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Toyo Ink Arets Launches Steraflex® UV Flexo Inks for Label and Packaging Applications

Published on 2015-08-27. Author : SpecialChem

NIEL, Belgium -- Toyo Ink Arets N.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toyo Ink Group, introduced recently an expanded product lineup geared up as Steraflex®, a new generation of UV flexo inks for label and packaging applications. Now available in two grades—Steraflex® and low migration Steraflex® FOOD—the latest product portfolio from Toyo Ink Arets provides a complete range of process inks, opaque white and mixing bases to meet the growing global demand for UV flexo solutions. Both inks are designed to excel on high-speed flexo presses, bringing spectacular speed, efficiency and economy to the flexo printing operation.

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Steraflex’s advanced material design allows flexo printers to better leverage the capabilities of high-resolution anilox rolls that require inks of superior fluidity, stability and color intensity. The product delivers superb ink transfer from the high-resolution anilox and excellent lay-down on a wide variety of substrates, resulting in a more vibrant and true-to-life image quality that can rival offset print for labels.

Steraflex’s high-speed curing ability and good adhesion characteristics makes it the ideal solution for a wide range of applications including self-adhesive labels and tags, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging and cartons.

Steraflex FOOD for Safe Packaging

New to the lineup is Steraflex FOOD, a UV flexo ink system that exhibits low migration and low odor properties. It is specially formulated to support food label printers and packaging converters achieve desired print performance results while respecting EuPIA guidelines and materials migration limits listed in the Swiss Ordinance.

Based on a low migration polymeric photoinitiator system with minimized use of small molecules, Steraflex FOOD is not only safe for food packaging but also exhibits excellent flow, stability and imaging capabilities. It is ideal for primary food packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other sensitive applications where high quality print and low migration potential are imperative.

“Recently, ensuring food safety and hygiene has been a priority topic as food packaging converters and brand owners are becoming increasingly aware of environmental health and food safety concerns,” said You Yabe, president of Toyo Ink Arets. “At Toyo Ink Arets, we understand the industry’s need to address environmental and potential chemical migration risks in the packaging structure of consumer products. Steraflex FOOD has been developed to help address these challenges, allowing very low odor and migration levels while offering the highest print quality possible.”

Both Steraflex and Steraflex FOOD are formulated without ITX, Benzophenone and VOCs, making them an environmentally-friendly choice for pressroom. These products, manufactured at Toyo Ink Arets’ state-of-the-art facility in Europe, are now available globally.

Steraflex makes its Brazil market debut at the Toyo Ink stand #35 at Label Latinoamerica 2015. The updated Steraflex lineup will also be featured in the Toyo Ink Arets stand at Hall 7, C46 at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels in late September.

About Toyo Ink Arets

Toyo Ink Arets N.V. is one of the leading manufacturers of UV and EB inks and coatings for the global market of labels, packaging and printing. Originally founded in 1938, the company, then Arets Graphics, was acquired by the Toyo Ink Group in 2013. Today, Toyo Ink Arets specializes in developing high-speed curing and low migration solutions for label printing, flexible packaging and carton packaging. The company has operations in 10 countries with a state-of-the-art manufacturing and research facility, and head office in Niel, Belgium.

Source: Toyo Ink Arets

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