Leading anilox roll manufacturer Flexcor Australia is not just a survivor; as it enters its 21st year in the flexographic industry it is lifting its horizons and winning new business from the region.
Anilox rolls from as far afield as New Zealand, Thailand and other parts of the region are now being sent to Flexcor's plant in Sydney southern suburbs for repair and refurbishment.
As Flexcor celebrates its 20th anniversary, managing director Greg Cope recalled that the anilox roller manufacturing division had began when chrome rollers were in their heyday.
"With the emergence of laser technology and the refining of ceramic coatings many chrome roller companies went out of business. However, due to our adherence to Quality Assurance Accreditation, we were able to produce rollers to a superior standard, and the business thrived," he said.
Flexcor's manufacturing division still produced a wide variety of chrome anilox rollers up to five metres in length, Cope said.
It had four engraving machines along with full in-house production of copper and chrome plating facilities for all forms of rollers. Flexcor also had the facility to copper, turn and polish anilox rollers.
"This advanced equipment enables Flexcor to refurbish anilox rollers as well as manufacturing new bases," he said.
The company also marketed a wide variety of quality consumables such as doctor blades, cushion mounting tapes and viscosity control equipment from leading European suppliers, as well as the broader needs of the label, paper, packaging and corrugated industries with a variety of consumables such as retro-fit machinery and capital equipment.
"In recent times Flexcor has introduced the Flexclean heavy duty cleaner for anilox rollers, as well as Flexclean Hotwash to clean large rollers while still in the printing press. In recent months Flexcor has expanded its range to include wash-up blades and other consumables for the lithographic industry."
Flexcor as a family company with a team of eight highly skilled production staff, under the direction of factory manager Peter Dryden, as well as technical representatives in most major centres. A recent addition to the company was sales manager Richard Denman, who also brought specialist gravure printing expertise to the company, Cope said.