DONORA, PA--“When the flexo marketplace speaks, Apex responds,” remarked Apex North America’s Vice
President of Sales Ken Ralton about Apex’s new construction of an 8,000 sq. ft. addition to its manufacturing
plant. “Based on the growing demand for our new GTT series of ink metering rolls, we simply need more room to operate and more
lasers to engrave these anilox rolls and sleeves.”
Scheduled to open for production in November 2011, the Donora plant will be the largest anilox production site in North America
with space for 12 lasers which can engrave both GTT and conventional hexcell anilox surfaces. The new addition will meet
“clean room” fabrication standards; Apex’s current building will be converted to include machining, repair and warehousing
functions. Two Lead Laser-brand constant-beam engraving lasers are to be delivered in November.
Current laser operators and new laser operations staff will be trained and certified at Apex’s Holland headquarters in Hapert,
Netherlands. “Despite the global economic problems some industrial sectors are feeling, packaging and printing continue to
grown and look for new technology efficiencies,” observed Ralton. “Apex and its new GTT products deliver cost savings and
quality, enabling growth across this sector.”
In an ongoing commitment to providing the finest flexographic ink-to-plate metering products and service, Apex North America is proud to welcome the husband-and-wife sales team of Tommy and Robin Harpster. The Harpsters will advise and support America’s heartland flexo customers in the use of conventional hexcell anilox rolls as well as
Apex’s new anilox successor, the GTT series. Tommy has been named technical sales manager/Midwest; his territory includes wide- and narrow-web accounts from Texas to Wisconsin. “Our strength and presence in the corrugated and coating marketplaces will keep me in regular contact with those key
producers,” notes Tommy. Robin’s new roles include customer service, inside sales and marketing support.
Both Tommy and Robin have long flexo resumés. In fact, they met on the pressroom floor while working for wide-web converting giant Printpack and married in 1997. Tommy’s flexo career began at Printpack where he climbed the production ladder from laminator, then pressman, up to supervisor. His hands-on press experience is now invaluable in guiding customers toward workflow efficiencies and solving technical problems. Robin’s expertise in operations and materials management at Printpack led her to later tackle the organizational challenges of customer service. Tommy and Robin both moved on from Printpack to work with All Printing Resources (APR), a top distributor and reseller of flexo products.
“We are grateful to welcome the Harpster family into our global Apex family to provide the best ink-to-plate transfer solutions
for our growing North American marketplace,” said Aaron Lessing, Director of Sales for Apex North America. “Tommy and Robin
embody the technical depth and experience that our industry demands these days. They truly understand the needs of flexo
market, having personally faced daily pressroom challenges.”