Are Gravure Cylinders Really That Expensive?

Issue Information

This article originally appeared in the (08) August 2006 issue of Gravure Magazine

Executive Summary

In September 2005, the author presented an investigation comparing the costs of processing gravure cylinders and web-offset plates. This investigation was a follow-up of a study he made 20 years ago when he was the Secretary General of the European Rotogravure Association.

In the 1986 investigation, a relationship of 3:1 was found in favor of web-offset plates calculated per page (or surface area)—i.e., a gravure cylinder was three times more expensive to process in relation to a web-offset plate with the same surface area, in this case an A4 page (210x297 mm).