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Toray Graphics in the Czech Republic, a leading manufacturer of waterless offset plate technology, is unveiling its brand new IMPRIMA line of waterless offset printing plates at Labelexpo Europe 2017, along with new branding, and a line of chemistry and processors. Toray is located on Stand 11D02 at the show. The company also announces it is in the process of building a new research and development center in the Czech Republic, scheduled to open in 2018. The new R&D center will build on the work being done in Japan by Toray’s parent company, supporting its strategy to be a full-service partner to waterless offset printing operations.

“Labelexpo Europe is an important show for us,” said Mitsunori Hayashi, General Manager Sales Department, Graphics Division. “And 2017 offers an especially exciting opportunity for us to share a great deal of news with attendees. Visitors to our stand will find that they can count on Toray as a total solutions provider for their waterless offset needs, with new plates, chemistry and plate setters available from the same reliable source they have always counted on for plates over many years.”

New at the show, and now commercially available, are Toray’s IMPRIMA LA and IMPRIMA LB plates, optimized for increased durability and high-resolution imaging in the label and narrow web market. Toray also has its full line of waterless offset plates on display. Hayashi added “The IMPRIMA line of products reinforces our long tradition of offering sustainable solutions that minimize environmental impact while providing superior printing results.”

IMPRIMA LA plates are optimized for increased durability while IMPRIMA LB plates deliver exceptionally consistent and high quality prints. Both plates can be an important aid in brand protection and counterfeit prevention due to their resolution and reproduction characteristics.

In other signs of ongoing investment in its business, Toray is showing its line of automatic plate processors with low maintenance design that use up to 80% less chemicals that other plate processors. “This approach is in line with our sustainability initiatives,” Hayashi commented. “These plate processors feature a water wash and do not require chemicals such as high alkaline developers, acidic finishers and replenishing solutions. More environmentally sustainable pre- and post-treatment chemistry is also now provided directly from Toray, for a complete waterless platemaking solution. And with our new R&D Center opening next year in the Czech Republic, our customers can be assured that we will continue to bring more innovation to the waterless offset process.”

Why Waterless Offset?

Not to be confused with dry offset printing, waterless offset is an attractive alternative to the flexographic printing process for short and medium run applications because of the lower print form preparation cost. In addition, the company’s IMPRIMA line of waterless offset printing plates provides superior printing results on a wide variety of paper stock and non-absorbent substrates such as foils and synthetic materials. Waterless offset printing not only conserves water, but also reduces waste and eliminates the need for toxic chemicals in the printing process

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About Toray

Toray Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of waterless printing plates worldwide, was founded in 1926 and has a global presence with factories and sales offices in Asia, Europe and North America. The main businesses of Toray are synthetic fibers, carbon fibers, plastics, films and chemicals. Many of the products are developed from its proprietary polymer technology base and are commonly used by the electronics, packaging, textile, automotive and aviation industries. Recent annual sales approached € 10 billion.

Toray Graphics, a subsidiary of Toray Textiles Central Europe (TTCE), is based in the Czech Republic and features a state-of-the-art manufacturing line for waterless printing plates. Located in Prostějov, in the heart of Europe, the facility consolidates all business operations, including sales, customer service, marketing, production and R&D, for faster, more efficient support of Toray’s independent network of dealers and distributors in the European market