The new Comexi L20000 has been installed in the company headquarters in Belgium in order to complement its film products printed on the HP 20000 digital press. St- Luc is a family growing business with 25 years of experience in the field of packaging. With more than 200 employees and a turnover of more than 40 milions, the company prints and converts flexible packaging from its production sites located in Belgium, The Netherlands and France.
Specifically, Comexi L20000 is fruit of a strategic agreement between HP Indigo and Comexi to respond the requests from flexible packaging field. This equipment has been designed to enable reducing products’ life cycle, allow mass customization and personalization, offer fast delivery times, easy switch between lamination and coating and makes it possible to deliver a complete packaging in less than 24 hours. Besides, the water-based machine minimises waste at the star-up of a job, an essential benefit when facing the growing trend of very short runs, which also means saving in costs and reducing environmental impact.
Improving efficiency and fast job changes
Niko Dhondt, Managing Director of St-Luc explains that they opted for L20000 after having looked through many options. “We saw many water-based laminators and, finally, we confirmed that L20000 technology gave the best answer to our needs in short run flexible packaging in terms of set up-time, waste reduction, curing time and, moreover, we are still a solvent free company”. The user-friendly equipment developed by Comexi is suitable for fast job setups and changeovers that lead to major improvements in turnaround times, while simultaneously reducing waste and offering lead-times of one week, responding today’s market requirements.
Furthermore, Dhondt assures: “The L20000 is a perfect match in order to serve the market of short runs flexible packaging. Now, we can deliver film products to our clients in less than one week thanks to its fast curing time, which is a clear benefit in combination with digital printing”.
Besides its short delivery times, Comexi L20000 was designed to offer efficient time-to-market thanks to its energy efficiency and minimal noise pollution. This is Comexi’s first lamination machine for St-Luc that will enhance the performance of its latest production hall, which contains different printing, laminating and digital technologies for flexible packaging costumers. On the other hand, the company has just acquired a Comexi S2 DT slitter and has other commercial agreements in mind.
Comexi’s Lamination Brand Manager, Carles Rodríguez, highlights: “We payed close attention to the design of the L20000 in order to fulfil all the specific digital market needs. It’s delightful to see that we did a great job and our customers are succeeding and growing. This is the best recognition for Comexi”. In this sense, Carles Rodríguez assures that the automatic self-cleaning of Comexi L20000 it is one of its great features: “Saves such an amount of time, efforts and money that, in my opinion, makes it the top feature of this unique laminator and coating machine”.