Durham Box adds white ink to Nozomi

Durham Box, a corrugated packaging firm based near Durham in the north of England, has become the first UK company to add white ink to an EFI Nozomi.

Packaging firm Durham Box has installed an EFI Nozomi C1800 at its facility in north England

The company bought its Nozomi C18000 back in March last year, installing the machine in May 2019 the first UK packaging printer to invest in a Nozomi. This was part of a £3m investment that also included expanding its factory to set up a dedicated digital facility. 

Andy Smith, business development director for Durham Box, explained: “Since purchasing the Nozomi last year, the immediate focus was to enhance our packaging offering to existing and potential new clients, offering a fast turnaround, high quality digital solution, especially for customers in e-commerce and display”.

He says that this led to significant growth and the company now wants to build on this. He continued: ““Our customers’ success is very important to us and we wanted to offer them the best technology on the market,” he added. “Getting noticed is critical in the competitive world of retail, and thus, printing a white ink base really enhances the brand identity. White on craft board FSDUs certainly delivers that ‘wow’ factor. And now, this is something we can deliver to our customers.”

EFI says that around a third of its Nozomi customers are using the white ink option. The white ink extends the colour gamut and will give Durham Box the ability to accurately represent its clients’ brand colours on brown kraft board. The white ink also allows for accurate printing of photographic images, including vivid designs, while maintaining the eco-friendly look of the brown board surface. Used as a base under colour designs the white ink can give the CMYK inks a more glossy appearance on uncoated boards.

These benefits should allow the company to print a broader range of high-end packaging, point-of-sale (POS) display graphics and free-standing display unit (FSDU) designs. Smith added: “This will allow Durham Box to work with some major brands creating that total display and packaging solution. Of course, being the first in the U.K. to offer white ink confirms Durham Box’s intention to be a major provider of 3D/POS/display and packaging across all market sectors.”

The Nozomi is a single-pass inkjet printer capable of printing up to 75 linear metres per minute. It can produce up to 10,000 890x890mm boards per hour two-up. Its low-odour, UV LED inks are Greenguard certified, contain no hazardous volatile organic compounds and do not require vapour recovery. 

Durham Box is a family run business that was set up in 1989. It operates out of a 120,000 sqm site on an industrial estate in St Helen Auckland, County Durham. The company employs 85 staff and produces over 40 million products per year, ranging from consumer and retail packaging to point of sale and industrial packaging. As well as the Nozomi, Durham Box also runs four flexo production lines. 

You can find more details on Durham Box here and on the EFI Nozomi here.


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