Soma Engineering installed a second Soma CI wide web flexo press at Polish flexible packaging converter, Pphu Pabex Sj. The new 1050 mm wide, 10-color Soma Flex Imperia press will be used to produce high quality printing on laminates and pouches for the food industry and joins an existing 8-color Soma Flex MIDI press supplied seven years ago.
Adam Filipczyk, one of the four owners of Pabex, said, “We decided on the purchase of the Imperia based on the consistent reliability and problem free operation of the first Soma press that even after seven years, is still producing high quality work to customer expectations. High quality engineering at a competitive price and Soma’s ability to react quickly and flexibly to our needs in terms of service and support also influenced our decision.”
“We aim to refine the printing processes on this press by the end of this year to the extent that customers will not recognize flexo quality from gravure or offset.” – Filipczyk
Pabex specializes in individually tailored solutions forfood packaging as well as supplying products for larger commercial channels suchas Lidl and Biedronka. Emphasis is always
on the production of high quality graphics and the integrity of its product packaging to maintain shelf-life. “The high performance Imperia provides us with a platform to fine tune the flexo printing process to gravure and offset levels,” adds Filipczyk. “We aim to refine the printing processes on this press by the end of this year to the extent that customers will not recognize flexo quality from gravure or offset. The new press is twice as fast as the first with an operating speed of almost 400 metres a minute on 8 to 10 color work. Our printers are happy with the operating parameters of the machine. Taking into account a few months learning curve, we anticipate the competitive advantages of the new press will be fully visible aftertwo years.”
With 100 employees and a plant filled with cutting-edge printing and converting technologies, Pabex is one of the leading converters of flexible packaging materials in Poland. Established in 1992, it also claims to be the first company in Poland to introduce flexible packaging closures to its customers. Its products can be seen on shelves at retail outlets throughout Europe, Russia, USA, Canada and Chile.