According to Jan Willem Nota, technical sales manager at Contiweb, packaging converters continue to face several key challenges, namely an ever-present squeezing of profit margins at the hands of short run lengths, together with environmental legislation aimed at reducing their carbon footprint.
The Contiweb Thallo is a hybrid web offset printing system that exceeds international standards in sustainable production of film, foil, paper and board-based label, packaging and security print applications. It has been developed to meet mounting global interest in web offset printing for flexible packaging.
‘Web offset printing provides a viable solution to overcome these pain points,’ Nota explained. ‘With the capability to set-up a new job within minutes, the Contiweb Thallo dramatically slashes time-consuming changeovers and is engineered to produce short runs quickly and profitably. Beyond this, the solvent-free inks ensure that the print provider’s carbon footprint is kept to a minimum.’
The press will ensure potential customers can conduct tests and trials to asses the speed and quality of the Thallo first-hand. Comprising seven UV offset units and one flexo unit for solvent or water-based and UV inks, the demo system will be the first of its kind to be manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Boxmeer, the Netherlands.
‘We want to ensure that prospects can conduct their own tests or trial runs to assess the speed and print quality achievable with the Thallo,’ added Nota. ‘We are confident that they will appreciate the multitude of business benefits, not least of which is the ability to increase throughput and exceed customer expectations with shorter job turnaround times.’