Strides are being made with UV inks and printing – but there’s still room for growth.
Anthony Locicero, Associate Editor11.15.18
Energy curable inks – UV, UV LED and EB – have made plenty of gains in recent years, but there remains much room for the technology to grow in the graphic arts market.
Ed Dedman, Zeller+Gmelin’s flexo technical support/product manager, recalls a time – “Even 15-20 years ago,” he said – when it was a widely held belief that UV would become the “predominant” chemistry/technology in the narrow web industry.
“But here we are, still splitting use between water-based and UV, while the litho industry still runs a ton of work with conventional inks,” he said. “I think UV has found a majority of use in specific niche markets like shrink sleeves and flexible packaging, and I would expect that usage to continue to grow as low migration applications for UV/LED/EB become more common.”
“What is most surprising about the growth of energy curing has been its adaptation in food packaging applications and versatility
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