Flint Group Narrow Web offers full range of print solutions to solve the narrow web label and packaging puzzle
Visitors to Flint Group Narrow Web stand, 5B45, at this year's Labelexpo Europe in Brussels, 23-26 September, will be provided with a full insight into the wider world of label and narrow-web print. Flint Group Narrow Web is preparing an inspiring visit to the show as they are providing several solutions to piece together the increasingly complex puzzle of successful narrow web label printing.
Their comprehensive portfolio of narrow-web inks spans a wide range of decorative applications, from self-adhesive, wrap-around, and in-mould labels to sleeves, flexible packaging, and folding cartons. The Labelexpo stand will show a combination of innovative approaches to traditional topics, as well as new products that are expanding the opportunities in narrow-web printing.
Beyond award winning quality
Converters will be able to learn more about how Flint Group Narrow Web can educate them on how to achieve award-winning quality in narrow-web printing: ¡ÈAround 50% of the prize-winners and the special Judges Awards in this year's FINAT International Label Competition were printed with inks from Flint Group¡É, says Niklas Olsson, Flint Group Narrow Web' Global Brand Manager.
He continues: 'as the world¡Çs truly dedicated manufacturer of narrow-web inks, we are of the opinion that inks play an essential role in achieving optimal results and, at the same time, provide advantages on operational costs, as great inks impact the whole print process with good uptime and low waste. All are clear benefits for improved profitability for any label printer, and something we at Flint Group Narrow Web are masters at incorporating in our ink formulations.¡Ç
From Good to Great quality
Flint Group are excited to announce the world introduction of Flexocure FORCE – the milestone development in UV Flexo technology that will enable printers to take another step in print quality, improved mileage and press performance, much easier handling due to lower viscosity and no foaming, greater adhesion to a wider range of substrates and improved performance on many variable printing techniques – Flexocure FORCE covers everything a label and narrow web printer needs today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future.
Flint Groups Product Manager for UV inks, Mr Par Olsson explains, ¡ÈAs an integral part of developing new products we have a clear CUSTOMER FOCUS. We always involve leading quality minded converters in the development process. They are asked to explain and exemplify PRIOR to the project what properties and parameters they are missing in the market, and after we have listed all parameters our researchers start to build the technology that can provide solutions for them¡É.
Mr Olsson continues, ¡ÈNaturally we close the loop by getting these parameters verified and controlled by the same clients by offering them BETA test opportunities prior to the commercialisation of any of these products. With regards to results from the BETA test of Flexocure FORCE, we did get an overwhelmingly positive response with literally 100% of the customer feedback reporting clear improved properties from printability and adhesion to press performance. Mr Olsson finishes ¡ÈObviously we are very pleased that we have managed to exceed the ambitious target of getting all the identified properties improved. Clear is that Flexocure FORCE will be giving great POWER to the printer!¡É
A broader palette to solve the puzzle
Visitors to stand 5B45 can also view many new solutions, like a new Flexocure XS opaque white ink for Shrink sleeve printing with greatly improved slip characteristics; the latest upgrade of CombiWhite; now even whiter, better press performance and printability. Niklas Olsson adds ¡ÈWe have many new powerful solutions we think can be of interest to the market, so we want to test this idea, like for example an anti-bacterial UV varnish. We will be launch UV curable primers that can offer cost advantages that could replace pre top coated synthetic substrates, just to name a few¡É.
The Flint Group Narrow Web portfolio can be enjoyed on stand 5B45 in a relaxed and friendly setting, and visitors can enjoy refreshments while they fully embrace what is new in narrow-web printing inks through the InfoBank on-screen 'encyclopaedia'
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for all offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group operates more than 140 facilities worldwide and employs some 7800 people. Revenues for 2008 were € 2.4 billion (US $3.5 billion). On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves. For more information, please visit http://www.flintgrp.com/.