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FLEXO Magazine : July 2013
Industry Indicators Sun Chemical Invests $5 Million in State-Of-The-Art Prepress Facilities CONCORD, CA—Sun Chemical reinforced its commit- ment to printers and brand owners operating in the narrow web tag and label (NWTL), wide web, folding carton, and corrugated markets, with the upcoming opening of its new flexographic printing plate manufacturing facility. A $5 million investment designed to provide the highest quality packaging graphics through the latest in plate manufactur- ing technology, the new 25,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, opening on July 15, will consist of all new equipment for the manufacturing of HD plates, including an Esko HD CDI laser imager, a MacDermid LUX laminator and DuPont’s DigiFlow/DigiCorr systems, as well as the ESKO Digital Flexo Suite (DFS) pin mounting system. “Demand is growing for the high-end graphics in packaging and we want our customers to benefit from Sun Chemical inks and coatings and from our HD plate- making capabilities,” said Kreg Keesee, vice president of Sun Chemical Graphic Services. “ Our investment in the Concord facility shows that we are serious about this busi- ness and that we are determined to bring the best products and services to our customers to help them achieve the packaging graphics that brand owners demand. ” As part of the investment, Sun Chemical will be upgrad- ing its Maumee, OH, facility by adding a mirrored digital HD sheet photopolymer system. With two world-class plate- making plants, Sun Chemical said it can be a partner with customers for outsourcing plates with a rapid turnaround to meet all tight deadlines. “ HD is still relatively new to the market, but it is growing quickly due to consumer product company demands for higher-end graphics,” said Lee Luckey, general manager of the SunGraphics Division of Sun Chemical. “ Our Con- cord facility is designed to improve what we can provide with HD all the way through the entire prepress and platemaking process.” Sun Chemical’s platemaking facili- ties manufacture high-definition plate technology utilizing ESKO HD software and CDI high resolution imaging of up to 4,000 PPI, resulting in expanded tonal range, wider color gamut and increased screen lines per inch (lpi) to produce sharper more vibrant images and colors. ACIMGA names Calcagni President, Appoints new Officers MILAN, Italy—Marco Calcagni (Omet) is the new president of ACIMGA for the two-year period 2013-2014. Calcagni will be flanked by Vice-President Aldo Peretti (Uteco Converting) and by the following offices: Board of Directors: Ugo Barzanò, past president (IMS Deltamatic), Silvana Canette past president (Flexotecnica), Felice Rossini past president (Rossini), Daniele Barbui (ACE di Barbui Davide&Figli), Alberto Brivio (BP Agnati), Giovanni Cama (Cason), Alfredo Cerciello (Nordmecca- nica), Costanza Cerutti (Cerutti Packaging Equipment), Fabrizio Della Casa (Sitma Machinery), Giorgio Petratto (Petratto). Board of Arbitrators: Giulio Falcinelli, Carlo Grignolio, Gianfelice Scovenna Auditors: Fiorino Bellisario (Bizzozero Mica), Pierangelo Colombi, Sante Conselvan (Gama) Secretary General: Guido Corbella “ Internationalization and packaging are the key words for success in this industry representing the excellence of made-in-Italy production, which boasts a record- setting 2012: more than $2 billion in revenues, a 9.1 percent increase over 2011, exports up by 11 percent amounting to 82.7 percent of total revenues. Such impres- sive results match the pre-crisis levels of 2008,” says Calcagni. Calcagni, born in Lecco on Sept. 2 , 1966, is married to Paola Bartesaghi and has three children: Andrea, Sara and Luca. After obtaining a high-school diploma at Istituto Tecnico Badoni, Lecco; Calcagni joined Omet in 1987. In 2000 he was ap- pointed vice president of Omet China and of Omet Americas in 2012. Vice President of ACIMGA since 2011, he is also an advisor to A.T.I .F. Milano (the Italian technical association for the development of Flexography) and member of the board of direc- tors of the ITS Tissue Network. 14 FLEXO July 2013 www.flexography.org PrESSInG ISSuES calcagni