As well as protection and a stylish shape, packaging and displays also have the important task of supplying information and persuasion to make a decision to purchase. In this respect, in many cases the printing on the package emphasises the advertising for the package’s content. The package communicates “Emotional” messages such as the product’s worth and image. Thus the product’s outfit makes a quite fundamental contribution to determining its success. Especially in the competitive environment at the point of sale.
Brilliant, first-class image reproduction in true colours is therefore fundamentally important. Panther Print provides both mastery of the demanding technical implementation of the printing work as well as other benefits such as technical service and comprehensive advice.
The preprint process consists of printing the liner paper before it is made into corrugated board. Panther Print’s printing technology allows the representation of the finest raster screens and brilliant colours.
Up to eight colours plus varnish with a screen ruling up to 60 L/cm are achieved in a single printing operation. For example, that means 4-colour Euroscale + four special colours and varnish, depending on the customer’s requirements. The central cylinder technology also achieves excellent register accuracy even at the highest production speeds. The result is high-quality printing similar to litho laminating.
Using the direct-drive flexo-preprint machine, we achieve a working width of up to 2.80 metres at a print speed of 600 m/min.
Another single-colour printing press is available for continuous printing.
Panther Print offers many different surface finishes in the form of various varnishes and coatings to protect packaging against colour offset or moisture, or to achieve particular technical or visual effects. For example, this allows papers for displays and packaging to be made non-slip, antistatic, high-gloss varnished, water-repellent, metallically coated or finished with (gold or other) effect pigments.
Production products & services:
- Raster printing (up to 60s raster) and line prints with up to eight colours plus varnish
- Single-colour all-over printing (e.g. monochrome colouring in the customer’s house colour)
- Printing special coatings, e.g.:
- Antistatic coating
- Grease-repellent coating
- Water-repellent coating
- Non-slip coating
- Dust-repellent coating
- Food-safe coatings
- High-gloss varnishing
- Printing on PE paper, and even on PE substitute paper
- Toll printing
- Procuring paper/printing substrates (including kraft liner, lightweight paper, test liner, recycling papers, grass-based papers etc.)
Panther Print offers numerous additional printing-related services. From design to delivery, Panther Print helps match the product to the requirements of the further processing method, to lead to a successful end-product.
Technical Service details:
- Data transfer from you or from your customer
- Repro, artwork and printing plate production in cooperation with a service provider
- Designing printing suggestions
- Conversion to an endless repeat pattern
- Supporting and implementing the entire release process up to the approval of proofs and proof runs
- Production of technical web drawings based on the die-cutting tool, taking into account unit cut-off length, cut-off marks and web edge control
- Preparing single-repeat PDFs and printer tickets
- Preparing sheet layouts
- Preparing colour tolerance cards
Every preprint project is different not only in relation to colours, formats and print run sizes, but also in the detailed requirements or further stages of processing. Our task is to take all of this into account from the economic point of view and to communicate it to the customer. Our competent staff are available to support you at any time.
- Print consulting (e.g. regarding print build-up, screen resolution, print run size)
- Provision of help and advice when introducing preprint
- Handling or mediating contacts with advertising agencies, e.g. to adhere to a successful corporate design in the context of further marketing activities, or to display brand characteristics consistently in the design
- Help and advice in designing for the future with digitalising solutions in the context of Industry 4.0
We are always working on solutions based on our strategy of sustainability, while not forgetting the requirements of the market. These include, for example, reductions in the use of materials. With this in mind, Panther Smart Print offers the corrugated board and paper processing sectors lightweight grades of paper with reduced area-related mass (also known as “grammage”).
The Flexo-Preprint method allows us both to reduce material weights and create high-quality print results. This lower material weight also has a positive effect on the cost of eventual disposal, thereby delivering both economic and ecological benefits.
Developing alternative packaging concepts for a better CO2 balance and recyclability as well as doing without composite materials and plastics is of great importance. A high-quality and multicolored design of packaging is also on a par with the protective properties that contribute to the integrity and quality preservation of the filling goods. The experts at Panther Print process specific coatings directly on the printing machine, which are, for example, resistant to water or grease. With these processed paper webs, corrugated board allows a wide range of new applications that meet current market requirements. The food industry, for example, can benefit from Panther Print's coating technology for numerous products: inner linings for vegetable trays or for packaging frozen fish are equipped with water-resistant barriers. Corrugated board packaging with fat-resistant barriers on the inner lining offers semi-finished products such as raw chocolate, i.e. products with a high fat content, optimum product protection. Their effectiveness is also determined in suitable tests, for example DIN 53116. Specific barrier coatings can also be implemented for deep-freeze applications, which allow the products to be frozen, thawed and baked in the packaging.
A wide range of interesting possible applications can also be found in the non-food sector. For example, corrugated board packaging with an antistatic coating for electronic items on corrugated board is beneficial. Coatings for dust binding were developed for the glass industry.
Varnishes and coatings: protection and enhancement of packaging
Corrugated board packaging can be provided with a wide variety of coatings.All varnishes and coatings refine the packaging. At Panther Print, these coatings are applied in preprint coating units supported by transfer rollers and squeegee systems in one operation during the printing process:
- High-gloss coatings
- Protective coatings
- Anti-slip finishes
- Various coatings
The varnishes and printing inks used by Panther are water-based acrylic resin varnish, paints and coatings that are practically solvent-free. According to the definition of the printing ink industry, these products are also considered to be free of heavy metals.