Sun Chemical Launches First UV Flexo Ink Concentrate and Technology Varnish System for Standard UV Flexo Dispensers at Labelexpo 201915 August 2019
On stand 5E45 at Labelexpo 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, 24-27 September 2019, Sun Chemical will showcase its complete portfolio of solutions for the narrow web label and packaging markets and highlight its latest product and service innovations. Through the extensive range on display, Sun Chemical will also demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, which continues to be fundamental to its innovation and product development, as the world’s largest producer of printing inks and pigments.
Sun Chemical will use Labelexpo as a platform for the global launch of SolarVerse, a range of highly pigmented, low viscosity, multipurpose UV flexo base concentrates, designed to be easily dispensed through a standard UV flexo dispenser and offering customers significant benefits in terms of cost savings and flexibility.
By simply blending a SolarVerse base concentrate with a specific, optimised technology varnish, different, finished ink profiles can be produced, ready for use on press in whatever color specified. As SolarVerse bases are formulated with materials suitable for migration-compliant applications when mixed with the appropriate technology varnish, the single base range is also ideal for UV flexo food packaging and label applications. With the same SolarVerse base concentrates being used for each ink profile, color consistency is also maintained regardless of the end print use.
Sun Chemical will also be introducing a new concept for food compliant UV flexo products within the SolarVerse system, under the brand name SolarFlex Zero. This technology has been shown to achieve exceptionally low odour and migration characteristics in food compliant label and packaging applications. Sun Chemical will be making this available for market validation in the coming months.
Demonstrating other developments for the UV market, Sun Chemical will also showcase its latest class leading range of UV LED curing SolarWave flexo and SunWave offset inks. The fully EuPIA compliant SunWave Lumina offset inks are suitable for use on all sheetfed UV LED press types, including those equipped with low energy mercury lamps, and deliver leading lithographic performance that helps printers to achieve increased productivity.
SolarWave FSP UV LED flexo food compliant inks are available as finished inks or as part of the SolarVerse system through a dedicated UV LED technology varnish. The inks demonstrate all the capabilities of conventional UV flexo inks when cured under suitable UV LED curing systems.