The $15 Million manufacturing line in USA is a sister operation to the company’s existing plate manufacturing facility in Japan.
Miraclon has officially opened its new flexo plate manufacturing line, named ‘Gemini’, in Weatherford, Oklahoma, United States; two and a half years after breaking ground on the project in April 2017. The Weatherford plate manufacturing line is a sister operation to the company’s existing plate manufacturing facility in Yamanashi, Japan.
The new line was worth $15 million investment, underscoring the ongoing industry growth and adoption of KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates. It was designed to meet increasing industry demand for higher quality flexographic printed packaging with more cost effective and efficient production processes.
Initially manufacturing flexographic plates for customers in the United States, Canada and Latin America, the new manufacturing line will enable the company to keep up with demand after seeing year-on-year double digit FLEXCEL NX plate volume growth for the past five years.
“This is a momentous occasion for Miraclon. Just six months after our spin-out from Kodak, we mark one of our first major milestones with the completion of this project; on time and on target. While it demonstrates Miraclon’s ongoing commitment to invest in and expand the market for flexographic printing, the second manufacturing facility also brings source of supply closer to a large portion of our customer base and expands the manufacturing footprint of FLEXCEL NX Plates to two sites,” said Chris Payne, Miraclon CEO.
The new line produced its first KODAK FLEXCEL NX plate in October 2018, after which rigorous testing and alignment with the Yamanashi facility began to ensure the manufacturing technology delivers the same performance and quality.