For the past 100 years or so, “flexo,” short for flexographic printing, has served as one of the primary methods of printing envelopes. The practice was named because of the flexible rubber place that applies the graphic images.
Within the past 30 years, flexographic printing has undergone a number of innovations, opening up a whole new range of options. Previously, the process was limited to only the simplest graphics, though it served well enough for reply envelopes and return addresses. Now, flexo printing is regularly utilized for screens, halftones, process printing, and much more.
One of the most significant advantages of flexographic printing lies in the ability to integrate it into the process of creating the envelopes themselves. Instead of relying on a separate offset printing process, flexo often combines envelope folding machines with built-in printing stations to customize the envelopes both inside and out.
Most often, customers opt for flexographic printing when the desired order quantity reaches 100,000 or more. For long-run envelope jobs, few techniques beat flexo. It is hard to argue with this economical solution when considering custom envelopes with multiple colors and bleeds at large quantities. Compared to other printing processes, flexographic printing frequently proves to be less expensive to set up and run, making it a popular solution for jobs like mail campaigns and monthly billing.
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