Flint Group’s Biorenewable Inks Certified by NAPIM
LUXEMBOURG—November 7, 2012—Flint Group is proud to announce that their FlexiStar™ BRC inks for packaging applications are the first solvent-based flexo inks certified by NAPIM as a biorenewable ink with a BRC Index of 80, and was developed using NAPIM certified bio-based raw materials.
NAPIM’s BioRenewable Content (BRC) program identifies printing ink formulations using bio-derived renewable resources; furthermore, this program identifies the amount of bio-derived components used. The soon to be released FlexiStar™ BRC ink system boasts a BioRenewable Content Index rating of 80—providing the market with high quality packaging inks that also address concerns related to our environment and sustainability.
The targeted surface printed application segments for FlexiStar™ BRC are:
- Frozen food bags—for vegetables and meat
- Feminine hygiene packaging
- Diaper packaging
- Grocery/retail bags
Grant Shouldice, VP Technology and Marketing for Flint Group Packaging Inks in North America, had this to say, “The development of FlexiStar™ BRC is in-line with Flint Group’s goal of continuous improvement and innovation. We strive to develop products that assist our customers to be sustainable from a product/consumable perspective; providing inks that are inline with the value propositions of the suppliers of film substrates that are also geared toward sustainability. Flint Group is very proud to introduce a tangible sustainable solution.”
Shouldice also adds that Flint Group is the first to register a solvent-based system with NAPIM, and this ink technology is reportedly among the highest in biorenewable content of all the registered systems, including water and soy-based technologies, with a BRC index of 80.
Flint Group is dedicated to serving the global printing and packaging industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets an extensive portfolio of printing consumables, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colourant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world. Headquartered in Luxembourg, Flint Group employs some 6900 people. Revenues for 2011 were € 2.2 billion (US $3 billion). On a worldwide basis, the company is the number one or number two supplier in every major market segment it serves.