Reflex buys Nilpeter FA

Reflex Label Plus, which is part of the Reflex Labels Group, has invested in a new 14-colour FA flexo press from Nilpeter, which will be installed this April at its Keighley plant in Yorkshire, UK.

Reflex Label Plus has invested in a Nilpeter FA flexo press for its Keighley plant in Yorkshire, UK.

The press has been configured with 10 flexo printing units, two hot foil/embossing units, cold foil, and two fully independent RSI screens. It will mainly be used for high-end beverage labels, craft beers, wine, spirits, cosmetics, and high-end combination labels.

Shaun Hanson, operations manager for Reflex Label Plus, says that the press was chosen to future-proof the company, by having one press able to produce complex labels in a single pass, explaining: “The label sells the product. In this ever-growing market, there are more and more craft breweries and distilleries, all looking for shelf appeal, wow factor, and differentiation from competitors. At the same time, labels are getting very complicated, and the use of multiple print processes is often necessary to meet customer demands with regards to unique designs, high quality and embellishments.”

He says that the company is aiming to expand through innovation, adding: “Our challenges relate to how many different embellishments we can do in one pass. The new press will alleviate these issues, and save us a lot of time.”

The FA is the sixth Nilpeter press to be installed at the Keighly site though Hanson says that Reflex toured Europe looking at different presses before choosing it, noting: “Important decision factors in acquiring another Nilpeter press was build quality, first and foremost, but also technical ability, know-how in single-pass printing and combining different print processes.”

The Reflex Group was formed in 2002 with the aim of being a sustainable packaging company. The Reflex Label Plus division has two sites – Barwell in Leicestershire – and Keighley, which it acquired in 2015. It specializes in printing high-end labels in combination for many bespoke brand owners.


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