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Asahi Photoproducts selects Wikoff Color as US distributor

Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, has selected as Wikoff Color as its US distributor.

This additional US distributor broadens Asahi’s US footprint, bringing Asahi solutions closer to the customer. Founded in 1956, Wikoff Color is an employee-owned manufacturer of inks and coatings for a variety of printing technologies.

Asahi Photoproducts managing director Aki Kato said: “The U.S. is a large market and very important to Asahi.

“With platemaking moving closer and closer to the printing press, it is a significant benefit to us and to the end customer to have their trusted ink and coatings supplier also provide their flexo plates.”

Wikoff Color will have access to the full range of flexographic plates from Asahi Photoproducts, including to its popular AWP water-washable plates with Clean Transfer Technology.

Wikoff Color flexible packaging market manager Joe Kubasiak said: “We are delighted to enter into this important relationship with Asahi Photoproducts.

“As a company, our focus is on sustained, profitable growth rather than short-term results. In entering into this relationship, we are making the investments necessary for its success by setting up a technical center and hiring the necessary staff in order to train our customers on how to get the best possible quality from Asahi photopolymer plates.

“We are very excited about the growth this will offer us in the future and our ability to deliver increased value to our customers.”

A feature of many of Asahi’s flexographic printing plates, Clean Transfer Technology enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements. Precise plate register achieved with Asahi plates ensures very high quality process printing with a fixed colour palette, minimizing the need to use and manage spot colour inks.

Clean Transfer Technology allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow.

The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever-increasing quality demands of their customers.

Source: Company Press Release