Flint Group has opened a new technology center (ATC) in Shanghai, allowing expansion of technical support and services in the Asia-Pacific region.
Located at Shanghai Publishing and Printing College (SPPC), the technology center provides a location for state-of-the-art development, plate manufacturing, training and education. It features nyloflex, nyloprint and ThermoFlexX plate processing equipment, as well as facilities for training, education and in-depth evaluation. It offers an inspiring environment for Flint Group customers to develop future packaging options and to unlock the keystones of innovation: creativity, productivity and collaboration.
Flint has invested around €2 million EUR ($2.3 million USD) in the technology center, where its technicians cooperate with SPPC members in a 400sqm.
Friedrich von Rechteren, global commercial vice president at Flint Group, said: ‘The ATC is an important milestone within our global innovation network to help our customers capturing the growth in the packaging market. We can not only showcase what can be done within the flexographic printing space, but more importantly provide a platform to develop solutions with and for our customers and the entire value chain.’
He continued: ‘hSPPC in Shanghai is a strategic choice for our technology center in the Asia-Pacific region, where we are committed to grow. Flint Group has now a unique facility in Asia-Pacific for teaching and testing excellence, incorporating a concept for the development of all kinds of future printing plates and plate processing solutions.’
Flint Group has previously established global and regional innovation centers such, as its Global Innovation Center for paper and board in Malmö, Sweden, the Global Colour Center in Lodz, Poland, and the Flexographic Technical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Roy Schoettle, vice president, flexographic, Asia-Pacific at Flint Group, emphasized: ‘Asia has the confluence of large and fast-growing markets. As it is Flint Group’s ambition to become the innovation leader in flexographic plates and sleeves solutions, we are addressing this challenge through continuous innovation for our customers as well as offering space for developing our employees, as they are our important guarantors for the success of our company.’