Rodden to supply Canon Labelstream in ANZ
Rodden Graphics will supply the Canon Labelstream 4000 digital UV inkjet press in Australia and New Zealand, the deal giving Canon entry into the label market through industry veteran James Rodden.
Rodden will be supplying both the dedicated inkjet press, and the hybrid version, which sees the Canon inkjet engine on an Edale flexo press.
James Rodden said, “We are pleased to partner with Canon and support its distribution for the Oceania market. We are confident that our network will play a key role in growing the presence of the LabelStream 4000 series and in introducing its product portfolio to an increasing customer base in our region.
"Demand for short and medium run labels is growing, and at 75 metres a minute, the Labelstream 4000 is highly productive."
Rodden Graphics was established three years ago when Heidelberg took full distribution of the Gallus press line that James Rodden had represented for 22 years, with Rodden setting up his own agency. It already represents several major players in labels, including Prati label finishing equipment, Edale and Codimag presses, and NonaVic cleaning technologies.
Canon says the agreement between Canon Production Printing and Rodden Graphics comes “on the back of the identification of a significant requirement in the region for digital label printing, driven by an increasing demand for manufacturing flexibility, on-demand production, high-quality and reliable output.”
Craig Nethercott, managing director, Canon Production Printing Oceania, says: “We are confident that we can assist label converters looking to extend profit streams via digital print solutions. To support this growth, the LabelStream 4000 series will be available in both its core solution, providing the ideal introduction into the world of high performance inkjet label printing, as well as its hybrid configuration, enabling a complete inline production of high-quality, self-adhesive labels and a fully integrated, single-pass label conversion line.”
Walter Vogelsberger, VP Digital Packaging Print, Canon Production Printing, says: “With its strong channel presence and established relationships, Rodden Graphics is a trusted partner for its many customers and will be able to increase the value it adds by offering the Canon Production Printing solutions to the Oceania label market.
“Australia is an important market in terms of growth opportunities and the cooperation with Rodden Graphics is a perfect fit to provide customers with access to Canon’s cutting-edge technology supported by our excellent service network,” he adds.
The LabelStream 4000 series is a four- to six-colour UV inkjet press (CMYK, white and orange) that offers print speeds of up to 75 m/min and two print widths of 330 mm or 410 mm, resulting in what Canon claims is “industry-leading” overall output of 1,845sqm an hour. According to Canon it offers minimal set-up times, flexibility to mass customise contents and artwork, while enabling the shortest possible time to market.
The Canon LabelStream 4000 series UV inkjet press has been awarded the Pantone Capable certificate, confirming its reliability and ability to produce a wide range of Pantone colours consistently. Canon says the press is also the first digital press to have been Fogra55 certified by the Fogra Research Institute for Media Technologies by meeting the specifications of its ProcessStandard Digital (PSD) Print Check based on the new seven-colour benchmark gamut.