Durham Box will become the first UK company to install Efi's Nozomi inkjet press to produce corrugated packaging at its Bishops Aukland factory over the summer.
This is the second in the UK following that at Delta Display which is geared towards corrugated displays. The intention is to be the Nozomi running as the heart of a new digital print unit which will open in July.
As well as the Nozomi 18000, Durham Box runs a Wonderjet single pass inkjet printer and four flexo machines for corrugated board packaging. The Nozomi runs a UV cured ink while the Chinese made printer, installed earlier this year, runs an aqueous ink giving the company access to the two technologies and a choice of which technology is most appropriate to use.
In all the £12.5 million turnover privately owned business is spending £3 million on the expansion into digital printing. It will convert a unit adjacent to its current factory for as the digital set up. There is space on site for future expansion if needed.
The company has a customer base of around 500 spread across food, drink, medical and industrial. It specialises in shelf ready packaging, protective packaging and promotional packaging. It is the latter area that will gain most from the capabilities of the inkjet press.
Effective runs on the Nozomi will be from 50 sheets while flexo kicks in at 200-20,000 sheets. The Nozomi runs at 75m/min printing four colours on twin lanes of board. Image quality says Durham joint managing director Dan Morris will be better on the Nozomi than its first inkjet press.
The image quality, running speed and ease of changing between prints is hugely attractive,” says Morris. “We regularly get asked to print jobs that are too challenging for our own flexo capabilities and as a consequence we need to manipulate the artwork which is time consuming and ultimately leads to a simplified image – and that can be frustrating to the customer.
“The wide range of print finishes is a great feature from the Nozomi, as it has the ability to produce print that has similar qualities to flexo - only better - with high gloss photo-quality print. With this investment we are confident we can operate in several markets with a single machine.”
The business currently employs 75, a figure set to rise as the digital capability stokes growth for the business. Along with the press Durham Box has invested in the Efi Corrugated Packaging MIS suite.
By Gareth Ward
Durham Box is the first UK packaging specialist to invest in the the Efi Nozomi single pass inkjet press for corrugated boxes. The company is pending £3 million on its digital move.