Rob Fletcher speaks to Spanish companies, Grupo La Plana and Hinojosa who have both invested in EFI Nozomi C18000 presses.
Digital print giant EFI is set to enhance its presence in the Spanish packaging market after two companies based in the country opted to invest in its Nozomi C18000 single-pass, ultra-high-speed LED inkjet corrugated packaging press technology.
Grupo La Plana has installed one of the machines at its site in Onda, Castellón, while Hinojosa has taken on two of the devices.
Founded in 1973, Grupo La Plana is a family business group that produces corrugated and solid cardboard containers, and packaging for the Spanish national market.
The group opened its Onda factory in February – as part of a €25m (£21.3m) expansion strategy – and the EFI press will be the newest piece of kit at the facility.
Juan Ignacio Piquer, chief executive and managing director of the Grupo La Plana, said that the purchase of the EFI Nozomi C18000 is a natural development of the group’s aims to offer its customers “greater customisation of their products and flexibility to address consumption trends.”
“We are aware of the fact our product has been introduced into the distribution chain of our clients,” Piquer added in a statement.
“Consequently, we cannot only confine ourselves to its selling as mere providers, but we also try to provide a solution for new product and service needs. We are always ready to investigate and collaborate closely with customers.”
Meanwhile, Hinojosa’s decision to take on two Nozomi C18000 presses will grant the company one of the highest digital print capacities in market.
Part of Blue Box Partners, a pan-European alliance of corrugated packaging providers, Hinojosa has more than 70 years of experience in the market. The company operates a total of 12 production sites across Spain and the new presses will be split between two of these facilities.
Hinojosa has said that the purchase of two machines demonstrates its strategic commitment to providing customers flexibility and customised production. The company has also said the technology provides it with both the flexibility and ability to adapt and customise packaging solutions to suit the demands of its customers.
Measuring in at 1.8m wide, the Nozomi C18000 can print at speeds of up to 75 linear metre per minute, or 10,000 890 x 890mm per hour. The press works with six colours – CMYK, orange and purple – and also offers grayscale images that EFI said compete with offset and high-quality flexographic printing.
José Luis Ramón Moreno, vice-president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing, said in a statement: “The EFI Nozomi C18000 has proven to be a game changer for corrugated packaging companies like Hinojosa in terms of developing profitable new market applications.”
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by Rob Fletcher