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Flexible packaging and radiation curing drive the new development of packaging ink (Part 2)

impastato said that the continuously improved graphic printing capacity and a good cost structure have helped flexographic printing take market share from gravure printing and adjust the position of the tensioning wheel accordingly (it needs to remove the lower shroud of the main body and stop). However, he added that the pace of this change has slowed down and will continue to slow down, because most of it has been transferred

According to Pettifor, a recent study by gamis shows that nearly 80% of the flexible packaging market uses flexographic printing technology. The same study also shows that due to the growth in the use of digital printing, flexographic printing and gravure printing used in flexible packaging may experience a slight decline. Pettifor pointed out that although digital printing has a small market share, it has real potential if the technology develops rapidly

pettifor said, "gravure printing does provide excellent printing quality and is competitive in mass production. However, flexographic printing has been narrowing the distance with gravure printing quality, and the cost is low for small to medium printing volume."

Mackenzie said: "We have noticed that flexographic printing continues to capture market share from gravure printing, and flexographic printing is more competitive. For gravure printing, it requires a simpler process and requires less human investment. It must challenge those aspects that do not have cost competitiveness. The most important aspect is coloring. In this regard, the ink cost is 30% to 40% higher than that of flexographic printing. There is no reason for this It's just a matter of historical order. "

new applications

a visit to the supermarket can confirm the changes in the packaging industry. Ten years ago, folding cartons were almost everywhere. Today, flexible packaging, heat shrinkable sleeve labels and self-supporting bags are the current standards, which can be seen in the growth of the flexible packaging market from US $12billion in 1990 to US $20billion in 2004

there have been new developments in fields such as heat shrinkable labels and self-supporting bags. At the same time, packaging that allows food to be cooked in packaging has won a broad market in Europe and Asia, and will eventually develop in the United States

pettifor said: "There are opportunities for growth in several parts of the packaging market. Flexible packaging still does not play its full potential. Some areas, such as self-supporting bags and bottle packaging, provide considerable opportunities, as does hard plastic packaging. New heat shrinkable labels can be seen on retail shelves almost every week. Through our Sun Chemical Safety business unit, we receive a large number of increasing requirements for brand protection solutions."

impastato said, "bottle packaging will continue to grow, and heat shrinkable sleeve labels and RFID will continue to grow, although slower. To some extent, trademark safety will also be the same. The latter will eventually be abolished, but it will take a long time, perhaps more than a decade, before a certain trademark safety becomes the mainstream of the packaging and printing industry. Of course, the use of digital ink on packaging will also continue to grow."

opportunities to make products and services stand out

the packaging industry is a challenging field, requiring innovative design to be functional and attractive. For example, in the bottle packaging market, cooking will be carried out together with packaging, while attracting consumers

for ink manufacturers, the packaging ink market provides them with the biggest opportunity for us to make full use of these advantages to stand out. Far from being able to meet all markets in one size, the services provided will not necessarily be limited to printers

with this in mind, ink manufacturers emphasize the value they bring to customers

pettifor said: "The central and local environmental protection policies have been issued intensively. Packaging ink is a highly specialized product, which aims to meet the technical requirements and the end use requirements of processors and consumer goods companies. By preparing high-performance ink to bring some success on supermarket shelves to trademark owners, ink manufacturers can clearly distinguish themselves from others. If ink manufacturers can provide reliable services for these inks as a backing, then They will have a more competitive advantage. "

Pettifor added, "Sun Chemical has always been sensitive to the need of processors to produce high-quality packaging at the lowest total cost. The desire to obtain high efficiency and high output has become the driving factor of our long series of technological innovation products. For example, we have produced a large number of electron beam curing wetflex inks for the packaging market."

impastato said that providing the best printing performance is essential for the packaging market. He added that flint ink has a large number of representative products to meet the needs of packaging ink. Impastato said that in the flexible packaging industry, arrowbond ultra and Sterling products are popular among printers who require high performance for high-speed printing. In the folding carton market, the arrowstar launched by graph Expo in 2004 won the world's printers. On any printing machine, in any printing workshop and anywhere, it is easy to use and has strong consistency

Impastato added that the digital and RFID technologies being developed by flint ink subsidiaries jetrion and precisia also gained momentum in the packaging industry

impastato said, "our sister company's low-temperature impact experiment is a very important experimental division, and we also provide seamless application of digital and RFID technology. Naturally, Flint ink company provides expert friendly support to every customer, which is necessary to optimize all printing production."

Sun Chemical and its subsidiary sunjet are also developing the digital market. A recent technological innovation is FASTJET, a digital printer with UV ink system developed by sunjet and Inca digital printing company. It is expected to be fully released to North America in 2006

pettifor said: "Allowing processors to quickly produce high-quality cartons and boxes on the basis of small volume production, FASTJET printers and inks have the potential to promote the secondary packaging market. This will help meet the needs of consumer goods companies, which require market speed and fast-moving, attractive secondary packaging, as shown in the growing large storage stores. It can also respond to the production of goods with selling points Use. "

Mackenzie said, "we have a very clear in plant business philosophy to bring value to our customers. Ink supply is only a small aspect of supplying modern processors. We have a proven record in this field." Mackenzie points out the relationship between SICPA and Sonoco Charlotte with an example of a real win-win cooperation between SICPA and Sonoco

source: Chinese ink

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