UK • FFP Packaging, located in Northampton, says Asahi Photoproducts is helping it meet increased demands on its flexible packaging printing with its platinum print platform. The company specializes in high quality flexographic printed flexible packaging, heat seal lidding films and films for high temperature or oven use. FFP, with its 140 employees, said it’s achieved higher quality than in the past, reduced costs and turnaround time. Its partnership with Asahi Photoproducts has helped complement its solvent-based, in-house platemaking facility with a more environmentally balanced water-washable plate solution.
Paul Hesketh, print development manager at FFP cites one customer example: “This customer wanted ‘stand out’ packs on shelf with high quality reproduction of photographic images. This required us to print very fine tonal transitions with no hard edges. The brand owner was absolutely delighted with the results we achieved, and we certainly would not have been able to do this on standard digital plates. This project also earned us a nomination for outstanding technical innovation at the forthcoming 2016 EFIA print awards.”
FFP operates with three eight-colour flexo presses, including its recent installation of a second W&H Miraflex commissioned last month. It also has five lamination machines, and an array of finishing equipment including slitting, laser perforation, hole punching and re-seal label applicators.