Apex International’s FlexoKITE Asia Pacific demo centre in Nashik

Bobst M5, Esko software & DuPont Cyrel FAST to feature at August opening

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A new Bobst M5 430 press is unveiled at Apex International’s state-of-the-art FlexoKITE experience centre in Sinnar near Nashik, India. Photo Apex
A new Bobst M5 430 press is unveiled at Apex International’s state-of-the-art FlexoKITE experience centre in Sinnar near Nashik, India. Photo Apex

Nashik, India – with the recent installation of a full-featured Bobst M5 430 flexo label press along with to complement the DuPont Cyrel FAST plate-making system and a full Esko packaging software suite, Apex International is set for an August opening of its Asia-Pacific FlexoKITE experience centre. Employing the latest flexo technology and state-of-the-art equipment, the FlexoKITE centre offers live training, support, and education from its impressive purpose-built production facility in India. Live-streamed webinars featuring real-time flexo operations and problem-solving workshops will be broadcast from the FlexoKITE centre in Nashik which is just 170 kilometers northeast of Mumbai.

Located within Apex International’s Asia-Pacific anilox manufacturing facility, the FlexoKITE live and virtual programs will deliver what the company says will be, “An unrivaled experience to learn how an anilox roll is manufactured and engraved, and then to see the physical results produced on-press from that engraving. Coupled with full plate-screening, plate-making, and other equipment and supplies necessary for flexo production, the FlexoKITE experience offers unique opportunities to witness and participate in all aspects of an end-to-end flexo operation.”

Support from galaxy of industry partners

The FlexoKITE experience, demo an training center will run a fully-equipped integrated workflow of the latest-version anilox rollers from Apex International, the Bobst M5 narrow web flexo press with inline diecutting, the DuPont Cyrel FAST thermal platemaking system, Esko’s prepress software and flexo plate imaging system. Consumable suppliers who are supporting the demo and training center include the Flint Group for inks), DuPont for plates, Tesa for double-sided adhesive-tape, Avery Dennison for label stock), Max Speciality Films for BOPP film), and Numex for the pre-press), Swed/Cut for doctor blades, and ESON for flexible dies.

Since its launch in November 2020, FlexoKITE’s webinars have reached thousands of interested flexographic printers and addressed complex technical flexo problem-solving such as ink foaming, press standardization, and opaque white ink printing. Upcoming FlexoKITE webinars are planned to address the challenges of corrugated printing and other topics.

Apex Nashik
FlexoKITE’s Experience Center in the Asia/Pacific region is located at Apex International’s facility in Nashik, India.

The FlexoKITE programs will enable packaging professionals, suppliers, brands and retailers to gain instant access to the best practices for flexo print processes via live webinars and in-person demos. These will of course happen as health and safety regulations allow. Free registration for the live grand opening of the center in Nashik will be available for all, as soon as the August opening date is declared.

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