All aspects of the hottest modern printing plate

2022-08-19
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In recent years, in the debate about coating technology, some people think that printing plate is an exception to the potential rules of this technology. Others believe that almost all solutions, including analog printing plates, are aluminum based, so polyester printing plates are of course an exception

earlier this year, printing plate manufacturers have informed consumers that due to the rising cost of raw materials, the price of printing plates will also increase. It is said that the price of aluminum has increased by 40% in the past two years, and the energy price has been at a high level, which is also one of the reasons for the increase in the price of printing plates

Jack wiethoff, deputy printing plate manager of Kodak polychrome graphics, pointed out: "the price of aluminum accounts for more than half of the cost of lithographic plates, so the improvement of production efficiency cannot make up for the loss of aluminum price rise."

John ORourke, CTP product manager of pressek, said that Alcoa's decision on the existing lithographic aluminum market exacerbated the seriousness of the situation. Alcoa's exit means that we must work harder to manage our supply chain

ORourke compares this situation to the crude oil market. "This is a universal product with global standard pricing," he said

Jim Crawford, the consumables group manager of enovation graphic systems, believes that the supply of aluminum is closely related to capital expenditure to increase productivity and construction preparation time. The current outlook is worth looking forward to, because plate manufacturers are a long-term partner for aluminum suppliers, which will promote a more stable market

wiethoff of Kodak polaroid is not optimistic about this short-term outlook. "Unfortunately, the prices of aluminum and oil have been rising since the prices began to rise in January. Unless the costs of these two materials fall, it is likely to set off a second round of price increases across the industry," he said

the situation of Heidelberg American company seems to be a little complicated, because it is not directly used for high-precision manufacturers, and is only responsible for the cooperative development and sales of printing plates. Rick bogess, the company's consumables manager, pointed out: "the manufacturer told us that they have signed a long-term aluminum supply contract, which can ensure the adequate supply of raw materials."

in the field of printing plate supply

ctp is in short supply in some countries due to the growth of its use worldwide. In fact, the production capacity of printing plates is not the main problem. Not only that, the production capacity of printing plate manufacturers will exceed the market demand

Colleen molkenbur, product manager of printing consumables of Mitsubishi imaging, pointed out: "in recent years, the economic benefits and competitive pressure faced by CTP users are still relatively satisfactory. With the increase of product types, the price of digital printing plates is also declining."

although the market of digital printing plates is growing rapidly, manufacturers of traditional analog printing plates have not given up this technology, and are still investing in it. Nevertheless, they only see a very limited potential of using digital printing plate technology, such as the processing free process of traditional exposure printing plate

at present, CTP production accounts for more than 50% of the market share in the United States and Europe, but the rest of the world is still in the initial stage of transformation from traditional plate production to CTP. Wiethoff of Kodak Polaroid said, "we will still reserve a considerable part of our research and development budget to improve the production of our analog printing plates."

Agfa has also invested a lot of human and material resources to develop the production line of analog printing plates while developing digital printing plates. Susan Wittner, the sales manager of the company in North America, said that the required experimental information would be displayed: "our goal is to bring revolutionary changes to people, improve the productivity level of customers and the performance of equipment in the printing workshop."

Crawford of enovation believes that if the plate manufacturer produces more CTP plates than the conventional quantity, the prospect of analog products is not optimistic. With the growth of CTP plate sales and the increase of people's demand for technical improvement, research and development budgets (RD budgets) are bound to tilt towards CTP products

merger is also another major event in the printing plate field. This is at least the second or third wave of printing industry development in decades

the printing plate is only a small part of the recently announced cooperation plan - Cleo has become a part of Kodak graphic image group together with Kodak polaroid and other companies. The full name of Kodak Polaroid has also been changed to Kodak

since the merger has not been officially completed, wiethoff said that it is not convenient for the company to comment on whether Corio has turned to the field of printing plate production. However, he believes that the two companies will continue to fight in the printing plate market as competitors. Of course, this is entirely a guess, but it is clear that obtaining Corio's printing plate production capacity and products is not Kodak's main purpose

Agfa completed its acquisition of Lastra in the first half of 2004, and has since integrated the product line and productivity of this printing plate manufacturer into its own production

Wittner of AGFA said, "from the perspective of products, the addition of Lastra LT2 and NX has enhanced the strength of our existing product line. We are now trying to convert Lastra visible light products, including ly-8 and lv-2 plates, to Agfa N91, n91v and lithostar violet plates and other visible light digital plates."

as an observer who is very interested in this merger, ORourke of pressek believes that it will take some time for business transformation and customers' recognition of digital printing plates (pressek acquired abdick, but does not have the ability to produce metal printing plates). At the same time, there are also some other forms of consolidation in the industry. Earlier this year, printing developments issued a statement saying that its parent company GENTEK decided to stop all its businesses. Then citiplate announced that it would produce printing plates separately for other companies

maybe we have reason to expect price stability and the decline of the wave of mergers, but this does not mean that the printing plate market is becoming more and more unbearable. Almost all leading printing plate sellers believe that processing free technology can really bring changes to the printing industry

orourke believes that pressek's applause printing plate will continue to dominate the market with its real processing free technology. Other printing plate products require some post-processing, such as removing gum arabic or rinsing with water

with the completion of pressek's acquisition of abdick, the merged company still sells freedom plates as products of abdick brand. ORourke believes that this printing plate is the evolution and application of anthem technology on short plate. This kind of printing plate is mainly produced by vector TX plate making machine

David Furman, senior sales manager of CTP system in Agfa North America, believes that at present, Agfa is most concerned about Azura chemical free digital plate printing technology. It uses the patented thermofuse technology to fix the image on the printing plate without any chemical treatment. Furman said, "we now have more than 150 Azura users all over the world. Many people used to be long-term users of thermal plate making machines, and they want to find plates that do not need processing. We also see the strong demand of users who buy CTP for the first time."

Kodak polaroid is testing its new thermal direct treatment free plate. Wiethoff said, "we are overjoyed by the performance of this plate in the trial market. It will be fully launched later this year."

Kodak will continue to sell sword excel as a revolutionary thermal plate. At the same time, violet for violet laser CTP equipment will be officially launched, which will bring errors to the experimental machine. News printing plate, violet laser CTP is mainly used for newspaper printing and will expand to the field of commercial printing

Cleo "Lee Kuan Yew told that he had shown a treatment free printing plate Clarus pl in a" technical demonstration "earlier. But the fate of that product is still a mystery. In Fujifilm (Fujifilm) printing plate, enovation graphic systems has introduced brillia lh-p thermal plates to the U.S. market since this year. This thermal version no longer needs to be pre baked

upcoming plate

for the Fujifilm printing plate released in drupa in 2004, Crawford said that the company "pursues this technology seriously, so commercialization is its only way. This product is an aluminum based plate, which has many operating characteristics of the existing Fujifilm thermal version."

the market's response to this change includes: people pay attention to short edition, and Heidelberg company is also looking for a processing free printing plate. Bogess said, "two years ago, this was not our plan, but now we often encounter some low to medium-grade sheet fed printing customers who want to use the processing free technology."

Heidelberg also plans to launch a traditional thermal plate, and will continue to provide Saphira silver halide violet laser printing plate. According to mark tonkovich, CTP product manager of the company, the advantages of using silver halide technology include: extending the service life of violet laser (the energy required for imaging is relatively small), and faster machine printing

mpm molkenbur saw the long-term economic and environmental impact of treatment free or chemical reagent free washing technology on printing plate manufacturers. However, she believes that sellers still need to overcome their concerns about stability and the limitations of plate making machines

now, Mitsubishi imaging (Mitsubishi) has put all its energy on the silver digiplate polyester printing plate. With the increasing demand for short printing in the market, SDP polyester printing plate has become an ideal choice for many printers

in addition, Konica Minolta also launched a processing free system, which is equipped with a thermal plate (tf-200) that is very suitable for online or offline imaging systems

source: must win

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