Skanem’s plant in Thailand is on schedule for a start-up planned for early 2007. The factory occupies 45,208 square feet of space and is located 35 miles south of Bangkok. The Olso, Norway based labeling group says the plant will serve as its Asian base, and help meet an increasing demand for quality labels and packaging from the larger multinational manufacturers established in East Asia. The total Asian market for self-adhesive labels is said to be expanding at 15 to 20 percent per year and is forecast to take a 37 percent share of global label consumption by 2010.
“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.