EFI’s Nozomi C18000 Plus Printer is Driving Turkey’s Leading Corrugated Company into Digital Production

Electronics For Imaging reports that Istanbul-based Modern Ambalaj has installed an EFI Nozomi C18000 Plus single-pass inkjet corrugated packaging printer. Founded in 1997, Modern Ambalaj is Turkey’s largest producer of corrugated packaging, operating out of six factories making approximately 600,000 tons of corrugated packaging annually. Modern is continuing to grow, with the Nozomi installation in its Manisa factory helping to increase total production capacity to 800,000 tons in 2022. Additional investments at a Modern Ambalaj plant in Turkey’s Sakarya province will further increase the company’s overall annual production capacity to 900,000 tons in 2023.
With its proven high quality and high-volume output, the EFI Nozomi single-pass system installed in Istanbul delivers the world’s leading single-pass inkjet corrugated printing capabilities. The C18000 Plus model of the multiple award-winning digital direct-to-board Nozomi production platform includes a number of enhancements that further expand Modern Ambalaj’s offerings.
The newly installed printer reflects Modern Ambalaj’s focus on remaining ahead of trends to help make its customers more successful. “The Turkish corrugated packaging industry needs fast and high-quality digital solutions to adopt new market demands,” says Modern Ambalaj general manager Kubilay Alkan of his new single-pass inkjet corrugated production workhorse.
A key enhancement to the Nozomi C18000 Plus is a transport that provides consistent throughput at higher speeds and with fewer interruptions, along with a patented vacuum table system that eliminates warping, making the printer even more productive and profitable. The 1.8-m-wide printer also features an improved inspection system to help users monitor quality and quickly identify inkjet nozzle issues or other defects. Busy shops like Modern Ambalaj also appreciate the Nozomi C18000 Plus printer’s rush proof feature, which can generate and output a proof within 90 seconds while another job is running on the printer.
Operating at speeds up to 75 linear m/min –— producing up to 10,000 890x890-mm boards per hour two-up — the printer also features advanced coater options, including a quick-change anilox coater for improved performance. In addition to its standard CMYK ink set, Modern Ambalaj’s printer features orange, violet, and white ink options for an imaging gamut that can reach up to 97% of PANTONE Colors. Modern Ambalaj’s new printer also includes the latest version of the EFI Fiery NZ 1000, an advanced digital front end print server offering significant production advantages, including exceptional color management and a powerful Smart Ink Estimator feature that accurately analyses image data for more-precise control of ink costs.
“The corrugated industry continues its progression toward digital print adoption, and we are excited to help continue that market transformation with Modern Ambalaj’s installation of the first EFI Nozomi printer in Turkey,” says Evandro Matteucci, VP and general manager, packaging and building materials, EFI. “The adoption of EFI direct-to-board inkjet printing by this outstanding and well-respected company demonstrates the value that adding high-quality digital printing to the corrugated production process can bring to even the most well-managed packaging businesses.”

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