Investment in Comexi enhances production at Tropic Plastic & Packaging


As a leading flexible packaging producer in the high-growth African region, Tropic Plastic & Packaging has grown to be one of the most modern and well-equipped plastic packaging companies in Southern Africa. The enterprise is well positioned to take advantage of new requirements and developments in the African flexible packaging market, thanks to its investment, innovation and production strategy developed with Comexi technologies.

A family-company with almost 50 years of experience, Tropic Plastic & Packaging has recently installed a new Comexi F2 MB flexographic press. Since 2011, the South African enterprise has been using Comexi technology and is now working with different solutions such as Comexi FPLUS flexographic press and Comexi F2 MP press apart from other machinery.

“It is one of the largest packaging companies in this country, leading in the continent and they are continuously growing, achieving the maximum capacity of our printing technologies,” states Comexi’s area manager in Africa, Miquel Gironès. “We are so pleased to be able to assist them in their expanding plan,” he emphasizes.

The latest Comexi F2 MB press acquisition is an advanced machine dedicated to short and medium runs that shares the patented FLEXOEfficiency concepts or ergonomics and accessibility of the Comexi F2 family. “It is a top performance equipped flexible machine that will broaden Tropic Plastic & Packaging’s market, boosting its production and completing its range of machines currently available,” stresses Gironès. “Comexi is a leader in the industry at the moment when it comes to flexographic printing presses. Their attention to detail is immaculate and all elements are tailor-made for our purposes,” says Ismail Simjee, managing director, Tropic Plastic & Packaging.

In this sense, Simjee underwrites that Comexi’s aftersales service has been the main reason to continue purchasing new machinery from the Spanish group. “Comexi has helped us gain a competitive edge in the Southern African market since partnering up seven years ago and we look forward to continuously growing as a strategic partner in the future,” he says.

Prestigious recognitions
One of the greatest examples of this successful partnership between both the companies was showcased recently when Tropic Plastic & Packaging achieved the most prestigious awards using Comexi’s solutions. In particular, the Southern African enterprise was recognized with a Gold Award from the Goldpack Awards for best overall flexible plastic in South Africa, a Bronze Award from Goldpack Awards for best transit packaging in the country, and a Silver Award for best print quality from Flexographic Print Excellence Awards (FTASA). Besides, in 2016, the company also achieved another FTASA Gold Award for best wide web print quality using a Comexi F2 MP.

“We are extremely ecstatic. It is a brilliant recognition and exposure for both brands and rewards Tropic’s constant investment in innovation giving us the edge over in the South African market. Besides, it boosts the self-esteem of the entire workforce,” explains Simjee.

According to Gironès, “Tropic is a key reference company in this region consistently supplying high quality zero-defect products into the market at very high volumes. We are pleased that Comexi technologies help them win worldwide prestigious prizes.”