Innovative anilox solutions by Sandon Global at Labelexpo Brussels

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New Sandon Global HQ
New Sandon Global HQ

Sandon Global, founded in 2004, is a manufacturer of new and refurbished anilox rolls and sleeves. The company supplies anilox rollers to narrow web and wide web printers worldwide from its UK laser engraving and engineering facility.

Sandon will exhibit print samples and its Precision Anilox. The company has also launched a website with secure customer login for online quotation and anilox specification forms, and other industry content and a point of reference for laser-engraved anilox, cylinder and roll requirements.

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In addition, the company has announced the development of its new purpose built facility to be operational from 2020. The new UK headquarters will provide extra capacity and contain a state-of-the-art research and development function. The engineering division located in a new workshop directly opposite will offer our customers and strategic partners a complete anilox solution.

Sandon Global currently employs 70 full-time staff with representatives across the world. The company targets to create up to 10 apprentices each year and 30 skilled jobs over the next five years. John Millington, chief executive officer, Sandon Global, said, “We are extremely proud of the progress made in recent years. With the fantastic support from our strategic partners and our loyal, dedicated workforce, we are in a good position to realize our true potential.”

The Sandon Global stand 7E51 in Hall 7 will offer visitors an opportunity to discuss specific technical challenges faced by narrow-web printers. An interactive display screen will provide a medium to explore various engraving solutions, designed to overcome common print issues or enhance ink transfer and release properties. The company will also display its FluidUV covering both solid and tone work, ProjectBlue, Sandon’s Ultra HD solution (Patent(s) Pending, EP3429863). GMX (Patent(s) Pending, EP3408097) is designed to apply special coatings and inks including tactile and HOW offering four opacity levels of opaque white while maintaining press speed.

The Sandon anilox technical team will demonstrate the benefits of each engraving. Fluid UV is a combination engraving covering both solid and tone work on a plate. It can also be used for HD print as it holds a dot and minimizes ‘pin-holing’ and ink ‘spitting’ through improved release characteristics leading to ‘clean’ print. The Sandon engineering and manufacturing processes claim to have achieved reduced doctor blade vibration as it produces a smooth cell micro-finish, which in turn extends the lifespan when compared to conventional 60º engravings.

For high opacity whites, HOW engraving has been developed in partnership with a plate, ink and tape manufacturer with the shared aim of delivering a rotary screen quality opaque white for narrow-web application.

The company can offer four different volume levels to suit the text and solid density required while maintaining press speed and eliminating costly screen heads. Its patent pending engraving, GMX, has been designed to address the challenges when laying down special and heavy coatings including tactile varnish, adhesive and metallic inks. Its unique and efficient shallow cell design increases coat weights while reducing cell blocking when using large coating particles.

ProjectBlue is the HD fixed color palette solution by Sandon in conjunction with R3, delivering good print quality challenging gravure at the same time reducing costs and is ideal for short runs and fast changeovers. The solution optimizes ink delivery and image consistency by linking superior color separations, differentiated screening and unique plate patterning. Combined with the Sandon anilox rolls, it produces vibrant and consistent print. The print samples will be available for visitors at Labelexpo and the anilox technical team will be on hand to answer any questions.

One of Sandon’s OEM partners, Nilpeter, will also be demonstrating the company’s ‘Fluid’ range of anilox during their daily live demonstrations at the Nilpeter stand 7B35.

In March 2019, Sandon received its 6th consecutive European Flexographic Industry Association ‘Supplier Of The Year’ Award. The company remains the only anilox manufacturer to win the EFIA award and also holds a coveted Queens Award for International Trade for serving in over 50 countries located in every continent of the
world.