PolyU unveils anti-counterfeiting ink for food, drink and drug packaging markets

11 September 2013 (Last Updated September 11th, 2013 11:24)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)’s department of applied biology and chemical technology has unveiled a new anti-erasing (ATE) ink that can be used to protect frequently counterfeited goods.

ATE INK technology

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s department of applied biology and chemical technology has unveiled a new anti-erasing (ATE) ink that can be used to protect frequently counterfeited goods.

Printing with the new ink can leave irremovable trace marks and will allow consumers to detect tampered goods.

The technology solves problems related to tracing product information and is expected to play a key role in protecting consumers against counterfeit or expired goods.

The technology's formulation can be used with various continuous inkjet printers and is suitable for rapid packaging production lines.

PolyU department of applied biology and chemical technology professor Pei Li said that ATE Ink has become an important tool to fight counterfeit and tampered products that can have a bad impact on operations.

"More importantly for the society, consumers can be rest assured that their purchased food and beverage products are safe as the expiry dates on them are genuine," Li added.


Image: PolyU ATE Ink technology will solve the problem related to tracing product information and prevent counterfeiting. Photo: courtesy of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.