Jet to sell Asahi Kasei plates

Jet Technologies is set to launch Asahi Kasei’s full range of solvent-wash plates, having entered an agreement to be the distributor in Australia and New Zealand.

Jet says it will allow printers to achieve a higher quality image reproduction for their customers, while also reducing waste.

This builds on Jet Technologies’ long-term partnership with Asahi Kasei – Jet Technologies first introduced Asahi’s water-wash plate technology in Australia and New Zealand several years ago. That technology is today recognised as one of the leading technologies in the field of labels.

Asahi’s solvent wash flexographic printing plates have the company’s patented Clean Transfer technology, which the company says delivers a cleaner ink transfer, a high print quality, and also improves and reduces waste and press wash-ups.

Jet cites independent testing that Asahi plates with the Clean Transfer technology deliver at least a 26 per cent improvement in operational equipment effectiveness.

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Jack Malki, director, Jet Technologies, says, “Packaging and corrugated printing companies in Australia are under pressure from their customers who have strict requirements when it comes to the quality of their printing as well as the pricing.

“We always strive to bring the latest innovations to market in order to meet the needs of the industry. Implementing Asahi plate technology will enable our clients to improve the quality of their printing, as well as make their process more efficient resulting in substantial cost reductions.”

The company says that Clean Transfer technology enables a more efficient ink transfer, giving the printer a wide colour space with vibrant colour reproductions and soft tonal shades fading out to zero. All of this, without the need for any software or specific hardware or lamination.

The Asahi flexo plate range was developed for use with a wide range of solvent, water and UV based inks.

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