Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh-based Raqam International purchased Nilpeter FA6, a mid-web flexo press. The machine would be installed at Raqam’s customer facility, that is built exclusively for running
flexible packaging and tube laminates, in October.

According to Raqam’s general manager Khalid Aziz Shah, it is the “quality and a highly cooperative team” of Nilpeter that lures his company’s press needs. “The key features of Nilpeter machines are that they are stable and have almost no downtime,” he said.

“Raqam has been our valued client for several years. The company’s global branches, too, use only Nilpeter machines. They own all the Nilpeter press models including FB (mid-range flexo), MO (offset), high-end FA4 and now FA6,” Nilpeter director Shyam said.

According to Nilpeter, its FA6 would be “the most automated press” in Middle East. “Tube laminate is a nurturing industry here and Raqam is the first company to invest in such sophisticated press to run cosmetic, oral and pharmaceutical tubes,” Shyam added.

When asked about Raqam’s niche investment, Shah replied, “Our goal is to become a premium player in narrow and mid-web industry offering entire spectrum of products including paper, labels, films, tube laminates etc. With the new Nilpeter press, we could become strong, one-stop solution providers in the region.”

On their expansion plans, Shyam said, “We believe Middle East has enough room for development in future, especially in security, pharmaceutical, food and beverage segments. Our key focus is to enlighten converters and guide them to the right track of technology where they could deliver unique product solutions and earn better margins.”

“Meanwhile, we would continue to step back from the noise of the latest economic data to monitor the more long-term trends that are relevant to the region,” concluded Shyam.