was reprinted June 2019 from International Paper Board Industry
Our first visit to Arabian Packaging came in 2004, shortly after the business (which was established back in 1982) moved into a greenfield site in the Jebel Ali Industrial Area. A massive warehouse had been built and housed a new corrugator and wide array of converting equipment, all of which had been supplied by leading OEMs. A 2.8m corrugator from BHS Corrugated, two Martin 618 four colour flexo folder gluers, a Martin 924 six colour rotary die-cutter, a four colour BGM 2.8m casemaker, five colour Göpfert Evolution Rotary die-cutter, an Isowa three colour rotary die-cutter and a Bobst SPO diecutter were in operation. A complete materials handling system was installed by Dücker.
We were then invited back a little over a decade later, in 2016 – this time to see the first seven colour, high quality flexo post print line from Göpfert to be installed in the region. The company had been looking for ways in which to help customers achieve high quality print, but without turning to litho-laminating, as this was relatively expensive. So they opted for the offline printing machine from Göpfert. The printing process is handled by the seven colour Göpfert Ovation high board line machine, equipped with inter-station IR dryers from JB Machinery and a final dryer at exit. Printed stacks of board are then transferred to the Bobst SPO or the stand-alone Göpfert Evolution rotary die-cutter, equipped with two Dücker Corrpal breakers and palletiser.
Investment continues at this market leader, not content to rest on its laurels, Arabian Packaging once again pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved with corrugated, this time installing an additional corrugator and converting lines, specifically to target the micro flute market.
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