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Press Release - Antalis appointments - Enhancing service offering


Antalis appointments - Enhancing service offering - 01-08-2015

The printing and packaging market is an ever-changing environment where constant innovation and rapidly advancing technologies present challenges to players of all sizes. Antalis South Africa is addressing these challenges head-on with the appointment of dedicated personnel to meet the needs of its customers and to help them grow.

Ben BritzBen Britz joined Antalis in April as the business channel manager for Plate and Press products. Following the promotion of the Trevor Guercio to the position of General Manager for the Western Cape, Ben was appointed to the position of product manager Plate and Press with the responsibility for managing Antalis’ full product offering for this portfolio.

Ben brings with him many years of experience having first entered the printing industry in 1991. He completed his apprenticeship as a photolithographer and over the years gained experience in all forms of lithographic printing including heatset, coldset, sheetfed, and commercial printing. Having worked for a number of companies he gained experience in the use of a wide range and makes of printing plates from conventional right through to the very latest digital plates and learned first-hand how to identify problems and their causes.

In his years of working closely with the pressroom from a prepress background, Ben gained knowledge and experience on the uses and handling of printing plates and offset printing blankets. Antalis is the local distributor of the Kodak range of plates and the Vulcan range of blankets manufactured by Trelleborg. Vulcan blankets are widely regarded as one of the leading brands of printing blankets with a selection of blankets for all types of litho printing.

Ben commented, ‘There have been a number of developments in recent years in the printing and packaging markets. One of the most important has been the changes which have been seen in printing plates. Although Antalis has been a plate supplier for many years there are a number of different plate types on the market and the choice can leave customers uncertain of which is the best for their specific requirements. Our range covers all press types and applications. Due to cost saving and environmental awareness, we have seen more and more clients moving over to the Kodak Sonora Process-free plate.’

The Kodak Sonora plate is a major development offering customers a significant savings compared to current digital offset plates. It removes the need for a plate processing unit and combines savings of all the elements associated with processing plates. Ben added, ‘Customers can save money on chemistry, costs to discard used chemistry, water, electricity, manpower, physical space required for plate processor and all plate processor related maintenance costs.

He added, ‘Kodak was the first of the plate manufacturers to launch a commercially viable process-free plate to the market. Antalis has completed a number of successful installations of the Kodak Sonora plate in the local market in all sectors. This is proving to be a very successful plate for customers in both the Web offset and sheetfed market. This, coupled with our technical and after sales support, Makes Antalis a force to be reckoned with’

Riaan BesterPackaging is an important market for Antalis and it is for this reason that it appointed Riaan Bester to the position of general manager Packaging with effect from 1 June. Riaan has many years of experience in the retail sector specifically associated with packaging handling, development and distribution. Having worked for many of the leading companies in the retail sector Riaan has a strong understanding of what is required from specific types of packaging and what packaging solutions will work in the different sectors.

His main focus will be on the expansion of the Antalis packaging portfolio in order to meet the needs of existing customers and thereafter to expand the customer base by finding or developing packaging solutions for new market sectors.

He commented, ‘Internationally Antalis has identified packaging as a growth market and it has a strong portfolio of packaging solutions which we will be bringing to the South African market place. Internationally there is a definite move from paper-based printing to packaging printing and production and Antalis South Africa will be at the forefront of this process.’

Commenting on the appointments, Nick Gillings, sales director at Antalis South Africa said, ‘We are pleased to have such knowledgeable people as Ben and Riaan driving these two prominent sectors of our business. Our customers need and deserve products which are tailor-made to meet their requirements and which are supported by experienced managers. Ben and Riaan will add a depth of knowledge which will offer customers complete peace of mind that they are in capable hands.’

The focus of these two appointments will see customers receiving dedicated service and specific solutions to meet their requirements.


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