Asahi and Esko collaborate to automate flexo platemaking

Innovation to improve platemaking experience

Asahi and Esko collaborate to automate flexo platemaking (Image: Asahi)

Asahi Photoproducts, a flexographic photopolymer plate development enterprise, and Esko, a global provider of integrated hardware and software solutions for the packaging, label, and wide format sectors, have announced their collaboration on developing an innovative and automated flexo platemaking solution.

The collaboration will bring together critical hardware and software technologies from both organizations to deliver a highly efficient and sustainable print form solution for the packaging sector.

Today, flexographic companies are operating in a complex, fast turnaround industry that often impacts their operational efficiency and profitability. For that reason, they need to simplify their processes while improving quality, consistency, and profitability. In doing so, they can create new business opportunities and positively transform their environmental impact,” said Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing manager for Asahi Photoproducts Europe.

This breakthrough innovation will be different to other solutions on the market. It is not just an assembly of available plate making processes delivered inline, but rather a holistic approach to connecting technologies, up and downstream of the prepress process, using an intelligent automation hub as the backbone and heart of the solution.”

Pascal Thomas, director of Flexo Business with Esko, added, “At Esko, we have long been dedicated to improving the platemaking experience, in terms of quality, productivity, and connectivity. Together with Asahi Photoproducts, we are taking the flexo platemaking process to a brand new level, enabling our customers to be even more competitive while ensuring they can meet today’s demands for flexible and sustainable supply.

Our aim, by collaborating with Asahi, is to deliver a cleaner, more environmentally balanced operation, that simplifies the print form making process, improves safety, and creates higher print quality consistency. The ultimate objective is to improve our customers’ overall business performance and profitability.”

Asahi Photoproducts was founded in 1971 and is a subsidiary of the Asahi Kasei Corporation. Asahi Photoproducts is into development of photopolymer flexo printing plates. By creating high-quality flexographic solutions and through continued innovation, the company aims at driving print forward in harmony with the environment.

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