Smurfit Kappa – Installation of EFI inkjet corrugated packaging press

IRELAND • The producer of paper-based packaging is to install Electronics For Imaging’s (EFI) single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press at one of its plants in Iberia.

Smurfit Kappa will install an EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated packaging press later this month with the aim to deliver high-quality print production in larger volumes. The company’s plant manufactures boxes and trays, including ready-to-sell packaging that requires higher-quality, full-colour imaging. The partnership with EFI will reportedly allow the company to establish more effective processes and deliver ready-to-sell, high-quality print packaging.

 The 71” (1800 mm) in-wide Nozomi press, which adds to the existing three digital printers operating at Smurfit Kappa’s plants in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, has high-end grayscale imaging capabilities and running speeds up to 246 linear feet per minute. Using the press, Smurfit can provide short-run, medium-run and complex versioned jobs.

The Spain plant currently undertakes six-colour analogue printing on single-channel B, C, E and double-channel B/C and C/E board. With an ability to run the same grades of a single and double-channel board, the Nozomi press prints in six colours and white. The company also noted that the press helps overcome the challenges presented by digital corrugated board production. The Nozomi press also improves production speeds of up to 10,000, 35”×35” (890×890 mm) boards per hour two-up.

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