Adamas for newspapers

Unique in its class, Adamas is a non-ablative chem-free thermal printing plate that does not require pre-heating and offers outstanding performance. This plate covers an extensive range of demanding newspaper printing applications.
Adamas newspaper printing

Expect supreme image quality, productivity and versatility with a minimal ecological footprint – discover Adamas, Agfa’s robust pre-heat-free, chem-free photopolymer printing plate.

Unique in its class Adamas combines an image quality of 200 lpi (1,200/1,270 dpi), and a run length of up to 350,000 revolutions with predictable, low dot gain and compatibility with most thermal platesetters on the market, as well as the Adamas clean-out unit.

The printing plate covers a wide range of applications produced in newspaper printing plants today, like daily and weekly newspapers, special interest editions or magazine-like products.

Adamas guarantees a fast make-ready process and minimizes paper waste at startup. A superb restart performance further reduces paper waste and saves time and costs.


  • Patented ThermoLink technology provides robustness, high image quality and optimal press performance.
  • Run lengths of up to 350,000 copies (75,000 copies with UV inks)
  • Designed to cover an extensive range of demanding newspaper applications
  • Daylight safety with an imaging resolution of up to 200 lpi (1,200/1,270 dpi)
  • Compatible with most thermal platesetters on the market
  • No ablation control required
  • High-sensitive, high-contrast, chem-free printing plate


Razor-sharp results

Adamas provides photorealistic image quality up to 200 lpi (1,200/1,270 dpi), depending on your platesetter type. Its protective overcoat prevents oxidation and eliminates ablation, guaranteeing durability and low maintenance.

Productivity made simple

A highly sensitive printing plate, Adamas is designed to handle even special print runs of up to 350,000 copies. It combines fast, accurate and wide-latitude plate exposure with simple processing and robustness.

Robust and durable

Adamas allows for coldset and low-power UV printing (with a run length of up to 75,000 revolutions). Its highlight dots are tough enough to offer a high-quality press performance, even on the longest press runs.

Optimal convenience

While Adamas’s robust and scratch-resistant surface allows for easy handling, its strong image contrast supports simple visual inspection and quality control, ensuring plates are mounted on press correctly. The plate supports all kind of vision bender and barcode reader in the punch & bending and stacking area.

ECO3 innovation

Committed to sustainable innovation that targets ecology, economy and extra convenience (ECO3), Agfa aims at developing cleaner and cost-effective solutions that are easy to operate and maintain, both for chemistry-free and conventional systems.

Adamas is a prime example of this philosophy, requiring only small quantities of clean-out gum – when combined with the Adamas COU clean-out series. The result? No use of water, decreased waste production, lower disposal costs and a safer work environment.

Patented ThermoLink technology

As a cutting-edge photopolymer plate, Adamas is based on Agfa’s patented ThermoLink technology. Thanks to the ThermoLink technology, the plate compounds are cross-linked without pre-heating, resulting in robustness, high image quality and optimal press performance. This swift polymerization process also ensures a predictable, low dot gain, making Adamas similar to a linear plate.



Agfa is committed to sustainable innovation focused on ecology, economy, and extra convenience – or ECO³. We develop integrated solutions – consisting of hardware, consumables, software and services – that streamline your prepress and printing operations and make them cleaner, more cost-effective and easier to operate and maintain. All while guaranteeing superior and consistent print quality.

The result? More value for your entire business!

Create more value for your entire printing business


Adamas covers a wide range of applications produced in newspaper printing today like daily and weekly newspapers, special interest editions or magazine-like products. Thanks to its robustness, the plate is perfect for newspaper printing, but if you don’t need such high productivity, Adamas’s sensitivity will instead guarantee an extremely long laser lifespan.

Coldset press: newspaper
Coldset press with UV or heatset inks: special interest editions or magazine-like products

Technical Specs

Plate characteristics
Technology Chemistry-free ThermoLink technology
Substrate High-quality grained and anodized aluminum
Spectral sensitivity 830 nm thermal
Energy 90 mJ/cm²
Platesetter compatibility Accredited for most common 830 nm external drum platesetters
Image contrast Excellent. The plates can be measured with all available densitometers and plate readers.
Plate sizes Length: 289-1500 mm
Width: 400-2100 mm
Gauges 0.15-0.40 mm (0.006-0.016”)
Resolution AM 200 lpi @ 1,200/1,270 dpi
Applications Web printing
Run length Up to 350,000 coldset
Up to 75,000 in UV
Cleaning out
Developer None
Clean-out gum Adamas Pro gum
Replenishment rate 35 ml/m² or 20 ml/h (ready-to-use)
Bath life 16,000 m² or 26 weeks
Finisher RC 795
Clean-out unit Adamas COU85, Adamas COU125, Adamas COU150
Light conditions Daylight
Room conditions (T, RH) 19-24 °C (64-75 °F), < 70% RH
Storage conditions Below 32 °C (90 °F), <70% RH
Plate correction pen (for unbaked plates) Polymer deletion pen
Scratch remover Reviva Plate
Plate cleaner Standard: ANTURA CtP Plate Cleaner
Dual-purpose gum: ANTURA CleanGum
Fountain solutions Sheetfed: Not applicable
Heatset: ANTURA fount HS PLUS
Coldset: ANTURA fount CS2 Plus, ANTURA fount CS2 , ANTURA fount CS2-spray
Rehardener For RO water: ANTURA water conditioner
Roller and blanket washes Standard: Xtrawash Plus 40 & 60
Rejuvenator: Reviverol Plus

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