Investment in automated plate processing system

FINLAND • Marvaco, the largest supplier of flexo plates to the package printing industry in Scandinavia, has installed a Vianord EVO automated plate processing system at its plant in Ulvila, Finland.

According to Kai Lankinen, Group Managing Director, the EVO 5 BP-I line, which features a washer, dryer, post exposure and plate stacker, was chosen for its high efficiency and output.

In addition to the new Vianord EVO Easy-to-Plate line, Marvaco has eight Esko CDIs, producing HD and Full HD flexo plates. It handles around 25,000 pieces of artwork each year and manufactures more than 22,000 sq/m (236806 sqft) of polymer plates and sleeves for the flexible packaging, corrugated, and label markets, in addition to supplying repro to dry-offset and digital printers.

Originally founded in 1984 in Finland, as far back as 1914 in Sweden, Marvaco now employs 90 people and has an annual sales turnover of around EUR 10.5 million. Lankinen explained: “We deliver high quality prepress and flexo printing plates to printers and brand owners across the whole packaging sector. Our services also include brand management, 3D modelling, DAM, and packaging design production.” To back-up his claim for quality, Marvaco is internationally acknowledged as the most awarded packaging prepress company in Scandinavia.

Looking ahead, Marvaco is keen to maintain its investment in the latest technology to ensure it stays at the forefront of development. The company plans to grow and expand its services in the Nordic Region and Scandinavia, and is also keen to move into new markets. “We are looking to cooperate with prepress companies, printing houses, and brand owners in other countries, so are keen to hear from anyone who has the passion to deliver the highest quality and a professional service that matches ours,” concluded Lankinen.