Flint Group Sheetfed launches new bioprocess ink

20 November 2017 (Last Updated November 20th, 2017 11:44)

Flint Group Sheetfed has introduced the new Novastar D 2000 IML BIO in-mould label bioprocess ink for metallised paper and non-absorbent substrates.

Flint Group Sheetfed launches new bioprocess ink
Flint Group Novastar D 2000 IML BIO packshot. Credit: Flint Group.

Flint Group Sheetfed has introduced the new Novastar D 2000 IML BIO in-mould label bioprocess ink for metallised paper and non-absorbent substrates.

The new mineral oil-free, low-migration sheetfed ink is said to be suitable for printing work corresponding to ISO 12647-2 and can be used for label printing without direct food contact.

“We believe in-mould labelling will continue to grow significantly as the manufacturing efficiencies and visual quality it brings gets wider endorsement.”

Flint Group Sheetfed global product management director Jürgen Riedlinger said: “Over the last five to six years, global production of in-mould labels has grown at around 4% per year, due in part to the ability of the technology to enhance the product visibility and brand identification in the market.

“And we believe in-mould labelling will continue to grow significantly as the manufacturing efficiencies and visual quality it brings gets wider endorsement.”

The new high-colour strength ink features good printability, offering quick oxidative drying and higher dot sharpness.

Developed using renewable raw materials and complying with the good manufacturing practice (GMP), Novastar D 2000 IML BIO exhibits good adhesion and scratch-resistance properties and can be used in product packaging.

Riedlinger added: “We recommend customers use our Novastar IML inks and coatings, along with Varn fount AF 4000, dayGraphica 3610 blankets and any of our Varn anti set-off powders to give consistently good results in a conventional print situation.”

The new product expands Flint Group’s IML product portfolio that includes Novaset 4940/40 IML coating, and the UV curing range UltraCura Sens for paper, board and plastic and UltraCura Sens Plas for non-absorbent materials, foil and IML substrates.