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Mark Andy reports major success at Labelexpo Europe - with 20 Flexo and Digital press sales

The debut of new technology proved a major attraction to the Mark Andy stand in Brussels, with the company agreeing 20 press sales at the show - 10 flexo and 10 digital presses.

Visitors witnessed global launches of innovative technology from the leading manufacturer of narrow web technology, with live demonstrations of the brand new Evolution Series flexo line and Digital Pro 3 with semi-rotary die cutting, as well as the single source inkjet/flexo hybrid press, the Digital Series HD, shown for the first time at an expo in seven-colour format, with CMYK now joined by OGV and a digital white option.

The new Evolution Series is an entry-level full servo flexo press available in 330mm (13”) and 430mm (17”) web widths. Designed to offer full-function narrow web printing and converting on a scalable platform, its flexible production capability attracted large crowds to each demonstration, with the highlight being the ‘minimal waste challenge’ wager during changeover.

Two versions of the Digital Pro dry-toner line made their global debut at Labelexpo. On the main Mark Andy’s stand was Digital Pro 3, fitted with semi-rotary die cutting, while the upgradeable roll-to-roll model, Digital Pro 1, was exhibited on the company’s second stand in the Digital Hall.

Digital Series HD made its Labelexpo Europe debut and was shown in its new wider format of 430 mm (17”), which is seen as a better solution to the fast-growing demand for digital hybrid shrink sleeve production. Mark Andy simultaneously announced the introduction of Stitch AI. This automated print head redundancy technology is designed to minimise press downtime and maximise quality material output.

In addition to the flexo and digital label and packaging presses on the stand, this year’s exhibits also included inspection/rewind, and finishing equipment from Rotoflex as well as an interactive 660mm (26”) Performance Series P9E automation print station, and a VPM plate mounter provided by Mark Andy Print Products.