Ink News

Excerpt: Here are the Ink News and Developments across the world

Kiian Digital's Reactive Ink debuts at Heimtextil 2019

THE JK Group was in attendance at Heimtextil, which took place in Frankfurt am Main, recently showcasing Kiian Digital's Reactive inks designed for direct printing onto cotton and the other cellulosic fibers.

Visitors could “touch and feel” the printing results achievable by using Digistar Bellagio. Digistar Bellagio will be printed at MS Printing Solutions (booth J61 in Hall 3.0) by JP4 EVO printing machine.

“Digistar Bellagio was born from the synergy of highly specialized teams in Digital textile printing, MS & JKG, to go beyond the limits of product and process; by developing systems able to raise efficiency and maximize results, to benefit the market in which we operate,” said Marco Girola, JK Group marketing manager.

Digistar Bellagio' colors selection has been conducted selecting dyes and allows to reproduce the widest color gamut as well as to offer outstanding bright and vivid colors. It includes 8 colors: CYMK, Black and Light Black and 3 spot colors, Orange, Red, and Blue.

In addition to the new reactive ink, Digistar Bellagio, the booth also featured:

  • Digistar Bravo disperse ink compatible with Kyocera printheads for direct printing onto polyester;
  • Digistar K-Choice pigment inks, compatible with Kyocera printheads for direct digital printing onto fabric created for fashion and home collection;
  • A full range of sublimation inks

UN Transport of Dangerous Goods Committee adopts IPPIC Proposal

A proposal developed by the International Paint and Printing Ink Council was recently adopted at the United Nations' Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, which took place Nov. 26–Dec. 4.

The proposal, which the American Coatings Association helped craft, alleviates technical name requirements for environmentally hazardous substances.

Paints and printing inks are high volume commodities in the global marketplace. With the move toward water-based formulations (estimated to represent some 50 percent of liquid products overall) and other non-solvent-borne products such as powder coatings, a high percentage of these goods is now regulated as Class 9 due to environmental hazards.

These products are transported under entries UN 3077 or UN 3082 of the Dangerous Goods List (“Environmentally Hazardous Substance, Solid/Liquid, N.O.S.”) accordingly.

This classification creates many issues related to documentation and marking, such as a lack of clear information on the exact nature of the dangerous goods — which can hinder the task of emergency responders and cause consignments to be delayed or stopped pending clarification – as well as practical difficulties in appending long, and often incomprehensible, technical names to the proper shipping name. IPPIC has been working to identify solutions that would mitigate these problems and make the regulatory requirements more commensurate with the hazard.

To ensure consistency between national regulatory systems governing every mode for the transport of dangerous goods, the United Nations established appropriate harmonization mechanisms, which occur biennially during the meeting of the UNSCETDG. Every four meetings (every two years), the Subcommittee compiles meeting proceedings into an updated version of the UN Model Regulations – recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods. The model regulations are used by many countries as a basis for the country's TDG regulations. ACA, through its Transport Committee and IPPIC, is proactively engaged in efforts to harmonize the model regulations to ensure efficiency and cost-effectiveness for cross-border and multi-modal shipments of paint and allied products.

At the recent UNSCETDG meeting, IPPIC introduced proposals to provide certainty concerning the ability to use generic names as technical names. The Subcommittee agreed to text identifying names within the Model Regulations, which are considered to provide clear and valuable information to transport handlers and emergency responders, and to permit their use as technical names.

The amendment will appear in the 21st revised edition of the Model Regulations, which will be published in 2019. Although it will take time to be adopted in the U.S. Hazardous Material Regulations, this amendment will be beneficial to the industry as well as make the nature of dangerous goods clearer for emergency responders.

Flint Group announces price increases

FLINT Group Packaging Inks has affected a price increase for all products sold within Europe.

The progressively challenging global trading environment compels Flint Group to implement difficult decisions for the security and sustainability of supply.

Furthermore, significant cost headwinds have been witnessed in pigments, solvents, resins, and freight, placing uninterrupted cost pressure on the Packaging Inks' business. The price increase will vary depending on each product's composition. For some customers, increases have already been agreed.

Flint Group salespeople will be actively conferring with all customers to ensure full attainment of the price increase during January.

“...[We] are resolutely committed to the efficiency projects first communicated to the market in late 2017," said Doug Aldred, president of Packaging Inks and Resins. "In addition, we continue to implement new initiatives to remove cost and complexity, steadfastly focusing on the benefits these activities bring to our customers.

"However, raw material and freight inflation have become untenable, hence, we are forced to look toward the market to alleviate some of the cost burdens we face," he continued. "Nevertheless, customers will be pleased to learn that we will be introducing new, high-performing products throughout the course of 2019, helping to improve printing efficiencies and support process optimization within our customers' press room. The influence of these changes will be especially pertinent for our paper and board customers."

Leibinger launches new security ink

ACCORDING to a report by the European Union Intellectual Property Office, EU-wide product piracy is on the rise. To that end, Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG has developed a new security ink.

“We want to protect manufacturers and consumers from these serious damages,” said Christina Leibinger, managing owner of Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG, the industrial printer manufacturer from Baden-Württemberg. “That's why we developed a new security ink that can be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into packaging lines as a tool for more security against product piracy.”

The new security ink is suitable for use in the JET3up PI – an inkjet printer that codes product packaging made of plastic, cardboard and even glass or tins with information such as best-before dates and batch numbers.

At first glance, the ink looks like a classic black ink. However, under a special UV-light, tiny fluorescent pigments begin to glow greenish. If the distributor shines a specific UV-flashlight onto the product packaging, he or she can immediately identify whether the product is an original. If the font remains black, they can immediately remove the pirated product from circulation.

“Security ink is designed to identify product pirates and help hold them accountable while giving manufacturers a tool to defend themselves against false damage claims and increasing consumer protection,” said Leibinger. “The ink itself is very difficult to copy since we use security pigments that are not available at every turn.”

According to Leibinger, manufacturers do not require additional machines – “just their inkjet printer.”