It is rare that new printing methods are introduced, but it happened last week. The announcement came in the form of a press release that described a joint venture between MDC Max Daetwyler, the Swiss firm that pioneered the first successful laser gravure system, and Interprint GmbH, the German-based printer of fabrics, carpets, and wood for interior design. The two companies are planning to install the first press based on the technology at an Interprint plant about a year from now.
It is clear from the press release that the LaserSonic technology is not related to either inkjet or toner-based printing. It uses “ordinary gravure and flexo inks,” including metallics, which can be either water-based or solvent-based. Because it uses standard inks, the press release says, running costs are low and the environmental impact is minimal.
The press release is available only in German, and it provides no details about the technology. It can be found here:
Because there will probably be broad interest in this technology, I have posted an English translation of the press release at Beyond-print.net. It is here: