Meeting the demands of the ever-changing customer needs combined with a fast evolution of technology, markets are forced to adapt quickly and to change the way they operate.

To meet the needs of an efficient and swift method of printing labels, Flint Group Flexographic developed another innovation addressing the balance of quality and cost by developing the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processing System.

The nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor incorporates the speed of thermal plate making with enhanced plate and print quality, offering a smart design with an enhanced user interface. The distinctive characteristics of the processor provides unprecedented control and allows for more consistent and stable plate production, promising ‘Thermal like you’ve never seen before’. “We believe our new, integrated solution, is in a class of its own,” remarks Friedrich von Rechteren, Global Commercial Vice President of Flint Group. “We achieved this result by looking at the thermal process holistically. By combining the best in equipment design, plate development and engineered fabric, Flint Group is offering a system which leads to reduced costs, improved quality and improved sustainability.”

There are four components of the system, each with unique and innovative features that combine to form a comprehensive solution for lightning-fast platemaking and high-end flexo printing.

At the heart of the processing system lies the nyloflex® Thermal Printing Plates. Inherent flat top dot plates are projected as seeing the most future growth, as they provide the benefits of flat top dot geometry without adding steps to the workflow. Furthermore, they bring a significant reduction in complexity, and increased efficiency in the prepress and plate making process, while offering the highest print quality.


Flint Group addressed this customer need with thermal flexo printing plates for high-quality printing on paper substrates with the nyloflex® XPH Digital and XPM Digital. The thermal flexo plates are specifically developed for printing high line screens; superior resistance to UV inks, and are suitable for water-based inks. The wide tonal range for reproduction on fine image elements and smooth vignettes provides highest quality.

Moreover, Flint Group announced, that additional thermal flat top dot flexo plates for use in multiple high-quality printing applications will be launched this year. Inherently flat top dot plates, with no additional equipment, processing steps or consumables required help printers and cliché makers to create high-quality, legible labels.


After the imaging the raw plates are first exposed in the nyloflex® Exposure ECLF before being processed. Flint Group‘s thermal plates are specifically formulated to perform exceptionally well in the nyloflex® Xpress Thermal Processor. Further benefits can be realized in the engineered fabric of the nyloflex® Developer Rolls, designed to be highly efficient and environmentally friendly.

“At Flint Group we work daily on all customer critical topics to satisfy our customers’ needs for ever improving cost and quality according to our key principles of ‘Better, Faster and Easier to use’,” stated Friedrich von Rechteren.

This content was sponsored by Flint Group.