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Hungarian converter expands capabilities with new Mark Andy press

December 28, 2009

A change from water-based to UV flexo printing heps the company tap into new markets.

Changing needs resulted in a recent Mark Andy 2200 press installation at Gocsej Nyomda, a growing label converter in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. The decision to acquire the press was made within a week after a demonstration at Mark Andy's European showroom near Basel, Switzerland.

"We needed to transition from water-based to UV inks to achieve the quality our customers were demanding," says Gocsej Managing Director Gyorffy Zoltan, referring to the company's traditional markets of meat producers and beverage manufacturers. "We find the 13” web width useful because it allows us to tap into new markets that were previously outside the scope of our old 10” press."

The new Mark Andy 2200 is equipped with eight UV flexo print units, delam/relam, web turn bars, cold foil, automatic register, hot air drying, a sheeter and conveyor.

Founded as an offset printing house, Gocsej currently has four multi-color SRA2 presses, and is looking to move to B2 format. Currently, about 40 percent of Gocsej's output is produced on the Mark Andy for customers across Hungary and beyond. One international customer recently committed to transferring its entire print requirements to Gocsej from the seven individual printers it now uses.

With a staff of 40, the print shop has seven people working in the flexo department, generating an annual turnover of €1.5 million ($2.25 million).