UK • Asahi Photoproducts reported that FFP Packaging Solutions, a UK-based innovator in flexible package converting for 50 years, has published a fixed colour palette guide for brands and retailers. It enables brand managers to select repeatable, achievable colours based on the Pantone library but produced using the CMYK process ink set. In the format of a colour book, it was reverse printed on clear PET film and then laminated to white PET. The printed film was produced on one of FFP’s Windmöller & Hölscher Miraflex printing presses using Asahi plates with pinning technology for clean transfer.
In flexible packaging, it is not unusual for brands or retailers to use 30 to 50 spot colours across a portfolio of ranges- This means an increased inventory, more complex logistics, and the need for more purchasing and administrative resources. By using a fixed palette of printing inks (CMYK) to achieve the brand colours, significant efficiencies can be achieved by the converter, in the form of ink savings, less wash ups and quicker make-ready.