Flint Group has launched TerraCode, a sustainable water-based ink and coating range for paper and board packaging applications designed to support market demand for sustainable packaging.
The range includes TerraCode Bio, designed with the highest level of bio-renewable content where a typical formulation contains greater than 90 percent of renewable resources; TerraCode Hybrid, a combination of renewable and conventional raw materials where a typical formulation contains in excess of 50 percent renewable resin content. The last product in the range, TerraCode Balance is based on biomass balance technology, a process that maintains the performance of existing synthetic technologies.
‘Flint Group is acutely aware of increasing societal focus toward sustainable packaging. Therefore, we are pleased to present a full range of bio-renewable inks and coatings, for use in paper and board printing, which are designed to address global environmental concerns,’ commented Kim Melander, VP and general manager of Flint Group Packaging Inks EMEA.
‘Our development teams have gone beyond a one-size-fits-all technology approach to design three product series that more effectively support printers’ and brand owners’ differing print and sustainability requirements. With TerraCode, we are delivering a technology, through ink and coating developments, to unlock certain sustainable package print challenges that paper and board converters and their customers are facing,’ added Melander.
Scott Mosley, VP of technology, paper and board for North America at Flint Group, said: ‘The TerraCode range has been designed to support a wide variety of paper and board applications. We have effectively developed a bio-renewable ink range suitable for all paper and board applications.’
‘Our focus on the environment is not limited to materials alone. The TerraCode range has been developed using a combination of natural feed stock options – natural pigments, resins, additives and biomass balance materials - that do not compete with food or facilitate deforestation. For Flint Group, using a sustainable source for these materials is just as important as the renewable content itself. Furthermore, we have extended our strict raw material review policy to include renewable source information,’ concluded Mosley.