Actega has partnered with Makro Labelling to accelerate the development and supply of container application machines for Signite, a sustainable decoration technology recognised as “potentially transformative and progressive technologies developed in recent years”.
According to Actega, Signite labels are a pioneering sustainable decoration solution that enables brands and converters to significantly reduce waste while providing expanded design flexibility, recyclability and reuse possibilities.
Last year, Actega Signite was honoured with The Label Industry Global Awards’ Award for Innovation. This acknowledged that the technology could combine the quality standards required by brands and converters with product life cycle improvements.
To implement Signite labels in a production line, modified applicator machines based on traditional pressure-sensitive labellers are required. Low-speed applicators are suitable for craft spirits, wines, craft beer and other similar markets and have been developed and manufactured in-house by Actega.
The next phase of machine development and market adoption for Signite requires expertise, scale, and future service and support.
Makro Labelling has, to this end, agreed to collaborate on the design, manufacture and supply of low and medium-speed rotary-style labelling machines with an initial focus on models with application speeds in the 100-400 containers per minute range.
Signite vice president Grant Schutte said, “From the initial introduction to our current agreement, our relationship with Makro has developed in a highly engaging, dynamic and pragmatic way.
“We are looking forward to having the initial medium speed rotary style Signite applicators available for introduction to early adopter brand owners later this year and could not be more pleased to be aligned with Makro Labelling in doing this.”
Makro Labelling managing director Simone Marcantoni added, “Makro Labelling has a significant track record as a forward-looking, innovative and highly customer-focused company.
“It is not surprising then that we identified Signite as a potentially transformative labelling solution that provides brand owners with a means to really meet their sustainability goals.
“We are pleased to align with Actega to expand access to the technology through our labelling machine platforms and market presence. The current targets for applicators are in the historical sweet spot for Makro. Additionally, with our recent acquisition by Sidel Group, it is exciting to see where Signite can go next.”