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Esko XPS Crystal receives EFIA 2018 Gold Award for Technical Innovation
European Flexographic Industry Association recognizes Esko as Supplier of the Year for its XPS Crystal Technology
23 Mar 2018
Ghent (Belgium), 23 March 2018 – Esko ( is pleased to announce that its XPS Crystal flexo plate Exposure Unit has received the prestigious 2018 EFIA Gold Award for Technical Innovation. The EFIA Awards were held at The Vox Centre in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 14th March. The Gold Award was presented to Robert Bruce of Esko by Paula Birch, Sales Director at Parkside Flexibles.

Esko’s XPS Crystal technology continues to receive global recognition from the industry. Esko won several prestigious awards in 2017 including the PIA InterTech™ Technology Award in Ohio, USA, the FTA Award for Technical Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona and the coveted 2017 Red Dot Award for Product Design presented by Design Zentrum, Nordheim Westfaln, Germany.

The XPS Crystal is a digitally controlled LED UV exposure unit providing near concurrent back and main exposure to deliver unmatched relief and image consistency with perfectly formed flat top dots. Integrated with Esko’s CDI Imager it becomes an automated system and simplifies flexo platemaking. Debbie Waldron-Hoines CEO of EFIA states, “We awarded the coveted Supplier of the Year Award for Technical Innovation to Esko as the XPS Crystal Exposure Unit brings huge advantages to the Flexo printing community. Removing complexity through automation is a game changer for our industry.” James Mason, Esko’s UK Sales Manager says, “Winning EFIA’s Gold Award for Technical Innovation was a very proud moment for Esko and the UK team. The UK market has always had a reputation as early adopters of Esko’s latest technologies associated with furthering quality and consistency in flexo print. We are delighted that EFIA has recognized Esko’s XPS Crystal as the next step in the journey towards superior flexographic platemaking. Esko is setting new standards in the market place.”

Esko has partnered EFIA for many years. The flexographic organization supports Esko’s UK based supply chain customers through nationally accredited training programs. Esko has been instrumental in compiling part of the syllabus and also offers trainees a full day’s tuition on the topic of origination - teaching delegates how artwork is engineered to produce the highest quality Flexo print though industry standard solutions including software, imaging systems and now the XPS Crystal LED exposure technology.

About Esko (

Packaging Simplified. Esko helps its customers to make the best packaging for billions of consumers.

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters. For 9 out of 10 retail packages, Esko solutions are used in packaging management, asset management, artwork creation, structural design, prepress, 3D visualization, flexo plate making, workflow automation, quality assurance, sample-making, palletization, supply chain collaboration and/or the production of signage and displays. The Esko solutions consist of an extensive suite of software and two hardware product lines: CDI flexo computer-to-plate imagers and exposure units as well as Kongsberg digital cutting systems, complemented with professional services, training and consultancy.

Enfocus, with its suite of automation solutions and PDF quality control tools for printers, publishers, and graphic designers, is an Esko subsidiary. MediaBeacon, with its digital asset management (DAM) solutions is also part of the Esko family. Esko employs about 1,500 people worldwide. Headquartered in Gent (Belgium), its sales and service organization is in daily contact with customers all over the globe. Esko is a Danaher company (

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