Innovation Award at the 2019 FlexoStars for the Revolutionary BOBST THQ FlexoCloud Printing Technology
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Every year, the Association Technique française de Flexographie (ATF Flexo) delivers awards, or FlexoStars, to the best flexographic print work in France. In 2019, the jury honored Bobst Group and its partner Graphilabel with a gold Star for their THQ FlexoCloud (Très Haute Qualité) flexographic process. Five of the brand’s customers also won awards in the competition.
“Lion puzzle”: the print work that won the 2019 FlexoStar innovation award. This visual featuring complex color patterns and tones was produced on a BOBST MASTERFLEX XL flexo printing line with the BOBST THQ FlexoCloud process. Developed at Bobst Lyon collaboratively with the French company Graphilabel, THQ (Très Haute Qualité) technology uses an Extended Color Gamut that it manages using color separation algorithms. Graphic design for Lion puzzle: Claire Gorvan Agency in Nantes, France. Anti-counterfeiting design: Securdoc and THQ SECURE modules.
Flexographic printing professionals once again recognised BOBST and its partner Graphilabel for their BOBST THQ FlexoCloud print technology. In Toulouse on December 12, the ATF handed them the 2019 FlexoStars innovation award for the print work on “Lion Puzzle”, a complex graphic design visual reproduced on semi-coated EB flute corrugated board.
Awarded with a gold Star after its launch in 2017, the THQ (Très Haute Qualité) process developed by Graphilabel and Bobst Group offers a flexo post-printing solution exclusively for corrugated board. The technology can reproduce images of unparalleled print quality, and opens markets for flexographic printing that had until now been reserved for offset systems.
Effective anti-counterfeit printing
Extended Color Gamut process
With ECG, packaging manufacturers can use the same inks throughout a print run: operators can therefore sequence print jobs without cleaning printing blocks; setup times are faster, and the presses produce more. To top it off, the print quality is superior and more consistent than with the traditional flexographic process.
BOBST THQ FlexoCloud for a wide range of BOBST machines
Simple, fast and efficient, BOBST THQ FlexoCloud technology, available exclusively from BOBST, offers a process that is unmatched in the market:
BOBST customers performed well in the 2019 FlexoStars ranking
Non-coated corrugated board post-printing category
Coated corrugated board post-printing category
Complex films print category in UV ink
Paper materials print category (plates or sleeves)
Aluminum materials print category (plates or sleeves)
Developed by Didier Guenu, owner of Graphilabel, a French company specialized in security encryption for fiduciary and high-value documents, BOBST THQ FlexoCloud technology has been available from the Group since 2017.
The process was an immediate success on the markets. In 2018 and 2019, BOBST THQ FlexoCloud was sold both on new flexo printing lines and as a retrofit feature for customers that wanted to upgrade their machines.
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