Comexi to Show Off its Flexible Packaging Solutions at Drupa

Comexi is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, as a provider of flexographic, offset, and digital printing, as well as lamination, coatings, and cutting-edge automation technologies. Spearheading the industry 4.0 revolution, Comexi offers
consultancy, training, and demonstrations at its state-of-the-art Comexi Manel Xifra i Boada Technological Center. The company has announced that it will show off two new models at Drupa 2024.

Within its range of flexographic printers, following the new F2 Evolution and F2 Origin, alongside the renowned F4, Comexi premieres the new F1 Evolution. This machine is designed to be the benchmark of the highest-end flexo presses in the sector. Highlighting its printing speed of 600m/min and printing width of up to 1690mm with developments of up to 1260mm. Its exceptional robustness and drying capability make it the ideal flexo press to increase productivity in the most challenging jobs.

The new F1 Evolution can be equipped with a robotic arm for sleeve and anilox changes, as well as other automation from the GeniusTech range developed by Comexi, such as Genius Print for initial setup with a single touch, Genius Dry for adaptable and energy-efficient drying, Genius Flow for automatic and fast cleaning, or its ergonomic design that facilitates maintenance and cleaning. Comexi, with its commitment to excellence and market problem-solving, once again demonstrates its leadership in the industry.

The F1 Evolution has been developed to be especially productive. Its brilliant design makes it the most productive press on the market. The robustness, drying capacity, and printing speed of up to 600 m/min make this flexo the ideal machine for medium and long jobs and for those sectors where the profitability of each print is crucial. We especially refer to sectors such as hygiene products, and food packaging products printed on monomaterials without further processes.

Carles Rodríguez, Printing Director at Comexi, comments on this solution, “The new F1 Evolution is an unmatched engineering piece that culminates the renewal of Comexi’s central drum flexographic printer portfolio. This new range represents a real revolution for the sector. It is a flexo press with a multitude of innovations aimed at addressing the challenges faced by our customers. A good example is the Genius Board, which automatically calculates the most efficient way to carry out a job change, guiding operators step by step, or the new Genius Run HD system, thanks to which bouncing and barring are things of the past, the results are spectacular, reaching 600 m/min in the most demanding jobs. It is a pride to be able to present it at Drupa 2024. At the end of the year, it will also be available at our Girona Technological Center to carry out tests with our customers and share the incredible F1 Evolution experience.”

Comexi is taking a step forward in its Offset technology at Drupa, responding to consumer demands and governmental regulations favoring sustainability in packaging. Offset printing offers exceptional print quality, rapid time to market, and significant prepress cost savings. However, its greatest advantage lies in sustainability, utilizing Electron Beam inks and varnishes to reduce solvents, CO2, and VOCs, while enhancing recyclability through the use of monomaterials. Drupa 2024 sees an expansion of the Offset range, including a wider Offset CI model catering to flexible packaging and paper markets, along with the revolutionary Color Closed Loop system for precise colour control without print marks.

Comexi will also showcase digital printing solutions at Drupa, complementing converters’ services for enhanced profitability, sustainability, and quick time to market. Addressing trends like packaging personalization and traceability, digital printing offers an efficient solution for short runs and frequent job changes, promoting sustainability and versatility in packaging solutions.

Comexi’s solutions extend beyond printing, incorporating other key processes in converting for packaging development. Visitors to the booth can see the S2 DT slitter, equipped with dual laser heads and an inspection system, ensuring precise control and measurement of micro-perforations. Comexi’s investment in laser digital technology offers multiple value-added applications for flexible packaging: micro and macro perforations, precutting, easy open web, cross direction (scriving), shapes, windows, and alphanumeric codes for promotions, among others.

Also in slitting, the new S1DT evolution range is presented, a step forward from the iconic S1 DT. For now, this new model has been designed in its evo8 version, a cutter distinguished by its high productivity (double turret) with rewinding diameters of up to 650 mm, making it ideal for the wrap-around market, where demand has shifted from 610 mm to 650 mm of rewinding output.

The S1DT evolution features all the automation and inline solutions of its predecessor, such as the inline laser and automatic reel handling system from slitter to final pallet, ensuring traceability and total production control. This automation, developed to provide a global solution to the shortage of qualified personnel affecting the flexible packaging market, is a turnkey solution, designed modularly and fully adapted to the needs of each productive plant.

However, Comexi will not only showcase novelties in its solutions during Drupa. Its booth will serve as a hub for various activities throughout the fair. After 8 years of not being able to celebrate Drupa in person, 2024 is also a significant date for Comexi as it marks its 70th anniversary. Various events will commemorate this milestone during Drupa, coinciding with the arrival of the third generation of the Xifra family to Comexi’s leadership.

In a familiar and relaxed atmosphere, various activities will take place during Drupa:

  1. 2 daily shows presenting all printing technologies: Flexo, Offset, and Digital.
  2. Two exclusive dinners, jointly organized with Reifenhauser, on May 29th and June 3rd, on a boat along the Rhine River or in an old soap factory.
  3. Participation as a gold sponsor in the FTA Awards held during the fair, supporting companies in the sector.
  4. The third edition of the Sustainable Packaging Showroom is a space to firsthand experience all the sustainability innovations offered by Comexi and other associated sector partners.
  5. A commitment to knowledge transfer for younger generations through the Sinapse Young Talent Competition.
  6. Demos and presentations at our technological centre in Girona, Spain, in the weeks before and after the fair.

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