The Royal Group – one of the largest independent corrugated box and display manufacturers in the United States – recently invested in a new Delta SPC 130 Automatic single-pass press from Koenig & Bauer Durst.
The six-colour Delta SPC 130 Automatic press – which is also available in Australia – was installed at The Royal Group’s mid-Atlantic packaging site near Philadelphia recently and gives customers the flexibility to print unique versions of high-quality graphics for brands and brand extensions, allowing for mass customisation at a large scale.
The Royal Group specialises in industrial packaging, brown box shipping containers, plus high-end packaging, ecommerce, in-store displays and shelf-ready packaging. It serves a diverse range of customers including retail, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, health and beauty, agriculture, tech and home goods.
The Delta SPC 130 Automatic press uses sustainable food grade certified water-based ink technology for the food, retail packaging and display industry. Being a single-pass press it cuts lead times and provides excellent quality, equivalent to flexo and offset production, Koenig & Bauer Durst says.
It also comes with an expanded colour gamut with orange and purple added to the CMYK wheel which means it can achieve more than 90 per cent of the 3,000-plus Pantone colours, including spot coloration for specific brands.
“As both a producer and a converter of corrugated packaging, The Royal Group has made significant investments to acquire the best machinery available in the industry,” said TRG’s Chief Executive Officer Bob McIlvaine.
“The investment in the Delta SPC 130 for our Mid-Atlantic site underpins our commitment to process improvement. It will enable us to provide highly automated, world-class printing capabilities at speed while remaining as flexible as possible for our clients as we continue to grow our business. Digital packaging is the future — and we aim to satisfy our customers and meet their needs with innovative solutions.”
Koenig & Bauer Durst managing director Robert Stabler said:
“Successful companies such as TRG embrace trends and offer high-impact solutions for their customers. Brand owners want shorter lead times, sustainable manufacturing practices and products that stand out. The Delta SPC 130 Automatic meets all those needs while providing customers with the latest, most reliable and cost effective production method available. We’re happy to deliver a solution that gives both TRG and its customers the capability and competency to mass customize without compromising quality.”
Durst Oceania managing director Matt Ashman confirmed the press is available locally.
Ashman said a key feature is that it uses Durst WT ink technology, a unique water based ink with no odour, no nasty chemicals and is food safe without having an over laminator or barrier. The press is suitable for primary packaging on any paper based media.
The ink used is the same already in place in Durst’s mid range packaging machine for corrugated printing, the P5 250 WT.
“This technology is the future. It replaces such processes as litho-lam, where paper is printed on a litho press and then laminated onto corrugated. With this technology, the corrugated board can be printed directly, cutting out a process. The print quality also exceeds high quality litho,” Ashman told Sprinter.
Koenig & Bauer and Durst, both world leaders in the manufacture of industrial printing machinery, signed a joint venture in 2019 to tap into the potential of digital production in the packaging industry.
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