Huber to present flexo portfolio at Labelexpo Europe 2023

Hubergroup Print Solutions will exhibit its stall at the Labelexpo Europe from September 11 to 14, 2023. The international printing ink specialist will present its comprehensive service concept as well as its three innovative series for flexo printing.

27 Jul 2023 | By Aditya Ghosalkar

At stand 7E39, Huber will present its flexo innovations: iray, HYDRO-X and Gecko.

Hubergroup recently launched the UV flexo series - iray, which has replaced the NewV flex series. It offers improved performance of the products and the expansion into a complete system that provides all the products necessary for UV flexo printing.

The portfolio to add primers, lamination adhesives as well as low-migration inks and varnishes to offer customers a perfectly matched product range. The products cover a wide range of food and non-food applications and are characterised by high scratch resistance, good adhesion, low odour values and high-yield inks. With the help of numerous laboratory tests, Hubergroup also ensured that the inks and varnishes are de-inkable on film and paper.

In addition, Hubergroup will present its water-based portfolio at the exhibition. The modular ink mixing system HYDRO-X consists of ink concentrates, blends and additives that are perfectly matched and can be freely combined. This makes it suitable for a wide range of applications in flexo and gravure printing, from flexible packaging made of paper, aluminium or plastic film to corrugated board or folding cartons. As part of the HYDRO-X Green Line Premium series, all ink compositions are also available with exclusively Cradle to Cradle certified components.

The water-based portfolio is complemented by the water-based coatings of the HYDRO-LAC series. Depending on the requirements, protective properties such as heat and scuff resistance or physical properties such as anti-roll and anti-slip properties are available. A special highlight are the water-based barrier coatings HYDRO-LAC GA oxygen barrier coating and HYDRO-X GA water barrier coating, which improve the oxygen or water and grease resistance of mono-material packaging.

The solvent-based Gecko brand, which stands for maximum reliability and good printability, completes the trio. The careful selection of raw materials and the modular structure of Gecko guarantee a wide range of applications – from food packaging made of polyolefins to aluminium packaging and flexible films for outdoor storage.

In-line with hubergroup's system approach, the portfolio also includes varnishes, additives and primers so that customers can obtain all the products they need from a single source. When developing Gecko, the printing ink specialist also paid particular attention to sustainability and recyclability. As part of the Gecko Green Line Premium series, the printing inks are therefore also available with Cradle to Cradle Certified® Bronze certification.

"At Labelexpo, we offer insights into our holistic, sustainable portfolio and present our comprehensive service concept. In-line with sustainability, we concentrate on how we can simplify our customers' work, whether in water-based, solvent-based or UV printing," says Dirk Bienek, sales director UV Flexo Europe. The common features of the three series iray, HYDRO-X and Gecko are a system approach, a sustainable formulation and a wide range of services.

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