Trevor Amps, Global Product Management Director for Energy Curing inks, explains the significance of the launch: “We decided to use specifically selected resin principles for all our energy curing products, with common, balanced pigmentation levels. This will increase stability and performance consistency across our entire energy curing range. We’re calling it our Platform Technology, upon which all our future energy curing systems will be based.”
He continued saying, “Today, we’re launching the first products based on the new technology, our next generation low migration inks, UltraCURA Sens, developed specifically for food packaging applications where there‘s no direct contact between the printed image and the contents of the package. ”
The UltraCURA Sens systems are low-odor, low-migration process ink and base inks for sheetfed and web offset packaging printing. They’re suitable for coated and uncoated papers and board and Plas is also suitable for plastic substrates. They all give excellent adhesion, good ink-water stability, good rub resistance, high color strength, fast curing speed and thanks to low water pick up, very good press stability.
Amps adds, “At the very heart of Flint Group’s core values is the drive to innovate, develop and instigate change. We also acknowledge that the packaging print market is a very fluid environment where our customers’ needs often change and innovation has become part of the landscape. And with continuing updates in regulations and the re-classification of raw materials, we’re driven to future proof our products and to develop a portfolio at the cutting edge of production performance.”
UltraCURA Sens and UltraCURA Sens Plas are particularly well suited for the production of packaging that complies with the requirements of the EU-regulation 1935/2004 and 2023/2006 as well as with the Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21. Additionally the series meets the requirements of the EuPIA Guideline “Printing Inks applied to the non-food contact surface of food packaging materials and articles.”
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, 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. 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 2016 were € 2.3 billion. On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit www.flintgrp.com.