GT Etiketten & Labels, based at Schoonebeek on the Dutch/German border, has added to its Mark Andy flexo press firepower, with two new Evolution Series E5 presses, which it installed in August 2023.

Owned by Gert Talen, the €6.2m company is mostly engaged in producing work for the food sector, with logistics and pharmaceuticals making up the remaining 20% of its work. It opened in 2020 and has been achieving growth of 20% year on year. Mr Talen runs the business with his son Luke, daughter Anna and around a dozen additional staff.

The new presses – which join an existing Evolution Series E3 machine – are both 8-colour presses, with a 430mm web width, and GEW’s LED/UV curing capability. They also have ABG Vectra turret rewinders, Teknek web cleaning, Vetaphone corona treatment, delam/relam, turnbars, cold foil, die cutting, pre-register capability, a BST Powerscope vision system, and a servo-driven cantilevered lower rewind with 40-inch (1016mm) capacity and taper tension.

While GT Etiketten is currently mostly printing on top-coated paper substrates, Mr Talen sees a swing towards PP and PE films for their recyclability. ‘We are currently trialling water-wash adhesives that will save around 80% of recycling costs over the way the labels are currently produced,’ he said.

The company is supplying both printed and blank labels, with printed work able to be cold foiled, laminated or varnished in matt, gloss or UV finishes, and with a peel-reseal facility to double the image area. Blank labels are supplied in rolls or sheets, using various FSC papers and plastic substrates, and with a selection of adhesives, including removable and permanent acrylic, permanent hotmelt and permanent frozen glue.