Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced that McGowans Print, Ireland’s largest and one of Europe’s most advanced digital print facilities, is installing the new EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass LED inkjet corrugated board press in its Dublin facility. The press will be the second EFI Nozomi press installed worldwide, and will give McGowans the ability to capture new growth opportunities in short-run corrugated packaging and display production.
“We researched all the single-pass technology available for large-format printing, and the EFI Nozomi press was the best in class by far for our applications,” said Malcolm McGowan, the company’s CEO. “The press checks all the boxes for point-of-sale applications and it allows us to quickly enter the packaging market as well.”
McGowans Print’s longstanding success has been tied to its ability to adapt and diversify to changing market needs. With much of its business centered on high-quality display graphics applications, the company has existing demand for corrugated display work, and many current and potential clients who would also use the company for corrugated packaging as a way to migrate away from litho lamination processes that are not economical for short- to medium-run work.
The new press, which will be McGowans Print’s first EFI inkjet product, “takes us to much longer runs and new markets that we cannot reach today with our existing digital printers,” McGowan said
McGowans Print’s new press is a breakthrough technology in the corrugated space, one that can make digital a cost-effective, profitable option for short- and medium-run production printing. The 1.8-meter wide press can print up to 246 linear feet per minute, producing up to 77,758 square feet per hour. It can print on materials from 14-point card stock to triple-wall board, including traditional Kemi, model, bleach and kraft materials, at full press-rated speeds.