Sun Chemical has expanded its portfolio with new UV-LED flexo inks and digital coatings, which were both debuted at LabelExpo Europe.
The company showcased a variety of its inks, coatings and supplies at the show in Brussels. One of the headlining products was the SolarFlex LED flexo ink, intended for migration-compliant food packaging.
European sales and marketing director Jonathan Sexton said the inks, developed as a four-colour process set, would be available in full to customers in the next six months.
“There aren’t that many LED flexo presses in the market so far, so we are trying to get ahead of the game,” he said. “There is an interest across the industry to get mercury out of the process so it is more environmentally friendly. We can now provide the alternative technology to help companies make the transition. We realise that there has always been a worry that converting from UV flexo technology would lead to a drop in application quality but, using our SolarVerse system, we use the same concentrates at the same levels so there is no drop-off.”
SolarFlex LED features low viscosity and “unparalleled flow”, and can be used on a wide range of plastic substrates with high holdout for increased quality, according to the manufacturer. The process inks are complemented by an LED-curing opaque white for use on transparent labels.
Also launched at LabelExpo was Sun Chemical’s new SunEvo digital coatings. By enhancing surface treatments, SunEvo coatings allow converters to print on a wide range of substrates, including non-porous filmic and paper-based substrates and complementing digital inks to deliver functionality, protection, productivity and finishing.