Toray to introduce waterless offset printing technology at Metpack 2020

Metpack 2020: hall 2, stand D31

Toray, the leader in innovative solutions for waterless offset printing
Toray, the leader in innovative solutions for waterless offset printing

At Metpack 2020, scheduled for 5 to 9 May in Essen, Germany, Toray will make its debut appearance, bringing the value of waterless offset printing to this audience for the first time. Metpack is the most important global meeting place for the international metal packaging industry.

Toray has more than 30 years’ experience in development of printing plates and plate processing equipment for waterless offset printing, which has been widely adopted in many other printing industry segments but is still a new concept in metal packaging. The technology enables more efficient production than conventional offset printing using water dampening systems. It eliminates the difficulties with ink and water balance that cause inconsistent quality throughout the print run and enables superior quality printing on non-absorbent materials such as metal. Toray’s Imprima plates and waterless offset printing technology also eliminate the need for use of alcohol and other toxic chemicals in the printing process; use no water, preserving that precious resource; and produce less waste.

With traditional offset printing, the process requires the use of a dampening solution that contains water and other chemicals, including alcohol, a volatile organic compound (VOC) that evaporates quickly contaminating the air that the employees must breathe, and with a very low flash point that makes the pressroom a more dangerous environment. So, in addition to conserving water and delivering exceptional quality, waterless offset printing creates a safer, more environmentally friendly work environment and a much smaller environmental footprint in the pressroom,” explains Mitsunori Hayashi, director of Graphic Division at TTCE.

Toray will be located in Hall 2, Booth D31, at the show.

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