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Bioplast boosts sales with Mavigrafica and Kodak.

Italian packaging printer, Bioplast, and prepress and graphics service provider, Mavigrafica are enjoying a mutually beneficial commercial relationship after both companies turned to the Kodak Flexcel NX Digital Flexographic System.

A leader in its sector in southern Italy, Bioplast's clients include major brands in the food processing industry in Italy, France, Germany and the UK, who typically operate in the dairy, pasta, coffee roasting and confectionary fields, with average print runs ranging from 25,000 to 30,000 m per order.

Bioplast's flagship installation is its printing department, which has three state-of-the-art Uteco central impression presses capable of a wide range of print applications, from one to ten colours on polypropylene (OPP, CPP, COEX), polyethylene, antifog, nylon, PET, PVC and PVDC.

Meanwhile, Mavigrafica produces Bioplast's flexographic plates. Its prepress operation is equipped with the Flexcel NX System, which the company acquired a year ago. Mavigrafica was the first company in Italy to adopt the revolutionary technology and together with Bioplast has pioneered its use in wide web flexible packaging.

Gerardo Ganbardella, owner of Bioplast, explains the mutually beneficial co-operation between Bioplast and Mavigrafica: "We were already working with Mavigrafica when the company adopted the Kodak Technology, and since then our relationship has strengthened."

Mavigrafica installed the integrated Flexcel NX System, which includes Kodak Trendsetter NX Narrow or Mid Imager with the Kodak Flexcel NX Laminator, at the start of 2009.

Maurizio Vitale, owner of Mavigrafica, is an enthusiastic supporter of the system: "In terms of quality, the potential of the Kodak system is enormous. We can offer flexo printers quality that we believe to be equal to--if not better than--rotogravure. And, crucially, this quality is consistent."

The implementation of the system has been extremely smooth at both Bioplast and Mavigrafica, thanks to their collective experience in the sector and the support from Kodak throughout--from calibrating the system to benchmarking and ensuring optimal print conditions.

In addition to the benefits gained on the shop floor, Bioplast is also receiving many new orders because of the outstanding quality the company can now deliver, and the range of media on which Bioplast can print has been expanded. The company can now also use varnished plastic material for barrier, nylon, paper and cardboard effects with excellent results.

Mavigrafica is equally positive about the impact of the Flexcel NX System: "A year after the installation, we have no doubt that we made the right decision to invest in the KODAK Technology," says Vitale. "Its great quality means we can offer more than traditional digital flexo printing, which has enabled us to attract new business."

For Gambardella, Bioplast's investment in Kodak innovation has helped the company weather the challenging economic climate: "Like most printers, we felt the effects of the downturn. But rather than sitting back and waiting for it to end, we implemented new technology that enabled us to offer more to our customers and increase revenue."

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Date:Jun 1, 2010
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