CCL Tube Inc. recently invested more than $7 million in new German-made silk-screen tube printing machines.
The tube maker announced Jan. 23 it has outfitted its plants in Los Angeles and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with the machines.
``Our plants can silk screen up to 200,000 tubes per day and are capable of supplying larger volumes,'' Los Angeles general manager Andy Iseli said in a news release. ``Adding new automated machines greatly increases our production speed.''
CCL Tube supplies the personal-care, cosmetics and over-the-counter drug markets.
Company officials said the new machines decrease print time by providing one-pass, 1-to-6 color printing on most standard tubes. In addition, the use of flexible inks eliminates cracking or flaking, even with heavily saturated artwork, according to the Los Angeles-based firm.
Silk-screen decorating can be combined with other decorating technologies, including 1-to-8 color offset, hot stamping and pressure-sensitive labeling.
CCL announced Jan. 9 it will relocate its Los Angeles operations this summer from a 150,000-square-foot facility to a new, 101,340-square-foot building in nearby Carson.
CCL Tube is a unit of CCL Industries Inc. of Toronto.