Four-shift operation at an over 14,000 m² site: the new plant in Kłobuck marks another milestone in SÜDPACK’s success story. It primarily stands for uncompromising performance, customer proximity and sustainability. The building complex is equipped with cutting-edge technology and was officially opened on May 5 and 6 in the presence of around 100 invited guests. The expansion of printing and finishing capacity at the Polish site is a strategically important step towards meeting the steadily growing demand for SÜDPACK solutions. While at the same time, SÜDPACK is setting the course for future, sustainable growth in the print sector.
The formal inauguration of the factory also marks the beginning of a new era for SÜDPACK in this region. The ground-breaking ceremony took place back in July 2020 at the site of a company SÜDPACK acquired in 2015, Bahpol, which primarily specializes in flexo print. Now, almost two years later, the extensive building work and installation of the complex printing, laminating and slitting equipment are largely complete.
The production facilities have been gradually ramped up over the past few months. The first machines have been in four-shift operation since the end of 2021. The new printing plate system that SÜDPACK needs to implement its resource-saving, highly efficient SPQ technology is a real highlight. And a huge investment that Tharcisse Carl, Managing Director of SÜDPACK, believes will definitely pay off. Because the company is already receiving a considerable number of inquiries from customers looking to further optimize the carbon footprint of their products and make their packaging printing much more sustainable by adopting a holistic approach. Carolin Grimbacher, Managing Partner of SÜDPACK: “SPQ stands for Sustainable Print Quality – and the name says it all. Because this innovative printing technology enables us to significantly reduce ink and solvent consumption, while significantly improving the print quality. SPQ is revolutionizing flexo printing. And is certainly the way forward.” The new equipment has definitely been very successful for initial customer orders. At the same time, SÜDPACK customers are also benefiting from much greater flexibility and speed now that the pre-press stage is carried out in-house.
The festivities for the official opening extended over two whole days. Day one was devoted to VIPs. Following the entertaining inauguration speeches by the County CEO, Henryk Kiepura, and the Mayor, Jerzy Zakrzewski, the keys were officially handed over to Johannes Remmele, Achim Herter and Slawomir Słomian from SÜDPACK by Marcin Walczyk (from the construction company, MCM). As representatives of the SÜDPACK Management Board, Mrs Grimbacher and Messrs Bouts, Carl and Remmele then delivered speeches, emphasizing that the expansion of production capacity is an important step towards the long-term positive development and internationalization of the entire company group and, above all, a clear commitment to its Polish site. These were followed by an employee award ceremony, the obligatory factory tour and a gala dinner as the culinary highlight of the day. This light and cheerful mood continued on May 6, the Staff Open Day, with factory tours and lots of attractions for adults and children alike.