European packaging company Model Group is to install a Landa S10 in the Czech Republic, furthering its ability to produce high quality packaging jobs at varying run lengths.

As a family run business established over 140 years ago, Model Group today has five production plants alone in the Czech Republic, with two specialising in solid board and laminated packaging and three focused on corrugated products. Overall, the group is represented in seven countries with its own branches in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Croatia and Slovakia, as well as the Czech Republic. The group has a turnover of €1.2 billion and employs more than 4500 people across Europe.

It is an existing user of digital, as exampled by the recent installation of an EFI Nozomi 14000 LED in Weinfelden, Switzerland.

The new Landa press will be used to provide mainstream digital packaging, as well as opening a new just-in-time product offering for the Czech Republic and adjacent markets. Specifically, the Landa S10 will produce high quality packaging jobs at varying run lengths, featuring variable data for local consumer offers, as well as being used to significantly reduce excess inventory and its associated cost and waste.

Further, the Landa S10 will support the company’s ‘all under one roof’ business model, including product design, testing, manufacturing, printing, assembly, storage, delivery and even product retrieval.

Josef Chalupny, chief operating officer at Model Group in the Czech Republic, commented, ‘We had been watching the digital packaging market for many years, specifically looking for a solution to support new JIT services – a potential growth area for us. The Landa press was the only technology fast enough, and with the colour gamut and high print quality – which is comparable if not better than traditional print – to support the wide range of products and markets we serve. And that includes everything from FMCG, to pharma, auto and anything in between.’

The company also recognised other benefits of the press, such as the ability to serve longer runs as well as sustainability – which ultimately, was cited as a big reason for the Landa purchase.

‘As a business, we’re committed to reducing our carbon dioxide footprint,’ said Mr Chalupny. ‘The Landa S10 is a good fit as it’s been designed with eco-conscious choices in mind – from the machinery down to its unique NanoInk – and our impression thus far have been exceptional. Not only does it have a virtually zero-waste set-up, but it will enable our customers to dramatically reduce their run sizes. This reduces the need for storage of unwanted stock, and the environmental impact of the associated logistical and operational activities used to support that stock.’

Sharon Cohen, chief business officer at Landa Digital Printing, said, ‘We are thrilled to have Model Group join the Landa family. Josef and his colleagues have deep understanding of their customers’ current need and future trends, and have searched diligently for a solution that addresses those requirements. We are excited to support Model in executing its just-in-time and in-house strategy and help leverage a competitive edge. Having Model as our customer is testament to our value to the market and another step in our success. We look forward to supporting them on this journey.’

Mr Chalupny concluded, ‘If this initial purchase goes well, we’re likely to install other nanographic presses throughout the group.’