Sun Chemical Signs Collaboration Agreement with HP Indigo
As the foremost global player in the package printing markets, Sun Chemical’s work with HP Indigo, an instrumental player in the digital transformation of package printing, will lead to the development of a comprehensive range of digital coatings to support brand owners, converters and printers alike, including, overprint varnishes, and adhesives tailored to complement digital solutions.“Digital printing in the packaging market offers brand owners a wide range of differentiation possibilities, making packaging more meaningful and an instrumental means of communication with customers,” said Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Chemical. “Printers and converters have already invested in digital presses and need specialist coatings and varnishes that would enable packaging applications to be printed digitally according to market requirements and standards. Sun Chemical brings a wealth of experience, insight and knowledge of the packaging industry and will work closely with HP Indigo to ensure the optimal performance of the digital coatings solutions.”
Symposium invests in Komori
Welsh commercial printer Symposium Design & Print has taken a 10-colour Komori Lithrone LS29 perfector in a bid to reduce lead times.
The 20-staff outfit installed the machine today (5 June) and took out a 2014-installed six-colour LS28, which had given it “good service”, according to Symposium managing director Andrew Studley. The new Lithrone joins a second LS29, a five-colour.
Studley said: “It was getting to the point that for our five and six colour machines, a lot of the work we were doing was ideal for perfecting and then there were some jobs where we weren’t keen enough on price. We were being asked to quote and couldn’t do jobs for that price.
“We can do four-plus special jobs with the 10-colour and it hasn’t got to stay in perfector mode all the time. It’s something where we want to say, ‘Well that gives us the edge to be able to dip into the B1 market.’ Work is still hard enough to get but for some of the lead times we have been asked for it will give us the edge.”
Studley also highlighted the machine’s added automation, with its autoplate loading, chilled rollers, autoblanket cylinder wash and colour control management system, as plus points. The colour control system scans every 500 sheets and adds necessary colour correction if required.
The machine runs at a maximum speed of 16,000sph, taking a maximum sheet size of 530mmx750mm. It runs double CMYK plus front and back seal.
Symposium produces a range of commercial work, including long-run mailers, magazines, flyers and brochures. It is the approved printer for the Welsh Conservative Party and is based in Llandow, just outside Cardiff.
Along with the two Komoris, the £1.8m-turnover outfit also runs finishing kit, which includes two Duplo stitching lines installed at the end of last year.