Industry pioneer: Constantia Flexibles invests in first digital printing machine exclusively for pharma customers
The Constantia Flexibles Group has successfully started up its first digital printing machine catering exclusively to the pharmaceutical industry. Print trials and commercial orders executed using the new multi-color UV inkjet printer will begin at the end of April at Constantia Fromm in Stuttgart (Germany).
The state-of-the-art printer achieves resolutions of up to high definition (720 x 1260 dpi) and can print on aluminum blister foil, coated and uncoated paper, PET, and paper laminates. A web inspection system examines the print quality and cross-checks it against the customer’s approved artwork. In addition, thorough testing has demonstrated compliance with EU regulations for ink migration. “We made this investment in order to better serve our customers by offering them the option of short-run orders. Our digital strategy also provides us with the flexibility to add serialization and individual packs in the future,” says Pierre-Henri Bruchon, Executive Vice President of the Pharma Division. “At the same time, this digital technology is a cost-effective alternative to in-line and in-house printing. By leaving the printing to us, our customers can better concentrate on their core business, i.e., producing pharmaceuticals,” he adds.
The Pharma Division at Constantia Flexibles is a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging for the pharmaceutical industry and operates production sites in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, the UK, and Belgium.