From left to right: Patrick Jansen, managing director Metaprint, Ronald Koenen, key account manager Agfa, Bert Trompetter, CtP operator Metaprint and Jan Mones, production manager Metaprint.
Complete Agfa prepress for Metaprint
Metaprint in Heerenveen has invested in a completely new prepress configuration from Agfa. The company specializes in printing metal, such as aerosol cans.
Metaprint’s parent company in Estonia has previously worked closely with Agfa. Patrick Jansen, managing director Metaprint Netherlands explains: “In Estonia, Agfa had already proven to be a reliable partner, who, like us, considers ecology to be of paramount importance. It was therefore a logical step to consult them for the expansion of our production in the Netherlands.”
The core of the investment is a thermal VLF (Very Large Format) computer-to-plate engine from Agfa’s Avalon N range. This platesetter can handle printing plates up to 2900 x 1350 mm and achieve a maximum throughput speed of 70 B1 plates per hour. At Metaprint, the Avalon N is fed by a skid loader. The Avalon N VLF range is available in different levels of automation for commercial and packaging printers.
Ecological printing plate production
An Arkana 125 processor with Energy Elite Eco printing plates provides time-saving plate processing with minimal consumption of chemicals. Thanks to Agfa’s patented gum cascade system, in which the gum both cleans the plate and protects it with a finishing layer, the Arkana no longer needs water to rinse the plate.
Ronald Koenen, key account manager at Agfa: “The Arkana produces up to 50% less waste compared to other systems on the market. In addition, its long bath life significantly reduces maintenance frequency, while the clean chemistry used in the system reduces maintenance time. Arkana makes a perfect combination with the Energy Elite Eco printing plate.”
Arkana’s cascading gum system
Jansen explains: “Ecology is very important to Metaprint We are ISO14001 certified and are constantly looking for the latest ecological solutions throughout the entire packaging production chain that have the smallest possible environmental impact. We do this because we are convinced that sustainable business pays off, and also because our customers attach importance to it. As our partner for prepress, Agfa can optimally support our strategy in the field of sustainability.”
We are convinced that sustainable business pays off. As our partner for prepress, Agfa can optimally support our strategy in the field of sustainability.
Metaprint also chose Agfa’s integrated workflow solution Apogee for this investment. “With Apogee, Metaprint manages every phase of the production process from a single user interface,” says Koenen. “Even jobs that consist of several parts are easily processed. The latest version offers new tools, improved performance and a unique cloud-based solution.”
Metaprint in Heerenveen is part of Metaprint from Estonia. Since 2003, Metaprint has been producing three-piece decorated aerosol cans at its facilities in Talinn, Parnu, and Saint Petersburg; since 2017 also in the Netherlands from the Heerenveen facility. Since then, the Dutch branch has experienced spectacular growth, leading to the head office deciding to set up a coating and printing line in the Netherlands, both for its own aerosol production and for contract printing for third parties.
This article also appeared in PRINTMatters (in Dutch)