Coveris invests US$1.86M in linerless label manufacturing capabilities

UK – Sustainable packaging company has invested more than US$1.86 million (£1.5m) in its linerless label manufacturing capabilities.

Coveris Spalding, the group’s linerless labels facility in Lincolnshire, has bought two MPS flexographic wide web presses and made further site infrastructure improvements.

Already manufacturing over one billion linerless labels each year for UK and European FMCG sectors, the company said this investment delivers increased output and supports the facility’s growth plans in existing and diversified markets.

The investment aims to increase the company’s output and support its growth plans in existing and diversified markets.

The two new presses were installed in a staggered program and became operational at the site in September and November.

Capable of printing Coveris’ core linerless formats Slidewrap, c-wrap, envelope, labels for produce punnets, and contour-fitted formats “for skinpack solutions,” the new equipment offers 10-colour flexographic print including decorative cold foil embellishment.

With 100% web inspection capabilities, the investment is said to enable improved quality, color management, and consistency, resulting in the added benefit of reduced waste.

Further aligned with Coveris’ sustainability strategy, No Waste, the MPS presses are more energy efficient and feature E-Sleeve technology for enhanced accuracy, improved setup speeds, and reduction in production waste.

Nigel Hewitt, Coveris’ BU Paper Sales director, said: “The addition of unique wide web capabilities in our world-leading, dedicated linerless labels facility is a significant investment.

“We aim to stay at the forefront of linerless technologies, innovation, and quality alongside a sustainable operational model.

“With this investment, our customers benefit from improved linerless capacity and the newest print technologies, whilst we are also targeting accelerated growth outside of our core meat, fish, poultry and convenience markets.”

Linerless labels are a sustainable solution that features no carrier backing paper and reduces reel weight by up to 40% compared with self-adhesive alternatives.

Coveris’ linerless label formats, supported by the use of approved materials to ensure consistent quality and application, are developed for use with equipment by machinery partner Ravenwood Packaging.

Earlier this month, Coveris launched ReCover, a new business segment that aims to ‘keep plastic circular’.

The ReCover business unit will provide ‘quality’ recyclates for the company’s sites and those of other interested third-party customers.

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