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What is Waterless Printing?

Waterless printing is an offset lithographic printing process that eliminates the water or dampening system used in conventional printing. Waterless presses use a special silicone rubber coated printing plate, special ink, and typically a means of temperature control on press.

The specialist plates allow the printed dot to be held more securely preventing any unwanted movement of ink and minimising dot gain to create a sharper image in ultra fine definition. By eliminating the flow of water, colour stays consistent throughout and the vibrant four-ink colour saturation is not compromised.

We are really proud to offer this process as it delivers a product that looks closer to photographic quality than conventional presses, especially on uncoated papers.

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Waterless printing produces fantastic results on both coated and uncoated stock. Colour stays more consistent and saturation is richer, creating vivid images with improved depth. The reduced movement of printing plates results in a low dot gain, protecting all the fine detail of your image and delivering exceptional accuracy every time.
Print Quality Benefits
Waterless printing is better for the environment in many ways. As well as significantly reducing water usage, the machinery produces fewer greenhouse gases by using less solvents. The set up and prepping of the machinery is also quicker and more efficient, using less energy and creating noticeably less waste.
Environmental benefits
The Waterless Printing logo is available to all our clients for use on final artwork. This marque of quality and respect for the environment can also be supported by a statement such as: This brochure has been printed using a lithographic process that eliminates water consumption and the release of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the atmosphere.
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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) have awarded us their prestigious Chain of Custody status. This verifies that throughout our production chain, FSC certified materials have been kept segregated from non-certified materials. As a result, our clients are able to carry the FSC logo on their printed materials. FSC Certification C013343. A full product labelling guide can be downloaded below:
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Pantone colour - we have a long history with book manufacturing providing covers for journals and periodicals where the pantone colours need to be consistent for each edition, our 6 colour press allows us to double hit the pantone if necessary to provide depth and intensity of colour.

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Get in Touch

Whatever your printing needs, Park Lane can help so do give us a call to discuss the possibilities. We also welcome current and future clients to visit for a factory tour and see our samples first hand – we think the experience will speak for itself.

Call Phil on 01225 815 010