Shilp Gravures achieves Esko’s Full HD Certification

Full HD Flexo on display at Plastindia 2015

L – R: Amber Patel, managing director of Shilp; Gajanan Bhavsar, marketing director of Shilp; and Peter Henderson, business development director of Esko

Shilp Gravures recently installed Esko’s Full HD Flexo solution a combination of in-line UV2 technology on its CDI 4260 digital flexo imager and special screening with micro cell structures. Now it has achieved Full HD Flexo Certification which places the company firmly among the leading flexographic platemaking houses in the world. Exhibiting its Full HD Flexo print samples at Plastindia 2015, Shilp Gravures received encouraging feedback from consumer product companies and flexible packaging printers across India. In addition, its Full HD Flexo Certifled plates were used at the show with good print results on the Indian manufactured wide web Polygraph stack flexo press.

A pioneer in gravure cylinder making, the company took on and met the challenge of matching gravure quality with flexography. With Shilp’s comprehensive knowledge of flexible packaging, it quickly established Esko’s Full HD Flexo solution with its combination of special micro screening for smooth vignettes, sparkling highlight detail, vibrant brand and spot colors and high solid densities.

Full HD Flexo allows flexographic printing to compete with offset and gravure quality. Shilp’s marketing director, Gajanan Bhavsar, says, Many customers want to move their jobs to flexo as the runs are getting shorter and they demand gravure-like quality from flexo. Achieving this means you need a technology which can give you improved quality of solids and whites, print consistency, good image details and contrasts, highlights to zero and smooth vignettes. We found that all these requirements are achievable by Full HD Flexo technology. And now, the Full HD Flexo certification from Esko gives our customers the confidence to move the highest quality work from gravure to flexography, which is what many of the leading brand owners want.

Esko’s Full HD Flexo platemaking process can digitally control the dot shape for highlights and smooth vignettes combined with the solid ink laydown and stability of flat top flexo plates. A high level of print quality is achieved on both narrow and wide web flexographic presses. Peter Henderson of Esko explains, The Full HD Flexo certification is awarded to the customer after thorough implementation of the technology by Esko Full HD Flexo experts at the customers site, which includes defining a set of dots with specific shape and size according to the customers set up and requirement. This is a continuous process with periodical follow-ups from Esko to ensure that the customers Full HD Flexo quality continues to meet the benchmarks. Among the best of the best in their field, every Full HD Flexo Certified company is listed on Esko’s website.

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