Esko partners to introduce compostable packaging for food

Chespa, Poland-based paper manufacturing company has come up with plastic-free compostable packaging that can be printed with specialised Chespa plant-based inks for a high level of sustainability. Print samples available for visitors on Asahi’s Drupa stand.

28 May 2024 | By Disha Chakraborty

Asahi Photoproducts, a flexographic photopolymer plate developer, reported that Chespa, headquartered in Poland has partnered with Asahi Photoproducts and Esko to introduce to its customers and prospects unique high-barrier-film, biodegradable/compostable, packaging printed using specialised plant based Chespa inks, Esko’s latest Crystal V screening and XPS Crystal Exposure system along with Asahi Photoproducts AWP™ CleanPrint carbon neutral water-washable plates to ensure production of the highest quality print with optimised ink consumption, minimal waste, robust colour and no VOCs. Printed samples will be available for visitors to Asahi Photoproducts’ Drupa stand located in Hall 8b, Stand A13.

Chespa, founded in 1991 and with 18 companies in 7 countries, features an ink manufacturing company and repro studio, offering a wide range of water- and solvent-based inks, cutting dies, and press-ready photopolymer printing plates for use with a wide variety of substrates. 

The company employs 750 team members and has a turnover of USD 150 million. Chespa has a long heritage of sustainable operations and continuously invests in modern facilities, smart eco-solutions, energy efficient production lines, and R&D projects related to use of renewable materials. This helps Chespa to decrease its consumption of energy, water, and the amount of waste sent to landfill, along with increased employee safety through the use of automated lines and robots.

Chespa inks are manufactured using a renewable feedstock and generating 35% less eCO2/kg. They contain up to 40% dry content versus 1% for standard inks. Inks are biodegradable, and compostable both in homes and industrial facilities. Based on this and other factors, the company just received an award from the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), in the U.S, for its sustainability programs including its water-based inks manufactured from renewable feedstocks. 

The project conducted in collaboration with Asahi and Esko using sustainable substrates and inks as well as carbon neutral printing plates from Asahi, was tested with a chocolate manufacturer using Chespa’s FlexiBio water-based inks, and a manufacturer of peanut-based products using Chespa’s FlexiEco water-based inks. Both manufacturers reported they were delighted with the exceptional quality produced using Chespa’s specialty inks, a sustainable substrate, high quality screening from Esko and Asahi’s carbon neutral CleanPrint plates.

Chespa chose a sustainable paper substrate with barrier coatings for packaging their products based on its barrier against oxygen, water, aromas, and fat, and its suitability for heat sealing. An additional requirement, of course, was the ability to print high-quality graphics on the surface using sustainable water-wash AWP plates from Asahi, water-based inks, and the latest Crystal-V screening technology from Esko. Both companies are looking forward to working with Asahi Photoproducts to make printed samples using the inks on this unique and sustainable substrate available on their Drupa stand. Chespa is also proud to have been recognised with an FTA sustainability award for the water-based inks used in this project which are based on renewable feedstocks.

The barrier-coated paper, branded FlexiLack FX Barrier by Chespa, is a high-performance metallised compostable film that consists of four layers: a cellulose film coated top and bottom with a specialised coating with a top layer of a printable metallised surface. It combines excellent optical properties with enhanced barrier and deadfold capabilities. Target applications include twist wrap and flow-wrap of confectionery, bakery and non-food products. This packaging is ideal for premium-look labelling applications and is cold-seal compatible. The project is targeting brand owners with maximum achievements in sustainability as well as keeping the functional packaging barrier properties required for this type of food application in focus. 

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