Water-washable flexo plates for narrow, wide-web applications

Nu-Maber adopts Asahi AWPTM

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Livio Siminato, CEO of Nu-Maber

“Our customers are very happy with the excellent printing quality they are able to deliver with the Asahi plates,” said Livio Simionato, Nu-Maber’s CEO. “The quality that can be achieved with Asahi’s AWPTM plates is higher than what can be achieved with solvent-based plates, and they are much more environmentally sustainable, which is important to both Nu-Maber and our clients. In addition, the Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer that is a hallmark of these plates results in a cleaner overall printing process with fewer press stops for plate cleaning, improving pressroom productivity for our customers.”

Asahi offers a full range of flexographic plates featuring Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer. This unique Asahi plate technology is specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate due to the photopolymer plates having a lower surface energy than other plates on the market. Not only does this deliver stunning graphical quality, but it also improves overall production efficiencies due to reduced makeready waste and fewer press wash-ups. “We are proud to be partnering with Nu-Maber,” added Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi’s technical marketing manager. “Innovative companies like Nu-Maber are working hard to keep flexography viable in an ever-changing market, and their customer education efforts are critical. We are pleased that our plates have been able to contribute to their success and that of their customers.”

Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer is also ideally suited for Fixed Color Palette printing using a fixed set of four to seven inks and requiring precise plate-to-plate registration, a printing process that is growing in popularity among packaging converters and brand owners alike. Some experts estimate that fixed color palette printing using seven colors can match as many as 90% or more of the 1,838 named Pantone spot colors, reducing ink inventories and improving efficiencies.

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