Waterless Offset Printing Improves Quality and Environmental Protection

ContiTech stands for sustainable solutions / CONTI-AIR® STEEL CE 50/51 metal printing blanket performs well in environmentally friendly printing procedure / ContiTech is member of European Waterless Printing Association (EWPA)

(PresseBox) (Birmingham, ) Products from ContiTech AG, the world's largest rubber and plastics technology specialist, make a substantial contribution to dealing with current challenges. Within the scope of its involvement with the printing industry, the company is therefore an active member of the European Waterless Printing Association (EWPA). The association has set itself the task of "promoting research and development in the area of waterless offset printing, with the aim of maintaining top printing quality at no cost to the environment."

The CONTI-AIR® STEEL CE 50/51 metal printing blanket, for example, is used for waterless offset printing. The printing blanket provides convincing color rendition, maximum precision and high printing quality. This is ensured by two compressible layers - one below the fabric, one above. The advantage here is uniform pressing which has a positive effect on the entire printing process. "This design guarantees very high printing quality together with a long service life," explains Stefan Füllgraf, head of the metal printing blanket sector at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings.

The CONTI-AIR® metal printing blanket also stands out due to its uniform thickness (plane parallelism), which guarantees uniform printing results over the entire length and width. "Across the board, CONTI-AIR® metal printing blankets are fitted with relatively thick, compressible rubber layers which are permanently bonded to the metal by vulcanization. This guarantees optimum service life," says Füllgraf. Compared to the normal offset process, the waterless printing process allows greater rubber blanket durability, as it does not require fountain solutions. The CONTI-AIR® STEEL CE 50/51 meets these requirements with a special film attached to the rear side. ContiTech Elastomer Coatings is the market leader in waterless offset printing. This is why König & Bauer, one of the world's leading manufacturers of printing machines, uses the printing blanket as original equipment.

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