Converting Review – 50 Years

«A look back at 50 years of Coating»

By Michael Schmalz, Kroenert GmbH & Co KG

Congratulations and thanks to Coating International for 50 years of good, serious journalism. Based on the technical input of coating and laminating material producers, manufacturers of coating compounds and substrates, and manufacturers of coating ma­chines, a mutual understanding of each other has been created in the industry. This interplay between partners has enabled developments, as explained from the viewpoint of a coating machine manufacturer below.

KROENERT GmbH & Co KG, D-22761 Hamburg,

Non-stop roll unwinds and rewinds

Like Coating International in 2017, Martin Automatic Inc is also celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2018. The global manufacturer of non-stop roll unwinds and rewinds was established in 1968 in the United States. Today, Martin Automatic supplies innovative solutions for the most demanding web handling challenges in the coating, converting, printing and related industries.

Martin Automatic, Inc., Rockford, IL 61103 USA,

Converting breakthroughs in the last 50 years

By Ralph Simon, Area Sales Manager – Meech Static Eliminators

The advancement of static control over the past decades has been a product of demand requirements, specifically health and safety and better ionising systems. In that respect, it is interesting to observe how over a 50 year period Meech International has played a part in helping shape static control technology and arguably even influence some of its more recent developments.

Meech International, Witney OX29 0YN, UK,

Pilot coating facility for paper and board

Pilot coating facility for paper and board Vestra was founded as an independent pilot coating facility (LLC) on the premises of Papiertechnische Stiftung in Munich on 31 January 1994. The construction phase started in November 1994 and was completed by a start-up ceremony with many guests on 10 July 1995. The company’s first partners and board members – in addition to Pa­piertechnische Stiftung, whose managing director Professor Dr Heinrich Baumgarten had initiated the project – were the companies Avebe, Euroclay Hirschau (AKW), GAW, Jagenberg, Krieger, Omya, Rhône-Poulenc, Siemens and Sulzer-Papertec (since 1996 Voith-Sulzer Krefeld). This mixture of companies provided an ideal basis for the successful market launch of the new pilot coater.

Papiertechnische Stiftung, D-80797 Munich,

Hybrid tunnel with combined technology nozzles

«Being able to look back to well over 50 years of know-how and experience in the engineering and manufacturing of coating and laminating machines by Bobst Italia, make for a notable list of developments that have been significant in the company’s technological advancement and growth in this field of the converting industry.

Bobst Italia S.p.A, I-15020 San Giorgio Monferrato (AL),


«In 2015, very close to the 50th anniversary of the esteemed Coating International magazine, we have also achieved the same im­portant milestone of being 50 years in the business. For this reason, we are very pleased to be asked to share our experience,» remarks Claudia Benelli of Ferrarini & Benelli. Diego Benelli and Ezio Ferrarini, having gained significant production experience in the sectors of plastic film production and extrusion, founded Ferrarini & Benelli in 1965 and registered their first patent in 1970.

Ferrarini & Benelli, I-26014 Romanengo (CR,