With The All New FA, Advanced Labels’ fourth Nilpeter flexo press, the company aims to add capacity in the highly competitive self-adhesive market, and insource production of yoghurt lids and in-mould labels
The Durban-based labelling company purchased their first Nilpeter FB-2500 seven years ago, and has since added another two of the same model. This is their first FA flexo press. “From the start, we’ve had a very good relationship with Nilpeter. We’re always given the best advice, and they are very good at keeping us up-to-speed with the latest technology. The Nilpeter presses and our team in South Africa is a great combination,” says Richard Jones, Managing Director of Advanced Labels.
“Looking to add production capacity, we visited Nilpeter last year and were very interested – so after seeing the new FA with all its improvements at LabelExpo, we knew it was the right choice for us. It offers a big step up in efficiency for Advanced Labels, and we really like the new CLEANINKING chambers, and the Quick Change Die Unit,” Richard Jones continues.
“The new FA allows us to insource the production of yoghurt lids as well as in-mould labels. Furthermore, the press reduces downtime with better accuracy on registration, and overall, our printers are excited about what they can achieve with the new press,” he adds.
The All New FA 17” flexo press recently installed at Advanced Labels features rail-based UV-lamination and Quick Change Die. Advanced Labels opted for UV-LED lighting from FUJIFILM, a first for the South African company. Richard Jones and his team visited a Nilpeter customer in Mexico who owns two Nilpeter presses with LED lighting, and this proved a turning point in the decision-making process. Advanced Labels has also decided to retrofit their FB-2500 presses with LED lighting.
Pushing flexo to its limits
“Our customers are already starting to see the many possibilities and opportunities from the new FA – services and products on many different substrates, from 200 g cardboard to filmic materials etc. This press really pushes flexo to its limits, and with it we are not only targeting the niche market of yoghurt lids and in-moulds, but also adding capacity in the highly competitive South African self-adhesive label market,” Richard Jones concludes.
About Advanced Labels
Advanced Labels is based in Durban, South Africa, and was established in 2010 by Managing Director Richard Jones, previously of First Impression Labels. With over 23 years of experience in the self-adhesive labelling industry, Richard Jones started Advanced Labels to focus on pharmaceutical labelling and more specialised labelling alternatives. Today, the company specializes in Pharmaceutical, Home & Personal Care, Chemical, FMCG, ‘Peel & Read’, ‘Coupon’ and on-pack ‘Booklet’ labels, servicing clients throughout South Africa. Advanced Labels is built on the mindset that the customer is the most important part of the business, and underlying the company’s success is the dedicated staff and their commitment to offering continuous in-house training on the latest machine technology.
(Left to right) Richard Jones, Managing Director of Advanced Labels; Kasevan Govender, Production Manager at Advanced Labels; and Simon Cahill, Technical Director at CSM Machine Sales, on hand for the factory acceptance test at Nilpeter HQ in Slagelse, Denmark.