Harper History

Manufacturer of Anilox Rollers for Flexographic Printers

Harper History

Harper History

At Harper, the quality of the images you reproduce is our number one priority. It has been that way since 1971 when Ron and Katherine Harper founded a company in Charlotte, North Carolina to build base cylinders for the engraving and chrome plating trades. Today, under management of a team led by their grandson, Ronald "Lee" Harper, Harper Corporation of America is the undisputed innovator in anilox roll production and restoration for the corrugated, wide web, narrow web and newspaper flexographic printing markets. We are a worldwide company with manufacturing facilities in Charlotte, NC and Green Bay, WI.

Ron and Katherine Harper, Founders of Harper Corporation of America


Since 1971, Harper Corporation has introduced a line of products and technologies that set standards for the industry. Echocel™ laser-engraved, ceramic anilox rolls paved the way for - up to 1200 cells per inch. This roll provided the industry with the first 60° hexagonal cell configuration, which today is the standard pattern for high quality flexo printing throughout the world. The consistent, repeatable cell structure of these rolls assisted printers in achieving printing clarity never before possible. 

It is no wonder that Harper manufactures and restores more anilox rolls than any other manufacturer in the world, in facilities that are certified ISO 9001:2015. Today, our advanced technologies facilities operate more laser systems than any other anilox roll manufacturer in the world. With a mission that is unwavering, we continue to advance the printing capabilities of Harper’s customers and pioneer new technology that will open new markets. As quickly as technology advances, The Harper Group of Flexo Companies will be there to pioneer yet another new development for the industry.



Since its beginning, the cornerstone of the company is a 24-hour-a-day personal commitment to its customers. Consultation about any technical concern is only a phone call away. The Harper GraphicSolutions technical service team includes ten highly trained individuals - five are former Flexographic printers. On-site troubleshooting assistance is available. Additionally, Harper's unique WalkingSeminar™ program offers the industry a different concept in technical training. This program has brought thousands of visitors from around the world to Harper's Advanced Surface Technologies Center. Offered at both manufacturing locations (Charlotte, NC and Green Bay, WI), the WalkingSeminar™ is a unique, highly-interactive training program - including a tour of our anilox manufacturing facility, combined with a technical printing session customized to your specific needs. The program is offered to printers, suppliers, educators, students, print buyers, or other interested parties, and typically lasts from 4-6 hours.

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