Nordmeccanica installation at Constantia Aluprint despite COVID

Shipments and installations of machines not affected

Nodrmeccanica Lamination Combi2 installed at Constantia Aluprint

One of the leading suppliers of coating and laminating machinery to the packaging industry, Nordmeccanica has never interrupted production and service even through the most critical times of the virus crisis. Being an essential business, in fact, the company has been allowed to keep its production department up and running and its after-sales service location operative around the world. In particular, the shipment and installations of new machines have not been discontinued. In compliance with traveling restrictions, Nordmeccanica has completed a significant number of installations and startups managed from remote. The company’s compact family of products comprises the Simplex product range,  as well as the custom-made full automatic laminators. One of the most complex start-ups for the dimension and technology of the machine as well as for the distant final location of the installation has been successfully completed at Constantia Aluprint in St Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Constantia is a customer that Nordmeccanica gratefully serves in multiple locations around the world. Machine, a  custom set up of duplex combi linear, has been erected, aligned, started up with joint cooperation between the customer and two distinct crews of Nordmeccanica based one at the Corporate Italian Offices and the second at the Long Island New York, location.

Lamination Combi2 is up and running with total customer satisfaction. The general manager for Constantia Aluprint, Enrico Vischi said, “Due to the challenging COVID-19 situation we were forced to delay the start-up of the Lamination Combi2 and had to start the tests for the acceptance of the machine remotely. With the help of 2 teams consisting of Nordmeccanica and Aluprint, we have achieved an outstanding result in a very short time. You have to take into consideration that we had to manage a time difference of 7 hours, which meant that the Mexican team had to start very early and the Italian team was on duty until local 10 pm. Now we are in the second week of production, three shifts, and no complications have occurred.

“Without an excellent collaboration this successful start wouldn’t have been possible and I would like to thank especially Vincenzo and the Nordmeccanica team for their efforts, dedication, and passion to keep our site running in these difficult times.” Vincenzo Cerciello, vice president – Technology of Nordmeccanica said, “Multiple factors allow us to perform these tasks, we are the only OEM in our industry to fully complete as a standard machine set up and test at the factory before shipment; the use of the most advanced technologies in communication; the fully digital set up of our products; the professionality of our technicians. We are totally projected into the future while handling remote operations that have always been completed with the physical presence of technicians and technologists. The qualities of our customers of course play a primary role and we are deeply grateful to Constantia and the Aluprint management for their availability and full cooperation”.

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.

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