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FLEXO Magazine : September 2010
Industry Indicators ing process is brand new technology, having made its commercial debut on May 2, at FFTA Forum 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. Orders for this innovative technology continue to be received at a record pace. LUX allows the platemaker to produce highlight dots, reverse and fine image detail in the plate with an improved image structure. Printers are able to achieve faster press startups, higher contrast, smoother vignettes and utilize an expanded print gamut. Print benefits extend into corrugated printing where LUX modified plates can provide a sig- nificant reduction in fluting. “T he LUX Process is capable of 1:1 plate imaging and the elimination of the bump curve which is required for con- ventional digital plates. If a 1 percent dot is burned into the plate mask, a 1 percnet dot will be formed in the plate. This simplification of the platemaking process will improve the consistency as well as the quality expectations from flexo”, said Paul Merkel, director, global product strategy at MacDermid. GMA Honors Former P&G Exec Lafley A.G . Lafley, former CEO, president and chairman of Procter & Gamble, received the 2010 Hall of Achievement Award during the annual Executive Conference for the GMA (Grocery Manu- facturers Association). Lafley retired from P&G in February 2010 after 32 years with the company. He became president and CEO in 2000, and was elected chair- man of the board in 2002. Lafley ’s focus on consumer-driven innovation and consistent, sustainable growth helped more than double P&G sales and grow the portfolio of billion-dollar brands from 10 to 22. He also managed the largest acquisition in company history, with the 2005 purchase of The Gillette Co. for $54 billion. At the time of his retirement, P&G was one of the five most valuable companies in the U.S. Asahi Photoproducts names U.S. distributors for AWP Asahi Photoproducts-Asahi Kasei America announced that, effective this month, Correct Touch Graphic Arts, All Printing Resources and RBCOR LLC will distribute Asahi’s new water washable photopolymer plate, AWP, in the U.S . “Asahi Photoproducts is an innovation leader in plate imaging technologies and is excited to partner with another two leading companies in the flexo market. Both All Printing Resources and RBCOR’s reputations and extensive flexo market coverage will be an excellent complement to our valued distribution partner Correct Touch Graphic Arts and Asahi’s broad range of photopolymer products,” says Joseph Bauer, vice presi- dent of sales and marketing at Asahi. AWP DEF is a new, VOC-free water- washable photopolymer plate technol- ogy. The product satisfies the most severe criteria in terms of high quality printing and produces superior results to traditional and thermal technologies. AWP even outperforms the graphic reproduction of the latest generation of digital flexographic printing plates with higher ink transfer and a wider tonal range providing printing perfection with planet protection. www.flexography.org september 2010 FLEXO 25 FLX_Sept2010_mech.indd 25 9/2/10 12:42 AM