Labelexpo 2023 has chartered new levels of success for Ravenwood with increased visitor attendance and more sales leads than ever before. The ‘world-class leaders in linerless’, unveiled two new machines on their totally bespoke built stand at this year’s show; the all new Nobac 40 Vac, the world’s first linerless promo flash labeller, along with the Nobac 1500, their new linerless top and base labeller. The new machinery innovations joined Ravenwood’s established range of machinery including the Com500, Nobac 5000A and Nobac Stacker.
Visitors to the stand found the new machines to be very impressive. The Nobac 40 Vac flash labeller featured to a Nobac 5000A linerless applicator and demonstrated line speeds of 40 metres per minute. When comparing to its self-adhesive counterparts, the 40 Vac is considered to be a sustainable and cost-effective alternative. Various mountings are available for this machine and there is the option for a conventional beak apply system.
The Nobac 1500 also generated a great deal of interest. The linerless top and base labeller has been launched to replace similar self-adhesive labellers in the same class. The 1500 applies linerless labels in paper and plastic weights ranging from 100 – 200 gsm, across conventional MAP trays with no protrusion. The flexible 1500 can be linked to weigh-price labellers with the option of being supplied as a standalone top labeller or top and (or) base with an integral conveyor.
The star of the show, has to be the Com500 Coater which was on ‘demo’ on the life-sized video wall. Designed and manufactured in the UK, this machine ‘makes’ linerless labels. Linerless is a specialist process that applies silicone and strips of hot melt adhesive to pre-printed labels, in key areas, resulting in label reels that are pressure sensitive and have no need for backing paper. Subsequently, these reels have 40% more labels per roll and require 40% less storage space. The absence of the liner means that the technology is highly sustainable with no requirement for landfill, incineration or recycling programmes.
Ravenwood also showcased the following:
- Nobac 5000A – automatic flagship linerless applicator.
- Nobac Stacker – Ravenwood’s entry-level linerless cutting and stacking machine which is perfect for short label runs and manual label application.
Paul Beamish, Ravenwood’s Managing Director had this to report: “The show proved to be a great platform to show off our new technologies which seemed to draw in the crowds. Our new innovations have filled in certain ‘gaps’ in the linerless market.
He added: “When reflecting back to the 2019 show, many of our visitors were largely unaware of linerless but this year, they already knew about our technologies and wanted to find out more. Captured leads have soared by 172% when comparing to 2019 and feedback from the printers suggests that this is as a direct result of customer demand.
The shift toward linerless labels over self-adhesive is driven by a combination of factors, including sustainability, cost-efficiency, productivity gains, versatility, aesthetics, and regulatory compliance. As businesses and consumers increasingly prioritise these aspects, the popularity of linerless labels is expected to continue its upward trajectory.
Ravenwood’s stand at Labelexpo 2023 attracted printers and label converters from across the globe, but most were from Europe, Asia, South Africa and South America. Ravenwood is supported by its extensive machinery and printer network which allows Ravenwood to offer a truly world-class linerless global service to all of its customers.
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