Finland-based Stora Enso and German firm Pfäffle have teamed-up to develop digitally printed packaging for chocolate and confectionery products.
Stora Enso has supplied board materials for the new packaging as part of the partnership.
Pfäffle commissioned a new HP Indigo 30000 digital printing press earlier this month which focuses on folding carton applications for the chocolate and confectionery industry.
The inks used on HP 30000 are said to comply with food regulations, claims Pfäffle.
Pfäffle managing director Detlef Behrens said: "With digital printing, we are able to produce small and medium quantities in as good quality as offset at a very competitive price.
"Time to market and personalisation will be the main drivers for this growing business.
"Our future plan is that our customers can expect delivery times and services that go beyond litho printing."
Stora Enso is consulting chocolate producers and retail brands, where the new packaging has been tested, to ensure ideal print quality of substrates, including Ensocoat, Performa, Tambrite and CKB boards.
"We have done our own tests in cooperation with a Swiss laboratory, and we are happy to say that we can provide digitally printed boxes comparable with litho quality in accordance with food regulations," added Behrens.
The new digitally printed confectionery boxes have been showcased at the ongoing ProSweets 2015.
Image: Stora Enso has supplied board materials for the new confectionery packaging. Photo: courtesy of Stora Enso.