Toyo Ink Arets Expands Line of Flexo Inks

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 provides a complete range of process inks, opaque white, and mixing bases to meet the global demand for UV flexo solutions. Both inks are designed to excel on today’s high-speed flexo presses, company says, bringing speed, efficiency, and economy to the flexo printing operation.

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

High-speed curing ability and good adhesion characteristics are said to make it well suited for a wide range of applications including self-adhesive labels and tags, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging, and cartons.

Steraflex FOOD is 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. System is not only safe for food packaging but also exhibits excellent flow, stability, and imaging capabilities, company says, adding it is ideal for primary food packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other sensitive applications where high quality print and low migration potential are imperative.

Both Steraflex and Steraflex FOOD are formulated without ITX, Benzophenone, or VOCs, making them an environmentally friendly choice.

Company will be exhibiting at Labelexpo Europe 2015, September 29–October 2, in Brussels, Belgium.

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