Flint Group has introduced TerraCode, a sustainable water-based ink and coating range for paper and board packaging applications.

‘Flint Group is acutely aware of increasing societal focus toward sustainable packaging,’ said Kim Melander, vice president and general manager of Flint Group Packaging Inks EMEA. ‘Therefore, we are pleased to present a full range of bio-renewable inks and coatings, for use in paper and board printing, which are designed to address global environmental concerns.

‘Our development teams have gone beyond a one-size-fits-all technology approach to design three product series that more effectively support printers’ and brand owners’ differing print and sustainability requirements. With TerraCode, we are delivering a solution, through ink and coating developments, to unlock certain sustainable package print challenges that paper and board converters and their customers are facing.’

The TerraCode range includes three different products. First is TerraCode Bio which is designed with the highest level of bio-renewable content where a typical formulation contains greater than 90% of renewable resources.

Then there is TerraCode Hybrid, a combination of renewable and conventional raw materials where a typical formulation contains in excess of 50% renewable resin content.

Finally comes TerraCode Balance which is based on biomass balance technology, a process that maintains the performance of existing synthetic solutions.

Scott Mosley, vice president of technology, paper and board North America, commented, ‘The TerraCode range has been designed to support a wide variety of paper and board applications, including corrugated post and pre-print, food wraps, folding carton, cups, paper bags, and aseptic packaging. We have effectively developed a bio-renewable ink range suitable for all paper and board applications.’

In addition to supporting printers and their customers, the TerraCode range delivers on the necessary requirements for premium packaging results, such as high print quality, product consistency, and ease of use. The inks and coatings are bio-renewable content (BRC) certified and sustainably sourced. The range is also available as print-ready or via a convenient building block package.