Asahi Photoproducts, in flexographic photopolymer plate development and a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, reported that Shanghai Huichang Flexo Technology, a repro house located in Shanghai, China, has recently installed Asahi’s AWP CleanPrint water-wash plate-making system, a processor capable of producing flexographic plates up to 1067×1524 mm (42×60 inches). The AWP water-wash processor works with an eco-balanced plate that doesn’t use VOC-based washout solvents in the plate-making process and emits less carbon dioxide than alternative systems. In addition, the high plate accuracy and excellent ink transfer properties of the AWP-DEW CleanPrint water-wash flexo plate delivers improved quality and printing efficiency for flexographic printing companies.
Shanghai Huichang Flexo Technology is a newly established company that was founded in 2021. The company was looking to introduce an efficient and eco-balanced plate to support long-term business development in China, in harmony with the environment. The company opted for the Asahi Kasei AWP CleanPrint water-wash plate-making processor that was installed on their site in August 2021. Huichang Flexo has been operating the system for several months and is satisfied with its ability to deliver excellent plate quality with a reduced carbon footprint, an increasingly important benefit as demand for sustainable solutions continues to grow in China.
In addition, the AWP water-wash system features Asahi Kasei’s proprietary CleanPrint technology. This feature enhances ink transfer from the plate surface to the printed substrate and reduces ink filling and other printing issues that flexographic printers experience in their operations. Huichang Flexo’s new high-quality plate-making with CleanPrint technology provides the ideal solution for flexographic printers wishing to increase quality and productivity in balance with the environment.
“We introduced plate-making equipment to the Chinese market, including the Asahi Kasei’s AWP CleanPrint water-wash plate-making system, to provide flexo printing companies with high-quality plates in balance with the environment. In China, environmental regulations are becoming more strict, and many companies need to take urgent action to be compliant. To assist them, we introduced a plate-making system that can produce water-wash plates up to 1067×1524 mm with a water-wash solution. These plates deliver high-quality print in harmony with the environment for companies that print on various substrates, including paper and flexible packaging material, and we highly recommend them,” said Pinghui Ren, president of Shanghai Huichang Flexo Technology.
“Asahi Kasei’s AWP CleanPrint water-wash plate-making system has proven highly effective for the production of high-definition applications around the world. In the future, flexographic printing, which has a low environmental impact, will primarily be used for flexible packaging in China because of the easy conversion of packaging from gravure to flexo printing. We are very excited to support this transition in China with our AWP plate-making solution and its many benefits, such as the improvement of printing efficiency and the low environmental impact,” added Toshiki Sugawara, Sales representative for Asahi Kasei Electronic Materials (Changshu). For more information on Asahi Photoproducts AWP water-wash plate-making systems and CleanPrint plates for the flexo market