Two HP Indigo digital presses have been installed in the UK this month. In a bid to meet the growing demand for label runs in the 1600 – 2000 linear metre range, label printer, Field Boxmore, has installed an HP Indigo press ws4500 at its Wrexham facility. The company, a part of the international Chesapeake Corporation, produces labels for pharmaceutical companies on paper and synthetic substrates.
“The new HP Indigo press will complement our conventional capability,” said Rick Smith, managing director, Chesapeake Labels. “We have an integrated MIS system that will enable our other sites in the UK to feed jobs to the HP Indigo press, streamlining production and optimising press up-time.”
Another London based printer, Baker Self-Adhesive Labels, has installed its second HP Indigo digital press – the ws4500 – in response to increased demand for variable data labels in the security market and its customers’ needs for short-run, on-demand labels.
“Our year-on-year turnover from August 2006 to August 2007 increased by 10 percent and digital printing was the largest contributor to this growth,” said Steve Baker, managing director, Baker Labels.
The company uses its HP Indigo digital presses for longer runs that involve complex barcoding. Steve Baker said: “We recently ran a 44,000 metre job that required consecutive barcoding and the only way we could complete the job in the given timeframe was on our digital presses. Another job ran to 15,000 metres and just wasn’t suited to conventional production. The register was so tight it would have been very difficult to achieve the required quality, and it involved 30 variants.”
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