Toyo Ink Europe (formerly Toyo Ink Arets) and Toyo Ink, both members of the Toyo Ink Group, have announced that they will be showcasing their latest innovations for the label and packaging market at Labelexpo Europe 2017, Brussels, September 25-28, Hall 11 Stand D50. Building on the Group’s developmental model ‘Ethical Packaging Solutions’, the two companies will demonstrate capabilities and commitment to delivering solutions that ensure food safety and quality, and reduce environmental impact and energy consumption.
As a pioneer of ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing innovation for the label and packaging markets, the Toyo Ink Group will showcase its full range of printing inks and low-migration technology with a special focus on food packaging and LED-UV applications. Product highlights will include an upgraded line-up of UV flexo and UV offset inks, a new series of LED-UV offset inks for labels, pioneering EB flexo technology and digital solutions.
Toyo Ink Europe will present its new generation of UV flexo inks including bestsellers Steraflex and Steraflex Food for self-adhesive label printing. These inks exhibit radically improved characteristics in terms of fluidity and speed performance when compared to more conventional systems on the market.
LED continues to make significant strides in the printing market. The Toyo Ink Europe will be displaying its latest low-energy LED-UV flexo inks, LED Steraflex and LED Steraflex FOOD series, which have been specially designed to meet the demands of high-speed label printing. The company’s next generation line provides highly concentrated systems and is best suited to the needs of high-resolution anilox for optimal graphical output. Making a strong push into the in-mould label (IML) market, Toyo Ink will also be introducing new low-migration LED-UV offset inks for paper packaging and label printing. These inks cure with very little lamp energy, making them ideal for handling IML applications without damage or shrinkage to the printed substrate.
Other specialty label solutions from Toyo Ink include a new line-up of functional varnishes and specialty screen inks, which when combined with its Flash Dry FL Kaleido series of UV flexo inks, brings high visual appeal to brand packaging on store shelves.
Closely focused on the development of EB technology for packaging applications, Toyo Ink will spotlight its line-up of EB flexo inks, including the Elex-one series.
The Elex-one is rapidly transforming energy curing in flexo printing with its wet-on-wet system, which is suitable for reverse printing and lamination, high-gloss surface printing or for shrink sleeve purposes. Another highlight in Toyo Ink Europe’s ever-expanding EB portfolio is the Sterabeam EB offset inks for high-speed printing of food cartons and various kinds of flexible films. Compliant with Swiss Ordinance regulations, these inks demonstrate very low odour and extremely low migration properties, addressing the migration concerns that brand owners and converters face in food and beverage packaging production.
At this year’s show Toyo Ink will also feature a line-up of water-based inks for the flexible packaging market. The company’s Aqua Liona series was originally launched as one of the first eco-friendly water-based flexo inks delivering high-speed and high-resolution results over a broad range of films. Aqua Liona is particularly suitable for reverse printing (label and lamination) in applications such as food packaging, including retort.
For the broader packaging market, there will be the opportunity to see Toyo Ink’s upgraded line of digital solutions. This includes the Liojet inkjet inks for the expanding label and narrow web market. The company’s latest food-safe inkjet line-up includes UV-curable and water-based types.