GEW offers cure to Ukrainian printer

The British UV specialist GEW has suppled a complete UV and LED curing system for a 102cm wide Komori L640+C sheetfed offset press free of charge to Pryvatna Drukarnya, a packaging printer based in Khmelnytskyi in Western Ukraine.

Pryvatna Drukarnya, which roughly translates as Private Printing House, was started in 1992 and mostly produces cardboard packaging, boxes and other packaging products made of cardboard.

The company had been considering installing a UV curing system but had to temporarily stop production in February 2022 to offer humanitarian support to some of the many refugees that were fleeing the conflict in the east of the country. Pryvatna Drukarnya’s facilities include two restaurants and a gymnasium for staff and customers that were used to prepare up to 1200 free meals every day for refugees and to accommodate up to 500 people every night for almost a month.

At that point, with Ukraine having survived the initial Russian onslaught, it became clear that the war would continue for some time and that companies such as Pryvatna Drukarnya would have to reorganise themselves to survive in a wartime economy. That meant getting back to work and restarting production. 

So Mikhail Gluhovski, Pryvatna Drukarnya’s managing director, looked again at installing a UV curing system to increase production throughput and reduce waste. He contacted GEW and asked about preferential payment terms to reduce the risk of investment in such difficult business conditions. But the Rae family, who own and run GEW, had a better idea and offered to supply the entire UV system free of charge, in recognition of the valiant work the company had done under such difficult circumstances.

Gluhovski explained: “Everyone in our region opened their doors for those who have no home any more. At one time I had 13 people from Kharkiv, with two pets, living in my apartment. Of course, business is very difficult, but we are sure about our future: we’ve never been so consolidated and so strong before.”

He added: “Thanks to the goodwill of our European partners, we found an appropriate way to buy cardboard and consumables for new orders and to pay off debts at the same time. We are thankful to GEW and everyone who supports our country and our economy. This will let us to return our normal production volume and to start producing UV-printed packaging.” 

He concluded: “It is difficult to find words to express our gratitude for such a decision.”

Normally, GEW would have visited the factory to measure and inspect the press and then have designed a bespoke system to fit in with Pryvatna Drukarnya’s needs. design of the UV system was then carried out over a period of several weeks. That wasn’t a practical option given the ongoing war so instead the GEW team worked closely with Pryvatna Drukarnya’s staff through a series of online video calls to gather the necessary information over several weeks. 

The system they came up with uses two high power mercury arc E4C lampheads in the machine delivery plus two GEW LeoLED lampheads in interdeck positions along the press in order to keep up with the very fast production speeds required from the Komori press. The two Rhino cabinets that power the UV system have been designed and manufactured in the now-familiar blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. This system has recently been successfully installed by Pryvatna’s own engineers, who were again in close communication with GEW’s installation technicians by video link.

Pryvatna Drukarnya fitted the UV system with help from GEW over video link.

Oleksander Bilyk, owner of Pryvatna Drukarnya, noted: “I was deeply touched and amazed by GEW’s proposal. My team and I are so grateful for this act of kindness, as not so many people in our times are willing to help not only by words, but by real action. From the whole staff of the company I say thank you GEW, for your generosity and kindness. God bless you.”

Pryvatna Drukarnya immediately responded to GEW’s help by promising to make a number of humanitarian donations to worthy causes in Ukraine. This included a family who had suffered particularly badly as a result of the conflict and had recently lost their home in the city of Adviivka in the Donetsk region of Eastern Ukraine, due to an enemy bombardment. They were forced to move in search of refuge and travelled over 1,000 kilometres west to the city of Khmelnytskyi, where they were rehomed through a local housing program and with financial sponsorship from Pryvatna.

Robert Rae, Managing Director of Sales at GEW, comments: “All of us here at GEW were touched by the obvious generosity and dedication of the team at Pryvatna. It seemed a natural act that we should provide this system to them free of charge, to go some way to contribute and recognise their courageous efforts in the face of such adversity. It was also a pleasure to be able to help colleagues in our industry directly, rather than through an anonymous aid donation.”

Besides the Komori press, Pryvatna Drukarnya also operates a range of finishing equipment including die cutting, folding and folding-gluing machines, as well as a laminating line and machines for varnishing and embossing with foil. 

You can find further information on this printing company from https://pryvatna.com.ua/uk/ and on the UV curing system from gewuv.com.


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