Toyo expands ink production in India

Toyo Ink has added a brand new gravure ink factory at its Gujarat site along the western coast of India in order to meet rising demand and expand further into the strategic flexible packaging market. 

The new Toyo Ink India gravure factory at Gujarat.

The new factory can produce more than 5,000 metric tons per year, which together with the existing factory at Greater Noida allows Toyo Ink India to produce 20,000 tons per year. 

The new site does not use Toluene in its ink formulations and boasts dedicated controls to ensure regulatory compliance and increased safety. Toluene is a relatively cheap solvent that used to be commonly used in ink production. It’s generally being eased of use for food packaging and is banned under European standards because of the risk that it could migrate through the packaging as well as the risk of exposure for operators. For this reason many brands refuse to use Toluene in their packaging.

In July 2020 the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) revised the Printing Ink for food packaging Code of Practice IS 15495:2004 standard and implemented IS 15495:2020 banning the use of toluene as a solvent in inks destined for food packaging applications. So, not surprisingly, other ink manufacturers have also established toluene-free ink production in India. However, Toluene-free inks do cost more so are still offered for applications other than food packaging. 

K.S. Murthy, deputy managing director of Toyo Ink India, explained: “While Toyo Ink India has been delivering toluene-free products in India for quite a long time, the new factory reinforces our ability to provide a seamless supply of safe and compliant products of the highest quality to our customers, while minimizing health risks to our employees and the environment at large. Among the advanced toluene-free systems that are slated for production at the new site are solvent- and water-based lamination inks, functional inks and varnishes, and other premium packaging solutions designed with the needs of brand owners and converters in mind.”

In addition, in order to reduce the carbon footprint the new factory at Gujarat uses solar energy to produce nearly all of the electricity needed to power its offices and plants. The site generates more than 600 MWH of electricity annually.

Toyo Ink India was established in 2007 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyo Ink Group of Japan. You can find more details from toyoinkindia.com.


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