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Siegwerk Opens New Production Facility for Inkjet Inks

Published on 2017-10-25. Author : SpecialChem

Siegwerk has expanded its Technical Center in Annemasse (France) with a new production facility for inkjet inks. The investment follows the construction of a dedicated inkjet laboratory last year that was built to already extend the company’s R&D capabilities in this area.

Development of Inkjet Inks

Siegwerk Ink Facility Expansion
Siegwerk Opens New Production Facility for Inkjet Inks

Siegwerk is committed to further drive the development of inkjet inks that meet all printing process functionality and efficiency requirements and address the specific challenges of the labels and packaging segments.

Annemasse – One of 15 Centers of Excellence Worldwide

The site in Annemasse is home for 275 employees and counts as Siegwerk’s European plant for water-based printing inks and varnishes. The so-called Center of Excellence produces more than 25,000 tons of printing ink per year. Over the last three years the company invested 3 million euros to specifically build up its development, production and testing capacities in the inkjet technology.

“After opening our designated inkjet laboratory last year, we now opened our first designated inkjet production facility in Annemasse – all in line with our vision to become the leading packaging ink provider worldwide”, says Herbert Forker, CEO at Siegwerk. “Going forward we will invest additional 2 million euros in new equipment for the inkjet ink technology over the next five years. Annemasse will be our driving force for future inkjet ink solutions.”

Siegwerk has already invested nearly 11 million euros over the last 12 years to build up a sustainable and successful Technical Center in France with high competitiveness in Europe. Next to the investment in the inkjet laboratory, Siegwerk has also opened a brand new Blending Center for the production of water-based inks in 2016 to further strengthen its portfolio as a full-range provider for packaging printers.

The Technical Center in France, Siegwerk’s second largest market in the EU, pools profound technical know-how around water-based, UV and inkjet inks as well as best-in-class analytical capabilities. It belongs to the state-of-the-art industrial printing facilities in Europe. “Annemasse always was our innovation hub. It’s the cradle of our ‘Global Innovation Network’, a global in-house research network, which works on the development of eco-friendly inks with consistent performance, as well as new ink technologies and product packaging innovations for the future”, adds Forker.

Siegwerk’s Digital Ink Offering

The company’s inkjet offering focusses on UV technology - covering conventional UV to full LED curing. With Sicura NutriJet, Siegwerk provides an inkjet ink series for sensitive food and pharma packaging that works with different inkjet printing head technologies.

With Sicura Jet low-odor the company offers the only non-CMR UV-inkjet inks that are designed for printing labels for household, hygiene and industrial packaging. All inkjet inks comply with relevant legislations, e.g. in terms of product safety requirements for the specific market segments and are suitable for a wide range of label applications like for example self-adhesive labels for cosmetics, wet-glue labels for food and beverages, direct printing on 3D-packaging objects, blister packaging as well as aluminum lids for food products. Furthermore, water-based inkjet inks for packaging applications are currently under development and will follow at a later stage.

We always fully customize our ink solutions to the users’ needs – this means for the final application and not only for a given printing equipment”, explains Matthieu Carni. “For us customization goes beyond classical color matching, it also covers optimization of adhesion, mechanical and chemical resistance properties as well as assessment of migration risk.”  

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Source: Siegwerk
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