500 MIRAFLEX Sold
From the outset, the MIRAFLEX C. I. flexo printing press was met with enthusiasm from customers all over the world. Sale figures are increasing year by year, and machines of the type series MIRAFLEX C, A and S are now in use in around 70 countries worldwide. The new generation MIRAFLEX II was presented at Drupa 2016. The 500th machine of this series, a MIRAFLEX II CM8, has been purchased by the Pakistani packaging manufacturer Packages Limited.
One step ahead in introducing new technologies
The company was founded in 1956 as a joint-venture between the Ali Group of Pakistan and Akerlund & Rausing of Sweden. Packages Ltd. is the largest manufacturer of flexible packaging in Pakistan. The company has grown significantly in recent years and the requirement for investment is also correspondingly high. In addition to the 8-color MIRAFLEX II, Packages Ltd. has also ordered a VAREX II 7-layer blown film extrusion line by W&H, which is incidentally the first machine of this type in Pakistan. “Packages Ltd. is always one step ahead in introducing new technologies to Pakistan and providing better solution to its customers”, says Head of Packaging Mr. Asghar Abbas. Packages Ltd. and W&H have a long-standing and trusting relationship. “In 2009, Packages had already invested in a VAREX blown film extrusion line and in 2012, the company installed the first gravure printing machine of the series HELIOSTAR SL in Pakistan,” reports the W&H regional manager, Gerhard Schoone.
New purchase based on positive experience
With the MIRAFLEX II, the Pakistani pioneer has also decided on W&H for its flexographic printing machine for the first time. “After our very positive experience with the blown film extrusion line, as well as with the gravure printing machine, we were convinced that we had made the right decision to invest in the flexographic printing press from W&H,” Abbas expresses his conviction. “At W&H, we appreciate the combination of quality, service and innovation. W&H is always the leader when it comes to innovations and new solutions. We are more than satisfied.”
Training to use full potential from the beginning
Packages Ltd values and highly rates the training courses that Windmöller & Hölscher offers for customer personnel in the W&H Academy. “As with previous machines, we have also invested in a training program for the machine personnel of the MIRAFLEX II so that our operators are able to take advantage of the full potential of the machine right from the beginning.” The machine will be supplied to Packages Ltd.in October; the start of production is planned for December 2017.