Thai Containers Group Adds Region’s First EFI Nozomi Inkjet Press

Southeast Asia packaging leader adds digital capabilities for corrugated market.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI) and Thai Containers Group Co., Ltd. (TCG) in Packaging Business SCG, announced a new digital printing partnership to significantly enhance TCG’s corrugated packaging offerings. The Bangkok-based SCG Group subsidiary – one of Southeast Asia’s leading packaging providers – has purchased an EFI Nozomi C18000 ultra-high-speed, single-pass digital inkjet corrugated packaging press.
The press will be the first EFI Nozomi installation in Asia and will make TCG a regional leader in full-scale, inkjet corrugated production using one of the only digital systems in the world capable of printing up to 10,000 boards per hour.
EFI created an innovative, single-pass, piezo grayscale inkjet writing system for the Nozomi C18000 to deliver accurate, high-fidelity color, including consistent reproduction on solid areas. The press is able to match up to 97% of PANTONE Colors to meet those brands’ stringent brand color requirements.
“This installation is the beginning of an important digital production initiative that TCG will expand as our customers benefit from and accelerate their targeted versioning and localization strategies,” said Poramate Larnroongroj, managing director of TCG.
TCG’s digital press, which features a six-color inkset (CMYK, orange and violet), reduces the time needed to launch new product designs on a broad range of applications, including packaging the company provides for footwear and consumer product shelf-ready packaging. It also gives TCG the ability to create versioned designs for products in the many different local markets the company serves across Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Substrate versatility is a key advantage on the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet press, as it can print on materials from 14-point card stock to triple-wall board, including traditional Kemi, mottled, bleach and kraft materials, at full press-rated speeds.
TCG’s new press is part of a complete ecosystem for corrugated production available from EFI, with Genuine EFI Inks, Fiery DFE technology and an EFI Corrugated Packaging Suite manufacturing execution system workflow.