In an initiative to bring the best performing technology from around the world into the European range of UV process inks, Flint Group’s Print Media Europe Division announced the launch of two new UV sheetfed and web offset process ink series and a new base color mixing system.
“Several months of development and benchmarking lie behind these new products,” said Nick Brannan, vice president of product management, Print Media Europe, Sheetfed Print. “We have superb UV formulators both in Europe and in North America where we are the market leader in energy curable products. Our decision to combine the best of our regional portfolios into one concise range for Europe has led to this moment. With these new inks we truly believe we have world-class products to outperform anything in the market”
Ultraking 6100 is ideally suited for coated and uncoated papers and board as well as PE laminated board. It offers fast curing speed and good suitability for reduced alcohol printing. Additionally, its low water pick up, excellent press stability and lower tack than any previous products from Flint Group make it an ideal choice for a wide range of substrates. Ultraking 6100 promises to be a business-winning work-horse.
Ultraking 7730 is the flagship product and is aimed at the really critical high end, high-speed UV sheetfed and web printing market. It features low misting, an excellent ink water balance and is just as good with or without alcohol.
“7730’s excellent flow in the ink duct, low dot gain and superb press stability have delivered test results that set it apart from all the products we compared it to.” continued Mr. Brannan. “So much so, that we decided to re-formulate our base mixing system with the varnish vehicle of the 7730 to ensure our customers get the full benefit of the advancements we have made” Existing spot color formulations will not be affected by this change as pigments used and their strength has not been changed.”
“Our UV ink portfolio is now stronger than ever,” concluded Richard Wilson, European UV product manager, “and our new product program will soon continue with the launch of a superb UV blanket, dayGraphica 4100 Ultrared UV, which is also promising to be a world-class product, based on very positive trial results. With the additional technical support that we have recently put in place across Europe, we are very excited about the long term future of our UV business.”