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Asahi Photoproducts Responds To an Increased Market Demand of their Corrugated Board Plate.

Tokyo, Japan & Brussels, Belgium, 24 November 2016 – Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, today announced that AFPTM-SE/DSE solid photopolymer flexographic printing plate quality has become popular in several markets. To meet the demand for a single-source provider of printing plates for all flexographic printing applications, Asahi is now making AFPTM-SE/DSE available on a global basis

“We are seeing a demand from repro houses for a single-source flexo plate supplier that offers a variety of plate thicknesses to address all flexographic applications,” said David Galton, Sales Director for Asahi Photoproducts. “For that reason, we are making this plate available to offer a full range of solutions to our repro house customers, for a broad analogue and digital line of flexo plates. As we are doing in other printing segments, we will continue our focus on the corrugated post printing market in order to sustain innovation for this important application.

The Asahi AFPTM-SE/DSE flexo plate is ideal for printing on corrugated board, solid board and heavy-duty bags, some of the toughest applications printing on highly abrasive substrates. The surface roughness of these substrates makes quality printing difficult to achieve. The Shore hardness of the AFPTM-SE/DSE flexo plate and its resilience characteristics offer a perfect balance between high quality printing and long plate life on the printing press. Its wide exposure latitude ensures that image elements like halftone dots and isolated lines are optimally anchored, even with a relief depth of 3 mm. At the same time, intermediate depths form evenly, and the relief is produced with steep shoulders.

The highly flexible AFPTM-SE/DSE flexographic plate from Asahi delivers:

· Low dot gain printing;

· Optimized durability for highly abrasive substrates;

· Excellent ink transfer;

· Optimized plate resilience to minimize washboard effects; and

· Wide exposure latitude enabling good formation of halftone dots and fine negative elements.

“We are pleased to offer this plate worldwide in order to provide a full product range to our repro houses,” said Frank Spindler, Asahi’s Expert in Post-Printed Corrugated Board Applications. “It´s highlight quality is excellent, especially in combination with its high mechanical resistance and its ability to deliver low dot gain. As the demand for corrugated packaging continues to grow, we expect to see good market reception for this plate.”

Asahi AFPTM-SE/DSE plates can be produced on all Asahi AFP and other compatible processing systems. AFPTM-SE/DSE plates feature excellent compatibility with commonly used water-based ink systems.

For more information about Asahi AFPTM-SE/DSE plates and other flexographic printing solutions from Asahi, visit


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– Frank Spindler picture

< Frank Spindler, Expert for Corrugated Board, Asahi Photoproducts Germany >

About Asahi Photoproducts

Asahi Photoproducts is a subsidiary of the Asahi Kasei Corporation which was founded in 1971 holding its European Headquarters in Belgium, Asahi Photoproducts is one of the leading pioneers of flexographic photopolymer plate development. By creating high quality flexographic solutions and through continued innovation, the company aims at driving print forward in balance with the environment.