GERMANY • Since 2011 Polywest equipped most of the linerboard printing machines worldwide with flexo sleeves up to nearly 3 metre (10 ft) width. More than 2000 of these XXL-Sleeves have been supplied in the last seven years.
Whereas the first extra wide sleeve press supply was in Europe 2011, Polywest expanded their market by selling to Asia and the Americas. Starting with Menasha and later with International Paper in the US, the company is today principle supplier in the WestRock Group. Regular orders come from USA, Canada and from the sister company GrupoGondi in Mexico. In addition, Polywest is currently in preparation to supply XXL-Sleeves to Brazil.
The XXL-Sleeves perform not only for linerboard but also for PE-films. Polywest sold 100 of them to machine manufacturer Saldoflex in Italy, a manufacturer of flexo printing presses and bag-making machines. According to Michael Bormann, head of sales for Polywest, XXL-Sleeves are not the only one segment of the product portfolio.
“Worldwide, we are the only producer who manufactures all types of sleeves and adapters. We have sleeves with hard or compressible surface, adapters with hard or compressible surface, as well as carbon fibre adapters for pneumatic and hydraulic systems in our portfolio.”