Fujifilm Europe has revealed it is to launch a new food-safe ink for its Jet Press 720S that it claims will make the machine the first B2 digital printer approved for primary food packaging production.
The low-migration aqueous ink, which will go into mass production later this year, complies with stringent primary food contact regulations, including Swiss Ordinance 817.023.21 and European Commission Regulation 1935/2004.
The ink has been specially formulated to work with inline (via a bridge) and nearline UV or aqueous coating.
The Jet Press 720S, which was launched in 2014, has already been widely used to produce secondary food packaging as well as packaging for the pharmaceutical, and cosmetics, household and personal care markets.
Fujifilm said that with the new capability, food manufacturers will be able to more profitably print offset quality, customised packaging in much shorter and more frequent runs.
Taro Aoki, head of digital press solutions in EMEA for Fujifilm, comments: “The introduction of a new food safe ink further demonstrates Fujifilm’s commitment to developing the Jet Press platform and to bringing new solutions to market in response to customer feedback. With the ongoing trend towards more creative, personalised and shorter run packaging, forward-thinking converters are increasingly looking for digital printing technologies that offer the reliability and print quality their existing systems have delivered, but with the ability to profitably print short runs. The Jet Press 720S has already proved itself to be a high-performance and highly versatile press for both commercial and folding carton applications. The introduction of our new, food-safe ink, together with options for inline and nearline coating and specialist pre-press software, takes that versatility to a new level and will appeal to many folding carton converters.”
“In Europe we have three packaging converters using the Jet Press solely for packaging and probably over half of our commercial print customers also do some packaging.”