Toyo Ink to showcase functional, sustainable and advanced packaging solutions

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Toyo Ink Co. Ltd., a member of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan, has announced its participation at the International Graphic Arts Show (IGAS) 2018 to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight, from 26-31 July 2018. First held in 1974, IGAS is a comprehensive international trade show on print media which showcases the latest products, technology and services related to printing, bookbinding, paper converting, packaging, digital graphics and digital communications.

At the Toyo Ink stand in  East Hall 1, Stand 1-18, the company will be proposing a wide range of solutions under the show concept of ‘Contributing to improvements in customer corporate value.’ Products and technology will be featured from the three perspectives of Functionality, Packaging and Sustainability.

High functionality for high-impact effects
Under the Functionality heading, Toyo Ink will feature its TOYO KING NEX NV 100 Kaleido line of  expanded gamut inks  that achieve true color reproduction with 4-color printing. Kaleido orange and green base inks are also available for a broader color gamut. On display will also be the TOYO KING  metallic silver ink series for high-end paper packaging. Made with silver pigments, the ink brings a metallic luster similar to extruded silver to packages for a look that stands out on store shelves.

Formulated for UV screen or UV flexo printing, the FLASH DRY SS Soft Feel series of  varnish gives an ultra-soft or matte finish  to paper or plastic substrates. FLASH DRY 237 LIOTONE  screen printing inks impart true-to-life grainy texture  to packages. Other featured solutions will include LED-UV flexo inks, low-energy UV offset inks, clear coat varnishes, high-density black inks for high-quality paper printing, and solvent-based inks for powderless offset printing and much more.

Biomass, eco inks for sustainable printing
The Environment category will feature Toyo Ink’s biomass line-up developed as part of its commitment to achieve a low carbon society. The company will highlight flexible packaging inks and adhesives using biomass natural ingredients. Visitors to the booth can also learn about its advances in plant-based chemistry in the manufacturing of products and materials that are free of fossil resources or based on recycled materials, such as recycled vegetable oil.

Advanced packaging solutions
Aimed at converters looking to achieve package production with less residual solvents and a safer work environment, Toyo Ink will have on show its water-based flexographic inks  for flexible packaging, such as AQUA LIONA (reverse print) and AQUAGRACE (surface print). In addition, there will be the company’s latest line of  UV and water-based inkjet  systems for digital printing on corrugated board. These inks have been customized for use on single-pass digital printing systems, such as BARBERAN and SUN Automation, while realizing high productivity rates of 55 m/min or more. On display will also be a complete line of FLASH DRY series of UV, LED and even electron beam (EB) curable inks for paper and plastic applications, including an upgraded line of food regulation-compliant solutions.

Toyo Ink will show digital tools and systems that can help package printers manage color across their entire workflow. Demos of X-Rite eXact spectrophotometers, EcoMatch NX color matching support system for packaging, and PantoneLIVE color management software solutions, will also take place at the stand.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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