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Flexographic CTP is in progress (Part 2)

you Boshun: the installed capacity of CDI in China will reach 10

Alan noon: in the next five years, flexographic printing and gravure printing in Asia will be greatly developed

at present, the CDI flexographic direct plate making equipment produced by Esko graphics has been installed more than 420 units worldwide, most of which are in European and American countries. Many years ago, I visited a user in Germany who was making a CDI version for a flexo printing enterprise in China. However, with the development and progress of China's flexographic printing industry in recent years, China has also introduced CDI flexographic plate making enterprises, and the installed capacity has reached 4. The practice of these users has proved that the improvement of quality can bring profits

in recent years, the installed capacity of CDI in the world has increased by more than 25% every year. Such a rapid growth is certainly inseparable from the development of flexo printing. Flexographic printing has a wide range of printing materials. Customers see that the use of CDI plate making has greatly improved the printing quality, especially the increasing use of CDI plates by some flexible packaging printing enterprises, because they see that the same flexographic printing equipment, because of the use of different plates, has greatly improved the printing quality. Therefore, in fact, it is not only our flexographic CTP equipment suppliers who are promoting flexographic CTP technology, but also flexographic machine manufacturers who are willing to buy their equipment to print with CDI version

China's flexo printing has developed rapidly recently. Many enterprises use domestic flexo printing machines. They found that by adopting CDI version, they have the opportunity to print high-quality prints with domestic flexo printing machines, which will bring them more business. Therefore, from the development momentum of China's flexo printing in the past two years, it is conservatively estimated that the installed capacity of China's CDI will increase from the original 4 to 7-10 in 2004

it is worth noting that we should not ignore that in order to print good flexographic products, in addition to making a good version, the inks, printing materials, embossing rollers and other equipment used are also very important. If an enterprise has any problems in production, it must carefully find out the reasons. Don't think that as long as the CDI version is adopted, all problems can be solved, and don't slow down the pace of adopting flexo CTP because of some problems

in the process of promoting CDI in the past, we found that in many places, the first customer to buy CDI was often engaged in gravure plate making. Undoubtedly, for gravure plate companies, investing in CDI means opening up a new field, a new market and expanding the customer base. For some companies that have been engaged in traditional flexo plate making, if they invest in CDI, it will undoubtedly mean a large investment, so these companies often hesitate. However, I hope that the current traditional flexo plate making enterprises in China should think about it carefully and invest decisively in Flexo direct plate making at the right time. Otherwise, it will be too late when you finally want to invest in CDI one day. I'm afraid that many customers may have been robbed by companies that went to CDI before you. Those enterprises that are ready to participate in CDI, in addition to having the corresponding funds, must find your first business before investing. In addition, we must adopt digital workflow technically and make it run smoothly

in short, in the face of increasingly fierce market competition, Esko graphics will strengthen the development of new products on the one hand, and promote flexo printing to expand to a wider range of application fields; On the other hand, it will strengthen the construction of technical service team in order to better serve customers

at present, the installed capacity of flexographic CTP in the world is about 500, mainly distributed in North America and Europe, of which Clio's market share accounts for 30%. Compared with Europe and the United States, the pace of adopting flexographic CTP in Asia is relatively slow, mainly because the packaging printing in Asia is still mainly gravure printing, and the demand for high-end flexographic products is limited. However, in the past 12 to 18 months, the sales situation of flexo printing machines in Asia has been quite good. Moreover, there is no doubt that Asian consumer goods manufacturers, like those in Europe and the United States, will put forward higher and higher requirements for the packaging quality of products, so it can be predicted that the demand for digital flexo in Asia will show an upward trend. In the past year, we have met with many customers who are interested in Flexo CTP, but many of them have a wait-and-see attitude. With the globalization of economy, Chinese people have stronger brand awareness and higher requirements for the quality of packaging products. It is expected that flexo printing and gravure printing in Asia will have a great development in the next five years

nowadays, more flexographic CTP plates and more varieties have emerged in the market. Kodak poly light has also entered the flexographic market, providing more choices for flexographic plate making and printing enterprises. These developments will contribute to the increase of flexographic CTP installation

Zhang Yixiong: improving the quality of flexographic printing should start with design

Lin Fengming: the rapid development of flexographic printing in China will promote the application of flexographic CTP

the quality of CDI plate making is significantly better than that of traditional flexographic printing, and 1% - 99% of the points can be reproduced. Although at present, the plate making cost of CDI in China is higher than that of traditional flexo (the CDI plate making price is 0.65 yuan per square centimeter, and the traditional flexo is generally 0.30 ~ 0.60 yuan per square centimeter), it is still favored by many flexo printing enterprises because of its good plate making quality. At present, the installed capacity of domestic narrow flexo printing machines is about 450. I believe that with the increase of the installed capacity of domestic flexo printing machines, the plate making capacity of ferrite + carbide obtained by CDI will continue to increase

in fact, in order to improve the quality of flexographic plate making, we should not only adopt advanced technology and equipment, but also check it well from the design stage. We should realize that flexographic printing is letterpress printing, and there is no water ink balance problem. The dot increase rate of flexographic printing is high. The water ink and UV ink used are green environmental protection inks, but the viscosity is thin. We should consider the printability of flexographic printing in combination with the characteristics of flexographic printing process, and we cannot require flexographic printing according to the characteristics of offset printing or gravure printing. Improving the quality of flexographic printing is also one of the main tasks of the flexographic printing Committee in 2004. We will hold an experience exchange meeting at an appropriate time to exchange experience with each other in order to promote the improvement of China's flexo printing level

at present, CTP version of flexographic printing in China is mainly used for printing high-end prints. According to statistics, there are about 3O enterprises engaged in flexo plate making in China, but only 34 enterprises have installed flexo CTP plate making equipment. It is understood that many domestic enterprises are quite satisfied with the CDI plate making quality of Shanghai Xinhua. Xinhua is also preparing to introduce wide width CDI equipment to develop the direct plate making market of corrugated box flexo printing. This will certainly promote the improvement of corrugated box flexo printing quality

in recent years, the printing industry has paid more attention to the development of flexographic printing in China. If the development of flexographic printing in China was relatively slow in previous years, it can be said that flexographic printing has come out of difficulties and bottomed out through efforts in all aspects in recent years. In particular, in 2003, with the cooperation of many units, the snow scene printed on the purple flexographic press won the international award, which shows that the quality of flexographic printing in China has reached a new level. At present, many milk boxes, beverage boxes, Tetra Pak bags, and the pad paper of fast food restaurants in China are gradually dominated by flexographic printing. Not only that, flexographic printing has also been expanded to the fields of instant noodles, self-adhesive, toothpaste tubes, drug packaging and so on

judging from the fact that the number of flexo printing machines installed has increased year by year, it shows that domestic flexo printing is gradually developing. In 2003, domestic flexographic printing drafted the standards of "electronic compression testing machine" (q/0105drk002 (2) 013), "electronic compression tester" (q/0105drk001 (2) 013) and "electronic tensile testing machine" (q/0105drk003 (2) 013). The installed capacity growth of these three enterprise standard machines was the same as that in 2002, with more than 5O machines. Among them, domestic machines accounted for more than 3O, and more than a dozen imported machines. In 2002, although the installed capacity of flexo printing machines also increased by more than 5O, there were only a dozen Chinese made machines, and the majority of imported machines were more than 3O. It can be seen that domestic low-end and conventional flexo printing products have been seriously redundant and are being accepted by more and more domestic enterprises

with the improvement of domestic requirements for packaging quality, more and more enterprises adopt flexographic printing machines. It is expected that the installed capacity of domestic flexographic printing equipment will still increase at a rate of about 5O units in 2004. It is understood that now some domestic flexographic printing machines of some brands have been in short supply, and some new faces such as Huaming company have also joined the ranks of manufacturing domestic flexographic printing machines

it is estimated that the annual consumption of flexo plates in China is about 2.0 million square meters. With the development of flexo printing, the increase of plate making volume, the existing sets of flexo CTPs in China are certainly insufficient. I think some enterprises engaged in traditional flexo plate making should consider further improving the quality and investing in CTP if they have a large number of users and a large and stable business volume, otherwise they will fall behind

due to the rapid development of flexo printing in China in recent years, the number of operating technicians obviously can not keep up with the development needs, many enterprises are facing the problem of talent shortage. From the flexographic printing Committee, we should first pay attention to market development and second pay attention to the improvement of technical ability. In 2004, we will hold the fourth flexo printing quality evaluation activity, and an exchange meeting with the theme of quality will be held at that time to promote the improvement of the level of flexo printing in our country

through the conversation of several industry experts, we have a certain understanding of the development of flexo CTP in China. Judging from the fact that there are more than 500 sets of flexo CTPs in the world and only 6 sets in China, there is still a big gap between us and the world's advanced level. But we also see that flexographic CTP has not only started in China, but also is in rapid development. We believe that with the joint efforts of Flexo Printing Committee, plate making companies, flexo printing enterprises, plate materials and equipment suppliers, flexo CTP will usher in a better tomorrow in China

source of information: China flexo printing

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