Nuova Erreplast chooses BOBST as new flexo technology partner
The Nuova Erreplast team: Crescenzo Ottaiano, Converter Manager; Domenico Raccioppoli, CEO; Antonio Pannullo, Printer and Aniello Ruggero, Production Manager, with Alberto Vaglio Laurin, Zone Business Director Bobst Italia (left to right), in front of the BOBST EXPERT CI flexo press at Nuova Erreplast in Marcianise, Italy
Long-established Nuova Erreplast has installed a 10-color BOBST EXPERT CI flexo press as the Italian flexible packaging specialist looks to expand production capacity and increase productivity. This is a new partnership that reaffirms the market’s trust in BOBST as an innovation and technology pioneer.
The flexible packaging market is a fast-evolving sector with growth predicted to continue at a rate of 3.3% each year to 2024, according to the latest report from Smithers. New packaging formats and innovation in substrates dominate, with a gradual replacement of rigid packs taking place in favour of flexible packaging types. Reduction in material use, transportation costs and energy used throughout the supply chain are compelling benefits.
Nuova Erreplast is one the fastest growing converters of flexible packaging in southern Italy, with a more than ten-fold increase in turnover over the past decade. To continue this growth and enable further innovation, the company has now chosen to work with BOBST and invest in the best-in-class top-of-the-range EXPERT CI flexo press to support its vision of the future.
“After carefully considering our position and analysing market demands, we decided to partner with BOBST for our next major investment in printing technology,” said Nuova Erreplast’s CEO Domenico Raccioppoli. He added, “BOBST is well-known for its market-leading flexo technology and for reliability, and the EXPERT CI press has all the features in terms of productivity and process innovation that we need to meet upcoming challenges and enable us to expand.”
Easy manufacturing with sustainability benefits
The 10-color BOBST EXPERT CI press at Nuova Erreplast can process 1300 mm wide webs and offers a top production speed of 600 m/min. BOBST’s triLOCK bearing technology on the print decks enables faster operation and eliminates manual locking. This avoids process inconsistency and ensures perfect positioning for highest quality print and less waste.
Among the host of other innovative features, the press is also fitted with smartFLO inking and doctor blade chamber system for predictable and controlled results and smartGPS offline fully automatic registration and impression setting for minimum start up waste. The high-efficiency Full Surface Matrix (FSM) inter-color dryer uses lower temperatures thereby saving on energy and preventing issues with substrate stretching. The press is also fully prepared for oneECG seven-color Extended Color Gamut printing.
The very high degree of automation is complemented by the EXPERT CI’s connectivity features, which mean that the Nuova Erreplast team can access production data remotely with ease. It also enables predictive maintenance so parts can be replaced before they fail to avoid costly processing errors and downtime.
Faster delivery, shorter run lengths and more environmentally friendly substrates are some of the many demands faced by packaging suppliers in today’s market. Full cooperation and trust between converters and equipment manufacturers is needed to meet those challenges and develop the right solutions.
“We are very excited and proud to welcome Nuova Erreplast as a new customer to BOBST, and we look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation as we together push the limits of flexo in Italy and beyond,” said Danilo Vaskovic, Sales Director, Bobst Bielefeld. “The EXPERT CI press will help Nuova Erreplast maximise productivity through more automation, faster changeovers, less waste and full connectivity, and it will also increase their sustainability targets. It is simply a winning combination.”
“At BOBST we work hand in hand with our customers to facilitate their growth and keep them at the forefront of the market,” Alberto Vaglio Laurin, Zone Business Director Italy, Bobst Italia concluded.