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flexography (surface printing)

Flexography, sometimes referred to as "surface printing," is a method commonly used for printing on packaging and other uneven surfaces. In "flexo," the plates used in the printing process are often made of rubber or flexible plastic, allowing the inked surface to conform to many kinds of substrate s.

These inks, unlike those used in lithography , generally have low viscosity, as is the case with the inks used in gravure . This quality makes both processes quick-drying, which in turn results in relatively high speeds of production for both techniques.

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