A Chile-based packaging converter has moved into digital printing to meet ‘growing demand for shorter runs.’
Faret, specialists in folding carton packaging, signed a deal to use the Xeikon 3050 digital label press at trade-show drupa this month for its entry into the digital printing market.
They added it was time to go digital with the increased demand for shorter runs and a push towards just-in-time delivery with the potential to expand into other markets.
Variety of films
The Xeikon press can print on co-extruded films, biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), paperboards and transparent and opaque polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films.
The firm said the press uses the QA-I toner, which meets FDA guidelines for indirect food contact at room temperatures and direct contact for dry food substances containing no surface oil or fat.
It offers 1200 dpi quality, flexible print width, a wide substrate range and scalable web widths up to B2 format, according to the manufacturers.
The partnership, signed with Xeikon’s dealer in Chile, David Graphics, is Xeikon’s first 3050 installation in Chile.
Digital press market entry
Andres Faret said they had been studying the digital press market for more than six months.
“Its 1200dpi four bit per spot resolution and its ability to print on such a wide range of substrates with no pre-treatment were key attributes for us.
“But the real deal closer was that the 3050 was a mature B2 format printing press.”
Felipe Arias, managing director of David Graphics, said: “The flexibility of the Xeikon 3050 digital solution to print on almost any substrate, handle just-in-time ordering and deliver the highest quality prints, enables Faret to meet the growing demand for short-run folding carton jobs on a wider range of materials.
“The investment also opens up a whole range of new business opportunities for the company to expand beyond folding carton into other applications.”