Walki Group to add new flexo press at Polish plant

The demand for flexible packaging materials is growing amid the transition toward sustainable food packaging. Walki Group answers this need by investing in a new flexographic-printing press at its Jatne (Poland) plant.

“This new investment will significantly increase our capacity, and we will be able to answer the fast-growing demand in flexible packaging," says  Andreas Rothschink, sales dir.-Consumer End Uses at Walki. 

The high-speed machine is a proprietary  10-color, state of the art flexographic printing machine that offers top quality and low changeover waste. The investment includes a fully automatic plate-mounting machine to further ensure superior printing accuracy on both papers and films and a system for fully automatic job setting in the printing press. The inks used are water-based and hence environmentally friendly. 

As the food industry is shifting to recyclable food packaging, paper-based materials come up as a strong contender. The look and feel of the packaging is an important differentiating factor for end consumers. This sets high demands on the print quality. “The new flexo-printing machine assures great accuracy of the printouts and a very high quality," adds Jakub Gunert, Jatne plant mgr.

The importance of flexible packaging will grow substantially in the coming years as paper-based packaging is efficient both in terms of the amount of materials used and easy recyclability. “With this investment we are strengthening our capabilities to further improve the quality and efficiency in all of our product categories," says Rothschink.

In addition to food packaging, the new machine will also serve ream-wrap customers.