Harper introduces Expo & Solutions Tour
16 Nov 2017
Phil Baldwin (L), aftermarket director, Europe for Mark Andy with Mirmar's CEO Jaime Mir Pastor
Spanish label converter Mirmar SA has installed another Mark Andy Performance Series flexo press at its premises in Valencia, allowing the company to expand its label offering into higher quality sectors.
The family owned business installed a 10" four-colour water-based 4120 press back in 1987 and over the ensuing years the firm has invested in 11 Mark Andy presses.
Installation of the latest batch of eight-colour Performance Series presses began in 2013 and the company now has three P5 presses and two P7s, all with 438mm web width. These are variously fitted with corona treaters, web turn bars, delam/relam, cold foil, screen print units, QCDC, and AVT 100% inspection.
The specification and capability of the P-Series is allowing Mirmar to expand from its traditional base of food, household, and beverage labels, into the more niche areas of homecare and cosmetics, and other high quality sectors, like the wine industry, where added value is required, and margins are significantly better. This is changing the company's substrate base from largely self-adhesive papers and thermals to PP and PE.
Speaking for Mirmar, CEO Jaime Mir Pastor commented: 'Flexo technology is perfect for our product portfolio here, and Mark Andy manufactures the best narrow web press for day to day production, in my opinion.'
Drawing particular praise from Mirmar is the speed with which the P-Series presses can be made-ready and the ease with which jobs can be swapped from one to another as machine availability changes. Management data shows a low downtime figure, which combined with the company's double-day shift operation, allows Mirmar to offer same day service for urgent work. It also gives a significantly faster ROI, according to Mr Pastor.