Flint Group at the start of July globally launched XCURA EVO as its new generation UV LED sheetfed process ink.
“EVO is short for evolutionary,” explained Trevor Amps, Global Product Management Director for Energy Curing inks. “This signals a step change from our world renowned XCURA formulations which, for the past four years, have served our customers very well as an industry leader. XCURA EVO is our next generation offer to the UV LED and low energy sheetfed market…”
XCURA EVO is created out of a new resin technology system that premiered in May 2017 with UltraCURA Sens Low Migration process inks and bases, with the goal of providing increased stability and performance consistency.
“We tested EVO on all the main presses and many formats, straight and perfecting, with and without IPA, highest production speeds and quality standards and we drew critical comparisons against our existing products and all of our main competitors,” said Dario Zarantoniello, UV Inks and Coatings Technical Manager who managed field trials of the new inks. “The customers noted better gloss levels, exceptional colour strength and sharper dots. They also commented on much better stability, as production speeds increased, offering tangible efficiency benefits.”
Flint explains XCURA EVO is the second global launch this year to be created with these unique formulations. Amps explained another main impact from EVO is the low waste generated based on strong transfer properties on all substrates.
The company also pointed out that all of its sheetfed energy curing products are compliant with current raw material exclusion lists, National and International regulations and manufacturing best practice, as laid down by advisory bodies, such as the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA).
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