Package printing


We at the THIMM Group offer you an unparalleled variety of printing options. We offer an extensive range of printing and embossing procedures for packaging and display solutions: Flexo-Preprint, Flexo-Postprint incl. High Quality Postprint (HQPP), offset printing and digital printing.

We prepare a showstopping entrance for your products

To us, printing expertise means more than just printing services. We offer you comprehensive support with all aspects of package printing! We use high-performance prepressing to prepare your files professionally and adapt them to the printing procedure selected. Our support services range from market competition analysis, to design and prepressing, to technical process support and custom, high-quality package printing.

Our packaging printing division has a state-of-the-art technology portfolio and offers a wide variety of printing processes, for instance flexographic preprint (using a central cylinder process or our unique belt technology), flexographic postprint including high quality postprint (HQPP), offset printing and digital printing. Our colour management with proof technology is fine-tuned to our printing presses, ensuring optimum control from the very beginning. Modern track monitoring systems guarantee consistent quality in all your orders, meeting even the highest standards.

What’s the difference between direct printing and pre-printing?

Direct printing is done within the machine while the corrugated sheet is undergoing further processing. Pre-printing involves using previously printed rolls of paper to produce packaging—in other words, printing the roll of paper in a previous stage of production.

Flexographic printing vs. offset printing: two printing methods, numerous benefits

Generally speaking, these two printing processes differ in terms of how colour is transferred onto the printing stock. Flexographic printing is a letterprint process, i.e., the print areas protrude upward from an elastic polymer printing plate. Offset printing is a flat printing process in which the areas to be coloured are etched out of a flat metal printing plate.

The amount of ink transferred is measured in lines per cm in all printing processes. More ink (up to 100 lines/cm) can be printed onto a material using offset printing than with flexo-printing (18 to 54 lines/ cm). The higher the number of lines, the clearer the image when viewed up close. Offset printing is typically used for presentation boxes, brochures, posters and displays; flexographic printing is usually used for transport packaging, folding boxes, stackable display boxes and wrapping papers.

What does ThimmColor® entail?

Our ThimmColor® brand stands for many years of expertise in the flexo preprinting sector. As pioneers in this market, we have established a unique belt printing process that offers both sustainability and profitability, while allowing maximum flexibility in terms of print formats and print run sizes - giving you attractive, eye-catching product packaging and display solutions from a single source.

THIMM is a two-time recordholder in flexo rotary printing

THIMM Verpackung GmbH + Co. KG set a printing industry world record for the first time back in 1997, when it successfully realised 24 different printing orders involving 52 colour changes in just 24 hours (three eight hour shifts with three employees per shift). They produced a total of 250,000 m² of printed paper - enough to cover 34 football pitches!
Five years later, in June 2002, THIMM Print set a record for the largest one-piece image ever printed using the flexographic roll printing method. THIMM owes these achievements to its one-of-a-kind belt printing technology. This world record-setting performance is around five times higher than what can be achieved using industry standard single-cylinder flexographic printing machines. Minimal setup time, dedicated employees, exceptional quality and near-100% machine utilisation were just a few of the reasons why THIMM’s print performance made headlines in trade press as well.

Digital printing: Presenting a modern printing process

Unlike conventional printing methods such as letterprint, gravure, flat printing and screen printing, digital printing cannot be categorised in terms of the printing media or colour application, as it does not involve a static print substrate. In this printing method, the print image is transferred directly to the press via computer.

Our ThimmColor® digital brand delivers high-quality printing for corrugated cardboard packaging and displays from the very first sheet. The process can also be used to realise custom print images and personalisation right down to the individual units. Print management makes it possible to simulate other printing methods.

Packaging prints from the THIMM Group win the DFTA Award

The Flexodruck Fachverband e.V. awards the DFTA Award to excellent packaging prints. Two packaging prints from the THIMM Group have won the coveted award:

Display printing for Aoste is the winner in the "Digital Packaging Printing" category.  It was produced on our digital web press in Ilsenburg. Digital printing realistically recreates the wood structure and creates a three-dimensional effect'.

The packaging print for Intersnack Knabber-Gebäck GmbH & Co. KG was produced in five colours using flexo central cylinder printing. It was awarded a prize by the jury in the category "pre-printed corrugated board". This packaging print impresses with its high screen widths and excellent colour brilliance. The finest colour gradients in packaging printing are combined with softly lying areas. The brand with the product designation required 100 percent register accuracy, as the packaging print was produced in four process colours.

Further information on these two packaging prints can be found in our press release.