As part of a multi-million-dollar investment, SeaTac has recently taken delivery of a BOBST EXPERT CI-flexographic printing press, which has been installed at its new facility in Tacoma. The operation encompasses over 100,000 sq ft of modern production space and the increase in capacity has created new jobs. From here, the company supplies customers with a wide variety of multiwall, PaperWoven™ (paper-laminated polywoven), BOPP (laminated polywoven) and rollstock bags.
The investment in the latest flexo technology from BOBST will significantly expand SeaTac’s printing capabilities as it moves into the future, and also increase the company’s already high productivity levels and established sustainability credentials.
“The new BOBST EXPERT CI-flexo press will make our operations even more efficient,” says President David Huang. "With its cutting-edge innovations, it will also allow us to print with water-based, food-safe inks, which are better for the environment. This was a major selling point for us when choosing our new technology partner, as we are listening to our customers’ concerns about the environmental impact of packaging and want to offer a sustainable choice to the market.”
The investment in the BOBST EXPERT CI-flexo press also closely aligns with SeaTac’s mission to provide superior converted bag and other packaging solutions through uncompromising quality, excellent customer service, innovative products and value.
Huang, who has been heading up the company since 2012, praised the build of the EXPERT, describing it as the “Rolls-Royce” of wide-web flexo presses. “We needed an ultra-modern printing press with the highest level of automation to fulfil our vision to produce best-in-class products and stay competitive. We chose BOBST for their reputation as the leader in flexo print technology and service, as we wanted the most robust option and a great support network, and they haven’t disappointed,” he adds.
Available in print widths between 1,050 and 1,450 mm (41.3–57 in.) with either eight or 10 color stations, the EXPERT has a compact footprint and runs at speeds up to 600 mpm (1,968 fpm). It features a host of options to improve and automate process control.
As job run lengths have become shorter and demand for faster turnaround increased, the need for high levels of automation has become the focus for the industry. Only by cutting out waste in production and optimizing the capabilities of equipment can press manufacturers help printing companies remain competitive in the markets they serve.
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