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PolyCello Invests in VISTAFLEX Flexographic Press

Lincoln, RI – PolyCello, based in Amherst, Nova Scotia, has purchased a 10-color VISTAFLEX flexographic press from Windmoeller & Hoelscher. The VISTAFLEX marks PolyCello's first investment in W&H technology.

“We continually invest in equipment to address current and projected capacity,” said Stephen Emmerson, president and CEO of PolyCello. “The quality and efficiency of this press will be second to none in North America allowing PolyCello to continue its leadership role as one of North America’s premiere flexographic printers.”

The VISTAFLEX to be installed at PolyCello has a 67" print width, performs automatic job changeovers, sets-up and stores up to four jobs while the press is running and is capable of speeds up to 800 m/min (2624 ft/min). PolyCello will use the VISTAFLEX to print packaging for the frozen food, towel and tissue overwrap and pet food markets.

PolyCello is very excited about their SmartPack™ coating technology, which can be used as an alternative to lamination and allows pouches to be recycled as #2 plastic instead of ending up as garbage in landfills. To stay in step with customers' and their own awareness of the impact packaging has on the earth; the company has developed biodegradable and compostable packaging alternatives.

PolyCello has been named one Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for four consecutive years, achieving Gold Standard status in 2011. The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) has honored PolyCello eight times in the past five years for printing excellence.

Photo caption: Leigh Wood, Gregg LeBlanc and Jason Burbine of PolyCello's press team.

Contact Catherine Mattson-Fimmers at 800-854-8702 or by email at for more information.

PolyCello is third generation family-owned and operated and currently employs 350 people in its modern, state-of-the-art facilities in Amherst and in Belleville, Ontario. With over 50 years of history, PolyCello has developed a reputation as an expert manufacturer and printer of highquality packaging. (

Windmoeller & Hoelscher is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of flexographic and gravure printing presses, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall equipment, plastic sack and bag making machines, as well as form-fill-seal machinery for the converting and packaging industry. (