DENMARK • It all began a quarter of a century ago when Danish label printer Henning Kongstad became frustrated with the time and effort required to clean and maintain his printing presses. The biggest problem was dirty parts and the knock-on effect they were having on print quality. In addition, the manual process of cleaning was taking up valuable production time, so Kongstad decided to come up with an own solution.
The machine he developed was little more than a modified domestic dishwasher, but the die was cast, and through various ingenious modifications, he developed what became the first Flexo Wash parts washer. Beginning by supplying the narrow web sector in native Denmark and neighbouring Germany, the reach of Flexo Wash products now extends to all sectors of the flexo and gravure printing industries with sectors as diverse as corrugated and coating included. Today, the company’s portfolio includes specialist anilox cleaning and plate washing technology, as well as the original parts washing machines. Today, Flexo Wash has more than 4000 machines in everyday commercial use worldwide.