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FLEXO Magazine : November 2013
Fine-Tune Your Printing by barbara ruuska ST. PAUL, MN—On Monday, Sept. 30, 33 flexographic printers and channel repre- sentatives from the upper Midwest attended the first Flexo Symposium held at the 3M Innovation Center. The event was hosted by the 3M IATD Web Processing Team. Participants learned how to fine-tune their printing through improved products leading to more opportunities. Featured speaker and technical expert Ann Michaud addressed a topic 3M knows well: the interactions of tapes on surfaces. Michaud reviewed a case history of the effects of flexo mounting tape on photopolymer plates and how this interac- tion affects print. She shared the print results of controlled press tests looking specifical- ly at the interaction of mounting tape with flat-top dot plates imaged with high-resolution hybrid screening. While low-end printing may have lost ground to electronic alternatives, the demand for high-quality printing is strong. A timely review by Jamie Eggleston, tech service specialist, offered insights into the growing demand for increased quality that has led to vast improvements in flexographic printing products, including new photopolymer plate tech- nologies. Participants learned how they can stay on the leading edge of opportunity with the help of mounting tapes, designed to help flexographic printers compete with other printing techniques which were previously the preferred choice for high-end printing. The ability to compete in new markets is great news for flexo printers, as highlighted in a business overview by global print industry expert Jerry Vogler. Pam Dorrough, a web processing sales professional, rounded out the six-hour forum by discussing ways customer service support can bring value to the printing process. 3M’s dedication to the print indus- try was evidenced further through the participation of Joe Stewart, web processing national sales manager, and Kelly Vaughan, web processing sales representative, who served as hosts and emcee of the event. Barbara Ruuska is a marketing communications supervisor at 3M. asL Print FX Wins best of best award WOODBRIDGE, ON, Canada—ASL Print FX captured the first-ever World Label Association’s “Best of the Best” award at the Global Label Awards in Brussels. The printer beat out competition from 223 entrants. FTA Member ASL marked its third year in a row as a recipient of a World Label Award in 2013. “We are very excited and proud of the organization and our employees,” says Stacy Daly, ASL’s vice president and gen- eral manager. “For us to win three times is such an honor.” The label that helped ASL take home the Best of the Best win was a bottle label for Rennie Estate Winery. In producing the label, Daly says the printer sought out to make something that was true to the client and resonated with the customer. “We wanted to make a label that our customer would be proud to put on his bottle, and one that the design com- pany would feel translated the vision and brought the package to life,” he says. Daly points to a constant striving to improve, meaningful labor and material investments, and continued training of ASL’s employees as keys to the printer’s success. macdermid inc. acquired by PsP TORTOLA, BVI—Platform Acquisition Holdings Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MacDermid Inc. for some $1.8 billion. Platform will be renamed Platform Specialty Products Corp. (PSP) following the close of the transaction. MacDermid has offered its customers innovative, dynamic chemistry solutions and technical services for more than 90 years, establishing leading positions in niche segments. It serves more than 3,500 customers in 24 countries across the graphic arts, oil production and drilling and plastics finishing industries. MacDermid will continue to be operated as a stand-alone business by its exist- ing management team under the PSP umbrella. Martin E. Franklin, founder and ex- ecutive chairman of Jarden Corp. will serve as PSP’s chairman, while MacDermid’s existing executive team will become PSP’s new executive team. MacDermid’s Chairman and CEO Daniel Leever will become PSP’s CEO and vice chairman. During Leever ’s 35-year tenure at MacDermid, revenues increased five-fold and the firm’s value increased 20-fold through strong organic growth complemented by strategic acquisitions. Frank Monteiro, MacDermid’s chief financial officer, will become the CFO of PSP. “I’m delighted that MacDermid has found a permanent home from which we can achieve our long-term vision of being a leading global specialty chemicals com- pany,” Leever commented. “Our business is characterized by a blended chemistry manufacturing model that is inherently non-capital intensive and requires high levels of innovation and technical service.” FTa Releases new Plate mounting Guide BOHEMIA, NY—Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing the flexographic printing process, announces the launch of the newest addition to its FLEXOGRAPHY 101 booklet series, titled Plate Mounting. Comprised of 33-pages, Plate Mounting is the fourth in what will ultimately be a 12-booklet series. Previous installments, released earlier this year, include: An Introduction to Flexography, Anilox Handling & Care and Ink Handling & Maintenance. Plate mounting technicians, pressroom personnel and those new to the flexo - graphic industry will find this booklet a valuable companion guide to performing accurate plate mounting. Topics covered include: • Plate Mounting Systems • Mounting Tapes and Their Attributes • Performance Improvements On-Press • Plate Mounting Procedures and Guidelines Interested in learning more about Plate Mounting and the FLEXOGRAPHY 101 booklet series? Visit www.flexography.org/101. Each booklet is $15 for FTA mem- bers and $30 for non-members and can be purchased at www.ftastore.com. The four-volume set is available at discounts of $50 and $100 respectively. Paul Lewis named daetwyler Regional sales manager HUNTERSVILLE, NC—Daetwyler has named Paul Lewis regional sales manager, West Coast. He is responsible for maintaining current customers and growing the market in the following states: California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Lewis comes to the job with 12 years of experience in the printing industry. minusnine Technologies names narrow Web business director BIRDSBORO, PA—MinusNine Technologies, a formulator and manufacturer of UV/EB curable coatings, adhesives and specialty products, announced that Stan White joined the company in the newly created position of director of business, narrow web. White previously served as director of sales and marketing for Actega Radcure for nearly 15 years. baker is a&V’s new national accounts manager BRYAN, OH—Rob Baker has been named national accounts manager for Anderson & Vree- land. In his new position, he will supervise sales and support for national accounts, including supply chain management and technology transfer, furthering Anderson & Vreeland’s commit- ment to multi-location companies serving the flexo industry. Baker joins An- derson & Vreeland after serving as national accounts manager at The Pit- man Co. 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