This is the company’s third Xeikon, beginning with a 3030 machine in 2012 which was upgraded to the Xeikon 3300 in 2014 and now to the CX3. The company had previously been a flexo only printer and continues to run flexo presses.
Managing director James Lindsay says: “Xeikon has helped us to dramatically change our business since we first installed the 3030. Our digital label work has grown tremendously over the five years, and the investment in the new Xeikon CX3 press had become essential in order for us to keep up with the volume of orders that we are now having to process. The new press will give us at least 50% more capacity, as well as expanding the range of label materials that we can print.”
The increase in work has come from new customers as well as shift towards shorter run work, freeing up the flexo presses to take on longer run jobs. These have remained busy during the growth of the digital print arm.
This has pushed the company into running the 3300 around the clock to meet demand, according to sales manager Vicky Waine. She will get the benefit of the Xeikon ICE toner with the new press which will enable the business to print PE films digitally. “This will open the door for us to work with the flexible materials that are used for a lot of cosmetics products,” she says.
The rise of small breweries has been another growth area for the business where the ability to print an opaque white toner in a single pass will open up further possibilities. “Brewing has expanded more recently into the wider beverages market, including gin and wine suppliers,” she says.
The new press will continue to work with an AB Graphic Digicon converting line. The company last year achieved Zerolabels2landfill certification under the Prismm Environmental waste management scheme to add to ISO 14001.
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