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    Rahil Foam sets new benchmark in hygiene film printing with MIRAFLEX II

    Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd is one of the biggest names in India when it comes to hygiene films. With a clear vision and future readiness in mind, Rahil Foam Pvt. Ltd partnered with W&H as their preferred supplier for a CI Flexo press by investing in W&H’s MIRAFLEX II: The bestselling CI Flexo Press in the World.

    The Indian Hygiene industry has been growing at a rapid pace and is currently pegged at over $1 billion. The majority share of this growing market constitutes of back-sheet films and outer packaging, used for hygiene products such as diapers, sanitary napkins and adult incontinence products. This growth in this industry is driven by factors such as increasing birth rate, higher disposable income and greater hygiene awareness. W&H was one of the few companies to foresee the tremendous growth potential in this segment and developed certain technologies in the machines to aid critical applications in the hygiene space. Whether it is films for outer diaper packaging, or producing highly sensitive back-sheet films, to successfully printing on them at high consistent speeds, customers have placed their trust on W&H machines to do the job for them and have achieved excellent results so far.

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    W&H appoints Dr. Sascha Witt to the Executive Board

    Dr. Sascha Witt takes over the position of Chief Sales Officer at machine manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher as of June 01, 2022. He is responsible for global sales in addition to the sales and service subsidiaries worldwide. With the appointment of Dr. Witt, the W&H Management Board consists of four members: Peter Steinbeck (Chief Executive Officer), Dr. Falco Paepenmüller (Chief Technology Officer), Dr. Sascha Witt (Chief Sales Officer) and Martin Schulteis (Chief Financial Officer).

    Effective June 1, 2022, Dr. Sascha Witt joined the executive board of engineering company Windmöller & Hölscher. Witt has been responsible for the Europe North sales and service region at W&H since joining the company in 2020. Prior to this, Witt, who holds a PhD in economics, held various management positions in the mechanical engineering sector, including managing subsidiaries in the United States.

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    For the fifth time in a row, the Academy receives an award from the Focus magazine as one of the best vocational training companies in Germany 2022. W&H was ranked 24th among the major companies in the industry ranking for mechanical and plant engineering. The rating is based on social listening and the evaluation of questionnaires.

    W&H currently employs 61 trainees, including 15 dual students, in seven apprenticeships and five courses of study. Last year, one trainee graduated as the best in NRW in the profession of technical systems planner, while six others achieved a final grade with an A average.

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    Garant, a subsidiary of the Windmöller & Hölscher Group and premier manufacturer of paper bag making equipment, is expanding its presence on the North American market by opening a sales and service office at W&H headquarters in Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA.

    "Paper bag manufacturing is growing in North America and around the world,” says Torsten Berding, Managing Director of Germany-based Garant. “We recognize the need and potential for paper as well as plastic packaging solutions. The paper side of the business is where Garant complements W&H, and we have created a local team to strengthen our support and service in the North American market.”

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    Windmoeller & Hoelscher top-speed production at Bright Flexi International

    Demonstrating its technology leadership in the domain of PP woven manufacturing, Bright Flexi International geared up production of hot-air sealed PP woven block bottom bags AD PROTEX to 140 bags per minute on a single machine. The expert team at Bright Flexi International consistently produced high volume of block bottom bags at rated maximum machine capacities on both high-end W&H CONVERTEX converting machines, leading the production powerhouse to set another milestone.

    Bright Flexi has grown its reputation as the most preferred suppliers of high quality PP/HDPE polywoven products in South India. Since its inception in 1986, the family owned company has been among the fastest growing PP woven companies in the region. Following its genesis under the able leadership of renowned industrialist Mr. Anil K Bansal and his two sons Mr. Ankit Bansal & Mr. Abhinav Bansal, the company has grown manifold in the polywoven domain, addressing the ever increasing demand of PP/HDPE woven sacks and fabrics, leno bags, gusseted bags, BOPP laminated sacks and fabrics. Mr. Bansal attributes this growth to technology, innovative company policies and quality consciousness.

    from right to left Mr. Ankit Bansal (Director Bright Flexi International), Mr. Abhinav Bansal (Director Bright Flexi International), Mr. Walter Haeder (CEO, Windmöller & Hölscher Machinery)

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    Economical production of the most demanding print jobs in package printing

    W&H introduces a new flexo printing press for package printing: The NOVOFLEX II promises maximum productivity through high performance and fast job changes. With a speed of up to 800 m/min, the NOVOFLEX II belongs to the top performance segment. What makes it so special is that even the most difficult images and jobs can be printed in top quality at high speeds. Fast job changes and minimized maintenance and cleaning increase the efficiency of the system.

    "The NOVOFLEX II prints even critical, potentially bounce-inducing jobs, such as those with non-staggered plates with hard edges, at high production speeds. And that without increasing the amount of material needed or using special sticky tapes," explains Markus Bauschulte, Technical Sales Director Business Unit Printing and Finishing at W&H. At “The Future of Flexo” Open House at W&H in March, the company presented two jobs with high line count graphics and particularly hard printing plate leading edges running live at 600 m/min on the NOVOFLEX II. W&H achieves this unique print quality through an optimized design of the NOVOFLEX II: The printing unit is particularly rigid to minimize bouncing. Generously dimensioned bearings of the anilox rollers and format cylinders and a small center distance minimize deflection and vibration influences.

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    W&H joins CEFLEX - promoting circular economy as a common goal

    The European initiative CEFLEX aims to improve the contribution of flexible packaging to the circular economy. The aim is to find better system design solutions by 2025 through cooperation between the many players along the entire value chain. In May this year, German machine builder Windmöller & Hölscher joined CEFLEX.

    CEFLEX is a collaboration project carried out by European companies that represent the entire flexible packaging value chain. The initiative looks at the entire life cycle of flexible packaging from production, consumption and collection to waste management and secondary raw materials. An important goal is to develop guidelines for flexible packaging that are recognized throughout Europe by 2020. Other working groups deal with new technologies, infrastructure and business models as well as end markets for recycled material.

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    Windmoeller & Hoelscher LAMINEX "retires with honor after 20 years" when yet another new W&H ECOTEX extrusion coating line is installed at Textil Oeste, Brazil

    Windmöller & Hölscher spearheaded many innovations in woven PP. One of the fundamental developments was the LAMINEX, which for many years was the benchmark machine for extrusion coating of fabric. Over the last years the new ECOTEX line of coating machines was developed. Today ECOTEX again sets benchmarks in coating through accuracy of coating, output, versatility and quality of coated fabric.

    INDÚSTRIA TÊXTIL OESTE and W&H share a long-time partnership. This relationship has been strengthened in recent years with the installation of new W&H equipment such as PP tape line TIRATEX1600, manual and automatic tape winders FILATEX200 and FILATEX DUOMATIC, extrusion coating line ECOTEX1600L and ECOTEX CL, and last but not least bag converting machines CONVERTEX SL and CONVERTEX SL100.

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    W&H Academy awarded as great training company

    The W&H Academy has been awarded as one of the best training companies by the German professional association Flexoprint. Together with two other companies, the W&H Academy is one of the best three training companies in the flexo and packaging printing industry. The award was justified, among other things, by the high number of apprentices and take-over quota as well as the interdisciplinary continuing education courses.

    The Windmöller & Hölscher Academy regularly trains around 80 skilled young workers and dual students in Lengerich. The W&H Academy has now received an award from the DFTA for outstanding performance and quality in the training of its apprentices. DFTA is the German trade association for flexographic printing. The honoring of the best training companies took place in Stuttgart.

    The W&H Academy was honored because ot its large number of apprentices, the high take-over rate and multidisciplinary training courses. The director of the W&H Academy, Olaf Heymann-Riedel, sees the award as confirmation of the work of the Academy: "It is important to us to offer young people a good start into professional life with high-quality training. We are delighted that this quality has been confirmed by others now too." From a classical industrial clerk to a bachelor in mechatronics - young professionals are being trained in a total of 11 areas at W&H in Lengerich.

    The members of the DFTA Flexographic Printing Association include around 280 companies from the flexo and packaging printing industry in Germany. By honoring the best training companies, DFTA wants to recognize and promote very good training quality in companies.

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    New MIRAFLEX II A at the Printing Technology Center

    Visitors can find a wide range of machinery at the W&H headquarters in Lengerich, Germany, with machines for manufacturing flexible packaging along the entire value chain from extrusion to printing to converting. The W&H Printing Technology Center has been located in a new 3,000 m² hall since drupa 2016. The latest flexographic and gravure printing presses are available in various versions for customer demonstrations, trials, training, and product optimizations. A latest-model MIRAFLEX II AM8 for flexographic printing has now been added.

    W&H has operated a Technology Center for machines used to manufacture flexible packaging for twenty years – always showcasing the latest innovations in the W&H portfolio. It now features five systems for gravure and flexographic printing. Since fall 2017 these include the MIRAFLEX II AM 8, an entry-level machine with state-of-the-art 8- and 10-ink flexo technology. Designed for the core flexible packaging business, it boasts a printing width of 1270 mm and max. repeat length of 800 mm. Solvent- or water-based inks can be used at printing speeds of up to 400 m/min. on all common flexible packaging materials.