Luxury packaging solutions provider to global retailers invests in high-end UV flatbed.

 Leicester-based luxury packaging solutions provider, Keenpac have just completed installation of a new SignRacer 1610 UV flatbed. Supplied and supported by NDi, the Northampton-based UK distributor.

A significant upgrade from their Roland UV printer, previously supplied by NDi, the SignRacer 1610 brings Keenpac a leap forward in technology and features that they are keen to exploit in their packaging mockup production.

Getting the machine into position was not a simple task but using NDi’s specialist installation partner, Paul Ponsonby Ltd, the printer was forked through the studio window and a room built around it once in position.

Using Ricoh’s GEN6 – 5 picolitre printheads, the SignRacer achieves 1200dpi precision for fine detail while still benefitting from the advantages of a 1.0 x 1.6m bed and 100mm maximum media thickness. The machine is installed with CMYK plus White and Varnish inks but remains field-upgradeable so that the additional Extended-Gamut Violet and Orange inks can be added in the future for a 23% increase in gamut volume.

SignRacer’s innovative low viscosity inks allow the printheads to run at lower temperatures, requiring less cleaning during operation and extending printhead life. All SignRacer inks have achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification, ensuring interior products are low in chemical emissions, decreasing indoor pollution levels.

NDi Managing Director Phil Dowson said: “We are delighted to have been part of the journey with Keenpac. They have been a valued customer for many years now and we have installed and supported them with their previous wide format printing and cutting table options as well as an Epson contract proofing solution. I believe that our approach to customer support means we have long and mutually beneficial relationships with our customers.”

Keenpac Creative & Marketing Director Darren Seymour said: “The ability to create conceptual luxury packaging mock ups in-house has reached another level. Easily printing onto varied substrates ranging from tissue paper to fabrics, box liners to corrugate is realised with the SignRacer. Our clients demand trend-led sector-specific packaging which often means exploration, innovation and design is key – to realise these innovations quickly and at the highest quality is key for us.”

About NDi

Founded in 2008 by former Northampton Saints captain Phil Dowson, NDi is the UK distributor for the SignRacer range of UV printers. Specialists in Packaging Mock-ups, Colour Management and Contract Proofing.  NDi works with some of the most colour critical organisations in the industry.

About Keenpac

A completely tailored luxury packaging service across design, supply chain & delivery – working with global brands across fashion, jewellery, automotive, travel, beauty and spirits. Keenpac is part of Bunzl PLC, a FTSE 100 PLC company. Creating, sourcing and delivering branded packaging solutions globally, Keenpac aims to be the leading choice for sustainable packaging solutions.