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1st June 2018, Marlborough, MA

Web Industries expands capabilities with $8 million investment

Web Industries has announced the completion of an over US$ 8 million investment that puts 8-color flexographic printing, 60-inch OD web spooling and precision slitting of flexible materials in a single facility.

According to the company, the 18-month construction and equipment installation project gives manufacturers of personal and home care products a shorter supply chain advantage, faster throughput in their manufacturing processes, greater speed to market, opportunities for product differentiation and a single point of supplier accountability.

Wide web spooling at Web Industries’ Fort Wayne, IN, plant. © Web Industries

Web Industries’ expanded capabilities include the processing of flexible materials for baby diapers, adult incontinence and feminine care products, as well as a myriad of materials used in flexible packaging, industrial textiles and medical applications.

According to Vice President of Corporate Development Kevin Young, the move was made in response to increased demand for multi-colour flexible materials and growing preferences among manufacturers for spooled flexible fabrics. “A research project commissioned by Web Industries and conducted by an independent marketing analytics company revealed emerging branding needs for multi-colour graphics on certain personal and home care products and growing recognition of spooling advantages in manufacturing processes,” he said. “Our investment puts us ahead of the curve among formatters of nonwoven and flexible materials. To our knowledge, no other converter has multi-colour printing, up to 60-inch OD wide-web spooling capabilities and precision slitting in the same facility.

Increasing throughput

“In terms of our customers’ business efficiency, wide-web spooling enables them to process slit materials up to 25 times as long without interruption compared to pad rolls. This increases throughput, reduces material handling and splicing needs, and the potential for human error,” explained Mr Young.

“Our new 8-color printing capability will be of particular interest to diaper producers co-marketing with entertainment brands to produce logos and graphics that delight toddlers, and to feminine hygiene and adult incontinence product manufacturers wanting to convey an extra dimension of quality to end users.”

Web Industries’ wide-web spooling enables customers to process slit materials up to 25 times as long without interruption compared to pad rolls. © Web Industries

Mr Young added that Web Industries’ open materials sourcing practices allow customers to work with a format solutions provider that is indifferent to the material supply chain. “We can work with multiple streams of materials, whereas vertically integrated businesses only provide their own nonwoven materials,” he said. “We believe this is restrictive and our customers benefit from our strategy of being material agnostic. This is a benefit no other nonwoven materials formatter can offer.” 

Investment

Web Industries’ investment covers a 50,000 sq. ft., purpose-built climate-controlled manufacturing and warehousing expansion at its Ft. Wayne, IN, operation. The facility houses two 8-color flexographic presses to provide water or solvent-based print. It also houses a propriety-designed wide-web spooler capable of transverse winding slit materials on spools up to 50 inches wide and 60 inches in OD, with slit widths up to 12 inches.

All three assets have superior web handling capabilities including tension control for specialized lightweight, extensible materials, as well as for converting heavy-gauge and multi-layered materials.

In addition to housing equipment for printing, slitting and spooling, the facility also warehouses large volumes of materials to support Web Industries’ high-speed operation and fast turnover of orders. “Maintaining warehoused materials is part of Web industries’ supply chain benefit,” explained Mr Young. “Looking ahead, sufficient space exists to accommodate additional equipment as our business continues to grow.”

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