CZECH REPUBLIC • The Czech manufacturer of flexo-printing machines was awarded the Expanded Gamut Printing (EGP) partnership certificate recognising the company’s successful implementation of this modern production process. The certificate was awarded by Marvaco Ltd, a pioneer in modern EGP technology.
Soma is a flexo press manufacturer with a capability to build stable and accurate flexo printing machines that can successfully adapt the modern EGP technology. The first Full HD EGP project between Soma and Marvaco was initiated in 2015 and resulted in an ultra-high-quality job “Petfood”, printed 100 lpcm (254 lpi) on OPP at drupa 2016. Since then, Soma and Marvaco have also implemented Full HD EGP for water based inks on paper and solvent based inks on self-adhesive labels, printed in high line screens of 70 lpcm (178 lpi).
The certificate is awarded for the high quality and excellent process efficiency of the prints done in the past two years, and it verifies that the EGP printing results with the Soma technology have been excellent on various substrates.
To promote the easier implementation and recognition of the EGP process, Marvaco and its American partner company, CSW, have advanced to the stage of awarding partnership certificates to companies manufacturing flexographic printing machines and other supplies.
The printing companies need skilful and capable partners to implement the EGP technology. Soma’s performance to build efficient and accurate flexo printing machines has been tested and evaluated with various materials and inks, says Kai Lankinen, CEO of Marvaco. He adds that the stability and repeatability of the Soma Optima flexo press meets brand owners’ expectations for the quality, and the process fulfils the strictest productivity needs of the printers.
The EGP technology enables a high-quality, efficient, and more productive packaging printing with no need for spot colours. The predictable and precise brand colours are implemented with digitally assisted ink blending. According to Marvaco, the colour gamut is enriched e.g. with additional OGV (Orange, Green, Violet) process inks, which multiplies the number of available colour shades compared to the Pantone+ colour series. Even bright shades can be implemented cleanly. With Full HD EGP, the brand colours that have been restricted by the CMYK method in the past can now be printed in a nearly unrestricted, more controlled, and more precise manner.