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Koenig & Bauer Durst food safety inks earn UL’s Ecologo Certification


December 16, 2020
By PrintAction Staff

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UL’s Ecologo mark.

Koenig & Bauer Durst’s water-based food safety printing inks have successfully achieved UL Ecologo Certification, demonstrating third-party validation of the products’ sustainability performance.

The Durst WT Food SP Ink and the Durst WT Food MP Ink product lines achieved the certification by meeting rigorous lifecycle-based environmental performance criteria as defined in UL’s stringent Ecologo Standard (2801 – 2012 Standard for Sustainability for Printing Inks). Black, cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta and yellow inks have all been assessed and include no hazardous components defined by the Ecologo Standard.

The inks were also evaluated based on multiple criteria throughout its lifecycle, including energy use, waste disposal and toxic reductions, among other areas.

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The inks, which use proprietary water-based ink technology, are used in Koenig & Bauer Durst’s Delta SPC Flexline Automatic 130 press. The WT Food SP Ink was designed for fast print processes on corrugated materials and is used for the single-pass print line. The WT Food MP Ink is used in multi-pass printing.

UL works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations.

“We have always been focused on offering safe and sustainable solutions for our customers, particularly as food safety, sustainability and packaging are constant topics of conversations for converters and brand owners,” said Robert Stabler, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Durst. “Our water-based inks ensure food safety compliance for primary packaging. Ecologo Certification provides third-party verification that our products are manufactured in a way that minimize environmental impact.”

“The assessment involved months of rigorous discussions and formulation assessments. We’re extremely proud to have earned the Ecologo Certificate for our Durst WT Food SP and Food MP ink product lines,” said Dr. Stefan Kappaun, executive vice president, Inks & Fluids at Durst Group.