Poland’s Arti-Bau acquires Xeikon PX3000 digital inkjet press

A fast growing label printer in Poland

Xeikon PX3000
Monika Stefańska and Jarosław Lewandowski of Arti-Bau with Xeikon PX3000

Poland-based label printing company Arti-Bau has recently acquired Xeikon PX3000 digital inkjet press. Arti-Bau was founded in 2012 and started off with its first digital inkjet Jetrion 4830 UV machine.

“In 2018, we became aware that our first machine was no longer meeting market requirements in terms of quality and speed of printing. We then commenced our search for a new partner. We believed four areas were key: ease of access to service support, a good service contract and importantly the quality and the speed of printing. We opted for Xeikon as their offering delivered on each of the four factors listed above,” says Monika Stefańska, the chairperson of the company board.

Today Arti-Bau has two fast printing machines and two die-cut and confectioning machines. Thanks to two fast and modern machines the company is able to print on almost a full range of substrates which are utilised in flexo printing: BOPP film intended for PET bottle labels, as well as substrates for printing sachets and tubes. This includes all kinds of film on silicon and foil bases, as well as paper substrates.

“Having two machines of a printing width of up to 330 mm gives us additional support and provides security to our clients related to the option of moving an order run from one machine to another (in line with our workload). Xeikon’s innovative software allows us to print variable data on the label, such as text, numbers and QR codes, in a simple and intuitive manner. In the past we were only able to offer this service with two passes on the machine which was not cost effective,” Stefańska says.

Stefańska further adds that in opting for this investment in a Xeikon digital label press the company had its customers’ needs in mind.

“Our second machine does best with relatively big volumes but we needed a piece of equipment which would offer a high quality of printing and a high speed when fulfilling orders, and at the same time, one which would be user-friendly and capable of processing a large number of files for a single order,” she says.

Talking about the company and the overall label printing market, she says that both the world and Poland are facing difficult challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic which besides the obvious health risk has hit every sector of the economy.

“The printing technology market is developing dynamically, so I am unable to present concrete plans regarding new investments today, as very often new plans are the result of what is happening here and now. I can promise you one thing in the future: we will definitely come first again in one field or another,” Stefańska concludes.

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