Lifting product performance in flexo printing to its next dimension
Flint Group Flexible Packaging is proud to present yet another strong product innovation to the EMEA market: VarioLam AB LEC, a range of multi-functional Polyurethane (PU) based inks, suitable for high performance flexo printing and withstanding the retort process.
This single ink system is free of a cross linker, Nitrocellulose (NC), and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC binder). It enables the printing of high definition graphics that can withstand the moisture, heat and pressure of the retort process which is used to ensure the extended shelf life and safety of filling goods. VarioLam AB LEC provides very high bond strengths on a wide range of film structures. It is universal for every lamination structure imaginable and therefore strongly supports a Lean Production, Continuous Improvement Process (CIP), as well as an enhanced Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE).
Thomas Strohe, Commercial Product Director Flexible Packaging EMEA, explains, “PU-based inks have been used by Flint Group for many years, mainly for whites and in conjunction with NC- and PVC-based inks. This latest technology, however, is NC- and PVC-binder free and available as coloured inks. This enables maximum flexibility for a wide range of end-use applications.”
Thanks to a very careful raw material selection and its superior lamination performance, this advanced ink technology meets all of today’s technical requirements and strict legal regulations as well as the upcoming challenges of the modern packaging industry.
Flint Group’s latest VarioLam AB LEC technology offers the following main characteristics:
- Mono pigmented at maximum colour strength; very clean shades for widest gamut
- Low odour and formulated using ingredients with high migration limits only; therefore specifically recommended for food and pet-food applications
- Free of migrateable substances and Monomeric Plasticizers (> 1.000D)
- Retarder-based halftone version with low EtOH content (< 9%)
- Excellent printability (finest halftone printing from 100 to 0%; smooth / solid full tone)
- Very good resolubility and ink transfer, low dot gain
- Extremely low solvent retention supporting production at high speed
For more information, please contact Deanna Klemesrud at email@example.com.
About Flint Group
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables and printing equipment, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications; Flint Group also designs, develops and delivers web-fed digital colour presses for labels and packaging applications, document printing, as well as commercial printing as well as platemaking equipment for the newspaper industry and computer-to-plate (CtP) solutions for the commercial printing market; With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 7900 people. Revenues for 2015 were € 2.2 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.