Fujifilm’s Flenex plates add the finishing touches to stunning book jacket designs
March 22, 2022
CPI Books reflects on the multiple benefits to book jacket production since its adoption of Fujifilm’s Flenex water-washable flexo plates in 2019
Spot varnish coatings are critical to completing eye-catching book jacket designs that stand out on the shelf and help to drive sales. Leading UK book printer CPI Books, based in Croydon, south London, was previously using thermal flexographic plates for this process, but concerns over print quality and excessive waste – including the use of solvents and wicking cloths – led them to investigate Fujifilm’s Flenex water-washable flexo plates as an alternative.
As a Jet Press customer, CPI Books already had a pre-existing relationship with Fujifilm and they made the decision to broaden this partnership much further, to include the supply of Flenex FW plates, following a period of consultation and a visit to the Fujifilm Advanced Print Technology Centre in Brussels.
CPI began to see the benefits of making the switch immediately. Graham Faulkner, Works Manager at CPI Books, says:
Fujifilm provides bespoke Flenex FW plates cut to size to match CPI’s precise on-press requirements and a large local stockholding in the UK ensures consistent and rapid supply.
Andy Kent, Divisional Manager, Fujifilm Graphic Systems UK adds: