Sun Chemical Launches First UV Flexo Ink Concentrate and Technology Varnish System for Standard UV Flexo Dispensers
This month will mark Sun Chemical’s global launch of SolarVerse, a range of highly pigmented, low viscosity, multipurpose UV flexo base concentrates, designed to be easily dispensed through a standard UV flexo dispenser and offering customers significant benefits in terms of cost savings and flexibility.
By simply blending a SolarVerse base concentrate with a specific, optimized technology varnish, different, finished ink profiles can be produced, ready for use on press in whatever color specified. As SolarVerse bases are formulated with materials suitable for migration-compliant applications when mixed with the appropriate technology varnish, the single base range is also ideal for UV flexo food packaging and label applications. With the same SolarVerse base concentrates being used for each ink profile, color consistency is also maintained regardless of the end print use.
Sun Chemical is also introducing a new concept for food-compliant UV flexo products within the SolarVerse system, under the brand name SolarFlex Zero. This technology has been shown to achieve exceptionally low odor and migration characteristics in food-compliant label and packaging applications. Sun Chemical will be making this available for market validation in the coming months.
Sun Chemical’s latest class-leading range of UV LED curing SolarWave flexo and SunWave offset inks — the fully EuPIA-compliant SunWave Lumina — are suitable for use on all sheetfed UV LED press types, including those equipped with low-energy mercury lamps. They deliver leading lithographic performance that helps printers achieve increased productivity.
SolarWave FSP UV LED flexo food-compliant inks are available as finished inks or as part of the SolarVerse system through a dedicated UV LED technology varnish. The inks demonstrate all the capabilities of conventional UV flexo inks when cured under suitable UV LED curing systems.
Lauren Searson has been the Managing Editor for the SGIA Journal since November 2017 and has worked in publications for more than 10 years.