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FLEXO Magazine : February 2014
Dave Bankson Is Elevated to CEO at Label Technology MERCED, CA—Label Technology, Inc. announced that David Bankson has assumed the role of chief executive officer. Bankson succeeds his father John, who remains chairman of the company ’s board of directors. “Dave has done an excellent job tak- ing over the president’s role a little more than two years ago and I believe that 2014 is the right time to consolidate his place as leader of the company with the additional responsibilities of CEO,” said John Bankson. “ With his leadership and extensive printing experience, Label Technology is positioned for continued growth and success.” Said David Bankson, “I would like to thank [John] for his hard work and ded- ication over the last 27 years. He has defined the company ’s core values, which influence and guide each Label Technology employee today. I am ex- cited to build on the strong foundation formed under his guidance as we face future challenges and opportunities. ” CAI to Open New Plant GEORGETOWN, MA—CAI, Inc. officially announced plans to open its newest 40,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and distribution facility in Rocking- ham, NC. The new 16 acre site will provide a full offering of high perfor- mance packaging solvent and water based flexog- raphic and gravure inks, along with UV, EB and water based coatings to its North American pack- aging customer base. The opening was the next logical step in servicing customers. CAI has made substantial investments in the Rockingham facility, installing state of the art ink processing equipment to al- low full manufacturing, from grinding to finished products. All products are fully supported with on site labs utiliz- ing the latest equipment to ensure the highest level of product quality. DuPont Celebrates 40 Years of Cyrel WILMINGTON, DE—DuPont marks the 40th anniversary of Cyrel flexographic printing systems this year by commem- orating its past, celebrating its present and looking ahead to a future of contin- ued innovation. In 1974, DuPont introduced the first elastomeric photopolymer printing plates under the Cyrel brand to the printed packaging industry. Forty years later, DuPont continues working to pro- vide printers with the best balance of quality, productivity and sustainability to help them succeed. Operating on 6 continents and in 100 countries, DuPont continues to innovate and expand the Cyrel product line. Key milestones in this four decade stretch included: • DuPont invented the first elas- tomeric photopolymer printing plates along with the first solvent workflow equipment in 1974 and by the 1980s began developing automated inline platemaking and processing systems • Light finishing replaced chemical finishing and DuPont commer- cialized the first safer alternative plate processing solvents in 1990, which enhanced the sustainability of flexographic printing • DuPont introduced the DuPont Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI), the first digital Cyrel plate, and a fully digital prepress workflow at drupa in 1995. This en- abled the industry to move away from film based prepress work- flows and implement a distributed digital workflow • The beginning of the next century marked another wave of growth, as DuPont Cyrel FAST, the first thermal plate system, was un- veiled in 2000, and 11 more new products were rolled out at DRUPA in 2012 • The latest innovation from DuPont was the 2013 commercializa- tion of the Cyrel DFP and DSP Performance Plates, specifically designed to provide outstand- ing tonal range and the highest possible solid ink density from an existing standard digital workflow Anderson & Vreeland Offers ThermoFlexX Digital Imagers From Xeikon BRYAN, OH—Anderson & Vreeland, Inc. now offers ThermoFlexX high quality digital imagers specifically designed for flexographic platemaking with its appointment as distributor for Xeikon NV. ThermoFlexX digital imagers are available in a broad range of sizes designed for tag, label, flexible pack- aging, folding carton and corrugated packaging. Comprising leading edge hardware and workflow software, Ther- moFlexX digital imagers utilize widely accepted technology and proven digital workflow solutions. Unique benefits include ergonomic plate mounting, a hybrid drum that holds plates in place by vacuum or magnetics, an advanced clamping design that mounts plates directly to the drum and uniquely designed vacuum sliders that offer the flexibility to use plates of any width. Thermo- FlexX enables customers to consistently produce high quality digital plates at resolutions from 2,540 to 5,080 DPI, raising quality standards to a higher level. “ ThermoFlexX expands our portfolio of best in class solutions for improved performance in the pressroom,” noted Lee Zerfass, digital business manager for Anderson & Vreeland. “ We’re excit- ed to offer this impressive line of digital imagers that improve plate quality and productivity while reducing costs.” 72 FLEXO FEBRUARY 2014 www.flexography.org MEMBERS & MANEUVERS