SWEDEN • The recently opened Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in Malmo, Sweden, is an initiative by Flint to provide an unrivalled test facility for the printing industry. Set up as an academic environment in which every day commercial practices can be trialled and analysed, it is home to a state-of-the-art water based research and development lab run by Flint Group’s R&D Director, Rune Sjolin. Fully equipped with a Soma CI printing press, the GIC is managed by Printshop and OEM Manager, Lars Keldebäk.
The decision was made to install a Soma CI flexo press to run the print tests in a controlled environment. To ensure peak performance from the press, Keldebäk sought recommendations for his ancillary equipment, and, according to Flint, Flexo Wash was the preferred choice for anilox cleaning technology.
The Flexo Wash machine installed there is a 991XL Anilox Cleaner which the manufacturer’s managing director Lars Kongstad was pleased to supply on an OEM basis to Flint. With local support from nearby Denmark, Flexo Wash is keen to establish a two-way communication on how the washer performs under test conditions.
“We opened in April 2017 and are still establishing our facilities and building our knowledge base, but I expect the facility to be fully booked by a mix of manufacturers, converters, r&d departments, and brand owners, all looking to see how they can improve performance and quality,” said Keldebäk.
The Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in Malmo is part of a group of technical development facilities run by Flint Group – having a centre in Trelleborg, Sweden and Rogers, Minnesota USA for narrow web, and in Stuttgart, Germany for sheet fed. Set up to test paper and board only at present, the GIC will extend its capabilities into other substrates as its develops.