Interstate Container, the producer of custom-engineered corrugated packaging for the US market and member of the international manufacturing group Indevco, have now received a significant upgrade from Absolute for 3 of their machines, incorporating Absolute’s carbon fiber blade systems.
One reason Absolute won the contract was their 12-year history of successful installations for Interstate’s parent company Indevco, one of the most prestigious names in the Middle East. From their headquarters in Lebanon, Indevco manufacture packaging for a wide range of applications, with divisions in corrugated, tissue, non-woven and flexible materials.
Knowledge of the global packaging industry also came into play. Not only have Absolute been supplying Indevco since 2003, but they hold an impeccable track record of over 6,500 installations worldwide, delivered by highly skilled engineering teams in both Europe and North America. Understandably, Interstate was confident of a successful upgrade, which Absolute’s specialist installers managed to complete the majority of the units over a long weekend! And, compared with tenders from other suppliers, Absolute offered the greatest value in terms of payback, bolstered by a solid reputation for quality products and after sale support services in North America.
For one machine, UniBlade was installed alongside the existing crossbar and loading system, while another machine was fitted with a 2G chamber. The third upgrade involved replacing the original rubber rollers, updating the drive and installing complete new 2G chamber doctoring units.
The benefits of these upgrades were immediate and impressive: Interstate noticed a significant reduction in ink loss during colour change, a higher quality wash-up from dark to light, less downtime resulting in higher outputs and improved quality print.
Bill Gempp, Vice-President of Absolute in the Americas, is proud of the achievement. “This project was a coordinated effort by our European HQ, our North American customer service structure and our North American technical team which all came together to produce a great conclusion for both Indevco and Absolute.”
Speaking for Interstate Containers, Dick Monteiro, Capital Projects Manager – Container Division, agrees: We have again worked closely with Absolute to produce a win-win result for both companies, they are a pleasure to deal with and the installation has provided the best possible results. I’m confident we will be providing Absolute with a further Purchase Order for additional units in the coming weeks.”