Flint and All4Labels collaborate to fast-track innovation in flexo

Headquartered in Hamburg, All4Labels is already reaping the benefits of more energy-efficient curing after switching to Flint’s Ekocure dual cure ink technology.

30 Nov 2023 | By Disha Chakraborty

 

Flint Group’s EkoCure dual cure ink technology can be cured under both UV and UV LED light, enabling printers to use one ink across all their presses while transitioning to full UV LED printing.

 

The technology - introduced to the global market at Labelexpo 2023, is designed to help converters adopt more energy-efficient processes at a pace that suits their business, as UV LED lamps require significantly less power to run than traditional mercury UV lamps.

 

Ongoing technical assistance has enabled All4Labels to fully leverage the advantages of LED ink systems. The collaboration has already witnessed All4Labels successful reduction in the energy needed to run its curing stations, as well as reduce emissions and waste.

 

All4Labels is also trialing Flint’s evolution product range, which includes a de-inking primer and caustic-resistant overprint varnish to see how these solutions can improve the recyclability of PET bottles, shrink sleeves, and pressure-sensitive labels. Gabriela Neves, All4Labels VP global R&D and sustainability, said “At All4Labels, we have driven a transformation towards eco-conscious printing in our products and production processes. With Flint’s support, this has included the introduction of UV LED curing systems using EkoCure dual cure, helping to reduce our power consumption as well as reducing emissions. Through this collaboration, we have optimised our production processes to be more efficient, use less material, and reduce waste.”

 

Mirko Müller, global key account director at Flint Group, added “Our strategic collaboration with All4Labels is a fantastic showcase of what can be achieved when two forward-thinking companies come together.”

 

“Our cooperation is not just based on products; it is about building a collaborative environment that encourages new ideas. We have adapted our services to fit the specific needs of All4Labels. This has increased efficiency and a lower environmental footprint for both companies.” 

 

Müller added “The printing supply chain has embraced innovation to reduce its environmental impact, from waste reduction to energy and resource efficiency. At the same time, narrow web printers cannot afford to compromise on speed, volume and quality. That is why the narrow web printing industry has begun the full-scale transition towards low-energy UV LED curing lamps.”

 

Müller concluded “We are incredibly proud of our role in contributing to All4Label’s vision to lead in the sector. To provide this level of support, we consistently update our range of products, from advanced inks to more sustainable ink and coating solutions. This ensures that we are constantly driving forward and setting higher standards for the industry.”

 

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