Toyo Ink and Doneck Enter Licensing Agreement

TOKYO,, JAPAN | Toyo Ink Co. Ltd., a member of the Toyo Ink Group, and Doneck Euroflex S.A., a manufacturer of flexo and gravure inks for the European region, have concluded a licensing agreement that allows Doneck to manufacture and sell Toyo Ink's AQUA LIONA and AQUAECOL series of water-based lamination inks to markets in Europe.

According to the companies, the licensing agreement is expected to strengthen the position of both companies in the competitive global packaging industry, as water-based alternatives to printing inks are projected to fuel the future growth of the industry, especially in the food packaging sector.

“We're delighted to enter this agreement with Doneck Euroflex, a major company in the supply of liquid ink systems across Europe,” says Katsumi Yamazaki, president of Toyo Ink. “We already have an established supply structure and a proven sales track record in Asia and North and South America. The new licensing agreement will allow us to strengthen our existing water-based liquid inks operations on a global basis by extending its supply structure to Europe, a region where its presence had been weak up until now.”

While tapping into Doneck's extensive distribution network, Toyo Ink says it will strive to provide full customer support tailored to individual market needs and to achieve shipments of 1,000 tons/yr during the company's next mid-term management plan that runs from fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2020. “We are happy to introduce this unique water-based technology, which could lead to increased environmental sustainability,” says Arndt Breitbach, managing director and main shareholder of the Doneck Network.

“We are proud that Doneck Network was chosen by Toyo Ink as partner for AQUA LIONA and AQUAECOL for the European market.” The AQUA LIONA series of water-based flexo lamination ink supports high-end retort applications, reportedly exhibiting excellent printability at high speeds.

The AQUAECOL series of water-based gravure lamination inks features a high pigmentation design that company says helps it achieve excellent printability and a high resolution. In addition, AQUAECOL is suitable to a wide range of applications from snack to retort food packaging.

Both AQUA LIONA and AQUAECOL use as their base resin, a water-soluble urethane resin engineered with Toyo Ink's polymer technology. As a result, these inks are said to demonstrate excellent printing results and quality while adhering to strict chemical substance regulations and guidelines, such as the Swiss Ordinance and the European Printing Ink Association.

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