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Customer Case  | Grafische Groep Matthys , Turnhout, Belgium  | 30 October 2017

Matthys – Fast and fully automatic plate production with the Avalon N8 platesetter & Energy Elite Eco plates

Grafische Groep Matthys (Turnhout, Belgium) is one of few ‘inline cold foil’ specialists in Europe. This innovative printing technique can be used to create eye-catching, luxurious packaging. Recently, the plate production at Matthys was upgraded to a new Agfa Graphics’ computer-to-plate system.

The configuration consists of an Avalon N8-60 XT platesetter with a multi-cassette loader, an Elantrix DX 125 processor, Energy Elite Eco printing plates and an Apogee workflow. Prepress Manager Filip Matthys: “To serve our customers even better, our plate production needed to be optimized. After thorough research, it was clear that Agfa Graphics and its representative Igepa could offer us the best solution.”

“My three brothers also work within the company. We are the third generation in this family-owned business, which was set up by our grandfather in 1946. In 2008, we took over the company from our parents and switched to cold foil printing. In doing so, we created a solid base to strengthen the business and continue our success. We employ 35 people in three shifts. They make sure that our customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and France are satisfied about their print jobs, as are the printing companies that we partner with.”

Top-quality print jobs

Filip Matthys: “We have a lot of knowhow concerning inline cold foil printing, which we use to add all kinds of metallic effects in all kinds of colors. This results in beautiful and striking prints and packages. With these unique products we help our customers to be successful. Next to that, we also produce all kinds of other printed work. In addition to a fluent order management, we can deliver quickly while guaranteeing quality.”

Reliable and highly productive CtP solution

Filip Matthys: “The Avalon N8-60 XT platesetter is a very reliable engine. This is of the utmost importance as press idle time costs a lot of money. Plates are transported fully automatically through the combination of the platesetter, multi-cassette loader and processor. In addition, the Apogee workflow software meets the highest demands in terms of preflighting for reliable pdf processing, and thus helps us fulfill our customers’ needs.”

“We have a healthy financial basis with enough space to invest in efficient and modern equipment. In addition, we take the environmental impact into account. Agfa Graphics’ products certainly meet our requirements in that respect. We face the future with confidence.”

“Our investment in an Agfa Graphics prepress system fits perfectly in our aim to produce top-quality printed matter.”

Filip Matthys, Prepress Manager Grafische Groep Matthys

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Avalon N8

Avalon N8

Avalon N8 is a range of thermal B1-size platesetters. The upgradable series achieves a throughput level up to 65 plates per hour, with a maximum plate size of 1165 x 950 mm.

Elantrix DX

Elantrix DX

The state-of-the-art Elantrix DX processors ensure optimal processing of Agfa Graphics’ thermal plate technologies, even for the most demanding platemaking environment.

Energy Elite Eco

Energy Elite Eco

Ready for the next generation of no-bake, long-run thermal printing plates? Energy Elite Eco has it all: an even higher run length, photorealistic imaging quality and advanced ECO³ features.

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