Flint Group: Great success for 2012 China Summer Flexo Academy
Flint Group Flexographic Products, together with partners, continue to support the development of the Chinese flexographic industry
Once again, Flint Group Flexographic Products organised the Chinese Summer Flexo Academy, which started on 16 July, 2012, in Shanghai. The subject of this year’s event was flexo wide web printing. The five day programme, including classroom training and on-site practice, focused on helping teachers deepen their knowledge and develop more expertise within the flexographic industry. More than thirty teachers from twelve packaging and printing colleges from all over China attended the training sessions.
Like last year, Flint Group’s partners, Auclean, Esko and Tesa, offered presentations and exercises. Additionally, X-Rite and their distributor, Pancolor, as well as the wide format flexographic press manufacturer Huayang, were invited to share their knowledge on colour control and press simulator systems. The international brand management supplier, Schawk, provided insight into the latest packaging trends. Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s leading consumer and health care companies, and Philips, a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, reported on their experience in creating environmental friendly and sustainable packaging designs.
The afternoon session on the fourth day was held at Flint Group Flexographic Products’ Asia technical centre. During practical lessons, teachers learned to produce a digital flexo printing form by going through the complete process from back exposure via laser imaging to main exposure, washing, drying, light finishing and quality check. They were excited to take home their own plate samples, which they had made themselves.
During his introductory speech, Mr. Gong Renchou, Chairman of the China Flexographic Technology Association, expressed his appreciation for Flint Group and their partners, who organised such an educational programme to support and promote the Chinese flexo industry. Teachers and media representatives confirmed that the training was fruitful and instructive: “This has been a good opportunity for all of us to learn more about flexography”, states Keyin Malan, media reporter. “The course ranges from the advanced digital plate making technology and plate making practice, to a live demo of the wide web IC flexographic press and brand owner’s opinion to a sustainable development of packages. We really hope that the cooperation between industry-leading suppliers and universities can continue, to train more teachers in this technology and promote the development of the flexographic printing industry in China.”
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 6900 people. Revenues for 2011 were € 2.2 billion (US $3 billion). On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit www.flintgrp.com .