Marpol Sp. z o.o. is a leading manufacturer of flexible packaging foils in the Polish market. The company’s development strategy includes the use of state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable solutions.
Marpol Sp. z o.o. started its operation in 1994 producing LDPE foils on its own extruders. In 1998 the first printing machine was purchased and own prepress studio was launched. Four years later, the operations were moved to a new location in Ignatki near Bialystok, where a new production hall was built in 2005. Followed by investments in various machinery, the company Pabex (2014) and company Hanex (2015) have been aquired by Marpol, which entailed a new plant in Tychy.
In total, both plants operate with 4 extrusion lines, 7 flexo machines as well as 6 laminators and 9 cutters as well as 2 lines for the production of flat bags and doypacks. 300 people are employed in both facilities.
“The market is constantly challenging us and our customers – in order to remain a leading supplier, Marpol must keep up with its partners and anticipate their actions in many areas. We are interested in new technologies, follow market inno-vations and implement new ideas. We set the development bar high, and continuous improvement and investment in both, employee development and modernization of the machine park are a crucial part of the company’s action plan”, says Robert Awruk production director at Marpol. Its mission is to provide packaging printing in the highest quality and to fulfill the constantly increasing demand.
In 2008, Marpol purchased the first Cyrel® FAST thermal processor, whose breakthrough technology enabled the production of a finished plate within 30 minutes. This was a huge improvement compared to solvent technology, which required drying and stabilization and took several hours longer. Based on the positive experience with DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST thermal technology, Marpol decided to invest into the latest generation recently and purchased a Cyrel® FAST 2000 TD thermal processor, which marks the 150th installation of this series.
“The new DuPont thermal processor meets all our expectations. Maintaining color consistency, especially on reprints or series of projects, is just as important as being able to instantaneously produce a photopolymer plate. In case of a design change or correction by the customer, a new plate is required in shortest time and with Cyrel® FAST technology, Marpol is able to have a new plate ready in less than an hour. It is not required to interrupt processes and wait for a new plate or postponing of acceptance print to another date. With that Marpol saves their customers’ time and makes optimal use of its printing equipment. The new processor has also reduced maintenance operations. Remote diagnostics allows for real-time monitoring of the machine parameters and speeds up the reaction time in case of breakdowns “, mentiond Robert Awruk.
DuPont pioneered the thermal flexographic platemaking technology about 20 years ago and is a leading suppliers in thermal technology, which is best proven by more than 1,500 installations worldwide.
“The new investment will allow us to reduce the volume of plates purchased from external prepress studios. We process several thousand squaremeters of photopolymers a year and thanks to the greater production capacity of the Cyrel® FAST 2000 TD we will also be able to produce plates for Tychy plant, which doesn’t have its own prepress studio. We value the cooperation with DuPont for its stability, constant development and high quality of products. Their Polish distributor, Reprograf-Grafikus, which also installed our first device, is a proven partner here”, said Robert Awruk.
Sustainability is a very important element of our Marpol’s company policy. Apart from packaging trends itself, they also focus on eco-friendly technologies for their production. The latest generation of Cyrel® FAST platemaking system fits very well into this model. It emits virtually only warm air, practi-cally eliminating volatile organic compound
(VOC) emissions – a 99% reduction compared to solvent technology.
“The first generation of Cyrel® FAST was a revolution – its latest generation is an evolution and refinement of this technology towards even higher performance and stability – adds Tomasz Nojszewski, sales manager at DuPont Image Solutions. – Compared to the first generation of Cyrel® FAST, we’ve redesigned virtually everything – from the way the plate is pinned (no more rotating drum with compressible surface and special adhesive surface), to a much more precise system for removing monomer from non-printing components and improved environmental performance. An important goal we set for ourselves was to minimize the components that are subject to repeatable wear to make the machine more durable and reliable for daily plate production. The machine is air-conditioned, which translates into full plate dimensional stability. Only warm air comes out of it – so it can stand even in an office. Compared to the previous generation, it has 76% lower VOC emissions, which is ahead of the current norm. And compared to solvent technology, it consumes 63% less non-renewable energy.
The Cyrel® FAST 2000 TD system is distinguished by its ergonomics and compact size, operators around the world emphasize its ease of use and reliability. The remote diag-nostics offered by DuPont proves to be especially useful during pandemics, when technical service visits are difficult or even impossible. In most cases we are able to diagnose the problem and propose a solution only by connecting to the machine online”, summarized Tomasz Nojszewski.
Marpol Sp. z o.o. involves entering new markets and is getting ready for other segments in the food industry. Since 2019 they have successfully strengthened the company’s position in the cosmetics business. Targeting new corpo-ration in various countries, as started in 2020 with the USA, Marpol is constantly looking for new solutions in the product range such as improved printing technology or foil finishing according to market needs. “We are investing in innovative printing substrates; amongst other things, we are conducting advanced trials with monomaterials, which is a substantial part of the environmental strategy of most food manufac-turers and retail chains. We are also committed to reducing plastic consumption (e.g. through improved formulations to optimize the thickness or width of the foil used). Finally, considering environmental protection and corporate sustain-ability, we use recycled raw materials in our production”, concludes Robert Awruk.