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Ultimate Packaging 'achieves quality results'

15 July 2010

Ultimate Packaging says it has developed a print process that generates the quality and consistency of gravure with the convenience and flexibility of flexo print

Ultimate Packaging, a UK flexographic print supplier to the food industry has announced it's developed a print process that generates the quality and consistency of gravure with the convenience and flexibility of flexo print.

The Lincolnshire-based operation has spent the past 12 months working closely with partners Kodak USA and Miller Graphics in East Yorkshire, to develop, test and integrate the new print product, which has been christened Flexeye.

Several major UK brands are already indicating a move away from gravure print as they seek a more sustainable, commercially-sound alternative, according to Chris Tonge, Sales and Marketing Director at Ultimate Packaging. “This is the single most exciting print development in the flexo industry for many years as it ticks all the boxes for printers and brand owners alike.

“The introduction of Flexeye allows us to push the boundaries of flexo print and drive increased revenues through differentiated print, reducing costs through production efficiencies and increasing sustainability through reduction in printed substrate waste. We're absolutely committed to converting brand owners away from the traditional gravure process by demonstrating the ability to produce cost effective, amazing photographic print alongside vibrant, solid colours.”

Ink wastage can now be reduced dramatically thanks to the designs being printed in just four colours – downtime is also reduced as the need to wash special pantone colours from the print presses is eliminated. “We've already delivered our first commercial range of 30 designs for an existing branded customer and have now launched the concept to our major partners and selected retailers – all are incredibly excited about the possibilities of Flexeye.”

Located on a greenfield site at Europarc on the outskirts of Grimsby in the UK, a town renowned for its links with food processing, the 60,000 sq.ft. Ultimate Packaging factory was designed and built with consultancy from leading supermarket chains, retailers and food manufacturers and in cooperation with experts in industrial hygiene, environmental management, quality assurance and production efficiency.

In setting the highest standards in manufacturing excellence, technical standards and certification Ultimate Packaging has adopted the latest innovations in print and conversion technology.

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