Italy’s Neri Labels has installed a Screen Truepress L350 SAI E, with the UV inkjet digital press said to have enhanced the company’s possibilities when it comes to digital printing.

Neri Labels was founded by Giampaolo Neri in 1977 and is now headed by his son and group CEO Enrico. It is renowned as a specialist for pharmaceutical applications. When Neri Labels acquired Biemme in 2019, Neri Group was founded, which now consists of 70 employees, nine printing machines, nine operating tables, and numerous finishing machines. There are plants in Barberino di Mugello (Neri Labels), Siena (Etichettificio Senese) and Pozzolengo-Brescia (Biemme).

The Screen SAI E press is Neri Labels’ first foray into inkjet digital printing, and has given the company a more competitive and flexible offering for short print runs in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and detergents.

The company cited the machine’s speed – up to 60m/min – as one of many reasons for its choice, alongside a 330mm print width and minimal changeover time between jobs. The press also offers broad substrate compatibility, runs inks with coverage and natural scratch resistance comparable to screen printing, and reproduces colours with, ‘remarkable brilliance, reaching a wider range of pantone colours and making a superior visual impact,’ noted Neri Labels COO Massimo Cungi, who added, ‘We can adjust the amount of ink to create graphic effects that cannot be reached with other printing technologies.’

The Screen Truepress L350 SAI E’s relatively low environmental impact was another important factor in supporting Neri Group’s choice. The machine allows for a significant reduction in colour and solvents waste by optimising use of these products, as well as minimising raw material waste.

Mr Cungi said, ‘The Screen Truepress L350 SAI E will become a cornerstone for the Neri Group; it will boost our effectiveness and flexibility in the growing digital market.’

He continued, ‘We can offer competitive prices to our customers. This may include a small test round in a new market a customer is exploring, or printing 10 different country-specific labels for the same product.’