Expansion of presence in the Middle East

01.03.2022 Comexi (Girona, Spain), a specialist in solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting industry, will set up a showroom in the Middle East as a result of an agreement reached with Madayn Plastic Company.

Comexi and Reifenhäuser further expand their presence in the Middle East – together with Madayn Plastic.
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Comexi and Reifenhäuser further expand their presence in the Middle East – together with Madayn Plastic.

The Omani company has decided to venture into the flexible packaging sector with Reifenhäuser and Comexi, with the intention of investing a large percentage of the Sultanate's market share. For this reason, Madayn Plastic has acquired a Comexi F2 ML flexographic press, a Comexi ML2 Evolution laminator, as well as a Reifenhäuser Blown Film. The three machines will be installed in the facility that the company is building in Sohar. Companies in the Middle East that are interested in Comexi's technology will be able to view the flexographic press and the laminator.

Reaching clients in the Middle East and India

“This is a very important operation for us,” explain Oriol Rabert, a Comexi area manager in this region, and Bharath Yalla, managing director of Reifenhäuser Middle East & Africa, who highlight that “the geographical location of Madayn Plastic Company allows us to reach potential clients from all over the Middle East and India. Having a showroom in Oman will help us to demonstrate the full potential of our flexographic printers and laminators”. This project, led by RMEA, reinforces the successful relationship between Reifenhäuser and Comexi, which has been a great success in India, for many years, and now extends to the Middle East.

Madayn Plastic Company began operating in the flexible packaging industry with very clear ideas. Unlike most companies in the sultanate, which work with low-cost machines, Madayn has made a clear commitment to quality through the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology such as the Comexi F2 ML and ML2 Evolution machines. "The investments of Madayn Plastic Company in Comexi and Reifenhäuser machinery will allow the Omani company to produce a substantial amount of flexible packaging within in the country," says Oriol Rabert. The Comexi F2 ML printing machine is the ideal response to market demands, in reference to large format jobs, such as those of the polyethylene market for wrap around, hygiene, as well as the majority of pet food sizes. The F2 ML is a mature machine, designed in an ergonomic and robust manner that is typical of the F2 family. It incorporates all GeniusTech solutions that assist printers in solving issues such as the lack of skilled operators, job length reductions, and an increased number of job changes, among others.

First line of its kind in Oman

“This is the first Comexi F2 ML we have sold in the Middle East and India; it will undoubtedly be the most complete flexographic printer ever installed in Oman,” says Rabert, adding that with this machine, Madayn Plastic Company will be able to print more metres, as it is the first 1.5m F2 ML built by Comexi.

The Comexi ML2 Evolution laminator is a highly versatile machine. It can be configured not only to laminate two or more materials with water-based, solvent-based or solventless adhesives, but as a coating machine, as a gravure or flexo printing unit – at register or full covering – thus being a true all-in-one machine. The ergonomic design of the Comexi ML2 Evolution laminator allows for simplistic and intuitive performance at top speeds, thus subsequently maximising production and minimising downtime.

In order to meet the highest standards, the Comexi ML2 Evolution has incorporated new state-of-the-art options that are expected to facilitate the conversion of flexible packaging. These include the Comexi Closed Loop, which automatically adjusts and maintains the adhesive grammage without solvents throughout production. Additionally, the automatic mark-to-mark registration adjustment system for cold seal will become a milestone in the industry, as it avoids any operator intervention during the setup and considerably reduces material waste and the loss of adjustment time. In brief, the objective of the two systems is to facilitate the job set-up task and make machines more automatic, leading the industry towards fully autonomous machinery.