Massilly North America chooses new Koenig & Bauer metal decorating press

Massilly North America Inc is investing in its first new Koenig & Bauer MetalStar 3 metal decorating press.

The global metal packaging manufacturing and distribution company is headquartered in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and serves North and South America.

Garnet Lasby, president of Massilly North America, said: “We service a wide range of customers in Canada, the US, and Central/South America from small local gourmet jam and sauce producers, to national co-packers of products like pasta sauces, salsas and pickles, all the way to major multinational distributors and brands.”

“To support our recent and future growth we required additional capacity and turned to the MetalStar 3. We have other Koenig & Bauer equipment in the facility already, which is running quite well. Last year the Massilly Group installed a multi-colour MetalStar 3 in a facility in Western Europe. It is very similar to the one we are installing so we are familiar with the high performance of the line.”

The new MetalStar press, which will be installed at the firm’s 250,000 sq ft facility, will handle the bulk of Massilly’s printing work, according to Lasby. The advanced sheet transfer technology allows for superior registration, and the highest printing quality at the fastest speed and largest sheet sizes. The faster throughput, auto wash and automated plate changes will allow the firm to improve its turnaround time for printed orders, which will be a direct benefit to its customers, he adds.

Massilly says its growth continues to come from customers who are moving away from plastic single use packaging into metal and glass for environmental reasons. The company’s metal caps get recycled to make new metal caps with no degradation to the steel. This move into metal closures also allows for multi-colour decoration, unlike on plastic closures, allowing brands to differentiate on the shelf. Glass jars with highly decorated closures are still seen as a premium package, and with the environmental benefits Massilly expects to see even more demand for metal printing.

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