Flexography – The Future

A well-known printing process in the industry named #Flexography, a method of printing words and images onto foil, plastic films, paperboards, cellophanes etc. Flexography was first called aniline printing because early flexographic inks contained dyes derived from aniline oil – a liquid extracted from the indigo plant. These dyes were dissolved in spirits, making a quick drying ink. Thus the combination of flexible plate, quick drying ink and the ability to print on such a wide variety of materials or substrate made this process excellent and successful for package printing.

Currently, Global packaging market is forecasted to rise by $975 billion by 2018. As early in 2013, it was projected to be 3% to $797 billion and then to grow at an annual rate of 4% by 2018. (As per Smithers Pira report)
Market growth is driven by number of trends and depending on various geographical reasons. In terms of economically developed markets, a number of key social and market trends having a major impact on developments in packaging over recent years. With the tremendous improvements in digital technology over the years, it has changed the growth and market trends of Label industry. Wherein flexography has hummed along, continued to be the reliable support of the Label industry.

Packaging is a key growth engine for the graphics communications industry; flexography is a dominant process of many packaging applications. Brand owners rely on packaging not only to carry their product to the market but to represent the versatility, quality and durability. Packaging is the key application segment of the global flexographic printing inks market. The growing demand for flexographic printing inks in the production of packaging application products is predicted to drive the global flexographic printing inks market in Asia Pacific region in the next upcoming years and expected to be the fastest growing region.

Trends in Flexographic Printing Industry –

  • Improved quality of flexographic printing.
  • Increased use of flexible packaging.
  • Shorter printing runs and faster turnaround times.
  • UV cured printing in narrow-web markets.

Things are changing quickly. New technology continues to spur growth in the area of flexography printing. Companies & Associations are continued to push the boundaries in what can be done. Brands rely on eye-catchy photography. The high-definitions flexo plate technologies has increased the quality images and made it possible to achieve high end results. For application such as flexible packaging, mono cartons, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and others are not only to increase quality but to drive a more efficient manufacturing process. Challenges arise and typical solutions in flexo should have some value-added high-definition flexo solutions that are so appealing and providers should able to achieve high quality while keeping in mind the less production cost.

One such solution can be found in the Lombardi SYNCHROLINE Flexo Press. A complete automatic flexo solution available in three web widths of 330mm, 430mm and 530mm. The maximum printing length is 24 inches. Its application range is widest and thanks to its flexibility and smart electronics. The advance servo motor technology of SYNCHROLINE and its hi-tech software features allow to-print without any limitations on BOPP, PVC, PE, PET paper, adhesive paper, coupled materials, board etc.

A universal press for facing all the challenges of the printing industry today serviced and marketed by #VINSAK in India/Middle East and East African markets.

It is fully automatic electronic pre-registration system: minimum material waste, minimum waste of time, maximum precision. Fully automatic register controls with parameterization system for perfect registration on extensible materials. Electronic tension control for perfect tensioning of different substrates along with Quality analysis system.
The important thing for converters to remember about innovation is that it never ends. There is always something new and exciting on the horizon and the spoils of success belong to those who are able to first to capitalize on them.

Five important steps shared by Smithers Pira to take these challenges and drive your business forward for better end-results.

  1. Optimize Prepress workflow to boost quality and turnaround. The most important trend at this time in the evolution of flexo is the continuing development of the pre-press or pre-production stage. Quality is improving, while the time and cost of approving artwork and producing plates is reducing.
  2. Improved plate materials and imaging – bring CTP in-house.
  3. Anilox technology, link to ink and plates to boost process colour-develop maximum process colour gamut to minimize press downtime.
  4. Growing use of process colour to replace multiple spot colours, reducing changeover and waste.
  5. Better press control through use of independent servo motors to improve set-up.

Discerning printers and packaging houses in these markets have already opted for the Lombardi range of flexo presses with fresh installs in India, UAE , Ghana, Nigeria, Jordan and Lebanon etc.

For a personalised Demo or test printing of the press, contact info@vinsak.com

A fully functional Video can also be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGfADC1RgxY

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