ImageGhent (Belgium), January 24, 2019: Leading UK packaging design and reprographics business, York Reprographic Group (YRG), has taken delivery of the latest CDI Crystal 5080 XPS technology for digital imaging and exposure of plates from Esko. Complemented by investment in a new Kongsberg X22 table for digital plate cutting, the installation performed in December is a first for Esko in the UK.

Mark Gration, Managing Director of YRG, said: “We pride ourselves in being early adopters of new technology for the print industry. We simply can’t afford to stand still. With quality, consistency and speed to market being critical for our clients, investing in the latest digital flexo solutions to drive press efficiency and print performance is key to maintaining our market leading position.

CDI Crystal 5080 XPS“The investment adds capacity to our business, complementing our existing four cutting tables, along with our 10 CDI imaging devices, to meet the needs of our growth strategy. While driving efficiency, this technology also significantly enhances our client’s print quality and consistency and we believe it to be a major development for the flexographic printing industry.”

As a leading reprographics company, the company has disclosed its intention to roll out the use of the Esko Crystal solution throughout the entire group.

James Mason, Managing Director, Esko UK, Ireland & Scandinavia, commented: “We are delighted that YRG, as a long term Esko customer, is leveraging all of our software and hardware in an integrated way to better serve its customers in terms of quality and efficiency.

CDI crystal XPS 5080“The new CDI Crystal screening technology is a leap forward for reprographics businesses in terms of delivering flexo print performance excellence. The combination of the high-resolution fiber laser imaging, and the patented simultaneous back and front UV LED exposure, produces digital flexo plates with unique performance on press, reliable reproducibility, plate stability and consistent quality. The CDI Crystal XPS simplifies plate room operations and increases operational efficiency.”

Mark Gration adds, “Our new technology provides perfect solutions to the big flexographic demands: very fine and subtle highlights, smooth vignette transitions without rivering, highly effective microcells giving smooth laydowns and controlled increased densities. Above all, our new Crystal equipment ensures that these invaluable features are absolutely consistent from plate to plate.”

“YRG made a great decision in further investing in the new generation of Esko cutting technology, adding to its existing plate cutting capabilities and enabling the company to deliver an outstanding press-ready plate. We look forward to working with them in the months ahead to roll out the solution to their clients and the rest of the sites accordingly,” added James.

About York Reprographic Group

Established in 1974, York Reprographic Group (YRG Group) has become a leading packaging design and reprographics specialist with company headquarters in York, UK.

YRG has three sites in the UK, located in York and Hull and additional production facilities located in Dublin, Ireland, as well as a joint venture company in Nairobi, Kenya. The company offers a wide range of creative, mock up, artwork and colour management services for brands and retailers, as well as print services and solutions for printers across the UK, Europe and Africa.

With over 60 employees, YRG operates from concept design to mock ups, print trials and technical consultancy, supporting brands and their print partners with technical excellence across a wide range of packaging types – from pouches and sleeves, to labels, cans and shelf-ready packaging.

To find out more about YRG please visit www.yrggroup.co.uk

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