Mazovian Printing House (MZGraf) has recently enhanced its pressroom equipment with a new Performance Series P7 flexo press from Mark Andy. Due to this acquisition, MZGraf has significantly increased its ability to produce multicolor, highly finished labels, a segment which is already an important part of its portfolio. In this case, Mark Andy is not only a vendor of the press, but also a strategic partner in the advanced technological project (partly financed from the EU grants), concerning an introduction of specialized shrink sleeve labels to the market. Performance Series P7 press is a crucial part of this project.
MZGraf printing house, located in Wysokie Mazowieckie (approx. 135 km east of Warsaw), was established in 1990. The company is specialized in production of different printed products: books, commercials, cardboard packaging and labels. Its management emphasizes that MZGraf’s mission is based on delivering high quality, innovative products in the shortest time possible. This approach is highly appreciated by its numerous customers, including companies representing food (e.g. dairy and meat) industries. In terms of producing labels, including self-adhesive, thermal and foil-based applications, MZGraf relies on flexo technology.
In April 2020, the company’s flexo division has been significantly strengthened with the installation of a new 17-inch Performance Series P7. Lukasz Chruslinski, Sales Manager, Mark Andy Poland says: “The press is a part of the whole technological project, with a very strong participation of Mark Andy as a strategic partner. The management of MZGraf was looking for a vendor that will either offer a press responding to its expectations or help the company in starting production a new kind of shrink sleeve labels”.
When evaluating the scope of the project, Chruslinski consulted that the P7 provides the very extensive equipment needed for the requested applications, including a very important part – hot air dryer for a final printing unit. Chruslinski explains: “Mark Andy is still committed to this drying technology as it is based on hot air blowing, not a high temperature in itself. Curing is realized through water extraction and blowing it out of a printed substrate. It enables to recover up to 50% of heat energy emitted this way, increasing eco-friendliness of the whole production process”.
MZGraf’s Performance Series P7 press, delivered and started in the first half of April 2020 is equipped in eight flexo printing units (with separate servo drives for each plate cylinder and chilled impression cylinder), VariPrint enabled, a cold foiling and laminating unit, die-cutting station with advanced waste windup, inspection system, UV curing system and previously mentioned hot air dryer for solvent inks. The press offers print speed up to 306 m/min and is managed from a dedicated control center with a touch screen. It also offers remote diagnostics capability.
Przemyslaw Polkowski, Mark Andy Poland Director adds: “It’s one of the mostly advanced and most interesting Performance Series P7 model configurations implemented in the Polish market. We are glad that it will strengthen MZGraf’s opportunities in terms of label production achievable by the company. It just underlines that we offer all our customers a very precious added value, especially in this difficult time. I mean local presence of Mark Andy with its own division, technical & service background, demo center and a team of highly skilled service technicians”.