Flint launches new sheet-fed offset IML ink

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Novastar D 2000 IML Bio is a mineral oil free, low migration sheet-fed ink for label printing without direct food contact

Flint Group Sheetfed has launched Novastar D 2000 IML Bio, an in-mold label sheet-fed offset process ink for printing on metalized paper and non-absorbent substrates.

Novastar D 2000 IML Bio is a mineral oil free, low migration sheet-fed ink for label printing without direct food contact. Suitable for printing work corresponding to ISO 12647-2, Novastar D 2000 IML Bio is especially suited to printing on metalized paper and other non-absorbent substrates. It is the latest in a line of products introduced by Flint Group intended to create a ‘rounded portfolio’ for the offset label printing market. 

The new ink is claimed have very high color strength, good printability with excellent dot sharpness and fast oxidative drying. Based on renewable raw materials and produced conforming to GMP guidelines, it is also claimed to have exceptionally good adhesion and scratch resistance, while being usable in high and sub-zero temperatures.

The process series features Novastar D 2000 IML Bio spot color shades, and joins a growing family of IML products from Flint Group. This includes the Novaset 4940/40 IML coating and the UV curing range, UltraCura Sens, for paper, board and plastic, as well as UltraCura Sens Plas for non-absorbent materials, foil and IML substrates.

Jürgen Riedlinger, director of global product management, sheet-fed at Flint Group, said: ‘We recommend customers use our Novastar IML inks and coatings along with Varn fount AF 4000, dayGraphica 3610 blankets and any of our Varn anti set-off powders to give consistently good results in a conventional print situation. If they use our UV curing UltraCura products, we have Varn Ultra 4100 fount and dayGraphica 4200 UV blankets to give the same high level of reliability and quality.’

Flint Group has identified global growth opportunities in the IML market as it launches Novastar D 2000 IML Bio, which expands its range of in-mold label products and presents non-UV print shops the ability to compete in this growing segment.

Riedlinger concluded: ‘With the introduction of Novastar D 2000 IML Bio we now have a complete portfolio, available globally to meet the needs of IML printers wherever they are.’