Home' FLEXO Magazine : January 2015 Contents Esko Launches
Center With More
MIAMISBURG, OH—Esko has celebrat-
ed its renovated Esko Innovation Center
in Miamisburg, OH with an open house
attended by local township officials and the
Esko North America leadership team.
Esko North America moved to its current
site in Miamisburg in June 2010, to handle
the requirements for a staff of approxi-
mately 260 in North America and 80 in
Miamisburg. The facility houses the com-
pany’s software support group, customer
training and demo centers, marketing and
business development, human resources,
and finance and administration. Esko has
another office in the U.S. in Ludlow, MA
dedicated mostly to software development.
The new Esko Innovation Center has been
expanded 16 percent in size to 33,580 sq.
ft., well more than half the size of a football
field. Nearly $1 million has been invested
both in office refurbishments as well as
investment in a complete complement of
demo hardware and software solutions.
Highcon Expands to Americas, Vic Stalam to
YAVNE, Israel—Following a successful launch at Graph Expo at the end of
last year, Highcon is pleased to announce the appointment of Vic Stalam to the
position of president, Highcon Americas. Vic will be leading Highcon’s team in
Canada, North and South America and building the American operations. Vic
has vast industry experience spanning technology, imaging, business informa-
tion systems and services. He spent many years in management roles of increasing responsibil-
ity at Kodak and X-Rite/Pantone (a Danaher company), among others, leading cross function-
al global teams to build new business.
Aviv Ratzman, CEO of Highcon, said, “We are delighted to have been able to recruit Vic to
join our team and to lead our operations in the Americas. His in depth understanding of all
aspects of printing and packaging technology, particularly in the digital arena, will bolster
our commitment to investing in the world’s largest market.”
MacDermid Opens New Production Line,
MORRISTOWN, TN—MacDermid Printing Solutions of-
ficially opened its new plate production line in Morristown,
TN. With the addition of this new line, MacDermid almost
doubles its current production capacity.
“Package printing is the fastest growing segment within the
overall printing industry. And by bringing new technology
to the package printing industry, MacDermid has achieved tremendous sales growth in the
past several years. The next logical step for us was to expand our manufacturing capacity,”
said Timothy Gotsick, Ph.D., company vice president and general manager.
The company also announced the commercial introduction of a new digital flexo plate
designed specifically for coating and varnishing applications. Digital MAX C, a product line
extension of MacDermid’s successful Digital MAX, is designed for inline finishing in offset
coating presses with flexo coating units and for offline finishing in coating presses.
Digital MAX C has a thicker PET backing than traditional Digital, MAX, providing for
excellent registrations on coating stations. Digital MAX C, a 78 durometer plate, is ideally
suited for various water based and UV coating applications. Digital MAX C is commercially
available in a thickness of 0.045-in. and in format sizes up to 50-in. x 80-in.
Peter Giannandrea, Lifelong Flexographer & FTA
Volunteer, Dead at 66
Peter Giannandrea, a dedicated servant to the flexographic community who spent several
decades employed in its ranks, died Dec. 5. He was 66.
A diligent supporter of FTA’s endeavors, Peter was a judge at numerous
Excellence in Flexography Awards competitions, in 1997, 1998, 1999 and
2001. In a 2002 edition of FLEXO, he summed up his perspective on the
industry’s current and future state by saying, “The good news is, flexography
has advanced tremendously over the past few years, virtually closing the gap between it and
other print processes. The better news is, with the introduction of computer to plate, our
industry will continue to improve.”
Peter worked at W.R . Grace (Cryovac), Winpak, Stone Container, Somerville Packaging and
Pamarco Global Graphics during his career.
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