UFlex chemicals’ focus on sustainability at Asia Coat & Ink Show 2022

Multiple samples on display at the Mumbai expo

UFlex chemicals division's stand at Asia Coat & Ink Show 2022 Photo PSA

UFlex’s chemicals division focused on a range of sustainable solutions at the Asia Coat & Ink Show 2022 in Mumbai – promoting its water-based, solvent, and solvent-less inks, adhesives, and varnishes and coatings for various packaging printing technologies, including CI flexo and sheetfed offset. It also talked about radiation-curable inks at the event held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.

The UFlex chemicals division, which was established in 1994, started as Flex Chemicals. It pledged to promote green initiatives, some of which include the development of water-based adhesives and inks, water conservation, the reduction of hazardous waste, energy conservation, reduction of water air, and ground pollution, and reduction of carbon footprint.

UFlex’s chemical division has a vast range of products that include solvent-based, solvent-free, and water-based laminating adhesives, gravure and flexo inks, radiation curable inks, specialty chemicals, coating and printers, and ink binders.

Company officials present at the show said they were working on advanced LED technology and water-based solutions. A lot of samples of packaging applications using UFlex’s chemical solutions were displayed 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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