German Köstlin Prepress Services has installed Miraclon’s Kodak Flexcel NX Ultra technology at its headquarters in Ditzingen, near Stuttgart to expands its range of flexo platemaking technologies for packaging printing.
While Köstlin offers a broad portfolio of flexographic printing options and photopolymer sleeves, the production of Kodak Flexcel NX plates accounts for 60 percent of all flexo plates produced. The company first began using a Flexcel NX Wide 4260 system in 2013 because, which now has been joined by the NX Ultra to introduce solvent-free, VOC-free, water-based processing of the flexo plates.
‘Flexcel NX Ultra will help us systematically reduce our solvent consumption and produce plates in a more environmentally friendly way,’ commented Talmon Gros, managing director at Köstlin. ‘Added to that, the new technology will give us even more flexibility and enable our printers to get the plates much faster, which is a big advantage in many situations.’
‘Not only are our customers extremely satisfied with the achievable print quality, stability and handling capabilities of the Flexcel NX Ultra Plates, some are already specifying using only these plates going forward,’ added Gros.