Miraclon partners with Paper Converting Machine Company

New Packaging Innovation Center to house Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra System

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L to R – Rodney Pennings of PCMC and Rich Rogals of Miraclon at the new PCMC Packaging Innovation Center in Green Bay Wisconsin Photo Miraclon

Miraclon, home of Kodak Flexcel solutions, has become Paper Converting Machine Company’s (PCMC) sole plate technology partner in the company’s new Packaging Innovation Center. Officially opened in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on 26 April 2022, the new center is now home to a Kodak Flexcel NX system with the Flexcel NX Ultra processing solution to support PCMC’s goal of creating a completely solvent-free environment.

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“For years we’ve wanted the flexibility to make plates in-house for customer trials and demonstrations, and our partnership with Miraclon will now allow us to add this capability,” said Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s director of Sales – Printing, Coating and Laminating. “We’ve always had great success using Flexcel NX plates for print trials, so it was an easy decision to ask them to be our platemaking partner in our new Packaging Innovation Center.”

The Packaging Innovation Center will also be used by Miraclon for on-press demonstrations and print trials, giving customers and prospects in the United States and Canada the opportunity to see firsthand the efficiency and quality capabilities that the Flexcel NX technology offers.

Rich Rogals, US&C Commercial director at Miraclon concluded, “The relationship with PCMC is part of Miraclon’s strategy to collaborate with industry partners and transform flexo together. It will also allow us to demonstrate how Flexcel NX Plates enable greater consistency and control on press to allow improved efficiency and press uptime, ultimately improving businesses’ financial bottom line.”

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