The Ebersdorf site, in central Germany, is the central hub of Schumacher Packaging GmbH, which has 13 sites across Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
“We are very excited about the possibilities this Bobst press offers for opening up new market areas to us,” Björn Schumacher, managing director of Schumacher Packaging GmbH, said. “Being a beta site for this digital solution gets us in on the ground floor of this revolutionary technology.”
Designed and built in Switzerland, the Bobst digital printing press for corrugated board prints images, graphics, codes and text, which can vary from sheet to sheet. Production speeds can reach 200 meters per minute, with a maximum sheet width of 1.3 meters.
Applications include serialization, personalized packs, versioned packaging, customized corrugated products, and medium to short-runs of conventional boxes and displays. Incorporating Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology, the BOBST press delivers four-color digital print directly onto corrugated board and print run lengths can be from a single sheet to several thousand.
“The print technology choices that corrugated packaging manufacturers have had available to them, up until now, have determined the markets they can serve,” noted Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group. “Our new solution changes all this because one printing press can open up a huge range of markets, from long runs of boxes featuring variable data to very short runs of bespoke packs and displays, as well giving access to a large number of mid-volume opportunities. And all this is delivered at high speed, with close to offset quality. It means that corrugated packaging manufacturers will be able to enter all sorts of existing and new markets.”
The Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology uses water-based inks, which are food compliant, compatible with a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates and more environmentally friendly.