Last year, the Mondi Group announced an investment in new press equipment for its plant in Grünburg near Linz, Austria. Its aim is to further strengthen the company’s standing on the Austrian market as a fully integrated supplier of both flexo and offset corrugated packaging solutions. The new sheetfed offset press, a six-colour Rapida 164 with inline coater represents the latest state of the art.
The official inauguration of the new press was in April. The investment not only covers the Rapida 164 itself, but also the associated internal logistics and infrastructure. The incorporation of QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control, alongside many other automation modules, means the press is expected to boost offset production capacities by around 60 per cent.
The corrugated board sheets can now be printed in a larger format than before (approximately 40% greater area). The significantly higher production speed of the Rapida 164 also enables an increase in hourly output of around 35%. Makeready times have also been halved compared to the predecessor press dating from 2007.
Thanks to the new press, Mondi is optimally prepared to cater to even the most complex service and quality demands of its customers. Packaging printed in offset and then finished in a high-quality inline process is, above all, made to order for the food industry and consumer goods manufacturers. A multitude of coating variants, including high and matt-gloss finishes as well as haptic and olfactory effects, aim to influence purchase decisions at the point of sale and communicate the quality of the packaged products to potential customers.