Apex International of Hapert at virtual.drupa in Düsseldorf -- drupa - April 20 to 23, 2021 - Messe Düsseldorf
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Metaalweg 8, 5027 AP Hapert
Netherlands

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Joris Cabri

VP Sales - Europe and Africa
Apex Europe

Netherlands

Phone
(O) +31 (0) 497 36 11 11
(M) +31 6293 761 29

Email
jcabri@apexinternational.com

Joe Settanni

VP Sales - North America
Apex North America

USA

Phone
(O) (724) 379-8880
(M) (708) 214-7740

Email
jsettanni@apexinternational.com

Denis Niubo

VP Sales - Latin America
Apex Latin America

Phone
(O) +55 41 3677 2678
(M) +55 41 999840600

Email
dniubo@apexinternational.com

Luca Guazzoni

VP Sales - Italy
Apex Italy

Italy

Phone
(O) +39 0331 379 063
(M) +39 348 871 6403

Email
lguazzoni@apexinternational.com

Willem-Jan Kersten

VP Sales - Apex Asia Pacific
Apex Asia Pacific

Phone
+31 (0)497361111

Email
wjkersten@apexinternational.com

Nick Harvey

Technical Director
Apex International

Phone
(O) 0044 77685532 44

Email
nharvey@apexinternational.com

Christian Huth

Sales Area Manager DACH
Apex Europe

Germany

Phone
(O) +31 (0) 497 36 11 11
(M) +49 160 955 66250

Email
chuth@apexinternational.com

Sam Seow

Sr. Sales Manager
Apex Asia Pacific

Phone
0065 9751 5725

Email
sseow@apexinternational.com

Valcinei Bisineli

Managing Director
Apex Latin America

Phone
(O) +55 41 3677 2678
(M) +55 41 9979 1026

Email
vbisineli@apexinternational.com

Prasenjit Das

VP Marketing - Apex Asia Pacific
Apex Asia Pacific

Phone
91 930 790 9349

Email
prasenjit.das@apexinternational.com

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23 Apr 2021

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09:20 - 09:40

Opaque White - How to achieve the best results printing Opaque White

Mottling, pinholing, and uneven ink lay-down can slow down operations and lead to poor print results. GTT engravings can make opaque ink printing a lot easier, faster – and more profitable.

Take a closer look at the Color Impact of White Ink Opacity with Solvent Inks.  Print quality in flexible packaging is heavily impacted by white ink.  When white ink is not sufficiently opaque or homogenous, printed graphics appear dull or grey.  Increasing the printed ink weight by increasing anilox volume can improve opacity . But there are obvious trade-offs concerning bond strengths for lamination — not to mention ink usage.  White ink typically represents 30% of converters’ ink costs.

Explore the advantages of a synchronized, holistic approach combining the latest plate technologies, advanced screening patterns, and anilox technologies.   Look in detail how to select optimal plate-screening, anilox, and ink to deliver improvements in quality, efficiency, and cost reduction.

Key Take-Aways:
  • SOP to simplify evaluating the print quality of white ink
  • New technologies to improve print quality of white ink
  • Cost/Benefit/Improvement analysis

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12:40 - 13:10

GTT Anilox - The Future of Flexo

HOW CAN GTT BENEFIT ME TODAY – AND TOMORROW?
Print more with less. Turbocharge your presses and realize immediate benefits. GTT outshines conventional anilox engravings in four key catagories important in commerical printing:
1. Standardization
2. Printability
3. Downtime
4. Profitability

The Secret to Unparalleled Consistency Begins with GTT

Imagine using just one anilox roll for finer screens – and stronger solids. Imagine less mottling, pinholing, plugging and dot gain. Imagine faster drying time. Bottom line? Print more with less. GTT is the best anilox product available in the market for achieving the needed consistent ink-to-plate transfer in HD Flexo Quality and Fixed Palette printing.

What is the GTT anilox difference? GTT’s patented Open Slalom Ink Channel geometry lets an exact volume of ink flow calmly and precisely from the anilox onto the printing plate, releasing just the right amount. Thus, print finer screens and solids on the same ink station – and get the same results next time.

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.05  Equipment & systems for printing forme production
  • 01.05.095  Screen coating units

Screen coating units

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.01  Bookbinding machines and print finishing machines
  • 03.01.090  Folding and pasting units

Folding and pasting units

  • 04  future technologies
  • 04.07  Research and development

Research and development

  • 05  materials
  • 05.07  Chemicals and other additives
  • 05.07.030  Anti-setoff powder

Anti-setoff powder

  • 05  materials
  • 05.08  Printing unit interior
  • 05.08.070  Roller coverings

Roller coverings

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.310  Roller cleaning systems

Roller cleaning systems

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.315  Roller washing machines

Roller washing machines

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.335  Metering rollers

Metering rollers

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.340  Inking rollers

Inking rollers

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.01  Peripheral equipment
  • 06.01.355  Coating rollers
  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.02  Measuring and testing engineering
  • 06.02.085  Test printing devices (also see Laboratory printing devices)

Test printing devices (also see Laboratory printing devices)

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.02  Measuring and testing engineering
  • 06.02.090  Anilox roll measurement devices

Anilox roll measurement devices

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.02  Measuring and testing engineering
  • 06.02.145  Spare parts, wearing parts and lubricants

Spare parts, wearing parts and lubricants

  • 06  equipment / services / infrastructure
  • 06.18  Research and development

Research and development

Our products

Product category: Anilox rollers, Calculators, Sleeves for flexographic printing, Sleeves, Coating rollers

UltraCell Laser engraved anilox rolls

Conventional laser engraved anilox rolls
UltraCell cell geometries are wider and up to 30% shallower than C02 and conventional YAG laser-engraved anilox rolls, yet deliver the same ink volume and density. UltraCell is engraveable in all patterns: hexagonal, LongCell, Tri-Helical, Channellox, Positive, among many others. UltraCell’s super-dense low-porosity, non-wetting ceramic and UltraMelt laser-engraving process mean more efficient ink-to-plate transfer, faster clean-up, super corrosion- and score-resistance. UltraCell lasts longer, maintains more accurate volume- and can deliver better print results.
  • Advanced Geometry - UltraCell shallow-profile geometry
  • Superhard Ceramic - High-density, low-porosity ceramic
  • Innovative Laser Process - Multi-Phase laser engraving
  • Corrosion Barrier - Thick, impermeable protective layer
  • Quality Control - Rigorous laser interferometric cell-volume verification on every roll
  • Printing Precision - Improved solids, fine-line and process printability
  • Superior Value - Greater ink release & faster clean up
  • Inking Efficiency - Low-porosity ceramic & shallow germetry enable more complete and consistent ink release to the plate
  • Durability - Increased score resistance & corrosion resistance

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Product category: Anilox rollers, Calculators, Sleeves for flexographic printing, Sleeves, Coating rollers

GTT Laser engraved anilox rolls

WHAT IS GTT 2.0 ANILOX?
Until Apex patented and released its revolutionary anilox engraving, the 60° hexagonal closed-cell engraving represented the state of the art for ink transfer rolls. Apex engineers studied closely the inherent hydrodynamic challenges caused by closed-cell engravings: ink aeration and turbulence, foaming, spitting, and the problems these cause on the printed piece.  The innovation: an open-channel slalom engraving that allows ink to flow calmly onto the plate, instead of being pressured in and out of the closed cells.

Proven GTT 2.0 benefits include:
  • Low-pressure ink release minimizes dot-gain and plugging.
  • Increased capability in combination prints from a single unit.
  • Solids and screens on one station.
  • Reduced anilox inventory.
  • Proven ink weight reduction and better white opacity.
  • Easier clean-up.

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Product category: Sleeves for flexographic printing, Sleeves

Apex Anilox Sleeve

True to Apex reputation for uncompromising quality, our new Anilox Sleeve Technology has been engineered to be the world’s very best anilox sleeve. With its ultra-smooth interior wall and ultra-sturdy construction, AST is the upgrade you have been looking for:
  • Ultra-smooth, super composite interior wall is easier to clean, fully resistant to swelling and is less likely to fray, making loading and unloading from the mandrel much easier while drastically reducing the chances of it getting stuck.
  • Sealed super composite sleeve is easier to clean due to the smooth surface, making removal of even dry ink quick and easy.
  • Internal compressible and damping layer is constructed of industrial strength memory cushioning
  • Superior reinforced composite construction makes AST more reworkable than the competition’s conventional anilox sleeves
  • AST features corrosion proof, mechanically anchored and fastened stainless steel end caps that are an integral part of the sleeve construction without use of adhesive to prevent the end caps from dislodging.
  • AST is completely liquid resistant and will not delaminate as a result of liquid penetrating the sealed construction, which is one of the main reasons an anilox sleeve can fail prematurely.
  • Apex industry leading 0.015mm (0.0005”) max TIR and OD is designed for speeds up to 600 meters (2000 ft) per minute with no bounce.
  • Because Apex controls the manufacturing process, there is no middle man to add cost, inventory is readily available, and our stock program supports 10 of the world’s premier OEMs.

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Product category: Calculators, Sleeves for flexographic printing, Coating rollers, Anilox rollers, Sleeves

Apex International Anilox Calculator

Calculate a Better Relationship with your Anilox Engravings...

Choosing the right anilox volume and line screen for any job takes careful effort and time.

Our Anilox Volume Calculator quickly removes the guesswork out of anilox specification — and helps you starting printing right away.

Included in our 5th Generation calculator are specifications for:
  • GTT open-channel engravings;
  • UltraCell+ hexcell engravings; and 
  • UltraCell conventional hexcell engravings.

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Product category: Coating rollers, Calculators, Sleeves for flexographic printing, Anilox rollers, Sleeves

What's inside your coating station?

Start your own coating quality revolution
• Boost your Profitability
• Achieve Smooth and Consistent Coating Results
• Plug & Play Convenience
• Lightweight Roll Changes
• ReadyRoll Prompt In-Stock Delivery

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Product category: Research and development, Sleeves for flexographic printing, Metering rollers, Inking rollers, Coating rollers, Anilox rollers, Sleeves, Research and development

FlexoKITE

Delivering a “New, Better Normal” for Mastering Flexo Workflow

FlexoKITE is a workshop, press floor, seminar series, and tradeshow rolled into one robust flexo user experience. Broadcasting from two brand-new Experience Centers in the Netherlands and India, FlexoKITE runs a fully-equipped integrated workflow of the latest equipment from Apex International (anilox), BOBST (inline flexo press), DuPont (plates), Esko (prepress and flexo imaging), and MacDermid (plates).

“Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, and Exploration” (KITE) are the driving forces that unify these industry leaders to deliver real-world technical content not limited to a single product area. FlexoKITE provides print converters and brands a comprehensive view of the entire plate-to-print process, focusing on the finished printed product while synchronizing the plate-screening, plate-processing, anilox and press steps.

Key Take-Aways about FlexoKITE:
  • Two brand-new, purpose-built, streaming-video-equipped Experience Centers in Hapert, the Netherlands, and Nashik, India.
  • Best practices in the full flexo print process via in-person demos, in-depth Q&A sessions, and live webinars.
  • Experts to help streamline your Flexo procedures and capacity.
  • Experience a helicopter view of the flexo workflow from PDF to finished print, or dive deep into specific technologies and processes.
FlexoKITE is a collaboration of five industry leaders.

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01 Apr 2021

Apex International Unveils Global Manufacturing Expansion and Staffing Growth

Ambitious “Vision: 2020s” Plan Boosts Capacity and Speed to Meet Demand
HAPERT, the Netherlands — Apex International, the world’s leading producer of anilox and ink metering technologies, is pleased to announce the implementation of its long-range “Vision: 2020s” plan with significant expansion in each of its five global manufacturing facilities. As part of it's phased growth strategy, new buildings, new production equipment, and new personnel will enable Apex to scale up production capacity while elevating industry benchmarks for quality. Apex is better positioned to meet increased demand from its flexo, label, and corrugated customer base for reliable, predictable, and durable metering products.

“Based on technology and market trends in the last decade, Apex planned major investments into global facilities and capital equipment to address anticipated industry growth,” reported Marian Waterschoot, CEO of Apex International, headquartered in the Netherlands. “We are pleased to now witness the realization of our ‘Vision: 2020s’ plan. As a result of the packaging industry's recent growth, our customers require our products more promptly – and our expansion meets that worldwide demand.”

Apex’s Vision: 2020s plan demonstrates its longstanding commitment to continual process improvement. “Apex reinvests 20% of its revenues into product research and development, new equipment, facility expansion, and professional development,” states Apex Chairman Ken Ralton. “Apex is the sole anilox manufacturer to commit such funding for product innovation and R&D. Our mission is as much scientific and exploratory as it is engineering and manufacturing.”

Each of Apex' manufacturing facilities are in the process of physical plant expansion or receipt of new, state-of-the-art equipment. All new Apex buildings are constructed to ensure energy-efficiency and minimize carbon footprint.
  • Apex Italy, based near Milan, is nearing completion on new construction that increases its factory size by 33%. “This expansion allows us to further optimize production cycles and delivery times,” notes Fabio and Stefano Della Torre, Directors of Apex Italy. 
  • Apex North America, near Pittsburgh, PA, has begun construction planning to double the size of its manufacturing facility and enable a greater warehousing area for its ReadyRoll anilox roll and sleeve in-stock programs. “This long-awaited expansion will give our customers much quicker order turnaround,” affirms Apex North America’s Managing Director Ruud van Cuijk.
  • Apex Latin America in southern Brazil will soon take delivery of a new laser which will increase production capability by 25%. Observes Apex Latin America Managing Director Valcinei Bisineli, “This expansion empowers us to meet the soaring demand for flexo and corrugated products in the Latin American market.”
  • Apex Asia Pacific  near Mumbai, India, recently installed the following new equipment: a laser, a precision CNC grinder, and a latest-technology plasma spray unit which will provide coatings able to withstand the industry's most demanding environments. These investments to the recently-constructed India facility boost production capacity by at least 40% and will enable the manufacture of larger corrugated and coating rolls. FlexoKITE's Asia knowledge lab is based here, complete with the latest technology to take artwork from plate to print, host press demonstrations, seminars, and webinars. An additional ten acres of land was recently acquired for expansion of the Apex Asia Pacific facility.
  • Apex Europe  in Hapert, the Netherlands, recently completed construction on its FlexoKITE knowledge lab which allows hosting of workshops, webinars, and live-running flexo trials. Further capital manufacturing investments include two new precision CNC grading machines and a ceramic plasma coating unit.
New global staffing within the Apex International ranks include these key appointments:
  • Ruud van Cuijk  joins Apex North America as Managing Director. Ruud will oversee Apex North America’s factory expansion, business development, and strategic growth. Ruud comes from the Netherlands where his most recent role at Apex HQ in Hapert was CFO, which he continues to hold.
  • Joe Settanni  takes the reins as Apex North America’s VP/Sales. Joe brings to his new role more than 20 years of technical and anilox sales expertise – including his 6 years of service with Apex – including a wealth of pre-press software, plate, and screen knowledge.
  • Mahesh Kode  will assume the Apex Asia Pacific role of VP/Sales in mid-April. Having served at executive levels for leading industry suppliers (Siegwerk, Dupont) and global printing converters, Mahesh’s deep understanding of flexo enhances Apex Asia’s solutions-and knowledge-driven sales mission.
  • Prasenjit Das  comes to Apex Asia Pacific to fill the new position of VP/Marketing. He brings 20+ years of flexo experience and knowledge from his previous executive positions at DuPont and Siegwerk.
  • Dan Pulling leads Apex’ new technical education program, FlexoKITE, as Experience Center Manager. Dan’s deep roots in flexography, pre-press, and plate operations – most recently with ESKO – are suited to FlexoKITE’s mission to elevate flexography to a best-practice-oriented, science-based profession.
  • Eleazar Meza  joins Apex North America as Corrugated Development Manager. His long experience in corrugated production and sales afford him unique skills to guide corrugated customers in streamlining their operations.

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06 Nov 2020

Apex International Launches FlexoKITE in the Netherlands and India

Delivering a “New, Better Normal” to flexo users seeking insight into workflow mastery and print perfection is the mission of five industry leaders who’ve created FlexoKITE, an Experience Center where end-to-end product and procedural harmony is made practical. Packaging suppliers, brands, and retailers gain instant access to best practices in the full flexo print process via in-person demos and live webinars. Apex launched FlexoKITE with its partners to demonstrate state-of-the-art equipment at work — in real-time — from Experience Centers in the Netherlands and India. FlexoKITE runs a fully-equipped integrated workflow of the latest-version equipment from Apex International (anilox), BOBST (inline flexo press), DuPont (plate), ESKO (prepress), and MacDermid (plate).

“Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, and Exploration” (KITE) are the driving forces that unify these companies to deliver real-world technical content not limited to a single product area. FlexoKITE provides print converters and brands a comprehensive view of the entire plate-to-print process, focusing on the finished printed product. An optimum printed product is achieved through synchronizing the plate-imaging, plate-processing, anilox, and press — all under one roof, presented step-by-step, and delivered to your computer screen, or in-real-life as health regulations permit.

What is FlexoKITE? It is a workshop, press floor, seminar series, and tradeshow rolled into one robust flexo user experience. FlexoKITE empowers you with the knowledge to soar above your workflow and equipment obstacles and deliver the best results from each category of your gear. With the full capacity of a state-of-the-art print shop in its two purpose-built Experience Centers, FlexoKITE empowers participants with:

Live testing and evaluation of screening software, plate, print, and anilox methods;
User-submitted PDF-to-plate-to-print press-runs;
Q&A sessions;
Detailed process and product presentations by industry experts;
Customer-directed problem-solving workshops.
Who benefits from FlexoKITE?  No matter your role in flexo — prepress, wet-end, or boardroom — the FlexoKITE experience can streamline your procedures and capacity to new heights of efficiency and repeatability. Industry veterans and newcomers alike can experience a helicopter view of the workflow from PDF to finished print; or dive deep into specific technologies and processes and get current with the latest technologies. Whether you’re visiting live, viewing a webinar, or submitting questions, FlexoKITE is ideal for printers interested in:     

Streamlining integrated workflows;
Continual improvement tactics or full-scale upgrades;
Gravure-to-Flexo transition;
Problem-solving best practices;
Ink transfer stabilization;
Concept-to-mockup packaging options.
Where is FlexoKITE? Your choice: on your screen — or in-person. Two brand-new, streaming-video-equipped Experience Centers in Hapert, the Netherlands, and Nashik, India, were constructed by Apex International specifically for the FlexoKITE collaboration.

When is FlexoKITE? You can sign up free to virtually attend the FlexoKITE’s introductory FirstFlight on November 24, 2020. You’ll hear from each partner how their best-in-class expertise will help you fly higher in all areas of your workflow. Regularly scheduled webinars, Q&A solution sessions, and presentations will be livestreamed or posted for on-demand viewing.

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APEX SPEAKS ANILOX – FLUENTLY.
Apex International is an award-winning global leader of anilox rolls, sleeves, glue sets, metering products, and print maintenance solutions. With five production facilities on four continents, a growing portfolio of clients in over 80 countries, and a high-performance continuous-improvement culture, Apex’s mission is the customer’s production success. Through technical innovation, service, and manufacturing precision, Apex delivers reliable, durable, and predictable metering solutions to its client’s presses every day.

GLOBAL STANDARDS, LOCAL ATTENTION
Each of Apex’s five worldwide production facilities maintain common quality-control methods and equipment to ensure equivalent product standards, regardless of the manufacturing plant.  Critical high-grade anilox production materials are centrally standardized, OEM-spec libraries are continually updated, and Quality Control calibration is performed daily.  These steps are crucial for integrated printers who require print predictability for their customers’ global brands.

INNOVATION: THE DRIVING FORCE
From materials to manufacturing processes, Apex maintains a culture of innovation driven to set new standards in anilox performance.  Not only did Apex help pioneer the original 60-degree hex cell engraving and patent the revolutionary GTT engraving, but also enabled high-performance flexo through advances in laser technology, ceramics, and metallurgy.  Few companies reinvest such a high percentage of revenue back into R&D.

APEX REMOVES THE VARIABLES
In flexography, the staggering combinations of plate, ink, press, speed, operator – and even climate – all conspire to reduce predictability on-press.  As the heart of the flexo press, the anilox roll is the foundation of the printing process.  Limiting the possible variables at the ink transfer stage  —  engravings,  ceramics,  TIR  tolerances,  volume,  wear — will provide the stability required to achieve print consistency and press efficiency.  Through high QC standards and innovation, Apex helps remove the anilox from the list of variables. With the advent of Apex’s GTT engravings, ink release has never been more predictable.

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