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Fujifilm announces line-up for Labelexpo Europe 2011

Fujifilm will give visitors to its stand (Hall 7 N25) at Labelexpo Europe 2011 the opportunity to view its new B2 Direct Laser Engraving (DLE) flexo CTP system that was first showcased at Labelexpo Americas in 2010 as a technical announcement. In addition, Fujifilm will be showcasing the latest developments in its ranges of UVivid UV narrow web inks and low-migration coatings.

DLE Flexo CTP System
By developing a new DLE flexo plate and multi-channel CTP platesetter, Fujifilm has created a revolutionary new solution for flexo label and packaging print applications that achieves extremely high quality image reproduction.

Compared to common Laser Ablation Mask (LAM) systems, Fujifilm’s DLE flexo CTP system has been optimised as a quick and eco-friendly way of making flexo plates. This is helpful for any job requiring a rapid turnaround, and particularly important in the event of a plate remake, considerably reducing press downtime.

Simple plate production process
The Fujifilm DLE flexo CTP system eliminates the multiple processing steps (UV exposure, solvent or thermal processing, drying) that are required with current Laser Ablation Mask (LAM) technologies, which in turn creates a much more streamlined process and allows companies to make better use of their resources.

Increased quality
A highly-cured plate, manufactured using a unique polymerisation reaction, combined with a digitally controlled engraving process, means the resultant dot profile is very accurate, resulting in extremely sharp image reproduction and superb fine detail.

Reduced environmental impact
The Fujifilm DLE flexo CTP system is eco-friendly as it removes the need for the multiple pieces of equipment associated with the current LAM platemaking process, and is completely 100% free of VOCs.  In addition, as there is no need for a lengthy, high temperature plate drying process, energy consumption is also reduced.

UVivid UV narrow web inks
Visitors to the Fujifilm stand will also be able to view some of the latest developments in the company’s popular UVivid UV ink range.  Key products include:

UVivid Flexo Supernova White
Fujifilm’s UVivid Flexo Supernova White is an ultra opaque flexo printable ink that can replace rotary screen white ink, and allows fine text and opaque solids to be combined on the same plate.

High Opacity UVivid Flexo Colours
The high opacity UVivid flexo colour inks produce opaque prints on clear film label materials without the need for a backing white, which can be hard to register, and allow opaque solids and text to be printed in a single pass.

Shrink Sleeve White
This opaque white ink has been specially designed for reverse printing onto shrink sleeve labels. It combines the necessary slip properties with high opacity and can withstand high shrinkage without cracking.

Flexo, Rotary Screen and Flat Screen Inks
In addition to the developments outlined above, Fujifilm will be showcasing its innovative range of flexo colour inks (available as Pantone, process or metallic colours), and its range of rotary screen and flat screen products developed specifically for the label industry.

Low Migration Coatings
Finally, Fujifilm will also be showcasing its range of low migration coatings on its stand at Labelexpo. Complying with the demands of ever-stricter food packaging regulations can be a major challenge, and Fujifilm will be demonstrating how it can help make any packaging look great without compromising the integrity of its contents. The company’s extensive materials knowledge and unparalleled expertise allow the highest standards of quality and safety for the food industry to be achieved.

“Our new DLE Flexo CTP system continues to broaden Fujifilm’s benchmark range of printing solutions across a wide portfolio of applications,” says Ryuta Masui, senior vice-president, Graphic Systems Business Domain, FUJIFILM Europe. “We look forward to showcasing our range of products to the labels and packaging market and welcoming visitors to the stand.”