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KCS Trade Print makes bold label claim

Cornwall-based KCS Trade Print has claimed that it now runs ‘the most progressive integrated label line in the UK’, having installed the latest inkjet heads from Domino Printing Sciences on its Tamarack system.

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KCS Trade Print claims its integrated label line is one of the most advanced in the UK. Pictured: Terrye Teverson, managing director, KCS Trade Print

The technology essentially enables integrated label forms to be manufactured with barcodes for e-commerce retailers using Collect+ or Royal Mail returns labels in the UK.

The need to include a 2D DataMatrix barcode on all Royal Mail’s tracked 24 and 48 returns labels by the autumn has made this investment even more valuable


“This is a major new investment for KCS,” explains managing director Terrye Teverson, who adds: “We recognised a change in the integrated label market where more carriers were demanding the inclusion of 1D and 2D barcodes. The need to include a 2D DataMatrix barcode on all Royal Mail’s tracked 24 and 48 returns labels by the autumn has made this investment even more valuable.”

KCS now has the ability to take a plain reel of paper, print it across the full width of the 445mm web, add a silicon patch and adhesive, as well as die cut the labels before sheeting to A4 or A5-all in a single pass.

Steve Taylor, area sales manager at Domino, adds: “This was a completely bespoke job. It is the first of its kind in the country and the quality is superb.”

He continues, outlining the importance of this major capital investment for the firm: “The inkjet head element is standalone so it can be used in line with the Tamarack but it can also be pulled out of line for personalisation jobs. KCS Print have really thought about the market they are supplying and have made a great investment for the future.”

The Domino installation is indicative of a much wider trend that is seeing inkjet technology increasingly being retrofitted to existing solutions to cater for a boom in the e-commerce, personalisation, direct mail, and variable data print markets.
Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015 also bore testament to this trend, with the Domino stand swamped with eager printing firms from across Europe researching how they can cash in on these growth sectors.



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