November 16, 2018
SCREEN Americas is on a roll. Recognized by Inkjet Summit participants as the 2017 Company to Watch for its production inkjet technology, the company was feted again as a Company to Watch at the recently concluded Digital Packaging Summit 2018, in Ponte Vedra, Florida.
L-R: Brian Ludwig, VP, Publisher/Brand Director, packagePRINTING, Charlie Brown, Labels and Packaging Solutions Manager, SCREEN Americas, Dean Kenan, Vice President Sales Western Region, SCREEN Americas
Organized and managed by NAPCO Media and nGage events, Digital Packaging Summit 2018, a 3-day, invitation-only gathering in Ponte Vedra, Florida, played host to 80 printing/packaging executives anxious to expand their knowledge of inkjet technology as it relates to their label/package printing and associated businesses. Approximately 40 solutions providers who sponsored the event, presented to and interacted with the packaging executives, sharing case studies and first-hand reactions by users of the sponsoring companies’ technologies. Label and Packaging executives at this year’s Summit voted SCREEN as the Company to Watch.
This marks SCREEN Americas’ third year participating at the Digital Packaging Summit and 9th such appearance in the Summit series that includes the Inkjet Summit held each spring.
“The Summit emphasized for us what we’re seeing in the market every day,” said Mark Schlimme, VP of Marketing at SCREEN Americas. “Digital label production in the US is now growing beyond simple short-run or novelty, variable content projects. Our customers need the speed, scale and cost efficiencies of inkjet for all run lengths as well as mass customization.”
SCREEN’s case study at the Digital Packaging Summit featured customer, BGR Label, whose Operations Manager, Scott Kneer, reinforced that position in an earlier statement: “We initially thought the sweet spot was going to be 5k to 20k linear feet but we’re running millions of linear feet a month.” Kneer was referring to his company’s SCREEN Truepress Jet L350UV and L350UV+ digital inkjet label presses, acknowledging that the economies are on track for expanding print run lengths in inkjet label printing. “We converted about 95 percent of our four color process from our flexo to our digital,” he added.
SCREEN Americas’ success with its digital inkjet label technology reflects its sister division SCREEN Europe’s ascension to the #1 market share position in the UV inkjet label production category on that continent. And worldwide today, SCREEN has 100+ units of its UV inkjet label technology installed.
Schlimme said, “Brands and marketers in the US and North America are pushing label providers and converters to meet the demands of mass customization, SKU proliferation, and faster time to market. SCREEN is poised to lead the industry as a solution provider in satisfying that demand. This exciting Company to Watch award is further testimony to our commitment in this regard.”
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) has finalized development of its new Truepress Jet520HD mono, the latest addition to its Truepress Jet520HD series of high-speed roll-fed inkjet presses. The system is a specialized model for monochrome printing. It is scheduled for worldwide release in the second quarter of FY2020.
SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN GA) has finalized development of its FL830, a new high-speed, water-based inkjet system specifically designed for the flexible packaging market. The FL830 is currently scheduled for release around March 2021.