Sun Chemical launches new EB and UV inks for food packaging applications

Sun Chemical has launched two new EB and UV inks for primary and secondary food packaging that are compliant with the strictest global standards in the marketplace, including Nestlé food packaging requirements and Swiss Ordinance chemical composition requirements. The two new inks – SunBeam Advance EB Offset Inks and SunCure Advance UV Inks – meet the latest photoinitiator-safe packaging guidelines, are made with no BPA-based chemicals (to meet the most stringent global standards), and provide low odour as well as very low residual extractables characteristics “while maintaining the highest standards of pressroom performance at the very highest press speeds,” said the company. Specifically formulated to help increase productivity by significantly reducing the number of blanket washes, these ink systems are ideal for a variety of substrates.

Designed for high-speed-web folding carton and flexible packaging applications, SunBeam Advance Electron Beam (EB) curable offset inks offer high transfer and excellent lithographic water window properties, adhesion and abrasion resistance, outstanding cure response, excellent colour recovery after a stop, and hold density well to help improve overall quality. SunBeam Advance inks are considered high strength to help improve mileage, and can also reduce start-up and running waste. SunCure Advance UV Inks are designed for food packaging applications and offer excellent run-ability on both super high-speed sheetfed and web presses. In addition to extremely high transfer properties and a very good lithographic water window, these inks hold density well and provide very good UV cure response under either inter-station curing or delivery-positioned lamp conditions. They also offer adhesion to some non-porous-type stocks. “This ink system can be used for the most sensitive packaging applications where low odour and extractables are essential,” said Sun Chemical.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.