Vinsak installs Lombardi Synchroline 530 at Sigma UAE

10 machines in UAE in past four years

From left to right, Mr. Pandee Ishwaram, Mr. Sushant Chonkar and Mr. Jagannath Wagle (Photo: Vinsak)

Vinsak, the distributor of Lombardi presses, has announced the installation of a new Lombardi Synchroline 530 press at Sigma Middle East Labels Industries in the UAE.

The Lombardi Synchroline 530 mm wide 8 color Flexo press has options of a web cleaner, double-sided corona treatment, a turn bar, a cold foil, UV dryer, and a hot air tunnel for meeting the diversified needs of the client in narrow web shrink sleeve, and IML production. 

Lombardi is known for the production and distribution of narrow web, and wide web flexographic in-line presses. With this new installation, the UAE alone has 10 machines installed in the last four years. 

The press has the capacity to print on a wide variety of substrates ranging from 12-micron film to 450 GSM boards. Its maximum repeat of 1000mm is the largest in the industry, giving Sigma a unique advantage to access niche markets. 

“In Vinsak, we found a reliable partner who has supported us in deciding the specifications of the equipment to suit our current and future needs as well to supply the correct tooling, ancillaries as well as complete installation and training support of this project and enabled us to start production in the shortest possible time.” said Jagannath M Wagle, managing director of Sigma.

Sigma is a manufacturer of self-adhesive labels in the industry since 2010  Starting with four-color printing, Sigma is into multicolor label printing on narrow web flexo presses.

Vinsak is a supplier of printing and packaging solutions in India, Africa, and the Middle East.

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Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

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