Litho vs Screen Printing

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A very big part of the work we do on the custom packaging we manufacture at Magra Packaging are the designs and branding we print on them. Most of the printing is done as either screen printing or litho printing. Both of these printing methods have their benefits and uses in different printing applications.

Litho printing works on the basis that water and oil do not mix. A printing plate is created so that when ink is applied to the wet non-image area it is repelled. It is then transferred onto a rubber blanket and then onto the surface that you want your image printed on.

Benefits of litho printing:

  • Very cost-effective way of printing
  • High speed printing
  • Extremely good image quality

When performing screen printing a very fine mesh is used. This mesh is burnt in the places you don’t want to print thus creating a stencil. Ink is then slowly pressed through the mesh onto the surface you want to print on, a simple method of printing on packaging and various other surfaces.

Benefits of screen printing:

  • The inks last a lot longer than most printing methods
  • Can be used on a very wide variety of surfaces
  • Can produce very vibrant colours most other printing methods can’t

Screen printing is a bit slower than litho and doesn’t quite provide the same quality which is why it is often the more affordable of the two. Screen printing is also a lot more versatile and can be done on any surface that can be flattened.

The choice of which to use is ultimately yours, but each application may require a different printing method based on your quality requirements, the surface you are printing on and affordability. To find out more about our printing methods call our sales department on 021 448 1399 or mail us on [email protected]

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