At the recent e|5 show in Chicago, IL, Color Resolutions International (CRI), Ashland and Mark Andy announced an alliance for developing a turnkey system for food packaging.
The system features CRI's ink formulations, Ashland's Drewrad 150 UV curable resin, whch eliminates the use of photoinitiators, and equipment from Mark Andy that monitors the cure to ensure that it is FDA compliant.
"This allows us to get extractables down to a level that food manufactures feel is safe," said George Sickinger, chairman, president and CEO of CRI. "This is an important area that we want to be in. This willl allow printers to use surface printing and eliminate laminations."
The products are currently undergoing internal testing, and are expected to go to customers for further testing during the summer. It will be used for folding carton, tag & label and flexible packaging markets.