Vehicles and varnishes play critical roles in ink formulation, and suppliers are developing new products for the ink industry.
David Savastano, Editor07.30.13
Vehicles and varnishes play an important role in the formulation of printing inks, providing important characteristics such as gloss, resistance properties and special effects. For ink manufacturers, the selection of the right vehicles and varnishes can help make an exceptional ink.
Rich Bradley, global market segment manager for Lubrizol Advanced Materials, said that the vehicle system is the heart of an ink’s performance on press, from runnability to a final film property perspective.
“In the constantly changing world of substrates, especially in the packaging area, greater stress is on the vehicle system to adapt and deliver superior adhesion and resistance properties,” Mr. Bradley noted. “And with regulatory pressures constantly evolving and limiting the materials available to formulate with, ink makers today face a challenging task.”
“The vehicle is the backbone of a lithographic ink, providing the key characteristics of the ink, i.e., glos
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