Who We Are
Founded in 1986 in Grosseto (Tuscany), in the center of Italy's "Wine Region", Grafiche Polimar is able to meet all printing requirements necessary to provide your product with a label that exalts quality perception.
The company has established itself over the years with continuous updating of technology, resulting in highly motivated, specialized personnel and creative capacity.
The coordination between departments, pre-press, printing and finishing provides an answer in a short time, edited and processed by a qualified young team.
The four thousand returning customers, acquired over more than twenty years of business in the wine sector are living proof of professionalism and passion we put in our job.Our Team is composed of highly motivated and professional elements. All persons are actively involved in the Company growth and participate to it's technical and commercial development
Most of our Customers provide their own graphic files created from their Design Studio of trust. Those files are then processed from our pre-press office to be refined to suite the chosen printing method. A sample is then sent to the Customer for final approval before final printing.
In our Company we never settle with the solutions available on the market. We have always been ahead by developing new techniques and the machinery necessary to print with the efficiency and precision requested by our standards. New methods and effects are always developing and offered to our existing Customers before official release.
Polimar can offer a professional Design Service to it's customers that do not have an internal Designer or that want to interface with only one provider for the full labeling service. We also offer a range of label designs with full copyright ownership.
Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. Compared to other printing methods, offset printing is best suited for cost-effectively producing large volumes of high quality prints in an economically sound manner
Offset lithography is one of the most common ways of creating printed matter. A few of its common applications include: newspapers, magazines, brochures, stationery, and books.
Modern offset presses use computer to plate systems as opposed to the older computer to film workflows, which further increases their quality.
Advantages of offset printing compared to other printing methods include:
Consistent high image quality. Offset printing produces sharp and clean images and type more easily than letterpress printing because the rubber blanket conforms to the texture of the printing surface.
Quick and easy production of printing plates.
Longer printing plate life than on direct litho presses because there is no direct contact between the plate and the printing surface. Properly developed plates running in conjunction with optimized inks and fountain solution may exceed run lengths of a million impressions.
Cost. Offset printing is the cheapest method to produce high quality printing in commercial printing quantities.
Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas. Screen printing is also a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of silk or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced through the mesh onto the printing surface. It is also known as silkscreen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing.
Screen printing method allow to produce a 3D effect on the label by adding thickness to the ink.
Flexography (often abbreviated to flexo) is a form of printing process which utilizes a flexible relief plate. It is basically an updated version of letterpress that can be used for printing on almost any type of substrate including plastic, metallic films, cellophane, and paper. It is widely used for printing on the non-porous substrates required for various types of food packaging (it is also well suited for printing large areas of solid color).
Flexo has an advantage over lithography in that it can use a wider range of inks, water based rather than oil based inks, and is good at printing on a variety of different materials like plastic, foil, acetate film, brown paper, and other materials used in packaging. Typical products printed using flexography include brown corrugated boxes, flexible packaging including retail and shopping bags, food and hygiene bags and sacks, milk and beverage cartons, flexible plastics, self adhesive labels, disposable cups and containers, envelopes and wallpaper. A number of newspapers now eschew the more common offset lithography process in favour of flexo. Flexographic inks, like those used in gravure and unlike those used in lithography, generally have a low viscosity. This enables faster drying and, as a result, faster production, which results in lower costs. Printing press speeds of up to 600 meters per minute (2000 feet per minute) are achievable now with modern technology high-end printers.
Flexography has a much lower resolution if compared with offset printing and the edge of the character do not achieve the same definition as offset printing. Other drawback is the difficulty to achieve precision of the line on uneven substrate like hammered paper.
Foil stamping, typically a commercial print process, is the application of pigment or metallic foil, often gold or silver , but can also be various patterns or what is known as pastel foil which is a flat opaque color or white special film-backed material, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper.
Foil stamping uses heat and metallic film in a specialty printing process that produces a shiny design on paper, vinyl, textiles, wood, hard plastic, leather, and other materials. Foil stamping, also called hot stamping, dry stamping, foil imprinting, or leaf stamping, can be combined with dimensional embossing to make letters and images on labels, business cards, book covers, gift cards, office folders, and a whole host of professional or personal items.
Instead of using magnetism, plates, or inks to print words and shapes, foil stamping uses dies, or sculpted metal stamps. The heated dies seal a thin later of metallic leaf onto a surface. The foil comes in a wide roll, large enough for several passes, backed by Mylar. The hot die works similarly to a letterpress. Once heated, it presses the foil against the substrate material with enough pressure that the foil sticks only in the intended places, leaving a slight imprint.
Molten Metal® printing
Molten Metal printing technique, developed by Polimar 6 years ago, allow to print characters, logos and other graphic details with a "molten metal" effect.
The printed detail looks like if hot metal has been used instead of ink and "freezed" on the paper. The actual method used is protected by patent.
Grafiche POLIMAR Srl - Grosseto - Italy