Asahi Kasei heads to Labelexpo Southeast Asia with sustainability message

Asahi Kasei to feature carbon-neutral flexographic plates at Bangkok show

Carbon neutral flexographic plates from Asahi Kasei eliminate solvents, reduce waste, deliver faster time to press for forward-thinking flexographic printers

Asahi Photoproducts, a known name in flexographic photopolymer plate development, will take its sustainability message to Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2023, scheduled for 9 to 11 February 2023 at the BITEC, Bangkok, in Thailand.

Asahi Kasei will feature its AWP-DEW plates, which have achieved carbon neutral certification in Japan, the US, China, and Europe, at its Stand C60.

“We are pleased to represent Asahi Photoproducts in Southeast Asia and to have their participation in our stand at Labelexpo Southeast Asia,” said Jiraporn Tongtem, assistant product manager at Asahi Southeast Asia distributor BJC. “Based on our long-time relationship with Asahi, we know they will bring an exceptional level of knowledge and expertise to the event that all attendees will be able to benefit from as they pursue their own productivity, profitability, and sustainability goals.”

Environmentally sustainable plates

“At Labelexpo Southeast Asia, we will focus on the value of flexo operations in switching to Asahi CleanPrint water-wash plates, an environmentally sustainable solution that emits no VOCs and not only results in faster plate production but is also a key enabler in improving pressroom productivity,” said Uina Kawashimo, Asahi Sales representative for Southeast Asia.

At the show, Asahi Photoproducts representatives will discuss the company’s many years of working toward a more sustainable flexographic industry and the importance of setting a carbon-neutral goal. A white paper explaining Asahi’s journey to Carbon Neutral is available online.

CleanPrint Technology

Asahi AWP water-washable flexographic plates are processed without VOC-based washout solvents and deliver a faster time to press than VOC solvent-based plates. Asahi´s CleanPrint water-washable flexographic photopolymer plate technology’s ability to provide high-quality print performance is a result of its engineered photopolymer chemistry design.

The water-wash technology features a low surface energy plate resulting in fewer press stops for plate cleaning for significantly improved press efficiency and reduced press waste. All of these elements make them the most sustainable flexographic plates in the industry. In addition, AWP-DEW plates deliver extremely high-quality print due to their precise registration and ability to deliver perfect printing balance between highlights and solids and full support for fixed color palette printing.

In addition to the AWP-DEW plates, Asahi’s AWP-CleanFlatplates are also part of the CleanPrint family and will be on display at the show. Although they do not yet have carbon-neutral certification, AWP-CleanFlat plates have a reduced carbon footprint, especially when compared to solvent-wash flexo plates. These are an out-of-the-box FlatTop plate solution with high-quality printing press consistency. It improves the ink laydown on wide web flexible packaging and beverage carton printing. At the same time, it delivers a sustainable reduction of the printer’s carbon footprint, delivering stable printing quality even with rough surface substrates.

Labelexpo Southeast Asia 2023 will include an educational program consisting of two in-depth technology workshops.

The show’s last edition took place in 2018, attracting 8,000 visitors from 62 countries and 174 exhibitors.

Like the 2018 inaugural event, the three-day trade show will attract label and package printing converters/printers, brand owners, designers, and industry suppliers. Visitors are expected from Thailand and across the wider Asean and Oceania regions. 

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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