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  • 09 Nov 2020

Apex launches FlexoKITE project in India and the Netherlands

Apex International's new plant in Nashik, India

Apex International, in partnership with five companies, has launched FlexoKITE project to provide print converters and brands a comprehensive view of the entire plate-to-print process, focusing on the finished printed product.

The project demonstrates state-of-the-art equipment at work — in real-time — from Experience Centers in India and Netherlands. FlexoKITE runs a fully-equipped integrated workflow of the latest-version equipment from Apex International (anilox), Bobst (inline flexo press), DuPont (plate, Cyrel Fast thermal equipment), Esko (prepress), and MacDermid (plate).

According to the company statement, delivering a new, better normal to flexo users seeking insight into workflow mastery and print perfection is the mission of five industry leaders who’ve created FlexoKITE, an Experience Center where end-to-end product and procedural harmony is made practical. Packaging suppliers, brands, and retailers gain instant access to best practices in the full flexo print process via in-person demos and live webinars.

Knowledge, innovation, technology, and exploration (KITE) are the driving forces that unify these companies to deliver real-world technical content not limited to a single product area. FlexoKITE provides print converters and brands a comprehensive view of the entire plate-to-print process, focusing on the finished printed product. An optimum printed product is achieved through synchronizing the plate-imaging, plate-processing, anilox, and press — all under one roof, presented step-by-step, and delivered to customer’s computer screen, or in-real-life as health regulations permit.

FlexoKITE empowers participants with:
• Live testing and evaluation of screening software, plate, print, and anilox methods;
• User-submitted PDF-to-plate-to-print press-runs;
• Q&A sessions;
• Detailed process and product presentations by industry experts;
• Customer-directed problem-solving workshops.

The project is ideal for printers interested in:     
• Streamlining integrated workflows;
• Continual improvement tactics or full-scale upgrades;
• Gravure-to-flexo transition;
• Problem-solving best practices;
• Ink transfer stabilization;
• Concept-to-mockup packaging options.

FlexoKITE can be accessed on screen or in-person at either of the two streaming-video-equipped Experience Centers in Nashik, India and Hapert, the Netherlands. Both the centers were constructed by Apex International specifically for the FlexoKITE collaboration.

Interested professionals can sign up free to virtually attend the FlexoKITE’s introductory FirstFlight on November 24, 2020. Regularly scheduled webinars, Q&A solution sessions, and presentations will be livestreamed or posted for on-demand viewing.

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