Siegwerk, the German manufacturer of printing inks and coatings for the labels and packaging sectors, has unveiled a new generation of NC inks for flexible packaging applications.

The inks, which are produced using ‘state-of-the-art production equipment’ at Siegwerk’s headquarters in Germany, include both colour and clear options and are intended for flexo and gravure printing onto all kinds of flexible packaging. Siegwerk says that the series’ formulations have been ‘optimised to match both latest production technologies and current market trends.’ The company added that the system’s versatility and flexibility make it a ‘genuinely all-purpose solution for surface and reverse printing with lamination applications.’

Björn Ewig, Siegwerk’s head of technology flexible packaging EMEA, commented, ‘Compared to previous generations, our new series offers an extended functionality, an outstanding quality consistency and optimized rheological properties, significantly improving print results and efficiency.’

The inks, which can support customers in implementing new production processes such as ECG printing, are the first flexible packaging inks to be manufactured at the fully automated production facility in Siegburg.

Siegwerk claims that the sire is the largest fully automated production facility for printing inks in Europe and that, over the last couple of years, it has invested a considerable amount in the automation of the facility.

‘Due to a more precise controllability of all process parameters, the new workflow significantly improves efficiencies and takes product consistency to a whole new level,’ said Dirk Weissenfeldt, vice president flexible packaging EMEA. ‘This enables us to even better meet the growing customer demand for consistent and high quality as well as solid and fast delivery. Customers in the EMEA region can rely on high quality consistency, fast lead times and short supply chains across Europe when collaborating with us. We are committed to long-term and future-oriented partnerships.’