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Fristan   Date: Thursday 02 July, 2015
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Firstan - First Packaging Printer to become pressSIGN Certified

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Firstan becomes pressSIGN certified Printer

On the 17th June Firstan Packaging Ltd in Cambridgeshire ( became the first UK Packaging printer to become a pressSIGN Offset Standard (pOS) certified printer.

The pOS certification demonstrates that Firstan have the skills, equipment and knowledge to produce consistent colour quality, from file handling through to the final print.

The pOS certification is based on the ISO12647-2 colour management standard and is applied using the leading globally recognised pressSIGN ( software.

Over 5,000 licensees across more than 50 countries benefit from pressSIGN to monitor, improve and report their colour quality. Some of the largest brand owners and retailers monitor and audit colour quality from all their print suppliers using pressSIGN, across all types of printing environments from litho, flexo, gravure and digital.

To become a pOS certified printer, the organisation must attend an approved training program run by a pressSIGN certified Expert either at their own premises or at a local centre. The training covers all aspects of the colour workflow including file handling, proofing, viewing conditions and press.

In addition to the required training the printer will have to submit audited sheets that achieve compliance with the ISO12647-2 Amd 1:2007 or GRACol 2006 standard. During the audited test job the printer will be required to demonstrate press stability as well as full compliance to the standard.

Successfully audited organisations such as Firstan, are presented with a certificate of compliance which is valid for 2 years. All certified companies are listed on

Firstan is a leading independent carton packaging manufacturer who are heavily focused on quality. The company produces over 500 million cartons annually at their ‘next generation’ facility in Cambridgeshire, where they primarily serve the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Food Manufacturing Companies, both Blue Chip and private labels.

Lee Ashton, Firstan Print Manager & Mark Day, Technical Manager commented:
"Colour management is vital to us. Firstan work with the most demanding brands and accurate colour is essential. Becoming a pOS certified printer has helped tighten our colour workflow."

Ian Reid, Bodoni Systems MD, said:
“We have introduced the pOS certification firstly in China and now in Europe. pOS certification is a practical method to both help the printer and brand owners. Brands can be reassured that their jobs will be handled correctly, while printers can test their quality control procedures against the highest standards. We welcome Firstan as a certified printer. pOS confirms their existing reputation for quality."

The team at Firstan with their pressSIGN Certificate, Paul Hartwig (Operations Director), Craig Neal (Lead Print Technician), Lee Ashton (Print Manager), Richard Connor (Print Operator) and Jonathan Wootten (CTP Manager)


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