What is Flexographic Printing?
Flexographic printing is now the most common, popular printing method for corrugated packaging. Originating from the more traditional letterpress style of printing, flexographic printing is the perfect solution for premium printing on uneven surfaces, such as corrugated cardboard.
Flexographic printing uses rotating cylinders with inked printing plates of a slightly raised image. The cylinders rotate at high speeds to transfer the image onto the material – corrugated cardboard, in this instance.
Whilst flexographic printing isn’t exactly new (we’ve been using it for over 20 years!) it is a technique that has been improved and refined by companies over the years.
Examples of Flexographic Printing
Flexographic printing is one of our packaging specialisms at Belmont Packaging, and we’re proud to share with you some of our work which showcases just that.
We worked with Gift Creation to create a stunning bottle box for transit and shelf display. As the packaging was multipurpose, it needed to provide a robust and sturdy structure using corrugated cardboard, but also offer pleasing aesthetics in line with Gift Creation’s branding.
Benefits of Flexographic Printing
The benefits of flexographic printing are plentiful and far-reaching, including;
Flexographic printing works at extremely high press speeds, with fast drying inks – allowing manufacturers such as Belmont Packaging to process high quality printed packaging at high volumes, in a timely manner.
Typically, printing on rough or uneven surfaces can cause quite a headache and often compromises the finish quality. However, flexographic printing allows high quality imaging to be printed onto a range of uneven surfaces, giving companies more material choice when it comes to packaging without suffering from a less impactful or low quality print. Some of the materials that are compatible with flexographic printing are:
- Film & Cellophane
- Kraft paper
Not only does flexographic printing provide companies with more packaging material choice, but it also enables manufacturers to print in an extensive range of ink types, including fluorescents and metallics.
Flexographic printing allows many of the additional processes of packaging manufacturing, such as coating, foil stamping and die-cutting pass through the machine, making it an attractive time and cost-efficient solution for large jobs of high volume and intricate detail.
Flexographic printing is a cost efficient process in itself, but also provides companies with the choice to opt for cheaper, more environmentally packaging material options – such as choosing corrugated cardboard over plastics.
You can read more about the benefits of flexographic printing in Belmont’s News section.