August Faller GmbH & Co. KG, Waldkirch, Germany, has decided to counter this trend by placing an advance order for the Primefire 106 digital printing system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) in order to obtain one of the first machines worldwide in 2018.
“We specialize in the production of secondary packaging for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, and see ourselves as a supply chain partner to our customers,” explained managing partner Dr. Michael Faller. “The diversity of the Primefire technology will create new opportunities in packaging production, which is increasingly moving towards customization, serialization, and digitization.”
The products produced by the August Faller Group – folding cartons, package inserts, and adhesive labels as well as combination products and packaging services – call for high availability and flexibility as well as top quality and zero defect production.
“With the Primefire, we can guarantee the very high safety standards of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, even for short runs and variable data,” said Peter Ganter, director of the PharmaServiceCenter Folding Cartons in Waldkirch. “As a specialist in offset printing, high print image quality is also crucial for us. Our print tests on the Primefire showed coverage of 95% of the Pantone color space.”
The technology of the Primefire has further important benefits for Faller as a sustainable company: the water-based inkjet ink is recyclable, making the cardboard folding cartons even more environmentally friendly.
August Faller GmbH & Co. KG has a decades-long partnership with Heidelberg. It currently uses 10 Heidelberg sheetfed presses in 50 x 70 cm format at its sites in Waldkirch and Lodz in Poland.
The Primefire 106 was presented at drupa 2016 and is the first industrial digital printing system in B1 format. The first field test was recently started, and a further one is due to start at the end of the year. Heidelberg is on schedule with the market launch, with demand from customers already outstripping production capacity.