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Flint Ink Announces New ArrowStar UV 7700 And EB Sheetfed Inks

Press release from the issuing company

ANN ARBOR, MI – September 9, 2005 – Flint Ink Corporation, the world's largest privately-owned ink manufacturer, has announced the introduction of a new generation of energy curable litho inks, the first sheetfed inks that utilize similar resin and photoinitiator technology to what recently earned Flint Ink the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award for excellence in innovative technology for the graphic communications industry. ArrowStar UV 7700 formulations offer increased productivity to a range of printers, including commercial printing, direct mail, folding carton, label, and business forms producers. The inks' low-viscosity provides excellent transfer even at the highest press speeds. Tests have demonstrated outstanding press stability and excellent print quality at speeds of 18,000 iph for sheetfed applications and 15,000 fpm for forms. The ease of use and runnability of ArrowStar UV 7700 is comparable to conventional inks, with top performance on the most demanding dampening systems. The print quality delivered by Flint Ink's ArrowStar UV 7700 inks is consistently sharp and the dot gain is minimal for all types of printed products that can be direct finished. The inks' low tack makes them ideally suited to a wide spectrum of substrates, ranging from coated and uncoated paper and board to metallized substrates and Corona-treated synthetics. Environmentally-friendly ArrowStar UV 7700 inks provide these and other important advances in UV ink performance that deliver greater productivity and efficiencies for packaging, commercial printing and forms applications. For converters who use electron beam curing, Flint Ink offers an equivalent EB curable formulation of the new ink. ArrowStar EB ink is low in taint and odor and easy to use, making it an ideal, general purpose EB ink for ice cream cartons, cereal boxes, frozen food cartons and other food packaging applications. To maintain the highest product quality and consistency across the country, ArrowStar UV 7700 and EB inks are manufactured at Flint Ink plants in strict conformity with Six Sigma quality guidelines and standards. Rod Balmer, director of research and product development for Flint Ink's Global Sheetfed Division, stated, "Our new ArrowStar UV 7700 inks are the result of two years of intensive technology development and a commitment to provide our customers with a new generation of UV inks that run better, run faster and deliver outstanding color reproduction. The ArrowStar UV 7700 inks do that and more, and outperform everything the UV sheetfed market has seen before." During Print 05, visitors will have an opportunity to see Flint Ink's new ArrowStar UV 7700 inks perform on a number of sheetfed presses in operation at the show. More information about ArrowStar UV 7700 inks also will be available at the Flint Ink booth (#857).