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GRAPH EXPO 2006: Consumables And Substrates — Tools for the Trade

November 2006 BY CHRIS BAUER
Managing Editor
AWAY FROM the churning of offset presses and clicking of bindery machinery, a buzz was emanating from the comparably quiet booths containing consumable product vendors at Graph Expo—a buzz caused by new product announcements, enhancements and other newsworthy scuttlebutt.

Toyo Ink America, for instance, showcased a comprehensive lineup of inks for sheetfed and web printing applications. Ink products that debuted at the show included: Kaleido four-color process ink; edible inks; heatset web inks; the Scuff Tuff SG process series; and the Aqualess Ultra process series.

New non-ink products from Toyo included the TOYO 1050 Color Finder system, with color matches for 1,050 colors that are compatible with offset inks, gravure inks and plastic colorants; TOYO KING printing blankets for sheetfed, web and UV printing or carton applications; and Urushina artificial lacquer resin for lower-cost coating applications.

Flint Group’s North American sheetfed division now offers the K+E line of sheetfed inks. The merger between XSYS Print Solutions and Flint Ink is said to have enabled Flint Group to build on its market positioning and offer a wider range of products and services.

Additionally, the company reports the merger allowed Flint Group to expand upon an established North American distributor network, providing enhanced sales and service capabilities to respond to the needs of printers.

Meanwhile, Sun Chemical made several product announcements. Since misting problems and high volumes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are topics of concern for heatset web printers, Sun Chemical developed Triton, a new set of four-color process inks. Triton inks are formulated to meet the needs of retail and magazine printers utilizing heatset web offset technology.

The company also featured its Liberty sheetfed inks. The environmentally friendly Liberty inks were recently named recipients of the 2006 PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award.

In a related move, SunJet, the ink-jet ink division of Sun Chemical, announced the launch of its PerSona brand of inks for commercial printing and finishing applications. Several manufacturers of digital printing equipment used PerSona inks at their exhibits.

Designed specifically for use in ink-jet printing equipment using both continuous ink-jet (CIJ) and drop-on-demand (DOD) thermal and piezo technology, the PerSona brand uses focused ink technology to address the specific application needs for mailing, billing and statement printing, as well as personalization of plastic cards used for security and identification in smart applications.

INX International Ink displayed its full lineup of product offerings at the show. Base systems are designed for packaging and commercial applications. Inks and coatings are said to be engineered for quality and reduced applied cost. Automated on-site blending and ink delivery systems are available, as well as proprietary ink management and inventory software systems and digital ink matching systems.


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