Komori GL640 Advance litho printing press.

ProPrint installs the UK’s first Carton Spec Komori Lithrone GL640 

Our latest £1.8m investment will offer our team increased litho carton printing capacity for ProPrint Group FMCG customers. Our brand-new Komori Lithrone GL640 Advance six-colour plus coater B1 press was delivered and installed last monthThe machine is the first Carton Specification Lithrone Advance of it's kind in the UK.

Bob Green & Gary Large of ProPrint Group with Harro​​ de Vries of Komori

Why the Komori Lithrone GL640 Advance for extra print capacity?

Komori delivered the new press to our Morris Close site in Wellingborough in July. The new press now runs alongside our first B1 Komori, a Lithrone GL640 installed five years ago.

Nigel Tollman, ProPrint Group Founder explained the reasoning behind the investment for 2023: 

Our existing B1 Komori was almost at full printing capacity, giving very little downtime. Our USP is all about speed and service, and we were starting to lose that. This put us at risk of developing into a ‘me too’ business, which is not something we want to become. Our lead times were creeping, and customers would obviously not expect that from us. The reason we chose to purchase was to protect our well-known performance and stay ahead of competition.  

Benefits of the brand new GL640 Advance specification...

The new machine represents a step forward in terms of automation, operation, and productivity. It can run with either conventional or UV inks. Additionally, users can easily transfer the interdeck UV lamps between all units, providing ultimate flexibility when printing complex designs. The coater can apply either aqueous or UV varnishes and features a fully automatic nonstop delivery system for continuous operation.

Given the firm’s history with Komori, Tollman said it made sense to go to the manufacturer for the new machine. 

“The support that Komori has provided for the first press has been brilliant. We have grown rapidly as a business over the last couple of years and needed additional capacity. It made sense to stay with Komori.” 

State-of-the-art Litho printing for cartons...

Komori’s PQ-A closed loop density control and camera inspection systems monitor and maintain print quality. The latest PDC XS systems ensure that the sheet is within the colour tolerances set by ISO 12647-2. A single large screen keeps operators informed about how the press is performing.

The new press began full 24/6 production just weeks after installation, with the original press taking more of a supporting role and providing greater flexibility over shift patterns.

“As a result of the technology, waste and make ready times are minimised. Running speed is also increased; therefore, this delivers a net litho print capacity increase of 40% in sheets produced an hour,” confirms Tollman.

Thanks to our additional litho printing capacity, ProPrint Group customers continue to enjoy industry-leading timescales for custom printed cartons.

For more information on how our team can help deliver your latest packaging project, get in touch.