Windmöller & Hölscher Remains Leader in Press Sales to the Flexible Packaging Market in 2017
Windmöller & Hölscher, a world-leading manufacturer of machinery for the production of flexible packaging, has announced record sales of above 840 million EUR for 2017. “We grew across all business units: Extrusion, printing and converting,” said CEO Dr. Jürgen Vutz. The printing division, consisting of flexographic and gravure presses, achieved 270 million EUR worldwide worldwide. With this result, W&H remains the clear market leader for printing machines in the field of flexible packaging.
North American subsidiary Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, was very satisfied with 2017 and imported more presses into North America than any other supplier. “Due to ground-breaking technologies launched at Drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf, our business has boomed and we are very optimistic that the new economic incentives in the modified tax law will pay great dividends,” stated Klaus Kleemann, VP of Sales at W&H North America.
The new technologies cited by Kleemann include the award winning and virtually maintenance-free TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E inking and wash-up system and W&H’s own fully-integrated VISION assistance system. TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E runs electric, pulsation-free pumps, which significantly reduce ink and energy consumption at low noise levels. The VISION package combines systems for web monitoring, bar code check, printing impression, register setting in one single operator interface and is the only system of its type currently available on the market. "The deep integration of the modules in the press means less data entry when starting a job, faster machine changeovers, and reliable, faultless print production – essentially, greater quality and efficiency," added Kleemann.
W&H and Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful Come Together for a Community Litter Clean-up Day
Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful and Lincoln-based Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation (W&H) teamed up for a community litter pick-up along New England Way and its intersection with the heavily littered Albion Road this past Wednesday.
In under two hours, the group of 10 collected more than 20 bags of garbage, including cans, bottles and wrappers, along with several tires and vinyl siding, calling attention to the severity of the litter problem our community faces.
“It feels good, as a citizen, to be out there contributing to the community in a positive way, but picking up someone else’s garbage certainly adds a dose of frustration to the mix,” said Catherine Mattson, Marketing Communications Manager at W&H.
As a supplier of machinery for the production of flexible packaging, such as plastic films that package the food you buy at the supermarket or paper sacks that contain cement powder, W&H is concerned about what happens to that packaging at the end of its initial life cycle.
Andrew Wheeler, President of W&H, said, “We as a company went out to support the clean up activities that are desperately needed in our immediate community. Today the area looks great, but we’re well aware that within the coming weeks and months, litter will be strewn about again.”
“Legislators are threatening bans as a solution. But a huge part of the overall problem is the atrocious behavior of individuals disposing of their garbage on the roads,” added Wheeler.
Much of the litter that was picked up was made of easily recyclable and already recycled items such as aluminum, glass and plastic.
Sigma Plastics Group Places Large Blown Film Line Order with Windmoeller & Hoelscher
The Sigma Plastics Group has placed an order for blown film lines from W&H for Republic Bags of Houston, TX, and McNeeley Plastics of Clinton, MS, and completed an installation at ISOFlex Packaging in Washington, IN.
“Sigma Plastics Group and W&H have been business partners for roughly 15 years,” said Alfred Teo, CEO of Sigma Plastics Group. “We value the first-class film quality and reliable machinery, as well as the excellent and dependable after-sales service and spare parts.”
Six OPTIMEX FFS lines will be up and running at Republic Bags by the end of summer 2018. This significant investment marks Sigma Plastic Group’s first foray into the FFS sack film market. The lines will help keep up with the growing resin export demands brought on by new crackers being built in the area. The OPTIMEX FFS lines produce multicolor printed, gusseted PE film ready for FFS (Form-Fill-Seal) packing. Sigma estimates approximately 45 million pounds of annual capacity from these lines.
Meanwhile, McNeeley Plastics has ordered two additional VAREX II blown film extrusion lines, for a total of six in that plant. The 63” 3-layer line has a dual FILMATIC S winder with reverse wind capability. The second line has five layers and is equipped with the TURBOCLEAN resin purging and quick-changeover system along with a FILMATIC S winder with reverse-wind capability. This investment will support McNeely’s expanding business in converter-grade films.
Last week, a 5-layer VAREX II line started at Sigma’s ISOFlex plant in Washington, IN. President David McKinney, CO-COO of ISOFlex, said the installation went extremely well and the line was producing high-quality product within only a few hours of powering the line. This is ISOFlex’s third VAREX in that facility.
To date, over 40 W&H lines are running at various Sigma Plastics Group plants.
The Sigma Plastics Group
The Sigma Plastics Group was founded in 1978 by Alfred Teo and is the largest privately owned film extrusion group in North America. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, the company has 42 manufacturing facilities producing an annual throughput of over 2 billion pounds of resin and employs over 4,700 people. Sigma manufactures a variety of flexible packaging products servicing the industrial, agricultural, food, medical, retail, and converter film markets.