With a long history in technology and innovation, DuPont is the manufacturer and innovator of digital printing inks. The Artistri inkjet ink portfolio is printed worldwide in a variety of customer segments and applications ranging from textile printing (clothing, home furnishings, exterior signage), commercial printing and packaging (like books, corrugated cardboard and now packaging films) and, where the wallet started, in home and office printers.
âThe attractiveness of digital printing over analog printing (offset, gravure and flexography) is growing year by year, with inks playing a strategic role in this process. Today, digital printing offers unique advantages to brands and end consumers through personalization, personalization and, to converters with short runs (normally not achievable cost-effectively with other printing processes) , design flexibility, color brilliance and doing it in a sustainable way, âsays Bernd Daiber, world leader in commercial inks, DuPont Artistri.
Bernd explains that recently DuPont made a commitment to integrate the benefits of digital printing into packaging printing. With more than 45 years of packaging experience through Cyrel solutions, DuPont supports its customers in the labels and tags, corrugated board and flexible packaging industries as they transition from analog to digital printing. Above all, DuPont is committed to developing digital ink solutions to aid in the sustainable growth of packaging, including a full line of food-compliant ink products for different packaging customer segments. .
âFlexible packaging must allow more short-term orders to be delivered with increasingly shorter production times, making combining digital printing with traditional systems an attractive solution,â adds Bernd. Bringing digital inkjet to this customer segment, Bernd says, is not without major challenges. Converters seek high speed solutions on a wide range of substrates (PE, PET, OPP and others) with the appropriate drying rate critical to print quality and durability. In addition, direct and reverse printing considerations, the use of white ink, the application of very different finishing methods (lamination, cold seal, and other methods), and priming considerations all contribute to the results. challenges of a water-based inkjet. Solution.
DuPont The conviction is that by combining its experience in printing technology (inks, dispersions, polymers, primers) with that of other players in the value chain, solutions will be developed and that the digital transition in flexible packaging will intensify. in the years to come.
Durability is a “must”
Another dimension that water-based inkjet inks bring to packaging printing is durability. Consumers, as well as brand owners and retailers, are sensitive to the environmental impact of packaging. Brand owners and printers are focused on reducing the environmental footprint and improving the sustainability of their packaging solutions while maintaining a high level of print quality and print consistency. Water-based pigment inks, such as the Artistri ink product line, help provide a key component in meeting the demand for sustainability in digital printing.
DuPont’s relationships throughout the value chain help meet current and future customer demands and enable the application of product and process characteristics developed from more than 30 years of inkjet development. âWe understand that success depends on the ability to work collaboratively across printing, including printing press manufacturers, manufacturers of drying technologies (hot air, IR, NIR), producers of printing presses. substrates, printhead suppliers, and pigment and chemical suppliers, âsays Bernd.
DuPont Artistri inks are widely used in textiles today (home textiles, apparel and apparel) with a product line that includes both roll-to-roll and direct-to-garment (DTG) pigmented inks. Water-based pigment inks for textiles offer advantages to customers in terms of economy (no post-processing capital and investment / cost, reduced time to market), application (can be applied to all fabrics and have better UV resistance than dye-based ink), and lower environmental impact (little or no water use, low energy consumption and low chemical footprint).
DuPont is convinced that by working together with different players in the packaging value chain, inkjet packaging solutions will bring great benefits from the consumer to the entire value chain, delivering brilliant, long-lasting colors and a lasting solution to the toughest printing challenges.
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