Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd. is one of Japan’s leading ink manufacturers. To further advance the development of new inks for the printing of flexible packaging, the company recently decided to invest in an ultra-modern flexo press system from KBA-Flexotecnica, a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA). “With the EVO XD, we have found exactly the press we were looking for. The technology and quality of the press meet all our high demands,” says Naoki Tanimoto, technical division manager for Dainichiseika.

The EVO XD is to be used to test new water-based inks, specifically for printing on plastic films. At the same time, packaging printers will be able to run trials of innovative materials without interrupting their own production. “We are moving forward nicely with KBA-Flexotecnica. The good cooperation with KBA-Digital & Web in the areas of design and development, production and service is bearing fruit. Together, we can implement new ideas and customer-specific solutions even better and faster,” adds Christoph Müller, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG and CEO of KBA-Flexotecnica. The EVO XD is set for commissioning at the production facility in Tokyo by September 2017.

Dainichiseika on the market since 1931

Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals was founded in 1931 and has grown constantly ever since. More than 4,000 employees work for the company around the world. Dainichiseika is well established in numerous fields of ink manufacture, and today develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of both functional printing inks and offset inks for flyers, books and packaging materials, as well as inorganic, organic and prepared pigments for printing, paints and other applications.

EVO XD for flexible use of water-based inks

The eight-colour CI flexo press chosen by Dainichiseika is a version engineered for a web width of 1320 mm and cut-off lengths between 370 and 850 mm from the successful EVO XD series for printing with water-based inks on a broad diversity of substrates such as films, very thin and sensitive “breathable” LDPE, laminated materials and paper. It offers maximum flexibility for the most varied packaging applications and incorporates very energy-efficient dryer systems. The EVO XD uses modules of the current X series and was designed to meet demands for fast job changes, low makeready waste and high productivity even with short runs. The automatic impression system AIF, the highly efficient washing system “Speedy Clean” and the integrated print error detection system enable production to commence without delay.