Best technologies in flexo printing: COE produces printing plates with Bellissima DMS

Stuttgart/Bremen, 15/02/2018.  Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH is now an official partner of Aniken Graphics International LLP. From now on the family-owned company will make printing plates for the German label market, which are produced using Bellissima DMS screening. The joint venture between the firm, Hamillroad Software, a company based in Great Britain for pre-print stage software solutions, and Apex International, the world market leader for the manufacture of anilox and metering rolls, announced the news last week.

Nick Harvey, CEO of Aniken Graphics International, says: "We spoke to a number of repro houses. For the first phase we chose those that are suitable based on their proven track record and provide their customers with the best technologies in flexo printing. COE has shown that it proactively beats new paths to create benefits for itself and its customers by investing in the latest technologies. Bellissima DMS is the latest example of this."

COE is one of the leading repro houses in Germany. They produce high quality printing plates, sleeves and cylinder screens. The customers of COE can expect solutions and service even for the most demanding printing, the most unusual designs and orders with the shortest of notice. 'Just in time' and everything from one source. Around 60 experienced employees at the Bremen and Stuttgart sites guarantee the highest quality and a prompt service.

"We are known among our customers for providing the latest technologies surrounding the printing process for our customers. We see Bellissima as a great tool, which fits perfectly with our customers' requirements. We are tremendously pleased that we are able to be part of the first phase. We have seen that our partners Hamillroad and Apex are made up of skilled personnel, who bring such extensive knowledge, combined with great enthusiasm, that is almost taken for granted for us to join in," says Michael Halfar, Business Development Manager at COE, describing the motivation to take part in Bellissima DMS.

"Phase One sales of Bellissima DMS involve the use of Apex GTT aniloxes, and MacDermid or DuPont plates as this proven technology solution works ‘out of the box’ and maximises everyone’s success when used. "Harvey concludes. Printers wishing to test the technology can enquire via the dedicated website. Alternatively, they can contact their local Apex sales representatives or the trade shops for their specific regions.

About Bellissima DMS
Using Bellissima, high-quality prints equivalent to 350-450 lpi are produced with unrivaled image reproduction and no color shifts on misregistration. Utilizing fixed palette inks the screening delivers smooth flat tints and moiré free prints. Vignettes fade smoothly to nothing enabled by printed highlight dots as low as 1.0% and shadow dots up to 99.5%. Working optimally at 4,000 dpi, the patented screening includes features such as 100% solid surface patterning options and solid object protection. Common printing press issues such as bounce, barring and slur are all reduced significantly and in some cases eliminated. Bellissima DMS also delivers on ink savings, which can be augmented by GCR based software, improves the efficiency of the press room, and utilizes existing printing press equipment.

Phase One sales of Bellissima DMS includes trade shops, converters and flexographic printers currently using Apex GTT anilox rolls and sleeves together with MacDermid Graphics Solutions’ LUX® ITP™ 60 or DuPont’s EFX plates. To learn more about the benefits of Bellissima DMS and to register your interest please visit

About Aniken Graphics International
Aniken Graphics International is a joint venture between Apex International, a global anilox and metering solutions provider, and Hamillroad Software Limited, a UK based software company specializing in pre-press solutions. The joint venture has been created to bring Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening into the mainstream flexographic market.

About Hamillroad
Hamillroad Software is a global supplier of software solutions for the prepress industry. Hamillroad solutions help customers save time and money during all stages of the printing process whilst also improving the final printed image fidelity. Hamillroad Software specialises in Digitally Modulated Screening which provides unparalleled screening technology for Lithographic (Auraia DMS) and Flexographic (Bellissima DMS) printing. The FirstPROOF solution allows users to simulate errors which may occur on press before plates have been made. It helps users save valuable time and money during the pre-press process. In addition, their Lightning Plugins work with the Harlequin RIP to improve the output speed of TIFF, PDF or LEN files by up to 4-10x or more, making the prepress screening (RIP output) process faster and more efficient. Hamillroad Software is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and partners with resellers and OEMs worldwide to distribute and sell their solutions. For more information on Hamillroad and its products please visit their website at

About Apex
Apex International is a global leader of anilox, glue set, and metering products and print maintenance solutions. With 5 production facilities on 4 continents, a strong portfolio of clients in over 80 countries and a high performance continuous improvement culture, Apex’s value proposition is founded on developing solutions to satisfy the complex challenges our customers face every day.

About Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH
COE is one of the leading German companies for providing a pre-press full service which manufactures high quality plates, sleeves and screens. At the locations in Bremen and Stuttgart, 60 employees produce printing plates just-in-time, mainly for flexographic and letterpress printing. National and international customers are quality-conscious label printing shops, packaging printers and producers of branded articles. Other main customers of COE are producers of flexible packaging, pharmaceutical and tissue products. Carl Ostermann Erben GmbH celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2016. The managing directors are Andreas Segelken and Holger Ostermann.


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