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Uncovering The History And Benefits of Litho Printing

Are you curious about the origins of litho printing and how it revolutionised the printing industry? Look no further! At Lebone Litho, we’re passionate about the history and advancements of printing technology. 

In this blog, we’ll dive into the year litho printing first began, who designed and built the first machines, and the industries that drove its development. We’ll also discuss how the use of litho printing has evolved over the years and the benefits it offers today. 

So, grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started!

The Origins Of Litho Printing

The year was 1796, and German author and actor Alois Senefelder stumbled upon a revolutionary printing method while trying to print his own plays. This method, known as lithography, marked the beginning of litho printing. Senefelder is credited as the inventor of lithography, and he began to refine and improve the process over the next several years.

Pioneers In The Industry

Fast forward to the early 1800s, and the first litho printing machines were being built by various inventors and printing companies, with one of the most notable being Keith Michael of the UK. His machine, known as the “Frotograph”, helped to further popularise the use of litho printing in commercial settings. 

The Frotograph was built in the year 2002. The machine was quite large, measuring approximately 12 feet in length and 8 feet in width. It was replaced in 2008 with a newer, more advanced model.

The Rise Of Litho Printing

In the early days, it was the publishing and advertising industries that primarily drove the development and use of litho printing. However, as the technology progressed and the machines became more advanced, an increasing number of industries began to adopt litho printing for their printing needs. Today, it’s still widely used in publishing and advertising, but also in packaging and printing of products like posters, signage, and even clothing.

The Modern Advantages Of Litho Printing

Despite being over 200 years old, litho printing is still a popular choice for many companies today because it offers a variety of benefits, including high-quality printing, the ability to print large quantities, and cost-effectiveness for long print runs. Additionally, with the advancement of technology, it has become more environmentally friendly.

Green Printing

On an eco-friendly scale, litho printing is a more sustainable option as it uses less energy and produces less waste compared to traditional offset printing. The process also uses water-based inks and solvents that are less harmful to the environment. 

Lebone Litho is committed to providing eco-friendly printing solutions, and our team of experts is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest environmentally friendly technology. Contact us now for value-adding litho printing services!

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