AB Graphic Digicon 3 finishing machine at Delhi’s Kwality Offset Printers

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Delhi-based Kwality Offset Printers recently installed the India’s first AB Graphic Digicon 3 finishing machine, which was sold by Vinsak. The Digicon 3 has maximum web width of 330 mm and minimum web width of 200 mm and runs at a speed of 150 meters per minute. The unit is made up of two flexo units, one die-cutting station, hot foiling, cold foiling, embossing, varnish, lamination, waste rewinder, unwinder and three UV systems.

“We want to explore the label market for luxury products such as wine or cosmetic labeling. To pursue that we had explored many options but we stuck to Digicon 3 due to its advanced finishing capabilities,” said Rajeev Chatwal, director at Kwality Offset Printers.

Digicon 3 will compliment company’s Xeikon 3030 Plus digital label press it bought at Labelexpo India 2016.

Neeraj Sharma, executive director, Vinsak said, “The machine will provide great embellishment capabilities for label converting to Kwality Offset Printers. We are hoping Kwality will open new markets and provide value added label products for luxury applications and make full use of the machine in a short span of time.”

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