The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers’ (NAPIM) Bio-Renewable Content (BRC) program continues to attract ink manufacturers and suppliers on a global basis. Recently, Premiata Tintas & Verniczes Graficos Ltda, Brazil, Megami Corporation, US and Tianjin, China have received BRC certifications for their ink systems. A complete list of BRC registered ink manufacturers and suppliers is available on the Bio-Renewable Content page on the NAPIM website. The use of BRC materials can be an important component of a printer’s or converter’s sustainability program.
The BRC program provides both ink manufacturers and suppliers of printing ink raw materials a mechanism for certifying the bio-renewable content in their products. Participants in the program submit formulation information specifying the amount and type of bio-renewable material in their product. After technical review and approval by NAPIM each product is issued a BRC ‘Index’ based on its biorenewable content. A company specific registration number is issued which can be used to verify the BRC content on the NAPIM website. Artwork for BRC product labels with the appropriate BRC index and BRC “printed with” designation are also provided. If you are interested in registering your products visit the BRC page on the NAPIM website for more information.