With its investment in Durst Water Technology, Heuchemer Verpackung has taken its first steps into digital processing of corrugated card.
Heuchemer Verpackung, a manufacturer and supplier of branded goods, employs 350 people and has its base in Miehlen, western Germany. It produces packaging from corrugated and solid board, plastic and wood. With its investment in Durst Water Technology, Heuchemer Verpackung has taken its first steps into digital processing of corrugated card. It’s a new era for the company celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2020.
A company with technological innovation at its heart, the young owners of family-owned Heuchemer Verpackung are constantly being asked to provide new answers to the future challenges for its day-to-day business. One recurring requirement is for lower-volume orders and faster turnaround times, as well as full compliance for sensitive markets such as food retailing. Others include demands for high flexibility, new design possibilities and ways of coping with seasonal order variations.
In its core business as a premium manufacturer of branded goods, Heuchemer Verpackung places high demands on the quality of its packaging, but with conventional processes the company had been tied to high-volume printing runs.
Heuchemer Digital, a new division, was opened in 2019 to provide a unique opportunity to take a first step into the digital world and a complete digital workflow for corrugated board packaging production. The investment included the Delta WT 250 6c production machine with dual track corrugated printing option, Durst workflow and water-based inks, as well as an industrial feeder, registration table and stacker.
The new technological possibilities of digital inkjet printing in direct corrugated board printing have created new market opportunities for innovative producers of packaging and displays such as Heuchemer. Using Durst Water Technology, Heuchemer Verpackung can now offer its customers digitally printed, environmentally friendly and odourless packaging as well as POP & POS displays for sensitive areas such as food retailing.
Laura Heuchemer, co-owner and CMO as a member of the management board, said: “Durst enables us to continue using water-based inks in our largest market, the food and beverage industry. This is crucial for our business. With our investment in Durst Water Technology, we will make our expertise in packaging development and design accessible to a new, specialize target group with smaller print runs, as well as open up new markets. We are also convinced by the Durst workflow in data handling and operability for the machine operators.”
She added: “Durst is a trusted partner, which has been extremely flexible to our needs. The technical support has been professional and extensive. The on-site training at Durst, as well as at our local in Miehlen, has been target-oriented and has ensured a smooth commissioning and handling of the plant as we move into another century of business.”