Monday, 18 Mar 2019 11:51 GMT

New ink solutions put sustainability first

Clariant has launched new solutions for sustainable food packaging and publication inks in a response to an increasing demand for sustainability – and eye-catching colour.

The new additive, named Ceridust 8330, is a biopolymer-based wax compound for printing inks made from renewable resources. Food packaging and publication inks are provided with rub resistant properties without the use of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene).

Suitable for both water and solvent-based inks, the new additive from Clariant offers a wax dosage reduction of 30% - 50% for manufacturers of gravure and flexographic inks.

Carmen Wong, head of coatings & inks segment advanced surface solutions, BU Additives at Clariant, comments: “Contributing towards sustainability takes many forms. Renewable-based ingredients for example, ensuring more efficient and less resource-intensive production, or helping an end-product to keep its high-quality finish for longer to reduce its chances of being disposed of prematurely.

“Supporting the packaging industry is just one aspect of consumer goods where Clariant is working to deliver the next step in sustainable innovation. We are proud to support packaging designers and producers with innovations that let creativity unfold and make this industry more sustainable and more environmentally compatible.”

We are proud to support packaging designers and producers with innovations that let creativity unfold and make this industry more sustainable

Clariant will also be highlighting its light-fast, transparent metallic effect coatings for the luxury packaging market at the European Coatings Show 2019. Hostatint A-100 ST is a new range of coatings featuring nine colourants for solvent-based paint systems which aids the emphasis on a substrate such as glass, wood or metal, thanks to its transparency. 

The super transparent (ST) pigment preparations include highly transparent pigments, a widely compatible aldehyde resin and a solvent with a flash point above 100°C. According to Clariant, the beverage industry in particular is benefiting from high-transparency to utilise gold and bronze-coloured lids to add extra value to the products.

“Colour styling as a design element of consumer goods is becoming an increasingly important differentiator in these mature markets. Adding colour can create extra margin, exceeding by far the added cost of the coloured coating,” says Bernhard Stengel-Rutkowski, senior global technical marketing manager, BU Pigments at Clariant.

The European Coatings Show takes place in Nuremberg, Germany between March 19th and 20th, 2019.

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