W&H Posts Strong Press Sales

LINCOLN, RI | Windmoeller & Hoelscher, a manufacturer of machinery for the production of flexible packaging, has announced record sales of above €840 million (USD 1 billion) for 2017. “We grew across all business units: extrusion, printing, and converting,” says CEO Dr. Jürgen Vutz, noting that the printing division, consisting of flexographic and gravure presses, achieved €270 million worldwide worldwide.

North American subsidiary Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation, based in Lincoln, RI, was very satisfied with 2017 and imported more presses into North America than any other supplier, says the company. “Due to groundbreaking technologies launched at drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf, our business has boomed, and we are very optimistic that the new economic incentives in the modified tax law will pay great dividends,” says Klaus Kleemann, VP of sales at W&H North America.

The new technologies cited by Kleemann include the award-winning TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E inking and wash-up system and W&H’s own fully-integrated VISION assistance system. TURBOCLEAN ADVANCED E runs electric, pulsation-free pumps, said to significantly reduce ink and energy consumption at low noise levels. The VISION package combines systems for web monitoring, bar code check, printing impression, and register setting in one single operator interface. "The deep integration of the modules in the press means less data entry when starting a job, faster machine changeovers, and reliable, faultless print production—essentially, greater quality and efficiency," Kleemann says.

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