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Linx goes green with bottle ink innovation

Linx Printing Technologies has launched a new line of ‘returnable bottling ink’ that will allow for the reuse of glass bottles used in the drinks industry.

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Linx Black bottling ink 1068 is washed off the bottle after recycling, meaning that the bottles can be used again

Linx Black bottling ink 1068 can be used for printing batch and date codes on the side of bottles. When the bottle is recycled, the ink is removed in the washing process so that new codes can be printed ahead of reuse.

Coding and marking specialist Linx says the new ink is suitable for printing onto glass in cold-fill bottling and in humid environments, while it has also been designed to cope with the challenges of providing clear, legible codes for bottled drinks.

Linx also noted that the ink addresses a huge demand in the market, with recent research from the firm suggesting 89 percent of respondents were concerned about the impact of soft drink packaging on the environment and 91 percent would welcome a scheme to enable the reuse of glass drinks bottles.

John Tierney, marketing director at Linx, adds: “Consumers are looking for solutions that minimise the impact of drinks packaging on the environment.

The opportunity exists for brands to introduce effective solutions for the reuse of bottles—and by ensuring the latest coding inks can be removed as part of the process, we are helping to enable the creation of these schemes

“The opportunity exists for brands to introduce effective solutions for the reuse of bottles—and by ensuring the latest coding inks can be removed as part of the process, we are helping to enable the creation of these schemes.”

Meanwhile, Linx has also upgraded its 8900 series of Continuous Ink Jet (CIJ) printers with new software that it says will open it up to more applications.

Enhancements mean the Linx 8900 series is capable of producing faster print speeds, by as much as 33 percent for one-line, seven drop-high print, now up to 440m/min, according to the company.

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