The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is visiting mall//herlan

26.06.2015 - Dr. Thomas Herlan and students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who specialise in forming, recently visited mall//herlan.

They gained insight into the industrial practise of the metal forming technology in the impact extrusion (IE) process and the draw and wall ironing (DWI) method for the production of one-piece cans, tubes and bottles from aluminium and steel.

mall//herlan offers positions to students who intend to do a Master-Thesis in the area of forming. One of the current research topics concerns the optimisation of deep drawing and ironing processes in theory and practice.

Thanks for visiting us at Cannex 2015, Guangzhou, China

12.06.2015 - A distinguished Canmaker Exhibition such as "Cannex" was precisely the right place for innovative approaches and ideas! It was a real pleasure meeting the decision-makers of our international customers.

International Can, Luxembourg, commissions mall//herlan aerosol can line, the most modern of its kind in the world

21.05.2015 - Dr. Rolf Giesen, president and main shareholder of International Can and the Maxim Group, initiated the start of production of a new aerosol can production at the site of Echternach, Luxembourg.

The first step was to install Mall + Herlan`s (Germany) production line „Canmatic“, which manufactures aluminium monoblock cans for aerosol products with an output of more than 12.000 cans per hour and therefore manages to produce an annual capacity of more than 60 millions of cans.

The line, which is equipped with a 9-colour printing unit, is able to manufacture embossed moulded cans and is considered one of the most advanced lines in the world of metal packaging.

As a special feature, the 100-meter turnkey line of mall//herlan includes the most advanced ironing machine MHI+, which reduces the weight of a can by decreasing its wall thickness. In 2016, a second aerosol can line will be installed. The annual output of the first line is to the greatest possible extent planned for the aerosol production of the Maxim Group.


International Can S.A. is a production company for aluminium cans and a subsidiary of the Maxim Holding. The production is based in Luxembourg at the site of Cosmolux S.A. The Maxim Group, which was founded about 24 years ago, produces and distributes its own brands, such as e.g. „Miro“, „Kaloderma“, „Soiree“, as trademarks for long-standing partners in the discount and drugstore market, such as Aldi-Germany, Aldi-International, dm, Carrefour, Leclerc and much more. The Maxim Group’s website also refers to companies such as Berlin Cosmetics, Cosmolux Germany and International S.A., Elysée Cosmétiques and Pharma Aldenhoven.

The world first one-piece piston steel-can

27.01.2015 - Inventor seeks manufacturer


Great interest was aroused at the first worldwide presentation of the  one-piece steel piston-can that Zima Systems GmbH and mall//herlan presented at the “Innovationsmesse” on Friday, January 23, 2015,  under the auspices of the Steinbeis-Stiftung and IHK Stuttgart.


Lean management and quick transfer-technology  -  the process of innovation which accelerates and therefore, instigates and effects positive movement and further development in this production-area  -  was the targeted goal of PsP “Products seeks manufacturer”, aimed at seeking and finding the appropriate manufacturers.  The exhibitors consisted of established companies, universities, research facilities and inventors.


In his welcoming speech, the deputy Minister-President and Minister of Treasury and Economics in Baden Württemberg, Dr. Nils Schmidt MdL, stressed the importance of establishing new innovations for existing corporations as well as for our country.


Dr. Wilhelm Peters from Steinbeis Transferzentrum explained the advantages of the one-piece piston steel-can to Claus Paal MdL and Speaker for Industry and Trade in the CDU Party and Prof. Dr. Michael Auer, Chairman of the Board, Steinbeis-Foundation, and Dr. Bertram Kandziora, President, IHK Stuttgart.

WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is readying an important technology for the market: water-based ink-jet printing on plastics, aluminum and paper substrates

17.06.2014 - WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG renamed / Now with its own comprehensive in ink-jet inks and functional layers

WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG -- an internationally renowned maker of newspaper and book printing presses with a venerable history of more than 100 years -- has renamed itself. The new name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG (based in Fribourg, Switzerland) means the company is now synonymous with customer-specific total solutions in the areas of printing, coating and converting. WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is providing yet another forward-looking technology that promises to appeal to many sectors, namely, water-based industrial ink-jet digital printing on plastics, aluminum and paper substrates.

The new name WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG expresses the enormous breadth of the portfolio of this company, which is part of the Swiss-based wifag//polytype Group. At WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, software and automation expertise are now together under a single roof with mechanical engineering and materials know-how.

Here is what "total solutions from WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG" means:
– Mechanical engineering for printing, coating and converting machines geared exactly to what customers want;
– Conventional and digital process solutions developed in partnership with customers;
– own automation and control station technology;
– own software and ink-jet inks and primers developed in-house.

All this was made possible by the strategic purchasing of specialized companies begun in 2007 and the ongoing expansion of our existing team of experts. Polytype Converting AG will initially remain a subsidiary but is expected to be merged with WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG in early 2015. The previous WIFAG and Polytype Converting subsidiaries located in Germany, China, the United States, and elsewhere will stay unchanged.

Ink-jet printing demonstrated at open house
Jörgen Karlsson, CEO of WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, presented his company's comprehensive range of capabilities for the first time at an open house held in Fribourg, Switzerland in early June 2014. It was attended by about 50 representatives of big, well-known companies from the international newspaper, packaging and coating industries.

The new pilot version of the Techma-4 printing press was shown in operation at this open house. It can print with water-based industrial ink-jet inks on plastic films, aluminum and paper-based substrates, e.g. food packaging. Other focal points of the open house for customers were the digital printing advances developed in-house and the new Competence Center Fluid Technologies. This center came about when WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG took on a complete R&D team from Ilford.

Broad portfolio and comprehensive expertise
A wealth of additional expertise has been accumulated in recent years at the two famous companies WIFAG and Polytype Converting. Both can look back on a long tradition, the former in newspaper printing, the latter in coating and converting technology. Both stand for unsurpassed Swiss quality in mechanical engineering.

The corporate group added drying technology, inter alia, to its portfolio on acquiring a majority stake in Pagendarm (Hamburg, Germany) in 2007 and digital printing on purchasing Spühl in 2008. Sales of the Virtu line of link-fault pass-through (LFP) machines had been largely discontinued. Nonetheless, the experts from Spühl formed the core for the new Digital Competence Center of the wifag//polytype Group, which opened up whole new possibilities to the entire corporate group. The Automation Competence Center has a similar story. There, the expertise of WIFAG and Solna (taken over in 2011) was recently supplemented by the addition of a team that had previously worked for EAE in Ahrensburg.

Other technology innovators emphasize PR and announcements whereas WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG does not. Jörgen Karlsson: "We have no song-and-dance shows at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG." WIFAG and Polytype Converting have made great strides in advancing industrial digital printing. The Swiss printing and coating experts are probably the first to have gotten water-based ink-jet digital printing ready for the market, a technology that is also suitable for food packaging. WPT is currently working jointly with two different customers on solutions for printing on aluminum foil and on a total solution for printing on paper-based substrates. The latter is intended to replace a conventional intaglio printing process in this product segment soon.

In early 2014, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG took a final crucial step for guiding these projects to a successful close. It was at that time it took over the ten-person R&D team from Ilford Imaging, a Swiss company that had become insolvent. Lars Sommerhäuser and his team brought expertise in ink-jet inks, primer solutions and functional layers to WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG. The Swiss technology company can now offer precisely matched solutions without having to rely on outside ink experts, for example.

Customer projects and OEM partnerships
Besides these key developmental partnerships in coating and printing, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG is of course already a successful supplier of OEM technology in its own right. For instance WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG provides the "digital engine" for the dmax digital off-line varnishing system from the Swiss manufacturer Steinemann.

In addition, WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG makes available digital printing technology for the other companies in the wifag//polytype Group. As a result, Polytype AG has already been able to provide customers with the first digital printing machines for printing on plastic cups.


wifag//polytype Group now with four business areas
With newspaper printing and coating technology under a single roof at WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG, the wifag//polytype Group now comprises four business areas:
– WIFAG-Polytype Technologies AG
– Polytype AG (machinery for printing on cups and tubes)
– Mall Herlan GmbH (machinery for producing printed metal bottles and cans)
– Wifac BV (trading company for graphical products).

WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG (Fribourg, Switzerland) is the holding company and is fully owned by the Ursula-Wirz-Stiftung.


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Roger Schmidt (left) and Peter Ruth

Roger Schmidt is the new Managing Director of Mall+Herlan GmbH

28.05.2014 - Pfinztal, 27 May 2014 - Effective as of 1 July 2014, Mr. Roger Schmidt (46) will take over the management of the Business Unit Metal Packaging of the Swiss Wifag-Polytype group and, in this function, will also be Managing Director of Mall + Herlan GmbH. The Mall + Herlan Group, a subsidiary of Wifag-Polytype, is the leading solution provider of process technology and complete production lines for the manufacture of one-piece aerosol cans, tubes and bottles made of aluminium and steel for personal care, pharmaceuticals, food, beverages as well as home care + technology products.

"We are pleased that we have found in Roger Schmidt such an experienced and capable manager with process expertise", said Peter Ruth, CEO of the Wifag-Polytype group. "With his nomination, the Mall + Herlan group has become strengthened with a proven expert for process systems and surface treatment, to increase the lead of Mall + Herlan production systems through the further integration of lines and process expertise".

Mr. Roger Schmidt graduated in Precision Engineering/Mechatronics with a major in automation engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen. Through his career at various German plant manufacturers, he has accumulated a tremendous amount of expertise in the field of bending, stamping and forming technology. From his previous position as Division Head of a leading system supplier of surface and conveyor systems as well as material-flow-automation for the automotive industry and special applications, Mr. Schmidt brings many years of broad commercial and technical experience in project business for highly productive equipment with global customers.

The Mall + Herlan group, based in Pfinztal, Germany and with three other locations in Neuhausen, Germany, Pfyn, Switzerland and Seriate, Italy, employs 250 people. Mall + Herlan is a 100 percent subsidiary of the Swiss group of companies Wifag-Polytype. Wifag-Polytype group offers total system solutions (machinery and processes technology) for the manufacture of one-piece metal containers, such as aluminium cans/tubes and steel cans, plastic containers, such as extruded/laminated tubes and deep-drawn cups and bowls and digital printing/coating solutions for plastic, paper and aluminium foil. With approximately 1,200 employees, Wifag-Polytype is active worldwide with sales, service and production sites.



Set up time cut by half, waste rate brought down

29.01.2014 - How do you improve your printing process? How do you lower your costs? How do you train your operators in a company that produces 24/7? Rick Franko from EXAL asked Cees Hoogeboom from Wifac in The Netherlands to give a basic training. “A job well done.”

EXAL, based in Youngstown, Ohio, produces impact extruded containers, C2C: coil-to-can, piston cans, bag-on-valve containers, lining materials and contract manufacturing. The company is active on different markets. The most important ones: personal care, food, beverage, home care, pharmaceutical, industrial and automotive and specialty packaging. These wide scope of markets have one thing in common: they go for the best quality around.

Skilled professionals
Under the motto ‘Innovation at work’ EXAL reaches for the best performance in terms of quality and costs. The man who is responsible to achieve the highest printing standards is Lithography Department Manager Rick Franko and his staff.
“The graphic quality from our products is vital to our customers. The design must seduce the consumer. In order to do so the lithography has to be impeccable. We use an off line press for approval proofing and special inks. We are a fast growing, relatively young company. Some of our operators are quite inexperienced. On our production lines six of the letter presses are built by wifag//polytype from Switzerland. Excellent presses; but to get the maximum result they have to be operated by skilled professionals.”

Understand the process
Franko asked wifag//polytype for an advice how to improve the knowledge and skills of his workforce. “They came up with Wifac from the Netherlands; the Wifac Competence Center (WCC) to be precise. They told me Wifac WCC has a long history in prepress, offset, packaging and new digital markets. They cover a lot of ground. Beginning with the start of the printing process – the plate making – up to the finished products. One of the technical educators from Wifac is Cees Hoogeboom. I asked him to set up a basic training for our 64 lithography operators: press set-up, graphics, screen work, dot gain, imaging, ink. On a higher level the purpose is to understand the total process.”
For one week Hoogeboom reached most of the operators. The training he set up included some theory and a lot of practical tips and advises.
“There was definitely a click between Cees and our lithographers. Cees has the knowledge, but is also capable to really communicate well with them,” says Franko.

Brings out the best
Of course a company like EXAL wants to be more specific than ‘better quality’ or ‘lesser costs’. “Due to the training we reduced set up times and were able to get a quick start with the production. The set up time for a press was 2,5 to 3 hours. We cut that by half. The scrap rate was brought down by 2,5 percent. I won’t go into details, but this is serious money. The secret to get such a performance is to work with the lithographers. They have a lot of great ideas themselves how to improve their work. It’s not something you invent behind a desk. The more knowledge they possess, the better. Not only for the company, but also for themselves. It brings out the best in them. The knowledge is growing, and there for the motivation and enthusiasm for their work.”
“We are constantly striving to do better. EXAL wants to be a World Class Manufacturing company. We use Kaizen techniques and go for lean and mean. For the lithography department we’re working on an education plan for next year. One of the elements to improve our quality even further are more advanced classes. We will be looking at the use of densitometers and knowledge of ink behavior in the press. We probably will ask Cees to come back. The evaluation sheets speaks for themselves. I totally agree with one of the operators who wrote: to be short, a job well done.”

Rick Franko: “The set up time for a press was 2,5 to 3 hours. We cut that by half. The wast rate was brought down by 2,5 percent.”

Rick Franko

Rick Franko is EXAL’s Lithography Department Manager in Youngstown. After a career in an offset print shop, he joined the company in march 1994. He started off as a lithography operator to became a lithography specialist and production manager. He pursued other challenges within EXAL, but came back 1,5 year ago to the lithography department. Rick is the manager of 64 lithography operators. They produce in two shifts 24 hours, 7 days per week.

The EXAL Group
The EXAL Group is the largest manufacturer of impact extruded aluminum containers in the world. While the company has reached its global leadership position in a relatively short period of time, the business had a very modest beginning. From the onset the organization was driven by a commitment to be the very best.
EXAL Corporation was founded in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1993 by Delfin Gibert. The goal was to bring state-of-the-art impact extruded aluminum container manufacturing technology to North America. At that time, there was a growing demand for a new source of high quality, high value, competitively priced impact extruded containers. Today, EXAL North America is the largest impact extruded container manufacturer in the region with 16 production lines housed in two buildings, totaling almost 500,000 square feet of manufacturing area. There are two manufacturing locations: Youngstown, Ohio, United States and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Youngstown campus is also home to EXAL’s lightweight aluminum coil manufacturing technology known as Coil-to-Can or C2C. EXAL operates under the leadership of President and CEO Mike Hoffman.

Competence in Research and Development will be strengthened

28.11.2013 - //polytype Converting AG (Fribourg, Switzerland), the leading manufacturer of high-end coating and laminating systems, has now set the direction within the Group for the market offensive it launched in September 2013: It intends to set up production to be more flexible so the multifaceted portfolio of solutions can be implemented worldwide. And production has to move closer to the markets.

Strategic alliances and cooperation arrangements will be given a different priority in the future and competence in research and development will be strengthened at the core facilities in Fribourg, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany.

The two inter-group Digital Competence Center and Automation Competence Center are already operating with great success and have allowed developmental engineers in Fribourg to provide forward-looking and innovative printing and coating solutions to all business areas of the wifag//polytype Group. //polytype also runs a large test center in Fribourg for coating and lamination, which naturally has a digital production line as well. The quality and excellent reputation of the //polytype systems are based not least on this intensive R&D activity.

In addition, more priority than ever is being given to sales, customer-based development and project management plus service and after-sales activities in Fribourg and Hamburg. With the restructuring of tasks within the internationally operating //polytype Converting AG, production steps will be shifted away from the facility in western Switzerland. That might result in personnel cuts in the months ahead in Fribourg. The extent of these cuts is expected to be in the low double-digit range but will depend on the markets in which //polytype is successful with its expanded portfolio.

However, there is no credence at all to the announcement by the Swiss union Employés Suisse that the entire Fribourg facility of //polytype Converting AG is endangered. The union has since explicitly apologized for misinforming the public with this story, which was also picked up by several media.

In an interview with a trade journal in late November, the CEO of //polytype Converting AG, Jörgen Karlsson, clarified that the company would stand by the facilities in Fribourg and in Hamburg: "Our most important assets are our employees and we have a very good and experienced team in Fribourg and in Hamburg."




Digital competence for all product areas of wifag//polytype

10.09.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland - September 2013 - The wifag//polytype Group is one of the broadest and most flexible technology companies today in the printing, packaging and converting and coating industry. Digital Printing was expanded from a group business area to the new Digital Competence Center (the DCC) at the start of 2013. Ever since, it has been pushing for research and development of future technologies and has also ensured equal access to these technologies for all product lines and markets. Today the DCC offers nearly all components for digital printing from its own development work.

In addition to printing presses for producing newspapers and books, wifag//polytype also serves the markets for metal packaging (production technology for manufacturing steel and aluminum aerosol cans, aluminum bottles and tubes), plastic containers (printing presses for printing on plastic cups and lids as well as plastic tubes), as well as for coating and lamination (production lines for producing multi-layered films and papers).

The future: Digital printing as a stand-alone or supplementary process
In 2010 the wifag//polytype Group acquired the Digital Printing Division of Spühl AG and with it, extensive additional expertise on the use of digital printing processes in the industrial environment. At the beginning of 2013, the expertise on digital printing technology was then made accessible to the entire wifag//polytype Group including all of its business areas and product lines. The Digital Competence Center (DCC) was created from the technology team in the Digital Printing business area, which will continue to exist as such solely with its multi-pass LFP machines in the American market of wifag//polytype America.
The DCC functions as an additional, interdisciplinary R&D entity and views itself as an engine for innovation for the entire wifag//polytype Group.

The large-format printing presses will continue to be produced by the DCC. They will be offered in projects entailing a high degree of industrialization and automation and further developed for specific projects in the decor and packaging industry.

Digital printing for everyone: The DCC
Twelve specialists are currently working at the DCC focusing exclusively on digital printing technology. They cover their own area of expertise while also coordinating group-wide research and development efforts. "No machines are built at the DCC. That task is performed in the respective business areas such as Converting or Newspaper Printing Presses", says Roger Ineichen, Head of DCC. We concentrate solely on the print head unit, its control system, integration and direct environment".

With this constellation, the DCC is also open to joint projects involving other machine manufacturers interested in integrating wifag//polytype digital printing technology in their existing systems or in systems yet to be developed (OEM customers).

The DCC is active in three main areas:
Software and electronics (development of application-specific digital workflow, electronics for print head control, software for the integration of digital printing applications in the given plant/machine)

- Process technology/process engineering (adherence of the inks to substrates, pre-treatment and post-treatment of the substrates, ink jet inks and ink formulations, raster image processor (RIP) profiling, color management)

- Mechanics (construction of print head mounts and frames, substrate guidance under the print head, cleaning systems and maintenance for the print head, ink supply, all other design measures for integrating the print heads in legacy systems).

The team includes printing technicians as well as staff who are strictly software engineers and mechatronics specialists. "We can effectively evaluate the hurdles we need to take for the individual printing processes," Ineichen said to emphasize his team's practical approach and experience. Within the Group, development teams can be established from the entire workforce of some 1,000 employees to develop optimum application-specific solutions.

Internally, the DCC created from the business area Digital Printing has since been integrated into the business area Printing Presses (known amongst other things for its brands //wifag and Solna). This fits in very well with the newspaper press manufacturer's changing philosophy: formally a typical machinery maker, //wifag has long viewed itself as a development and automation firm with a portfolio consisting just as much of retrofits, modifications and upgrades as of new machinery sales.

Focal points of development of the DCC
The DCC and wifag//polytype Group focuses on the use of its own digital printing technology, particularly when printing on demanding surfaces such as foils, plastic (PP, PE, etc.), painted aluminum and laminated papers. Ineichen: "We have mastered the handling of these special substrates, winding and unwinding, control of web tension and of web edge, and particularly drying, and these skills exist as established expertise in the Group with //polytype Converting and pagendarm. Our goal is to expand the Group's product portfolio by adding a digital printing unit that allows one to print 'easily' on the given substrate."

Ink and print heads
For ink formulation itself, the DCC relies on collaboration with several smaller specialists in the market. The DCC even provides them with a test printer it has developed especially for their development work, the X printer. This printing system incorporates both Kyocera print heads (2656 nozzles) and Konica Minolta print heads (1024 nozzles). The substrates are kept on a vacuum table with a continuous pre-heat function and a print speed of up to 200 m/min. can be simulated. The wifag//polytype Group supports its development partners with laboratory equipment, substrates and information. In doing so, the Swiss technology company also helps to ensure quality and industrialize ink production.

Classic mechanical engineering tends to think in longer product cycles whereas many aspects of digital printing technology are subject to a rhythm typical of IT. In other words, the performance rates can definitely double every 18 months. The Digital Competence Center can keep up with the pace at which the manufacturers of digital print heads develop, be they Kyocera, Xaar, Dimatix, Ricoh or Konica Minolta, better than many a larger competitor.

This is why wifag//polytype has also developed CALMAR, its own technology for print head control. CALMAR has a fully modular design, which means the same technology platform can be used for different print heads. This technology platform is scalable, allowing it to control more than 100 print heads with maximum possible data rates in real time. CALMAR is unique. There is no comparable product on the market. The potential of this technology will enable the wifag//polytype Group to continue developing print head technology in the future (controlling jet frequencies > 40 kHz, resolution of 1200 dpi etc.) and to connect to new workflow, RIP, color management and other quality systems.

What does this mean in actual practice? A conventional print head can print 75 meters/minute at 30 kHz and 600 dpi in single-pass mode. With two rows of print heads, the output is 150 meters/minute. The speed can be increased to 200 meters/minute with 40 kHz heads and to 300 meters/minute with 60 kHz heads. This is a crucial factor, particularly in the packaging market.
One upcoming goal of the DCC is therefore to develop the inks for the various substrates and applications.

Printing couples
The DCC has various digital printing couple concepts on offer for element printing. This means that any type of individual solution ("print engine") can be put together from the components print head, print head control (CALMAR), workflow, software integration, ink, ink supply and pre-treatment and post-treatment of the impression element.

A single-pass printing unit has been developed for flexible substrates (roll to roll, roll to sheet) with what is called the DigiCube. This can be used in packaging printing, decorative printing and for printing books and newspapers. The DigiCube can be designed for different color systems (UV or water-based inks). The experience from the two business areas Printing Presses and Converting is incorporated in the design of the unwinding and winding systems for web threading and particularly in substrate-specific drying.

The market and the first wifag//polytype digital printing presses
The DCC has already gained a foothold in several markets in close cooperation with the individual business areas. In spring 2013, //polytype Converting delivered its first five digital printing presses for printing on plastic cups.

Talks are also underway between wifag//polytype and a number of customers to cover additional markets completely different from the above to give the DCC the opportunity to show the capabilities of this technology on a broad range of substrates. Amongst other things, there is a demand for rotogravure packaging and decorative printers, where digital technology can be used in sampling or in the production of small orders. An OEM partnership in the decorating business area has already been wrapped up.

"The whole package"
The biggest advantage for customers who work together with the wifag//polytype Group – they get "the whole package". This can range from 'brainware' (i.e. when the DCC receives an assignment for development work) to software and electronics, integrated digital printing presses or even entire single-pass installations.

But even when the customers incorporate their own inks or machine hardware, the DCC is superbly equipped to adapt solutions. Screen printing? Flexo printing? Offset? Rotogravure? R&D in Fribourg has several in-house testing applications, as well as a print head/mini-robot combination available for the further development of printing on elements and flexible material fed from rolls.

//wifag drive and controls package for Theiler Druck AG, Switzerland

13.06.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland – 13 June 2013 - To meet stringent quality and performance requirements, Theiler Druck AG (Wollerau, Switzerland) has invested in a pre-owned Wifag OF7 shafted press supplied by GAMAG. This press will be reconfigured, refurbished and reinstalled as a shaftless press with //wifag automation drive and controls. The new printing line will replace the existing Solna single width press.

This new order underlines the competiveness of the two Swiss companies in terms of modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses in the global printing machine market and the ongoing confidence of publishers and printers in //wifag and GAMAG as print solution providers.

The reconfigured press will be able to produce up to a total of 32 pages broadsheet or 64 pages tabloid in full color. Full production is scheduled for September 2013.

Founded in 1895, Theiler Druck AG is an important regional print and publishing company.

//wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) is a renowned press supplier in the graphic industry with experience in development, engineering, automation, manufacturing and retrofit of printing presses, as well as in international project management and customer service.

GAMAG (Bern, Switzerland) is an important partner in the graphic industry with experience in dismantling, moving and reinstallation, as well as retrofitting of web printing machines of all types and brand names. With innovation and entrepreneurial spirit GAMAG broadened their product and service range. Today, they provide matured, reliable, attractive and cost-effective solutions to small and midsize newspaper printing companies.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Rolf Mani
Head of Automation // Printing Presses
WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 16 88

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26



Herenco AB, Sweden, chooses //wifag to extend press

06.06.2013 - Freiburg, Switzerland – 6 June 2013 - Following an intensive evaluation phase, Herenco AB in Jonkoping, Sweden, placed a reconfiguration and extension order at //wifag and GAMAG

This new order reinforces the cooperation of the two Swiss companies in terms of the modernization, modification and retrofitting of web printing presses in the global printing machine market.

Herenco AB purchased KBA satellite units from Trykkompagniet AS in Hvidovre, Denmark. These units will be dismantled, refurbished and reinstalled on the existing KBA Express machine located in Jonkoping, Sweden. With this extension of the press 80 tabloid pages can be printed in full colour in straight production (160 pages collect), using two folders. Controls retrofit will be executed by the local DCOS company. The overall project is being coordinated by GCON. The reconfigured press will be in full production at the end of 2013.

Hallpressen, the newspaper division of Herenco AB Group, is one of Sweden’s leading regional newspaper groups and has over 330, 000 readers across southern Sweden on a daily basis, which represents seven out of ten inhabitants in the region.

The order by Herenco AB is already the second one for //wifag and GAMAG that calls for a refurbishment of a KBA press in the Nordic Region. Last year, Finnish Esa Lehtipaino Oy placed a reconfiguration and retrofit order for a KBA Express that will be completely reconfigured and installed in Lahti following a retrofit by GAMAG and //wifag. This printing press is also scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2013.

//wifag (Fribourg, Switzerland) is a renowned press supplier in the graphic industry with experience in development, engineering, automation, manufacturing and retrofit of printing presses, as well as in international project management and customer service.

GAMAG (Bern, Switzerland) is an important partner in the graphic industry with experience in dismantling, moving and reinstallation, as well as retrofitting of web printing machines of all types and brand names. With innovation and entrepreneurial spirit GAMAG broadened their product and service range. Today, they provide matured, reliable, attractive and cost-effective solutions to small and midsize newspaper printing companies.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Noel McEvoy
Director of Sales & Marketing // Printing Presses
WIFAG-Maschinenfabrik AG
Phone +41 26 426 18 88
Direct +41 26 426 18 11
Mobile +41 79 300 74 26



//wifag User Meeting 2013 in Rüsselsheim

23.05.2013 - Fribourg, Switzerland – Two companies, which have been highly successful in mastering extensive change processes, recently co-hosted the //wifag German speaking user meeting 2013: the Swiss printing press manufacturer and one of its biggest customers, Druckzentrum Rhein Main (DRM) in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

//wifag is a business division of the WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG based in Fribourg, Switzerland and is successfully active in the market with a new self-image. The premium supplier of printing technology has transformed itself into a development and automation expert.

About 40 senior employees from German //wifag user plants as well as from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway and Finland obtained an exclusive insight at the user meeting into new developments from Fribourg and //wifag newspaper technology of tomorrow as well as retrofit possibilities and press repurposing solutions.

Participants welcomed the words of //wifag CEO Jörgen Karlsson in particular. His main message to customers and users had to do with certainty, the certainty that an economically successful supplier has potential in the newly restructured WIFAG-Polytype Holding AG for intensive research and development.

Jörgen Karlsson: "Today //wifag is very, very stable, not just when you look at its financial statements but also because our business model works." This model also features contracts involving retrofits and upgrades. Within this group of companies, //wifag is the frontrunner, especially in automation. The developers for newspaper printing machine technology derive the financial base they need from the fact that other business areas profit from innovations in web monitoring, for example.

A substantial part of the German speaking user meeting 2013 was devoted to insights into the Rhein Main printing center. For two and a half years, this facility has been operating a //wifag evolution 473/6, a six-plate wide web printing press in nine cylinder satellite design with a total of eight printing towers, eight reel stands and five folders. Every day, the four 48-page machine sections print about 300,000 daily newspapers of Verlagsgruppe Rhein Main (VRM) and Medienhaus Südhessen (MHS) in 31 different editions. In addition, this press handles numerous weeklies and church newspapers with runs amounting to about 1.5 million copies per week. The 160 employees in the new printing center use a grand total of about 25,000 tons of paper every year.

Mall + Herlan: Upgrades, modernization and extensions

03.04.2013 - Technically well engineered innovations facilitate your processes and are an important tool to save competitive advantages. Benefit with upgrades from further development of our technologies and solutions. So there is the possibility of the modification of your old press CP 85/75/65/55/35 from hydraulic to new pneumatic compact drive.

Upgrade to pneumatic compact drive

The unit which is ready to be installed consists of a single-stage high performance planetary gear, a high-speed flywheel for power accumulation as well as a pneumatically actuated clutch/brake combination.

Technical advantages compared to the hydraulically controlled clutch-brake unit:

  • Compact prefinished unit, ready for installation
  • High effectiveness
  • Extremely low mass moment which effects in:
    short break times, higher safety, reduced wear and lower energy costs
  • Easy pneumatic installation, less liable to breakdown
  • High durability, great wear reserve as the friction lining is much thicker
  • Fast and easy wear control
  • Easy to service - low service costs
  • Eco-friendly! Low noise level

More information for the upgrade of your press you can find here.

We will be happy to answer your questions about this upgrade or about any other product via email
or phone +49 721 946 01 11.


Competitive advantages of upgrades:

We continuously develop our products, reduce changeover time, make our machines and lines more efficient, more flexible, user and eco-friendly.

Your benefits:

  • More competitive advantages
  • Higher productivity and flexibility
  • Better system integration
  • Secured system availability
  • Extended life cycle

More information concerning upgrades you will find here .

Direct line - The Mall Herlan Customer Service becomes more effective

09.01.2013 - Any technical questions? You intend to optimize your production? In that case you should talk to us, your equipment manufacturer. This is now rather easy with the new Customer Service from Mall Herlan.

Competence in Service

Your technical equipment is only as good as the service, which guarantees the quality of the equipment over the years and maximises productivity. For Mall Herlan, Customer Service is not just a fact, but the clear focus of Ulrike Koch, Head of Customer Service and her team.

Ulrike Koch is the partner of choice for all customers, looking for special technical solutions, with interest in service contracts or service offers, wanting to achieve improvements or needing technical assistance. Either the growing team of Ulrike Koch is able to help right away or she will coordinate and charge the most competent specialist from Mall Herlan or from our international establishments of the Wifag-Polytype Group with this matter.

Many topics – one contact, that is easy!

To make our Customer Service work, we have set up the possibility for our customers to get in touch directly with our Customer Service over our Service Hotline +49 721 9460111 (Mo-Fr 7 a.m. -17 p.m. CET) for all issues concerning presses, printing units, washers and all other technical equipment.

The Mall Herlan Customer Service starts early, before the first problems arise. Our Customer Service Team takes care of you and your equipment directly after your decision for one of our products and from there on for all common Service questions during the complete lifecycle of your equipment or machine.

Our Customer Service offers you:

  • Installation and start up
  • Spares and supplies
  • Remote Service and Support
  • Upgrades and toolings
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Applikations Service
  • Monitoring, Training und Processoptimization
  • Pilot Plants

It is a platitude: Service is as good as it reacts to the customer. To make sure we act and react according to your wishes, we kindly ask for your feedback. From now on, you will get a short questionnaire after each dedication of one of our technicans. Please help us to understand your needs better und get better continuously.