- Investment in ten-colour flexo press extends Mondi Gronau's existing printing capabilities alongside existing rotogravure.
- New machinery equipped to handle the hygiene industry's growing demand for advanced printing options and greater flexibility in femcare pouch wrapping film designs and materials.
- Customers will benefit from a highly efficient printing service with inline siliconization and inline embossing solutions.
Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has unveiled a state-of-the-art flexo printing line at its plant in Gronau, Germany. The new machinery will service the hygiene industry’s growing demand for advanced printing options for films and laminates and deliver greater flexibility in feminine care pouch wrapping designs and film choices.
Mondi’s investment in the ten-colour flexo press means the company is now able to supply flexo printing services alongside its existing rotogravure capabilities. Due to the latest sleeve technology, flexo printing produces high-quality results in brilliant colour with a rapid output. In addition, Mondi’s press is able to apply effect inks and matt additives – resulting in premium looking films with the potential to influence purchasing decisions through an elevated user experience.
The new line offers the added appeal of inline siliconization, which eliminates the need for release paper, and inline embossing in answer to consumer preference for quieter, more discreet wrappers. Furthermore, the printing press gives customers the freedom to request complex designs thanks to precise registered printing for eye mark accuracy. This allows Mondi to feature different prints on the front and back of wrapping films and provides the option of partial siliconization for a more cost-effective printing run.
Jürgen Schneider, Managing Director, Personal Care Components at Mondi, comments: “The new flexo printing line enables us to better serve our customers in the hygiene industry through an altogether smarter printing process. Inline inspection systems for colour and silicone quality guarantee product reliability, while low ink consumption, minimal waste and shorter set-up times make this type of printing efficient and therefore also highly suitable for customers with varying lot sizes. What’s more, our installation can handle different film materials, including biodegradable or recycled content stock, which supports our customers’ sustainability goals.”
In the run up to the installation of the new flexo printing line, Mondi’s team in Gronau consulted closely with colleagues from its plant in Jackson, USA, which has offered flexographic printing services for personal care components since 2014.
Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2021, Mondi had revenues of €7.7 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.5 billion.
Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.
About Mondi Personal Care Components
Mondi Personal Care Components (PCC) is part of Mondi’s Business Unit Engineered Materials and a leading global supplier of surgical face masks, nonwovens for wipes, melt-blown nonwovens, unique elastic films and laminates, siliconized wrapping films and mechanical fastening components. Committed to quality and producing products that are sustainable by design, we serve the hygiene industry by offering comprehensive baby care, adult incontinence and femcare solutions. Mondi PCC strives to make comfort a way of life and supports every generation by prioritising sustainability through responsible use of resources and, wherever possible, designing for recycling or biodegradability without compromising on performance and comfort. Our geographical footprint includes four plants in China, Germany and the US all supported by a state-of-the-art R&D Centre and pilot plant in Gronau, Germany.