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Flint Group has expanded its range of inks for metallised paper and non-absorbent substrates with the launch of its Novastar D 2000 IML BIO process ink.
The new low-migration sheetfed ink was launched on 1 October and is intended for label printing without direct food contact. It is derived from vegetable oil rather than mineral oil. Flint has identified North America, South America, China and India as markets with potential for growth for in-mould labelling (IML) applications, while Europe remains the biggest established market.
“There is a growing demand for attractive differentiated packaging, especially in the developing markets of Asia and South America,” said Flint Group Sheetfed marketing director Peter Baird.
“Our distribution channels in these regions, both direct and through distributors, mean that we can offer the exact same product globally. This makes an attractive proposition for multinational print companies, which are a perfect fit for the IML print community. Standardised, reliable, high-quality products make their purchasing decision a lot easier. Over the past five years, global IML production has grown at around 4% per year, due to increasing technology.”