Chinese converter Fly Digital, a subsidiary of Foshan Chuangweilai Group, has invested in an HP Indigo 25K press to expand its digital flexible packaging printing business.
Foshan Chuangweilai Group operates at its 20,000 sqm production facilities, with more than 200 employees, focusing on manufacturing and selling a wide range of packaging materials.
In 2012 the group established Foshan Rijingkechuang, another subsidiary mainly engaged in flexible packaging, exporting more than 95 percent of its production. The company operates four gravure printing lines, five laminating lines, and 20 flexible packaging lines, with an annual output value of 150 million RMB (22,7 million USD).
‘We find an increasing number of small orders in our company. Using traditional gravure presses to produce these small runs would take longer, use more materials, and drag down the entire production efficiency,’ said Jia Fenqiang, deputy general manager of Chuangweilai and head of Fly Digital. ‘On the other hand, our main products, such as coffee bags, which we exported to more than 70 countries, require high quality, color reproduction, and increasing variations. This led us to focus on digital printing technology.’
Fly Digital has carefully considered a new press, but the HP Indigo 25K convinced the company with its suitability for short runs and fitted perfectly with its plans to expand the digital printing options in the future.
‘Fly is currently the group's key development project with a total investment of 30 million RMB (4,5 million USD) in the new production facilities new equipment. We already have trained our employees, and we are looking forward to using this machine in May,’ added Fenqiang. ‘The advantages of digital printing will be further highlighted, especially now, with the logistics and transportation affected by the returning pandemic in China and the increasing price of raw materials, labor, and environmental protection. We are very optimistic about the development of digital printing in flexible packaging. According to the company's current plan, Fly will invest in a second digital press in the next three years.'