KoskiFlex plywood, one of the creations to come out of Koskisen’s innovative product development, is so thin and flexible that it could even be used as a material for various types of cards or interior decoration products. KoskiFlex is currently the thinnest, strongest and most flexible birch plywood of its kind on the market.
The result of long development work, KoskiFlex boasts exceptional structural and colour reproduction properties and just about anything can be printed on it.
“KoskiFlex introduces entirely new end use possibilities and customer segments for thin plywood products. It is suitable for various special-print products and decoration elements, such as business cards, book covers, postcards, gift items, marketing materials or even lamp shades. Sure, compared to fine papers and board it’s expensive, but those solutions don’t have the real feel of wood,” explains Raimo Kämppi, Sales Manager for Koskisen’s Birch Products Industry.
Kämppi believes KoskiFlex has quite exciting market prospects. The product has garnered keen interest and trial orders have been placed by entirely new customer groups.
The standard sizes of KoskiFlex are 1450 x 1450 and 1200 x 1200 mm, in addition to which customers are able to request special sizes, according to the printing machine.
“Compared to painting boards, the dimensions of KoskiFlex stay brilliantly intact during printing. It has a taut surface that doesn’t stretch, and finishing is easy. All in all, KoskiFlex applications for various end uses are limited only by the imagination,” Kämppi concludes.
At Markprint, a printing house based in Lahti, Finland, they are experts in using KoskiFlex. According to Tuomo Honkavaara, Markprint's Product Manager, the thin plywood is a very interesting product for the printing house.
“KoskiFlex is suitable for customers who want the genuine feel of wood for their printed products and are also prepared to pay for it. I would imagine that many wood and forest industry, and hunting and recreational companies would be very interested in it,” Honkavaara says.
With Markprint's equipment, KoskiFlex can be used for a range of product printing applications.
“In printing, KoskiFlex behaves like thicker-than-usual board. The printing result even stands closer inspection,” concludes Markprint's Production Director, Matti Pukkila, displaying some business cards printed on KoskiFlex.