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Thailand’s SPC Interprint installs new Bobst gravure press

Bobst NOVA RS 5003 is first install in Southeast Asia

Flexible packaging manufacturer SPC Interprint has purchased the Bobst NOVA RS 5003 machine. In 2018, the company installed Thailand’s first Bobst NOVA RS 5002. With the purchase of the NOVA RS 5003, the company is once again leading the way in the region, as the new gravure press was the first of its kind to be installed anywhere in South-East Asia.

Serving domestic and overseas customers throughout Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, SPC Interprint Co. Ltd has been printing flexible packaging using gravure and flexo presses since it was founded in 2007. SPC Interprint is a large packaging producer with over 180 staff, centrally located about an hour’s drive south-east of Bangkok. As the region has seen considerable growth in flexible packaging, the company decided to increase print capacity to meet demand and future-proof its business.

“When we searched for a new gravure press back in 2017, we conducted a thorough evaluation of the market and decided that the BOBST NOVA RS 5002 would best fit our criteria, which include very high print quality, and fast setups and changeovers with low waste,” said managing director Chaiwoot Chotitputsilp. “And we were quickly proved right, the press delivered on all its promises and more, so we then pushed ahead with our growth plans and invested in another press from BOBST.”

Both BOBST gravure presses at SPC Interprint can print in 10 colours. Along with an 8-colour flexo machine, the factory’s capabilities also include solvent and solventless lamination, slitting, wicket bag making, and a coextrusion line for producing packaging films.

Successful, sustainable and safe

Like the previous 5002 model, the BOBST NOVA RS 5003 has been developed for cost-effective, sustainable production of flexible packaging products. The modern gravure press has been exceptionally well received by printers and converters, such as SPC, looking to improve their environmental credentials and maintain or boost their market position.

“Both the 5002 and the 5003 have been incredibly successful in Southeast Asia with 28 machines sold in the past four years,” said Sebastien Geffrault, Region Business Director, South East Asia Pacific. “This result is testament to the innovations that BOBST is bringing to the emerging markets, as we endeavour to offer converters worldwide the ability to produce high quality print products in a more sustainable way and at a competitive price point.”

Future opportunities for growth

Despite COVID-19 restrictions severely impacting trade over the past year, Bobst has successfully supported all its customers throughout Southeast Asia via its extended sales and service network. The new press was able to be installed at SPC Interprint’s factory by only local engineers without any issues.

“The new press was put into full production very fast, and this is not only because our operators are already familiar with BOBST machinery, but also because it is so easy to run,” said Chotitputsilp. “From what we have experienced during installation, we are happy to know that there is always full-service local backup just a phone call away, so we can minimize downtime if we have any problems.”

“With the high print quality that we can produce on both our BOBST NOVA presses, we can now compete in the discerning Japanese market. We are also looking for new export opportunities and to increase our existing multinational customer base, so having the right equipment is of course very important. This is why we are choosing BOBST as our partner for the future,” he continued.

Products manufactured at SPC Interprint’s 32,000 sqm site include rolls of printed flexible packaging, stand-up pouches and bags for customers in the food and beverage, snacks, household and hygiene markets. The company also specialises in printed and plain coloured wrappers for ice cream cones.

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