Dai-Ichi – Thai converter invests in Flexo Wash parts washer
THAILAND • Dai-Ichi Packaging, a Thai-owned converter with two eight-colour Windmöller & Hölscher Heliostar gravure presses installed, and a third arriving soon, generates an annual turnover of more than 2 billion Baht (about USD 60 million) per year, making it one of the top five converters in Thailand with 520 employees.
“Even though labour prices are low we still decided to invest in an Atex parts washer from Danish manufacturer Flexo Wash. We don’t want our workers to be cleaning manually with solvents, because of its adverse effect on their health. We have already noticed that our employees work longer and enjoy better health since the machine was installed,” he said.
Another great benefit of having a machine to clean parts is the shorter standing and set up times on the presses, which are costly. “Our parts are now cleaned faster than if they were done manually, which means we have more time to print and make money,” he said.
The company was keen to invest in European quality because it keeps it up to date with the newest technology. “Flexo Wash was recommended by leading press manufacturers, and we had also seen their technology at exhibitions. But, the fact that we could see a machine running at a company in Vietnam was even more important to us. When you see a machine in commercial operation and speak to the operators, you find out how well it really works. Afterwards, we were sure Flexo Wash was the right way to go,” said Mr Paneangveat. “The machine is very user friendly and its performance and reliability, and the service and fast response from Flexo Wash all meet our expectations,” he concluded.
The Atex parts washer installed is made with toluene-resistant pumps and sealings so Dai-Ichi can clean with the solvents they were using already.