Insignis adds second Nilpeter offset press

Insignis Etiketten Erzeugung und Vertrieb GmbH, of Vienna, Austria, has made huge leaps with the addition of a 7-colour Nilpeter MO-4 offset press.

“We wanted a machine that could at least do the same as our existing press, but to a higher quality,” was the simple yet clear requirement laid out by Ferdinand Hager, Managing Partner of Insignis, as the company searched for an addition to their 6-colour Nilpeter MO-3 web press.

Insignis had a clear idea of the configuration and technical equipment it wanted. The middle section had to have six offset printing units – four for process colours and two spot and special colours, which are being requested increasingly frequently. Next, the company wanted another two flexographic printing units before and another two after the middle section for various finishing options, such as opaque white or metallic colours as well as varnishes and cold foil stamping. Insignis wanted to be able to switch between flexographic and screen printing in the first two printing units as required if, for example, it needed to print special colours or effects. 

Investment was an absolute market requirement 

“Installation of a second offset press was an absolute market requirement,” says Ferdinand Hager. “For one thing, we could see that the existing MO-3 with its six printing units was reaching its limits on an increasing number of orders because of the growing demand for additional finishing effects. A second issue, about delivery reliability was also being raised by customers, especially for long runs.” 



Installation of the second machine soon bore fruit. Turnover increased by 30%, partly because Insignis was able to turn companies that had demanded production capacity to be guaranteed before committing themselves into customers. This also explains why two-shift utilisation of the MO-4 was achieved after only a few months, even though the wider web width (420 mm compared to 330 mm with the existing MO-3) had more than doubled the available production volume. 

Food-related jobs as an important mainstay

To extend its production capacity, Insignis has invested a total of 4.5 million euros over two years in new buildings and printing technology. 

“We monitored the customers’ needs carefully over a prolonged period so we could then align the configuration of the new machine to those needs,” explains Erwin Pudek. “As the rapid utilisation and the successful acquisition of new orders show, we have met the customers’ needs perfectly.” 

The new MO-4 is, for example, only used to print with low-migration inks. For Insignis, this is essential as their customer base includes a lot of companies from the food industry, many of which are located in the immediate vicinity of the printshop. At present, more than half of its turnover can be attributed to the food industry. For these customers, in addition to low-migration production, high print quality and short delivery times are especially important. 

Service as a strong argument for the purchasing decision

The availability of good and fast service from the supplier was another important aspect for Insignis. In this respect, Nilpeter had already been able to gain an advantage in the past. 

“In case of queries or service,” says Ferdinand Hager, “we could always rely on rapid and highly competent support from the Nilpeter branch in Vienna. This was the case with the MO-3 and was reconfirmed when we commissioned the MO-4.”