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Europe’s first P3 press goes live at Label Tec

Label Tec Scotland has invested in an 8-colour, 10 inch Mark Andy P3 flexo press – the first of its type to be installed in Europe. The P3 is the latest addition to Mark Andy’s award winning Performance Series, of which more than 165 have now been sold worldwide.

Label Tec director Paul Dunne says: “Having purchased two Mark Andy presses previously, I had confidence in the company, and having seen the P3 in action, its ease of operation and value for money, made it a clear winner. It gives smaller companies the best opportunity to compete on added-value jobs from 500m upwards.”

The Performance series is upgradeable and Dunne says this was a key issue in choosing the P3, which is the company’s largest single investment to date. “We can retrofit screen and rotary foiling units in the future to suit changes in market demand. This will allow us to provide highly embellished labels in large or small quantities to our ever demanding customers. Most of our output here is a combination of printing and finishing techniques, so the ability to be able to do this inline in one pass will be invaluable.”

Substrates run at Label Tec include standard 80g/m² paper stocks, semi-rigid tag material, filmic materials and metallised stock. The Mark Andy press can also handle light board up to 325g/m².

“This press brings hope to the smaller label converter, and offers a real alternative to digital,” Dunne concludes.

Fitted with register cameras, web guides and web cleaners, the P3 is now working in single-shift operation at the production facility in Airdrie. Estimated to add around 30% to the company’s capacity in its first full year, it has prompted Label Tec to increase its factory floorspace by 2,000ft.

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