The high level of standardization and minimal complexity of the plate manufacturing process in offset printing mean that most offset printers now produce their printing forms themselves. But how does flexographic printing compare with this?
In flexographic printing, printing forms are generally manufactured by service providers and delivered to printers. One of the reasons for this is that the production process for a photopolymer printing form involves a lot of stages and requires a lot of equipment. With laser engraving of the flexographic printing form, things are completely different. In this case, the ready-for-press block is imaged with just one device in a single step.