French Medialliance Graphic Bourgoin Jallieu has become the first to achieve best in class platemaking certification under a new Esko XPS Crystal program recognizing businesses that consistently produce superior flexo plates.
‘The new scheme is a great way for companies to communicate their best-in-class service offering to their supply chain partners and customers,’ said Pascal Thomas, director of flexo business at Esko. ‘It’ s confirmation of flexo platemaking excellence providing reassurance of best practice in production processes and consistent quality of the final print.’
The certification scheme was developed by Esko to ensure the entire supply chain can meet the exacting needs and requirements of brands and converters in terms of predictable and accurate plate quality and the highest platemaking consistency available for any given photopolymer. Introduced following the popularity of its HD Flexo certification program for flexo platemaking, the new certification is offered as part of the XPS Crystal Hardware Care Plan, ensuring sustained quality improvement instead of a one-off effort to secure certification. The process can be started either on installation, during a preventative maintenance visit, or upon request.
‘Certification is valid for 24 months. During this period, Esko supports members’ quality control by verifying both imaging quality and the processing quality of equipment in comparison to the Esko’s XPS Certified Plate Reference,’ added Thomas. ‘Achieving certification means that members can assure their customers of optimum quality and performance in their plates and resulting print. We’re delighted that Medialliance, a business with a stellar reputation and with whom we have worked closely for many years, has become the first of our global partner businesses to successfully achieve accreditation.’
Olivier Barbier, project manager at Medialliance Graphic Bourgoin Jallieu, said: ‘As the business was always keen to be at the forefront of industry advances, the company was thrilled to be the first to complete the certification process successfully. Here at Medialliance, we have secured a position as a go-to partner for companies looking for support with packaging and brand identities. Honing our expertise through decades of experience, we are always driven by our customers’ growing needs for skills and services. We are renowned for producing plates of the highest quality, building, and cementing our reputation over more than 40 years in business.
‘Any third-party endorsement like this underlines the strength of that reputation. As a certified partner, we now benefit from benchmarking and identification of best practice around quality control processes and production efficiency. Not only that, but the Esko Certification Program is also an excellent marketing tool for our business, enabling us to add value and promote an extra level of quality assurance to our customers.’
‘The XPS Crystal Certification Program is now open to all users of the innovative Esko XPS Crystal exposure unit, said Thomas. ‘As well as the external communication benefits Olivier referred to, certified members will be able to verify their plate making process against the industry benchmark. This also serves to help track plate quality over time and catch potential issues before they occur on the press.’