AJS Labels head to Europe to look at the latest label printing technology

AJS Labels are looking to invest in a new conventional label printing machine. MD, Andrew Scrimgeour and members of the production team travelled to Europe last week to benchmark some of the latest presses.

Reflecting on the trip Andrew said, ‘If you thought label printing was complicated, you should see the complexities behind making the machines that print the labels!’

Nilpeter impress in Germany and Denmark

The team visited one of Germany’s largest and most successful label companies, Rako. The company uses flexo, letterpress, silkscreen, digital, offset and gravure printing processes across 45 label printing machines. Rako’s has an impressive array of modern equipment from leading label printing press manufacturers, in particular Nilpeter.

The AJS team then moved on to Denmark to meet the owner of Nilpeter, Lars Erickson. Andrew and Lars first met in the early 90’s when Andrew introduced Nilpeter into the Leeds-based label printer, Jarvis Porter. ‘Nilpeter have continued to make some outstanding investments in machine manufacturing making them one of the top five quality engineering manufacturers in Europe. That’s pretty impressive,’ said Andrew.

MPS set a very high standard

Next stop was Holland where AJS visited a number of label printing companies together with MPS. MPS produce unique printing presses aimed at the high end of the label, flexible packaging and carton board market. The company was founded in 1996 by both the co-Managing Directors of MPS: Mr. Bert van den Brink and Mr. Eric Hoendervangers. The founders reviewed all the label printing presses on the market & decided that there was space for a new machine that incorporated the best of existing technology, together with new innovation. In a short space of time MPS has grown from zero to become one of the leading machine manufacturers in the world. AJS were impressed by many of the features on their new servo-driven, flexo combination presses.

Wayne Hodder, AJS Printer commented, ‘It’s been a very informative few days and a great opportunity to see the latest label printing machines. Technology is definitely moving very fast and from my point of view, the speed of make-ready and ease of operation are most impressive. The skill of the operator might not play such a key role going forward.’ Wayne completed his 5 year apprentice at the London College of Print and has been a printer for nearly 33 years.

AJS continue the search for the best label printing press

The AJS team have now returned to base and are drawing comparisons between the offerings.
The trip has helped us to move on a stage in terms of our decision-making,’ said Operations Director, Phil Smith. ‘We are now in a position to score prospective suppliers across 14 categories including competitiveness, quality of machine build, innovation and after-sales service. The hunt goes on!’


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