Sustainability is the theme at hubergroup India stand at Printpack – Hall 9B Stall F33

Mineral oil free inks

Prasanta Sarkar, general manager –technical (offset inks), Hubergroup India. Photo IPP

Sustainability is the overarching theme at hubergroup’s stand at the 15the Printpack India. The company is talking about its mineral oil free inks namely Rapida Eco, Eco Perfect Dry, Packaging Plus, MGA Natura, and MGA Contact.

“Product safety and sustainability are the buzzwords in the industry. All the products that we are showcasing at Printpack are mineral oil free which are suitable for commercial as well as packaging applications,” says Prasanta Sarkar, general manager –technical (offset inks), hubergroup India.

Rapida Eco, Eco Perfect Dry, Packaging Plus, and MGA Natura are completely made in India at hubergroup’s Silvassa plant that came up in 2020. Sarkar says that demand for ‘green’ inks is expected to grow at a robust pace as greater number of printers are now opting for sustainable solutions.

“These inks are made in India and are of global standards. The inks are now easily available to printers in India. Also, the cost differential between the mineral oil-based inks and mineral oil free inks has narrowed to a great degree. Therefore, I see rapidly growing market for these inks in India, big printers have already adopted these inks aggressively. And I see smaller ones moving towards ‘green’ inks in the coming future,” Sarkar argues.   

Talking about MGA Contact, Sarkar says that it can be used to print on the inside of the food packaging and is extremely food safe. “We are offering four colors and additional three more colors – orange, green, and violet. With the seven-color system of MGA Contact customers can minimize dependency on the special colors. In tropical conditions like in India where we need proper protection of food items for packaging development, inks for direct food contact system may have limited scope,” Sarkar says.

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