Flint Recognizes SGS with Certification

CHARLOTTE, NC | When Southern Graphics Inc. (SGS) expanded its global partnership with Flint Group last year, the company wanted to ensure that it was providing consistent quality nyloflex printing plates throughout the organization. So it teamed up with Flint Group and went through Flint’s FlexoExpert Certification Program. After a rigorous review, training, and audit process, SGS locations in McBee, SC, Marietta, GA, Appleton, WI, Brooklyn Park, MN; Mississauga, ON, Canada, and Philadelphia, PA, have received the FlexoExpert Certification. This program is being implemented globally for SGS, and more sites are currently in the process of gaining certification.

The Flint program comprises three main steps: evaluation and training, implementation, and audit, all to ensure that a company’s operations are consistently providing the finest quality printing plates. With the FlexoExpert Program, SGS and Flint Group jointly reviewed platemaking operating procedures, equipment performance, and quality standards. Training was provided at each SGS facility, and a summary of the evaluation, providing both areas of strengths and opportunities for improvement, was provided to each location. After a six-month implementation phase, audits were conducted ensuring that all standards were being met.

Rich Emmerling, Flint Group technical director, says, “We put a lot of effort into ensuring that our customers are providing the best possible product to their customers. With our FlexoExpert Certification Program, SGS customers should be confident that all flexo best practice standards are being met.”

According to Pat O’Connor, SGS VP for Flexo, “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to partner with Flint Group in executing a thorough evaluation of our plate making facilities. The FlexoExpert Certification program provided an independent and objective review of our processes with the intention of ensuring consistently high quality platemaking across the network, and it is supportive of our ongoing objective to harmonize our operations.”

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