Schawk Group is one of the biggest global brand deployment companies worldwide. With its many years of experience, Schawk Manchester, one of the main plate making operations in the UK, supports its customers with expertise in resourcing, workflow, imaging and colour management and still finds its core strengths in the packaging market. At its annual print awards, the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) titled Schawk Manchester as ‘Repro Company of the Year’.
Schawk Manchester participated in Flint Group’s FlexoExpert programme and became certified in October 2017. During a six month process consisting of three main steps – evaluation, implementation and training, then auditing – FlexoExpert provides the means by which plate makers can further optimise their workflow to make more reliable and consistent plates, time and time again. With the guidance of the Flint Group team, Schawk Manchester implemented the programme and passed the final audit to earn the honour of FlexoExpert. It became the fourth site within Schawk to receive the certification, alongside Schawk Nürnberg, Jülich and Connect, which serves as proof to its customers that the company follows best practice in its flexo plate making.
‘Following the initial audit of our production processes Schawk worked closely with the Flint Group technical team,’ said Martyn Purdy, printing plate production manager (Manchester, Alzira, Lodz) at Schawk.
‘FlexoExpert analysis highlighted certain areas of focus to maximise process consistency. Not only did our approach to the physical plate making process improve but also the parameters of control were raised which effectively resulted in an enhanced final product,’ he stated.