Providing an alternative to traditional ceramic enamel printing, Sun Chemical’s SunVetro screen ink series is made up of a portfolio of organic UV curing and conventional solvent-based inks for direct printing on to flat or hollow glass surfaces.
The range is available in a choice of strong and bright standard mixing colors as well as a selection of special effects such as frosting or etch effects, thermochromics inks as well as covert and overt brand protection features.
The SunVetro range also features products for spray coating glass and a cold-end coating suitable for use as a post-treatment to improve abrasion resistance. In addition, the SunVetro ink series, which is heavy metal and cadmium-free, is fully compliant with packaging regulations, extending its use for food and sensitive product packaging applications.
“The very nature of glass with its rigid composition, barrier resistant properties and recycling credentials makes glass a unique and highly attractive substrate for brand owners and consumers. The challenge, however, has been the limitations of reproducing exact, bold and bright colors directly on to the surface of the glass, to provide quality visual impact and accurate brand color representation. In addition, the composition of some inks that contain heavy metals and VOCs have made it less practical, at times, to print onto glass.” explains Robin McMillan, European marketing manager, industrial inks at Sun Chemical.
“Our latest SunVetro range of UV formulated heavy metal and VOC-free inks and coatings allows printers to overcome these issues and deliver vibrant, bright and accurate brand colors directly on to the glass surface, significantly expanding the color gamut and adding to shelf presence for consumers,” he added.