Finnish printers have once again made it to the finals of the Flexotech International Print & Innovations Awards. This year, like many other years before, RKW Finland Oy and DS Smith Finland reached the finals in the Flexible Packaging and Corrugated Post-Print categories. Both companies have also received awards for their high-quality flexo printing in the past. The esteemed awards ceremony will be held in London on October 16th.
RKW Finland is the leading flexo printer using the advantages of process printing, thanks to which it also has received the Expanded Gamut Printing (EGP) partner certificate from Marvaco. With EGP, RKW Finland can offer GreenerPrinting also with more sustainable substrates to its clients. This year’s finalist print job is a high-quality beverage shrink film printed for Carlsberg.
The Carlsberg job shows how the high resolution printing with fine details and expanded color gamut are producing rich colors with lots of contrast from highlights to shadows. Moreover, the packaging includes a high degree of difficulty as the strong solid colors are combined with small and sharp texts that are also refined with a shiny metallic and gold effect in a clever way. All this is achieved in a more sustainable way made in process printing.
Similarly, DS Smith Finland demonstrates its capability for high-quality corrugated post-print with the Froneri Nestlé ice cream packaging with exquisite details. The job shows how the fluting effect has been eliminated with the help of the prepress supplier Marvaco’s FullHD+ technology. Moreover, the packaging involves a high degree of difficulty as the small and sharp texts are integrated into the design while the sheets are printed in very large format. This print job is an excellent example of how a job that has been previously done with offset can be moved to high-quality flexo.
Marvaco, the prepress supplier for both jobs, has been collaborating with printers for a long time to offer both HiQ EGP and GreenerPrinting. The printers’ results have received recognition over 50 times in recent years with multiple awards and finalist rankings in international printing competitions.
The EGP technology enables higher-quality, more efficient and more productive packaging printing with no need for spot colours. Digitally predictable brand colours and packaging prints can be efficiently implemented with process inks, while CMYK printing is enriched with OGV (Orange, Green, Violet) inks. With this method, brand colours that have been difficult to implement in the past can now be implemented in a controlled and precise manner, batch after batch.
In addition to flexography, EGP can also be used in digital and offset printing, which enables uniform colours for packages printed with different methods. International brand owners and printing companies are widely interested in moving on to EGP, while the Finnish printing industry is the European EGP leader.