This has made already complex supply chains even more complicated as printers strive to comply with specific regulatory requirements for ink migration limits and raw materials that are different from one region to another.
To help printers more easily meet this challenge, hubergroup has reinvented its MGA NATURA series with a single ink that complies with all FDA Standards and EC Regulations for folding carton food packaging in one formula. This results in reduced approval cycles and increasing production flexibility for brand owners, while printers and converters no longer need to maintain large stocks of a variety of ink types and undertake costly, time-consuming press wash-ups when packaging is destined for different global regions.
hubergroup’s ability to develop and manufacture its own customized raw materials was key to this success. Chemists discovered a method for incorporating a well-assessed, fully bio-compatible but in this way yet-unused raw material into its MGA NATURA series ink formula.
"[Our R&D staff was] able to identify, gain approval for and introduce the substance, while significantly improving printability and lowering migration risks, thus exceeding regulatory requirements in many regions, and meeting stricter requirements in others,” hubergroup Chief Technology Officer Taner Bicer said.
hubergroup’s own strict MGA guidelines for packaging printing inks guarantee that the ink is produced in compliance with all relevant standards –including Good Manufacturing Practice requirements for printing inks for food contact materials.
These new inks consist of substances that will not migrate or which have been approved for food contact. Migration will be far below the migration limits. Brand owners and printers can be assured that these inks do not include impurities or undesirable substances which could inhibit regulatory compliance of food packaging. The new MGA NATURA inks are globally available commencing in January 2019 and include both process and spot color inks.
“No matter where printed folding cartons are headed in the world or from which country ink is sourced, this new MGA NATURA ink will be no restriction for compliance with all relevant regulations,” Bicer said.