Uflex has purchased the first direct laser engraver (DLE) system in India for flexo elastomers. The country’s largest global flexible packaging company with plants in India, Dubai, Egypt, Poland, Mexico and the USA, has purchased a hybrid imager from Lead Lasers through its Indian distributor Vinsak.
The imager has already been shipped to the Uflex Cylinder Division in Noida in the Delhi NCR and the division’s joint president PK Agarwal states, “We have been looking at the DLE technology for a couple of years now and the need to have solvent-free plates and sleeves for all our wide web customers in-house as well as overseas has become essential. After careful evaluation of all manufacturers, we found that the hybrid technology being offered by Lead Lasers was ideal for us and for the Indian market. We are sure that the adoption of this technology will bring us to a position of market leadership in the very near future in the flexo prepress space as well.”
Arthur Vander Weijden, managing director of Lead Lasers, said, “We are delighted with our relationship with Vinsak who gave us the opportunity of being able to install the first system in India which is a focus market for us in the near future. We continue to develop the DLE technology with a strong focus on the flexo market and believe very strongly that in the coming years elastomers as plates and sleeves will offer the prepress that flexo needs to get out of the dependence on photosensitive materials which are neither eco friendly nor easy to make or use.”
Vinsak, a leading supplier to the packaging, label and security printing industry has reaffirmed its mission to bring advanced technologies to the Indian packaging industry enabling it to compete globally in terms of quality. Ranesh Bajaj, director of Vinsak, said, “Uflex has always been our key account in India and their appreciation of technology
makes our work so much easier. While the competition is still offering variants of photosensitive plate production to improve flexo print quality and perhaps depriving the Indian market of access to Elastomers and DLE, our vision has always been to bring the latest to our customers and ensure that Indian packaging companies are at par with the globe if not ahead. This DLE installation is the first in India and perhaps the first in South Asia and Middle East as well.”