Economy, Business And Markets

Iranian, British Firms Sign Packaging Machinery Deal

Iranian, British Firms Sign Packaging Machinery DealIranian, British Firms Sign Packaging Machinery Deal

Asan Pack, the biggest producer of corrugated carton and package printing in Iran, has invested in three MPS flexo presses, which it will use to enter the label industry.

UK-Registered MPS Labels Ltd., established over 30 years ago in Kent, is a specialist in pharmacy label dispensing and price marking guns and labels.

Located in Qazvin, Asan Pack’s current operations are housed in a 45,000-sqm factory, and new facilities are planned in the coming year.

Producing 80,000 tons of corrugated cartons and 20,000 tons of cardboard packaging with multi-color printing a year, Asan Pack has become a leading package production company in Iran, working with reputable brands such as Nestle, Danone, BAT (KENT), SONY and Samsung, in addition to many other well-known Iranian brands, London-based Labels & Labeling magazine reported.

With Iran’s population of over 78 million people, Asan Pack has received considerable demand for label printing over the years and is now entering this market, focusing on customers in Iran and neighboring countries.

The investment includes two MPS EB 370 presses and an EF 430 model. The two eight-color EB presses for Asan Pack will be used to print labels and the 10-color EF press will initially print shrink sleeves and wraparound flexible packaging. All presses have delam/relam units and the EF is also equipped with screen and double rewinder units for quick changeovers.

All three presses will be installed at Asan Pack in September 2016 and four of the company’s operators have already successfully completed MPS flexo training and received certificate of completion.

Mehrdad Nabatchian, Asan Pack CEO, said, “All of our printing machinery is represented by top European brands, as we seek high standards in our production investments. We identified MPS as a reliable partner with superior technology and it also offered a thorough training program for our operators who are new to flexo and the label printing process. We are excited to receive our new MPS presses and embark into the world of narrow web label printing.”

Wim van den Bosch, the CEO of MPS, described the sale as “historic” for both companies.

“After years of economic sanctions, Iran is now the center of attention for many multinational companies, and Asan Pack is responding to this demand. We are pleased to have been selected by Asan Pack as a partner for its three presses that will pave the way to new markets in narrow web print,” he said.