Insight Graphic Systems, a partner of Diversified Graphic Machinery, is featured in the September/October issue of Folding Carton magazine. Included is below is an excerpt from the article. To view the full article, click here.
“The top end luxury carton market, incorporating hot and cold foil stamping and embossing, has long been known for its above average profit margins — but this specialist market sector is increasingly coming under margin pressure — whether that be in the US, Europe or Asia.
Like all major carton end-user sectors, run lengths over the last five years, even in the luxury carton sector, are becoming ever shorter — but the long press set-up time for each hot foil job remains constant, continually squeezing profit margins.
Another market pressure for those carton makers specializing in hot foiling is the growing interest from traditional converters looking to capitalise on the luxury carton sector by investing in foiling inline on their litho presses. Needing just a single make- ready, and a single crew, in-line foiling also benefits from negligible tooling costs compared to hot-foiling, virtually assured foil-to-print registration, high running speeds, and also offers the possibility of overprinting the foil to produce a host of colours and effects. However, set against these advantages are the issues which have restricted its uptake. These include the difficulty of effectively curing UV adhesive through darker foils, a lack of the high brilliance that hot foil stamping offers and difficulty in applying registered holograms such as those used for brand protection.”
Founded in 2000, Diversified Graphic Machinery is a print enhancement equipment manufacturer with its Corporate Headquarters in Red Bank, New Jersey and manufacturing facilities in Chicago, Illinois, Torino, Italy and Koga, Japan. DGM has three operating divisions comprising its Manufacturing Division; focused on in-line lithographic cold foil indexing machinery and UV cast and cure machinery; Partner Division, focused on hot foil stamping, die-cutting and blanking equipment through the joint ventures with Iijima Manufacturing Japan, Saroglia Italy and Insight Graphic Systems, Scotland, for their unique die coordinator and a Consumables Division focused on consumables used by print enhancement professionals. DGM also provides used equipment, replacement parts and technical expertise to enable its customers to obtain the best possible production from their equipment.