Join us at stand #F15 and experience a wide variety of jobs including pressure sensitive labels, shrink sleeves, and In-Mould Labels run during the show.
Nilpeter will demonstrate the strength of their array of value-adding units such as the Gravure Unit, the FP-4 for hot foil and embossing, die-cutting solutions, as well as specialized conveying and stacking solutions.
We welcome you all on November 22 – 25, at the India EXPO CENTRE & MART, Greater Noida, Dehli NCR. Labelexpo India is the largest event for the label and package printing industry in South Asia.
The FB-Line represents the latest generation of highly efficient label printing. Nilpeter has added a large number of innovative features and packaged the machine in an attractive, new design.
The new FB-Line is an answer to the request for increased automation, higher ease of use, and operator friendliness.
The new FB is introduced with a number of added features such as Automated Plate Positioning System (APPS), pre-register and re-register functionality. The new FB is designed to print value-added labels in the most efficient way at high speeds. While the new FB looks entirely different, it will still feel intuitive to the printer already accustomed to work on the popular FB-Line.
Do you know that feeling of wonder, euphoria and excitement when you achieve a long and strongly dreamed project, and suddenly realize the endless conceivable opportunities of it? For us that’s exactly the installation of the first Nilpeter PANORAMA Hybrid printer machine in our S. Giuliano Milanese plant. The role of packaging has undergone profound changes over the last few years. From a simple tool of protection, transport and containing of the product, packaging has started to assume a key importance in the Marketing and Communication Strategies of the Brand. Creation of value through packaging, but safeguarding and optimizing cost and sustainability issues. To meet these needs it was essential to develop technologies that would allow us to obtain very high aesthetic results in terms of coverage and quality of the colors, which would support the compression of development time and the reduction of lead-time and printing batches, which would best use resources both in terms of plant design and installation and processing efficiency with reduction of waste and disposal of equipment (plants, slabs, cylinders, etc.). A printing platform that could combine the benefits of digital technology with the potential of conventional technology in order to get the best from both.
The perfect convergence of two worlds that today are divided and separated. 5-colors digital engine (W + CYMK), 3 conventional printing groups, cold foil application and inline die-cutting. This is the configuration we chose for our printing machine. Reduced machine start-up times, reduction of waste both during start-up and production, reduction of electrical absorption of UV lamps, reduction of inks consumption, reduction of chemical substances related to flexo-polymers, reduction of screen printing frames, production in a single passage without off-line machining eliminating in fact multiple start-ups and re-handling of raw materials. The first performance indicators developed during the test phase are extremely positive and promising, confirming the potential of the hybrid printing technology, which we believe will play an increasingly important and focal role in future marketing strategies.
However, the beautiful stories never end and even in this case what might have seemed a point of arrival becomes in reality the beginning of a new path made of improvements and continuous developments typical of every technological process. Today the challenge is characterized by making these opportunities usable far beyond what currently represents digital printing and its applications. Variable and random data, serializations, customization, combined prints, coverings, tactile finishes, special effects, etc.; today hybrid printing offers us a range of solutions and opportunities that are probably greater than those that we are able to conceptualize and design. Making the best use of them for the creation of real value (for the consumer) and shared value (for the whole supply chain) requires a path of growth and knowledge: an “hybrid” thinking and designing making converge around the same table all the available technologies and leave also space to diverge and explore adjacent possible infinities.
We are ready… what about you?
The manufacturing site in India will complement the current sites in Denmark and the United States.
With a stronger presence in India, Nilpeter is able to provide fast service and support to all customers in the region. Moreover, the new Technology Center facilitates the perfect conditions for press demonstrations and trials for customers and strategic industry partners.
“2018 marks the 10th year of operations for Nilpeter India, and we are delighted to celebrate the occasion by moving into brand new facilities,” says Alan Barretto, Managing Director, Nilpeter India Pvt Ltd. “The new factory is located in Mahindra World City, 35 km south of Chennai on the south east coast of India, approximately 45 minutes from Chennai International Airport. The 3,500 sqm modern building houses manufacturing and assembly lines, R&D environment, Customer Care Center, and a large Technology Center. If we choose to expand, the land area also allows for additional expansion over time,” Alan Barretto adds.
The Main Entrance of Nilpeter’s new manufacturing and development facility harmonizes with the certified Green Township of Mahindra World City, Chennai, India.
“The new facility will house over 70 Nilpeter India employees and will more than double the current press manufacturing capacity. Starting out as an assembly unit catering to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, the last few years have seen us expand with shipments to Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. With the new facility and the corporate decision to move all FB-Line production to India, we expect to supply more presses to Europe and the Americas in the near future,” Alan Barretto concludes.
A fresh welcome awaits in the Reception Hall of Nilpeter’s new manufacturing and development facility in Mahindra World City, Chennai, India.
Mahindra World City Chennai, established in 2002, is India’s first integrated business city and IGBC Gold (Stage 1) certified Green Township, i.e. reducing environmental impact by applying efficient land use, habitat preservation and restoration, effective transport management, efficient use of resources, water and energy, etc. Today, Mahindra World City Chennai is a preferred destination of more than 64 transnational companies, like Nilpeter, housing the likes of BMW, Infosys, and Tesa to name a few.
“We are excited to open the new factory in India as this is key to our global manufacturing strategy. Mahindra World City provides the right platform and infrastructure that we were looking for”, says Peter Eriksen, Chief Operating Officer, Nilpeter A/S.
“After years of successful operation in India, we have created a highly competent organisation. The team is a very important asset to the support of our global activities within manufacturing and development”, Peter Eriksen continues. “We will continue the development and manufacturing of our popular FB-Line in the Indian factory. The product line has undergone a tremendous progress and been completely modernised with various design and automation features. Moreover, we have developed a number a exciting auxiliary features to complement all Nilpeter product lines, which we believe will be very popular in the global label printing market”.
Alan Barretto adds: “We look forward to work closer with the global Nilpeter family, and invite all our partners and customers to visit the new factory and Technology Center, and experience the new FB-350 and FB-430 presses”.
Nilpeter’s new facility in Mahindra World City, Chennai, India houses state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly lines inspired by the open layout of Company Headquarters in Denmark.
The Bangkok-based printer targets rapid growth after installing its second Nilpeter press. Aakriti Agarwal of Labels & Labeling reports
Bangkok, Thailand-based Trisan Printing is targeting a turnover of US$9 million after completing an expansion at its facility with a new Nilpeter flexo press in October 2017.
Managing Director Piyapong Wongvorakul says, “We grew at 12 percent in 2017-18 fiscal. However, prior to that we were growing at more than 20 percent year-on-year because business started from a small base.”
Trisan Printing started operation in 2000 with one flatbed letterpress from Korea that produced barcode and text printed nutrition labels for local food companies for three years, before it decided to invest in Taiyo, a Japanese rotary press, in 2003 for printing color labels.
“It was around 2003-04 when brand owners in Thailand started using label applicators to apply labels on containers,’ says Wongvorakul. ‘So, we had to invest in a roll-to-roll web press to cater to the changing requirements of the market. Moreover, letterpress ran efficiently for short run jobs but we could print jobs up to 20,000 linear meters using the Taiyo.” Though the company sold the intermittent rotary press in 2017, it still runs a flatbed letterpress.
To remain competitive in the evolving market, Trisan Printing decided to invest in flexo technology with an Omet press in 2011. “We realized that the quality on a flexo press was great and there was less setup time, compared to letterpress, also because it is a more automated machine. Though the initial cost was high, it saved us a lot of time and money,” says Wongvorakul.
The company had also shifted to its new factory in 2011, spread across an area of 2,200 sqm in Sinsakhon Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Bangkok. With enough space for future expansion, Trisan Printing invested in its second flexo press in 2012, this time a Nilpeter, followed by the second Nilpeter last year.
With four machines running on the production floor, the company now prints pressure-sensitive, in-mould, wet-glue and booklet labels, mainly for the Thai market.
Wongvorakul, however, reveals that the growth of in-mould labels is slow in Thailand because most material gets imported from Turkey. “Therefore, it is more reasonable to have these labels printed outside Thailand. However, for blow molding, most printers use the same material which is expensive throughout the world. So, it’s cost effective to produce those locally as well,” he says.
Piyapong Wongvorakul, Managing Director at Trisan Printing, with their new Nilpeter press
As for short run jobs, Trisan prints them mainly on its letterpress and a small table-top inkjet unit. Wongvorakul says, “We have been looking at ways to offer short run labels to customers at a better price because the market in Thailand is very competitive. We evaluated a digital label printing press, however, we find that there are many inkjet printers here and a digital press cannot compete with their price.”
Equipped with ISO certifications, Trisan Printing has mainly catered to the food market since its inception but is now foraying into pharmaceutical and cosmetics. It has been certified with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certificate that will enable it to cater to new industries.
“Companies in these new segments want printers to offer them a complete package including labels, leaflets and a box. We are fully geared to cater to their requirements with a 6-color Komori press equipped with inline inspection system and a 2-color Heidelberg press. We also have an inline inspection and workflow system on the Omet and one of the two Nilpeter presses,” Wongvorakul says. For finishing, the company uses one slitter rewinder each from Web Control and Grafotronic.
Turning to material costs, Wongvorakul says, “We don’t face a lot of price pressure from brand owners because our costs are in sync with market requirements, and we are constantly working towards being more efficient. Moreover, the ink price has come down in the country over the years and substrate manufacturers have reduced prices, too. Labelstock manufacturers change adhesive and use lighter grammage of material so the cost reduces, but the performance of the label remains the same. Multinational and local labelstock manufacturers are very competitive in the market. However, the cost of logistics and wages have gone up for which we need automation and be more efficient in-house.”
Trisan started using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in 2008 and is now in the process of implementing ERP from Microsoft. “It will enable us to get precise information from all departments and all data will be centrally located. It also automates a lot of repetitive and routine tasks that saves a lot of time, and simplifies human resources functions,” says Wongvorakul.
Trisan is also adopting Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that allows machines to communicate with the ERP system. “Live data from presses, such as linear meters printed, number of stops, time the press started running, amongst others, are fed into the system which allows for better workflow,” explains Wongvorakul. Due to automation, Trisan today has a workforce of 47 people as opposed to 70 last year.
With increasing automation and quality control systems, Wongvorakul is looking at increasing its export market share which currently stands at 0.2 percent of turnover. “We need a bigger sales and marketing team to reach our full potential. We want to cater to the Japanese market because it’s mature and customers offer good value for a quality product. Many Japanese companies have started business in Vietnam and Cambodia. However, we still need to study logistics so we can further reduce our shipping cost. Increase in turnover doesn’t necessarily translate to more profit without in-house efficiencies,” he says.
Trisan has also started producing film without adhesive, which can be used in the electronic labels sector. “It is a high growth potential segment for export and we need to diversify from printing only pressure sensitive labels to be able to grow,” says Wongvorakul.
While growing the company, Trisan Printing is also making efforts to be more sustainable and environment friendly. Being in an industrial estate, the company follows standard regulations for waste disposal that include water treatment before disposal, managing chemical waste, such as ink and varnish, which is outsourced to a company with expertise, and recycling of labelstock.
While matrix waste is sent to a local company for landfill, liner waste, without adhesive and matrix, is sold to waste management companies for recycling. Each area has a designated collection truck that goes to every factory to pick up silicone liner, metal and other waste that can be recycled. Several truck-loads of waste are collected and sent to a company for recycling.
“Though we know the amount of liner that gets wasted at a customer site and have the capability to collect and get it back to the factory, most brand owners prefer to sell it to waste management companies at their end and make money from it. Therefore, each manufacturing unit handles waste at their end in the industrial area,” says Wongvorakul.
Helping make the world a safer place. That may seem a lofty goal for a label printer, but it is the long-standing operational mantra of Labelmaster, Chicago, Illinois. Greg Kishbaugh of Flexo Market News reports:
Labelmaster specializes in labels for the transport of dangerous goods, substances that when mishandled or with inappropriate guidelines pose a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.
When the average consumer considers dangerous goods, they invariable think of explosives, radioactive materials, flammable liquids, dangerous or volatile chemicals, strong acids, compressed gases, poisons and aerosols. What they may not know is the abundance of everyday items that not only fall onto this list but also make up its majority. Items such as teeth whiteners, cosmetics, perfume, nail polish and cell phones.
Labelmaster's management team welcomes the increased capacity capable with the new Nilpeter press, (left to right) Greg Selan, Mike Kaufman, Robin Conner, Alberto Pina and Greg Marks.
The average consumer would also be surprised to learn that, according to U.S. government statistics from 2014, there are 1.4 million DG shipments per day, with 94 percent of those transported by highway.
The importance of Labelmaster’s work is reflected in a story the company often relays at company functions. In 1947, in the port city of Texas City, Texas, a ship carrying ammonium nitrate exploded, killing nearly 600 people and destroying more than 500 nearby homes. It remains the deadliest hazardous material accident in U.S. history and it underscores the great responsibility inherent in the company’s work.
“We occasionally share the Texas City story … to remind ourselves that what we do really matters,” said Dwight Curtis, Vice Chairman and former President. “If the right steps aren’t followed, problems can ensue. And sometimes those problems can have tragic consequences.”
Founded by Harry Fund in 1967, Labelmaster’s first products were labels for transportation companies. When the U.S. Department of Transportation released new regulations regarding transporting hazardous materials, Fund realized a need for labels that offered instructions on care and safe shipping. In response, the company introduced placards for trucks signifying there were hazardous materials onboard.
In 1970, the company introduced Spacemaster® 100, a flip placard system familiar to all motorists that allows trucks and tankers to display various signage indicating the vehicle is transporting dangerous goods. The system has become an invaluable tool for first responders, alerting them to the contents on the truck when arriving on the scene of accidents.
One of the company’s key technological breakthroughs came about in the mid 1990s when a multi-national delivery service approached the company asking for guidance. The delivery service was having difficulty shipping dangerous goods and the company found itself in the position of having to refuse any hazmat packages. To combat this problem, Labelmaster developed and introduced MasterForm, a computerized form filler and checker.
Labelmaster currently counts more than 70 Fortune 100 among its customer base and serves more than 500 industries in total. Last year, the company printed 125 million individual labels and 8.1 million individual placards.
Without question, the biggest obstacle for companies involved in the production and transport of Dangerous Goods is the mountain of regulations for which they must adhere.
“Keeping customers informed about changing regulations is the most challenging part of our jobs,” said Mike Kaufman, Vice President, Production and Technology with Labelmaster. “We spend every bit as much, if not more, time talking with our customers about compliance issues than we do about our products.”
“The value of compliance is of immeasurable importance,” said Mike Brown, Senior Marketing Manager. “one goal is to help our customers’ businesses grow as we help them meet and exceed what is expected of them in terms of regulations.”
Kaufman worked at Labelmaster from 1995 to 2000 and then returned to the company in 2013. The pace of change since he’d been gone is daunting, but he feels it’s been the most rewarding element of his new position in the company. “The pace of change is amazing,” he said. “The world is much quicker paced, which means we must react accordingly and we cannot make any mistakes.
“As technology advances,” said Kaufman, “so do customer demands. We must be prepared to offer quicker turnaround times without sacrificing in quality.”
The ability to continue to meet customer expectations and satisfy needs led the company to recently install a brand-new FA press from Nilpeter. The press offers a host of features such as clean-hand technology; vertical auto-lock system; driven chill rollers; multi-operator interface; custom-built configuration; new CLEANINKING design; multi-substrate printing; sleeve-based printing; and value-adding units ready.
The cornerstone of Nilpeter’s press is its embrace of a changing workforce and the ways in which technology can help flexo printing change and grow. “Presses with the fastest changeovers and minimal waste are to be expected, our current machine innovations are clean hand technology solutions for a generation [that] has been raised on disruptive technologies,” the company states.
“Our press operators were quick to embrace the new technology,” said Kaufman. “Our average operator has been with the company about 20 years and have been very happy not only with the press speed but with its ease of use and quick set up times. The press runs so much faster than previous presses we had to install an ink pumping station to keep up.”
“The new press has allowed us to dramatically increased capacity,” said Brown. “It allows our capacity to meet our needs.”
“There are always issues to resolve when installing a new press,” said Kaufman. “Always. And this is really where Nilpeter set itself apart. The company was so quick to respond to our questions and addressing any issues that came up. And the training the company provided made certain our operators were given the proper tools to make the installation a success.”
The All New FA, the PANORAMA Hybrid, and the new FB-350. The FA and the PANORAMA Hybrid will display on the Nilpeter booth while the FB-350 will feature on the KURZ booth. All three presses make their US debut at the Chicago show following the worldwide product launch at last year’s Labelexpo Europe in Belgium.
Nilpeter’s new offerings are ideally suited for the next generation of printers, and the needs of Industry 4.0. By automating almost all processes, Nilpeter has maintained a competitive advantage while solving challenges for today’s print workforce.
The new FA, for example, offers complete clean-hand operation from wireless tablets, hand held or positioned anywhere on the front of the machine. All new machines offer total job store and recall, completely automated controls and full connectivity. Furthermore, by applying module methodology to both mechanics and software, printers are able to enhance and execute new opportunities without a complete reinvestment.
The FA is the latest addition to Nilpeter’s market-leading flexo program, built around the modern press operator and designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs. The FA provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates.
Nilpeter’s digital product line, PANORAMA, covers a wide and varied spectrum of customer requirements – from stand-alone to all-round, and value-added hybrid configurations. The PANORAMA Hybrid on display will feature an advanced 5-colour digital InkJet print engine, UV-lamination, and a semi-rotary die station, among others.
The FB-350 represents the latest generation of highly efficient label printing, packed with new features such as Automated Plate Positioning System (APPS), pre-register and re-register functionality, in an attractive, new design. The press on display features both hot foil and the new DM-LINER® UV-INK Roll-to-Roll: Built-on® unit from KURZ.
“With three new products on display, saying we’re excited would be an understatement. We’re triple excited! The All New FA will be making its North American debut after a very successful launch in Brussels last year. It will be running the award winning Bellissima DMS technology in expanded gamut. We will also debut the new PANORAMA UV-InkJet digital hybrid solution with Nilpeter’s own semi-rotary die station. A complete digital and finishing system, all inline and all from …your printing partner,” Paul Teachout says.
“Last but not least, we will debut the new FB-350, the latest generation of our workhorse FB-Line, on the KURZ booth. KURZ will present their new DM-LINER® UV-INK Roll-to-Roll: Built-on® unit on the FB-350, showing just how flexible this press is in adapting the latest UV-InkJet offerings. This year’s show will be three times as exciting for us, and we invite you all to come take part in the experience,” he concludes.
The Flexoforum’s program of events will include seminars, networking, and workshops within the packaging industry. Flexoforum invites to inspiring lectures on future developments and innovations, performed by renowned speakers such as Magnus Wikström, Chief Technical Officer at BillerudKorsnäs and Lube Belokozovski, Design & Innovation Manager at Smurfit Kappa Sverige AB, and many more.
Miller Graphics invites you to on Open House with a guided tour at the production site in Sunne. There will be demonstrations and mini seminars on site.
Join us at the Nilpeter table top.
Read more about the event at: http://www.flexoforum.com
Miller Graphics at the production site in Sunne.
“The expansion began three years ago when we moved to a large new factory here in Pudsey outside of Leeds. Nilpeter’s 24-hour hotline was a big help during the move, where we transported our six existing FA-4/FB-presses along with other production equipment. Once everything was sorted with machinery and staff we took the next step in our expansion plan – adding new machinery to complement the capacity of our combination flexo and InkJet digital presses and increasing our capabilities to better serve customers in wine and beverage, among others,” says Adrian Brown, Managing Director at Olympus Print Group.
“We’re ecstatic to continue our cooperation with Adrian and Olympus. The new FA-4* presses offer the perfect solution for their venture – and success – into high-end wine and beverage labels, while meeting the growing global trend of short run jobs and small repeat lengths. It has been a pleasure working with Olympus on their old presses, the factory relocation, and last but not least with their newest press acquisitions. We look forward to continuing this great partnership, helping with overall press service and maintenance, and growing their print capabilities and portfolio,” says Nick Hughes, Managing Director at Nilpeter Ltd.
“The expansion and acquisition of three new presses were largely customer-driven; new work came our way, orders were up, and we saw more requests for high-end label features and value-added embellishments. The result has been impressive both for customers and staff – and we couldn’t be happier. Since adding the three FA-4* presses we have doubled our capacities in foiling and embossing, and increased our screen-printing capacity. The new presses offer technical compatibility, and the ease-of-use provides a soft learning curve for printers and new apprentices” Adrian Brown, Olympus, concludes.
Adrian Brown, managing director of Olympus Print Group
Stop by Booth #3205 in Hall B and experience the US Expo Debut of The All New FA and the PANORAMA Hybrid
Nilpeter will showcase The All New FA and the PANORAMA Hybrid at LabelExpo Americas 2018, both manufactured at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, and both making their US expo debuts following the official product launch at last year's LabelExpo Europe 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.
The All New FA
The FA is the latest addition to Nilpeter’s market-leading flexo program, built around the modern press operator and designed to accommodate the printer’s ever-growing needs. The FA provides a maximum level of stability, the tightest register tolerance, and excellent printing results on multiple substrates.
Nilpeter’s digital product line, PANORAMA, covers a wide and varied spectrum of customer requirements – from stand-alone to all-round, and value-added hybrid configurations. The PANORAMA Hybrid on display will feature an advanced digital InkJet print engine, UV-lamination, and a semi-rotary die station, among others.
Register now and secure access to this year’s show to see the latest in flexo and digital hybrid printing from Nilpeter. As always, we are more than happy to provide special demos on our presses, so please reach out by phone +1 513 489 4400 or email [email protected] to schedule a press demo during show days, or following the show at our Technology Center in Cincinnati.
At booth 1817, KURZ will demonstrate their built-on unit which is connected to an 8-colour Nilpeter FB-Line. This DM-LINER® UV-INK Roll-to-Roll:Built-on® unit is a flexibly engaged retrofit module for flexographic and offset printing machines. It can be integrated into production line when required via the rail system and has impressive design freedom thanks to up or downstream color printing.
Your Starting Line for High Performance
The FB-Line represents the latest generation of highly efficient label printing. Nilpeter has added a large number of innovative features and packaged the machine in an attractive, new design. The new FB-Line is an answer to the request for increased automation, higher ease of use, and operator friendliness.
Nilpeter FB-350 Servo
Digital Digital Digital
The underlying theme for KURZ at Label Expo 2018 America this year is Digital. Digital. Digital. Due to the high demand of variable content while also maintaining premium designs, KURZ has introduced two digital foiling units to the narrow web environment and both will be premiered live at our booth in Hall A at 1816 and 1817.
KURZ is the global leader in hot/cold stamping technologies and foils, heat transfer decorations and stamping tools/machines. Providing full service, exceptional global consistency, we are the experts in maintaining brand standards, new technologies and decoration developments which enhance brands with exceptional beauty and functionality for a variety of flexible substrates in both traditional press and even digital production environments. Enhancements such as lenses, holographic foils, and a huge library of foil shades.
DM-LINER UV INK Built-ON
Keith Nagle has been the Nilpeter Digital Product Manager and Technology Manager for the past two years. Prior to that Keith Nagle was an Applications Specialist, and has a long history in Production Management. As a frequent committee chair and speaker at many industry events Keith Nagle brings with him a wealth of knowledge and support to continue Nilpeter’s presence as a preferred solutions provider in the region.
Bob Loescher has done a tremendous job in maintaining and growing Nilpeter’s market recognition in the region, and leaves behind a great structure, which enables Keith Nagle to continue on with that success. Bob Loescher will be moving on from Nilpeter as he accepts an administrative sales position with Compass Color and Coatings. He will stay on through June to insure a smooth transition and no lapse in partner support.
“Bob Loescher has been a great asset to the Nilpeter team. His attention to detail and his professional drive have been second to none. We are sad to see him leave our team but know he is going to a great opportunity and industry partner. There is no better person to step into his role then Keith Nagle, he will hit the ground running without hesitation. Nilpeter is very fortunate to have the depth of resources that continue to make the brand stronger. Nilpeter wishes nothing but success for both these gentlemen” says Paul Teachout, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Nilpeter USA.
Bob Loescher is moving on from Nilpeter into an administrative sales position with Compass Color and Coatings.