USA • In Plymouth, the town that will soon commemorate the arrival of the Pilgrim Fathers 400 years ago, the company recently celebrated three decades of success as a global doctor blade manufacturer. Flexo Concepts treated its local business partners to a tour of its manufacturing facility followed by a sunset cruise on historic Plymouth Harbor aboard the Pilgrim Belle, with employees and their families.
Thirty years ago, Flexo Concepts was established to help design a doctor blade for box makers and to establish itself in the global UHMW corrugated blade market. Since then, the company has grown to serve the flexible packaging, tag and label, and many other printing markets with products like the TruPoint Orange, TruPoint Green and TruPoint DuraPoint doctor blades.
Flexo Concepts has achieved many milestones since being acquired in 2001 by Kevin McLaughlin, who added his industry colleague Greg Howell as partner shortly thereafter. They acquired the MicroClean anilox cleaning equipment business in 2006 and completed a move to a larger facility in 2010. The company undertook a complete rebranding and website redesign project in 2015 and finished installing a state-of-the-art doctor blade innovation lab in 2016. Earlier this year, Flexo Concepts received recognition for its commitment to exports, accepting two prestigious awards, one of which was at the national level.