Imec installs first Evolution flexo in Ireland

Imec Media has become the first converter in Ireland to invest in a Mark Andy Evolution flexo press. 

Imec has installed this 8-colour 430mm Mark Andy Evolution flexo press. From left, Production Manager James Williams with Production Supervisor John Scully.

Imec started off with two six colour Comco presses, both 254mm wide. Mark Andy acquired Comco in 2001 and took over the support of the installed Comco presses, including those at Imec. So when Imec went shopping for a new press in 2018 the company started with Mark Andy, taking a look at the Evolution when it was launched at last year’s Label Expo.

The Evolution is an 8-colour flexo line with a 431mm web width and a running speed of 230m/min. It’s fitted with servo control and automatic register that’s accurate enough for second pass printing. Its also configured with lamination and cold foil facilities as well as delam/relam for reverse side printing,

James Williams, production manager for Imec, explained: “It’s wider, quicker to make ready and change over, and runs faster across an extended range of substrates in perfect register – what’s not to like? The unwind and rewind capability allows us to use larger rolls with less downtime and waste during changeovers and we decided to add chilled impression cylinders and a chiller to allow us to convert unsupported films. This opens up the bottle wrap and sleeve markets for us, which are growing fast right now.”

The press was installed in the Spring of this year and has helped Imec win new work from the beverage and other sectors. The press has also helped the company cope with growth in demand from its traditional pharma and food industries brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Consequently Imec is looking to add a second Evolution flexo line and is also planning to replace its existing digital capacity with the latest Mark Andy Digital Pro 3 toner-based technology for high-quality short run work. 

Imec Media was set up in 1999 by Simon Burke, operating out of a small unit in Bray, County Wicklow. Today the company is based in a modern 6,000sq/ft facility in Rathcoole, near Dublin and has annual sales of €2.5m. Burke explained: “We started by building a customer base in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors that were booming at the time and moved into food labels when the production equipment was enhanced to allow us to serve that sector more efficiently. Now we have an extensive portfolio of customers in pharma, medical, food manufacturing and service, and general retail.”

You can find further details of the Evolution at markandy.com.


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