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Clondalkin increases flexible packaging capacity in Europe

September 13, 2013

The company purchased two new Comexi F2 high-speed printing presses for locations in the Netherlands and Germany.

Clondalkin Flexible Packaging Division business unit Engineered Films has completed another multi-million euro investment in two new Comexi F2 high-speed printing presses for its manufacturing locations at Flexoplast in Harlingen, the Netherlands and at Wentus in Höxter, Germany.

According to the company, the presses allow the two businesses to offer increased capacity, and greater manufacturing efficiency and flexibility to their existing blue-chip customer base as well as allowing additional customers to take advantage of top quality printed film laminates product range produced by Flexoplast and Wentus.

The latest presses follow significant production investments at both sites over the past five years. These capital investments included a Comexi F1 10-color press, Comexi eight-color press and Reifenhäuser five-layer barrier extruder at Flexoplast and a Comexi F1 eight-color press, Reifenhäuser 5-layer barrier cast film line, Langlaser slitter and Norrdmechanica duplex lamination machine at Wentus.

Engineered Films Managing Director Jeroen van der Meer, says, “The Comexi F2 Flexographic printing presses are state-of-the-art machines enabling high definition printing that achieves excellent color quality and vibrant images to enhance our customers’ brands and product shelf space impacts. These enhancements are increasingly important for our customers as packaging convenience and presentation quality are key differentiators as customer buying behavior is strongly influenced by the efficiency and feel and look of packaging."

The expansion in production capacity will enable further growth in key market segments including pre-packers and fresh food, frozen food and alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, the company says.

Van der Meer continues, “Sustainability is one of the key drivers of our corporate social responsibility policy and the new presses are equipped with advanced technologies to reduce energy consumption and to decrease set-up and printing waste.”
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