An integral part of Constantia Flexibles' strategy is to be closer to our customers, by shortening lead times and offering quicker services.
Since end of 2018, Constantia Digital has been operational in our satellite plants, Constantia Fromm (Germany) and Constantia Sittingbourne (UK) with our new digital printing machines.This allows us to accommodate smaller batches, shorter lead time and digitally print on the primary packing all the way down to cavity level, including options for personalization and preprinted variable data.
The pharmaceutical industry is seeing a trend toward smaller lot sizes in response to a growing number of regulations at the national level, and medications aimed at smaller, more specific groups of patients. Constantia Flexibles’s new digital solution is ideal for such so-called ultra-short runs. It allows you to order the exact quantities you need, keeping waste to an absolute minimum.
Digital printing also lends itself to another requirement in the pharmaceutical industry, namely variable data printing. Each package must display variable data, i.e., batch number and expiry date – or even cavity specific QR codes. Constantia Digital's printing technology, is a cost-efficient and toolless process for printing these exact needs. Besides enhancing the readability of the variable data, this process does not damage the packaging material, thus ensuring its functionality, and reduces packaging line complexity.
Our digital printer can integrate variable data into the print image of the primary packaging material. Digital printing allows new batches with variable data to be produced without the need for new printing plates. The digital printing machine has a 100% web inspection system checking the print against the customer’s approved artwork.
Outsourcing packaging printing to Constantia Flexibles also enables you, our customer, to optimize your own plant efficiency and to focus on your core mission of producing world-class pharmaceuticals.