How JFM Plates and Phoenix Printing Plates became leaders in flexo quality

Flexo operations are under increasing pressure to provide an all-round, high quality, cost effective range of services.
Moreover job flexibility is challenged by shorter run lengths.

This is where Full HD Flexo becomes a critical tool in any solutions portfolio.
Meeting your customers expectations within ever tighter budgets, makes you highly responsive to ever-changing market requirements.

With Full HD Flexo, flexo can truely compete with gravure and offset in flexible packaging, labels and corrugated printing applications.

Immediate growth in business

Mark McKee, General Manager of Manchester based JFM Plates, explains:

“There were a couple of instances where we had been approached by potential customers and had not been able to quote because we couldn’t fully meet the requirements.

We had to do something about it.

Now with Esko Full HD Flexo, we can grow the business, safeguard our future and work with a greater number of partners.”

“We immediately saw a 15% growth in business when we started a trial with Esko Full HD Flexo,” comments Steve Collins, Sales Director at Phoenix Printing Plates in Bristol.

“We felt that going Full HD Flexo would make us faster, and the printers we make the plates for stated the quality is so much better.

The speed, the no compromise on quality and the improvements to the production process are all making a big difference.”

Stay ahead of competition

Full HD Flexo is the answer to ever tighter budgets and ever-changing market requirements.

It allows printers to achieve gravure quality results with a flexo solution.

Full HD Flexo offers perfect ink laydown, right solid density, vibrant brand colors and supreme platemaking consistency.

Produce cost efficient

Equinox allows increased press productivity while reducing ink costs. It standardizes printing production on a standard set of inks.

Equinox complements the Full HD Flexo platemaking process and is cost efficient without compromising color accuracy.

About JFM Plates

Celebrating its 35th year in operation as a reprographic specialist, JFM Plates was established by Mark’s father John to serve the lithographic market. After 15 years demand fell as operations began installing their own solutions. This prompted a move to flexo followed ten years later by investment in digital and its first Esko CDI Spark 2530. Three years later a larger CDI Spark 4835 was added. Last year the latest investment was made in another CDI Spark 4835 with high resolution optics of 4,000dpi and inline UV to enable the adoption of Full HD Flexo. Full HD Flexo Certification was completed in March and that has excited the customers as to the enhanced results JFM Plates can now deliver.

About Phoenix Printing Plates

Phoenix Printing Plates Ltd opened its doors in 1992. It began with just 3 members of staff and an imagesetter supplying analogue flexo plates to wide-web flexible packaging printers. The need for bigger premises made them move to Southmead in 1995. The company went fully digital with the addition of the Kodak Thermoflex in 2006. Since this time the company has continued to grow and now has 15 members of staff. Phoenix Printing Plates Ltd is the largest independently owned flexo plate supplier in the UK. It continuously invests in the latest technology and now has 3 digital imaging devices, all capable of producing HD printing plates.

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