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hubergroup and INGEDE Seek Deinkable UV Ink

Friday, March 02, 2018

Press release from the issuing company

As Most Cross-linked Inks Create Problems in the Recycling Process, new Ideas are in Demand

hubergroup_RGBOther than traditional offset and gravure inks, most cross-linked inks are difficult to remove from the paper fibres in the deinking process: Liquid toner as in HP’s Indigo ink, poly­merised natural fatty acids in mineral-oil free inks or some dispersion varnishes form large particles, which for different reasons can lead to visible residues in the recycled paper. Such as current UV-curable inks.

With especially low-energy curing UV inks (LE-UV, LED-UV) gaining more and more market share, the problems caused by a former niche product reach new dimensions. INGEDE and hubergroup have jointly identified the necessity for further development and enhancement of UV inks and the UV printing process.

Yesterday, INGEDE and hubergroup announced that they will together design a research project to identify influencing factors and possi­bili­ties for a sustained improvement of UV printing in terms of deinkability in the processing of paper for recycling or even to achieve full recyclability. The challenge is to achieve all this without compromising the printability.

The hubergroup is an international holding group comprising of 40 companies, spread across the Globe. As one of the leading printing ink manufacturers, it is also equipped with the know-how to manufacture and market printing varnishes, coatings, dampening solutions, additives and printing auxilia­ries. A privately held company for 250 years, it has through intensive research and development work constantly re­defined quality standards and continues to be a market leader in offset and packaging inks.


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