Second Euclid machine for African printing company

Paulo Monteiro (left) and Carlos Santos with the Highcon Euclid prior to shipment
Paulo Monteiro (left) and Carlos Santos with the Highcon Euclid prior to shipment

Edições de Angola (EAL), a third-generation commercial printing business, is installing a second Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine.

EAL first saw the Euclid machine at Drupa in May 2012 and installed its first machine at their site at the end of 2013. The second machine has now been shipped to the EAL site in Luanda, Angola, Southern Africa.

The 48-year-old family-run company, with over 200 employees, serves its local and international customers with a wide range of digital finishing services, including producing labels, books, boxes, greeting cards, and even using the laser etching for security jobs.

EAL produces these jobs on stock printed both conventionally and digitally; the business is spread over several sites and hosts a number of offset and digital presses.

Carlos Santos, the manager of EAL, said: “We handle a lot of short run jobs and the Highcon Euclid has opened up the market for us. We are able to be far more responsive to our customers, offering rapid turnaround and highly differentiated designs. We ordered the second Euclid machine to cope with the volume of work and also because I can no longer imagine working without it.”

Highcon representative, Paulo Monteiro, added: “EAL is a perfect fit for the Highcon Euclid. They are a dynamic company with a large volume of short to medium run jobs. The Euclid has reduced their need for time-consuming and expensive outsource of conventional dies and has also allowed them to extend their offering to existing customers as well as gain new ones.”

The Highcon Euclid is one of the first fully digital cutting and creasing machines for converting paper, labels, folding carton and microflute. The Euclid incorporates Highcon’s patented ‘DART’ (Digital Adhesive Rule Technology) to produce creases and high-speed laser optics for cutting and etching.