Sustainable flexible packaging specialist Eco Flexibles has installed the first-ever Fujifilm Jet Press FP790 outside of Japan.

Located at the company’s new state-of-the-art 40,000 sqft factory in Northampton, UK, the investment in the Fujifilm Jet Press FP790 is intended to enhance the company’s sustainability focus by using water-based inks.

Unlike conventional digital presses that rely on toners and electrographic inks, the FP790’s use of water-based inks drives down carbon impact.

With the investment, Eco Flexibles can now access production speeds of up to 75m/min, more than 90% of Pantone colours without more costly spot colour inks, water-based inks with up to 1200 dpi resolution, an integrated inspection tower, and reductions in lead times due to the elimination of plate making requirements.

Eco Flexibles general manager David Smith commented: “We are in a sustainability-centric market where ‘good enough’ is no longer good enough for brands; we must be constantly pushing harder for lower carbon emissions and higher quality.”

In addition to the FP790 installation, Eco Flexible’s multi-million pound investment incorporates complementary equipment, including Nordmeccannica laminators and ASHE slitting lines.

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Fujifilm EMEA head of packaging Manuel Schrutt added: “Our expertise within inkjet technology has now been adapted to meet the requirements of the mainstream flexible packaging market.”

In late 2023, Fujifilm introduced the 46kUV Inkjet Printbar System, for industrial production operations to print on various labels and packaging materials.