(L-R) Denver Annunciation and his brother Janus

Janus International, a known name in the packaging industry, has opted for a Domino K600i print engine for embellishing labels using UV-curable clear ink. The Domino K600i is a fast and versatile printer, capable of reaching speeds up to 150 meters per minute. It’s ideal for printing variable data and can handle special tasks such as digital decorations and secure printing with special inks.

Founded by the late Joe Annunciation in the 1990s, Janus International provides comprehensive packaging solutions tailored to the diverse needs of its clientele. “We are not merely a packaging printer; we are solution providers,” says Denver Annunciation, director of strategic initiatives at Janus International. Our focus has always been on understanding the unique challenges faced by our clients and delivering innovative, customized solutions that exceed their expectations.”

Under Denver, Janus International became the first company in India to install a digital label press in 2008. “We took a risk, ventured into uncharted territories, and the rest is history,” says Denver, reflecting on the moment that propelled Janus to the forefront of technological advancement in packaging.

With a beginning as a corrugated business, Janus transitioned into label printing. Today, the company offers a wide array of services, including pressure-sensitive labels, non-adhesive labels for beer bottles, mono cartons, shrink sleeves, in-mold labels, and laminates – serving a wide range of industries, including alcobev, cosmetics, foods, etc.

Janus International’s journey wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the invaluable partnership with Domino Printech India. We were exploring a solution that would enhance the look and feel of our labels and our overall value. With a shared vision of innovation and customer-centricity, Domino has been an instrumental ally in Janus International’s quest for excellence. They offered their customized Domino K600i print engine for doing embellishments on our labels using UV-curable clear ink. The equipment can do digital cold foil and digital varnish, which enhances the look and feel of the labels as desired by our customers,” Denver said.

The seamless integration of Domino’s printing technology with Janus International’s innovative solutions has upgraded the packaging solutions it offers, Denver said. The technology is supported by a dedicated team of experts and round-the-clock assistance. Both companies ensure customers receive prompt solutions and maximum uptime, reinforcing their reputation as reliable partners.

Ajay RaoRane, vice-president, Digital Printing Solutions at Domino India, said, “We are proud to collaborate with Janus International, which shares our passion for innovation and customer satisfaction,” The Domino K600i customized solution for embellishment applications was possible because of the trust Janus International has put in Domino and we are confident that we can deliver the desired solution for their needs, it’s a collaborative effort from both the companies.”

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