Leading manufacturer of carton board packaging products Glossop Cartons has recently invested in an Aquaflex Varnica plate making system.

The solution, suitable for all varnish applications, was installed by the Dantex Group and includes Star Plate software, an A1 exposure unit and an AQF900 plate making system, providing Glossop with in-house control, improved lead times and reduced costs.

Glossop Cartons managing director, Brian Sidebottom, said: "The internal control and enhanced turnaround times provided by this system is a huge benefit in both terms of cost saving and meeting customer demands. Being able to produce a plate from start to finish in less than two hours is a huge improvement to our previous methods."

The Aquaflex Varnica plate making system offers superb quality, is high-speed, cost-effective, has long run capability, is ideal for spot varnish and eliminates the need for strippable blankets. With varnish applications increasingly adding a new dimension to packaging and with growing customer demand, Glossop felt it was important to be able to produce these specialist plates themselves.

Sidebottom added: "We have dealt with Dantex for many years and therefore they were the perfect partner for this project. As ever, the installation, training and after sales support were smooth and trouble free. Glossop look forward to our continued relationship with Dantex and the success and benefits their products bring our business and production team."

The Dantex Group is the largest distributor in Europe of letterpress and flexoplates and has been serving the packaging industry for 50 years. They are a specialist supplier of water wash photopolymer plates, processing equipment and digital presses.

Dantex is exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 25-28 September on stand 3A20.