Flint Group has invested about R31,8 million (€2 million) in the Regional Technology Centre Asia Pacific, where Flint Group technicians cooperate with Shanghai Publishing and Printing College (SPPC) members in a 400 square metre space. Located at the SPPC, Shanghai, China, the Technology Centre allows continued expansion of technical support, services and provides a location for state-of-the-art development, plate manufacturing, training and education.
‘The Technology Centre is an important milestone within our global innovation network to help our customers capture growth in the packaging market. We not only showcase what can be done within the flexographic printing space, but more importantly provide a platform to develop solutions with and for our customers and the entire value chain,’ said Friedrich von Rechteren, global commercial vice president.
The Technology Centre features a complete solution of nyloflex, nyloprint, rotec and ThermoFlexX plate processing equipment as well as facilities for training, education and in-depth evaluation. It offers an inspiring environment for Flint Group customers to develop future packaging solutions and to unlock the keystones of innovation: creativity, productivity and collaboration.
‘SPPC in Shanghai is a strategic choice for our Technology Centre in Asia Pacific, where we are committed to grow. Flint Group now has another unique facility for teaching and testing excellence, incorporating a concept for the development of all kinds of future printing plates and plate processing solutions,’ added von Rechteren.
Roy Schoettle, VP Flexographic Asia Pacific, said, ‘Asia has the confluence of large and fast-growing markets. As it is Flint Group’s ambition to become the innovation leader in flexographic plates and sleeves solutions, we are addressing this challenge through continuous innovation for our customers as well as offering space for developing our employees, as they are our important guarantors for the success of our company.’
One pillar of Flint Group’s customer-centric approach is creating global and regional innovation centres such as they did with the Global Innovation Centre for Paper & Board in Malmö, Sweden, the Global Colour Centre in Lodz, Poland, as well as the Flexographic Technical Centre in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and Stuttgart, Germany.
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