Actega rolls out Signite

Back in October 2021 I wrote about a way of applying labels without the actual labelling called Signite that had been developed by Actega. Now Actega has teamed up with Makro Labelling to help further develop the Signite technology.

Just to recap, Signite requires a two-step process. First the labels are printed to a carrier film and then the labels are applied to the final bottles or containers. This second stage requires modified applicator machines based on traditional pressure sensitive labellers. Actega itself had developed low-speed applicators suitable for markets such as craft spirits, wines and craft beer but this was only to get the project started because the company does not want to start selling hardware.

Any widescale roll-out of the system will mean being able to build these applicators in reasonable numbers, as well as being able to service and otherwise support them in the market. So to that end Actega looked looked for an OEM partner to design, manufacture and supply low and medium-speed rotary style labelling machines.

Makro Labelling is based in Goito in Italy. The company makes modular labelling machines. Makro’s machines can label up to five items per bottle in cold glue, hot glue, self-adhesive, and combination versions.For Signite it will start with models that have application speeds in the 100-400 containers per minute range.

Makro was recently acquired by the Sidel Group, based in Mantova, Italy, which makes high speed labelling and packaging machines.

Simone Marcantoni, Managing Director at Makro Labelling, commented: “Makro Labelling has a significant track record as a forward-looking, innovative and highly customer-focused company. It is not surprising then that we identified Signite as a potentially transformative labelling solution that provides brand owners with a means to really meet their sustainability goals.”

He added: “We are pleased to align with Actega to expand access to the technology through our labelling machine platforms and market presence. The current targets for applicators are in the historical sweet spot for Makro. Additionally, with our recent acquisition by Sidel Group, it is exciting to see where Signite can go next.”

Grant Schutte, Vice President for Signite, said: “From the initial introduction to our current agreement, our relationship with Makro has developed in a highly engaging, dynamic and pragmatic way. We are looking forward to having the initial medium speed rotary style Signite applicators available for introduction to early adopter brand owners later this year and could not be more pleased to be aligned with Makro Labelling in doing this.”

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