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FLEXO Magazine : May 2012
Industry Indicators The Value of an Ink Supplier Deciding on a Dynamic Dealer By colin Price The printing and converting industry becomes increas- ingly complex every day. Graphics and end-use re- quirements force ink suppliers to innovate and require a foundation for the quality and continuous improvement of product and supply. Improvement is achieved through a highly educated work force, state-of-the-art ink manufacturing equipment and the ink company ’s culture to promote growth. The ink supplier must have a quality philosophy and focus. The program has to be dynamic and flexible enough to adapt to the customer requirements. This article covers some of the basic concepts and funda- mentals you should expect to see in a reputable ink supplier: • The six steps and responsibilities for perfect food pack- aging • The key to consistent ink product development and con- formance • Continuous improvement and value added services SELECTING SUPPLIERS • In choosing the right ink supplier, make sure it is dynamic and flexible enough to adapt to customer requirements • The fundamentals of a dependable ink supplier include six steps and responsibilities for perfect food packaging, consistent ink product development and continuous improvement • An internal process to evaluate a change to supply or the qualification of new material is imperative for an ink supplier • Ink suppliers must have intimate knowledge of the customer’s printing process including, but not limited to, anilox volume and count, and printing substrate • A great ink supplier will display customer focus and will bring to the converter a number of value added services 26 FLEXO may 2012 www.flexography.org