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Rotolabel specializes in producing self-adhesive labels for the FMCG market segment, including wine. The company has a long-standing partnership with Nilpeter, with whom they have done business from the older generation of letter presses to a number of FB- and FA-Lines. Last year, they extended the lifespan of two of their FA-3300 presses in a project led by Nilpeter.
As their business and customer requirements continue to evolve, Rotolabel needed to add a new press to their existing Nilpeter line-up. According to Johann Koegelenberg, Excecutive Operations at Rotolabel, it was a simple choice, given their trusted relationsship and Nilpeter's reputation as a well-regarded business,
“Our longstanding partnership with Nilpeter gave us the confidence to choose their new FA-17 flexo press for upgrading our printing technology. We needed a solution that would improve our production volume and offer the latest technology, and Nilpeter delivered on both counts. The new press complements our existing line-up and provides more flexibility in between presses. While it is a simple press, it is optimized for retail work and is fit for purpose to maximize our benefits”.
One of the key advantages of the new press is the level of automation, which makes job changes much easier and faster. Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager at Nilpeter, explains that full automation is essential in the latest versions of their presses, and that it gives Rotolabel a much more efficient press, that can run many different jobs all day with a minimal waste.
Rotolabel was founded in 1982 and is a leading supplier of world-class self-adhesive labels to many of South Africa's most reputable FMCG producers, including the wine, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial segments. The company was acquired by the Bidvest Group in 2008, and today it forms part of the Bidvest Data, Print & Packaging division of Bidvest Branded Products, a leading supplier of printing, communications, packaging, and labeling solutions in southern Africa.
Caption: Johann Koegelenberg, Excecutive Operations, Rotolabel
Caption: From the left, Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter, Greg Gabriels, Excecutive Technical, Rotolabel, Wicus Maritz, Managing Executive, Rotolabel.
“We know the Nilpeter machines very well, and we have worked with their team for many years. This new press can produce almost everything, and it is a true beverage combination press that gives us the flexibility and dynamics we need in our production setup. The Nilpeter presses and their customer service never disappoint”, says Shaun Hanson, Keighley Site Manager of Reflex Group.
Built around the modern printing 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. Reflex Group’s new 10-colour press is fully loaded and comes with a range of features, such as an advanced automation package making production faster and easier with a major waste reduction during set up and run without compromising quality.
Besides the automation package, the new flexo press is equipped with an advanced drying technology, a UV-laminating unit, cold-foil equipment, RSI Nilscreen printing unit, a flatbed embossing/hotfoil unit, a die-cutting unit, waste handling, and a video inspection system. Indeed, a multi-faceted press.
Nick Hughes, Managing Director at Nilpeter Ltd, congratulated Reflex Group on their new press, stating,
“It is a great press and they have now integrated it completely into their existing production setup, and it looks great. It runs like a train. We know that Reflex Group has a huge focus on sustainability, and with this new press they use less energy to run the machine, and they have a lot less waste especially around the double foil save. The process with Reflex Group has been great and we have built a solution that fits perfectly with their business and needs. And that’s what it’s all about”.
The Reflex Group was formed in 2002 with the goal of being “the world’s most sustainable packaging company” – a goal still entrenched at the heart of operations. Reflex seeks to be at the forefront of innovation, investing in technology and people for continuous improvement. Today, Reflex is one of the largest companies of its kind in the UK, and has operations in Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Australia. Reflex serves a broad range of customer sectors.
Products include self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves including R.O.S.O., liner-less labels, flexible packaging, in-mould labels, artwork, and design. The company prints high-end labels in combination for many bespoke brand owners through their Reflex Label Plus division.
MM Packaging is a global manufacturer of primary and secondary packaging material for several different sectors. The new press was primarily configured for the pharmaceutical industry. The investment in the new press with a full automation package is the result of a fruitful, very positive dialogue and process with Nilpeter.
“Of course, we knew Nilpeter before entering the process of investing in a new press for our Dublin location. However, we were very positively surprised by the professionalism, we have seen all the way from the initial inquiry to the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT). Nilpeter has been very open-minded and listened to our needs all the way, and we are very pleased with the end result. The machine is pure quality, solid built, and it will have a huge positive impact on our business. We can’t wait to get it installed”, says Operation Manager, Warren Brennan from MM Packaging.
The standards and requirements of the labels and documentation are constantly increasing in all markets, and the pharmaceutical industry is no exception.
Nick Hughes, Managing Director at Nilpeter Ltd., UK, says,
“We talk to our customers everyday across business and industries, and we see it everywhere; the need for more and more advanced machines is increasing. Customers want more complex labels and applications. It is our job to help our customers find the right solutions, and I believe we have managed to do so in the case of MM Packaging. They are getting a really fantastic press that will fit well into their setup in Dublin. It will be great to see it running production soon”.
About MM Packaging
MM Packaging is a market leader in consumer packaging and printing. With an international network of 65 plants in more than 20 countries, they offer a unique, pan-European delivery concept. In addition, they have production in the Middle East, USA, East and Southeast Asia.
Left to right: Nick Hughes, Warren Brennan, Tom Lees, Des Howell, Wayne Barrett.
The new Nilpeter MO-Line FUSION that Auroflex has just finished installing is their fourth press from the Danish manufacturer.
“It is the most advanced press we have acquired so far in a collaboration that began more than 20 years ago, and which has brought many eloquent and mutual successes to our companies. Auroflex is committed to providing ever-increasing quality to both current and future customers - the market in which we operate stimulates competition and we want to raise the bar and put our customers in a position to compete in international markets. In that sense, it is no coincidence that our new MO-Line FUSION is a mixed media printing system equipped with all the most advanced printing, regulation, and control technologies,” says Fabio Butera, Chairman of Auroflex.
New Levels of Performance
Nilpeter has taken high-end offset printing to new levels of performance, efficiency, and ease of use with the MO-Line FUSION. A custom-made combination press with a host of analogue and digital embellishment technologies inline - this is the platform for unmatched label quality – whether competing in high-volume or short-run markets.
With every component manufactured in-house, MO-Line FUSION is engineered to assure precision in reproduction at high speeds. Built with high levels of automation, the MO-Line FUSION minimizes manual adjustments and ensures faster setup times and reduced start-up waste. In short, the MO-line FUSION is the complete solution for the printer looking for efficient, productive, and market leading technology.
“What the new FUSION brings to Auroflex is unsurpassed print quality, the innovation of a machine with a simplicity and accuracy of electronic controls never seen before; and above all, the versatility of a configuration that will allow us to serve our current customers, and to expand our business area to products that, up until now, we have not been able to produce. The choice of this press model was carefully evaluated by comparing the characteristics of the major companies on the market. The choice of Nilpeter was relatively easy to make as it combines printing machines of proven quality and innovation, with a support and assistance that in many years of collaboration has never failed,” Fabio Butera adds.
New Production Plant
With the arrival of the new Nilpeter MO-Line FUSION, and with other investments made in recent years, the need has come for Auroflex to design and build a new production plant, a process which started a few months ago.
“I believe that the new printing plant will allow us to grow in turnover, quality, and product offerings. Our new Nilpeter MO-Line FUSION is part of a more general investment plan, and the implementation of an innovative marketing strategy, with which we are positioning ourselves, with the ambition of becoming a point of reference for the entire national territory,” Fabio Butera, Chairman of Auroflex, concludes.
Photo caption: Auroflex board, from left to right: Francesca, Giuseppe, Katia, and Fabio Butera. Photo by Luca Stabile.
Rotolabel specialises in self-adhesive labels, mostly for the FMCG market segment, including wine. For almost 20 years the presses have produced labels for the South African market. However, a replacement of components is part of the life cycle of any press, and from a sustainability point of view, it makes perfectly good sense to exchange only some of the key components instead of building an entirely new press.
The initial phase of the project began during the challenging COVID-19 times. For that reason, much of the initial work and trouble-shooting were carried out at online meetings, and a complete overview of the project was laid out before the exchange began.
Erik Pedersen, Global Customer Care Manager at Nilpeter,
“With a press that has been in operation for almost 20 years, it is natural that the PC components will need to be exchanged at some point. If we don’t change the hardware, we would also face the challenge, that we can’t support the software platforms, they use anymore. Therefore, it was a necessary change if we wanted to add lives to the press“.
The existing main computer was replaced with a new powerful PC, B&R IPC910, i3 Dual-core processor. A new large PMC-monitor 15” upgraded to 19” touch screen monitor with SDL interface was also installed. The new hardware was updated with new software as well, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. The replacement on both presses on-site took just over a week of work, as much of the configuration of the new components and software was done in Denmark prior to the installations on site.
The partnership with Nilpeter has been ongoing for many years and the upgrade went smoothly, Wicus Maritz, Managing Executive at Rotolabel says,
“We knew that it was time to change part of the hardware and we have had a very good dialogue with Nilpeter during the process. The upgrade itself went well and we are very pleased with the outcome. Our machines are much more stable, and the overall performance of our presses has increased significantly, as we have almost no downtime due to computer- and software-related issues and can run jobs much more effectively than before”.
Rotolabel and Nilpeter have been partners for many years, and the upgraded hardware secures the performance on the presses for the future.
Rotolabel, South Africa, was founded in 1982 and specialises in the supply of world-class self-adhesive labels for many of South Africa’s most reputable FMCG producers. Their offering includes labels to the wine, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial segments.
Rotolabel was acquired by the Bidvest Group in 2008 and today forms part of the Bidvest Data, Print & Packaging division of Bidvest Branded Products. Bidvest Data, Print & Packaging is a leading supplier of printing, communications, packaging, and labeling solutions in southern Africa
Photo caption: From the left, Andries Dippenaar, Rotolabel & Thomas Andreasen, Service Technician, Nilpeter.
Last week we exhibited at Propak West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, together with our agent Optics Engineering. The exhibition is an event to showcase new innovations in the Printing and Packaging industry in the region. Nilpeter is at the forefront in developing the market and customers. Both for new, and larger solutions but also for refurbished and smaller solutions.
The West Africa region is an area where Nilpeter in recent years has seen stable growth and has increased its market shares. Over the last couple of years, we have sold a number of FA presses to our customers in the region, in Nigeria, Senegal and the Ivory Coast with the latest being to Tripple Gee in Nigeria.
Emmanuel Olanihun, Nilpeter’s representative in Nigeria says,
“We see a lot of positive tendencies in the West Africa Region these years. The label industry is developing and companies are asking for more advanced and high-quality solutions. Our local presence is key to winning the trust and confidence of the label companies in the market. This was also what we saw at last week’s exhibition where we had lots of the big players in the industry visiting and discussing future projects. We are very optimistic about the future in the region”.
With more than 200 exhibitors Propak West Africa is the biggest exhibition and conference for professionals working across the packaging, plastics, printing, and food-processing industry.
Having worked with Pharmaceutical, Medical, and Healthcare labeling solutions for more than 30 years, CV labels is very well aware of the high standards they need to meet in order to deliver the best solutions to their customers. Investing in state-of-the-art technology is a key component of the company’s strategy. This rimes well to world-class engineering with Danish roots and Nilpeter.
The FB-350 is an ideal choice for CV Labels and is specialized in printing pressure-sensitive labels for pharmaceutical and medical products. The new press is a 7-color flexo press with a number of value-added features customized for CV Labels. One of the features is an inserter making it possible to create multi-page peel and read labels using different substrates. The FB-350 with this exact configuration, is the first of its kind on an FB-press in the UK.
Bob Veitch, Owner and Managing Director at CV Labels adds,
“We have always been very pleased with the Nilpeter presses we have had so for us it was an obvious choice to add another one to our production line. Our business is growing, and we needed more volume and more colors. We got that with our new FB-350. The new press gives us a number of new opportunities, and especially making it possible to create multi-page peel and read labels has been a valuable contribution”.
Some of the value-added features of the FB-350 for CV Labels are UV-curing, the latest version, rail system and rail-based auxiliaries, de/re-lamination, a turnbar, re-register unit for preprinted webs, video inspection, and standard die stations.
Nick Hughes, Managing Director at Nilpeter Ltd,
“I have known Bob for ages, and we have always had a great partnership. It’s always nice to see that our customer’s business is growing, and we are very happy to help them find the right solution in order for them to meet the constantly increasing demands of their customers. We managed to do it this time, and I am confident we will continue to do it in the future as well”.
A customer journey that started in 1983
The partnership between CV Labels and Nilpeter dates all the way back to 1983 when Bob visited Copenhagen, Denmark, to test a Nilpeter B-200 letterpress. Bob, who at this time worked at another company, was stunned by what he saw in Copenhagen,
“Honestly, I was blown away by what I saw in Denmark. The advanced technology was revolutionary compared to everything else. I consider Nilpeter as one of the top manufacturers in the world, and it matches the ambitions of CV Labels – we only want to deal with the best”.
About CV Labels:
CV Labels, based in Irvine, Scotland, was founded in 1989 and has 20+ employees. They recently expanded the production area to 2,000 sq/meters (21,000 sq/feet). They are specialized in labels for the pharmaceutical industry and hold a PS9000:2016 accreditation developed by the Pharmaceutical Quality Group (PQG). CV Labels is one of the UK’s leading pharmaceutical specialists.
Innovation, automation, and close partnership with our customers have always been key in the development of Nilpeter's products and solutions. To further strengthen this in the future a new CTO has been appointed.
Carsten Clemensen comes from a position as Managing Director at B&R Denmark and has a strong background in automation and digitalization. B&R has in the last decade developed a strong strategic partnership with Nilpeter supplying a number of key components to the Nilpeter machine program.
"Automation and digitalisation are already a cornerstone in Nilpeter's global product strategy. We know that our customers are asking for further automation features and innovations in our products. I look forward to developing our solutions with our customers and partners in the years to come" Carsten Clemensen, CTO, Nilpeter A/S.
Color Label, located in Aarhus, Denmark, was established in 1980 by Erik Grønning, who is still at the helm, and a key to success for the company has always been highly reliable equipment that ensures on-time delivery. Color Label has an impressive line-up of 10 Nilpeter flexo presses, most recently adding a fully refurbished FA-2500, and will now replace two older FA-4200 with a new 8-colour FA-17, complete with advanced equipment for extended content label production.
Color Label digitalises flexo – a step into the future
“The installation of our new Nilpeter FA-17 is a great step forward for Color Label, and it is definitely a milestone for us towards digitalising flexo. It gives us a wide range of new possibilities when it comes to automation of our in-house processes, and it optimizes our operation, quality, and effectivity significantly”, says Owner and CEO of Color Label A/S, Erik Grønning.
Always in the market for the best solutions
“Since Color Label was founded in 1980, and kicked off with a Nilpeter Rotolabel F200, a steady fleet of Nilpeter presses has been added to Color Labels production floor over the years, always seeking new boundaries with the highest standards in quality and technology. The latest installation of the FA-17 with full Automation package cements this path forward. We are proud of our long-term cooperation with Color Label”, says Jesper Jørgensen, Global Sales Manager, Nilpeter A/S.
The Most Versatile Flexo Press on the Market
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.
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. Future customisations are often done with a simple press of a button. All main components are produced in-house at Nilpeter, meaning higher production quality and control.
A Leading Label Supplier
Established in 1980, Color Label is one of the leading Danish suppliers of self-adhesive labels to the food industry, the chemical industry, and for retail trade. Color Label is a service-oriented and innovative company that strives to solve any label challenge regardless of the printing and delivery requirements. Over the years, capacity has multiplied through investments in new and more efficient machinery, strong IT management, and the optimum physical facilities. After the latest expansion Color Label has now more than 3,600 sq. m. at their disposal.
Built around the modern printing operator, with an intuitive user-interface and fully mobile print controls, the Nilpeter FA-17 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.
Pushing The Limits
“We had an excellent factory acceptance test with Nilpeter’s demo team. The press held register very accurately, and we were able to push the limits on speed. This is transferring well to the production floor,” says Chad Nellis, Process & Technology Manager, Inland Packaging.
“We appreciate the partnership and Nilpeter’s ability to continue to make their equipment more operator-friendly in today’s tight market,” Mike Skroch, Vice President Operations, adds.
Looking Forward To A Bright Future
"When Inland Packaging started investigating new equipment to optimize their production demands, the focus was to achieve maximum efficiency and machine uptime. The automation and quick-change features built into every Nilpeter FA-Line provided the foundation to meet all the Inland Packaging objectives. We look forward to a bright future with Inland Packaging as our printing partner,” says Walt Mesik, Senior Sales Consultant, Nilpeter USA.
About Inland Packaging
Inland Packaging is a leading label manufacturer with an impressive track record. Over 75 years, and through three generations of family ownership, the company has sustained its focus on creating value for a variety of markets including household, food, beverage, beer, health and wellness, and others. A combination of high customer satisfaction, a vision of growth with investments in new equipment and facilities, not to mention great employees have expanded Inland Packaging’s capabilities as a label manufacturer and allowed the family-owned company to become the global partner it is today.
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