Mac Rosenbaum, vice president of F.L. Smithe, says, “We nearly doubled the number of presses sold in 2006 over 2005. And in 2005 we virtually doubled the number of presses delivered in 2004. It’s very gratifying to see the industry respond so positively to our new Aquaflex product line. We’ve all worked very hard to make the line relevant to the printer’s present and future needs.”
While company officials declined to reveal specific sales data, they report that production lines have been booked for months in advance, and that capacity in the 200,000 square foot manufacturing plant is full.
Aquaflex was acquired by F.L. Smithe in 2004. The company modified the product line by incorporating its extensive experience in servo driven machinery. Since then it has introduced the FPC Servo press, featuring a robust inline print head and advanced sleeve technology, as well as the ELS Servo press for tags, labels and flexible packaging. The ELS prints on traditional label substrates as well as film, and is priced lower than the FPC.
Aquaflex presses range from 10" to 32" and almost every size in between. With the addition of the ELS Servo, the entire Aquaflex line is now film capable.