History

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Flexotecnica was founded in Galgagnano in 1979 and started building flexo presses suitable for printing on paper and plastic films for packaging applications. The main goal was the research of simple technical solutions in relation to the materials to be printed; launching them on the market with an accurate ratio between product and intrinsic value.

The very first stack presses 724/726 and Radios represented the starting point and a stepping stone towards the nearest markets, as Europe was considered the domestic market.

Its innovative solutions gained the company a strong position in many countries in an increasingly competitive market which led to the expansion of the production area during the mid ‘80s in the industrial area of Tavazzano (Lodi) with a new plant inaugurated in 1987.

Between the end of the ‘80s and the beginning of the ‘90s Flexotecnica introduced its “narrow web” series – central drum – known as the “One man, one press”. This novel concept brought the company a “wave of orders” and increased its presence on the market. This machine concept was awarded as a revolutionary company orientation to anticipate the market requirements with genial solutions at the forefront.

Alongside this product range, the first computerized system with numerical control was developed for pressure and register control with the memorization of printing parameters: an important milestone in growing flexo to a higher quality level. These were the forerunners of the present systems recognized worldwide to be the most efficient systems to reduce waste during print set-up and in production as well as extremely quick makeready times.

Alongside the “narrow” web presses mainly designed for printing plastic films, in 1989 the company produced one of the widest flexo presses installed in Europe at that time for pre-print, a MEGAS delivered to a Swedish paper mill with a 3,100mm printing width. By designing and producing one of the largest presses in the world Flexotecnica confirmed its attitude to face difficult technical and technological challenges by aiming at engineering and manufacturing printing presses for rigid materials, such as paper, folding carton and heavy duty board.

In 1994 the merger with Cerutti, a leading company manufacturing rotogravure machines for publications and packaging, marked an important turning point which helped Flexotecnica grow and accounted for the expansion of the plant in Tavazzano in 1996. It was then one of the first manufacturers to produce a “sleeve press” – the Tachýs - designed to offer quick job changeovers.

Through the commercial network of Cerutti the company acquired an important share of the flexo market “par excellence” - North America. In order to be tuned in with the North American market it was decided to invest in the research and development of a flexo machine for printing folding cartons in line with a flat or rotary die cutter to produce finished carton boxes in a single working cycle.

At Drupa 2008, following the evolution of increasingly sophisticated gearless flexo printing technology the world’s first 12-color central-impression flexo press was showcased as a premiere which still represents a benchmark for the high quality demanding flexo segment since it allows to achieve high print quality levels never seen before if not with gravure or offset technologies.

The 3rd December 2013 is a very important date in the history of Flexotecnica as it marked a turning point for the future growth of the company: Koenig & Bauer, a globally leading company in the manufacture of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, took over 90% of Flexotecnica shares.

With the integration into KBA Group, the merging of both companies’ experiences matured in two different markets sustained by the common strategy to become a leader in the flexible packaging business segment will be the starting point to broaden the product portfolio, develop hybrid lines of diversified technologies of latest generation by exploiting the competences existing inside both companies whilst assuring a growing and stronger presence of Flexotecnica in the international market. By taking advantage of the distribution network and global support of KBA we will guarantee an enhancement both from the commercial and the industrial standpoint.

The high-tech equipment, a dynamic and flexible structure and a strong ability to lead and anticipate the needs of the market will place KBA-Flexotecnica among the first companies in the world providing complete solutions for the converting technology of flexible packaging.