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Flint Group launches cost effective water flexo ink for t-shirt bag market

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Flint Group North America Packaging and Narrow Web has released its newest water based ink system for flexo printed polyethylene bags. PremoFilm ETS.  PremoFilm ETS is an improvement over other inks previously used by printers of merchandise bags (commonly referred to as T-shirt bags).  This new product is the result of Flint Group's close work with its customer base. PremoFilm ETS consists of a product line which has been developed specifically for this market segment.  It has been designed from the ground up to meet the unique requirements of this market.  The resulting PremoFilm ETS ink line provides excellent and stable printing properties over a wide range of press conditions.  PremoFilm ETS has run very successfully at speeds from 150 fpm to 1100 fpm roll-to-roll, and on presses which have in-line extrusion and/or in-line bag making.  The key benefits for the printer are press stability, excellent printing properties, high level of block resistance, and good product resistance.   All of this at an economical cost for a very competitive market.

"This is a unique market with unique ink requirements", says Susan Kuchta, Vice President & General Manager of Flint Group's North American Packaging and Narrow Web business. She continues, "We knew our customers needed a new product to maintain their competitive position, so we directed our product development resources to design a new product line to address those unique requirements.  The result is a completely new product.  We are very happy with the results we have seen, and the response and comments from our customers.  After printing PremoFilm ETS, our customers are noting an enhancement in their graphics and a positive impact in their operations."

PremoFilm ETS has been beta tested in a number of printing environments and under a variety of conditions. "Its wide operating window makes it "press-friendly", and customers reported improved graphic quality over a wide range of conditions.  "PremoFilm ETS delivers gloss, color strength and very good cost of use", commented Paul Lodewyck, Director Product Management of Flint Group's Packaging and Narrow Web division. "Inks for this application must be economical, but they can't be 'cheap'.  They must provide end use resistance properties, good graphics and be economical for the printer."  PremoFilm ETS delivers these benefits to the printer, and the print buyer.


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