“We’ve been working with Toray for more than 30 years, since they first brought waterless offset plates to market,” said Joachim Hueber, product manager at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen. “About 20 years ago, Toray installed its first Heidelberg press for testing purposes; and today, we are proud to be included in Toray’s brand-new R&D Centre with the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75. Customers are looking for the high quality that waterless offset printing delivers, especially for security printing applications, and they are also looking for more environmentally sustainable options, which waterless offset delivers.” Hueber estimates the company installs between 10 and 15 waterless offset presses annually.
“As we considered adding a new offset printing press to our R&D Centre, we compared the options available on the market and determined that most of the printing companies in Europe are using Heidelberg presses,” said Mitsunori Hayashi, GM Sales Department, Graphics Division of Toray. “In addition, our timing was fortuitous since Heidelberg had just introduced the Speedmaster XL75, a press that is perfect for the niche markets we are addressing, including security printing and other specialty segments.”
Hueber notes that while some segments within print are contracting, there are other segments that demonstrate good growth. “These are often segments in which waterless offset is the best choice,” he added. “This includes security printing, packaging and other specialty segments.”
Not to be confused with dry offset printing, waterless offset is an alternative to the flexographic printing process for short and medium run applications because of the lower print form preparation cost. In addition, the Toray’s IMPRIMA line of waterless offset printing plates provides excellent printing results on a wide variety of paper stock and non-absorbent substrates such as foils and synthetic materials, the company reported. Waterless offset printing not only reduces water of substrate, but also eliminates the need for toxic chemicals in the printing process.