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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
TRESU, Lohmann Announce Research Partnership to Accelerate Optimization of Flexo Process KOLDING, Denmark; NEUWIELD, Germany—TRESU, the Danish supplier of flexographic printing lines and ancil- lary products, and Lohmann GmbH & Co.KG, the German manufacturer of customized adhesive solutions for diverse industrial sectors, including the packaging converting and printing industry, have entered a strategic partnership aimed at optimizing performance of mounting tapes for a range of high-speed flexo-printing situations. TRESU is building and supplying Lohmann with a flexo unit to simulate a range of mid web printing situations. At the same time, TRESU will conduct research with Lohmann’s plate-mounting tapes in its print tests at its demo center. TRESU’s unit will be used for training and dry-run testing in Lohmann’s TEC Center, the technology center that is currently under construction at the company ’s Neuwield headquarters. The partnership allows both suppliers to improve the flexo printing process by monitoring the performance of the press and different plate and tape combinations with a wide range of hardness values. The aim of the collaboration is also to opti- mize the performance of tapes for new printing machines, where speeds are high. The two companies will investigate ways to reduce vibration and improve stability, in order to reproduce high-screen rulings of offset quality, made possible thanks to innovations in printing form and imaging technology, with minimal dot gain. Other areas of research are likely to include heat resistance, a concern when printing at high speeds during longer run lengths, elastic recovery and ease of mounting, removal and setting of printing pressure without compromising quality. Atlas Die Acquires Bernal Inc. ELKHART, IN––Atlas Die LLC has acquired Bernal, Inc. of Rochester Hills, MI. Bernal has been a leader in the manufacturing of rotary dies, folding carton systems and die-cutting modules for more than 40 years. The sale also included Bernal-Yawa, a joint venture in Shanghai, China. The combination of Atlas Die and Bernal will give customers in the packaging, consumer and spe- cialty converting industries a complete tooling suite of steel rule, flexible and solid rotary dies, as well as system design and integration. According to Kenneth J. Smott, president and CEO, “The combination of Bernal and Atlas creates converting market op- portunities for our customers limited only by imagination. It marries two respected market leaders with the greatest depth of converting knowledge and product breadth. ” Marc Voorhees, vice president of sales for Bernal, added, “We look forward to working with the Atlas team and combining our strengths in packaging while we jointly develop other market opportunities. ” Bernal will continue to manufacture product and support customers from its Rochester Hills location, as well as Shang- hai. Smott will be president and CEO of the combined entity. Smott concluded, “Joining Bernal and Atlas Die is an important milestone in the ongoing fulfillment of our strategy to broaden our product portfolio, strengthen our relationships with the leading converters and deepen our management group. Having strong manufacturing and distribution channels in the U.S. and China, Bernal enhances our technology leadership and extends our global access to key clients and markets. ” Mark Andy Announces New Print Products Business Division ST. LOUIS, MO—Mark Andy Inc. officially formed a new division called Mark Andy Print Products to meet customers’ needs for printing supplies, consumables and small equipment components. This new division of Mark Andy Inc. provides a broad offering of a variety of flexo and offset items including prepress, pressroom and post-press sup- plies—just about anything a print shop needs to support an efficiently running operation. Merging the acquisitions of flexo-focused Print Products Inc. (December 2012) and the offset supplies segment of Presstek Inc. (April 2013) was the primary driver in creating Mark Andy Print Products as a stand-alone business division. Joe Demharter, leading the new division as vice president of Mark Andy Print Products, commented, “I am excited to help the team expand the flexo and offset consumables and supplies business with Mark Andy, Inc. The formation of Mark Andy Print Products as a dedicated business entity is an important step of ensuring our customers and dealers that we are com- mitted to helping them achieve their business objectives and improve their profitability by streamlining the supply chain.” Mark Andy Print Products boasts a 126,000 -sq.- ft. primary distribution facility in Des Plains, IL , four regional U.S. ship- ping logistics centers and one in Canada, all offering extensive inventory and efficient and fast delivery. With more than 10,000 products, Mark Andy Print Products is committed to providing a total solution for virtually all printing needs, offering a full line of flexo and offset supplies. 12 FLEXO august 2013 www.flexography.org