Colourscan, a specialist supplier to the brewing industry in Burton on Trent, has installed a Durst Tau 330 RSC E inkjet label press mid way through lockdown.
The press arrived at the point that the company was experiencing a boost in demand for labels. Brewers who have lost public house output for their products had redirected output from kegs to bottles and cans to meet soaring demand from supermarkets and off premises sales.
“We have bought the machine at the right time,” says managing director, and owner of the company, Keith Forster. “Obviously our business took a hit during lockdown, but our label printing business actually increased during this period. We certainly see a huge scope for expansion in the labels side of our business.”
The company has previously installed a brace of EFI Jetrion inkjet label presses, the first in 2012, to handle digital label printing. These remain in place, but production is shifting to the Durst press.
The company needed to match the ability to print white and metallics that are used extensively in the sector. “We were always planning to upgrade our machines before the coronavirus pandemic because technology moves on. We did due diligence with seven suppliers involving substantial amounts of research and testing. Durst came out unequivocally as the best production printer with both high productivity and excellent print quality.”
At 1200dpi, this is a big step on from the Jetrions in resolution and in throughput speed, so delivering the potential for capacity growth at the business. “This means our operating costs have been reduced significantly plus the machine also allows considerable ink consumption savings per linear metre. It’s also important to have the right workflow – and that was another reason to choose Durst,” says Forster.
As well as labels, the business delivers pump clips and keg badges used in pubs. As well as metallised papers and silver polypropylene, the company will print labels on clear, matt, gloss and PET liners as well as standard paper products. It will print on clear polypropylene to achieve a printed on effect for metallic cans.
Colourscan also prints for food providers, provides safety information and activity packs.