Durst Oceania sees global growth potential from In-Mold Labelling

Durst Oceania sees growth from In-Mold Labelling (IML) following the installation of its RSCi 510mm printer within one of the world’s largest packaging companies.

Durst has confirmed the installation of an RSCi label printer at Mold-Tek Packaging, a major player in the Indian packaging sector.

Mold-Tek has installed the Durst RSCi 510mm with priming and varnishing stations. The first Flexo unit was equipped with UV and hot air dryers, offering versatility in coatings based on the end application.

Established in 1986, Mold-Tek has grown to dominate with around 25 per cent market share of the Indian packaging market, with more than 2000 employees, 10 production plants, and a fleet of more than 150 injection machines. Specialising in manufacturing injection-molded containers for various uses, Mold-Tek is known for innovative solutions in paint and lube pails.

Mold-Tek’s dedication to excellence is evident in its 100 per cent backward integration, covering own molds and dies, robots, design studio, and In-Mold Labelling (IML) through both analog and digital printing – a unique approach in the industry.

The RSCi solution delivers just-in-time and print on-demand solutions, short and medium runs, variable data printing, versatility and agility as well as waste and energy reduction.

Durst Oceania managing director, Matt Ashman, told ProPack the installation at Mold-Tek is a significant endorsement for the RSCi machine.

“To see such a significant business as Mold-Tek add Ink Jet technology to their largely tradition In-Mould production is a real milestone, for all concerned,” Ashman told ProPack.

“Durst has worked hard to ensure our latest technology can be applied to many established process, IML being one of those key applications. Historically ink jet printing did not lend itself to such applications until now. Combining with traditional Flexo technology the IML process can be digitised offering the same key benefits that ink jet brings. There is a huge market for IML in Australia and New Zealand and I can see this solution arriving soon to our shores.”

The In-Mold Labelling feature on the RSCi was first launched at Labelexpo Americas in Chicago in 2022, ProPack was there to cover the launch.

This installation marks a significant milestone in the partnership between Durst Group and Mold-Tek Packaging, showcasing the seamless integration of advanced digital printing solutions into the rigid plastic packaging industry.

According to Durst, navigating the technical complexities of In-Mold Labelling presented challenges in material handling, tension control, drying and curing parameters, construction resistance, and static load throughout the production process.

However, close collaboration among Mold-Tek, Newgen Printronics – the local distributor and Durst-Partner – and Durst by itself proved crucial in overcoming these challenges and ensuring project success.

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