APE Étiquettes, a French converter that specializes in multi-layer labels, opened its second facility in September 2012. As a result of this opening, the company has acquired its fourth Nilpeter press.
The flexo press is capable of printing three-layer labels with prints on five pages in one pass. The eleven-color printing press features two independent unwind units, web turn bar, de- and re-lamination equipment in various configurations, three die-cutting units, and a non-stop waste removal, to name a few of the innovative value-adding features. With this press, the printer benefits from an ergonomic design, quick setup and automatic pressure setting of both anilox and printing sleeves. This press is configured with the aim of being capable of making intricate coupons in a number of ways with different features and embellishments.
The FA-4, with a maximum production speed of 175 m/min., prints triple-layer labels at a speed of 100-110 m/min.. It is also capable of printing front and back on substrates such as film and light cardboard. This FA-4 is not the first in APE Étiquettes’s production facilities. The first, a nine-color FA-4, was installed in 2006, and since then they have added two eight-color FA-4s.
“APE Étiquettes has once again chosen a Nilpeter press because of the value-adding features and, not least, local service”, says Christian Poirault, CEO of APE Étiquettes. He adds, “This 11-color press is the only one of its kind in France. We like to stay ahead, and we are very proud of it. This particular flexo press gives us premium quality labels with a minimum of waste and high production speeds."