Radiation-cured inks in the future of the packaging industry
The report "Radiation Curing (UV Curing) In the Future of the Packaging Industry - Market and Technology Forecasts 2018" forecasts the market size of each material, end user, region and country. The report points out that UV and electron beam curing technologies can bring many advantages to printing and packaging companies. Such inks, varnishes or coatings not only cure quickly, but also leave enough time for post-press processing, and have a high gloss, which can reduce the use of special coating materials to a certain extent. Fast curing means that the dot gain of the ink can be kept to a minimum, thus ensuring that the printed image is clear and bright. In addition, the cured ink film also has good wear resistance and chemical resistance, which can meet various customer requirements.
UV inkjet printing is one of the fastest growing segments of the signage market and has a place in the label and packaging market. Research shows that the application of inkjet technology in the field of labels, folding cartons and flexible packaging will maintain a rapid growth trend before 2016, and its output in five years is expected to increase by 250% compared with 2011.
Pino International and the European Photochemical Society predict that, as in the printing industry, digital printing will also bring huge benefits to the packaging industry, and the contribution of UV inkjet can not be underestimated. In addition, the technology's support for short-run printing can give brand owners greater production flexibility and economic benefits. They can produce different versions of packaging according to different products, users and regions. A broader market.
The growth of UV label printing is very rapid. There are many narrow-format printing systems currently competing with flexographic and electrophotographic printing systems, and the birth of some systems with stronger encoding and marking capabilities has also provided new options for users. More and more manufacturers are realizing that on-demand printing is much more flexible than buying pre-printed products. With the continuous improvement of production methods, Pino International believes that UV inkjet is entirely possible to replace static pre-printing technology in the fields of label printing, blister packaging and carton printing. In the pharmaceutical sector, for example, Atlantic Zeiser installed several printing systems worth more than 4 million euros to help pharmaceutical factories produce small quantities. This represents a more high-end market. Atlantic Zeiser's introduction of narrow-width UV printers is between 70,000 euros and 500,000 euros, but the configuration, speed and front-end systems are slightly different. Although UV inkjet printing may involve some additional post-processing costs, under normal circumstances, standard post-press systems can also process UV inkjet prints.