Nordmeccanica virtually demos Triplex SL One Shot, Super Combi 5000

Recreating drupa 2020

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Nordmeccanica
Nordmeccanica is based in Piacenza, Italy

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, events and exhibitions have been cancelled and travel has been reduced to bare minimum. Many machine manufacturers across the globe have been launching their new solutions online via webinars or live events. In recent past, companies have been organizing virtual events to showcase machines that would have otherwise been shown at drupa 2020, which has now been postponed till next year. One such company is coating and lamination solutions provider, Nordmeccanica.  The Piacenza, Italy-based Nordmeccanica has been organizing web events to demonstrate the machines that were slated to be shown drupa 2020. On 14 July, the company organized a live online event to showcase and live demonstrate the Triplex SL One Shot and Super Combi 5000 compact coater/laminator. It also showed Triplex SL One Shot laminator in Duplex Mode. Through this event, the company tried to recreate the entire experiince intended for drupa 2020.

With this virtual show, Nordmeccanica presented a Triplex lamination in a single pass, performed live. The program included the demonstration of the Triplex One Shot running a 3-ply structure and in a second run the same machine presented in duplex mode featuring the Dow Symbiex adhesive lamination. During the show, the company ran a polyester aluminium foil PE structure. The machine’s washing system takes only 80 seconds, 5-liters of acetone to clean entire web path. The machine has been fully built at Nordmeccanica and was tested at a customer’s facility near the factory.

The demonstrations were rounded up with a live run of solvent based adhesives running on the newly developed Super Combi 5000. Nordmeccanica also talked about its collaboration with Germany’s Henkel through which it has developed various barrier structures. Nordmeccanica and Henkel have been working under the BarrEnhanceTech Alliance.

A similar web event was organized by the company on 7 July where Nordmeccanica showcased Simplex SL e800 laminator. This laminator has been developed in collaboration with HP Indigo, and is optimized for use with the HP Indigo 20000 digital press. At drupa, the Simplex SL e800 laminator was also supposed to be demonstrated at HP’s drupa stall.

Business during Covid-19

In addition to the machine demonstrations, senior officials from the company talked about various business aspects about the company.

Alfredo Cerciello, vice president, finance of Nordmeccanica informed the viewers that despite the slowdown induced by the Covid-19, the financial condition of the company is very strong and the operations were on at full capacity during the recent months. Cerciello also stated that the company will build a new 2000 squre foot work shop this year for the metallized division.

Renato Granelli, area manager who looks after the African market said that Africa is showing very strong response with markets like Ghana and Angola installing multiple machines, even during the pandemic. He said that 2020 will be Nordmeccanica’s best year in the African market.

Luciano Baldin, area manager for Europe said that Balkans region is a fast-growing market for the company. He said that the region will see a greater number of installations this year than last year.

Fabio Vincenzi, who looks after Asia Pacific market, said that Asian market has been affected by Covid-19 but most of the packaging industry has been functional due to the essential nature of the packaging products.

 

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