Asahi Photoproducts is to use the forthcoming Fachpack to debut its AWP CleanFlat flexo plate in Europe.

This water-washable flat-top plate is claimed to deliver high quality, consistency and improved ink laydown. AWP CleanFlat flat top plates with CleanPrint technology are used out of the box with no special workflow or equipment required. CleanFlat plates are compatible with standard workflows including UV bank light tubes, UV LED or full HD exposure systems, as well as modern microcell screening technologies to ensure the highest level of quality and consistency throughout the print run.

At Fachpack, which is scheduled for 28-30 September in Nürnberg, Germany, Asahi will take the opportunity to explain to attendees how these plates, and the rest of its CleanPrint range, deliver ‘flexo printing in harmony with the environment’ as well as improved quality and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

CleanPrint plates are available for a wide range of applications and substrates, and have been specifically developed to transfer the remaining ink to the printed substrate, reducing press stops for plate cleaning while delivering exceptional consistent quality throughout the entire run. Other Asahi CleanPrint plates to be shown include AWP-DEW, AFP-BFTK, AFP-Leggero, AFP-Top, AFP-TSP, and AFP-APC/TPC.

Philip Mattelaer, head of sales at Asahi, said, ‘We are excited to be attending our first in-person event in Europe since the start of the pandemic, and are looking forward to presenting our line of CleanPrint plates, especially the AWP CleanFlat water-washable flat top plate that will make its European debut at the show. Increasingly, flexographic printing operations are looking for more sustainable platemaking processes as focus increases on reducing their carbon footprint. Asahi’s line of CleanPrint plates ticks all the boxes in this regard.’