Contact Originators has become the first UK company to be awarded ‘best in class’ XPS Crystal certification from Esko, with plates specifically manufactured for use with corrugated substrates.
The packaging origination and flexographic plates manufacturer has used integrated Esko software and hardware solutions for many years, with the Esko CDI Crystal and XPS plate imager and exposure units at the heart of flexo production at the company’s site in Manchester. Boosted by the award-winning Print Control Wizard software, Contact Originators has now secured the XPS Crystal certification that recognises businesses that consistently produce superior flexo plates and therefore leads to superior flexographic print quality.
“We have a longstanding and successful relationship with the team at Contact Originators, and they were among the very first to use the latest version of Print Control Wizard technology developed specifically for corrugated as members of our pre-release testing community,” said James Mason, Esko Regional Business Director. “It’s only fitting that they are now also the first in the UK to secure this certification based purely on plates for corrugated use, which underlines the flexographic excellence of the whole team, recognising their dedication, professionalism and commitment to producing the highest quality plates for their customers.”
Nick Mitchell, Operations Director at Contact Originators, said he was thrilled the company had secured another first for its use of innovative technology. “Corrugated is a highly competitive and technically challenging print sector,” he said. “With lower grammage and recycled materials coming onto the market today to drive down costs, we are constantly seeking new ways to boost our customers’ print consistency and performance. With the Esko CDI XPS Crystal set-up and the additional quality, consistency and efficiency that Print Control Wizard delivers, we are confident we have the cutting-edge equipment we need to manufacture plates that meet the printing needs of our corrugated customers. Achieving this gold standard Crystal XPS Certification is proof of that. It is testament to the work we are doing here, to the incredibly dedicated team and to our commitment to helping our customers deliver the very best print quality products to their own customers.”