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Water Based Folding Carton Inks

Inks for folding cartons need to be formulated with moderately high gloss and good surface rub resistance. This selection guide will detail the common types of materials used in folding carton segment. It would also help you select waxes, resins, emulsions, defoamers, surfactants and pigments for producing inks for folding cartons.

Select Materials for Water-based Folding Carton Inks


Folding cartons are used to pack a wide range of end products, from soft drink beverages to cigarettes and tobacco. They are typically printed by Gravure and Flexography and utilize multiple colors and overprint varnishes.

Inks for folding cartons need to be formulated with moderately high gloss and good surface rub resistance. Specific modifications to these ink formulations include:
  • The modification to C.O.F. (slip) values
  • Product resistance (water, alcohol, detergent etc…) and
  • Heat resistance.

In general, increase in wax levels increases rub resistance and slip values (lowers C.O.F.). Waxes can also have an impact on other surface properties like water and soap resistance.

Typical substrates for folding cartons include paperboard and small flute corrugate Solid Bleached Sulfate (SBS). WB Film Inks Formulation

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