Siegwerk India launches sustainable inks, UniNATURE, at IndiaCorr Expo

The inks will be manufactured at Siegwerk India’s Bhiwadi plant

The Siegwerk India stall at IndiaCorr Expo 2022

Siegwerk India, a supplier of printing inks for packaging applications, launched its new generation of sustainable inks – UniNATURE – for the Indian market at the IndiaCorr Expo 2022 held in Mumbai from 8-10 October 2022. 

The UniNATURE product range is said to be formulated with renewable and natural components, providing an environment-friendly alternative to conventional inks without impacting the recyclability of paper and board packaging, thereby taking a step towards reducing the microplastics that can be found in inks.

We are replacing the resin with bio-recyclable contents, which makes the inks more sustainable. These inks will help reduce carbon footprint by 20-70% depending on the finished goods. These inks are targeted at flexo printers who are using regular water-based inks,” Raja Ranga Bupathi K, national sales head – P&B, Siegwerk India, told Packaging South Asia.

The UniNATURE inks will be manufactured at Siegwerk India’s plant in Bhiwadi, around 70 kms from Delhi, in the National Capital Region. The blending will take place at all the company’s blending centers across India. 

Ramakrishna Karanth, CEO, Siegwerk India sub-continent, said, “As we are venturing into a resource-preservative future, our vision at Siegwerk India is to work towards sustainable development. Siegwerk’s consistent efforts for a better tomorrow resulted in the formulation of the UniNATURE ink series made from renewable and natural sources, for a greener future keeping in mind the 3Ss– Safety, Sustainability, and Satisfaction –  of the consumer.”

Performance and color strengths

Siegwerk’s new sustainable water-based ink range comes along with excellent ink performance and color strengths, offering similar levels of performance and properties as current water-based technologies, the company said. 

According to the company, user tests have shown improved dot shape, comparable dot gain, high resolubility, and easy cleaning on the press, which means it can be easily exchanged with the current products without the need to change equipment, processes, or color matches. 

Furthermore, high printing speeds on presses, on both coated and uncoated papers, can be
achieved with UniNATURE. The new inks and coatings series is applicable for many paper and board applications, including corrugated board boxes, trays, displays, fast-food packaging, sacks and bags, as well as cups and wraps. It supports various printing applications whilst meeting the highest market and regulatory standards, the company said.

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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