by Benoit Chatelard
Eede, the Netherlands, October 2, 2017
“We are pleased to welcome Vlad to our company. As we work to build a broader team to continuously grow our market share and expand our worldwide sales organization, the profound knowledge and competence that Vlad brings will help us in even better executing our strategy,” stated Benoit Chatelard, President & CEO Digital Solutions, Flint Group.
“Xeikon is one of the leading brands of digital print world and holds an impressive portfolio of dedicated workflow, digital printing and converting solutions which are constantly growing - a recent entry of Xeikon into UV inkjet is a testament to that trend. Joining the company at these exciting times is a great honour - to be invited to lead the sales organisation and join them in striving for even greater success,” Sljapic commented.
Sljapic holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management, he read for a Ph.D. in nanotechnology applied to inkjet printable electronics. He subsequently held a variety of Research Fellowship posts in the UK, working on a string of projects in molecule-sized sensor development and biomedical lab-on-a-chip research. He completed an MBA focused on digital printing in 2013.
As off 2004, Sljapic held a number of management roles in the digital printing arena, including in R&D, Global Product Management, Marketing, Sales and General Management. Most recently he was running the EMEA business for the Domino Digital Printing division prior to joining Xeikon.
Xeikon, a division of Flint Group, is a long-standing leader and innovator in digital printing technology. Grounded in the principles of quality, flexibility and sustainability, Xeikon designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for label and packaging applications, document printing, and commercial printing. These presses utilise different imaging technologies, open workflow software and application-specific consumables.
As an OEM supplier, Xeikon also designs and produces plate makers for newspaper printing applications. In addition, Xeikon manufactures basysPrint computer-to-conventional plate (CtCP) solutions for the commercial offset printing market. For the flexographic market, Xeikon offers digital platemaking systems under the ThermoFlexX brand name. ThermoFlexX systems provide high-resolution plate exposure combined with unique plate handling, flexibility and unmatched productivity
In 2015, Xeikon joined Flint Group to create a new “Digital Printing Solutions” division for the leading global print consumables and solution provider to the packaging and print media industries. Flint Group develops and manufactures an extensive portfolio of printing consumables. These include a vast range of conventional and energy-curable inks and coatings, pressroom chemicals, printing plates and equipment, printing blankets and sleeves, and pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.