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ACTEGA launches world’s first dual cure soft touch coating for laminate tubes


March 29, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

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ACTEGA, a manufacturer of specialty coatings, inks, adhesives and sealing compounds for the print and packaging industry, has launched GALACRYL 89.501.14, the world’s first ‘soft touch’ effect decorative coating for laminate tubes. The new water-based dual cure solution solves the previous issues of long-term scratch, abrasion and stain resistance associated with soft touch effects on laminate tubes and provides manufacturers of laminate and extruded tubes with a brand-new revenue stream to diversify their business.

The soft touch effect coating has previously been used on different flexible packaging. However, attempts to create an effect coating that provided both the soft texture and optimal technical production properties for laminate tubes have previously been unsuccessful. ACTEGA has overcome this challenge by combining an environmentally friendly, water-based dual cure varnish coating, achieving the long-term durability required of this effect on laminate tubes.

André Soterio, head of sales, labels, EMEA, ACTEGA, comments, “Soft touch effects on packaging are very appealing to consumers as they add a feeling of prestige and quality – proven to increase product engagement and sales.”

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Suitable for packaging containers used within cosmetics or pharmaceuticals, household goods and the food industry, new GALACRYL 89.501.14 features a water-based and milky matte finish varnish. Once applied, the coating is UV cured to protect and seal the container.