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Bobst celebrates inaugural opening of its Changzhou facilities

Bobst (Changzhou) Co., Ltd. Grand Opening and inaugural Open House seals its success with the sale of five machines.

The new state-of-the-art greenfield facility of Bobst (Changzhou) Co., Ltd. located in the Wujin District of Changzhou city, in the Jiangsu province of China, played host to three days of celebrations and machine demonstrations on 16, 17 and 18 May 2018. The event marked the official opening of BOBST’s new production facility and Competence Center dedicated to web-fed printing and converting technologies for flexible materials.

The event recorded a total of 360 industry visitors over the two days, with a strong presence of customers from China and from countries in Southeast Asia and India.

Its chosen title ‘BOBST China 4.0 – Beyond your packaging future’ outlines BOBST’s commitment to supporting the requirements of local industry by delivering solutions that are efficiently manufactured in line with the BOBST international quality standard, while at the same time delivering the optimum performance that only market-dedicated solutions can provide.

“The opening of a dedicated Bobst Changzhou facility has not only been demanded by a strong increase in production capacity requirements for web-wed gravure and lamination equipment in the region,” said Erik Bothorel, head of the business unit web-fed and member of Bobst Group executive committee.

“The Competence Center adjoining the plant will also make BOBST experience and expertise available in process excellence to fully support and advise customers. Not as know-how merely carried across the continents but to take advantage, and make best use, of synergies aimed at process improvements with leading Asian packaging manufacturers and suppliers of consumables and process solution components.”

On demonstration during the open house is the RS 3.0 gravure printing press and the CL 750D multi-technology laminator. The gravure demonstrations highlighted the fast and easy job make-ready and changeover functionalities, the unparalleled performance of the register control system at start-up and at speed variation, as well as the capabilities of the web handling system when printing the 18 micron BOPP and 12 micron PET substrates of the mock pet-food and snack jobs.

Five Contracts Signed

Bobst announced that five contracts for the sale of RS 3.0 gravure printing presses were signed during the open house.

“We are already dismantling the RS 3.0 on demonstration at the Open House, which will shortly be shipped to its new owner, Dongguan Ever-Glory Plastics Package Limited,” said Lubin Lu, zone business director Greater China, BOBST Business Unit Web-fed.

The Open House machine is one of two RS 3.0s, with 8 and 10 colors respectively, bought by the company to increase the printing capacity of their flexible packaging production plant located in in QingXi, in the Guangdong province of South China.

Guangzhou Hongsheng Packaging Materials Co., Ltd. purchased the 9-color RS 3.0 press. The sale of a 10-color RS 3.0 to Anhui Zijin New Material Science & Technology Co., Ltd. and of an 11-color RS 3.0 to Shanghai Yinyi Package Printing Co., Ltd. were also formalized. The two are repeat orders.

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