Geostick will use its new MPS press for large volumes of self-adhesive labels and Clever Labels & Flexibles for the printing of flexible packaging. However both presses, that are expected to be in full production in early 2017, will be interchangeable to accommodate demand and variety of required printing jobs within the two companies.
For Geostick, the preference of a packaging press over a traditional flexo press was primarily for the versatility of a 570-mm-wide machine. A bespoke crossover and de-lam/re-lam unit will also be integrated on the press to print multilayer labels on the full 570-mm width. Initially founded in 1990, Clever Labels & Flexibles became part of the Geostick Group in 2014, bringing expertise in printing flexible packaging. Their new EXL-packaging press is a second MPS press for Clever, and will replace an older MPS EP flexo press.
The MPS EXL-Packaging press provides extremely fast change-over times and remarkably short set-up waste. With optimal and productive printing and converting, the EXL Packaging press can be equipped with UV, hot-air and LED drying technology, allowing users to print on a large variety of substrates including thin film, paper, carton board, shrink sleeves, in-mould, lamitube and flexible packaging.
Cees Schouten, technical dir.-Geostick Group, explains the choice for MPS. “Over the years, we’ve had very positive experience with MPS as a supplier of printing presses. We were looking for two new interchangeable presses to provide extra workflow capacity and accommodate increased print runs and variety of substrates. These two new MPS EXL-packaging presses perfectly fit the growth of our group, with MPS alongside as a reliable partner," he says.