Alliance Packaging Enters the Digital Age with Direct-to-Corrugated EFI Nozomi Ultra-High-Speed Inkjet Printing
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Press release from the issuing company
Fremont, Calif. – Alliance Packaging is adopting high-end, direct-to-board digital printing with the purchase of an EFI™ Nozomi C18000 single-pass corrugated packaging press from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. The ultra-high-speed press is a groundbreaking offering in the digital corrugated packaging space because of its high production capacity and its complete integrated system.
Alliance Packaging – the Northwestern U.S.’s largest independent corrugated box manufacturer – is installing the breakthrough digital production press at its Seattle headquarters facility to provide its customers with new capabilities that will reduce waste, cost and turnaround time. The second-generation, family-owned 500-employee business focuses on high-end corrugated applications and specializes in fast turnaround times, intricate designs and superior-quality printing.
“We are excited about this press because it is the only digital press available today that allows us to double-down on our strategy of short lead times mixed with high-end graphics,” said Alliance Packaging President Scott Younger. “We chose EFI because of their incredible customer service, the quality of the Nozomi, and the press’s ability to produce high-end work at an economical price point.”
Unprecedented efficiency for direct-to-board digital printing
Alliance Packaging currently does high volumes of analog, litho-lamination production on boxes and corrugated displays – work that requires a two-step printing and lamination process with longer turnaround times, higher set-up costs and more waste. The new press will give the company the power to migrate much of that work to efficient, direct-to-board digital printing produced in the exact quantities that clients need.
The press also opens the doors to important new premium-quality offerings that are too costly to produce with analog methods, such as targeted, versioned or multi-SKU retail packaging that drives higher sell-through on consumer goods.
EFI’s Fiery® NZ-1000 – the ultra-fast digital front end (DFE) print server and production system used to drive the press – will give Alliance Packaging’s design service experts a way to quickly and accurately produce new designs. Alliance Packaging customers, in turn, will gain a streamlined process for launching new products and implementing changes to meet evolving product marketing needs.
Additional features and benefits of Alliance Packaging’s digital press include:
Re-writing the rules in sustainability and supply chain management
“We are excited to partner with Alliance Packaging to deliver a high-end, digital production solution that can outperform any other single-pass, direct-to-board technology available today,” said José Luis Ramón Moreno, vice president and general manager, EFI Industrial Printing. “Alliance Packaging serves many of the leading brands and businesses that call the Pacific Northwest home, and this EFI Nozomi installation has the potential to transform and significantly improve those companies’ packaging strategies.”
Alliance Packaging’s EFI Nozomi press is the ninth EFI Nozomi transaction completed and shipped as of the end of March 2018.
Alliance Packaging’s new ultra-high-speed inkjet press is part of a complete ecosystem for corrugated manufacturing available from EFI, with leading edge inks, Fiery DFE technology and a complete EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite business and production management workflow. For more information about advanced digital corrugated packaging production with EFI technologies, visit www.efi.com.
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