Prime Packaging installs Nilpeter FA-26 flexo press

Chicago-based packaging specialist enhances its production capabilities to expand into new markets.

(L-R): Kevin Kollman, president and owner and Ryan Shields, director of operations at Prime Packaging.

Chicago-based Prime Packaging has acquired Nilpeter FA-26, a 10-color flexo press to enhance the company's production capabilities and expand into new markets, such as health and beauty sectors.

The press has been operational since December 2023 and running two shifts due to increased demand. The latest investment represents Prime Packaging's first venture with Nilpeter.

‘Having had prior experience with Nilpeter’s high-quality presses made them a go-to option for us, as we sought to increase our throughput and efficiencies,’ commented Kevin Kollman, president and owner of Prime Packaging.

The decision to upgrade to the Nilpeter FA-26 was driven by a need to stay competitive in a fast-evolving market.

‘Our older presses couldn't keep up with our increased customer demand and the desire to implement expanded color gamut printing capabilities. It was crucial for us to enhance our technology to not only meet current customer needs, but also to venture into new territories, such as the health and beauty sector,’ added Kollman.

The FA-26 is already making significant strides for Prime Packaging by allowing the production of more complex images and vibrant flesh tones, comparable to that of digital and offset printing platforms.

‘It's not just about meeting demand, it's about exceeding it. With features, such as sleeve-based tooling, job memory and advanced-register control, we're not just keeping pace; we’re setting the pace,’ said Kollman. ‘We knew that stepping up our capabilities would be good, but the performance of this new press has exceeded our expectations. We have been able to secure new business and offer a greater quality of product to our customers.’

According to Kollman, the investment in Nilpeter’s FA-26 is seen as a crucial move for Prime Packaging: ‘This is about more than just expanding our services. It's about moving forward with confidence and continuing to innovate in ways that keep us ahead of the curve.’

Lenny DeGirolmo, president of Nilpeter USA, added: ‘Our FA-26 flexo press is truly making its mark in the US, where it's highly sought after due to its performance capabilities in flexible packaging, expanded color gamut, automation and digitalization features, all of which are essential for a modern printing facility. These were exactly the attributes Prime Packaging was looking for, and it’s gratifying to see the press proving its worth from day one at their location. Our collaboration with Prime Packaging has been smooth, and we look forward to a prosperous future with it.’