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  • 12 Mar 2020

Actega Metal Print announces EcoLeaf beta testing

L-R: Michael Leon, managing director of Kolbe-Coloco, Jan Franz Allerkamp, managing director of Actega Metal Print

Actega Metal Print has named German print specialist, Kolbe-Coloco Spezialdruck, as the world’s first beta customer for its innovative, sustainable and cost-effective metallization technology, EcoLeaf.

Focusing on high-end applications, the company will use the new technology to print profit driven metallization embellishments onto self-adhesive labels for a broad variety of markets. The company cites the eradication of foil and its sustainability advantages as a key decision. 

Kolbe-Coloco, part of the 550 people Hamburg based printing group, H.O.Persiehl is already receiving the EcoLeaf operator training. The installation of the unit on the company’s highly specified all-servo 12-colour press, with a combination of offset, flexo and screen all inline Gallus RCS, began in early March 2020. 

‘Our business is focused on print services that create a greater connection between a brand and the consumer, to ultimately aid sales. We do that by employing some of the best print technologies on the market, and EcoLeaf is a perfect example of this,’ said Michael Leon, managing director of Kolbe-Coloco.

‘Eradicating foil is a huge and incredibly important milestone in our industry, and this technology looks poised to support that. For this reason, we have no doubt that our customers will embrace EcoLeaf with open arms, but we also know that they will love the opportunity to add cost effective and amazing metallization to their jobs too – this solution has the potential to be a serious game changer,’ concluded Leon.

According to Jan Franz Allerkamp, managing director of Actega Metal Print, Kolbe-Coloco was an ideal choice as its first beta site. ‘In Kolbe-Coloco we’ve found a likeminded and very innovation-driven business. One that operates an automated, clean and very professional environment, but a company that has already proved itself to be a real change-maker. We look forward to working closely with them over the coming weeks and months, and to seeing EcoLeaf’s positive impact on their business.’

The basis of EcoLeaf is a silver pigment that can be overprinted, leading to a rainbow of metallic colors including gold. Integrated inline on analogue presses, digital printing presses or finishing equipment – either new or retrofitted to existing equipment – EcoLeaf consists of a printed trigger image and a metallization unit that applies only the precise and required amount of metal to the trigger image. The technology is expected to be commercially available from Summer 2020.

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