Asahi Photoproducts has extended its relationship with Esko by installing Esko CDI Spark 4260 and XPS Crystal 5080 plate imaging technology at the Asahi Tech Center in Suzhou, near Shanghai.
Esko plate imaging technologies are supported by an Asahi AWP 230W plate processor using Asahi AWP CleanPrint water washable plates to showcase flexo plate manufacturing technology in harmony with the environment.
“ Asahi Photoproducts has worked with Esko in China for a decade and this agreement takes the relationship to a new level in our ability to serve the rapidly evolving flexographic market in China, ” said Yuji Suzuki, senior director of customer technical service at ‘Asahi.
According to Suzuki, premium print quality is increasingly required in China, and many print houses in the region are still struggling to make plates with the best print quality.
“One thing we’ll do in our technical center with the new equipment is create test plates for potential customers so they can see for themselves that we can deliver the quality they need. We will also use the facility to organize training and seminars for customers and potential customers, ”Suzuki added.
Esko will also have access to the Technical Center, providing the opportunity for Asahi customers to learn more about how the Esko Plate Imaging System works with Asahi’s AWP CleanPrint Water Washable Plates.
“We are delighted to continue to develop our partnership with Asahi, especially in the highly competitive Chinese market,” said Rocky Zhou, general manager of Esko in Shanghai. “The solutions installed at the Asahi Tech Center will benefit both of our companies as we strive to continue to bring the latest cutting edge flexographic solutions to this region.