Southern Lithoplate Enters Technology Partnership

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By: E&P Staff

IPAGSA Industrial S.L., Barcelona, Spain, and Southern Lithoplate Inc. Wake Forest, N.C., have formed a partnership that “combines their existing technology platforms and ensures their mutual efforts toward bringing new leading-edge lithoplate technology to the market.”

To launch the Joint Technology Partnership, Southern Lithoplate pledged its new research and development facilities and its negative-working and no-process CTP expertise, under the leadership of Josh Goodin. IPAGSA pledged its own R&D facilities and its no-preheat CTP expertise, under the leadership of Jonathan Bentley.

In a statement announcing the cooperative agreement, IPAGSA Chairman Bruno Ferrari said that, in addition to faster development of technology and value, “in light of the world’s consolidation of capacity and competition, our collaboration ensures our competitive positions by completing our technology foundation and ensures our future generation of products.”

In the same announcement, Southern Lithoplate Chairman and CEO Edward A. Casson III said the action unifies two of the biggest independent lithoplate manufacturers, companies that in the past have traditionally “held their technology close to their vest.”

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