Grupo La Plana acquires the world’s first hybrid printing machine on corrugated board that will soon be installed in its Onda plant, expanding its already extensive printing portfolio.
Valencia, March 2022 . In line with its avant-garde profile, Grupo La Plana has formalized the acquisition agreement of the Kento Hybrid® line, the world’s first and only hybrid printing machine on corrugated board that will be installed in its Packaging Onda production plant, located in the province of Castellón.
The agreement signed by Juan Ignacio Piquer and Javier Quesada – CEOs of Grupo La Plana and Kento, respectively – foresees the installation and activation of the first Kento Hybrid® line in the second quarter of 2022, placing the Castellón group at the forefront of global innovation in printing on corrugated board..
An innovative printing line designed and manufactured in Spain
Kento Hybrid is the result of combining flexographic printing and single-pass inkjet printing, incorporating the advantages of analog and digital into the same production line. This concept was recognized with an innovation award at the last technical seminar of FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Manufacturers.
The analog section – designed by Celmacch, Kento’s industrial partner – prints solid background colors or large masses, or white ink, special or metallic colors. The digital section prints high-resolution full-color images and customized content. All this with a patented high-quality registration control system that monitors each printed sheet using sensors and artificial vision.
This hybrid printing equipment on corrugated board offers new opportunities for mass customization and creativity, both for existing clients and new potential customers.
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World reference in printing
This first line Kento Hybrid® will soon join the Packaging Onda plant of Grupo La Plana, which already concentrates the latest technology in flexographic and digital printing, and which is also the headquarters of its recently opened InnLab, the new innovation center of the group in the province of Castellón, north of Valencia. In addition, the group also has state-of-the-art offset printing machinery in its production plant in Packaging Igualada (Barcelona) and flexographic printing in its Packaging Betxí (Castellón) and Packaging Cenicero (La Rioja) plants.
Once this new line is installed, La Plana Group customers will be able to incorporate new capabilities into their designs, and packaging professionals will be able to visit and learn first-hand about the advantages and benefits of hybrid printing on corrugated board.
This acquisition is an unprecedented milestone in the digital transformation of the corrugated packaging industry, placing Grupo La Plana at the global forefront of the sector, with the most versatile, broad and complete printing portfolio on the market, complementing and enhancing its existing digital printing capacity to date.
About Grupo La Plana www.laplana.com
Grupo La Plana is a family and independent business group, specialized in the manufacture of corrugated and compact cardboard containers and packaging, and point-of-sale exhibition solutions. Since its foundation in 1973 by the Piquer Gumbau family, it has evolved to become one of the main players in its sector, with more than 600 employees.
Specialized in packaging solutions and exhibition formats for sectors such as agriculture, food, beverages, high turnover goods, ceramics and industry, the company has more than 100,000m² of facilities, 5 production plants and 14 assembly centers, with the capacity to manufacture 500 million m²corrugated board per year..
Press contact Grupo La Plana: Raquel Piquer (email@example.com) and Samuel Gómez-Rey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About Kento www.kentodigitalprinting.com
Established in Spain in 2020 with the purpose of transforming the packaging industry, Kento Digital Printing designs and builds innovative hybrid printing lines on corrugated board. Founded by experts in the packaging and digital technology market, with the support of Celmacch, an Italian industrial partner with a long history in the manufacture of high-quality flexographic printers.
Its Kento Hybrid® product combines in a single machine the best advantages of flexography and digital printing, being an ideal complement for plants that already have traditional analog equipment. In 2021 Kento Hybrid received the innovation award from FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.
Kento Press Contact: email@example.com +34 964 890 290.