Gravure printing offers unique advantages for overall productivity. It is commonly used for producing printed products requiring rich color graphics at high press speeds. It has fewer variables to control than other printing processes, ensuring more consistent print quality throughout a run. Gravure is used to print on a broad range of substrates such as paper, aluminum foil, and many kind of film. It is also positioned well for long-run printing due to the exceptional durability of gravure cylinders.
Flexography is a popular relief printing process for flexible packaging. It employs a soft rubber or photopolymer image carrier instead of a metal one as gravure printing. Flexography uses low viscosity ink similar to gravure inks. The sleeve system plate gives flexography printing a quick change over advantage, as well as the adaptability to printing a wide variety of products and substrates.