OPM Labels & Packaging Group (‘OPM’) has announced it is investing in two new fully automated Nilpeter FA-22 presses to support its accelerating growth in both Europe and the US.
By Sebastian Reisig, Flexible Packaging Technology.
A 12-colour 22″ FA-Line Nilpeter machine will be installed at the company’s Leeds, UK facility in July 2022, incorporating hot air drying, LED UV curing and inline solvent lamination capabilities. The investment is designed to support the growth of the company’s short to medium run flexible packaging business, as well as its phenomenal success in the multi-layer peel & read label segment.
Chris Ellison, Managing Director of OPM, said: “We are experiencing tremendous demand for our clever indexed multi-layer label design, Multi Dex. This innovative label solution offers designers the ability to communicate extensive information on a pack in a concise way. With increasing pressure on brands to find clever ways to cram in legal, health and safety requirements on packs for compliance, Multi Dex is proving particularly popular in the health, nutrition and beauty sectors with its unique structure offering multiple faces for the designer to use without compromising sustainability or graphic standout.”
The second fully automated press, a 10-colour Nilpeter FA-22, will be installed in the US in the second half of 2022 enabling OPM to further meet demand for its patented TLC label closure system in the North American hygiene and wipes sectors.
Ellison continued: “We are a European market leader in the supply of moist wipe packaging solutions as a result of the development of our European and US patented TLC – Thicker Label Closure. TLC replaces the need for rigid flip top closure systems offering brands a lighter weight closure solution that can be printed to match their brand colours.”
“TLC retains moisture for the full life cycle of the product which boosts consumer satisfaction, is lower cost, and is applied at higher speeds, driving further energy and production efficiencies for packers. With sustainability being a key issue in the wipes market, TLC also offers a lower carbon footprint, improves pack recyclability, and can be manufactured with recycled content. We’re therefore seeing significant demand from the US for this innovation and its only right we commit to production locally to ensure we can maintain the customer service and supply standards our customers have come to recognise us for.”