Flint Group Packaging Inks has launched OneCode range of solvent-based range of inks and coatings for European customers. Flint claims that the new range is designed to simplify the flexible packaging printing process, reducing process waste and increasing ease in doing business.
The OneCode portfolio incorporates VertixCode for flexo printing, MatrixCode for gravure, HelixCode for dual purpose inks (flexo and gravure), and ZenCode, a recently launched range of sustainable inks for shrink labels. Enhancing and complementing the portfolio are overprint varnishes and primers under the NexisCode brand name and additives under the AdmixCode brand.
Kim Melander, vice president and general manager for Packaging Inks Europe, said: ‘Under the OneCode brand, we have built a new product hierarchy including six new brands. These ink systems, developed to unlock the complex landscape of flexible package printing, to connect, clarify, and bring transparency to the flexible packaging printing industry.
‘Flint Group Packaging Inks’ OneCode range will guarantee printers and converters innovative, reliable, and sustainable ink solutions that deliver the highest performance possible from your most simple to your most demanding applications.’
Thomas Strohe, senior director of Product Strategy and Segmentation, said: ‘These products, designed for both current and new developments in printing processes and substrates, adhere to global regulatory compliance requirements and are suitable for all flexible packaging applications. OneCode offers a flexible option enabling printers and converters to expand and flex their operations as these inks will always deliver high quality and consistent results. Importantly, our development teams do not stand still – we are constantly innovating for our strategic segments and customers.’
After a detailed review of its solvent-based portfolio and the raw materials used in manufacturing, Flint combined its findings with customer insight to simplify and deliver a product offering that addresses printers’ current and future needs and their print aspirations. The OneCode brand encompasses a full range of innovation-driven printing inks, coatings, primers, and additives developed by a global group of technical specialists working together as one team.
Strohe continued: ‘Printers and converters will realize multiple benefits when using our OneCode products. With this simplified range of solvent-based inks, we have been able to optimize our customer support with shortened lab response times. Furthermore, customers can expect a reduction of inventories and lowered order quantities as we’ve been able to deliver less complexity with this “min-max” system - a range that covers the maximum ground of applications with a minimum amount of products.
With standardized manufacturing processes across all production sites, our teams can deliver consistent product quality time after time. And, finally, with globalized procurement, we are supported with a reliable supply chain with built-in contingency planning for raw materials and finished products.’
The rebranded solvent-based portfolio creates a new foundation for Flint Group Packaging Inks in Europe. Importantly, product codes will remain the same as the packaging industry starts switching over from Flint Group’s incumbent ink brands to the new OneCode portfolio. Key was connecting the products under one brand name – a simplified moniker that exhibits the company’s unified approach to packaging printers – standardizing the product range and making it easy to do business.
While the launch of the OneCode range is rolling out now across Europe, further global regions supplied by Flint Group, including Latin America, North America and others will introduce the OneCode framework to customers in 2022.