Flexible packaging: inks, coatings, curing and laminating

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So far in these series of articles, it has been possible to cover a number of key areas in relation to the production of flexible packaging: materials, pre-press, and the printing processes, both conventional and digital. What has not so far been discussed in any detail is the nature and role of inks, coatings, curing, varnishing and laminating used in the narrow-to-mid-web flexible packaging sector.

In particular, the use of UV-curable inks and the overall requirements of UV-curable food contact material (FCM) inks in terms of:

 

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Mike Fairley is Labels & Labeling's strategic consultant.

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Chris Ellison is President of FINAT and Managing Director of UK-based converter OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group Limited, a company established over 40 years ago and today serving more than 600 clients in both domestic and export markets.

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