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Miraclon’s Latin American Technical Applications Group becomes FIRST Implementation Specialist Certified


Nine members of Miraclon’s Technical Applications Group for Latin America have been certified as FIRST Implementation Specialists through training provided by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA). This flexo industry valued and respected certification underscores the company’s commitment to provide customers with the highest level of support, enable them to improve their overall printing processes and to extract the maximum value from their KODAK FLEXCEL NX Plates.

For more than 20 years, FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications & Tolerances) methodology has helped flexo printers and converters take their processes to the next level by providing the procedures and methodologies necessary to produce consistent high quality and results. Its set of specifications taught in the certification programs has proven its weight in advancing flexographic print quality to rival other package printing processes.

From left to right: Pablo Ibarra – TAG (Mexico); Javier Olaya – TAG (Colombia); Fabio Rocha – TAG (Brazil); Jaime Agudelo – Technical & Service Manager LAR; Nicolas Castrataro -TAG (Argentina); Alejandro Hernandez – TAG (Mexico); Carlos Moraga – TAG (Chile)

“The FTA’s FIRST certification is becoming one of the standard references to high quality flexo printing in Latin America. Our customers value its benefits, which now confirms our Technical Applications Group’s capability to consult with and help them make the necessary improvements to ensure consistency and deliver tangible results to their workflow, comments Jaime Agudelo, Technical & Service Manager for Latin America at Miraclon. “Customers can now confidently leverage our team’s knowledge and expertise – not just for plate support, but to be real partners that can help them drive the transformation of the flexo industry.”

Joe Tuccitto, Director of Education, FTA, says: “The FIRST certification program enables expert flexographic printing support, consultation and communication. We are seeing a big rise in interest from the Latin American flexo community to raise the standards and push the boundaries, and FIRST can help them do so on a consistent basis. The Miraclon technical team will make a real difference to help flexo printers, converters and trade shops maximize their performance.”

With various individual courses, anyone that is part of the flexo community can become FIRST Press, Prepress, or Implementation Specialist Certified by completing the online training. More information is available at or contact Duane Woolbright, Manager of Training Services,


About Miraclon

KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions have helped transform flexographic printing over the last decade. Brought to life by Miraclon, KODAK FLEXCEL Solutions – including the industry-leading FLEXCEL NX and FLEXCEL NX Ultra Systems – give customers higher quality, improved cost efficiency, better productivity and best-in-class results. With a focus on pioneering image science, innovation, and collaboration with industry partners and customers, Miraclon is committed to the future of flexo and is positioned to lead the charge.

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