Asahi AWP Plates Deliver Quality, Performance

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Asahi’s AWP line of flexo plates and plate equipment continues to gain recognition worldwide for its quality and performance. The AWP water washable flexo plate from Asahi pushes beyond the limit of what was once possible only in gravure printing. And, it’s making it possible in an efficient and sustainable production environment with no VOCs.

Correct-Touch Graphic Arts has been the exclusive U.S. distributor of Asahi Flexo products for 17 years. We’ve watched the success of Asahi continue to grow in the U.S. market firsthand. It’s nice to see it happen in Europe and elsewhere around the globe as well. In a recent article, TCL Packaging Limited working with Creation Reprographics (both U.K. companies) had this to say about Asahi AWP Flexo Plates:

“We’re all about replacement of gravure here at TCL,” said Dean Langford, TCL production manager. “We initially assessed about five different flexographic plates, but when we began working with Creation Reprographics, we were really impressed with the quality standard they could deliver on the Asahi AWP plate solution.”

Dean adds, “Creation Reprographics understood our desire to perform at a premium level in the market; and working with the Asahi AWP™ plate, we are able to extend our application reach, as well as meet the needs of premium brands in the market.”


Use Asahi’s AWP Plate material in conjunction with its state of the art AWP equipment, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination that will put you on the path to success.

Extensive AWP plate trials and live production jobs have proven the AWP plate’s ability to print down to 2 percent to 3 percent using classical round dot screening. With the latest screening technologies, the plate is able to reproduce a vignette fade to zero. Due to this quality performance leap, customers like TCL Packaging have already been able to successfully transfer production from offset or gravure to flexographic printing.

(January 2016,

tesa tape Announces Next Generation Line of Tapes

CHARLOTTE, NC—Members of the print and web processing division of tesa tape, inc., an affiliate of tesa SE, a global leader in the manufacture and supply of pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, recently announced the evolution of its line of products used in the package printing industry to create packaging for many commonly used consumer packaged goods (CPG) items.

The Evolution

For more than two decades, tesa tape has been supplying pressroom materials to flexible package printers around the world. Today, tesa Softprint Plate Mounting Tapes—tapes designed to adhere imagebearing printing plates onto print cylinders and sleeves—are a mainstay in most flexible package printing facilities.

In keeping with our commitment to innovation, tesa R&D and application engineers have once again revolutionized the company’s plate mounting tape line to best meet the needs of today’s customers and equipment. Working in tandem with tesa sales personnel and directly with flexible package printers and equipment manufacturers, tesa experts were able to identify specific challenges faced by printers during the expansive printing process. Based on months of extensive market research and observation, tesa R&D experts have developed the next generation line of plate mounting tapes designed to optimize print production and mitigate pressroom issues.

The next generation line of tesa Softprint products includes more than 30 tapes designed for all types of flexo image reproduction, including fine screens, combination patterns and solid images. The redefined product line has been refined using new product naming nomenclature which utilizes a smart numbering system to denote types of printing, foam tape thickness, foam hardness levels, adhesive system and more. The new products are also distinctly identifiable by the vibrant colored tesa logos which are imprinted on each product.

Joe Prunier, market manager for the print and web processing sector of tesa, had this to say regarding the redesign of the company’s flagship plate mounting tapes: “We have been a close partner to the package printing industry for many years and strive to continually provide our customers with state of the art pressroom materials. This launch of our next generation products is evidence of our continuing commitment to be a catalyst for finely crafted printed packaging products.”

(March 2016,

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