Esterlam Doctor Blades & KRG Ltd – 5 Years of Awards

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Technology with international recognition

As inventors of the world’s first synthetic doctor blade over 40 years ago, UK based Esterlam supply customers in over 100 countries worldwide.  Working with suppliers globally, Esterlam’s quality products have been winning numerous printing awards and, along with KRG Ltd, have recently been given another ‘Doctor Blade Supplier of the Year’ award…. for the 5th consecutive year.

KRG Ltd are a representative of Esterlam International Ltd and distributor in Brazil & Latin America. For the past 5 years, the team have been recognized for the quality of their doctor blades as well as their customer service.

“KRG are focused on technical service through site visits and technical studies and ensuring they meet the particular needs of each customer through the best performance and use of the materials provided,” said Esterlam’s Commercial Director Neil Hailey.

“They work with all models and sizes of our synthetic doctor blades for production machines in the printing of flexible packaging, cardboard, coating, textile and labels industries. KRG Ltd who represent Esterlam in Brazil and Latin America have over 23 year’s experience and technical knowledge with clients on a national basis.”

“A huge thank you and congratulations to KRG on yet another award.  Testament to our choice of distributor, the Esterlam products & technical support service offered too” added Neil.


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Esterlam International Ltd

Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England

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Telephone:  +44 (0)1752 690691

Esterlam to Double Manufacturing Plant

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UK-based Esterlam have gone from strength-to-strength over recent years and are delighted to announce the forthcoming opening of their new, expanded Plymouth manufacturing site.

Since creating the world’s first synthetic doctor blade in the early 1970’s, Esterlam supply the flexo, gravure and screen printing industries in over 100 countries worldwide. From their UK headquarters, the team produce world-leading doctor blades which can be used to print and coat paper, films such as PET, BOPP, PVC, and foils used in packaging, labelling, publications, corrugated products and displays, metal decoration and printed electronics.
The company which is still a family business and employs 3 generations of the original family is run by the founders’ 2 sons John and Neil Hailey.

Following a high demand for the blades from both traditional and new technology industries, Esterlam are in the final stages of opening their new, bigger manufacturing and Research & Development suite.
Commercial Director Neil Hailey said “We’re very excited with our latest expansion in the UK and we are looking forward to opening. The new, purpose-built facilities will enable the team to produce even greater number of our blades as well as house a larger Research & Development department and Quality Control facilities”
“We have been very fortunate to have acquired an adjoining site to our current Head Office, so we can seamlessly link the old and new. We have invested extensively in machinery and our people infrastructure which has allowed us to remain at the forefront of the industry.”
Esterlam Ltd have a renowned reputation for understanding their client’s requirements. Their history and expertise in the industry has led to a worldwide presence throughout an extensive network of technical agents, who can supply Esterlam doctor blade products with full and comprehensive technical support worldwide.
“We are committed toward investing in our business,” adds Director John Hailey. “We have worked hard to provide quality products for numerous industries throughout the world. The past 40 years has proven to be a testament to our company’s commitment and we are very much looking forward to taking this further.”

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Esterlam International Ltd
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England
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Telephone: +44 (0)1752 690691

FTA INFO*FLEX  2018 – Another Successful Year  

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The labels and packaging industry descended upon Indianapolis, USA, earlier this month for the annual FTA Forum & INFOFLEX exhibition from May 6-9, 2018.

INFOFLEX, Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) is one of the largest exhibitions of the year and Esterlam have been proudly taking part for many years.

“We were delighted to be there again,” says Director Neil Hailey who travelled from the UK-based Esterlam Ltd.  “There’s a lot of positivity and movement towards the Esterlam synthetic doctor blades in the print industry at the moment and it’s great to be part of it.”

The event for the entire global package printing and converting community at Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) 2018 Forum & INFO*FLEX, attracted heavy foot traffic.

An expert group of presenters detailed the latest trends in flexography, while the trade show allowed for guests to network and learn more about the newest products available on the market.

The event also featured the President’s Reception and FTA Awards Banquet on May 6, and the Monday Evening Social on May 7. At the Banquet, flexo industry veteran Lon Robinson, director of research and development at Tension Envelope Corporation, was inducted into the FTA Hall of Fame.

According to FTA president Mark Cisternino, the sold-out INFOFLEX attracted 235 exhibitors at 307 booths in the Indiana Convention Center. Over 2,000 people attended, and Forum drew more than 40 expert speakers.

“We look at the FTA Forum and INFOFLEX as the most important event for flexography in North America, and quite possibly the world,” said Rory Marsoun, VP of business development–Flexo, Americas, at Esko. “This is where ideas are presented, discussed and nurtured into the next major industry trend. We’re all part of one team, and we’re here because we’re striving to push flexography forward.”


Esterlam travel worldwide to exhibit and offer technical support.  “Taking the time to exhibit and meet people is what it’s all about,” adds Neil. “We met one company who want synthetic blades for safety, blade & roller life.  They tested another synthetic blade and been disappointed” says Neil. “They saw up to a staggering 20% increase in colour tones with the other blade.  However, with our Esterlam Advanced Doctor Blades they didn’t see any such increase at all, achieved their other objectives & were delighted with the print quality too. Providing quality, cost effective solutions for customers is what drives us forward.”

Contact Info:

Esterlam International Ltd

Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England


Telephone:  +44 (0)1752 690691


Esterlam to attend Europe’s largest battery technology show – Booth No. 220

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Esterlam to attend  Europe’s largest battery technology show

Booth No. 220

The Battery Show is Europe’s largest trade fair for advanced battery technology, taking place 15 – 17 May 2018, in Hannover, Germany.

More than 300 manufacturers and service providers from across the supply chain will display thousands of new designs, production and manufacturing solutions, including battery systems, materials, components, applications, testing and recycling, for industries including automotive, utilities, renewable energy, grid, power tools and electronics. This free trade fair is an opportunity to source the latest energy storage solutions, helping to reduce costs and improve the performance of applications.

In 2018, the expo and conference is moving to Hannover, Germany. The city’s automotive industry plays a crucial role in the state’s economy and the region is bursting with opportunity for the e-mobility and energy industry.

Based in the UK, Esterlam are global leaders in providing doctor blade solutions for today’s demanding printing and coating industries.  Having developed the world’s first synthetic doctor blade for coating over 40 years ago, Esterlam have now set new standards for the future of coated electronic applications and will be exhibiting at the show on Booth No. 220.

Since launching their new electronics doctor blades, Esterlam have been leading the charge in this new EV and battery market.  They have recently sealed a new major contract and are looking forward to completing more in Germany.

“We cannot wait until the show,” says Sales Director Neil Hailey.  “We will be showcasing Esterlam’s innovative new E Series doctor blades especially developed for this electronic market. Our new E Series blade is perfect for a whole range of applications from battery separators for electric vehicles to aerospace and printed electronics to flat panel displays, photovoltaics and mobile phone technology.  These specially developed blades are at the forefront of these new technologies.”

Esterlam will be showcasing their new doctor blades for the electronics industries throughout the exhibition as well as offering free technical support and advice.   “Technical personnel will be available throughout the show to discuss applications and arrange free sample reels for testing,” adds Managing Director John Hailey.  “With the added benefit of a direct contact for full technical support, we’ll be able to offer tailored advice and help.”


Esterlam International Ltd

Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England


Telephone:  +44 (0)1752 690691


Esterlam Synthetic blades vs Steel blades

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As the original synthetic doctor blade pioneers, Esterlam Ltd remain global leaders providing high quality products without compromise.

Through tried and tested, reliable products and services, Esterlam doctor blades offer the global solution for today’s demanding flexo, gravure and screen applications. Doctor Blades can be used to print and coat paper, films such as PET, BOPP, PVC, and foils used in packaging, labelling, publications, corrugated products and displays, metal decoration and printed electronics.  But how well do Esterlam blades work against steel?

Do they meter as well as steel?

 YES. As printing technology has advanced, so to have Esterlam doctor blades creating significant advantages over steel in today’s modern printing environment. Longer life, elimination of roller scoring and less roller wear, improved operator safety all add to improving productivity when using Esterlam blades. Consistent high-quality performance in all areas of flexo printing and gravure coating has lead to many leading corporations worldwide changing to the Esterlam blades.  Further evidence can be seen in an FQC project carried out by the FTA in the USA, which tested the Esterlam synthetic doctor blade against carbon and stainless steel to see the effect of doctor blade material on dot gain.  The report summary showed that the Esterlam blades actually caused less dot gain than steel.  A full copy of the report is available from the FTA or Esterlam can give further details on request.

Do they last longer than steel?

YES, Esterlam blades are designed to run with less pressure than traditional steel blades and also have special self-lubricating characteristics, Esterlam doctor blades last significantly longer than steel in all ink formulations. Longer life means less blade changes, less machine stoppages means less start ups and less waste. It also helps to increase production time and productivity.

With 40+ years’ experience supplying tailored bevelled & many different size step/lamella edge profiles, Esterlam can provide the perfect blade solution to optimize production processes.  They have the products, experience and the technical support needed.

Plus, they offer free sample reels for testing.

Contact Info:

Esterlam International Limited

Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England

Tel: +44(0)1752 690691  Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436