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KBA Announces Certification of New Flint Ink ArrowStar KG Inks

Press release from the issuing company

October 22, 2004 -- KBA North America, a leading sheetfed offset press manufacturer based in Williston, Vt., announces the introduction of Flint Ink ArrowStarTM KG, a new four-color waterless ink system specially formulated for offset sheetfed printing applications. KBA has certified ArrowStar KG for use on the company’s state-of-the-art 74 Karat, an offset printing press optimized for short- to medium-run, four-color print jobs.  The new ink system flows seamlessly through the Karat patented GravuflowTM anilox system and transfers smoothly onto the press plates, producing sharp dots and excellent rub resistance on coated and uncoated substrates. The four-color system is fast-setting with excellent printability, runnability and press stability. The result is faster turn-around and increased pressroom efficiency. We are pleased to partner with a world renowned ink manufacturer such as Flint Ink,” says Eric Frank, vice president marketing, KBA North America. “ArrowStar KG is formulated to heat to the perfect viscosity within the ideal temperature window, which allows the inks to transfer to the plates cleanly and with minimal waste.” The results are consistent, superior performance on a range of applications, including inserts, business forms, direct mail, and advertisements. The KBA 74 Karat press operates on a Gravuflow keyless inking unit that consists of only two rollers. Ink transfers from one roller to the Gravuflow screen roller for constant full inking of the Karat’s exclusive Pearl Dry printing plates, manufactured by Presstek. “Commercial and package printers are constantly seeking ways to maximize press speeds without sacrificing print quality,” says Doug Aldred, vice president, Global Sheetfed Division, Flint Ink. “ArrowStar KG reinforces our commitment to producing world-class formulations to meet specific needs of commercial and package sheetfed printers.” The KBA-certified ArrowStar KG formulation is currently offered to commercial and package printers in 4.5 lb/2.04 kg ink cartridges.