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  • 10 Dec 2020

MacDermid partners with Soma

Soma to install Optima2 press at MacDermid's headquarters in Atlanta

MacDermid Graphics Solutions has partnered with Soma to install Optima2 printing press with new intelligent automation features at its innovation center and global headquarters in Atlanta.

This partnership expands both companies’ histories of collaboration with flexo focused partners to drive product development. It will transform MacDermid’s headquarters into an innovation center designed to help the flexo and packaging industries explore new technologies.

Leigh Carpenter, marketing manager for MacDermid Graphics Solutions, said: ‘MacDermid is thrilled to work with Soma. Our innovative products and systems combined with Soma's world-class press technology allow us to expand our sales and service capabilities to better serve our customers.’

MacDermid's current innovation center in Atlanta already includes a wide range of the latest pre-press software, plate and print analysis technologies, thermal and solvent platemaking systems, and liquid photopolymer platemaking equipment. With Soma's addition, the center will expand customer support to product benchmarking, print trials, hands-on press training, print application research, and print troubleshooting. 

‘Our current innovation center is outstanding for pre-press and platemaking; however, with the addition of Soma and its Optima2 printing press, we will offer a truly unique customer experience,’ added Brad Wills, global senior vice president for MacDermid Graphics Solutions. ‘This enhanced center will be designed for the global flexo and packaging industries to collaborate on innovations, optimize processes, and create new standards for flexo excellence. We look forward to expanding on our strategic partnership with Soma throughout 2021 and beyond.’

‘While we certainly live in a globally connected world, Soma understands that local resources are significant reference centers to explore and test new trends and innovations in flexographic printing. As we build our North American presence, we need to make it convenient and inspirational for people to collaborate with us,’ said Pavla Kusa, Soma’s commercial director. 

‘Soma’s partnership with MacDermid will allow all of us to collaborate with the flexo printing community and offer an all-encompassing center that truly allows anyone to experience new possibilities with a full range of pre-press to press tools,’ added Garrett Taylor, Soma’s sales director for US and Canada. 

MacDermid and Soma expect the Optima2 press to be installed during the second half of 2021.


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