Flint Group experts provide evaluation and training on best plate-making practice with the Group’s FlexoExpert Certification Programme.
Stuttgart, Germany, 6 July 2017 – SCHAWK is a world-leading full service partner in the packaging industry. Originally focused on the production of rubber plates for flexible packaging, today’s customers are offered a full-service package that includes everything from design and repro to printing forms. As well as providing global coverage to marketers, SCHAWK also offers regional connections and local insight, which is key to achieving brand consistency, accuracy and workflow efficiency. Delivering the highest print and colour quality and continuously optimising their printing plate production is at the heart of SCHAWK Nuremberg’s operations. Encouraged by such endeavours, SCHAWK Nuremberg participated in Flint Group’s FlexoExpert Certification Programme and, in spring 2017, became an official FlexoExpert.
During a six-month process consisting of three main steps – evaluation and training, implementation, and auditing – the FlexoExpert Certification Programme provides the means by which plate makers can further optimise their workflow processes to make more reliable and consistent plates time and time again. With the guidance of a Flint Group expert, SCHAWK Nuremberg implemented the programme and passed the final audit to earn the honour of the FlexoExpert certification for its plate-making processes and, in so doing, became the second site within the SCHAWK network, after Jülich, to receive FlexoExpert certification. The certification serves as proof to its customers that the company follows best practice in its flexo plate-making, meaning customers can count on SCHAWK to provide plates of an even more superior quality.
“Fuelled and enriched by the discussions with Flint Group experts, our participation in the FlexoExpert Certification Programme offered the opportunity to challenge and enrich our understanding of quality even further,” says Frank Brief, Customer Service Team Manager at SCHAWK Nuremberg. “The combination of a high level of expertise, along with in-depth analytical understanding, made our participation a valuable exercise which will allow us to continue providing outstanding quality for our customers,” he continues. All of SCHAWK’s global sites will follow Nuremberg and Jülich’s lead by participating in the FlexoExpert Certification Programme. This will support the company in its aspiration to achieve a global standard and comparison.
With its plate-making expertise and focus on service, Flint Group first introduced the programme in April 2016, and offers it to customers around the globe who are interested in broadening their knowledge on the standardisation of the flexo plate-making process.
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Caption: The SCHAWK team from Nuremberg (s. f. l. t .r.: Frank Brief, Ann-Kathrin Gracklauer, Nina Göhler, Tobias Schwarz, Ludwig Haas) is proud to receive the FlexoExpert certification from Flint Group (far left: Thomas Leuschner, far right: Maximilian Thate)
Flint Group: 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 7900 people. Revenues for 2016 were € 2.3 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