Asahi is helping to lead the way with the next big step toward quality and efficiency for flexography –  the fixed color palette printing technique. This approach typically uses CMYK, or CMYK + Orange, Green and Violet or Blue. The latter, also referred to as Extended Colour Gamut (ECG) printing, can match a wide array of spot colors (virtually eliminating the use for them, and deliver better quality than CMYK alone.

Flexography has made huge strides in recent years, achieving quality that rivals offset and gravure. And now the technology is poised to move to the next level, making it even more competitive with alternative printing technologies.  And Asahi is at the forefront of this movement.

As the exclusive U.S. distributor of Asahi flexo plates, the team here at Correct-Touch Graphic Arts is proud to be a part of the next big thing for flexo!


Experts estimate that fixed palette printing using the seven colors (CMYK + Orange, Green and Violet or Blue) can match as many as 80% or more of the 1,729 named Pantone spot colors.  Which makes it incredibly efficient during the production process.

ECG printing provides the ability to combine jobs from multiple customers on the same run.  It also means less press washing and setup time since the same inks are being used from job to job.  Less down time, less waste and faster print runs means a more efficient use of your time and money every time!

Combined With Asahi's AWP Plate, It's a Winning Recipe For Success!

The example print to the right here was produced with an Extended Color Gamut fixed palette of 7 inks, which allowed for multiple jobs to print in the same run, and with the highest quality results.

The print design and setup was done by Cyber Graphics.  It was then converted and printed by Robinette.

This example was printed on Asahi's water washable AWP plate, supplied by CTGA, which is particularly suitable for this type of job as the registration requirement from plate to plate is particularly challenging for 7 color printing.  

The AWP flexo plate also offers incredible precision utilizing Asahi's Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer, which creates the highest quality prints time after time after time.

Additionally the print was done completely with water based lamination inks. All together in very environmentally balanced printing sample with water based inks and water washable plates.

The future of flexography and sustainable, efficient, quality printing is here today, and Asahi is leading the way!


If you're interested in learning more about Fixed Color Palette printing, and CTGA's exclusive line of Asahi Flexo Plate materials, please contact us today and speak with a technical sales representative in your area to find out how we can help you and your business succeed.  We look forward to serving you!
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