Comexi’s slitting business unit increases its sales figure significantly


Comexi's business unit slitting presents itself (photo: Comexi)
Comexi's business unit slitting presents itself (photo: Comexi)

The Comexi Group from Girona, Spain, specialist in solutions for the flexible packaging industry, has registered an increase of more than 50% of sales in its slitting business unit over the last three years. Specifically during 2017, Comexi’s slitting line has recorded a remarkable growth in its turnover, expanding its presence in strategic markets such as the USA and the Middle East.

These historical results are related in part to the company's commitment to innovation and its development of slitting equipment that is reported to offer high added value solutions such as laser technology or automation systems. “Our solutions are widely recognised in the current market,” says Comexi slitting brand manager, Albert Torrent, who, at the same time, adds that the results obtained during these past three years have “exceeded all expectations and forecasts”.

Specifically, its laser technology allows converters to differentiate themselves from the competition quickly and easily by providing a wide range of applications such as easy open, windows, micro-perforations or code insertion. In this sense, the group has been expanding its laser system offering new options of 40, 100 or 300W. “At the same time, our automation systems allow converters to increase their productivity exponentially. We are detecting that customers are increasingly interested in such equipment and, therefore, the market is moving towards this direction,” says Torrent.

Moreover, Comexi’s slitting brand manager points out some of the main trends that have marked the slitting sector and the flexible packaging industry in recent years. Trends that Comexi has been able to respond to efficiently, thus enhancing the group's growth. “Currently, runs are becoming shorter and the explosion of new market niches has led to the appearance of personalised and differentiated products: containers that extend shelf-life, which are more sustainable, ecological, easy to use and formed by more complex laminated structures,” he explains. Therefore, as he adds, frequently converters bet on “high quality equipment that provides the highest productivity and the ability to respond quickly to new market needs."

The business unit provides a wide range of highly technological solutions and is led by director Enric Carrera since 2017. During last year, the group launched its latest development in this field: the Comexi S1 MS, designed for rigid or semi-rigid materials – nondeformable – and with large output reels. This machine can be useful for a wide variety of markets and applications such as stand-up pouches, to work with trilaminates for the coffee sector, for extrusion or the paper market. These are some examples of companies that need to manage large diameters at maximum speed in the rewind area.