Vprint installs fourth Contiweb Dryer

First Ecocool dryer to be installed alongside three Ecoweb dryers

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Using its Contiweb Ecocool dryer, Vprint is now able to produce premium direct mailings
Using its Contiweb Ecocool dryer, Vprint is now able to produce premium direct mailings

Contiweb, a specialist in state-of-the-art technologies for printing, advanced drying and web-handling, announced that Vprint, a leading Belgian print provider with over 80 years’ industrial experience, has invested in a Contiweb Ecocool dryer – it’s fourth Contiweb dryer to date – to improve the quality of its direct mail service.

Joining three Contiweb Ecoweb dryers installed on web offset press lines, the Ecocool system is already proving to strengthen the company’s competitive edge. Vprint customers operating in the retail, mail order and automotive markets have remarked on the improved finish of premium mailings.

According to Thierry Ngoma, plant manager at Vprint, since investing in the dryers, the company is enjoying an increase in business. He explains, “As you can imagine, in a market as saturated as the print arena, quality is everything. When it comes to web offset, drying is a critical component to achieving first-class results. Thankfully, the Contiweb Ecocool is fully compatibility with all our press systems, making it the ideal solution to elevate our jobs to the next level. Beyond this, its seamless integration ensured that we experienced very little downtime; crucial for a company producing three million pieces of direct mail a day.”

Designed to use low temperatures and high air volumes, the Ecocool reduces the negative effects of heating the web and delivers superior drying quality. This results in a high gloss finish with less fibre lifting, ensuring that print providers can meet the strict quality requirements of even the most demanding print buyers.

As the world’s first dryer to feature an integrated chilling section, the Ecocool is designed to eliminate the negative impact of solvent condensation on the web during or after the chilling process. With nine small rollers turning the web at sharper angles, greater surface pressure is created than that produced by traditional chilling modules. This improves heat transfer and minimizes the opportunity for a solvent boundary layer to form. From an output perspective, this allows the web to stretch and prevents wrinkles from forming, resulting in high-quality print.

For us, the Ecocool dryer is a winning solution,” says Ngoma. “With the improvement in quality delivered by the Contiweb dryers, our position as a leading provider of corporate direct mail communications is secure.”

Jennifer N’Guyen, area sales manager at Contiweb adds, “Vprint is a perfect example of how our auxiliary equipment provides the ideal solution for those seeking to improve their print line efficiencies or output. Also, in today’s environmentally conscious society, we are witnessing a growing shift in print providers seeking greener solutions. Engineered to optimize the web offset drying process, our dryers use 50 percent less gases than traditional systems when fitted with integrated pollution control.”

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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