hubergroup possesses great expertise when it comes to manufacturing safe food packaging. For decades, the printing-ink manufacturer has been a true trailblazer in the development of ink systems that are suitable for a number of printing processes and substrates and feature a very low potential to migrate. And hubergroup products have long been viewed in the UV offset segment as reliable consumables for the legally compliant manufacture of food packages made of paper or board. The company is now expanding its UV product portfolio by adding an ink system specially formulated for use on non-absorbent substrates.
Like all of the hubergroup’s other low-migration systems, the new ink system being launched under the brand name “NewV poly MGA” at this year’s UV DAYS event complies with the “EuPIA Guideline on Printing Inks applied to the Non-Food-Contact Surface of Food Packaging Materials and Articles”. The cured ink film contains only components that do not migrate or migration-capable constituents that have been evaluated for contact with foodstuffs.
“More and more printing houses and packers are now taking advantage of the benefits offered by the UV process”, says Roland Schröder, Product Manager UV Offset at hubergroup. “Rapid curing, rub resistance and excellent gloss are characteristics that are also valued highly by manufacturers of branded food products sold in primary packaging. However, until now it has been difficult to obtain top-quality print results on non-absorbent substrates that also comply with the stringent rules regarding food safety. Our new ink series fills this gap.”
Another innovation being launched at UV DAYS: all UV inks, both for the non-food and the food segments, will from now on be formulated as systems completely independent of the roller material and consequently suitable for use with all blankets and ink rollers. As a result, printers won’t be forced to spend as much time and effort on cleaning or replacing blankets – which in turn will also bring economic and ecological benefits. “Printers who have previously preferred to use ink rollers and blankets designed for working with a variety of different ink series instead of ones specifically for UV inks and who have experienced problems as a result can now breathe easy”, Schröder announces. “That’s because our new UV inks feature low-swelling properties and are no longer tied to a specific roller or blanket system.”
Visitors whose main aim at this year’s UV DAYS is to catch up on the latest trends in LED-UV printing should visit the hubergroup stand to find out more about the company’s newest update to its UV ink series – a series that has been adapted to meet the requirements of the next generation of UV curing systems.
UV DAYS 2017 is being hosted by the UV curing systems manufacturer IST METZ in Nürtingen, south of Stuttgart/Germany, between 15 and 18 May.
Image caption: Impressive results in terms of production efficiency and high-quality prints can also be achieved using UV inks on non-absorbent food packaging substrates