A gravure printing sleeve cylinder is the engraved image carrier used in gravure
printing and typically comprises a steel cylinder base or underlying metal structure
that supports the engraved image-carrying layer. The base cylinder needs to be fitted
with shafts prior to installation into the press.
• Publication printing for magazines, newspapers, add inserts, catalogues.
• Other substrates such as gift wrapping, wallpaper, postage stamps, thin film, nylon, etc.
• Packaging printing, including polyethylene, polypropylene, polyester, laminates for furniture, vinyl, BOPP.
• Steel gravure cylinder bases are first lightly plated either with copper in a cyanide bath or with nickel.
• Each cylinder is then transferred to an acid copper sulphate bath and grown to the appropriate size.
• Close control of the production process of a good cylinder allows for a very exact engraving surface for
optimal image quality and cell wall integrity.
• Once engraving has been completed, a chrome layer is added by the engraver before polishing stones are
used to compensate for any plating inaccuracies.