Belgium-based graphic packaging firm Esko has consolidated its flexo platemaking operations under a new plant in Itzehoe, Germany.

The new facility will allow the company to conduct research, engineering, product development, testing, and production at a single location.

Located in a 4,300m² space, the facility features an experience centre allowing customers and industry partners to explore the technical and business details of flexography. They will also be able to demonstrate and teach the entire flexo platemaking eco-system of the company.

The Itzehoe plant will allow Esko to meet its business and production needs, as well as produce flexo plates for testing and benchmarking.

Esko plant manager Holger Jacobsen said: “We have been extremely pleased with the entire process, from the laying of the first stone through to the move and start-up of production in this brand new facility.

“The Itzehoe plant will allow Esko to meet its business and production needs, as well as produce flexo plates for testing and benchmarking.”

“Everyone, from the architect and builder to all of our suppliers and staff, worked together to achieve a challenging schedule. It’s a modern environment, a great workplace for our staff, and a welcoming setting where we will host many visitors in the future.”

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The plant will allow Esko to focus on the assembly of its flexo plate imaging devices, CDI Crystal and CDI Spark, as well as the flexo plate exposure system, XPS Crystal.

The company currently employs around 1,800 people globally to offer various digital packaging solutions, including Esko Software Platform, Enfocus, MediaBeacon, and Blue Software.