Siegwerk offers TMPTA-free UV offset ink series

Sicura Litho Pack for non-food packaging made of paper, board, plastic substrates

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Siegwerk, a global provider of printing inks and coatings for packaging applications and labels, has announced the introduction of the Sicura Litho Pack – a new UV offset ink series for the EMEA market for non-food packaging applications made of paper, board and plastic substrates.

The new low odor product range follows the latest Siegwerk Exclusion Policy guidelines – based on the EuPIA Exclusion Policy – and is formulated without CMR category 1 substances such as Benzophenone. CMR substances are those that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction In addition, the new series is free of TMPTA (trimethylolpropane triacrylate) and PFAS/PTFE. 

With the launch of our new Sicura Litho Pack series, we offer customers in the EMEA region the next generation of UV offset inks and varnishes especially formulated for the use on cardboard and various synthetic substrates,” says Jerome Fumex, EMEA Customer Service & Product manager of Business Unit Sheetfed at Siegwerk

From coated and metallized paper and board to aluminum and plastics, the new low odor UV series has a great versatility of use with outstanding adhesion properties suitable for the complex substrates of the luxury industry. 

Besides, the Sicura Litho Pack has an excellent deinkability according to the Ingede 11 method, and thus contributes to an easier recycling of UV-printed packaging,” adds Fumex. The Sicura Litho Pack offers the same good deinking properties as the Sicura Litho Pack ECO, a recently launched sustainable UV offset ink series for non-food paper and board applications made of more than 40% of renewable and vegetable-based components.

First users confirm an excellent press run stability and a high color strength of the Sicura  Litho Pack. Next to a very good flowability and high ink transfer, Siegwerk’s new UV offset range showed a very stable ink/water balance even during long runs as well as a good film flexibility for post-processing. The series requires low damp settings and impresses with a very good and sharp print quality. The product range contains standard process colors according to ISO as well as a wide color set for mixing systems. In addition, the prints can be overprinted with UV varnishes or lamination, for example with the company’s newly developed range of TMPTA-free flexo and offset OPVs, which is also available now.

Due to increasing safety concerns of brand owners, leading to the strict exclusion of certain substances and raw materials used for their products and packaging, there is a need to also adjust related ink and coating formulations. With its new Sicura Litho Pack series, Siegwerk offers its customers an enhanced UV solution based on state-of-the-art formulation technology, addressing the latest guidelines of brand owners worldwide. 

The plan is that the new series will completely replace our previous UV offset series Sicura Plast SP by end of 2023 latest,” says Fumex. “Therefore, we paid attention to keep the exact same colorimetry on mixing bases to avoid any reformulation work for the existing recipes of our customers.” For all necessary process setups and calibrations, the company’s technical experts are available as usual to support a smooth changeover to the latest generation of Siegwerk UV inks.

As global leader in product safety, Siegwerk always takes all necessary actions to formulate its products based on the latest EuPIA exclusion policy guidelines (based on the EuPIA exclusion policy). Its experts dedicated to product safety and regulatory issues are continuously working on further enhancing the company’s formulations in terms of safety, health, and environmental protection. This also includes the substitution of substances and raw materials that are newly reclassified as CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic and Reprotoxic).

Siegwerk, a sixth-generation family-owned company, is one of the leading international manufacturers of printing inks and individual solutions for packaging, labels, and catalogs.   textile industry at the International Textile Machinery Exhibition (ITME) held from 8 to 13 December at the India Exposition Mart in Greater Noida.

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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