SINCE inception in 2011, Kamboo has acquired a growing number of impressive agencies from world-leading suppliers and has clocked up an enviable reputation for sales and top-class service. Responsibility for this lies with a strong team, headed by MD, Hannes Kritzinger, director, Jacques Human, and Cape Town-based sales manager, Russell Muller.
Causing particular excitement right now are agencies from two of India’s leading suppliers of equipment for the flexible and plastics packaging sector – Kabra Extrusiontechnik’s extrusion equipment and XL Plastics’ bag-making, pouch-making and other converting equipment.
Both companies offer high-quality equipment at very competitive prices and hold enormous promise as South Africa’s economy increasingly returns to life.
Part of India’s Kolsite group, Kabra Extrusiontechnik is a leading manufacturer of plastics extrusion equipment, with a well-polished global reputation.
Among its many impressive products are high-tech film extruders – from small 35mm monolayer to seven-layer multilayer blown film lines. One example is Kabra’s coex A-B-A blown film plant for the manufacture of three-layer film from two extruders – particularly suitable for manufacturers of coextruded film for the production of shopping bags, garbage bags and other types of heavy-duty bags.
According to Hannes Kritzinger, this Indian-manufactured equipment is ideal for local converters as it fills the gap between very expensive European machinery and cheaper but less efficient Chinese offerings.
‘By representing Kabra, we believe we have the best mid-range priced product in the market. There are already a number of Kabra extruders running in South Africa and feedback is very positive regarding quality and equipment reliability. Our goal is to help converters to improve output and overall efficiencies backed by strong local support; with Kabra equipment we have the perfect supply partner to achieve this goal,’ Hannes remarks.
One such installation is at Allflex Packaging.
With its line-up of world-class equipment for printing, laminating and slitting, there’s little doubt that Allflex Packaging is a serious contender in the Western Cape’s flexible packaging market. In addition to its battery of sophisticated flexographic printing presses – including a Flexotecnica eight-colour press – a Kabra MonoBlow film line is proving to be a great asset.
Kabra’s monolayer lines provide high specific output per screw and grooved feed technology for forward movement of raw material. Another feature is a candle-type screen changer to control waste and allow long production runs.
Allflex owner, Steven Samuels, is happy to confirm that this high-speed yet power-efficient line is providing Allflex with a competitive edge and a fast return on investment.
Representation of XL Plastics is more recent but there is already a strong installed base of XL Plastics equipment across Southern Africa
Founded in 1985, XL Plastics has steadily grown to become a leading name in the field of plastics printing and converting machinery and over the years has completed more than 4 500 installations in 25 countries.
XL Plastics’ facility in India boasts a dedicated team of skilled and highly-qualified engineers, specialists and technicians. In addition, critical machine components are manufactured and assembled in-house using the latest technology, ensuring stringent quality standards are maintained.
Among local companies won over by the efficiency and quality of XL Plastics machinery is Dynamic Plastic Packaging. Some while ago, Dynamic Plastic Packaging purchased an eight-colour EVO XD K&B Flexotecnica press (another of Kamboo’s agencies) and is now running five of XL Plastics’ side-seal bag-makers.