Established 10 years ago in the Binh Tan District of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Viet Spring is a label converter that combines the best of eastern and western technology to provide its customers with innovative solutions to their labelling issues.
“We would like to help make our customers’ products stand out from the competition by adding more shelf appeal. With consumer attention so short and shelves so cluttered, products need high visibility to secure purchase – that’s our aim here,” said Khuyen Pham, the company’s dynamic Sales & Marketing Director, who leads a team of 30 employees.
Production in the 1000 sq/m facility just west of the city centre is carried out on a variety of rotary and semi-rotary presses, using both letterpress and flexo techniques in up to six colours. Viet Spring manufactures labels for the food and drink market as well as for the household goods, cookware, electrical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors, along with laminate tubes, pop up labels, peel/reseal, and seals for screw caps. One lollipop barcode label is produced at a rate of 500,000 per day!
Substrates in daily use include PE, PP, and PET that all need surface treatment to improve ink adherence, and it was this requirement that brought Vetaphone corona technology to the company’s attention. “We have a cooperative arrangement with a local label printer who has a digital press fitted with a Vetaphone corona treater – and it was on his recommendation that we contacted the manufacturer via its agent for Vietnam, Song Song Co Ltd.”
Speaking for Song Song, Sales & Business Development Manager Nguyen Anh Tu (aka Max) commented: “It was good to sell Viet Spring its first corona treater and see how quickly the company is growing. With filmic labels so much in demand, the need for high-quality reliable surface treatment will continue to grow, and nobody does that better than Vetaphone, who invented the process.”
The order for a VE1A-C 410mm corona treater with six electrodes was placed in 2021 and it was installed during the Covid pandemic on an Etirama flexo press that Viet Spring currently uses mainly for varnishing, laminating, and finishing. “We have a very discerning customer base that we are keen to build up and keep long-term so have worked hard to gain global industry standards like ISO and HACCP – these are seen as independent marks of our product quality and production efficiency and give our customers assurance of a hassle-free working relationship.”
If business continues to grow at the same pace, Viet Spring will soon need another press and more floorspace, a prospect that excites Khuyen Pham: “Our aim is to build and sustain the business with top-quality customer service supported by the best technology, and Vetaphone is part of our future plans.”