Advanced Labels has installed a Nilpeter FA as the company aims to add capacity in the self-adhesive market, and insource production of yogurt lids and in-mold labels.
Thi is the Durban-based labeling company's fourth Nilpeter flexo press. It purchased its first Nilpeter FB-2500 seven years ago, and has since added another two of the same model. This is the company’s first FA flexo press.
‘From the start, we’ve had a very good relationship with Nilpeter. We’re always given the best advice, and it is 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,’ said Richard Jones, managing director of Advanced Labels.
He continued: ‘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 Cleanking chambers, and the quick change die unit.’
‘The new FA allows us to insource the production of yogurt lids as well as in-mold 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 added.
The 17in-wide 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, also a first for the South African company.
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 its FB-2500 presses with LED lighting.
‘Our customers are already starting to see the many possibilities and opportunities from the new FA – services and products on many different substrates, from 200g 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 yogurt lids and in-molds, but also adding capacity in the highly competitive South African self-adhesive label market.’
Advanced Labels is based in Durban, South Africa, and was established in 2010 by Jones, previously of First Impression Labels. With more than 23 years of experience in the self-adhesive labeling industry, Jones started Advanced Labels to focus on pharmaceutical labelling and more specialized labeling alternatives. Today, the company specializes in pharmaceutical, home and personal care, chemical, FMCG, ‘peel and read’, coupon and on-pack booklet labels, servicing clients throughout South Africa.