New Bionomic 2.0 heatset ink using renewable alkanes from palm oil eliminates use of mineral oil from crude oil or gas.
Dave Savastano, Editor07.29.16
There is tremendous concern today about safety of consumers and the environment in general. While low migration inks get most of the attention, mineral oil is also a concern, particularly in the recycling process.
In 2013, Schuite & Schuite Druckfarben GmbH (S&S) developed Bionomic 1.0, a mineral oil-free heatset ink, but the company was looking for ways to improve the formulation. Now, TOTAL Special Fluids has successfully developed Scriptane Biolife, a new biorenewable replacement for mineral oil, leading S&S to formulate and bring Bionomic 2.0 to market. S&S successfully introduced Bionomic 2.0 to printers during drupa 2016.
Bauke Jan Schuite of S&S Inks said the concerns over mineral oil led his company to pioneer the development of mineral oil-free heatset inks in 2012.
“There is concern over migration of mineral oil on recycled paper getting into the food chain,” Schuite said. “There is new legislation regarding aromatics, with the g
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