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  • 05 Jan 2016

Colombian carton converter diversifies with Xeikon

Colombian folding carton converter Litoprint moved into self-adhesive label production last year with the installation of a Xeikon 3050 and GM finishing system

Bogotá-based Litoprint, the largest folding carton converter in Colombia, installed a Xeikon 3050 digital press and GM finishing system in 2014 to diversify its business into digital folding carton and self-adhesive label production.

Founded in 1960 by Fernando Gaitán and Bernardo Moreno, the father of current general manager Ricardo Moreno and production manager Bernardo Moreno, Litoprint also employs Heidelberg and Man Roland offset presses for folding carton and sheet-fed label production at its 5,000 sqm factory.

The company counts brands such as Nestle, Philips and Johnson & Johnson among its customers, and has supplied Kellogg’s for nearly thirty years. A wide product range includes folding carton, display and cover packaging on cardboard, polyboard, greaseproof and adhesive materials. Finishing capabilities include embossing and metallics, while Litoprint is the only Colombian carton printer producing ‘open window’ finishing, for displaying foods such as processed meats.

‘We were keen to move into digital printing to optimize delivery times for our clients and improve the company’s productivity and profitability,’ says general manager Ricardo Moreno. ‘In the folding carton market runs are becoming shorter, and we wanted to be able to effectively serve our clients with these capabilities.

‘The Xeikon 3050 has brought us the benefits of high print and image quality. Its print width complements our other processes, and we are able to print with a variety of substrates which allows us to develop new products and offer our clients a wider range of applications.

‘We also wanted to use the Xeikon press to target new clients for short run label work,’ adds production manager Bernardo Moreno, who has been with the company for 40 years.

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