packaging provider Elif has invested in Esko’s (www.esko.com) Equinox color management solution to enhance end-to-end optimization and achieve consistent, high quality colors for brilliant printing results. With more than 45 years of experience in flexographic printing and one of the early adopters of hybrid printing technology, Elif has developed a highly-regarded reputation with its leadership in developing and adopting new materials and technologies.
“To offer a fully integrated process from the brand owner’s design at the front end to the pre-press and printing at the back end, Elif invested in Esko’s Equinox advanced color management solution,” said E. Murat Yalcin, Design Manager of Elif. “With a wider color gamut achieved with seven standard colors, Esko’s Equinox leverages Elif’s printing capabilities of flexographic printing and our World Star Award Winner hybrid printing solution ElifHybr to deliver cost-effective short-to-medium run flexible packaging.”
Boosting brand quality
Elif chose Esko’s Equinox to boost brand quality and consistency in a sustainable and efficient way. Equinox is a complete solution for extended gamut printing, allowing the conversion of spot colors to CMYK + 1, 2 or 3 additional inks. Depending on the print application and requirements of the brand owner, a CMYK fixed ink set can replace some or all of the spot colors. It also provides complete predictability on the gamut and accuracy that can be achieved with any ink set, allowing the optimal choice.
Converting packaging graphics from CMYK and spot colors to standard seven-color process with Equinox enables Elif to print more colors than available ink stations on the press, resulting in improved image quality, reduced production lead-time, economic savings and shorter press downtime during job changes.
Innovative approach meets expectations
Elif’s innovative approach aims to meet brand owner expectations with its advanced flexible packaging solutions. It prides itself on close customer relationships and a full understanding of the dynamics shaping the FMCG market, to deliver innovative packaging solutions with tangible business results.
“Today, brand owners need to offer a competitive advantage in delivering faster time to market, more customized packaging designs, standardized spot colors for product differentiation and brand identification. They also need to offer eco-friendly and sustainable packaging technologies and complex packaging operations with lower costs. The Esko Equinox advantage of an extended gamut color system provides the ideal blend of quality and an economical printing process that the major FMCG companies are looking for,” concluded E. Murat Yalcin, Design Manager of Elif.
About Elif (www.elif.com)
Elif is a global supplier of flexible packaging solutions for food, beverage, pet, home and personal care sectors. Elif works relentlessly to create value in a spirit of leadership, through diversity and integrity and with a clear awareness of its responsibility.
Elif's multi-territorial production and international operations network is strategically structured to offer both worldwide supply flexibility and a global localized service for its customers. Offering services to many leading brands, Elif exports in excess of 50% of its production to more than 50 countries worldwide. With more than 1,300 co-workers, Elif is headquartered in Istanbul (Turkey). Elif’s flexible packaging manufacturing facility in Istanbul is a global benchmark with its scale and infrastructure as the state-of-the–art facility in North Africa which has started operation in 2015.
Packaging solutions of Elif reaches millions of people all around the world every day, helping to create a happier and healthier life. Elif is committed to create ‘Packaging for Life’ and develop innovative solutions driven by its B2B2C approach. Latest packaging innovations of Elif offer brand owners even better, faster service and wider range of packaging features enriching their brand promise to meet consumer insights.
Centering its business model around ‘Packaging for Life’, Elif acts with a sustainability notion integrated with continuous innovation and high quality standards.
About Esko (www.esko.com)
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 (www.danaher.com).