DIC to acquire BASF pigment business

30th August 2019

DIC, a Japanese company familiar to most people as the owner of Sun Chemical, is set to acquire BASF’s global pigments business known as BASF Colors and Effects, or BCE, in a deal valued at €1.15 billion. This includes €985 million in cash plus the outstanding debts. 

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Flint expands low migration inks

24th January 2014

Flint Group’s Narrow Web division has added custom designed metallic silver and metallic pastes to its range of low migration inks.
This includes Low Migration UV Flexo Silver, a single-component metallic UV flexo ink which should be able to achieve migration levels below 10 ppb when correctly applied on suitable packaging structures. This was verified based on the standard migration test method using the food simulants 95% ethanol as set out in Commission Directive 97/48/EC.
This silver exhibits very good metallic performance, cure speed, and adhesion to a wide range of both paper and synthetic substrates. It is fully compliant with the Swiss Ordinance SR 817.023.21 listing and the Nestlé Guidance Note on Packaging Inks (version 2.1 Jan 10th 2013).
Flint has also introduced three metallic pastes suitable for use in low migration ink systems, Rich Gold, Pale Gold, and Silver. These are first generation metallic pastes suitable for narrow web low migration applications and are for use as 2-component ink systems. This means that printers can purchase the necessary components to mix gold and silver shades locally, in both Lithocure Ancora (UV offset) and the Flexocure Ancora (UV flexo) systems.
The inks and pastes are available now in Europe, and from March in North America.

Eco-friendly flexo inks

8th January 2014

Solar Inks, specialist supplier of inks for flexographic and screen printing, has launched Earthinks, a range of environmentally friendly water-based flexographic and screen printing inks.
These inks have been developed from sustainable and non-polluting resources including soy, starch, sugars, dextrin, tree resin, cellulose and other polysaccharides. Natural waxes are used to replace standard petroleum-based synthetics, and natural oils are used to defoam instead of mineral oils. Earthinks are glycol and silicone-free, contain no heavy metals and have near-zero VOC levels.
The inks have low viscosity and low foaming levels which, according to Solar Inks, deliver sharp images with lower dot gain than standard inks. They use unique pH-independent technology. It should also be possible to mix colours in-house for those printers and converters produce spot colours on-demand.
According to the Solar Inks press release, Earthinks can be used on a wide variety of substrates to print corrugated and flexible packaging, labels, envelopes and a full range of papers from till rolls and paper cups to paper bags and gift wrap, including recycled stocks.