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Dantex - Photopolymer Plate Technology

About Dantex

Dantex is Europe's largest distributor of letterpress and flexo plates. We are a specialist supplier of water-wash photopolymer plates and processing equipment, and have been serving the needs of the packaging industry for nearly 50 years.

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ABOUT Dantex

SECTOR: Multiple Industries

SUB SECTOR: Beverage     


Dantex is Europe's largest distributor of letterpress and flexo plates. We are a specialist supplier of water-wash photopolymer plates and processing equipment, and have been serving the needs of the packaging industry for nearly 50 years.

Dantex PicoColour UV Digital Label Press

PicoColour® UV inkjet digital press (CMYK+W) is a versatile, small footprint label printing system offering superb printed results at a competitive price. It offers a printing width of 210mm and runs up to 35m per minute on substrate thicknesses of 30 microns to 320 microns. It is a high quality, highly productive printing system; job setup requires minimal time, giving ultra-fast turnaround. PicoColour is built to last and simple to operate and maintain. It is designed and manufactured by Dantex in the UK, with an emphasis on operational precision and long-term use.

Flexographic Photopolymer Plates

We offer environmentally friendly, solvent-free solutions for a variety of flexographic applications. Our water-wash photopolymer plates give consistent results, finer resolution, deep reverses and excellent ink transfer. Our plates are quick and clean to produce and are compatible with water, UV and solvent-based inks. They are available in digital and analogue formats.

Our flexographic photopolymer plates include:

  • Rapidoflex: our latest UV flexo plate innovation, Rapidoflex is solvent-free and press-ready in under 20min; it is the fastest flexo plate on the market
  • Aquaflex Optima: developed for use with flexographic ink formulations, including UV, alcohol/ester and other co-solvents, the Aquaflex Optima LAM plate enables high-quality, cost-effective processing
  • Aquaflex Varnica: designed for all varnish and coating applications, these plates can be processed and press-ready in just 15 minutes when used in combination with the Dantex dry film system

Letterpress Printing Plates

Dantex analogue letterpress printing plates and Dantex digital letterpress printing plates can be used for all letterpress, semi-rotary and dry offset applications. Available plate types include:

  • Torelief Analogue plates can be made by exposing the image using matt negative film
  • Torelief Precision plates are imaged using LAM technology CTP systems – Dantex recommends EskoArtwork systems
  • Torelief and Torelief Precision plates can be easily processed using Dantex Aquaflex water-wash plate making equipment
  • Torelief and Torelief Precision ultra-high resolution plate materials give a sharp and accurate printed result, and produce a very fine screen ruling with trouble-free performance on press.

Water Wash Plate Processing Equipment

Dantex is a specialist manufacturer of water-wash plate processing equipment. Our Aquaflex range is designed for use with Torelief and Aquaflex plates and uses only water-wash technology and waste water filtration. Dedicated photopolymer plate exposure and fully automated inline plate processing systems are available, as well as combination units.

Our Aquaflex water-wash plate processing equipment ensures that our plates provide the fastest wash times in the world, superior ink transfer, long life on press and excellent quality results. Models include:

  • Fully-automated inline units
  • Combination processors
  • Exposure units
  • Detach cabinets
  • Plate finishing systems
  • Plate cleaning systems
  • Light tables
  • Filtration systems

Digital Pre-press Systems

Esko digital flexo and letterpress plate imaging systems (Spark CTP) with fully integrated Esko workflow can make your production faster and more effective. We offer:

Esko – Flexo CTP
Esko software: software for the design, production, communication and management phases of the complete packaging and printing supply chain.
Proofing: our proofing solutions range from soft proofing technology to screened contract proofs that employ the latest inkjet technology.
Quality control tools: Our solutions allow you to maintain a consistent level of quality and performance, and identify plate and print issues before they affect production.
Wide format inkjet: Epson Stylus inkjet wide format printers are perfect for proofing and inkjet film production; we supply a range of sizes to suit the label and packaging markets.
Anilox rolls, plate mounting tapes and quality control tools.

We can supply a range of pressroom products to support your plate production, including:

Dantex manufactures a range of sleeves:

  • Printing, Cover, Anilox, Basic, Adapters, conductive and non-conductive, sleeve refurbishment.
  • Anilox rolls and associated inspection and cleaning services
  • Plate mounting tapes for all letterpress and flexographic plate mounting applications
  • Quality control tools for flexo printers, label printers and trade houses, to optimise your pre-press quality control


Head Office
Danon House, 5 Kings Road
Bradford, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1274 777 777

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Dantex provide perfect varnish application solution for Glossop Cartons

Leading manufacturer of carton board packaging products, Glossop Cartons, has recently invested in an Aquaflex Varnica plate making system. The solution, suitable for all varnish applications, was installed by the Dantex Group and includes Star Plate software, an A1 exposure unit and an AQF900 plate making system, providing Glossop with in-house control, improved lead times and reduced costs.

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Role Changes at Dantex

We are pleased to announce that Andy Abbott has now been appointed Director of Operations at Dantex. Andy officially transitioned from the position of UK Sales Director in October and has since ensured the full and efficient transfer of part of his past responsibilities to his colleagues. During his past 17 years at Dantex he has been involved with Letterpress as well as Flexo products and, lately, with sleeves and the Dantex Pico range of digital presses.

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