Contiweb has announced that global installations of its silicone saving Contiweb Fluid Applicator (CFA) now number well over 50 since its commercial launch in 2015.
Developed to overcome the high prices associated with ready made silicone mixtures, the CFA uses a cost effective pure silicone oil mixture. Comprising large drops of oil, which are slowly absorbed by the paper, this solution remains on the surface for longer compared to the fine droplets produced by a pre-mixed silicone emulsion. This means that less oil is required to achieve good lubrication, reducing operational costs.
From left to right: Jens Klingebiel (head of Technology Department at Mohn Media), Oliver Böhm (head of Web Offset Printing Department at Mohn Media), Rutger Jansen (CEO at Contiweb).
The 50th CFA unit was purchased by Mohn Media Mohndruck GmbH.
Based in Gütersloh, Germany, the company runs 23 web offset presses, producing over 500,000 tonnes of printed material per annum. According to Jens Klingebiel, head of Technology Department, Mohn Media, the company originally invested in the CFA to reduce its soaring silicone costs.
He explained, ‘Since installing the CFA, we have slashed our silicone costs by 60%! From a business perspective, its quick and seamless integration into our existing workflow ensures that we can maintain our uptime and importantly, maximise the productivity of consistently high quality projects.
‘Our belief in the CFA and in Contiweb is such that we have installed 14 systems across our facility.’
Rutger Jansen, CEO at Contiweb, concluded: ‘This landmark investment is a testament to Contiweb’s ethos of providing customers with business enhancing solutions. Originally designed as an upgrade for the Ecocool and Ecoset dryers, the CFA is now also available as standalone system for customers with other dryers. It combines both the silicone application and remoistening of the substrate in one. This allows companies, like Mohn Media to unlock huge cost savings.
‘Mohn Media was in fact, the very first company to install the CFA and is a prime example of how companies can enjoy the cost saving potential of this solution. We are delighted that it continues to reap the rewards of our solution as it continues to expand its customer database. We are privileged to work with the company.’