Screen has opened its new Inkjet Innovation Centre (IIC) and Europe headquarters in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands.
The facility will showcase all Screen’s presses for label, packaging, commercial and CTP printing in one room. More than 100 customers, sales agents, partners and local community representatives attended the opening.
Eiji Kakiuchi, chairman Screen Holdings, says, “Establishing the IIC reflects our confidence in the status of the printing industry. Also, it shows Screen’s position as a leading player in the market for inkjet digital printing equipment.
“We overgrew our previous building due to our solid and steady growth in existing inkjet and CTP markets and also needed more space for the next wave of industrial inkjet digital innovations for both existing markets, such as label and commercial, as well as new markets such as flexible packaging.”
The 2,000 square metre showroom and demonstration centre allows visitors to explore Screen’s inkjet digital printing solutions across three distinct product lines: Truepress Jet for commercial printing and direct mail, Truepress Label for label printing, and the new Truepress PAC range for flexible packaging. In addition, the IIC showcases Screen’s CTP product range.
Osamu Yamagata, president Screen Europe, says, “In addition to showcasing our expanding range of digital printers, the Inkjet Innovation Centre will serve as a hub for innovations in digital printing. Collaborating closely with our software and finishing partners, our aim is to provide customers with end-to-end printing solutions, offering a glimpse into the future of the printing industry.”
Distinguished guests included AJ Kakiuchi, chairman of Screen Holdings; Yukiyoshi Tanaka, president Screen Graphic Solutions; Takanori Kakita, advisor of Screen Graphic Solutions; and Gido Oude Kotte, mayor of Aalsmeer. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Japanese drummers marked the occasion with a Taiko drum performance
Recently Screen Japan installed the first Truepress PAC 830F packaging press at Chiyoda Gravure Printing.
The new water-based digital inkjet system targets small to medium runs. Both companies have agreed to jointly drive the increased use of digital printing for flexible packaging, with the shared aims of expanding target applications for the Truepress PAC 830F as a production system, constructing an improved digital workflow, and identifying and resolving various issues that occur in small to medium lot production processes.
The two companies intend to pursue this initiative based on Chiyoda’s corporate philosophy of ‘Trust, continuous growth and human resource development’. Screen Group has a corporate purpose of ‘Innovation for a Sustainable World’. In addition to making a social contribution, they hope to upgrade the working environment at production sites for flexible packaging.
Screen expects to install the PAC 830F in the new IIC.
Contact Jet Technologies, Screen’s label press partner in New Zealand and Australia, for information on the PAC 830F.