Canadian Packaging

Flint Group now offering new hardness level for rotec Compressible Sleeve

Listening to its customers' needs, Flint Group now offering a new range of hardness rotec compressible sleeve: “Extra Firm” at 70 Shore A.


March 9, 2018
by Canadian Packaging staff

AHAUS, Germany—The end-customer is demanding ever-increasing quality standards and an expanded gamut of printing possibilities.

As such, Flint Group is now offering a new hardness level for its rotec Compressible Sleeve: an Extra Firm rotec Compressible Sleeve with a hardness level of 70 Shore A, in addition to the Medium (50 Shore A) and Firm (60 Shore A) hardness levels.

Customers can now reach the next level of printability with the newly expanded range of rotec Compressible Sleeves.

“Flint Group really listens to the printers and optimizes communication pathways so that new product development is focused on these actual customer needs. That allows the printer to meet the increasing demands of the flexographic market,” explains Flint Group product manager for rotec sleeves and adapters Gina Wienbracke.

Feedback from several customers indicated that the rotec Compressible Sleeve, with its consistent high-quality compressible surface, is an especially good fit for optimum print quality, combining screen and full tone printing within one color station. Due to the round, closed-cell polyurethane structure, the sleeve never loses the level of, unlike compressible tape.

However, a perfect balance of hardness and compressibility is needed to achieve optimal printability that is different from job to job.

Flint Group already has a range of Compressible Sleeve hardness levels available, but customer inquiries revealed the need for more options to achieve their quality goals. The Flint Group product development team set to work evaluating new advanced materials to expand the current hardness level options of the rotec Compressible Sleeve.

About Flint Group
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables and printing equipment, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications; Flint Group also designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital color presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing as well as platemaking equipment for the newspaper industry and computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market; With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7,900 people. Revenues for 2016 were € 2.3 billion (~CDN $3.64 billion). On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, visit www.flintgrp.com.


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