By Oleg Litvinov
Chinese company HanGlobal, part of the Hanglory Group based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, showcased its label UV inkjet printer LabStar330S, along with the LabStar330S Hybrid at Labelexpo Americas 2022 last month. A number of Hanglory subsidiaries have signed remarketing agreements with European distributors. This article looks at the scope and reach of Hanglory inkjet offers in the West.
The Hanglory Group owns seven high-tech enterprises which provide printing solutions for industrial printing in different industries. Sectors covered include advertising, home improvement, clothing, textiles, packaging, books, labels, printed circuit boards, 3C electronics, and others. Hanglory Group subsidiaries include HanGlobal (labels, books and publishing printing), Hanway (Corrugated printing), HanSharp (PCB Inkjet), HanTop (flatbed and roll UV printing), CNTOP (Garment Printing), HOMER (textile printing) and Zhuhai Dongchang Pigment Co., Ltd. (production and sales of digital inkjet inks).
HanGlobal launched its first single-pass, industrial digital label press, the LabStar 330 in 2017. In 2022 it presented the next generation of LabStar, the LabStar 330S, a UV inkjet press for digital label printing and hybrid integration.
The LabStar330S is a compact and flexible digital label printer using the new generation Kyocera multi-stage ink drop technology. It achieves printing speed up to 50 m/min and resolution 600×1200 dpi. According to HanGlobal, in the basic configuration with CMYK and optional white, the press can reproduce up to 70% of Pantone colors and achieve up to 65% white opacity. The basic configuration includes roll lift on the unwinder, electronic web guide, corona treater, double side web cleaning, LED pinning, chill roller and roll lifter on rewind. A double white option is available, as well as a hybrid version of the press. With the Smart Saver feature, the customer can rewind the end of the job to the start of the job reducing media waste. The size of the press has been reduced by more than 30% with all electrical cabinets combined into the press and shorter web path.
HanGlobal has also launched the LabStar330S Hybrid, which adds a flexo unit to further extend the range of application compatibility, and a converting module to improve printing efficiency and to reduce the running cost.
Many Presses – Few in the West (So Far)
Hanglobal is a well-known and successful company in China, but it has not yet landed in Europe or North America, which are certainly more demanding than the Asian market.
Recently, the Italian company Fornietic signed a partnership with Hanglobal Corp which provides Fornietic the exclusive marketing rights for LabStar in Europe and Italy. This partnership already reported its first LabStar sale to an Italian labeling company. From September LabStar 330S will also be installed in the Fornietic’s demo room.
In the field of book, publication and transactional printing, HanGlobal offers the Kirin family of mono and 4/4 digital inkjet printing systems. These presses are suitable for printing on uncoated paper with water-based pigment ink and are available in roll widths of 440, 560 and 660 mm and a speed of 100 m/min. One machine has already been sold in Russia aiming to replace defunct western digital printing presses that can’t be serviced due to sanctions after the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It has also been reported that one Kirin press is to be installed in Poland.
HanGlory Group is also a strong player in corrugated printing. ShenZhen Hanway Industrial Digital Equipment Co. Ltd., is the subsidiary producing industrial inkjet printing machinery for corrugated cardboard.
The Hanway range of digital printing machines also includes two models of single-pass Glory and Revo/HighJet multi-pass printers. The company has also produced a digital printing machine that not only prints on corrugated board, but also slots and scores the board.
It is worth noting, that the Xeikon IDERA single-pass, water-based post-print solution for corrugated packaging converters uses hardware based on the Hanway Glory.
In June 2020 Hanway entered into an agreement with GTS (Europe) Ltd to act as one of its international sales agents in Europe. GTS represents Hanway in the UK, Ireland and certain countries within Europe. According to David Williams, Managing Director of GTS, the Hanway high speed, single-pass, digital machine is ideal for mid-volume jobs and allows box makers to fulfil the requirements of their customers, while ensuring full recyclability of the finished box.
Before the end of 2021 GTS installed the UK’s first Hanway HighJet 2500 REVO Pro at Weedon PSC, a Staffordshire-based printer of both corrugated packaging and point of sale (POS) displays. The machine is fully automated and comes with an automatic feeder, stacker and full tunnel dryer. It can print in four or six colours with hot air drying. The use of water-based ink makes it safe for food contact. The Hanway HighJet Revo 2500W Pro can print at speeds of up to 300 sqm/hr. high resolution mode, rising to 600 sqm/hr in production mode. “Hanway has sold over 300 multi-pass digital printing machines globally and the Revo Pro has a proven track record” says Weedon Group’s operations director Peter Weedon.
Meanwhile, the company has also established dealer relationships in Spain, Romania, Tukey, Poland, Austria, France, Bulgaria and Russia who are responsible for sales and local services. Two Hanway presses – Revo 2500W at Gofromir company and HighJet 2500B at “Top Produсt” have been installed in Russia by Nissa Centre, the Hanway and HanGlobal distributor in that country.
A Rapidly Developing Market
When “Made in China” products just started to spread across the world, they became a symbol of low price and low quality. Today there are still plenty of cheap, low-quality products to be found, but China-made goods are becoming identified with efficient manufacturing, high quality and reliability.
China inkjet manufacturers, like the Chinese manufacturing industry, have their core competitive advantages in terms of good quality and low price. China is the world’s largest purchaser of print heads. There are many more Chinese printer brands than we realized in each segment of the inkjet market in the printing industry. In the past 30 years, China’s manufacturing industry has achieved rapid development and its production inkjet presses definitely deserve attention.
Oleg Litvinov is a freelance business development consultant based in Brussels, Belgium.
He has been active in the printing industry for more than 20 years, specializing in Digital printing. Previously, with CREO, Oleg was responsible for the pre-sale analysis and support of Kodak distributors in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic States and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and subsequently negotiated Kodak’s largest contract in Russia. He has also held positions with Fuji Xerox and Canon supporting Russia and the APAC region. Leveraging this business experience along with an engineering background, Oleg has developed a strong track record for defining and implementing total printing solutions for customers.