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Flint to offer inks for gravure lamination printing free of toluene solvent
Wednesday, 10 October, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Flint Group India is gearing up to offer inks for solvent-based gravure lamination printing which are free of toluene and ketone-based solvent. The offerings will be in tune with the new regulations that will restrict use of toluene in printing of food packaging in India. The group develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables and printing equipment.

It is known that inks produced using toluene and/or ketone, which are used in some packaging and labels can pose health risks. The new offerings, ArrowFlex and ArrowBond line of products, address the market requirement for inks that are safe for packaging and labelling of food and other consumer products and are designed to be used with existing equipment. There is no need to invest in new equipment to get the same high quality print results.    

Upal Roy, managing director, Flint Group India, explains, “At Flint Group, safety has always been our primary concern and that is why our development teams have now formulated a groundbreaking range of products which provide printers with the high quality results and safety they expect from Flint Group.”

Roy continues, “Not only have we developed a safe alternative, we have also been able to eliminate the need for printers to invest in new equipment. Our objective was 100% accomplished! With our ArrowBond and ArrowFlex inks, printers can achieve high quality lamination print using their existing cylinders and other press equipment.”

These inks, which are already fully compliant as per BIS 15495 current guidelines and proposed guidelines for toluene-free products, have been in the market in Sri Lanka and India for over one year and have yielded the desired outcomes. The inks are within safety limits, print results are stunning, and no new equipment has been necessary.

The products are produced at the group’s mother plant location in Lamdapura. Anticipating the growing market in India, it invested a significant amount in 2017 to construct a modern manufacturing environment which includes state-of-the-art equipment specifically designed to support the production of these, and other, products.

The facility in Lamdapura is a full service facility with employees working in manufacturing, technical service, customer service and sales. The facility employs more than 120 people focussed on the production, service, and delivery of inks and coatings to package and label printers throughout India.

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