Luxury printed packaging company Curtis Packaging has revealed that its investment in a new Kama ProCut 76 Foil punching, embossing and finishing machine has allowed it to take more control over its specialist finishing service.
Purchased through Friedheim International, which distributes Kama technology in the UK market, the Kama ProCut 76 Foil is now running alongside two Heidelberg cylinders at the company’s facility in Redhill in Surrey.
The decision to invest in the new machine was in response to customer demand at Curtis, with a large number of its customers using hot foil to enhance their cartons. For many years, the company sent this process out to a third-party.
While the company brought this finishing process in house through investment in two older Heidelberg cylinders, such was the level of demand that James Williams, (pictured left) Managing Director at Curtis, said the business needed a faster solution.
“Though these cylinder machines are great, they are slow and as the business grew the need for a faster machine became apparent,” Williams said. “We find that smaller-format foiling and embossing allows us greater quality control and the size of the Kama suited us perfectly. Following a comprehensive demonstration and testing in Dresden, we were confident that the Kama would provide excellent quality and better productivity.”
In terms of how fast Curtis is now able to carry out the hot foil process, Williams said its sheets-to-floor average now stands at 3,000 per hour, compared to 1,000 per hour when using the older cylinders.
Williams also praised the camera registering system and how this will assist with its quality control, adding that the long-term aim of the business is to increase its customer base.
“Fingers crossed in the current climate, but the machine will certainly help our sales team highlight the quality of work we can produce,” Williams said.
Williams was also keen to praise Friedheim International’s role in the process, saying, “They were excellent from the initial enquiry through to installation. Everything was seamless from start to finish.”