This Drupa not only had pioneering technologies displayed but also had some warm felicitation ceremonies at some stands. In a simple and warm ceremony at the Esko stand in Hall 8B at drupa, Carsten Knudsen, CEO Esko presented Mr. Sanjeev Sondhi of Zircon Technologies India with the HD Flexo certification.

Zircon Technologies – a self-adhesive labels print specialist, is the first printing company in India to be HD Flexo certified. The certification was awarded for Zircon’s introduction of HD Flexo into the daily production environment and the success it achieved at the company’s plant in Dehra Dun.

The HD Flexo certification program is a rigorous process that requires that different print samples from five different commercial jobs be printed consistently. The samples were printed on their most trusted Mark Andy press and achieved the higher quality required for the compliance with specific standards. Not only that they got the consistency but delivered the right print every time ensuring a new horizon in flexo quality.



Esko is enjoying ‘exponential’ growth in the number of HD Flexo Certified customers, partners and vendors as industry leaders increasingly recognize the impact this innovative process can have on the success of their businesses. The process requires a great deal of commitment from both suppliers and Esko, resulting in some very rewarding long-term relationships. It also enables all parties to benefit from offering this leading-edge print solution. Once certified, renewals at regular intervals are encouraged to ensure that print quality is maintained and in line with market developments. Vendors also need to certify each product individually, but once the initial certification has been obtained, subsequent applications are faster and easier.


Sanjeev Kumar of Zircon received the first HD Screening certification from Carsten Knudsen of Esko with Jan Buchweitz of Esko to his right at drupa in Dusseldorf

Sanjeev Kumar of Zircon received the first HD Screening certification from Carsten Knudsen of Esko with Jan Buchweitz of Esko to his right at drupa in Dusseldorf


Zircon an organised label and packaging printer and converter, has achieved high growth and high technical excellence in the five years since it began. Its state of the art label printing and converting plants is continuously acquiring high technology prepress and printing equipment and software. Zircon’s adaptation to Esko packaging prepress software and digital imaging hardware and technology coupled with the high end Mark Andy presses has set Zircon apart from many of the leading label printers in the country and makes it a pioneer in HD Flexo Certification.

Speaking on this occasion, Sanjeev Sondhi thanked Esko and particularly its Indian operations for its extensive support in the implementation of HD screening and in achieving the first HD flexo screening certification by Esko in India. He said, “HD Flexo has done a great thing for the process image. Not only we see a lot of positive attributes happening with solids and ink density, it also gives you more ink saturation, which is a big plus. Being a HD Flexo certified company, it is sure to strengthen our market presence and distinguish us from the competition. The certification will give our customers and prospects even more confidence, and will help us win business.”