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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
Plants & Processes As NAFTA came into being, we saw a dwindling of accounts. So we made a decision to re-invent ourselves and purchased the equipment of another company, Reliable Poly Packaging in Brooklyn, NY, and focused on key areas of growth. Two years ago, we bought a 117,000sq.ft. facility in Ridgefield Park, NJ and equipped it with brand new machinery, including 10 color presses, stand-up pouch machines, four Inno lok machines, laminators and zipper bag equipment. Posner: Filmtech Poly was founded approximately 30 years ago. We started out in a converted two car garage as converters by buying used bag machines from Sheldahl. In 1998, we expanded fourfold to printing with a four-color Hudson-Sharp CTS due to customer demand and have stayed focused on customer needs ever since. What markets do you serve? Kaufman: We still do work for Hanes and other hosiery companies, but the concentration of our business focuses on frozen foods, pet supplies, confec- tionary and medical. We now have a niche where offshore can’t compete. We want mid-sized companies who appre- ciate quality and service with a person- al touch. We turn things around in two weeks or less. I don’t sell packaging—I deliver packaging, but I sell service and unbelievable quality. Our flexographic printing looks as good as rotogravure. Streicher: We are AIB Superior rated and we do everything from fish- ing sinker bags, bakery bags to more sophisticated items like zipper bags and zipper roll stock to laminated snack food roll stock and pouches. We also run some unique lines and specialize in unique packaging, high-quality small or large runs and fast turnaround. With the newest press, we can changeover very quickly, and service our customers that much better. We have gone from no art to printed and finished product in less than 10 days. Posner: We cover many markets including many food type packaging, bedding, apparel and specialized medi- cal applications. hoW many Presses do you run? Streicher: We run two presses. We run a Uteco Amber eight-color, 63in. wide press and the new eight-color Uteco Onyx that is 52in. wide. This combination it gives us lot flexibility. For example, we used to have to sched- ule all our reverse print jobs in a row because it was very time consuming to go from reverse to surface. But the new Onyx press doesn’t care—we can run two reverse prints, then a surface and then back to reverse. Mandel: We have two Uteco Onyx, which are eight colors. We also have two older CMF presses that are six colors. Our widest width is 54in. Kaufman: We have two presses, and are in negotiations to purchase a third. Both are Uteco high speed presses. At Manhattan Poly, we had six presses and these two Uteco presses totally out-pro- duce those. One is an eight color and one is a 10 color, both are gearless. www.flexography.org august 2010 FLeXo 55 Being an independent ink manufacturer gives us the freedom to respond to your needs more quickly and with greater flexibility. It also makes our personal commitment to product excellence and exceptional service more binding. We call that our “Signature Service” and we take pride in helping printers achieve the best printing results possible. If you’re not receiving our Signature Service now, perhaps it’s time you experienced an independence day and talk with an Alden & Ott specialist. For over 50 years, the quality and service goes in before our name goes on— Alden & Ott Printing Inks. • Offset Printing Inks • Flexographic Printing Inks Alden & Ott Printing Inks Company Arlington Heights, IL tel: 847.364.6817 1.800 .552.INKS aldenottink.com We’ve always believed in independence. August2010_mech.indd 55 8/13/10 9:15 AM
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