Koenig & Bauer announced that Malaysian company Interpress Printers has invested in EVO XD. Interpress Printers (IPP), is a young company focused on the printing of fast-food packaging and operates from headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. IPP has already built up a fine reputation among its customers and is currently enjoying a period of dynamic growth.
To accommodate the flood of new business, production capacity is now to be expanded at new premises in the Malaysian capital. After a series of visits to companies in Europe, it was decided to invest in an ultramodern flexo printing line from KBA-Flexotecnica, a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG.
“We are convinced that Koenig & Bauer is the ideal partner to answer our high demands. The outstanding technology of the EVO XD will enable us to define new yardsticks for the packaging sector,” said Ratha Kerisnan, managing director of Interpress Printers.
The press is scheduled to come on stream at the new production site by the end of the year.
Strategic partnership with SCG Packaging
Interpress Printers was founded almost ten years ago. In the meantime, it counts almost 200 employees and has developed into one of the region's biggest suppliers of fast-food packaging. The company produces for customers in both Malaysia and other Asian countries. IPP is furthermore a member of the International Packaging Group, a global alliance of leading companies from the field of packaging printing.
As of 19th January 2018, SCGP Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of SCG Packaging (SCGP), which belongs to the Siam Cement Public Company Limited Group, has acquired a majority stake in IPP. Listed on the Thai Stock Exchange, SCG is a leading business conglomerate within the ASEAN region with a strong positioning in the market and more than 100 years of history.
The partnership with SCG Packaging will support IPP´s vision to become a leading one stop solution provider to support all packaging requirements for its clients.
Flexo printing is a growth market
With annual growth rates of 4-5%, flexible packaging – today a strong domain of flexo printing – is the fastest growing packaging segment. “This project is solid proof that we have arrived on the Asian market. The next step is now to further strengthen our local presence. Our quality and our local service capabilities as a globally active press manufacturer will benefit not only IPP itself, but also its customers,” said Christoph Müller, CEO for KBA Digital & Web and KBA-Flexotecnica.
EVO XD: Minimal waste paired with quality and efficiency
The modern CI flexo web presses of the EVO and NEO series are designed and manufactured at KBA-Flexotecnica near Milan/Italy. The EVO XD for IPP, with its eight printing units, a new dryer generation and a newly developed coating unit, has been engineered for ultimate quality on the most varied materials. The technical highlights include a highly efficient energy-saving ventilation system in the bridge dryer, the fully automatic impression control system A.I.F. (Auto Impression Flexotecnica) and the operator-friendly register setting system A.R.F. (Automatic Register Flexotecnica) as the key to minimum start-up waste.
All important automation and control functions are integrated into the new touchscreen and enable intuitive operation. With regard to automation serving fast job changeovers, the EVO XD can be considered the latest state of the art.