Printing as one of the greatest Israeli achievements. Two new original stamps released

March 27th, 2016

The printing industry is one of the five largest industries in the world. Since the 1980's, Israeli companies like Scitex and Indigo have integrated innovative digital technologies into production processes, thereby contributing greatly to increasing the efficiency of the industry. Thanks to this pioneering work, Israel has become a global force in the printing field.

To underline the importance of these achievements Israeli Post issued two bright stamps that highly recommends our readers.

Digital Prepress Stamp

Using the image of a pomegranate that represents "Israeliness", the stamp illustrates the four color separations, magneta, yellow, cyan and black. The core of the digital process is symbolically represented through the richness of the color of the laser beams being shone on the printing plates. The stamp tab image illustrate a magnified image of a CMYK rosette comprised of color dots at various angles

The Prepress process enables the integration of all the various elements that comprise a printed page ‒ images, graphics, text and background colors ‒ into one single entity. The final products of this process are the printing plates which are mounted on the printing press, one plate for each color. Until 1979 this was performed through a manual process based on the work of graphic artists using scissors, rulers and glue.

The Prepress industry underwent a dramatic change in 1979 when Scitex, which was founded by the late Israeli entrepreneur Efi Arazi, presented the Response 300 system at the GEC in Milan. This was a new breakthrough that integrated a digital computer into the process for the first time.

Digital Printing Stamp

Using an image of a promegranate, this stamp illustrates the indigo digital printing process where every image can be different in both color and shape. It also features a diagram of the inside of an indigo press.thw tab shows the advanced Indigo 1000 press.

Ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the first printing press 600 years ago, the printing industry was operated mechanically. Most of the commercial printing methods utilized over the years entailed labor-intensive processes. A large portion of the production time for marketing materials, books or packaging was needed for the preparatory stages of printing, such as creating the printing plates and adjusting the printing machines ("make-ready"). These processes made printing expensive and wasteful, especially when producing a small number of copies.

All of this changed in 1993, when Indigo, an Israeli company, launched the world's first high-quality digital press, the E-Print 1000 which revolutionized the printing industry. Indigo's digital press was able to print a small number of copies, or different images, easily and economically without compromising print quality.

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