Packaging specialist relies on the universal use of H1 lubricants
ELKALUB Journal spoke with Christof Bromberger, Managing Director of Bromberger Packungen, about his experiences with ELKALUB’s H1 lubricants.
Mr Bromberger, you almost exclusively use lubricants from ELKALUB in your printing works. Are lubricants something which people even deal with in day-to-day business?
Christof Bromberger: Well, it certainly depends on which way you look at things. Of course, when it comes to our printing technicians, the lubricants we use play a role in terms of maintenance. Otherwise, lubricants aim to ensure that production keeps running smoothly – a phrase which can be taken literally here. To put it a little more directly: our machines need to run, and lubricant plays a role in ensuring that they do so. And we have many years of positive experiences with ELKALUB under our belt with regards to this.
To what extent are you directly involved with lubricants?
Let me take a little step back. Over the past few years, the demands placed on our industry have become tougher and tougher. Today, even the smallest amounts of particles can be detected, and thus regulated with corresponding threshold values. Today, we no longer work with ppm, i.e. parts per million, but with ppb – parts per billion. Here, we are talking about amounts of particles on par with the famous experiment which detected a single sugar cube dissolved in Lake Constance. This means that, today, our customers not only scrutinise those input materials which we use in high numbers, such as cardboard, but also materials such as paints or varnishes.
As well as means of production, such as lubricants?
I’m getting to that. With regard to your first question: I primarily deal with the materials which we use when we are faced with new requirements – whether these are legal requirements, sector requirements, etc. Key words here are low-migration inks or HACCP – in these cases, we have to make decisions as a company: do we want this? Can we do this? What does this mean? And, of course: what are the opportunities associated with this? These are also strategic and corporate decisions. Bromberger Packungen has a tradition of always being at the forefront. We have faced these requirements in a proactive manner. For example, we are certified according to HACCP, FSC and PEFC.
And now you are also required to use H1 lubricants.
The requirement to use H1 lubricants certainly has a new quality due to the fact that we don’t actually use lubricants as a means of production – we “only” use them as an auxiliary material. This means that our products, specifically packaging, do not contain any lubricants.
Why are you required to use H1 lubricants?
Simple: because of HACCP. That’s how we see things, anyway. We produce a large amount of our packaging on behalf of food producers and the pharmaceutical industry. In order to further increase the safety of food and consumers, our customers requested that we use corresponding lubricants.
Bromberger Packungen switched its entire production over to using H1?
Yes. This began two years ago with the regular inspection of a printing machine. We used this point in time as an opportunity to make the switch to H1 lubricants with ELKALUB. We then also fitted out the other printing machines with these lubricants, too. Last year, our further processing division was also fitted out with H1 lubricants – the final stage in the switchover process.
Would only making the switch in the area where you produce packaging for the food industry not have sufficed?
Bromberger Packungen doesn’t do things by halves. What’s more, it wasn’t feasible. Imagine you suddenly receive an order which, due to time constraints, has to be produced on all lines at short notice. In this situation, the customer would not be very understanding if I were to tell them: “Can’t do it, I’m afraid, the machine doesn’t have the right oil.”
About the company
Bromberger Packungen was founded in 1904 as “Lithographische Kunstanstalt [Lithographic Art Institution] Karl Bromberger”. It continues to be family-run to this day – as of 2004, Christof Bromberger is the fourth generation of the family to lead the company. Bromberger Packungen specialises in the manufacturing of folding boxes, displays and advertising media. Many big brand manufacturers have their packaging manufactured at Bromberger – from millions of simple folding boxes to complex, refined presentation boxes for exclusive special editions. Find out more information about Bromberger Packungen here.