable packaging applications.
New opportunities for label printers and flexible packaging converters
The printing world is quickly evolving in a direction where sustainability is as important as costs or technical features. As manufacturers, it is our responsibility to establish a route that combines advanced technical features with sound economics and sustainable production - to avoid that one of these elements becomes an obstacle for the other two. Printing and converting inline, thus limiting waste, open new opportunities for label printers as well as flexible packaging converters, enabling them to offer short run value-added flexible packaging products.
Furthermore, the press has attracted new technological developments from flexible packaging OEM’s, leaving us both very excited and optimistic for the future. The ability to print and create a fully functional laminate inline, by utilizing solvent dry lamination or E-Beam, is quite clearly very sought after in the market. The E-Beam enables PET/PET instant cured lamination - a recyclable construction for flexible packaging - made possible by the high level of accuracy in manufacturing, and the accurate and automatic save and recall of process parameters.
A successful launch at Labelexpo Europe 2019
Nilpeter sees the new FA-26 as a cornerstone in its wide array of product offerings, providing a much needed alternative to traditional flexible packaging printers, as well as label printers, in the development of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. This was evident already after the soft launch at Labelexpo Europe 2019, where we displayed a single FA-26 printing unit, that created great interest, and initiated a host of project conversations. Since then, we have done numerous trials with several printing companies, and the results have quite literally exceeded our expectations, but more importantly, the expectations of our existing and potential customers from a perspective of quick job changes and very little running waste. The FA-26’s low TCO is impressive, and the first orders are already confirmed for deliveries in 2020.
Hasnet Label, Turkey’s leading producer of self-adhesive labels, has acquired a new Nilpeter FA-Line, their fourth from the Danish press manufacturer, adding both capacity and label options to their modernized and eco-friendly factory in Gunesli - Istanbul, Turkey. The press was installed in December 2019.
Maximizing Customer Satisfaction
The new FA-17 features advanced automation, registration, video monitoring and more, further improving Hasnet’s production of high quality labels, standout products, and solutions, all serving to ”maximize customer satisfaction”. The high ease of use will assist Hasnet employees maximize efficiency and job turnaround.
Thrilled to Continue Great Partnership
”The dialogue regarding the new FA-17 started in June with Nilpeter’s Turkish agent, Hasnet coming to visit us here in Denmark in September, and following a successful demo signed the contract for the new press. We just finished installation before Christmas holidays, and we are thrilled to continue this great relationship,” says Dan Wissing, Area Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
About Hasnet Label
Hasnet Label is the leading self-adhesive label manufacturer in Turkey. The company designs and produces high quality labels in their modernized and eco-friendly factory in Gunesli - Istanbul, Turkey, and pride themselves on creating stand-out products and solutions through material research, new processing techniques, state-of-the-art machinery, and efficient service. Above all, Hasnet is focused on the "maximization of customer satisfaction”.
The company acquired the first two Nilpeter presses in April 2018. With the acquisition of a third, Catapult has amplified capacity while enhancing its offering, positioning themselves for substantial future growth. Specializing in linerless labels, pressure sensitive and narrow web film (with plans to expand into further label types), the company’s growth is attributed to its customer-focused culture and consistent investment into the printing industry’s latest technological advancements.
Exceeding Customer Expectations
Lewis Cook, managing partner, Catapult Print, said, ‘Our culture is as vital to our growth as our technology and combining the two elements makes us confident in revolutionizing the printing industry. The cornerstone of the new Nilpeter press is its ability to pass on game-changing benefits to customers. The press ensures peak changeovers while the disruptive technology of AVT means that consistency is guaranteed every time we deliver a job. The acquisitions have allowed us to increase capacity dramatically, so we can not only meet but exceed customer expectations.’
Our Rapid Growth Story
Company CEO Mark Cook, said, ‘Having a can-do attitude whilst delivering high quality, short lead times and an aggressive pricing strategy have been a big part of our rapid growth story. In addition to this we are resolutely focused on what’s important to customers, which is why we built our business around five key pillars: Quality, price, service, lead times, and innovation – all of which underpin our ambition to be the go-to partner for private and national brands alike.’
The Rolls Royce of Printing Presses
’We’ve been working with Nilpeter presses since our opening, so we can attest that they really are the Rolls Royce of printing presses. They’ve blown me away in terms of registration, quality, and speed. Teamed up with AVT, we can deliver results of the highest quality, with turnaround times that make a day-to-night difference among customers, who need their products on shelf without delay. Working with Nilpeter and AVT, these are companies that care about your business. We think of them as more than mere suppliers – they are true partners,’ Mark Cook concludes.
The Future of Dynamic Packaging Solutions
Paul Teachout, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Nilpeter USA, said, ‘Catapult Print has become more than a partner – the innovation that they present to our industry sets the bar for the future of dynamic packaging solutions. It has been a mutually rewarding experience, as they allow us to push the bar with new press innovations. The addition of the new FA-Line will allow Catapult to take its production and products to yet another level.’
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Nuceria Group, a long-time Nilpeter partner and part of All4Labels, has expanded their rich design portfolio with the installation of Nilpeter’s new High-Build InkJet Varnish Unit on their MO-4 combination offset press.
First in Italy
The installation is the first of its kind in Italy and follows Nuceria’s strategy of setting new industry standards in terms of flexibility, customisation, and supply chain excellence.
The new High-Build Varnish InkJet Unit offers extensive embellishment capabilities perfect for requirements in the health, personal care, wine & spirits segments, to name a few. Featuring a robust industrial design, the High-Build Varnish InkJet Unit is touch-screen based, with an easy-to-use Graphic User Interface. The unit supports a wide range of substrates, such as PP, PE, PET, and foil, and can be positioned at any point in the press configuration.
Raising the Bar with Flexibility, Customisation and Supply Chain Excellence
“The new high-build InkJet print bar allows us to achieve faster delivery times with high embellishment jobs, and the increased agility offers economic benefits without compromising quality. This is the latest development in our historic collaboration with Nilpeter, who continues to raise the bar with flexibility, customisation and supply chain excellence. In tune with the industry-wide growth of digital technology, I think this will create huge opportunities for our companies,” says Guido Iannone, President Southern Europe & Global Spirits, All4Labels.
High Laydown Technology
HL technology can be used to create rich textures – emulating expensive substrates, enhancing beautiful designs or providing grip – which interact with light in ways that are often underutilised in packaging design. HL technology can be combined with flood coat matt varnish for emulating micro embossing techniques used in paper manufacture or digitally applied embossing effects to text or image details. When combined with a lamination/foil bar, the unit enables extreme foil effects to be produced for added impact.
Increased Production Rates
The High-Build Varnish InkJet Unit provides a lower overall cost of production, less material waste, faster make-ready, and increased production rates compared to traditional methods. Furthermore, product shelf-appeal is increased with little to no extra costs for screens, plates or similar.
New Highs in Creativity and Quality
“We are extremely excited to continue our close partnership with Nuceria. The integration of the new High-Build Varnish InkJet Unit in the MO-Line creates a winning instrument that enables Nuceria to reach new heights in terms of creativity and quality, while maintaining high levels of competitiveness. Furthermore, collectively, we strongly believe this will increase business satisfaction with Nuceria’s large existing brand customers, which is paramount for any new technology investment,” says Angelo Tribocco, Sales Manager of Nilpeter Italy.
In addition to providing maximum levels of stability and excellent printing results on multiple substrates, the FA-22 is a perfect fit for Skanem’s commitment to sustainability, renewable products, and reusable materials.
Ambitious Sustainability Goals
“We are fully committed to creating renewable products, from labels to wrap-arounds, and many other flexible packaging solutions, with a key focus on reusable materials. We work side-by-side with customers on various development projects to help them reach ambitious sustainability goals. With customers from a broad range of industries, and in many different countries, we have gained unique insight and experience that can be applied across the Skanem Group as a whole,” Eirik Bergh, Managing Director of Skanem Stavanger, begins.
“The partnership with Nilpeter is no different - in addition to the high print quality, intuitive user interface, and value-added possibilities, the new FA-22 is built with a clear focus on limiting waste, lowering power consumption, and reducing emissions. This press fits perfectly with what we’re trying to achieve here at Skanem,” Eirik Bergh concludes.
The Most Versatile Flexo Press on the Market
Nilpeter’s 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. 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. 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.
Just as Advertised
“The process with Skanem has been very rewarding, from start to finish. I’m happy to say that when I visited the factory in November the press was running smoothly, just as advertised. We look forward to a great working relationship with Skanem Stavanger,” says Mads Aakjær, Area Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
Norway's Largest Producer of Self-Adhesive Labels
Skanem Stavanger is Norway's largest producer of self-adhesive labels. The factory is situated in the Forus industrial district, a 10-minute drive from the Stavanger city centre and the airport. Skanem dates back to 1905, and following years in tin and metal packaging, the company has focused on label printing since 2002, expanding through acquisitions and emergence in a total of 8 countries, including the UK, Poland, Thailand, India, and Kenya, in addition to the Scandinavian countries.
Photo credit: Per Øyvind Nordberg, Emballasjeforeningen Norway (DNE) 12.2019 - Packnews