Demand for radiation-curing inks and coatings is increasing relatively quickly in Europe, although there are challenges to be overcome.
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor10.25.05
Demand for radiation-curing inks and coatings is increasingly relatively quickly in Europe, particularly in sectors like packaging where UV and EB (electron beam) applications are helping to boost brand awareness.
However, UV and EB’s expansion into printing processes where they have tended to have only limited applications is posing a major technological challenge, not just for ink producers but also equipment manufacturers and makers of chemicals such as surface modifiers.
Once some of these difficulties have been resolved, UV inks are poised to replace water-based products as being both the most environmentally friendly and the most robust.
In some cases, UV inks still have problems and drawbacks like odors, adhesion to substrates, deficiencies at high printing speeds and, above all, costs. These handicaps have been hampering the advance of UV since the technology was first introduced on a commercial scale in the 1970s.
Water-based inks have
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