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FLEXO Magazine : February 2012
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The Polymount sleeve does not only bring you more efficiency in the mounting room, it also brings you very consistent printing quality. The high quality Polyurethane foam does not wear out. Hundreds of flexo printers worldwide have adopted the self-adhesive sleeve in their daily production. The Polymount self-adhesive sleeve also offers award winning print quality. Last year’s “FTA Best of show award” was printed on Twinlock sleeves. Not only is Twinlock good for your bottom line, it is also a very sustainable solution and takes very good care of the environment at the same time. 110-110011[advertentie]def.indd 1 18-12-2011 13:17:23 Industry Leaders Embrace HD Flexo GENT, BELGIUM: At the end of 2011, Esko estimated that it has 95 HD Flexo certified customers, 60 HD Flexo certified partners and 10 HD Flexo certified vendors. Many more com- panies are currently undergoing the application process. “Customers are finding HD Flexo certification makes a big difference,” says Jan Buchweitz, senior product manager, digital flexo. “ They want trusted solutions. They want to know that certified components will all work perfectly together, whether they are printing machines, ink, or tape. They also want advice from providers that clearly understand exactly how HD Flexo delivers an improved print per- formance and how individual providers can best leverage this capability within their operations.” For vendors, partners and customers wishing to take advantage of the certifi- cation program, a rigorous process re- quires that different print samples from five different commercial jobs be printed consistently. Once certified, renewals at regular intervals are encouraged to ensure that print quality is maintained and in line with market developments. Vendors also need to certify each product individually, but once the initial certification has been obtained, subsequent applications are faster and easier. “Achievement of higher qual- ity requires compliance with specific standards,” comments Buchweitz, “It is only if you follow these that you get the consistency and predictability that delivers the right print every time. This standardization across vendors, partners and customers ensures a new horizon in flexo quality. ” HD Flexo Certified vendors are: Edale, Gallus Labels, Mark Andy, Omet, Siegwerk, Apex, Harper, Zecher, Lohm- ann and tesa tape. “Prior to HD Flexo, selling flexo shrink sleeves against rotogravure was a harder sell—the quality didn’t quite match on the more intricate designs,” adds Sean Keeney, president and CEO, Walle Corp.—the first to invest in HD Flexo and the first North American label printer to achieve HD Flexo certification. “Then we saw a huge impact in drop shadows, so we don’t have any chal- lenges getting to fine zero and 1 percent dots. Our customers are also realizing the benefit—winning awards for their package reproduction.” PEOPLE & POSITIONS CHARLOTTE, NC: Global anilox roll supplier, Harper Corporation, is happy to announce that Alexander James has been promoted to the position of director of Harper Graph- icSolutions. The promotion, which was effective Jan. 1 , 2012, makes James responsible for the strategic and technical direction of the Harper GraphicSolutions division. This division of Harper Corpora- tion provides customers with technical solutions, tools, systems, and training. Through his work, James will uphold the mission “to improve plant efficiency, overcome any print limitations, expand market reach, and increase the quality and profitability of our customer’s work.” BRYAN, OH: Rob Tolland has been named south regional sales manager for Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. , leading manu- facturer and distributor of flexographic plate processing equip- ment and materials. Bill Bower, director of sales, announced the appointment and said, “Rob’s experience is a perfect fit for his role. His outstanding leadership and management skills, plus extensive experience in the flexo industry, will be a real benefit for A&V and our customers. ” In his new position, Tolland will super- vise sales and support for A&V’s custom- ers throughout the Southern United States comprising a 16-state area. He brings to his new position 20 years of technical sales, production, customer service, and management experience in the flexo industry. Tolland was formerly national sales manager for Dantex Corp., where he was responsible for sales of printing plates and equipment throughout North America and Canada. MORGANTOWN, NC: Michael Hoft has recently joined the Environmental Inks external sales team as the Southern Re- gional Account Manager. His responsibilities include manag- ing regional sales and service teams for the states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Southern Louisiana. With more than 25 years of experience, Mike has worked in all aspects of the printing ink business from batch weighing to product manager. Before joining Environmental Inks, a mem- ber of the Siegwerk Group, Mike was in sales with one of the label industry ’s leading printers. His extensive technical expe- rience with inks and applications will allow him to effectively serve current and potential customers. BALTIMORE, MD: Vertis Communications, a results-driven marketing communications company, appointed Chuck Koehler to the position of senior color engineer. A recognized industry leader, Koehler’s innovative techniques will enhance Vertis’ reputation for excellence in print solutions and color management and protect brand integrity for all Vertis clients. Koehler most recently served as color specialist for Heidel- berg USA, where his innovative solutions resulted in improved press optimization and characterization. As an active mem- ber of industry standards groups and organizations, Koehler has helped shape the direction that technology has moved in the past decade. 16 FLEXO february 2012 www.flexography.org