Flint Group launches TerraCode ink and coating range
By PrintAction Staff
By PrintAction Staff
Flint Group Paper & Board have launched TerraCode, a sustainable water-based ink and coating range for paper and board packaging applications. Designed to support market demands for sustainable packaging, Flint Group presents an innovative bio-renewable product offering that can be tailored for converters’ individual needs.
“Flint Group is acutely aware of increasing societal focus toward sustainable packaging. 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,” said Kim Melander, VP and general manager of Flint Group Packaging Inks EMEA. “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.”
According to Scott Mosley, VP of technology, paper and board North America, the TerraCode range was designed to support a number of 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,” said Mosley.
In addition to the sustainability aspect of the range, Flint Group says it also delivers 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 through a building block package.
The TerraCode range includes:
- TerraCode Bio – featuring the highest level of bio-renewable content where a typical formulation contains greater than 90 per cent of renewable resources
- TerraCode Hybrid – a combination of renewable and conventional raw materials where a typical formulation contains in excess of 50 per cent renewable resin content
- TerraCode Balance – based on biomass balance technology, a process that maintains the performance of existing synthetic solutions
“Our focus on the environment is not limited to materials alone. The TerraCode range has been developed using a combination of natural feed stock options – natural pigments, resins, additives and biomass balance materials – that do not compete with food or facilitate deforestation,” added Mosley. “For Flint Group, using a sustainable source for these materials is just as important as the renewable content itself. Furthermore, we have extended our strict raw material review policy to include renewable source information.”
Flint Group says its TerraCode products will result in reduced environmental impact, including a reduction in value-chain CO2 emissions.