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Letterpress and Flexo Plates, Water-Wash Photopolymer Plates and Processing Equipment

Dantex is Europe's largest distributor of letterpress and flexo plates. We are a specialist supplier of water-wash photopolymer plates and processing equipment, and have been serving the needs of the packaging industry for over 40 years.

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Dantex is Europe’s largest distributor of letterpress and flexo plates. We are a specialist supplier of water-wash photopolymer plates and processing equipment, and have been serving the needs of the packaging industry for over 40 years.

Flexographic photopolymer plates

We offer environmentally friendly, solvent-free solutions for a variety of flexographic applications. Our water-wash photopolymer plates give consistent results, finer resolution, deep reverses and excellent ink transfer. Our flexographic photopolymer plates make plate production quick, clean and simple, and are compatible with water, UV and solvent-based inks. They are available in digital and analogue formats.

Our flexographic photopolymer plates include:

  • Rapidoflex: our latest UV flexo plate innovation, Rapidoflex is solvent-free and press-ready in under 20min; it is the fastest flexo plate on the market
  • Aquaflex Aqua: developed for use with all water-based ink formulations, the Aquaflex Aqua LAM plate offers superb quality in the fastest possible time
  • Aquaflex Optima: developed for use with flexographic ink formulations, including UV, alcohol/ester and other co-solvents, the Aquaflex Optima LAM plate enables high-quality, cost-effective processing
  • Aquaflex Varnica: designed for all varnish and coating applications, these plates can be processed and press-ready in just 15 minutes when used in combination with the Dantex dry film system

Letterpress printing plates

Dantex analogue letterpress printing plates and Dantex digital letterpress printing plates can be used for all letterpress, semi-rotary and dry offset applications. Available plate types include:

  • Torelief Analogue plates can be made by exposing the image using matt negative film
  • Torelief Precision plates are imaged using LAM technology CTP systems – Dantex recommends EskoArtwork systems
  • Torelief and Torelief Precision plates can be easily processed using Dantex Aquaflex water-wash plate making equipment

Torelief and Torelief Precision ultra-high resolution plate materials have been developed to meet the growing demand for ever-finer reproducibility. These new materials allow the user to obtain a sharp and accurate printed result, and this plate will produce a vey fine screen ruling and give trouble-free performance on press.

Water-wash plate processing equipment

Dantex is a specialist manufacturer of water-wash plate processing equipment. Our Aquaflex range is designed for use with Torelief and Aquaflex plates and uses only water-wash technology and waste water filtration. Dedicated photopolymer plate exposure and fully automated inline plate processing systems are available, as well as combination units.

Our Aquaflex water-wash plate processing equipment ensures that our plates provide the fastest wash times in the world, superior ink transfer, long life on press and excellent quality results. Models include:

  • Aquaflex combination units
  • Aquaflex exposure units
  • Aquaflex inline units
  • Detack cabinets
  • Filtration systems
  • PA Inox combination units

Digital pre-press systems

Our digital pre-press systems are ideal for a wide range of packaging and label printing processes, including digital imaging and software for professional graphic design, and the pre-production, production, communication and management phases of the pre-press process.

EskoArtwork digital flexo and letterpress plate imaging systems (Spark CTP) with fully integrated Esko workflow can make your production faster and more effective. We offer:

  • EskoArtwork – Flexo CTP: Flexo CTP has a strong history in flexographic printing; 90% of all digital flexo plates are imaged on a Spark
  • EskoArtwork software: software for the design, production, communication and management phases of the complete packaging and printing supply chain
  • Proofing: our proofing solutions range from soft proofing technology to screened contract proofs that employ the latest inkjet technology
  • Quality control tools: Our solutions allow you to maintain a consistent level of quality and performance, and identify plate and print issues before they affect production
  • RIP: RIP solutions include screening, trapping, colour management, remote output, cropping, tiling, step-and-repeat and inkjet film production
  • Wide format inkjet: Epson Stylus inkjet wide format printers are perfect for proofing and inkjet film production; we supply a range of sizes to suit the label and packaging markets

Anilox rolls, plate mounting tapes and quality control tools

We can supply a range of pressroom products to support your plate production, including:

  • Anilox rolls and associated inspection and cleaning services
  • Plate mounting tapes for all letterpress and flexographic plate mounting applications
  • Quality control tools for flexo printers, label printers and trade houses, to optimise your pre-press quality control

UV Inkjet Digital Label Press

PicoColour uses the latest Xaar 1003 printhead, which delivers exceptionally smooth print tones and solid areas, which are perfect for printing amazing lifelike images, pin sharp text and bold colours with an extended colour gamut.

SuperWhite® – Highest Opacity Inkjet White on the Market

Dantex is proud to launch SuperWhite® technology on PicoJet 330 & 254. This latest innovation from the Dantex Advance Engineering team is capable of producing white ink opacity between 86% and 92% in a single pass at 75m/min (250ft/min), making it the highest opacity high-speed inkjet white available on the market.

12 April 2021

Dantex Group Reinforces Supply Capability for Can Dècor Sector

Dantex is well known in the field of photopolymer plate supplies, and due to the recent growth in demand from the two-piece canning and aerosol industry, Dantex has decided to expand its plate cutting and packaging lines across the group.

10 December 2020

Benjamin Danon becomes new CEO of Dantex Group

As from 1 January 2021, Benjamin Danon will take over as CEO of Dantex Group as his father, Richard Danon, moves to executive chairman with special emphasis on Dantex’s future digital inkjet programme

8 December 2020

Dantex Signs Digital Distributor Partnership for Indian Sub-Continent

Underlining their ongoing commitment to expand their digital business globally, Dantex’s digital division, part of the Dantex Group, has recently signed a new distributor partnership with Printers Supply Co. Pvt. Ltd - a Kolkata, India-based supplier of print solutions to the labels market.

18 November 2020

Dantex to Highlight Pico Range at Packaging Innovations

Following success in the UV digital press market, Dantex looks forward to promoting further advancements to the Pico range with its latest innovation, the PicoJet Digital UV Inkjet Press at Packaging Innovations.

25 February 2019

Hart Labels Invests in Dantex PicoColour

A recent investment in a Dantex PicoColour UV inkjet digital label press has helped Hart Labels create new opportunities, in what is being acknowledged by the label specialist as a “game-changer”. 

13 February 2019

Dantex Supplies Digital Press to Paramount Labels

Established in 2008 originally as a flexo printer, Cannock-based Paramount Labels has become a recognised name in flexo and digital label printing for a range of customers from emerging brands to multinationals.

3 August 2018

Dantex PicoColour® II Launch

Dantex is proud to announce the launch of its PicoColour® II high-speed UV inkjet digital label press. The press has been developed by the Dantex Digital team and JF Machines Limited, now a part of the Dantex Group.

13 July 2015

Dantex Truepress Open Days

Dantex is to hold an open house event to showcase the Truepress Jet L350UV Digital Label Press and would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in finding out more to visit their Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK offices on 17 and 18 September.

28 August 2014

DantexRBCor at Label Expo

DantexRBCor is a subsidiary of Dantex and a market leader in the fields of digital and analogue letterpress, flexo and UV flexo water wash plates, and processing equipment.

8 July 2014

Screen Truepress Wins EDP Award

The European Digital Press Association (EDP) has voted the Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press 'Best Label Printing Solution' in the 2014 EDP Awards.

19 June 2014

L350UV Demo Facility Now Open

Dantex are delighted to announce that the TRUEPRESS L350UV inkjet label press is now available for demonstration at their site in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK.

6 May 2014

Plates and More at Packaging Innovations

At Packaging Innovations 2014 Dantex will introduce Truepress Jet L350UV, a digital label press that delivers photo realistic quality and fast, stable output.

27 January 2014

A Flexo Star for APE Etiquettes

Dantex customer, APE, has, once again, been awarded a Silver FLEXO STAR by the Association Technique Française de la Flexographie (ATF Flexo).

9 January 2014

Dantex Holds Digital Open Day in the UK

Dantex is to hold an open day to showcase its new improved 1290 Digital Label Printing System, Rewinder and Coating Unit, and would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in finding out more to visit their Bradford offices on Wednesday 14th November.

17 October 2012

Dantex Acquires RBCOR Business to Strengthen US Presence

Dantex Corp USA is escalating its presence in North America with the acquisition of RBCOR's business. RBCOR, located in San Marcos, California, has long been recognized as a leading supplier of letterpress and Flexo plates to North American end-users.

7 September 2012

Dantex Graphics Limited

Danon House
5 Kings Road
United Kingdom

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