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  • 28 Oct 2015

GM Graphix buys third MPS and first flexo press in South Africa with UV LED

Pictured (from left): Alan Town from Paragon Inks, Henri Massyn from GM Graphix and Arnaud Fleuren from MPS at the new EF 340

GM Graphix has ordered a 6-color MPS EF 340 multi-substrate flexo press featuring UV LED drying, making it the first press in South Africa to use this type of curing.

GM Graphix is a South African flexo printer specializing in fast-moving consumer goods and pharmaceutical applications, and produces various printing products such as self-adhesive labels, sachets, shrink sleeves and wrap-around labels. The company has been an MPS customer for many years, and bought the very first MPS press sold in South Africa.  

The new MPS EF 340 press will be used to expand GM Graphix’s printing capacity, especially in shorter print runs. The sale was handled by MPS’s local representative Rotocon.

GM Graphix has specified UV LED, to be supplied by Phoseon, in order to meet the growing demand in South Africa for lower cost and security of energy supply. Phoseon UV LED technology offers energy savings of up to 50 percent and more, it is claimed, as well as having instant on/off capability to deal with power outages and fluctuations. Paragon Inks was also involved with the sale through its collaboration with Phoseon for the development of UV LED ink.

Peter Massyn, the owner of GM Graphix, is ‘grateful’ for the cooperation between MPS, Phoseon and Paragon Inks, and that they are able to provide an, ‘effective solution for the energy supply challenges we are facing in South Africa’.

‘With this leading LED curing solution in our new MPS press, we will increase our productivity while saving a considerable amount of cost and energy.’

A further consideration for this project was to ensure that GM Graphix’s optimization and minimization systems within its facility were able to continue. This was achieved by ensuring the color pallets and over ink performance equalled that of the current medium pressure mercury curing systems in use.

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