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Kodak gifts flexo system to university

Stuttgart Media University in Germany will benefit from a Kodak Flexcel NX system to support students on the print media technologies course.

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Stuttgart University’s Professor Volker Jansen, Rolan Hamacher and Nilgun Turan of Kodak and Professor Martin Dreher of DFTA

The print media technologies course focuses on future and growth-oriented segments in the print media industry such as smart printing in a range of packaging and industrial applications. The course leads to a Bachelor of Engineering and attracts applicants from all over the world.

Chris Payne, President, flexographic packaging division and vice president of Kodak, says: “Flexographic printing is increasingly playing a key role in the packaging sector; in terms of quality, performance and production efficiency, the standard meanwhile achieved with this process would have been considered impossible only ten years ago. Kodak Flexcel NX Plate technology has made a vital contribution here.

The industry needs competent young talent, familiar with the newest production processes as well as with future trends in packaging printing and other growth markets

“That’s why we want to give students who will be taking on management responsibilities in tomorrow’s global printing industry an opportunity to come into contact with this innovative technology. Kodak sees the donation of the Flexcel NX Systems as a way to foster the course’s quality and industry relevance, giving students and lecturers alike a chance to make flexo plates for premium packaging printing using leading-edge technology.”

Volker Jansen, academic dean and professor of print media technologies at Stuttgart Media University, says: “The industry needs competent young talent, familiar with the newest production processes as well as with future trends in packaging printing and other growth markets – not just in Europe but throughout the world. Our aim is to get young people worldwide enthusiastic about the world of print and produce highly qualified graduates to work in emerging international markets. We provide ambitious young blood with a one-of-a-kind study environment.

“It’s a definite advantage that, as far as we’re aware, Stuttgart Media University has access to better and more extensive hardware than any other higher education institution worldwide offering courses in print technology. The Flexcel NX System from Kodak will significantly support our efforts to elevate our practical options in packaging printing to the latest technological standard.”

The system will also be made available to the German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA) which shares the premises with the university for test and training purposes. Professor Martin Dreher, scientific director of the DFTA Technology Centre and director of the DFTA Flexographic Academy, comments: “We were interested in the technology because Kodak’s FLEXCEL NX System has caused much of a stir in the market and set new benchmarks. In the future, this donation will allow us to demonstrate state-of-the-art flexo platemaking in our own Flexo Academy courses.”

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