Innovative wood decoration technology set to increase production throughput and flexibility for Nanaholy Furniture (International) Group
EFI reported the first sale in China of its innovative wood decorating system, the EFI™ Cubik S1400 single-pass digital inkjet printer, to Zhejiang Nanaholy Furniture Group Co. Ltd. Headquartered in Longyou RosewoodLand, Zhejiang Province, Nanaholy is the largest furniture manufacturer in China, with 620,000 square meters (6.67 million square feet) of manufacturing space and an extensive research and development department.
The Nanaholy brand is well-known in China, having been recognized as one of the top 10 furniture brands in China’s furniture industry multiple years in a row. This acquisition further cements Nanaholy’s leadership position by adding high-quality, direct-to-wood digital staining for the manufacture of furniture door panels and similar products.
“Previously, we were using multi-pass UV inkjet for printing on doors and other wooden materials,” said a Nanaholy spokesperson. “This technology was unable to keep up with our production requirements. With the EFI Cubik S1400, we will be able to increase our production capacity, giving us the ability to rapidly meet customer demands while still leaving room for growth.”
High-end, fast productivity with a 1.4-m print width
The EFI Cubik S1400 is an industrial-class decoration system for flooring, doors, panels and furniture. It has up to 12 ink stations that decorate wood with a natural look, even on rough surfaces. The Cubik S1400 has a printing width of 1.4 meters (55 inches) and can run at speeds up to 60 linear meters (197 linear feet) per minute. Unlike conventional analog wood decoration processes, the printer can produce high volumes of decorated product on demand with reduced set-up times – with no printing plates to create and no need to keep finished inventory in stock.
Nanaholy’s Cubik S1400 printer will use EFI mineral inks, which provide consistent, high-quality staining without affecting the natural properties of the wood. In addition to their effectiveness for furniture and interior flooring, the mineral inks are also a good choice for outdoor applications as they have an excellent lightfastness in comparison to other UV ink options. The EFI Cubik S1400 with mineral inks is a fast, ideal solution for staining hardwood, veneers and plywood, and users can avoid the time and expense of applying primer to boards prior to running them through the printer.
Nanaholy’s new digital printer is expected to be in operation by the end of 2020.