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implications for press maintenance.
These products were frst released in
2005 so the market has had many years
to asses them; some are on their ffth
“While there is a place, for chemical
free ablative plates, it tends to be
site specifc. Those printers who are
willing to endure the limitations are
relatively happy with the products. For
the foreseeable future though, for most
printers, the best plates will continue to
come out of a processor. Many printers
are paying a high price to not have
a processor, particularly when you
compare the performance and on press
price, of a plate like the Primus+, the
decision becomes simple."
SCHEDULED for general release this
year, the Xing Fit Eco no process plate
is the frst phase change plate where no
ablation of the plate surface occurs and
no post image processing, of any kind,
is required. Fretwell says, “We expect
to take a lead with the Fit Eco, which
has been under development for many
years. Zero post image processing is
required, just wet it and start printing.
But again, it will be a new technology
and will not be for everyone. The best
performing most stable plates will still
come out of a processor with a longer
run length, an image the printer can
see, at a cheaper on press price"
Xingraphics is also a worldwide
OEM distributor of Screen CTP
systems, so Compass Print Technologies
also enters the CTP systems market
through this association offering the
full range of Screen Thermal CTP
systems. Fretwell adds, “Eight years
seems to be the useful life of a CTP
system, so we are looking at some
replacements and upgrade sales. There
is the move from violet to thermal and
activity in the A2 market. Screen is
quite dominant on a worldwide basis
and we are happy to have the Screen
range to compliment the excellent Xing
Graphics thermal plate products."
SAFWEN Hijazi says, “It is undeniable
that the printing industry is smaller
now than fve years ago and equally
undeniable that all of the traditional
vendors are simply to big for the new
industry. We have witnessed the loss
of some of these vendors and the pain
of others attempting to re-adjust. More
will not make it and, in these times of
turmoil, security of supply becomes an
issue. A printer without plates cannot
“The introduction of a fourth plate
supplier to the New Zealand market,
particularly one from the country’s
largest trading partner, augurs well for
choice, price and stability of supply. We
welcome Compass Print Technologies as
our newest partner and New Zealand as
our newest market."
relating to the installation of the processor. But I was
always kept fully informed of progress and never
felt at all worried that Compass would not achieve
a successful installation. There is a great desire and
culture within Compass to exceed your expectations,
from front line sta , right through to the owners."
Arkon Print expects to partner with Compass
Print Technologies for some time. Herbert adds,
"I've tried current generation develop on press
plates with varied results. Xing have the new Fit
Eco completely Processless plate which I may have
a look at, but at the moment I'm pretty happy with
the Primus+. Compass has other products and real
technical expertise in Founts and Coatings so our
future together is looking good."
Steven Mackenzie adds, "Working with Warren
and the Arkon team has been a real pleasure. It
makes everything worthwhile when e ort results
in a happy customer. Thanks Warren for your
co-operation of the last wee while and here's to a
successful future together."
Partners: Derek Fretwell of Compass Print
Technologies and Warren Herbert of Arkon Print
Compass grows against the trend
AFTER starting Compass Print Technologies in 2008, Kevin
Snyders discovered a need for real technical expertise and
customer support in coatings. Compass has since become
a major supplier in this specialist area. Snyders and fellow
director Dave Nicholson have extensive experience, locally
and abroad, and their skills have become sought after as
other vendors downsize to meet the new market. Compass
customers value local manufacturing capability; the ability to
ne tune coatings for particular customers and troubleshoot
problems on the run.
The company o ers a coating roller maintenance
programme including regular soda blasting of the Anilox as a
free service for users of its coatings.
Compass signed a distribution agreement with Prisco
of Newark N.J. USA, a leading global manufacturer of press
chemistry. The Prisco range includes products speci cally
formulated for CTP production systems. Compass supplies
Prisco Founts and products nationwide.
The company's expansion into prepress, as the
exclusive local distributor of Xingraphics, accompanied the
appointment of well-known industry supplier Derek Fretwell,
a former general manager of Creo and Kodak followed
quickly by ex Kodaker Steven Mackenzie. Nichoslon says, "We
have a formidable combination of products, experience and
Mackenzie comments. It's refreshing to work with such a
customer focused company. Becoming New Zealand's new
plate supplier has ignited interest all around the industry.
There's a real need out there. So, I'd like to thank everyone
intending to use Xingraphic's products in the coming
months. We value their trust, as we increase the industry's
agility of choice for plates, service, engineering and colour
Fretwell says, "In the vendor landscape for printing plates
some, not quite perfect, technologies are appearing in the
area of chemistry free, visible light (violet) imaging continues
its inexorable decline. Looking through this confusion from a
New Zealand point of view, it's easy to conclude for the next
few years that, the best plates will come out of a processor.
They will be thermal plates and they will come from China. At
Compass we are positioned for those trends."
Compass Print Technologies growth has run against the
trend during a decline in the size of the New Zealand Industry.
Kevin Snyders says, "We see a need for suppliers with a
smaller footprint and lower local costs than previously. Our
printers are making less money and we need to live with them.
Compass will continue to be a lean, ultra e cient supplier,
designed to meet the lower cost requirements of the new
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