Flint has released a new process ink for producing in-mould labels for metallised paper and non-absorbent substrates, Novastar D 2000 IML Bio.
This is a low migration sheetfed ink that’s suitable for label printing without direct food contact. It’s said to exhibit high colour strength with good dot sharpness and fast oxidative drying, as well as having good adhesion and scratch resistance. It can be used in high as well as sub-zero temperatures.
This ink has been developed with renewable raw materials rather than mineral oils. Flint claims that it’s been made according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). It can fit into a ISO 12647-2 workflow and rounds out Flint’s portfolio for the offset label print market. The Novastar D2000 series includes spot colour shades. Flint’s in-mould labelling IML range also includes Novaset 4940/40 IML coating and the UV curing range UltraCura Sens for paper, board and plastic as well as UltraCura Sens Plas for non-absorbent materials, foil and IML substrates.
Jürgen Riedlinger, director of Global Product Management for Flint’s Sheetfed business, explained: “Over the last 5 to 6 years global production of in-mould labels has grown at around 4% per year, due in part to the ability of the technology to enhance the product visibility and brand identification in the market. And we believe in-mould labelling will continue to grow significantly as the manufacturing efficiencies and visual quality it brings gets wider endorsement. Currently in-mould accounts for less than 3% of all labelling, so there is plenty of room for it to grow.”
For now, the main market is in Europe, but Riedlinger says that the main growth opportunies are in North America as well as the emerging markets of China, India and South America, where there is increased demand for food and beverage products. He adds: “We also see potential in the high-value markets like paint pails and nutraceutical containers, with high-impact, decorative and eye-catching metallic colours becoming more popular.”