One of Vietnam’s leading narrow web converters, Anlac Labels, has Vetaphone Corona technology fitted to its diverse range of flexo and digital presses. The company, which is part of the Liksin Group, and one of seven production facilities in the country, employs over 150 people at its plant in Long An Province, some one hour’s drive north-west of Ho Chi Minh City.
Established in 1999 as Liksin Labels Printing Enterprise, the company installed its first European narrow web press in 2001, a Nilpeter, before founding Anlac Labels in 2004. In the intervening years a variety of UV-flexo and water-based press technology has been added including machines from Omet, Gallus and Gidue, as well as a digital toner facility from Xeikon.
Anlac prides itself on the quality of its work and service and was the first manufacturer in Vietnam to attain ISO 14001:2014 (Environmental Management System) prior to moving to its purpose-built 5,000sqm facility in Tan Duc Industrial Zone in 2011. Here, in modern facilities it offers a variety of quality labels that include added-value techniques such as hot and coil foil, embossing, coating, lamination and the use of holographic foil for both decoration and product protection.
With the capability of producing a variety of labels from peel-reseal, to thermal, multi-layer, scratch-off and in-mould, Anlac supplies a diverse number of industries. These include pharmaceutical and health and beauty, as well as lubricants and agro-chem in the industrial sector and the customary FMCG products like food, drink, and apparel. In addition to paper-based substrates, Anlac also uses PP, PET and PVC.
Speaking for Anlac, Purchasing Manager Le Quoc Dung (aka Jackie) said: “Consistent performance is vital to us at Anlac if we are to offer a quality product and service to our customers. We have presses from a variety of manufacturers in-house, and four of them have Vetaphone Corona units, which makes life much easier for us. They are compact, easy to maintain, and offer complete reliability, which takes one potential problem out of the production process.”
All four of the Vetaphone units are the standard narrow web VE1A type and are fitted to 8-colour presses that vary from 10 to 20 years in age, so the long-term reliability is well proven. Typical job lengths at Anlac are 100,000 to 200,000 linear metres, run off at around 120m/min, with a split of 65:35 between paper and film substrates. Run lengths on the digital press are from 50 metres upwards. With demand from Vietnamese customers currently growing at around 10% per year, Anlac is already on three-shift production and looking for new ways to increase productivity.