K&B Rapida 106 7-color UV with double coater for Rehmpack

New Rehmpack plant in Karachi set to open in mid-2018

L-R, seated: Bhupinder Sethi, Koenig & Bauer, and Anis Ahmed Barry, chief executive officer, Rehmpack; standing: Zia Anis Barry and Atif Anis Barry, both directors of Rehmpack

Rehmpack, one of the largest packaging printers in Pakistan, has built a new 200,000 square foot plant in the Port Qasim Industrial Area, which is one of the two seaports in Karachi. The plant is set to be operational with the new, high-performance K&B sheetfed offset technology by mid-2018.

The press chosen by Rehmpack is a 7-color Rapida 106 in a double-coater configuration for UV and conventional printing. With its 11 printing and finishing units (including curing towers), it will be the company’s first Rapida press. The double coating process, furthermore, will help to expand the product portfolio in respect of high-quality finishing.

“When making our decision, we paid particular attention to efficient, future-oriented technologies and high print quality,” says director Atif Anis Barry. To date, Rehmpack has worked with 5- and 6-color sheetfed presses with single inline coating units. Converting is handled on modern die-cutting and folder-gluing machines, while narrow-web flexo machinery is used by the separate label division. Rehmpack also produces high-quality PE films for flexible packaging on a state-of-the-art extrusion line.

Rehmpack entered the packaging printing market around 45 years ago, with a clear focus on food packaging. The company is certified in accordance with all the important food safety regulations, such as HACCP and ISO 22000.

The company’s list of customers today features many leading brand names, such as Procter & Gamble, GSK, Colgate-Palmolive, Mondelez, Coca-Cola, English Biscuits, Continental Biscuits and many front‑ line local companies. The company has in the meantime grown to 250 employees. And there can be no doubt that the new production facility to be commissioned in mid-2018, which was designed by one of Pakistan’s top architects, will herald the next successful stage in Rehmpack’s development.

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