Fujifilm Enters The Flexo Market

Flexo Plate Digital: Industry News

Build upon the success of Fujifilm’s commercial print portfolio Fuji is now entering packaging arena by developing solutions for flexographic industry.  Fuji is set to showcase its first CTP based on Direct Laser Engraving (DLE) system at Drupa 2012.

Fujifilm intends to expand its product portfolio to address not only commercial printing, but also the packaging and sign and display markets, using its technologies to allow printers to diversify the range of print applications they offer to their customers.

With its newly introduced FLENEX DLE flexo plate and multi-channel CTP platesetter, Fujifilm is able to offer an alternative to packaging printers who are still relying on the laser ablation mask (LAM) method of plate production. 

According to Fuji it will be a groundbreaking new DLE system that allows printers to benefit from further digitization of the print process, resulting in improvements to productivity and efficiency, while allowing significant reductions in terms of the system’s impact on the environment.

From the rumor mill I believe DuPont and Kodak will also showcase DLE system along with many other smaller players in the industry.  But we will have to see who can achieve 175lpi and who can supply the sleeves at an affordable price.  

Source: FUJIFILM North America Corporation