As part of its mission to grow in North America, MPS has officially opened its new facility in Philadelphia, PA, USA. During a grand opening event on January 22-23, 2020, MPS North America offered education, networking, a tabletop exhibition and live press demonstrations at its new North American headquarters.
In opening the new facility, MPS is moving its North American facilities from Green Bay, WI, to Levittown (near Philadelphia). MPS was joined at the grand opening by a host of industry partners, including Cyngient, Domino, Esko, Flexo Wash, Imageworx, Kocher + Beck, Label Traxx, Miraclon (Kodak), Prati, Twisted Rope, UPM Raflatac, Zeller+Gmelin and more.
As part of the event, which boasted the theme, "Labels Connected," industry experts and MPS personnel cited the technology's growth--especially as the company looks to expand in North America. Hans Poortinga, printing technology expert at MPS, ran several live demonstrations of the MPS EF Symjet Powered by Domino. The EF Symjet, which was central to the event, was 13" wide and came equipped with seven flexo print units, a 6-color ink-jet engine, a delam-relam unit with turnbar, cold foil and lamination units, diecutting and an inline conveyer belt.
Atze Bosma, CEO of MPS, welcomed more than 125 attendees to Philadelphia over the course of two days. He cited MPS' rich history, along with its commitment to automation and product development for the future.
"I have spent a substantial amount of my life in the packaging industry," explained Bosma. "In this room, there are probably 2,000 years of experience, so I'm humbled to be here. We believe we have made some (enhancements) that are substantially changing working in the printing industry. We're really visionary people at MPS. Flexo should be easy, fast and flexible. That's always been the vision of MPS, and it still is."
Eric Hoendervangers, founder of MPS, stated that the company is looking to meet demand for higher quality labels with a vast range of features. "We have embraced flexo technology and tried to take out all the negatives of the flexo process," he noted. "We've kept it as a standard technology, with its ease of operation and high production speeds. This technology is still in every new MPS press. It's been quite a journey, and it's nice to see today that we've become a worldwide company."
In keeping with the event's theme, MPS personnel explained their goals of making label printing more automated. The next phase includes...