Oct. 13, 2021
Toray Industries, Inc.
Toray to Commercialize IMPRIMA™FR Waterless
Printing Plate for Carbon-Neutral Flexible Packaging
Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2021 – Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it will launch the IMPRIMA™FR waterless printing plate for flexible packaging materials later this month. This product should slash carbon dioxide(CO2) emissions and contribute to carbon neutrality in the growing flexible packaging materials market while helping to improve printing quality and lower printing costs.
|IMPRIMA™ is the European brand name for the Toray Waterless Plate™, which is free of dampening water containing volatile organic solvents during printing process and does not discharge alkaline processing liquid waste during plate making. More than 1,500 printing companies in 50 countries have adopted this Toray technology in recognition of its eco-friendly performance.|
IMPRIMA™FR delivers high resolution and beautiful gradations in printing by leveraging Toray’s proprietary nano-structure and interface control technologies. It also lowers printing costs because this printing plate material costs less than the counterparts of conventional flexible packaging printing processes.
Retort pouch printed using IMPRIMA™FR
|1.||Gravure (intaglio) printing|
This process needs to engrave concav patterns directly on the metal cylinder printing plate surfaces ("cells"), followed by chrome plating. Making such printing plates costs high but they are very durable and good for long printing run length jobs, such as continuous image printing on film rolls. The varialble depth and shapes of cells are ideal for reproducing shading of images. The printing ink components are pigment, resin, and organic solvent. The organic solvent is dried to fix patterns on print media.
|2. ||Flexographic printing|
This relief printing process employs rubber or synthetic resin printing plates and forms convex patterns on their surfaces through chemical or thermal processing, sometimes laser engraving or other means. The elasticity of the plates make it suitable for surface printing on thick paper, corrugated cardboard, films, cloth, and other rough surfaces. This printing process is particularly popular in Europe and the North America because its low printing pressure enables high speed printing. This printing process employs heat-drying priting ink, ultraviolet curing ink, or electron beam curing priting ink.
This process uses metal priting plates coated with heat-sensitive layer and laser-exposes such heat-sensitive layer to create patterns on the plate surfaces. The plates are less durable than gravure ones, but the plate costs are much lower and plates are quicker to be processed, which is suitable for short-middle printing run length jobs. Commercial printing commonyu uses this print process because its photo and color image reproducibiity are excellent. This printing process generally employs thermal drying printing ink, ultraviolet curing ink, or electron beam curing ink.