Natpak, a packaging printer in Harare, Zimbabwe, has installed an 8-color Comexi F2 MB CI flexo press
Founded in September 1981, Natpak has grown from being a woven polypropylene manufacturer to encompass other packaging materials such as LDPE, and produces a variety of products for different flexible packaging sectors, mostly food packaging.
The relation between Natpak and Comexi started in 2014 when the African company acquired a Comexi FW flexographic press. F2 MB is an evolution of the FW platform.
For Comexi, a specialist in technology for the flexible packaging industry, the deal expands its presence on the African continent, which it sees as one of the fastest-growing markets for flexible packaging. Demand is increasing continuously, as Comexi’s area manager for Africa, Miquel Gironès, explained.
‘Since 2015 we are strengthening our position in the African market, which has a tremendous potential. Our vision is to become Africa’s preferred supplier. We are achieving great results with sales in countries like Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Ghana and Mauritius.’
Comexi has had a large presence in the northern part of the African continent with claimed market share of 90 percent in the flexo sector in countries like Algeria.
‘Now we are in a clear phase of expansion and we will continue to grow,’ continued Gironès. ‘We have many projects on the table.’
Comexi CEO Jeroen van der Meer added: ‘Comexi, as innovative and leading provider of engineering solutions for the global flexible packaging market has achieved a significant growth over the last three years, mainly due to the success of flexo, gravure and offset printing technologies and the market growth in North America, Middle east, Africa and Asia.’