DS Smith Iberia’s EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus six-colour single pass-LED inkjet prints up to 75 linear metres (246 linear feet) per minute, producing up to 10,000 boards 88.9 x 88.9cm (35 x 35 inch) per hour two-up. Its single-pass, piezo inkjet imaging system delivers accurate, high-fidelity colour, including consistent reproduction on solid areas. It was chosen for its packaging capabilities.
It was installed in the company’s facility in Lisbon, Portugal. The new printer will allow DS Smith to further expand its offering to customers with more designs and possibilities. ‘The EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus completes the wide range of current products that DS Smith Iberia offers,’ said Jorge Requejo, DS Smith Iberia Managing Director. ‘This solution will help our clients to promote their brand, personalise packaging and messaging, adapt to the seasonality of their demand, and gain in reaction capacity and impact specific promotions – with photographic printing quality and in batches adapted to what their end customer demands.
‘We needed to have a more flexible and agile solution,’ he added. ‘We thus turned to EFI and the Nozomi press as they are the ideal partner not only because of their know-how in digital printing, but also because of their valuable contribution, in particular, for the corrugated cardboard packaging industry.’
With this new investment, DS Smith Iberia will be able to reach markets faster with easily achievable high-quality imaging. ‘The productivity of the Nozomi enables a reduction in time to market,’ said Requejo. ‘With the press, we will enjoy the quality of printing that achieves a solution equivalent to offset printing technology without the need for litho lamination. In addition, variable printing is another inalienable competitive advantage to digital printing.’
DS Smith is a provider of sustainable packaging solutions, paper products and recycling services worldwide with over 80 years of history and expertise. ‘We are excited to have DS Smith Iberia as one of our partners in paving our way to digital leadership in the corrugated market,’ said EFI Building Materials and Packaging Vice President and General Manager Evandro Matteucci. ‘Both DS Smith and EFI share the same customer-centric values and, together, we will ensure that our customers have the right solutions for success and growth.’
The advanced direct-to-board LED UV inkjet printer includes a new transport feed and patented vacuum table systems that eliminate warping while maximising printer productivity and uptime. The Nozomi C18000 Plus also features an improved post-print quality inspection system to help users monitor quality and quickly identify inkjet nozzle issues or other defects. DS Smith Iberia’s new printer has a six colour configuration (CMYK, orange and violet) for superior-quality and expanded-gamut imaging with matte, satin or glossy finishes.