20 September 2017

Expanded Gamut Printing partnership certificate awarded to Soma

A Czech manufacturer of high-quality flexo-printing machines Soma spol. s.r.o, was awarded with EGP partnership certificate.

The certificate recognises the company’s successful implementation of a modern production process. The certificate was awarded by Marvaco Ltd, a pioneer in modern EGP technology.

Soma is the flexo press manufacturer with the proven capability to build stable and accurate flexo printing machines that successfully can adapt the modern EGP, Expanded Gamut Printing. The first EGP project between Soma and Marvaco was initiated 2015 and resulted an ultra high quality job “Petfood”, printed 100 lpcm (254 lpi) on OPP in Drupa. Since then Soma and Marvaco have implemented the EGP also for water based inks on paper and solvent based inks on self adhesive labels, printed in high line screen of 70 lpcm (178 lpi). The certificate is awarded for the high quality and excellent process efficiency of the prints done in the past two years, and it verifies that EGP printing results with the Soma technology have been excellent, on various substrates.

The technology of expanded color gamut to packaging printing is in daily use among the most advanced printers. To promote the easier implementation and recognition of the process Marvaco and it´s American partner company, CSW, have advanced to the stage of awarding partnership certificates to manufacturing companies of flexographic printing machines and other supplies.

The printing companies need skilful and capable partners to implement the EGP technology. Soma’s performance to build efficient and accurate flexo printing machines has been tested and evaluated with various materials and inks, says Kai Lankinen, CEO of Marvaco. He continues, that the stability and repeatability of the Soma Optima flexo press meets brand owners’ expectations in the quality and the process fulfils the strictest productivity needs of the printers.

The EGP technology enables a high-quality, efficient, and more productive packaging printing with no need for spot colors. The predictable and precise brand colors are implemented with digitally assisted ink blending. The color gamut is enriched e.g. with additional OGV (Orange, Green, Violet) process inks, which multiplies the number of color shades compared to the Pantone+ color series. Even bright shades are implemented cleanly. With EGP the brand colors that have been restricted by the CMYK method in the past can be printed in a nearly unrestricted, more controlled, and more precise manner, batch after batch.

The other advantages of the EGP technology include the parallel printing of different products at the same time and the more cost-efficient printing of smaller print runs. Using Pantone spot colors in packaging printing is also still possible. International brand owners and printing companies are widely moving on to Expanded Gamut Printing, and there is increased interest towards the EGP.

In the photo from left to right Soma´s Marketing Manager Peter Blasko, Project Manager Roman Dresler, Commercial Director Pavla Kusa, Technology Center Manager Zbynek Zemanek and Technology Specialist Martin Shejbal.

Further information:

Kai Lankinen
Marvaco Oy

Petr Blasko
Marketing Manager
Soma spol. s.r.o

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