Three label and packaging industry suppliers have announced the formation of a strategic partnership.
Cyngient, Imageworx and MPS have joined forces to provide labels and packaging converters a comprehensive resource that covers several important elements of the workflow and supply chain, leveraging the newly renovated 31,500-square-foot Imageworx facility in Levittown, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.
The location doubles as the site of the new MPS North American Demo and Applications Center.
The three companies in the same geographic location can provide converters with products and services from three critical print process components – Imageworx prepress, Cyngient’s technology-driven custom inks and coatings, and MPS flexographic and hybrid press technology.
Cyngient (Fairfield, NJ) has taken on the role of supplying inks, coatings and adhesives to MPS North America.
“Being the primary supplier of inks, coatings and adhesives to MPS North America, coupled with Imageworx state-of-the-art prepress, label converters have the ability to achieve real-life demos that can be easily transferred to their production environment without losing valuable production time," said Andrew Wasserman, managing partner of Cyngient.
"Product development regularly requires input and support from a wide number of vendors and industry experts in order to truly become successful," said Jeff Toepfer, president of Imageworx. "In October of 2017, Imageworx began supporting MPS with front-end technical services for printing and R&D projects at its former Green Bay facility. It was quickly realized that the combination of high-end prepress solutions and the sharp print quality of the MPS EF flexo press complemented the technologies of both companies.”
Cyngient began working with Imageworx in 2018, with Cyngient adding significant value on a project that required a solution for laminating a micro-optical lens to various flexo-printed PS materials, using a UV adhesive while curing through the lens with die-cutting inline.
“We tried many products for the application, but Cyngient’s HYPERcure adhesive cured without micro air bubbles, crystal clear, and bonded the multi-substrate materials together dynamically and without any edging issues when diecut and stripped," Toepfer said. "Since our first project together, Cyngient has been an essential partner in our product development ventures.”
“One of the principles driving Cyngient is our commitment to true collaboration in developing custom solutions for the flexo industry. Imageworx and MPS share our customer-centric values, and having the press and prepress experts on-site, together, offers tremendous value for innovation-driven flexo converters looking to differentiate in order to best serve their brand owner customers," Wasserman said.
Added Dilip Shah, senior technical sales consultant for MPS North America: “Similar to us, both Cyngient and Imageworx like to push the limits of flexo print capabilities. For example, working with Cyngient has allowed MPS the ability to showcase label embellishments utilizing its high-performance inks, coatings and adhesives with high-resolution results.
"The combined approach with Imageworx and Cyngient offers a unique, collaborative experience for label converters. In addition, MPS supports customers in maximizing their productivity levels with our data-oriented MPS Performance Programs. We enjoy proving that not every press is capable of achieving the same top quality results.”
This fall, MPS will be installing its new hybrid EF Symjet 430 UV flexo press with a new 17” Domino UV inkjet print engine in the middle of eight flexo stations.