Polish printing specialist Aniflex has invested in a Panther PX3300 UV inkjet press to expand its digital label offering and speed up the production process.
Based in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Aniflex Głowacka Wojtaszek general partnership is one of the fastest developing companies in Poland's self-adhesive labels and packaging sector.
The company’s growth strategy is based on consistently investing in modern printing technologies, allowing it to gain a competitive advantage and diversify its offering. Achieving these goals was the determining factor behind installing a five-color Xeikon Panther PX3300 inkjet digital press.
‘The investment in the new Xeikon press has significantly increased the technological capacity of our plant and allowed us to exploit the sales potential for low- and medium-volume orders, as well as helped us cut delivery time – all of which enable us to stay competitive,’ commented Maciej Wojtaszek, co-owner of Aniflex.
Established in 2003, the company has invested significantly in organizational, production, and technological advances. Today, it offers shrink sleeves and flexible packaging, and self-adhesive labels. Great emphasis is also placed on expanding the product offering with innovative technologies meeting current trends and market demands. These include self-adhesive labels printed on new eco-materials and packaging with augmented reality technology.
Xeikon’s Panther PX3300 has replaced an older inkjet machine, which had been in use at the Tomaszów plant for many years. The Xeikon press was chosen to modernize production and allow the company to increase print quality, among many other benefits.
According to Wojtaszek it is essential to ensure that the high print quality can be repeated automatically without re-entering the job parameters when choosing a new press. He also highlights the importance and the ability to produce multiple SKUs quickly.
The five-color (CMYK + white) press installed at Aniflex prints on substrates up to 350 mm wide at a maximum speed of up to 50 m/min (approx. 990 m2/h). The PantherCure inks allow the company to deliver durable and abrasion-resistant labels with high gloss, and thanks to the ability to apply two layers of white ink, to produce attractive tactile and haptic effects inline.
‘Xeikon’s PX3300 supports a wide variety of substrates: PP, PE, PET, self-adhesive paper, vinyl, metalized and clear-on-clear transparent materials, and is extremely useful in the production of labels for industrial, chemical, and household use, as well as for cosmetics and health care, and alcohol, beer, and other beverage labels,’ says Michał Kuczkowski, sales manager for labels and packaging at Xeikon. ‘There is no need to create printing plates for digital printing, which reduces costs and shortens lead times. By using a sensor, Xeikon presses can also print additional elements for personalization, or markers in a specific place, or add digital print on pre-printed substrates.
‘By using Xeikon X-800 software, the user can increase the automation of the label production process and the control of individual production stages and create security measures to protect the end-user, such as EAN barcodes. QR codes, DataMatrix or other track and trace solutions.’
The introduction of the Xeikon PX3300 combined with the earlier experience of the Aniflex team in inkjet printing has allowed the printing company to reach the next level of production quality. Customers have also been very enthusiastic about the new opportunities that the investment will bring.
‘We are very proud to support a modern company like Aniflex,’ added Kuczkowski. ‘As a market leader, it is developing dynamically, as validated by being ranked 13 times as a Business Gazelle by the Coface Group. The team also conducts many additional activities and shares interesting ideas, such as webinars about creating and producing labels and packaging. They educate their clients by showing unconventional projects, new raw materials, various refinements, and environmentally friendly solutions. It is a very experienced and demanding team that often sets high standards for their suppliers, including us.’