Fujifilm partners with Henkel and Nordmeccanica for sustainable digital inkjet printing

Fujifilm has partnered with Henkel and Nordmeccanica to deliver production and sustainability benefits for customers of its Jet Press FP790 digital inkjet flexible packaging press, scheduled for commercial launch later this year.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies is one of the global leaders in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings for the packaging sector. Nordmeccanica manufactures coatings, laminating and metallising technologies. 

The partner organisations have worked closely to complete a series of test production trials to assess the compatibility of output from Fujifilm’s Jet Press FP790 digital inkjet press for the flexible food packaging sector. 

The most recent involved Henkel’s solvent-free adhesives and Nordmeccanica’s Simplex range of two-layer laminating machines for solvent-less adhesives.

“With the challenging demands of the flexible packaging market, particularly the short turnaround times and regulatory requirements, we wanted customers of our Jet Press FP790 to be in the best possible position to maximise the production opportunities from day one,” Fujifilm Graphic Communications EMEA head of packaging Manuel Schrutt said.

“Working with such a renowned global brand as Henkel, and having access to its market-leading laminating adhesives and the support of its technical team, has enabled us to undertake thorough post-press testing of flexible packages produced by the Jet Press FP790. 

“As a result, future users of our new digital packaging solution can rest assured that when using Henkel’s solvent-free laminating adhesives, press compatibility, optimum bond strength, and lamination properties will be guaranteed for a wide range of flexible packaging applications.”

Henkel Adhesive Technologies senior business development manager for packaging adhesives Stefan Gloetzel said, “It is always gratifying to work with like-minded organisations that are committed to delivering the best possible solutions for their customers. 

“We have been extremely impressed with the test results, which demonstrated that the solvent-free laminating adhesives, including grades from our RE range, perform seamlessly with the quality print output from Fujifilm’s FP790 digital packaging press.

“In addition, our RE range is designed for recycling, therefore helping package printers to create sustainable, flexible packaging solutions that go beyond their primary functionalities.”

Commercially available later this year, Fujifilm’s Jet Press FP790 digital inkjet flexible packaging solution features an environmentally friendly design incorporating water-based inkjet print technologies capable of delivering high production output for mainstream applications.

It offers 1200 x 1200 DPI image reproduction, can reproduce more than 90 per cent of the Pantone colour gamut, and features two dedicated white inkjet channels for high white opacity.

Nordmeccanica R&D and technology director Michele Zanutto is also excited by the opportunity that Fujifilm’s new Jet Press FP790 water-based digital inkjet press offers packaging converters in terms of presenting a truly sustainable production workflow.

“The flexible packaging market is constantly looking at ways to improve its environmental footprint, while still addressing the requirements of its customers for quality, functional and creative packaging solutions,” Zanutto said.

Fujifilm also partnered with Hybrid Software to develop an “industry-first” Smart Digital Front End workflow for the new press. The web-based, open architecture production workflow is said to offer fully automated prepress functionality to ensure accelerated turnaround times, maximum productivity and reduced operating costs.

Fujifilm will showcase the new Jet Press FP790 digital flexible packaging press at interpack 2023.

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