Print processes: screen printing

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Screen printing, also known as silkscreen printing, is one of the oldest methods of printing. It first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD) before emerging in Japan and a number of other Asian countries. Early silkscreen printing used silk mesh but as this material was not readily available in Europe the screen process was not introduced there until the latter part of the 18th century.


The ability of the screen process to print high volumes of ink onto the substrate was a significant factor behind its introduction into the label industry. The opportunity to produce a clear filmic self-adhesive label that matched the graphics produced on bottles that were ‘direct’ printed opened up new opportunities for the self-adhesive industry particularly in the personal care, wine and spirits and pharmaceutical markets. 

John Morton


John has hands-on experience of all the major printing processes and has held operational and technical development roles at director level in the packaging sector. A qualified printer, John’s career spans magazine production, commercial print, packaging and label production.

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Robert Shimmin


Robert has held senior marketing and business development positions in the print, packaging and label sector spanning more than 20 years.  He is a regular contributor of articles to the print and packaging trade press and has supported initiatives that seek to build awareness of the latest resear

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