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Coates Lorilleux Launches New Water-based Flexo Ink Series for Laminated PET/Kraft Paper

Published on 2004-09-24. Author : SpecialChem

PARIS -- Coates Lorilleux, a member of the Sun Chemical group, announces the launch of Aquarella, a new ink series for flexo printing. This product is based on water technology, and specially designed for printing with rubber or photopolymer plates on polyester films that will subsequently be laminated to kraft or coated paper. This product's first application will be for pet food packaging.

Advantages of multi-layer structure for pet food packaging

The lamination of polyester films with various types of kraft paper greatly enhances the mechanical and optical properties of the packaging compared to the current paper-only structure. Additionally, when filled with fatty products the laminated packaging is considerably more burst resistant, and it shows higher heat resistance during the sealing process: both characteristics allow faster filling speeds and consequently lower costs. The film lamination adds a natural gloss to the package, making it more attractive without a gloss overlacquer.

Why using water based inks?

Water based inks hold a great environmental advantage over solvent-based products, as they do not produce volatile organic compounds. Also, the low evaporation rate of water creates excellent print conditions as the ink viscosity does not require frequent adjustments, as is common with solvent-based inks. Additionally, water technology makes the ink completely compatible with high quality photopolymer plates.

Excellent properties of Aquarella

Although Aquarella was designed for reverse printing of films, it can also be used for surface print on papers and kraft when combined with a different varnish system. With its high pigment concentration, it produces excellent print quality for solid, line work and process colours, thus meeting the considerable design challenges in the packaging market.

Pierre Pinet, Coates Lorilleux' product manager for flexible packaging inks says that Aquarella satisfies the demand for both higher productivity and better print quality respecting at the same time the needs of a clean environment.

About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. With annual sales of more than $3 billion, Sun Chemical has over 12,000 employees supporting customers around the world. The Sun Chemical Group of companies includes such well-known names as Coates Lorilleux, Gibbon, Hartmann, Kohl & Madden, Swale, Usher-Walker , Rycoline and US Ink. In addition, Sun Chemical has many joint ventures, with the largest being its $1.5 billion Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) joint venture with Eastman Kodak. KPG is a world leader in prepress products, services, and equipment.

Sun Chemical Corporation in the U.S. and Sun Chemical Limited in England are subsidiaries of Sun Chemical Group B.V., the Netherlands. Sun Chemical has headquarters in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Watford, England; and Weesp, the Netherlands.

Source: Sun Chemical Corporation

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