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Plate and ink groups move ahead with developments

October 19, 2006

Plate and ink groups move ahead with developments
Now that the dust has settled on their corporate mergers, both XSYS Print Solutions Group and its partner Flint Group Printing Plates have recently completed major expansions and product developments. XSYS (created by the merger of the German BASF Printing Systems and the Swedish ANI Printing Inks) has negotiated a non-exclusive license agreement with DataLase (formerly Sherwood Technology) to market the patented DataLase Packmark system.
Based on laser-responsive color change chemistry, products include coding and marking inks for on-demand variable information, brand protection and primary packaging markets. XSYS will develop the system for distribution throughout its global subsidiaries and distributors.
For its part, Flint Group Printing Plates has brought onstream a new photopolymer plate and packaging inks manufacturing plant in Willstätt, Germany, following two year’s of planning and building. It has increased Flint’s capacity at an existing site by over 30 percent and created 30 new jobs to increase the workforce to some 300 employees. It is additionally planned to transfer the R&D department for printing plates from Ludwigshafen to Willstätt by the end of this year.