FlexGreen UV LED inks for commercial and packaging print

Uflex Chemicals launches UV LED sheetfed offset inks

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As a contribution to sustainable print using energy-saving LED curing, Uflex Chemicals has introduced its new range of FlexGreen LED cured UV inks for sheetfed offset printing. Although there has been considerable interest in low energy consumption of LED curing systems that are now offered by all the major global multicolor sheetfed offset press manufacturers, many Indian printers have stuck to conventional UV while waiting for wider and more economical availability of LED cured inks.

The Chemicals Business of Uflex is a leading supplier of inks, adhesives and speciality coatings, and is now amongst the first few ink producers globally to offer complete solutions to UV LED sheetfed offset printers with its inks, coatings and texture systems. While increasing access to LED curing for Indian printers, ‘FlexGreen’ will substantially help reduce import dependence.

‘FlexGreen’ is a series of UV-LED process colors for sheetfed offset printing on coated paper, paperboard and MetPet (metallized polyester laminated) board. Uflex claims that it has high color strength and gloss apart from its quick curing properties. The company also claims that it offers excellent ink-water balance and press stability in addition to its excellent print quality with low odor. Due to its high strength, the desired ink densities are achieved with less ink release – providing superior mileage. FlexGreen is expected to bring substantial savings to printers by way of lower energy costs and reduce carbon footprint.

At its launch, Rajesh Bhasin, joint president — Chemicals Business at Uflex Limited said, “UV LED curing is a next generation technology, compared to conventional curing technologies. With the introduction of these inks we are part of select club of ink producers, offering the latest and finest in technology to Indian printers. It is indeed a matter of pride for us to be amongst the first few globally to produce these inks and coatings. This new addition will help widen our portfolio and effectively address developed global markets.”

With a focus on servicing the offset printing industry globally, FlexGreen is to be available to customers from its launch date of 3 October 2018.

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