Visual communication technologies provider SAKATA has developed new environmentally friendly UV inkjet ink for corrugated packaging applications.

Named BSR-Bio, the new sustainable ink is developed using 20-30% plant-derived materials.

The ink enables brand owners and printers to reduce regulatory risk and benefit from measurable, reportable CO2 savings.

SAKATA INX CTO director Yoshiaki Ueno said: “BSR-Bio is a marketable product formulated based on SAKATA INX core technologies and long-term experience with a wide variety of materials. The market needs for sustainable product solutions will continue to grow based on societal needs to protect the planet and develop a circular economy.

“BSR-Bio is a strategic product for a circular economy as is part of our Botanical ink product line. It meets many environmental requirements including waste and greenhouse gas reductions.”

The ink consists of standard CMYK colours with Orange + Green or Orange + Violet as an option for wider colour range.

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BSR-Bio’s extremely low odour offers high durability and good flexibility to reduce cracking problems.

The ink is an advancement of the original BSR formulation used in North America on Barberán Jetmaster digital printers.

The Jetmaster has been designed to bring inkjet advantages to the market. It is available together with SAKATA INX BSR and BSR-Bio digital ink solutions globally.

Eladio Lerga, who is responsible for the Jetmaster said: “Corrugated packaging is one of the most suitable applications for the circular economy concept, and I am excited about the environmental impact BSR-Bio brings to the market.”

Headquartered in Japan, SAKATA INX offers a full line of visual communications technology solutions across various product including printing inks and coatings for commercial, packaging and digital print applications and more.