NTE takes first French Mouvent label press

Nord Technique Etiquetage, a label printer based in Roubaix, near Lille in France, has purchased a Mouvent LB702-UV inkjet label press, the first of these to be installed in the country.

Label printer NTE is the first in France to install a Mouvent LB702UV inkjet press.

NTE is a family-owned company that was set up in 1984 and specialises in adhesive labels. The company has 20 staff and produces around 12000 km of labels every year and also sells its own range of Getik small desktop automatic labelling machines. NTE bought the Mouvent press in response to an increased demand for shorter to medium length runs.

Thibault Duponchel, General Manager at NTE, commented: “Since owning the Mouvent LB702-UV, I’m proud to say I now have a fully optimized production floor, by being able to offer the very best technology for all print jobs.” He adds: “We’re using flexo for the very long runs and the Mouvent digital press for the rest. It’s clear that with an ultra-quick and productive machine like this, digital is not only for short runs anymore. It’s the perfect tool for short to medium runs, and I am now shifting all jobs of several thousand linear meters to digital.” 

Mouvent is a subsidiary of Bobst that specialises in developing inkjet printers. It has developed a printhead array by grouping several Fujifilm Samba printheads together. The LB702-UV can produce1200 x 1200 dpi native resolution and can run at up to 100mpm. This machine uses UV inks but there Mouvent has also shown a version with water-based inks.

Duponchel says that the label sector is being driven by the need to produce labels fast and cost effectively, noting: “To meet these challenges, we actually purchased our first digital printing press back in 2017. However, it wasn’t adequate for us to respond quickly and effectively to our customers’ demands. We needed a digital label press that would not only meet the demands of now, but the future too. Having a strong relationship with Bobst already, we turned to them for the answer, and that’s when we were introduced to the Mouvent LB702-UV. Being able to offer high printing speeds and the full colour gamut with lower costs is exactly what we need.”

The company already operates a Bobst M4 inline flexo press, which it installed in 2016. The new Mouvent press was up and running in ten days, including all relevant training. NTE moved a flexo operator over to the digital machine, with Duponchel saying: “He learnt how to use it very quickly because it’s so convenient and easy to use.”

You can find more information on this label company from nte.fr and on the inkjet press from bobst.com.

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