“Proximity to our customers and to the market is important,” says Skanem’s owner and CEO, Ole Rugland. “Last year we acquired Skanem Introl and Skanem Introl-Print, based respectively in Poland and Moscow. Now we are moving into the Asian market and Thailand is an ideal base for us.” Skanem has 12 labeling facilities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Germany, Poland, and Russia. The company employs 1,100 staff, and in 2005 saw sales reach €156 million ($201 million).
Early equipment decisions include two nine-color Nilpeter FA-4 UV flexo presses. Both have a 16" web width while one will include a gravure module. They bring the total number of Nilpeter presses in use throughout the Skanem Group to 24, augmenting machines from a number of different press manufacturers. Described by Nilpeter as its third generation series, the servo driven presses include a range of printing options and are suitable for multi-substrate printing.