Kai Lankinen, chairman of Marvaco congratulates Joelle Bédat, business development manager OEM for receiving the EGP partnership certificate on behalf of Flint Group

Marvaco, Finnish pre-press and repro provider, has given Flint Group the Expanded Gamut Printing (EGP) Partnership Certificate to recognise the company’s capability in delivering the tools for required for successful EGP.

Flint Group supplies packaging and label printers with inks, coatings, and photopolymer plate raw materials which can be used to achieve EGP. The certificate is awarded for the stability and excellent process reliability of the inks and plates based on the experience in numerous prints at several printers in the past three years. The jobs have been printed in high line screen, up to 70 lpcm, in daily production. Moreover, the awarded success in different flexo printing competitions using Marvaco’s EGP repro-plate solution, verifies that the EGP printing results with the Flint Group technology have been excellent.

The first Full HD EGP project between Flint Group and Marvaco was initiated 2015 and resulted with an ultra-high-quality job, printed in cooperation with Soma at 100 lpcm on OPP at drupe 2016. Since then, Flint Group and Marvaco have implemented the Full HD EGP also for water-based inks on paper, and both UV and solvent-based inks on self-adhesive labels.  

‘Printing companies need skillful and capable partners to implement EGP technology. Flint Group’s ability to supply user-friendly flexo printing inks and high quality flexo raw plates has been tested even in the most demanding applications with various materials,’ said Kai Lankinen, chairman of Marvaco.

Mr. Friedrich von Rechteren, Flint Group’s vice president sales EMEA & global marketing for plates, sleeves and pressroom supplies, commented, ‘We feel truly honoured for the recognition of the stable reliability of our products with the EGP partnership certification. At Flint Group, we work daily on all customer critical topics to satisfy our customers’ needs for ever-improving cost and quality according to our key principles of better, faster and easier to use.

The EGP repro-plate technology enables printing with no need for manual mixing of spot colours. Predictable and precise brand colours are implemented with digitally assisted ink blending, where the CMYK colour gamut is enriched, for example, with additional OGV (Orange, Green, Violet) process inks. Printers have reported a remarkable rise in efficiency and quality since moving to Full HD EGP. What is more, even the consumption of ink and solvents has dropped dramatically, that makes the process even greener than traditional flexo printing.

Brand colours that have been restricted by the CMYK method in the past can now be printed in a nearly unrestricted, more precise manner, batch after batch, as the EGP technology multiplies the number of available colour shades compared to the Pantone+ colour series. The other advantages of this technology include gang printing of different products at the same time and more cost-efficient printing of smaller print runs.