Premium Flexographic Printing from Flexopress by Nacom Automation Ltd

Nacom Automation Ltd brings Flexopress to market offer premium flexographic printing systems. We design, build, manufacture and service our own premium flexographic printing systems.

GN Flexo is the new British Engineering Company introducing a Premium range of high quality Narrow Web Flexographic Printing Machinery to the Global Paper and Packaging industries.

We use the most up-to-date technology combined with our experience as Precision Engineering Experts to ensure that our machines are versatile, economical & reliable. GN Flexo is committed to quality and delivering on our promises to you and yours to your customer.

The standard product range is a Flexo Press with 1 to 12 Print Stations for UV or Water based inks with In Line Rotary Die Cutting and finishing.

As Engineering experts your specific requirements can be accommodated in a commercially viable and timely manner as we understand that your reputation is everything.

Please explore our site or book a demonstration with our in house 4 Colour Full Servo UV Unit and we cannot wait to show you our equipment’s diverse capabilities as a bespoke solution and for you to benefit from a skilled, knowledgeable and British Manufacturer whom offer quality, reliability and understanding.


A printing press is a device for applying pressure to an inked surface resting upon a print medium (such as paper or cloth), thereby transferring the ink. It marked a dramatic improvement on earlier printing methods in which the cloth, paper or other medium was brushed or rubbed repeatedly to achieve the transfer of ink, and accelerated the process. Typically used for texts, the invention and global spread of the printing press was one of the most influential events in the second millennium.[1][2]

Johannes Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, developed, circa 1439, a printing system by adapting existing technologies to printing purposes, as well as making inventions of his own. Printing in East Asia had been prevalent since the Tang dynasty,[3][4] and in Europe, woodblock printing based on existing screw presses was common by the 14th century. Gutenberg’s most important innovation was the development of hand-molded metal printing matrices, thus producing a movable type based printing press system. His newly devised hand mould made possible the precise and rapid creation of metal movable type in large quantities. Movable type had been hitherto unknown in Europe. In Europe, the two inventions, the hand mould and the printing press, together drastically reduced the cost of printing books and other documents, particularly in short print runs.

The printing press spread within several decades to over two hundred cities in a dozen European countries.[5] By 1500, printing presses in operation throughout Western Europe had already produced more than twenty million volumes.[5] In the 16th century, with presses spreading further afield, their output rose tenfold to an estimated 150 to 200 million copies.[5] The operation of a press became synonymous with the enterprise of printing, and lent its name to a new medium of expression and communication, “the press“.[6]

In Renaissance Europe, the arrival of mechanical movable type printing introduced the era of mass communication, which permanently altered the structure of society. The relatively unrestricted circulation of information and (revolutionary) ideas transcended borders, captured the masses in the Reformation and threatened the power of political and religious authorities. The sharp increase in literacy broke the monopoly of the literate elite on education and learning and bolstered the emerging middle class. Across Europe, the increasing cultural self-awareness of its peoples led to the rise of proto-nationalism, and accelerated by the development of European vernacular languages, to the detriment of Latin‘s status as lingua franca.[7] In the 19th century, the replacement of the hand-operated Gutenberg-style press by steam-powered rotary presses allowed printing on an industrial scale.[8]


Flexography (aniline printing)  is defined by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as rotary printing in which ink is applied to various surfaces by means of flexible rubber (or other elastomeric) printing plates. 

In flexography, the desired imagery or lettering is engraved in the form of tiny indentations, or cells, onto a flexible rubber plate. Liquid ink is flooded onto a rotating ink-metering roller while a blade inclined at a reverse angle (Doctor Blade) to the direction of rotation shaves any surplus ink from the ink-metering roller. The remaining ink is rolled onto the rubber printing plate, which is fixed to a rotary letterpress cylinder and the plate’s tiny indentations receive and hold the ink. The inked plate then transfers the image to the recipient material that is held on an impression cylinder.

The inks used in flexography dry quickly by evaporation and are safe for use on packaging that is in direct contact with food. The inks used can also be overlaid to achieve brilliant colours and special effects.

Flexography has been widely used as a quick and economical way of applying simple designs and areas of colour to a wide variety of packaging materials, such as paper and plastic containers (including waxed-paper ones), corrugated-cardboard boxes, tape, envelopes and metal foil.


Based in the heartland of Britain’s industrial Heritage, Flexopress offers engineering excellence and narrow web experience. Flexopress was formed in 2014 after the demise of K2 International (Formally known as KDO), as a partnership by 2 known and long standing suppliers with very complimentary core competences.

One company has a long heritage in precision engineering, with roots to 1887 and experience of diverse equipment manufacture. The other, a controls and electronics technology specialist that operated as the lead supplier to K2 since 2008.

From our Precision engineering parent company’s 25,000 square foot site we come to market with complete equipment manufacture to both new and old press designs as well as retrofits and spare parts.

Please get in touch as we are more than happy to help and are well aware that your reputation is everything.


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Our systems are designed and built entirely by us here at Flexopress. Ensuring the quality Flexopress design runs through every part of each of our systems.

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We build all of our systems entirely to order and to specification. This allows us to maintain exceptionally high standards throughout the press build.

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Upon completion of the design and manufacture of your bespoke flexographic press we offer a range of installation services. Please speak with us for more information.

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Flexopress offer a variety of support services. These include remote diagnostics, updates and system support. If efficiency is crucial for your business we offer ongoing support services.

Welcome to Flexopress

Our advanced flexographic press systems allow for the economic and reliable production of unique packaging required of mass market consumption. Designed, developed and maintained solely by Flexopress. The presses we build are created to offer a range of markets the reliable flexographic press printing solution they require. These markets include, but not exclusively: Retail, Food, Logistics, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Textiles and service industries.

As our systems are built to order we are able offer a range of flexographic press print configurations. Capable of handling a variety of volumes, easily capable of managing images and data with complete ease. The Flexopress systems are highly efficient and able to handle the entire press printing process; Colour, UV drying, pre-coating, printing and over varnish, in line converting and finishing system.

More about Flexopress

Flexopress machines can integrate both mono and colour digital engines with a variety of configurations to perfectly suit specific tasks. Designed and engineered to be incredibly reliable and highly efficient. Minimising production related costs at all times (energy, waste reduction and running costs).

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After the acquisition of the KDO and K2 range of printing presses, Nacom Automation Ltd are proud to present, A range of narrow web flexographic Printing presses and ancillary equipment which are compatible with the KDO and K2 range, the tooling is interchangeable with our “FLEXOPRESS” range.

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