one of which is an 8-colour Soma Flex Mini model.
Soma Engineering has announced the supply of a second press to Slovakia based Polysack. The press is an 800 mm wide Soma Flex Midi II equipped with eight printing stations and joins two existing flexographic printing presses, one of which is an 8-colour Soma Flex Mini model.
Polysack prints and converts a wide range of films, bags, and sacks in a variety of sizes on coated and uncoated substrates in single, double or triple layer construction including bopp, metpp, cast pp, pet, metpet, pe mepe and aluminum.

The new press is a high specification model that has greatly boosted the company’s productivity. “The three presses compliment each other perfectly and produce comparable quality,” said Managing Director, Jan Bartakovic. “We are now so flexible that we can accept large orders with fast turn-around and deliver top quality. This flexibility is an enormous advantage because our business is all about delivering maximum quality on time and at an acceptable cost.”

Established in 1991 by parent company ICT Istroconti, Polysack initially concentrated on the production of flexo printed filmic substrates targeted at the advertising and carrier bag markets. Today the company is continuing to grow and its customers include high profile companies such as Mercedes, Peugeot, Dr Oetker, Tesco, Ikea and many others.

Bartakovic added, “The first machine from Soma was purchased in 2003. At that time we were considering the purchase of a press from another well-known supplier. We had only marginally heard of Soma but after we had the opportunity to understand what they could offer, we re-considered. We were happy with the competitive price offered by Soma while seeing the same high level of quality as other, larger press manufacturers. Our decision was also influenced by the fact that there was no language barrier which was an important factor for all members of the Polysack team.”

Polysack has the advantage of in-plant production facilities that enable it to provide and offer advice on the best film construction for the customer’s application. The company prides itself on its flexibility and its ability to meet individual customer needs. All its products are manufactured under stringent standards of quality and hygiene and it has held ISO 9001:2000 since 2005.
The purchase of the new Soma press was by tender and its performance was evaluated by comparing it in a series of tests with other presses. “The Soma press was the only one that really convinced us it could consistently meet our quality standards at top speed and at a reasonable cost,” says Bartakovic. “The two other presses under consideration could simply not complete and we were of course influenced by the fact that the service side of the partnership between Polysack and Soma was already on a strong foundation.”

Packaging South Asia — resilient, growing and impactful — daily, monthly — always responsive

The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are growing similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

The coming year looks to be an up year in this region, and this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing communication – in our rich and highly targeted business platform with human resources on the ground. Share your thoughts and plans to inspire and mobilize our editorial and advertising teams!

For editorial — for advertisement and for subscriptions

– Naresh Khanna (25 October 2023)

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1


Subscribe to our Newsletter