Adesa takes Europe’s first Durst Tau 330 and in-line LFS 330 laser finishing system
French label printer Adesa has invested in Europe’s first Durst Tau 330 and in-line LFS 330 laser finishing system, and is winning work on the back of the investment according to company president Brice Carugati.
Adesa has configured its Durst Tau 330 inkjet press in seven colors, with orange and purple complementing CMYK. The machine also provides greater opacity of the white, which answers customer requirements of transparent labels required widely in the food industry. The Durst in-line digital laser finishing system incorporates state-of-the-art die-cutting technology from Spartanics, and the integration of the laser cutting module in-line does not slow the speed of the Durst Tau 330 at 48m/min.
Durst technology is providing Adesa with a complete digital end-to-end workflow with full automatic job changeover in a single pass. This is filling an important gap in the market for Adesa, which has started winning new contracts since opting for the Durst 330 LFS in-line system after carrying out extensive research.
‘This machine is unique in that it does printing and die-cutting all in one pass,’ explained Carugati. ‘Another important factor for our investment is the extremely vivid white, which prints far better than on the machine I used previously. And screen printing was also out of the question because is very slow and expensive, so not suitable for the type of work I need to do for customers.’
The Durst Tau 330 and LFS 330 in-line system sale, which was arranged through Paris-based reseller JetPack France, is a complementary technology to digital offset and flexo printing for Adesa. With Brice adding: ‘There are occasions where the quality is too high for digital offset and too low for flexo, so I use inkjet. This could involve jobs of between 2,000 and 3,000 linear meters, but it depends on variable data requirements, so run lengths of even 5,000 linear meters can be practical for certain jobs. The ink dries instantaneously and I don’t need any pre-coated stocks. And I can print for many different sectors such as food and industrial, not just cosmetics.
‘The labels market is extremely competitive and we have to stand out continuously by offering innovative solutions. With the Durst in-line solution, I’ve won several contracts that wouldn’t have been available to Adesa previously. As one example, I was in competition with another French company for an order of 400,000 labels using 12 different texts for variable printing. I knew I’d win that order straight away using the Durst-Spartanics system. Inkjet is very good. The ink is very powerful, bright and has vivid colors – with everything completed in one single pass.’
Helmuth Munter, labels and package printing segment manager at Durst, aded: ‘From our discussions with companies across Europe and further afield, it’s clear that that there is a real need for inkjet as a complementary technology in specific areas. Adesa is a respected company in the European label printing market and has a visionary approach, knowing that inkjet will play an increasingly important role as a complementary technology as its business continues to grow.’