Miraclon makes senior UK hire; increases consumables prices
Monday, November 21, 2022
Flexo plate supplier Miraclon has appointed David Parker as its new sales manager for UK and Ireland, while also rolling out a global price increase of 5% on all consumables.
Miraclon was formed from the sale of Kodak’s flexographic platemaking division in 2019, and still retains use of the Kodak and FlexCel names.
It said Parker, who started earlier this month, will support its customers and prospects to maximise their investments in Kodak FlexCel NX systems and help them achieve the productivity and efficiency gains the technology offers.
He joins Miraclon with more than 20 years’ experience in flexographic printing, having started his career in various platemaking and reprographic operator roles. From there, he gained experience in sales and business development, having most recently worked as packaging sales manager for Fujifilm Graphic Systems in the UK.
Stephen McCartney, regional commercial director - EAMER for Miraclon, said: “We are delighted to welcome David to Miraclon. With his experience of the flexographic printing process and the benefits it brings to the packaging supply chain, he can offer excellent support for both existing and prospective customers in the UK and Ireland.
“I am confident that he will be a valuable addition to the Miraclon team.”
Separately, the business said its 5% price increase on all consumables was effective as of 1 November.
It said the unprecedented inflation of the costs of raw material, utilities and labour, finance charges, and business services felt by the industry globally had necessitated the increase to alleviate these rapidly rising costs that Miraclon was also experiencing.
“Securing supply for our customers and continuing development of innovative technology that can help them meet the demands of their clients while countering price pressures remain our top priorities,” said Miraclon CEO Chris Payne.
“Unfortunately, price increases to alleviate rapidly increasing procurement and energy costs are becoming a routine part of business for most companies, with no sign of relief in the foreseeable future.
“We are doing everything we can to drive internal efficiencies that mitigate the effects on our customers and are working with them to help pass these unavoidable increases on through the value chain.”
Earlier this year Miraclon launched new software designed to boost its customers’ productivity.