Bobst has recently built a new manufacturing facility in China and expanded a factory in France as the company expands both its manufacturing and its R&D centres.
The new Chinese factory is a state-of-the-art greenfield facility located in Changzhou, in the Jiangsu province of China. It’s been built for manufacturing Bobst’s web-fed printing and converting equipment, in particular gravure printing and lamination solutions.
Sebastien Geffrault, zone business director of Bobst’s web-fed business in South East Asia, explained that Bobst has had some success in selling its RS 5002 gravure press and CL750 laminators and that this is down to the use of local plants. He added: “The other factor, which is a distinctive feature of Bobst technology worldwide, is the flexibility of the equipment in terms of options such as the inking system and the drying, that can be customized for geographically located consumable types and process preferences”.
The facility is home to a new Competence Centre that will offer support and advice to Asian clients throughout gravure printing and lamination trial runs. Bobst often uses its support centres to help develop new kit and this centre will also be used for R&D and testing equipment.
Bobst will be hosting an open day on 18th May for customers from India and South East Asia.
Bobst is also expanding its factory in Bron, France, which will also gain a new Competence Centre. This will give Bobst a new showroom where customers will be able to see its kit in real operating conditions.
The Lyon factory employs 750 people and manufactures a range of equipment including flexographic printing, die-cutting and in-line folding-gluing kit. This summer Bobst will also start building a new building designed to bring together the whole subsidiary’s administrative staff as of early 2020.
Emmanuel Roquet, President of Bobst Lyon, commented: “This strategic investment was made to develop our staff’s expertise in cardboard converting processes. In our industry, added value is measured not only in our capacity to build robust, accurate and efficient machines, but also in the service solutions we offer to support our customers and their use of our equipment.”