UK-based Chemence Graphics Group, a pan-European specialist in pre-press, flexographic and printing plate technology, has received FlexoExpert certification from Flint Group, as it strives to increasing its performance and sustainability characteristics.
During a six-month process consisting of three main steps – evaluation, implementation and training, then auditing – the FlexoExpert certification program provides the means by which plate makers can further optimize their workflow to make more reliable and consistent plates. With the guidance of a Flint Group expert, the Chemence Graphics facility in Alford, UK implemented the program and passed the final audit to earn FlexoExpert certification. In so doing it became the first site within the Chemence Group to receive FlexoExpert certification. All of Chemence’s pan-European sites will follow the UK lead by participating in the FlexoExpert certification program.
Mark Collingwood, plate/mounting team leader at Chemence Graphics UK, said: ‘We engaged in the program that has helped us drive and maintain consistency in the workflow, ensuring the process is kept at a sustainable high level. This is offered by monitoring equipment regularly, ensuring that we produce printing plates at a constant quality level that’s repeatable.’
Flint Group introduced the program in April 2016, and offers it to customers around the globe who are interested in broadening their knowledge on the standardization of the flexo platemaking process. Recent companies to achieve FlexoExpert certification include Grafica Villalba, Cyber Graphics, Contact Originators and six SGS sites.