Creation helps OPM Labels go solvent-free in label print

Creation Reprographics (‘Creation’), a dedicated prepress partner to packaging and label printers, has helped leading UK-based flexible packaging and label printer, OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Limited (‘OPM’), to go solvent-free in its print operations.

Creation, which partners with printers across the flexible packaging and label sectors to deliver high quality origination and workflow solutions, has shared details of its work with OPM, which sees the innovative printer eliminate harmful solvent washout from its prepress operations.

With the support of Creation, OPM has adopted water-washable plate technology in the form of Asahi AWP™ DEW, a range of plates that incorporate Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, to boost speed and quality while removing VOCs from the equation. Additionally, the plates can be processed without the high temperatures required for classic polymer plates.

Matt Francklow, managing director of Creation Reprographics, comments: “We’re proud to have worked with the talented OPM team for over seven years, and it’s been fantastic to watch their sustainability journey and to play our part. OPM is a business that understands its responsibility to the world around us and always looks to reduce its environmental footprint wherever possible – just like ourselves.

“OPM has a hard-earned reputation for real innovation in the flexible packaging and label sectors; it’s a leader and has never been a ‘me-too’ printer. Because of this, the Asahi AWP range we have provided makes a very natural fit for their operations. The plate dares printers to think bigger and view sustainability differently. Straight away, the OPM team found that switching to solvent-free plates improved quality, registration and print resolution. It echoes the message we’re giving to the print and packaging sector – sustainability doesn’t have to be a compromise. The plates we offer don’t just underpin a more sustainable supply chain, they’re top of the class in terms of quality and performance.”

Alongside a collection of leading solvent-free plates, Creation also champions digital automation technologies that reduce the burden of waste through removing errors and the need for print reruns through fast and precise digitised workflows. As part of its ongoing work with OPM, Creation has also delivered fully-integrated digital workflows in the form of Esko Automation Engine and Tharsten MIS. 

Susan Ellison, joint owner and chief disrupter at OPM, adds: “Despite our strong market position, our team is never comfortable resting on its laurels – we always look to improve and develop our sustainable operations. Partnering with Creation makes it simple for us. We know that the materials and technologies they offer are truly value adding, and the Asahi AWP plate range is a perfect example. 

“For our brand customers across the flexible packaging and label markets, ‘green’ production is essential, but cannot come at the cost of quality and performance. With the support of our partners at Creation, we can hit new heights of sustainability, while significantly quickening the make-ready and delivering the print quality that wows every time. The best part is that we don’t need to make concessions or compromises at any point. With Creation, we get everything we need from a responsible reprographics partner – and more.”