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Erik van der Heiden, international sales manager, Flexo Wash at Plastindia 2018. Photo PSA

Denmark-based Flexo Wash is one of the world’s leading producers of machines for anilox cleaning, plate washing, parts washing machines along with distillation unit for solvent

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recovery. It caters to customers across the printing industry, including flexo and gravure, corrugated, offset and coating. Flexo Wash has over 4000 installations worldwide at some of the leading and globally reputed packaging converters.

In India, Flexo Wash has 60 installations at some of the leading companies, such as Amcor, Dynaflex, Huhtamaki, IDMCL, Mehta Flex, Parakh Agro, Shrinath Rotopack, Tetra Pak, Uflex and Vijayneha Polymers, etc.

“By the end of 2019 we expect to have at least 100 installations,” Erik van der Heiden, international sales manager, Flexo Wash told Packaging South Asia during Plastindia 2018 where the company was exhibiting some of its solutions.

van der Heiden said that manual cleaning will not last for very long in India as converters have become conscious and will be compelled to consider the environment and the effects that manual cleaning has on it. “Food companies, especially global majors, will push the printing and packaging industry to use more eco-friendly cleaning equipment,” he says.

Talking about other South Asian markets, van der Heiden said that Pakistan is an interesting market for the company and Flexo Wash has about 25 projects there.

Currently, the company is working on new products for the Indian market but van der Heiden did not offer details and said, “We are looking at launching new products that will help customers to raise their quality levels and productivity by reducing wastage and downtime. Products are under development, but I cannot provide any further details at this moment.”

KV Hebbar of Scanvik Packaging, exclusive agents for India and Sri Lanka says, “We are very confident of the various innovative, environment-friendly and dedicated cleaning solutions offered by Flexo Wash, which has made it possible to establish them in India as a leading player committed to this growing market.”

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