Focus Label Machinery Ltd. has announced the sale of new equipment that will start a process of investment for Kenya-based Paperhouse to modernise, automate and improve productivity, diversify and to meet the growing market demands in east Africa.
Paperhouse have confirmed their selection for the modular ‘eFlex’ flexographic Press. The 10 colour, full servo 430mm wide press will be housed in their Nairobi facility running alongside the existing flexographic lines, including a Focus Proflex Servo previously supplied in 2010.
Paperhouse spent 12 months looking at various manufacturers comparing features, technology and technical support. The eFlex was tested in the Focus UK showroom just prior to the pandemic in February 2020, and whilst it was sensible at the time to postpone the investment, it seems now is the right time to forge ahead.
The new servo press features 10 colours, full UV drying with chill rolls, cold foil, peel and reveal, delam-relam, pre-register, auto register, 2nd pass register, all touch screens controls and Bosch Rexroth drive technology with live online monitoring and support.
George Gatimu, Paperhouse project manager, said the installation will continue ‘a rebirth’ for the business. ‘The new press will augment and improve on our existing Flexo machinery. This is a great step in the right direction for us and the advance in technology will make us that much more competitive.’
Anthony Cotton, Business Development and Marketing Manager for Focus Label Machinery, added, ‘This is another great installation for Focus and it has been an enjoyable project as the customer was very open to new ideas throughout the process. The specification gives Paperhouse absolute flexibility in the market they serve and will consolidate and generate new business for them.’
David Lee, Managing Director at Focus Label Machinery, also commented, ‘As a family company that has been running now for over 40 years, we are proud to have been able to build on our previous relationship with Paperhouse. It is very satisfying to retain trust through our continued commitment to providing the latest and best new technology, backed with service and support.