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VUTEk Offers First Environmentally Friendly Solvent Ink For High-Production Superwide Format Printing

Friday, April 21, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

MEREDITH, N.H. (April 20, 2006) – VUTEk, a division of EFI, has launched BioVu – the next-generation of environmentally friendly solvent inks made with totally renewable resources. EFI (www.efi.com) is the world leader in digital controllers, superwide format printers and inks, and print management solutions for commercial and enterprise printing. End users are increasingly demanding environmentally friendly inks, and governments are passing legislation requiring their use. Making the switch is the right thing to do, but compared to traditional solvent inks, environmentally friendly inks often fall short in versatility and performance. Customers also have made it clear; they want the ability to print superwide graphics directly onto uncoated superwide substrates without bothersome fumes or expensive ventilation systems. The new, environmentally friendly BioVu ink addresses these demands. BioVu is the first solvent-based ink made from a renewable resource (namely, corn), and the only one recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Created by VUTEk, BioVu is made from food-grade ingredients, yet delivers all the benefits of traditional solvent inks without the compromises inherent in eco-solvent and aqueous inks. Like other solvent-based inks, BioVu provides extreme durability, strong bonding to uncoated surfaces, and great resistance to UV light and mechanical wear. BioVu inks are designed specifically to run in high-production environments and provide high print quality. Other business benefits include: lower disposal costs since there are no hazardous materials (hazmat); odor is reduced on final printed materials; and it is less bothersome than solvent to employees and the environment. In new shops or installations, no ventilation and burner systems are required to meet OSHA regulations because there are no harmful VOC emissions. The patent-pending, environmentally preferable chemistry inks include VUTEk’s BioVu in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and BioVu Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Yellow and Light Black for superwide format inkjet printing operations. BioVu inks are for use on VUTEk’s UltraVu II 3360 solvent printer. VUTEk’s plan is to expand BioVu inks to its other solvent models later in the year. BioVu inks are currently entering beta tests in various sites in the United States and Europe. Once beta testing is complete, BioVu ink will be available worldwide starting mid 2006. For more information on BioVu inks, visit www.vutek.com/biovu or call 1-603-279-4635.

 

 

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