n66: Comexi Group in Brasilplast 2011
GROUP COMEXI once again will be present at the Brasilplast from the 9th till the 13th of May 2011, the main event of Latin America and one of the five largest in the world. To Comexi Group is an undeniable opportunity to demonstrate to our industry our commitment to the Brazilian market and demonstrate our sustained leadership from the beginning of our industrial location in Brazil in 2002.
Since then Comexi Group has become the leading supplier of converting machinery for the flexible packaging industry in Brazil. It will be a great pleasure to welcome our customers and visitors to the stand M78 where Comexi sales team will have all the information on our latest news about the printing technology Electron-Beam, the e-TURRET slitter, the EVO laminator and the flexo presses FW1508-300/400 and the FPLUS.
Brazil produces 5.1 million tons of flexible packaging representing 2% of the world, and the estimated growth in 2010 was 18%. On a consolidated basis in June 2010, 53% of products (2870) have used plastic packaging, particularly flexible. An estimated 22,500 products are released every month around the world with an annual growth rate of 17% in Brazil.
n65: Graphispag rewards Comexi loyalty
Comexi Group participated in the 12th edition of the prestigious international exhibition Graphispag, which recently took place at the Fira Barcelona. For 45 years Comexi Group has been faithfully present to support the national printing industry.
This effort has been rewarded by Graphispag recognition for the Comexi commitment to the event and with the printing industry in general.
Globally speaking "it has been a highly value exhibition, and has allowed us to maintain contact with our customer and to know firsthand the evolution of domestic printing market", said Mr. Agustí Combis, Marketing Director of Comexi Group.
During the show the Acom new gravure brand has been presented within the range of Comexi Group, allowing the Group to have a large portfolio of products designed and manufactured under the same quality perspective. It has seen much interest in the printer F4 FLEXOEfficiency® rolled out last summer and the new E-TURRET double turret slitter, which form a package geared to current needs of flexographic converters seeking returns in the short run and a high quality printing and converting in the final product.
"We will continue betting on the Graphispag in the coming years as they have shown willingness to help the industry through the appropriate event to our needs ", concludes Mr. Combis.
n64: Tropic invest
DURBAN’s Tropic Plastic & Packaging has ordered South Africa’s first Comexi FPLUS flexo press. This will be the ninth printing machine in the company’s impressive fleet.
Family-owned Tropic Plastic & Packaging, established in 1963 by the late Ebrahim Bhabha, is today managed by MD, Fazel Bhabha, who emphasises the company’s position as a market leader in flexible packaging with one of the largest flexo printing capacities in South Africa under one roof. ‘We’re also one of the largest andmost efficient manufactures of wicketed bread bags;and we’re highly focused on all aspects of flexible packaging, including extrusion, printing, laminating, slitting and bag making,’ he adds.
‘We aim to be a leading flexible packaging company in South Africa and are dedicated to providing the highest level of quality and zero-defect products in the most efficient manner using leading-edge technology, and that includes Comexi,’ he remarks.
Mohamed Timol, Tropic’s operations director, has clearly identified market opportunities: ‘Our focus is on high-quality performance films. Our latest film Tropistar Plus has exceptional properties – excellent clarity, gloss and mechanical properties. Aesthetically it’s very appealing, either plain or printed; and also demonstrates exceptional strength. This allows us to offer our customers downgauging and economic benefits,’ says Mohamed.
Tropic continually invests in the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in the local market; and the search for a new flexo press led to Comexi.
‘We analysed various companies but felt that Comexi possessed excellent technological capabilities and treated us in a most preferential manner,’ explains Mohamed Timol, who recently visited Comexi’s headquarters in Spain.
Tropic’s past experience with Comexi’s agent, Advanced Packaging Technology, was another key factor. ‘Advanced has supplied us with numerous Hudson Sharp bag making machines; and after- Tropic invests sales service and technical support has always been excellent,’ Mohamed adds.
‘We already have eight flexo presses and now we’re committed to the Comexi FPLUS ten-colour press. It’s a very efficient and easy-to-use machine; and we’re convinced that we’ll get really good output and excellent print quality.’
Aleix Mas, Comexi’s MEA & India area manager, takes up the story: ‘Tropic is the best customer to help us re-enter the South African market. The FPLUS is Comexi’s first gearless sleeved press in South Africa; and if it’s successful at Tropic, we’ll be back in South Africa with an outstanding competitive position.’
In the past ten years, Tropic has experienced sustained growth, even during the global economic downturn. ‘We have a promising future and we’re convinced our investments are on the right track. The new Comexi FPLUS will be installed in a new building within our plant, along with a Reifenhauser Kiefel threelayer coextruder. We call this new facility the “Customer Experience Centre” to emphasise the quality of our extrusion and printing facilities. We’re convinced that the partnership with Comexi will lead us to next level of printing quality,’ concludes Fazel Bhabha.
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n63: Comexi Group to showcase in ICE
Visit us at our booth 115.
The Comexi Group will have a presence in USA ICE to be held in Orlando, FL between 6 and 8 April. The ICE USA is a new exhibition dedicated to the flexible material converting.
The company is excited about the prospect of participating in this first ICE USA Exhibition in Orlando. The decision to exhibit at ICE USA was an easy one for Comexi stated John Ferreira, Vice President of Comexi North America, “the ICE organization’s track record for managing world class events has given us the confidence to jump back into the domestic exhibition arena. The venue is excellent and we anticipate that
traffic will be brisk.”
The Comexi Group was begun over fifty years ago by Manel B. Xifra and it is still run by the Xifra Family today. It is recognized worldwide as dynamic force in the manufacture of quality flexographic printing presses, solventless laminators, slitter rewinders and related peripheral equipment. Its over 3500 pieces of equipment can be found in more than 70 countries worldwide. It has sustained constant growth because of its ability to be a single source supplier for the flexible packaging industry.
At ICE USA, Comexi will be demonstrating its most popular solventless laminator, the Nexus Evo. According to Mr. Ferreira, “we decided to bring a laminator because this process has become one of the key factors in the food packaging industry. A global trend shows that solventless adhesives are pushing hard to be the most used in the market worldwide. Technology that has been around since the 1970’s appears to be experiencing a growth spurt.”
The reasons for this growth are numerous – stricter rules concerning safety and environment; the high cost of energy, machinery, etc. The packaging industry is focusing its efforts on a cleaner, safer and cheaper technology. For example, solventless adhesive package lamination uses 40 to 50 percent less energy and emits half of the CO2 than a solvent/water based adhesive. “Certainly”, adds Ferreira, “the environmental and safety issues are requirements that cannot be underestimated and emerging countries are adopting these rules as well.
Solventless adhesives represent an optimum solution for elimination of any possible solvent remnant in the laminate as well as clean emissions.”