Workz makes $1M upgrade to ‘world’s fastest scratch card press’

Scratch card and packaging printing press of Workz Group

Upgrade to production facility increases speed and capacity by 30%


Workz, the secure printing and supply chain services provider has today completed its $1 million upgrade of its Dubai scratch card printing facility allowing it to increase running speeds by 30% and subsequently boost its production capacity to over 150 million cards per month. The upgrade comprises of multiple enhancements including a new UV inkjet variable data printer, additional inline print stations and card wrapping machines as well as camera and data verification upgrades. The custom-built, 40 metre long press, converts raw paper into finished product in less than two minutes and is believed to be the fastest running scratch card press in the world.


The inkjet upgrade has significantly improved the efficiency of its variable data printing with the company now being able to enjoy a 60% reduction of ink usage through the implementation of piezo drop-on-demand technology which controls ink flow avoiding wastage by ensuring each drop is applied only where required. It has also expanded the variable data printing capabilities which now include multiple language options such as Arabic, Hindi and Farsi as well as offering an extended range of QR code options. The 2D barcode format for which Workz was the first telecoms manufacturer in the region to print.


These upgrades, which have been combined with a newly sourced extra-strong board using nanoparticule manufacturing technologies, have enabled Workz to develop a stronger, more durable scratch card which is of particular importance in markets where end-user damage is rife. Features of the new card include a smooth, easy to scratch, latex scratch panel, with a reinforced scratch area underneath that has proven to improve the card’s durability (overscratch performance) by over 200%. Another resulting product enhancement is the product’s new anti-tamper security panel which protects the PIN number from being fraudulently exposed.


We are excited to implement this upgrade as it enhances our product offering. We recognise customers need a reliable, high-quality recharge card at a low cost and we deliver these benefits through our commitment, experience and continual investment in the latest and most advanced technologies available in the market today.
Brad Taylor, Workz Director


Published in: Printweek MEA | Trade Arabia


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