Since its inception in 1984, the Barthel Group has continued to expand and develop its business, which in more recent times has seen the company embark on the acquisition trail. One of the newest Group members is ATB-Systemetiketten based in Herne in the industrial Ruhr area of Germany. Already equipped with LeoLED curing, manufactured by UK-based GEW, the ATB production facility was recently enhanced by the installation of two Mark Andy Evolution 5 narrow web flexo presses, which were also fitted with LeoLED technology.
In addition to expanded production capacity, the new technology falls in line with the Group’s stance on environmental protection and sustainability. “We have focussed for many years on resource-saving production processes to minimize energy and material waste wherever possible,” he adds. This applied not only to the choice of LED UV curing, which offers longer lamp life with reduced energy and heat flow, but the elimination of ozone and the need for extraction facilities.
Andreas Puzik, managing director at ATB says, “In addition to the ecological aspects, the new Mark Andy Evolution presses had to meet the highest levels of productivity, process speed and print quality. So, we opted to fit both with Martin Automatic MBS unwind splicers and ABG automatic rewinders.”