Flexo conference enjoys success

Flexo Conference held at its Soma Globe Training and Demonstration facility in Lanskroun

CZECH REPUBLIC • Soma Engineering drew an audience of over 160 at its May 2014 Flexo Conference held at its Soma Globe Training and Demonstration facility in Lanskroun, Czech Republic. Attendees were comprised of senior management personnel from printing and converting companies from around the world as well as industry co-suppliers, the trade press and two delegations from China. As a result of the success of this and it’s 2013 program, the Flexo Conference is set to become a regular annual fixture in the Soma calendar.

The spotlight was shared with speakers from various flexographic printing technologies who gave presentations on the latest innovations in their respective fields that included effective 4C colour Pantone reproduction from PPP, saving money through anilox roll consistency, Apex, Smart App technology to meet 2014 EU standards for packaging from Reproflex and plate technology bench marking, Chespa.
An afternoon session covered presentations from the perspective of a flexo printer and a brand owner, BUDVAR, preceded by an overview of the new Optima press by Soma Marketing Manager, Petr Blasko who explained the reasons behind the development of this, narrow/mid web printing solution. “Our research has shown that the flexo printing market wants consistent quality of 70 lines per cm (177 lines per inch) with as short a set-up time as possible. It is difficult for printers to produce short runs on wide web presses and remain competitive.”

The three day program was rounded off with a presentation by ex-flexo printer, Nick Crow, demonstrations of the Soma Flex Optima and Premia flexographic printing presses and was preceded by a tour of Prague and celebratory boat trip. Copies of all presentations can be supplied on request.

Located in Lanskroun, Czech Republic, SOMA Engineering designs and manufactures printing and converting machines for a wide variety of industries. Its portfolio encompasses CI flexographic presses, slitter/rewinders, laminators, mounter-proofers, sheeters, die cutters and special purpose machines.

Andreas Keller

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