Adphos Goes Upside Down – First Inkjet, Now Rotogravure

Digitalisation is a subject that has now reached most industries. In print, the digital route has started in the eighties – with the introduction of laser- and inkjet printers in the office. Forty years later, inkjet print has reached the industry and speeds of 300 m / min are no longer impossible.

aNIR by adphos is used in inkjet print since 1997. Back then, Scitex, now part of Kodak, used aNIR to dry water-based inks on thermo-sensitive paper. Since then, adphos drying-concepts are used, when water needs to be evaporated – the faster the printer, the more ink is jetted, the more effective is adphos drying. Water based ink contain more than 80% water/solvent mixes that need removal after printing. No other drying technology can remove this high liquid content as effectively as aNIR.

When inkjet quality and speed started competing with gravure-printers – the starting point were the décor, textile and packaging – industries, gravure printers started to unveil the benefits of aNIR also for their applications. Although the water content in their inks are a lot smaller, the benefits of adphos’ aNIR are multiple. On May 17th, 2019, ERA’s secretary General James Sievers officially handed over the membership certificate to adphos’ Managing Director, Dr. Kai K. O. Bär during a customer event in adphos’ headquarter in Bruckmühl, Bavaria.

adphos Opeb House

On November 6th an 7th, 2019 adphos will be present for the ERA Packaging and Decorative Conference 2019 in Kiel to discuss about the features and benefits of aNIR with the gravure-printing-industry.