Flint establishes Xsys prepress

Flint Group has taken over Xeikon’s prepress division and used it as the basis for a new prepress division, Xsys, which will also include Flint’s own plates, images and sleeves and be aimed at the flexo and letterpress markets.

Dagmar Schmidt, president of Flint Group’s Xsys division.

Xsys will be made up of three subdivisions – Prepress, Plates and Sleeves – each with its own P&L and revenue targets. In theory this move should allow Xsys to develop more integrated solutions and potentially lead to better image quality. It will also encourage customers to buy everything from a single source but with the obvious risk of prices creeping up.

Dagmar Schmidt, who was promoted to president of Flint’s Flexographic Group last year, will continue as president of Xsys. She explained: “With the integration of Xeikon Prepress with Flint Group Flexographic, we are now connecting the dots and are implementing an important step of our strategy to become a full solution provider for the flexographic prepress industry.”

Schmidt says that there has been close cooperation between Xeikon’s prepress and Flint Flexographic groups over the last few years so this is a logical move. Indeed, the only real surprise is that it’s taken the company so long to formally link the two elements together.

She continued: “In forming this new division, we bring together what belongs together: plates, processing equipment (solvent-and solvent free), imagers, sleeves and adapters. And with this move, we expand our expertise towards our customers.” 

The new company will keep all of Flint’s established brands in these areas, including Nyloflex and Nyloprint plates, processors and Xpress imagers, as well as the ThermoFlexX and Catena imagers and Nylosolv washout solvent plus the Rotec sleeves and adaptors. The company will continue with its efforts in thermal processing as an alternative to using solvent but will not develop water-washable plate solutions.

Xsys will operate as a wholly owned subsidiairy of Flint Group. Spinning off the prepress elements will leave Flint to focus on its core competence of inks and commodities. At the same time, this also frees up Xeikon to concentrate on its digital label and packaging portfolio, including development of the new Idera inkjet corrugated press. 

If the Xsys name sounds familiar, that’s because Flint has dusted off an old brand name from its past. Today’s Flint Group resulted from a merger between the American corporation, Flint Ink, and Xsys Print Solutions, based in Germany, back in 2005. Xsys Print Solutions itself evolved from an earlier merger between BASF Printing Systems and ANI Printing Inks in 2004. Schmidt says that the company opted to revive the Xsys name for its new prepress division because it chimed with the fact that many of the products start or end with an X, including Thermoflexx, Nyloflex and Xpress.

It comes with a new motto – Be Brilliant – which sounds like something that’s been dreamed up by an expensive marketing agency rather than a native English speaker. There’s also a brand new website, xsysglobal.com, where you can find more details.

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