Hosting the Open House were (left-to-right): Yoo, Jong-Sun (Operator, Tomatec), Lee, Jin-Won (Chief Operator, Tomatec), Jeon, Seak-Yong (Owner & CEO, Tomatec), C. B. Park (Phil-Tech), Yoo, Jeong-Hee (Technical Director, Phil-Tech), Lee, Geo-Chang (Factory Manager, Tomatec)
SOUTH KOREA • One of the country’s leading label converters, Tomatec Co Ltd, has celebrated the installation of two Mark Andy Performance series presses with an Open House at its facility in Seoul. Welcoming more than 30 label converters to the event, which was co-sponsored by Mark Andy and its Korean distributor Phil-Tech, Jeon Seak-Yong, who founded Tomatec in 2001, explained that the two P5 flexo presses were chosen for their ability to handle short run work with quick changeovers.
This was demonstrated by Mark Andy and Tomatec operators, who ran three different jobs to show the speed with which the press can be made ready, and then invited the visitors to try for themselves. This proved a resounding success. The second print demonstration saw the Mark Andy P5 run a sophisticated prime label with Cast and Cure and multi-layer techniques to show converters how to add value for their customers, and differentiate themselves from other label converters.
According to Jeon Seak-Yong, there were three features of the P5 demonstrations that really caught the eye of visiting converters: the production speed of 180 m/min (590 m/min), even when running the cold foil unit; the low level of waste (13 metres/43 ft) on a six-colour job change; and the tight register maintained during press slow down and ramp up to full speed.
The press configuration
The two new Mark Andy presses offer a web width of 250 mm (10”) and are differently specified. The seven-colour P5 is fitted with a Meech web cleaner, Vetaphone corona unit, turn bars, cold foil, delam/relam, constant tension laminator, web translator, GEW UV, and BST inspection, and will be used to target high-end added-value markets. The five-colour P5, though far from basic, will be used to produce pressure sensitive labels for the general and industrial sectors.
Another bonus of the P5 is its ability to handle a variety of substrates, including PS-paper, PP, and PET, with equal ease. This will allow Tomatec to extend its business into the prime label and in-mould markets, which yield higher margins. Currently maintaining a steady growth of 20% per year, the company now employs 35 staff across two sites.