One of the leading Dutch label printing companies, Labelplus, has invested in a Xeikon 3500REX digital press for its newly-established subsidiary specializing in folding cartons, Kartonplus.
Kartonplus, which has been fully operational since March 2021, already operates two Xeikon CX30 digital presses at the parent company Labelplus. Driven by Xeikon’s X-800 digital front end, the Xeikon 3500 folding carton packaging press is designed for versatility and productivity. Operators have full flexibility from this dry toner press, printing with an extended color gamut on a wide range of board types up to B2.
Both Labelplus and Kartonplus operate as separate businesses but are housed in the same building. Father Bertjan Lempsink runs Labelplus and his sons, Tom and Bas Lempsink, run Kartonplus.
‘We have seen continual business growth since we moved to Xeikon as our digital supplier,’ commented Bertjan Lempsink. ‘Digital printing fits perfectly with our business model. When we saw the rising demand for folding cartons, we set up Kartonplus. Now we can refer our Labelplus customers to Kartonplus. We also have large warehouse facilities stocked with an extensive range of paper, board and label materials. The Xeikon 3500 digital press is already running at full speed at Kartonplus and with an image resolution of 1,200 DPI, the quality of the product is unparalleled. It is no problem at all for us to deliver complex orders with a fast turnaround. We can print one million different bar codes in one run with this press.’
The Lempsink family sees digital production as a sustainable option. By ordering precisely what is needed and its customers can reduce their costs. Kartonplus has also made several sustainable choices in its manufacturing operation. For example, the printed material being used on the Xeikon 3500 5-color digital press is coated with a water-based dispersion varnish.
‘This solution is more environmentally friendly than a UV-dried coating,’ said Bas Lempsink. ‘In addition, our customers can opt for matt or gloss coating and spot colors can also be added, in addition to CMYK.’
Kartonplus produces boxes with various closures, including auto-lock with flap and lid, euro pendant with flap closure and a sprinter or lock box. Other products such as letterbox boxes, sleeves, hangtags, blister cards and candy boxes are also available. Kartonplus distinguishes itself from its competitors by using a high-quality board in weights of 220, 260, 280, and 300 grams and a special frozen product weight of 510 mµ, which translates into a grammage of 305 grams.
According to Bas Lempsink, the great advantage of having both companies under one roof is that their customers can place orders for labels and boxes in one go and the combined order can also be delivered at the same time, in the same shipment.
‘As a company, we are constantly reviewing and improving our equipment to ensure customer satisfaction. The installation of the Xeikon 3500 at Kartonplus means we can offer a fast response and the highest quality products,’ concluded Bas Lempsink.