At the IFRA show in Vienna, Tokyo-based Toray International will debut the latest generation of its waterless plate for newspaper and semi-commercial printing. The company says the new MX10 plate will have a 40 percent increased durability.
"Most printers will now be able to use only one plate per print form for over 90% of the jobs further enhancing the economic advantage of waterless," said Junichi Ishii as Sales Manager for graphics and chemical products for Toray International Europe. "Print runs up to a quarter of a million impressions have been obtained with the new plate under normal production conditions during the test period at customer sites. Minimal make ready time and waste which are well known features of waterless will of course be maintained with the new plate."
The company has increased production of plates in its Okazki factory in Japan. The MX10 is expected to be available by the end of the year.
The company has also announced it is also building a new plate factory in the Czech Republic to deal with demand across Europe and the Middle East. The plant will be operational by early 2014.
"The European manufacturing site is also expected to reduce the adverse effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations," said Toshimitsu Matsumoto, General Manager, Graphics Division of Toray Industries Inc.