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    Thunderbolt Graphics offers a full range of top quality consumable products for the printing industry. We supply only the most prestigious, highly recognisable brands and are proud to associate ourselves with our international suppliers.

    Pressroom Chemicals


    DruckChemie is a world-leading supplier of Fogra-approved speciality pressroom chemicals and washes for heatset, coldset and sheetfed applications.

    The company’s portfolio of products includes fountain solutions, washing agents, plate cleaners, rejuvenators, spray powders, silicones and other print-related auxiliaries.

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    Printing Blankets

    Vulcan from Trelleborg

    Trelleborg, based in Italy, has more than 50 years of experience and is currently the market leader with its Vulcan range of blankets.

    The Vulcan brand is represented across the board for heatset, coldset, commercial sheetfed, packaging, metal decorating and many other speciality printing applications around the world. Thunderbolt proudly represents the Vulcan brand in Southern Africa and has the perfect blanket for your application.

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    Vulcan Zenith

    The Vulcan Zenith is our go-to blanket for sheetfed commercial and packaging printing. The blanket features a hybrid top compound that is suitable for both conventional and UV inks. Our large customer base reports very good halftone reproduction and excellent paper smash resistance from the Zenith. The blanket is available in 3-ply, 1,95mm thickness.

    Key Benefits:

    • Suitable for both conventional and UV ink
    • Increased blanket lifetime
    • Reduced downtime due to less blanket changes
    Vulcan 714 Master

    The Vulcan 714 Master is an old favourite with many printers. This blanket is suitable for Commercial sheetfed printing as well as Coldset newspaper printing. The positive feed characteristic of the 714 Master ensures an even tension of the newspaper web on the press and this minimises web breaks. The 714 Master offers high print quality and a long blanket lifetime. It is available in 3-ply and 4-ply in 1,70 and 1,95mm thicknesses.

    Key Benefits:

    • Long blanket lifetime
    • High print quality
    • Calibrated thickness
    Vulcan 714 Strip

    The Vulcan 714 Strip is specifically designed for strippable coating applications and it offers a smooth coating lay down. The special compressible layer allows for easy stripping off of the top compound. This fabric-backed blanket is available in 4-ply 1,95mm thickness.

    Key Benefits:

    • Specifically designed for strippable and varnishing applications
    • Smooth varnish laydown
    • Easy to strip due to the special compressible layer
    Vulcan Royal Web

    The Vulcan Royal Web is Trelleborg’s most popular Coldset newspaper printing blanket on offer. It is available in 4-ply and 1,95mm thicknesses. The slightly positive feeding characteristic is what many newspaper printers want and need. The blanket offers high resistance to mechanical wear and the 4-ply composition allows for a very high dimensional stability which is a requirement, especially for the bigger newspaper presses.

    Key Benefits:

    • Higher scrolling resistance
    • Higher mechanical resistance
    • Slightly positive paper feed
    Vulcan Mytho Evo

    The Vulcan Mytho Evo is a new generation, neutral feeding Commercial headset printing blanket specifically designed with the Feed-0 technology. It is a top performer on wider web presses and the top compound offers superior paper release qualities which means less piling on the blankets. As a result, the print quality is enhanced and fewer blanket washes are required thereby reducing waste. The Mytho Evo is available in 3-ply 1,70mm thicknesses.

    Key Benefits:

    • Optimum paper feed tension
    • Reduced risks of paper breaks
    • Easier control of colour register during the start-up
    Vulcan X-Coat

    The Vulcan X-Coat stripping blanket has a 0,3mm thick polyester back and has no fabric in its carcass. The polyester layer offers excellent stability and reports from our customers confirm that they have no distortion from front to back and that they are able to re-use the Vulcan X-Coat blankets multiple times for reprints. The top compound is suitable for UV varnish as well as water-based applications. The special compressible layer allows for very easy stripping and fabric patterning is obviously nonexistent. The Vulcan X-Coat can easily be cut on CAD machinery. It is available in 1,15 – 1,35 and 1,95mm thicknesses. We can supply the 1,95mm with bars as well.

    Key Benefits:

    • Pre-Press
      • Knock-out areas without strings
      • Fast and accurate cad cutting
      • Easy to strip with clear and visible cut lines
    • Press Room
      • No fabrics pattern
      • Reduced back trapping
      • Softer surface and reduced hardness
    Vulcan Sunrise

    The Vulcan Sunrise is specifically designed for the latest generation of H-UV LED UV and UV printing applications. It offers excellent halftone and solid reproduction quality. The top compound is particularly good at avoiding back trapping and is highly resistant to edge marking. Reports from our customers confirm the excellent smash resistance of the Sunrise. This blanket is available in 3-ply 1,95mm thickness.

    Key Benefits:

    • Specifically designed for the latest UV applications (LE/HUV, LED UV)
    • Excellent printing quality (solids and half tone reproduction)
    • Very good ink release

    Rubber Rollers


    Böttcher is the world’s leading roller manufacturer. Our rollers are to be found as original equipment on more new sheetfed, newspaper and heatset press installations than any other brand. Through its roller recovery service, customers can ensure that they continue to use only the highest standards of rollers on their valuable equipment.

    Böttcher has developed specialised inking and dampening roller compounds for all types of modern inks. For UV inks and dual-purpose printing Böttcher offers specifically formulated rubber compounds, which are OEM standard on most new printing presses due to their excellent all-around performance and long service life. Within the range of dampening roller compounds, Böttcher offers both solutions for standard printing with alcohol and for alcohol-reduced and alcohol-free printing. Beyond that, special dampening rollers for UV applications are also part of the Böttcher portfolio. Böttcher also developed a roller compound specifically for use with vegetable inks.

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    Water-Based and UV Coatings



    For the past 18 years, Thunderbolt Solutions has supplied the highest quality, environmentally friendly, food-safe, water-based coatings and UV lacquers to the printing industry in Southern Africa.

    Our partner, Weilburger Graphics (based in Gerhardshofen, Germany) supplies the print industry with a broad spectrum of coatings ranging from matt and gloss water-based coatings to top-of-the-range oil and water-resistant barrier coatings, textured varnishes and ultra high-gloss lacquers that the market demands.

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    SENOLITH® Water-based Matt - 350359

    This ultra-matt water-based coating is perfectly suited to the coating of paper and cardboard as well as labels and various pre-treated plastic films like PE and PP.

    Key Benefits:

    • Ammonia free so perfect for odour-sensitive packaging
    • Extreme wet-blocking resistance
    • Food-safe certified
    • Highly rub resistant
    • Very high matt degree
    • Great adhesion on non-absorbent substrates
    SENOLITH® Water-based Semi Matt - 350350

    Our semi-matt water-based coating is well suited to the coating of paper and cardboard. It is particularly well suited to older two-roller coating systems.

    Key Benefits:

    • Good degree of matt
    • Good rub resistance
    • Perfect for wet on wet or wet on dry processing
    • Food-safe certified
    SENOLITH® Water-based Gloss - 350209

    This standard gloss water-based coating is well suited to the coating of paper and cardboard stocks. It is a double sided coating.

    Key Benefits:

    • Good gloss
    • Food safe certified
    • Good scuff resistance
    • Low odour after drying
    • Suitable for double-sided coating
    • Very fast drying
    SENOLITH® Water-based High Gloss - 350554

    This high gloss water-based coating is perfectly suited to application on both paper and cardboard and can be applied via all common coating facilities including offset, flexo and offline coating machines.

    Key Benefits:

    • Very high gloss
    • Extreme scuff resistance
    • Food-safe certified
    • Perfect for wet on wet or wet on dry applications
    • Low odour after drying
    SENOLITH® Water-based Gloss Primer - 350071

    Our gloss primer is perfectly suited for subsequent finishing with offline UV varnishing on paper and cardboard.

    Key Benefits:

    • Great adhesion on non-absorbent stocks and when special inks have been used
    • Low odour after drying
    • Well suited to odour-sensitive packaging
    • Quick drying
    SENOLITH® Water-based Matt Primer - 350088

    This water-based matt primer is perfectly suited for subsequent finishing with offline UV varnishing on paper and cardboard.

    Key Benefits:

    • Great adhesion on non-absorbent stocks and when special inks have been used
    • Low odour after drying
    • Well suited to odour-sensitive packaging
    • Quick drying

    SENOLITH® Water-based barrier Coating - 350023

    Our barrier coating is particularly well suited to increase the fat resistance or water vapour resistance of cardboard packaging once applied correctly. Approximately 10 – 20 grams per square meter wet weight application is required to form a functional barrier.

    Key Benefits:

    • Excellent water vapour impermeability on suitable substrates
    • Good fat/oil barrier
    • Good water barrier
    • Cobb60 value dependent on paper/cardboard: 10 – 60 g/m2
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