Jet Technologies to offer Asahi Photoproducts AFP-R plates

Plates offer a 50 percent reduction in platemaking time and a 30 percent reduction in solvent usage.

Jet Technologies, one of the leading providers of print and packaging technologies in Australia and New Zealand, has expanded its portfolio with AFP-R reduced solvent flexographic plates from Asahi Photoproducts.

According to the company, the AFP-R plate represents a breakthrough in platemaking technology, boasting a 50 percent reduction in platemaking time and a 30 percent reduction in solvent usage.

Additionally, these plates have been proven to last twice as long on press compared to other solvent-wash plates, marking a substantial improvement in operational efficiency and environmental impact.

Jack Malki, director at Jet Technologies, said: ‘The introduction of Asahi’s AFP-R plates is a game-changer for Australian and New Zealand printers. Not only do these plates ensure a dramatic reduction in platemaking time and solvent use, but they also support our clients’ goals for sustainability without compromising on quality or productivity.’

The AFP-R plate is specially designed for high-quality flexible packaging, label and paper applications. It embodies Asahi Photoproducts’ commitment to sustainability and forms part of its Roadmap to Solvent Zero initiative, featuring reduced environmental impact while enhancing pre-press and press productivity.

Furthermore, incorporating Asahi’s CleanPrint technology means that clients can achieve better press efficiency, with plates lasting, on average, twice as long due to the reduced need for press stops for plate cleaning. This technology ensures that all remaining ink transfers to the printed substrate, reducing makeready time ink consumption, and delivering exceptionally consistent quality.

Jack Malki, director at Jet Technologies
Jack Malki, director at Jet Technologies

‘We expect to see some great outcomes for our customers in their platemaking and printing processes,’ added Malki. ‘This cutting-edge technology is expected to double the lifespan of plates by significantly reducing the need for press stops for cleaning. We anticipate that CleanPrint will ensure a more efficient transfer of all remaining ink to the printed substrate, which will not only reduce makeready time and ink consumption but also deliver exceptionally consistent quality across all our projects.’

Jet Technologies’ introduction of the AFP-R plates is expected to bring new opportunities and efficiencies to the flexographic printing industry, reinforcing the company’s dedication to innovation and sustainability.

Click here to read more about the benefits of the Asahi Photoproducts’ AFP-R reduced solvent flexographic plates, recently installed by Ohio-based Excelsior Marking.