The Spanish Losán Group, a large manufacturer of wood-based products, has just set up a new subsidiary called Mimetic for digital décor printing with a Koenig and Bauer RotaJet 225 at its heart.
Mimetic, which is based in Curtis in the A Coruña province of Northwest Spain, is planning to start production this Spring. The company is currently in the process of building a new hall to house the press.
Jonathan Caballero, Senior Manager at Mimmetic, explained: “With our new RotaJet from Koenig & Bauer, we are preparing to enter the market for decor printing. We believe in digital printing and we think that in the decor market, a new reality is possible. Given the specific market demands which apply in this segment, for example fast time-to-market production, individualized decors and short runs, we are certain that this press will secure the success of our business.”
The Losán Group, which is headquartered in Curtis, grew out of a small carpentry business set up by brothers Manuel, Luis and Emilio López Sánchez over 50 years ago. Today the company employs some 1500 staff, with facilities on three continents. Luis López Rico, member of the executive board of the Losán Group, says: “We have been pursuing a course of growth and expansion for many years, and are constantly exploring the opportunities in new markets. The founding of Mimmetic is thus a logical next step for us. We are attracted to the challenges and we are really proud to be the first company in the world based purely in digital printing”
Koenig and Bauer’s RotaJet web-fed inkjet presses can be configured for both commercial and industrial use, with the RotaJet 225 being the largest available VL size, which is set up for 4/0 printing. It takes web widths from 1125 to 2250mm, with a maximum print width of 2243mm. It can run at up to 150mpm. I believe that it uses Kyocera printheads, and offers a standard 600 dpi resolution, with an option for 1200 dpi. It uses a water-based polymer pigment ink, coupled with a NIR drying system. It comes with an automated Patras A reel transport system.
Christoph Müller, member of the management board of Koenig & Bauer, commented: “We are convinced that digital print will continue to grow in the areas of decor and packaging. And with our RotaJet presses, we can offer every customer a specific solution to match individual requirements.”
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