Florida, USA based converter Catapult Print & Packaging has added three new Nilpeter FA-17 9-color presses. The first press was installed in January, another is due in May, and a third is scheduled for July.
Orlando headquartered company now houses seven Nilpeter FA-Lines installed since 2018. The three new FA-17 are all 9-color presses, like the previous four, continuing the strategy of ‘any job, anywhere, on any press’.
Ambitious expansion plans are already in motion for the Florida-based company. A new, modern 100,000sqft facility is going up next door, built around Catapult’s employees with in-house coffee and panini bars and room for new Nilpeter presses, both in 17in web widths, but also venturing into 26in.
Mark Cook, CEO, Catapult Print & Packaging, said: ‘I call our press pool Southwest Airlines – they’re all the same, for maximum familiarity and production flexibility. We can print any job, anywhere, on any press. And the technology of the Nilpeter presses allows us to do that – the quality is immense, and they’re very easy to train on, simplifying the process for our 66 employees, of which only two had previously worked as print operators.’
Catapult Print & Packaging specializes in pressure sensitive labels, linerless labels, and to a slightly smaller degree, narrow-web film. The company provides its products in the food, household and beverage segments.
Using its Bellissima digitally-modulated process, Catapult can screen at 350 lines per inch compared to most flexo printers when printing pressure-sensitive, wraparound, and roll stock for flexible packaging. It claims to be one of only two printers in the U.S. producing linerless labels.
‘When we set up the business that was our model – we needed the latest technology to ensure, that strategically, if anything changed, we were agile, and could react quickly, while not compromising or losing our ability to compete on price, lead times, and quality. And with everything that’s gone on these past few years, and in the current climate, that has been paramount – still being able to quote next-day-delivery, always focusing on our customers’ needs. The Nilpeter presses play a huge part in that,’ Cook added.
“We, at Nilpeter, are both delighted and proud to work with Catapult. They think and do things differently, with a customer-led approach driven by our technology, focused on making a difference in terms of sustainability, employee satisfaction, and of course, product quality. That’s right up our ally, and we couldn’t be happier to continue this journey with them,” says Lenny DeGirolmo, President & Managing Director, Nilpeter USA.
The FA-Line offers intuitive user interface, fully mobile print controls, value-adding units, application and automation packages, according to application needs and budget. Future customizations are often done with a press of a button. All main components are produced in-house at Nilpeter in Denmark and the US.