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  • 31 May 2021

Brazil-based Grif installs two new Nilpeter FA-17

Francisco Paz, owner of Grif, poses with Rubens Wilmers of Nilpeter Brasil, in front of one of the new Nilpeter FA-17 presses

Brazil based label converter Grif Rótulos e Etiquetas Adhesivas has installed two new Nilpeter FA-17 flexo presses. With the new investment, Grif plans to reach more competitive label markets in South America.

Grif operates a total of 15 flexo presses in São Paulo, Brazil. The first Nilpeter press, an MO-3300S, was acquired in 2008. This was followed by several FB-Lines, and now, two new FA-17 presses. In 2021, Grif celebrates 35 years in existence, with several activities planned to mark the occasion.  
 
Grif is looking to target the pressure-sensitive labels and aims to better service segments, where price plays a larger role with the new presses, while offering value-added products to market segments, where they are already represented.   
 
Francisco Paz, owner, Grif Rótulos e Etiquetas Adhesivas, said: ‘Having 10 colors with in-line process combinations such as cold foil, screen, and different types of laminations, will allow us to present more creative products to the market.   
 
‘Nilpeter provides outstanding support that gives us the operational security we need, which translates into confidence in our ability to print high-quality labels, at high speeds, with the least operational cost possible.’  
 
Built around the modern print operator, with an intuitive user interface and fully mobile print controls, the Nilpeter FA-Line provides stability, tight register tolerance and prints on multiple substrates including all normal self-adhesive materials such as flexible packaging films, polymer films, metallic films, and paper.   
 
The FA claims to feature Nilpeter’s lightweight, easy-load sleeves for reduced setup times, easy handling, increased production speeds, high printing quality, durability, and a lower cost per label.  
 
Grif has no doubt been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With caution, travel and import restrictions, the entire process of installation and production start-up was postponed for about six months. But with high levels of safety and process control, Grif has been able to participate in the fight against Covid-19 through the manufacturing of vaccine labels from Butantã.   
 
The pressure-sensitive market in Latin America continues to grow, year after year, with Grif focusing its activities to support sustainable and continuous growth.  
 
‘As soon as our production capacity reaches 50 percent, we will evaluate further investments. Our strategy is based on a “Just-In-Time” philosophy, working as closely as possible with our customers to secure short, on-demand delivery. This requires “free” production capacity, so if all goes to plan, we will be looking to add more equipment in the future,’ Paz concluded. 

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