After initial trials in late 2019, Sten Sarap, owner of label converter Estonia-based LabelPrint OÜ, committed to be the beta test site for the new Durst Tau RSCi label press. This was postponed for three months due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Durst has now announced the official start of beta testing of the label press at LabelPrint OÜ. The new single-pass UV inkjet label press, which was announced at Labelexpo Brussels last year, was installed at its headquarters in Tallinn during July 2020.
LabelPrint OÜ has been a Durst Tau 330 customer for five years. They actively developed digital print services to their client base and a trusting relationship has been built between Durst and LabelPrint OÜ. Therefore it was a logical step that Durst approached LabelPrint OÜ as the first-choice beta test candidate.
The new Tau RSCi features print widths of 330, 420 or 508mm (13, 16.5 or 20 inches) and a higher printing speed of up to 100 linear m/min. New features for the RSC portfolio include a high opacity white print mode for an increased screen-like opacity and a high speed white mode that allows high speed printing at 80 linear m/min of all colours, including white.
‘This new press will mainly be used to transfer longer run flexo jobs onto a digital platform,’ said Sarap. ‘It is too early to make big statements. However, we are very confident that this new press with its revolutionary print quality and high printing speed will help us to reduce production cost and improve lead times. And thanks to its amazing print quality, it will help to innovate our business and make us more competitive.’
He added, ‘As a company that provides high quality sticker and print labels, the new press will be crucial in our mission to offer the shortest possible deadlines and competitive prices to meet customers’ individual requirements and needs.’
LabelPrint OÜs customer base includes beverage manufacturers, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as sectors. Formed almost 20 years ago, the company also has a sales office and warehouse at Tartu in the south of Estonia.
Helmuth Munter, Durst’s Segment Manager, Labels and Flexible Packaging said, ‘We’re delighted to announce LabelPrint OÜ as the beta test site and wish them ongoing success. Labels continues to be a significant growth business for Durst, not least because increasing numbers of converters are recognising the benefits of transferring more volume from flexo to our digital platform. The introduction of the Tau RSCi has generated a large amount of interest in the marketplace since it was launched in September.’
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