Esko Opens New Flexo Platemaking Plant in Germany
Esko has opened a new 4,300-square-meter facility in Itzehoe, Germany, to consolidate its flexo platemaking business under one roof, including research, engineering, product development, testing and production.
The facility features a complete Customer Experience Center where customers and industry partners can immerse themselves in the technical and business details of flexography. The new center is set up to demonstrate and teach how Esko masters the entire flexo platemaking ecosystem, from design and prepress, through color management, flexo plate preparation, imaging and exposure, right up to cutting plates ready for mounting on the printing press.
Additionally, the assembly of the Esko’s flexo plate imaging devices CDI Crystal and CDI Spark, and of the flexo plate exposure systems XPS Crystal, will take place in this new Itzehoe plant.
The new facility was designed from the ground up to meet the business and production needs of Esko’s digital flexo business, optimizing operational excellence.
“We have been extremely pleased with the entire process, from the laying of the first stone through to the move and start-up of production in this brand-new facility,” said Holger Jacobsen, Esko’s plant manager. “Everyone – from the architect and builder to all of our suppliers and staff – worked together to achieve a challenging schedule. It’s a modern environment, a great workplace for our staff, and a welcoming setting where we will host many visitors in the future.”
Adds Esko president Udo Panenka: “Itzehoe will continue to be the epicenter of everything flexo-related, from development to service delivery. In recent years, the industry has continued to applaud innovations out of Itzehoe, such as the award winning XPS Crystal systems for UV exposure of flexo plates, which set a new standard of quality, consistency and productivity. Also, the recently introduced Print Control Wizard, a smart tool that makes it extremely easy to select the best screen set for each substrate and application, has been enthusiastically received by the market. And there is more to come.”