A new company name is expected to be announced at the beginning of May for what is claimed to be the world’s largest European owned printing systems supplier. Niklas Olsson, global brand manager of the Narrow Web Business unit of ANI Printing Inks – part of the CVC acquired ANI / BASF group – revealed that the campaign to drop the old names will probably roll out in the middle of next month.
“The six divisions will continue to be independent, but we see synergy both in production and logistics. There will be overlaps, but there are not too many.”
Niklas Olsson was talking to Converting Today at the recent Flexo exhibition in Birmingham where The Narrow Web division was highlighting its recently introduced Flexocure Ivory. Together with the latest developments in anilox technology it enables printers to achieve a UV flexo printed opaque white layer previously only possible using UV screen whites, claims the company. “It really does approach the opacity obtained using silk screen printing, ” he said.
Flexocure Ivory is said to have an optimized combination of pigment and photo initiators, which are needed to cure this high opaque ink at high speeds. Other criteria to address are the “whiteness “of the ink, very good adhesion on a wide range of synthetic substrates, and finally the levelling needed to print solids with no fish eyes or pinholes.
“This creates opportunities for converters to create no label look labels, without the need for using rotary screen units,” added Niklas Olsson. The inks have undergone extensive pre-launch trials, says the company.
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