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Transforming Flexo Printing: Cutting-Edge Sustainable Solutions to Take Center Stage at drupa 2024

Press release from the issuing company

It has been eight (8) years since the last drupa, and you can expect many new technologies as well as a peek into the future of the industry at this world’s largest printing trade show.

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium. Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development and subsidiary of the Asahi Kasei Corporation, today reported that the company is well into its drupa preparations to ensure that its exhibit in Hall 8b, Stand A13, is a prime destination for anyone participating in the flexographic industry, from brand owners and repro houses to flexographic printing operations. Scheduled for 28 May through 7 June 2024 at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany, drupa is the destination for forward-thinking owners and managers in the broader printing industry.

Why Visit Asahi Photoproducts at drupa?

“Since our company was founded more than 50 years ago,” said Dieter Niederstadt, Asahi’s Technical Marketing Manager, “we have been developing sustainable printing plate materials such as our liquid APRTM resins which are processed with water. Our goal, and that of our parent company Asahi Kasei, is to bring to market products that create for life and living and a more pleasant working environment.”

“With the majority of flexographic platemaking still using solvent-wash processes,” Dieter added, “we will also be helping visitors to our stand at drupa understand how easy the Road to Solvent ZERO is, making their operations more sustainable and offering a more pleasant ambient environment for workers. The first step is to switch to reduced solvent plates, such as Asahi’s AFPTM-R CleanPrint plate, which reduces solvent usage by 30% with no need to make any additional equipment investments – simply switch plates and you are on the Road to Solvent ZERO.

At drupa 2024, Asahi will be sharing how this is accomplished with three themes:

Sustainability: Helping flexographic plate makers and printers along Asahi’s philosophy of the Road to Solvent ZERO while reducing water and energy consumption, and improving productivity and quality on press. Our AWPTM-DEW and AWPTM-CleanFlat water-wash plates are certified Carbon Neutral in collaboration with The Carbon Trust. In addition, visitors to the Asahi stand will learn how they can save up to 85% of wastewater usage using the AWP-LOOPTM water recycling unit.

Printing Excellence: We will be displaying a full range of flexographic plates, including introduction of new plates. Designed for printing on paper, corrugated and recycled film. Because of their precise color to colour register accuracy on press, our plates are ideal for using Expanded Color Gamut printing technologies for both printing excellence and increased sustainability.

Automation and Digital Transformation (DX): At drupa 2024, we will share with visitors the ultimate in automation for flexographic platemaking: CrystalCleanConnect, co-developed with ESKO and Kongsberg. This breakthrough system, already installed in several locations around the globe, reduces the platemaking process from 12 steps to 1, reducing labor, minimizing potential for error, and resulting in a press-ready plate. An additional digital service we are offering is our remote technical support based on either smart glass or smartphone depending on the customer preference.

Dieter Niederstadt concluded, “We look forward to seeing you at drupa 2024 and working together to journey down the Road to Solvent ZERO!”

For more information about products and services from Asahi Photoproducts in harmony with the environment, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com


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