Paragon creates varnishes for Domino

Paragon Inks, based in Scotland, has developed a full suite of varnishes specifically for overprinting on Domino’s UV95 and UV90 ink sets, designed for use with Domino’s N-series digital inkjet label presses. 

Paragon Inks has created matt and gloss varnishes for use with Domino’s UV90 and UV95 inksets for the N-series inkjet presses.

Varnishes are typically used on labels to protect them from sunlight, wear or abrasion. These varnishes can also enhance the design of the labels and colours to increase their shelf presence. Varnishing also allows labels to be overprinted with variable information later in the packaging production process.  

Julie Cross, technical director for Domino’s Digital Printing Solutions division, explained: “After listening to the challenges faced by some of our customers, we wanted to help them by providing a varnish optimised for overprinting UV95 printed output. We therefore set about finding a solution, ultimately deciding to work in partnership with Paragon Inks. And after 18 months of great collaboration between the two teams, we have developed a range of varnishes fully validated for compliance, and suitable for global use.”

The first set of these varnishes are matt and gloss, including TTO thermal transfer overprintable, for use with the UV95 food packaging compliant UV digital ink set. These have been optimised so that the output does not need to be corona-treated before the varnish is applied, useful for metallic foils that cannot be corona treated. In addition, the gloss varnish can also double-up as a lamination adhesive.

These varnishes are said to be migration compliant under the right conditions and are compliant with Nestlé, EuPIA, Swiss Ordinance Annex 10 and the North American TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act).  

There is a second set of varnishes suitable for use with Domino’s general purpose UV90 ink set.  

Amanda Jones, business development and marketing director at Paragon Inks, commented: “At Paragon Inks, we are committed to continuous improvement and customer service. We recognised that label converters were experiencing challenges applying varnishes to digitally printed labels. This partnership with Domino highlights how we have worked together as a team to develop a mutually beneficial solution for both organisation’s customers. We look forward to continuing to work with Domino in the future.”  

You can find further information from paragoninks.co.uk and from domino-printing.com.


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