“The investment makes our location fit for the future”
Constantia Flexibles has invested nearly 3 million euros in the printing equipment at its German production facility in Wangen im Allgäu - we spoke with Alexander Treffner, Head of Plant, about the investment in new printing technology.
Constantia Flexibles: Congratulations on the inauguration of the expanded system! What exactly was invested here?
Alexander Treffner: We have invested nearly 3 million euros in new printing technology here at Constantia Nusser. A gravure printing unit has been added to an existing UV printing machine for flexible packaging in the dairy division. This is a printing machine for medium batches, and quantities between 100,000 and 2,000,000 units. The new printing machine will make it possible to apply the spacers for the unembossed lids inline instead of outline. This has the benefit of allowing us to shorten our production cycle and work more efficiently.
Alongside this expansion, a UV printing machine for flexible packaging customized for “small batches” with an intaglio printing plant was also purchased. With these investments, it will now also be possible to decommission some older machines and completely cease using solvent technology. This in turn will allow us to increase our environmental performance by reducing CO2 and fugitive emissions.
This investment in modern technologies will secure our location for the future and underscores our commitment to providing our customers with the best products and the best quality - it makes us fit for the future.
Constantia Flexibles: You just spoke about the “dairy division”...Constantia Nusser is a specialist for yogurt lids?
Alexander Treffner: Not only for yogurt lids - we are a specialist in die-cut lid production for small and medium batches for the European food industry. Alongside yogurt lids, this also includes lids for coffee or sausage and other flexible packaging for dairy industry products, such as Flexpack. In addition, we also provide the pharmaceutical industry with packaging such as blister packs and sachets for powder. Our primary markets are in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia, but 70 percent of our sales are accounted for by customers from the region.
What distinguishes us the most is our commitment to the region, our flexibility, quality and innovation. We are located in the heart of the German dairy industry, we guarantee fast delivery times that no competitor can match, we meet the high quality demands of our customers, we use the creative potential of our staff and we are receptive to innovation.
Constantia Flexibles: At Nusser, you can look back upon a really long history...
Alexander Treffner: Yes, Constantia Nusser GmbH has been one of the leading suppliers of high-quality aluminum lids for the local dairy industry for over 90 years and we currently employ about 120 people.
The company was founded in 1923 as a book printing company. It soon specialized in the printing of packaging materials for butter and cheese wrappers. In the 1940s and 1950s, the speedy development of the dairy industry demanded a constant string of new and innovative packaging options. In 1973, the company’s product range company was expanded to include the pharmaceutical industry and Constantia Nusser GmbH has belonged to the Constantia Flexibles Group since 1980.
Constantia Flexibles: Thank you very much!