More than 60% of the global volume of pressure-sensitive adhesive labels are produced in the Far East, including those for electronic, medical and pharmaceutical applications. This is the main reason why the company has been founded in Vietnam. Panoval employs 25 people currently and is steadily expanding. The management team consists of seasoned and internationally operational professionals with extensive experience in developing and producing label stock laminates for the most demanding applications. Director Wilco van Zwieten joined Panoval as a Sales Manager in 1993 and is now a key part of that team. His remit is to drive new business and he sees technological advancement and innovation as being pivotal to their success. As he explains: “In such a competitive market, it is the relatively small size of the company and the operation of two very different coating lines that enables us to be so successful. In addition to the higher volume mainstream work we do, our production team are able to run a multitude of smaller specialist jobs, sometimes changing product three or four times in a shift. We use the very latest UV hot melt technology to back up our rubber-based systems. This UV technology is the only one that can potentially replace solvent-based coatings… not right away, but in ten to fifteen years. In order to do this, you need to have a top of the range UV curing solution with all the bells and whistles, that backs that technology up. And that is what we designed, in collaboration with the machine manufacturers and GEW, so we can cater for all of our needs in the next five to ten years. We are future-proofed.”
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Thinh Thieu, Kiet Tran and Wilco van Zwieten with Panoval’s state-of-the-art UV curing system.
Designed and manufactured in the UK by GEW, Panoval’s custom-built UV curing system includes five NUVA2 lampheads, with capacity to fit up to seven lampheads in all, mounted against a Ø1000mm chilled roller on a Sung An Machinery (SAM) coating line. The lamps are mounted around the drum on a solid frame assembly, which is separate from the roller assembly and slides away from its engaged position on rails. This allows access to the roller surface and underside of the lamphead assembly.Read this case study in full on the GEW website
GEW designs and manufactures Arc and UV LED curing systems for, coating and converting applications. The company is the leading manufacturer of UV systems for label and narrow web printing, with a world-class production facility at its UK headquarters, subsidiaries in the USA & Germany, and an extensive network of worldwide distributors.www.gewuv.com