DS Smith installs single-pass digital printer with water-based ink

Nozomi 14000

DS Smith has announced an expansion of its digital printing services with the installation of a Nozomi 14000 AQ single-pass water-based digital inkjet printer.

The printer is pioneered by Electronics for Imaging (EFI) and designed for high-resolution printing with water-based ink.

The Nozomi 14000 AQ is in operation at the DS Smith facility in Torrelavit, Spain where it is set up to print directly on to corrugated cardboard using specific ink quantities for each production.

DS Smith described it as ‘one of the most advanced high-speed single-pass inkjet printing solutions in the marketplace’, and the 1.4-metre-wide printer is said to provide customers with reduced lead times and waste in comparison to analogue production methods such as lithographic lamination.

The machinery also allows customers to create multiple design versions and variations in a single production run, without compromising on the quality of their final sustainable packaging products.

Albert Forcadell, operations director packaging south Europe, said, “At DS Smith, we are driving greater sustainability and efficiency in packaging by implementing the most advanced high-speed digital printing technologies in our plants. This new technology not only ensures low energy consumption and maximum production efficiency, but also allows us to deliver high print quality with state-of-the-art printheads and maximum accuracy.

“By meeting the highest sustainability standards, this innovation reinforces our commitment to Redefining Packaging for a Changing World and allows us to be more competitive, better meet our customers’ demands and access new specific market segments. These achievements would not have been possible without our partner Electronics for Imaging, to whom we are deeply grateful.”

The advanced digital tech was previously installed in DS Smith’s packaging facilities in the UK and Germany. DS Smith also operates the Nozomi UV LED inkjet printers in packaging and display production facilities in Portugal and the UK.