Available in two grades—Steraflex® and low migration Steraflex® FOOD—the latest product portfolio from Toyo Ink Europe provides a complete range of process inks, opaque white and mixing bases to meet the growing global demand for UV flexo solutions. Both ink systems are designed to excel on today’s high-speed flexo presses, bringing spectacular speed, efficiency and economy to the flexo printing operation.
The Steraflex series is formulated without ITX, Benzophenone and VOCs, making it an environmentally-friendly choice for today’s pressroom. Available globally, Steraflex is manufactured at Toyo Ink Europe’ state-of-the-art facility in Europe.
Niel, Belgium—Toyo Ink Arets N.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toyo Ink Group, introduced recently an expanded product lineup geared up as Steraflex® , a new generation of UV flexo inks for label and packaging applications. Now available in two grades —Steraflex® and low migration Steraflex® FOOD—the latest product portfolio from Toyo Ink Arets provides a complete range of process inks, opaque white and mixing bases to meet the growing global demand for UV flexo solutions. Both inks are designed to excel on today’s high-speed flexo presses, bringing spectacular speed, efficiency and economy to the flexo printing operation
What’s more, Steraflex’s high-speed curing ability and good adhesion characteristics makes it the ideal solution for a wide range of applications including self-adhesive labels and tags, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging and cartons.
New to this year’s lineup is Steraflex FOOD, a UV flexo ink system that exhibits low migration and low odor properties. It is specially formulated to support food label printers and packaging converters achieve desired print performance results while respecting EuPIA guidelines and materials migration limits listed in the Swiss Ordinance.
Based on a low migration polymeric photoinitiator system with minimized use of small molecules, Steraflex FOOD is not only safe for food packaging but also exhibits excellent flow, stability and imaging capabilities. It is ideal for primary food packaging, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and other sensitive applications where high quality print and low migration potential are imperative.
“Recently, ensuring food safety and hygiene has been a priority topic as food packaging converters and brand owners are becoming increasingly aware of environmental health and food safety concerns,” said You Yabe, president of Toyo Ink Arets. “At Toyo Ink Arets, we understand the industry’s need to address environmental and potential chemical migration risks in the packaging structure of consumer products. Steraflex FOOD has been developed to help address these challenges, allowing very low odor and migration levels while offering the highest print quality possible.”
Both Steraflex and Steraflex FOOD are formulated without ITX, Benzophenone and VOCs, making them an environmentally-friendly choice for today’s pressroom. These products, manufactured at Toyo Ink Arets’ state-of-the-art facility in Europe, are now available globally.
Steraflex makes its Brazil market debut today at the Toyo Ink stand #35 at Label Latinoamerica 2015. The updated Steraflex lineup will also be featured in Toyo Ink Arets stand at Hall 7, C46 at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels in late September.
Toyo Ink Arets N.V. is a leading manufacturer of UV and EB inks and coatings for the global market of labels, packaging and printing. Originally founded in 1938, the company, then Arets Graphics, was acquired by the Toyo Ink Group in 2013. Today, Toyo Ink Arets specializes in developing high-speed curing and low migration solutions for label printing, flexible packaging and carton packaging. The company has operations in 10 countries with a state-of-the-art manufacturing and research facility, and head office in Niel, Belgium. For more information on Toyo Ink Arets, visit www.toyoinkarets.com.
For more information on the Toyo Ink Group, visit the website of parent company Toyo Ink SC Holdings at schd.toyoinkgroup.com/en/ .
Toyo Ink Europe would like to bring to the attention of its customers that recently the toxicity assessment of the below stated photoinitiators, which are widely used in UV inks globally, have been reclassified in Europe:
① 2-benzyl-2-dimethyl-amino-4’-morpholinobutyrophenone (CAS No 119313-12-1) commercially named as Irgacure 369 or Omnirad369 has been changed to Reprotoxic Category 1B (H360D: May damage unborn child)
② Ethyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate CAS 10287-53-3, commercially known as EDB has been changed to Reprotoxic Category 1B (H360D: May damage unborn child)
③ 2-ethylhexyl 4-(dimethylamino)benzoate CAS 21245-02-3, commercially known as EHA has been changed to Reprotoxic Category 1B (H360D: May damage unborn child)
Subsequently, this has triggered the exclusion of these photoinitiators from UV ink formulations and substitution according to the EuPIA Exclusion Policy.
Respecting this new finding, Toyo Ink Europe has successfully updated the formulations of their flagship STERAFLEX® and STERAFLEX® FOOD without aforesaid photo initiators well before the stipulated transition period and hence this new version of STERAFLEX® and STERAFLEX® FOOD will be in full compliance to the latest EuPIA Exclusion Policy. The manufacturing and commercial introduction to the market will start from 1st July 2018. To distinguish the updated products from the earlier formulations, the article codes of the new formulations will carry a suffix “Y” to the original article codes of STERAFLEX®
All performance parameters and compliance to other regulations, especially for STERAFLEX® FOOD remains unchanged.
It is important to note that it will be impossible for us to discard the existing stock of STERAFLEX® and STERAFLEX® FOOD at several layers of supply chain and hence the new formulations will enter into regular supply lines as and when the stock of the earlier version of the product is exhausted. However, the new formulations and the earlier formulations of STERAFLEX® and STERAFLEX® FOOD are fully compatible and inter-mixable for special colour mixings.
During the period of transition, we will request all our customers to minimize the risk by controlling the exposure to the printing inks, by taking measures to minimize ink misting, avoiding the skin contact, wearing appropriate PPE, avoiding visits of pregnant women in the shop-floor etc following the occupational health & safety measures.
Toyo Ink Europe, with its core value of contributing to the society, life and environment has welcomed this step and has committed to deliver value through the performance of its products.
Please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Toyo Ink Europe representative in case you would need additional information or assistance for this transition.