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FLEXO Magazine : January 2014
Soma Launches Two New Presses Innovation at Soma has created a completely new press design concept, responding to the latest trends in the industry. In total, from its start, the development of the Soma Flex Optima has taken about one and a half years, resulting in a model protected by sev- eral patents, which was launched in October at the K 2013 International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber in Düsseldorf. Available in two versions, the Optima 620 and Optima 820 mm. web width has a number of powerful features, including fast web changing from surface to reverse printing, the ability to upgrade to inline cold seal and slitting capability, uncompro- mised print quality from a small footprint and gravure to flexo conversion. The Optima has been designed for a mechanical speed of 984 feet per minute (300 meters per minute). The main customer group at which the Optima is aimed are printers already in possession of medium sized machines who at the same time need to respond to the ever increasing number of short and non recurring jobs where larger machines gradually lose their profitability. The whole model is designed with an emphasis on minimum production print costs. n American Inks and Coatings Buys Color Resolutions International SHERIDAN, AR—American Inks and Coatings (AIC) is expected to consummate the acquisition of Color Resolutions International by close of Jan. 2014. As a result of the merger, AIC maintains that it will be the largest supplier to the mer- chant corrugated market in the U.S. The flexographic ink and coating manufacturer has had a presence in the corrugated business segment stemming from its earlier acquisition of Graphic Sciences. CRI has established a strong brand in the growing fine graphics niche of the corrugated market, and by its estimate supplies more independent corrugated converters than any of its competitor. CRI will operate as a subsidiary of AIC and continue to be led by George Sickinger, its founder, as it mar- kets to specialty converters aspiring to produce lithographic type quality for value added packaging. ”T his is a great move for the people of CRI and for me per- sonally,” Sickinger said. “Since I am planning to retire within the next few years, the merger provides an orderly succession plan and career opportunities for our associates. ” “T he combined size of the two companies will bring more resources and a wider range of products to serve the U.S. packaging industry,” said AIC Founder Jerry Mosley. “ With the merger, the combined companies are well positioned to focus on the changing needs of both the flexible packaging and corrugated market. n www.flexography.org JANUARY 2014 FLEXO 11 DID YOU KNOW? INFO*FLEX has a 32 year history of the best ROI in the industry and record attendance growth over the past 5 years. One show floor. 1,700 package printing and converting professionals. 2 days of intensive networking and business activity. You in? Join the industry leaders. Reserve your exhibit space today. April 28-29 | Baltimore, MD Call Jay Kaible, FTA Dir. of Membership & Business Development, 631-737-6020 ext. 20 www.flexography.org