Rotoflex announces move to new facility after reporting 30% year-over-year growth in sales

The new manufacturing building aims to accommodate current need for growing capacity

Rotoflex announces move to new facility after reporting 30% year-over-year growth in sales

Despite all the challenges imposed to the print industry in 2020, manufacturing companies and printers have found ways to succeed and grow operationally. This rings true for Rotoflex, a Mark Andy company of converting and finishing solutions located in Mississauga, Ontario.

Leadership shared the company grew sales and aftermarket approximately 30% over the previous year due to strategic management decisions involving increased R&D investments to improve final product quality and accelerate lead times, eliminating outsourced production and increased customer demand.

Bringing manufacturing in-house is certainly one of the leading factors facilitating our growth. Being independent allows us to better control production schedules, platform standardization, aftermarket support, and even pricing. We can now create more robust machines in less time and offer them to the market at more attractive prices. Customers have noticed all these changes and are responding to it,” says Kevin Gourlay, senior vice president, Rotoflex.

In addition to resolutions directly linked to product development, the company also announced its move to a new building in the upcoming weeks. The facility is also in Mississauga, located just a few miles away, and it’s in the final stages of preparation to receive the entire Rotoflex operation. “The shift resulted from the increased demand we have observed in the past couple of years. We currently have a strong order book leading to the end of the first quarter of 2021 and plans to grow our team as we increase manufacturing capacity to ensure customers will have their machines running in the pressroom when they need it,” affirms Gourlay.

Last September, Rotoflex launched two high-speed and low-cost digital finishers, DF1 and VTI Series. DF1 was designed as an ideal addition for upwards of 80% of label converters worldwide. The VTI Series was created to ensure conformity with stringent regulations of the pharmaceutical and high-security packaging industries. “We have another exciting launch in the works for 2021, and we will share more details as the time comes,” adds Gourlay. “In the meantime, we continue to offer customized solutions and accommodate unique production needs like the one we designed for JH Bertrand earlier this year,” he concludes.

New product development, insourced manufacturing, and customer demand have led to one of the most successful years in recent history for Rotoflex. It has afforded the manufacturer the ability to increase production with a new, more efficient facility. Rotoflex expects these changes to allow them to best serve the elevated demand for converting and finishing solutions through 2021 and beyond.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Packaging South Asia’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here