Flint Ink Announces ARROWLITH UV Inks for Coldset Web Printing
Press release from the issuing company
Chicago, Ill. (October 10, 2004) - Flint Ink, the world’s largest privately owned ink manufacturer, announces ARROWLITH UV inks, the commercial printing industry’s first UV ink system for color coldset web applications. ARROWLITH UV inks offer commercial coldset web printers the ability to print on coated and supercalendered stocks, broadening their existing capabilities, and increasing pressroom productivity. With ARROWLITH UV inks, coldset printers can now print full-color, high-volume newspaper inserts, Sunday sections, and other special projects in-house.
“ARROWLITH UV inks enable coldset printers to make full use of existing capacity,” says Norm Harbin, vice president of business and technical development, Flint Ink’s North American News Ink Division. “Our coldset web customers can now meet demand for high-end printing applications in-house, with faster turnaround times and greater control over the printed product, meeting the expectations of readers and advertisers.”
Printing with ARROWLITH UV inks also enhances the quality of traditional coldset printing applications by creating images with sharper colors and higher gloss. Commercial printers gain the high-end, lustrous look of heatset inks with the production and environmental benefits of UV inks.
ARROWLITH UV inks are formulated with Flint Ink’s unique photoinitiator chemistries that produce faster cure speeds. They create durable images with no rub-off, marking or streaking. The vibrant, glossy images adhere well to high-end coated substrates. The inks have enhanced ink/water latitude for superior runnability and press stability. The high solids content eliminates pressroom VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Flint Ink’s expert technical service staff will work closely with coldset customers to help retrofit existing web equipment with proper UV lamps. “Thanks to the new commercial projects ARROWLITH UV will enable, coldset printers will quickly recoup their investment in UV lamps,” adds Harbin.
ARROWLITH UV inks are an extension of Flint Ink’s existing ARROWLITH line of high-performance ink systems for coldset web printing. As with all ARROWLITH ink systems, the new UV inks are formulated for maximum ink mileage. They are available in four-color process sets and match colors for a variety of printing needs.
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