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Eckart showing expanded ink and pigment portfolio

presenting the latest products in its metallic and pearlescent pigment and ink portfolio for the printing of labels and packaging at Labelexpo Americas 2016.

For flexo printed shrink sleeve applications, the new UV curable metallic ink system Rotostar UV Shrink FX 68 Series, now available in gold, offers a brilliant metallic effect without losing film integrity during high percentage shrinkage. Further advantages are a fast cure rate and a high rub resistance. It will print on PETG and PVC films.The Rotostar LED FP 71 series is based on the latest innovations for LED curing, providing a stable one-component, press-ready ink to today’s equipment. This ink series, with its brilliant gold and bright silver shades, are suitable for flexo printing on labels, cartons and shrink sleeves. Rotostar LED FP 71 shows high stability, good rub resistance and a fast cure rate at high press speeds.

The company is also showcasing its new Ultrastar UV curable metallic ink system, based on Metalure pigments for flexo printing on paper and films: the Ultrastar UV FP-8254. It offers an excellent metallic gloss and foil-like brilliance in combination with good overlacquer abilities and trapping. Ultrastar UV inks are suitable to be overprinted inline. This new product is one step closer to rivaling the brilliance of foil stamping while providing great printability and potential economic savings.

Compared to printing on metalized paper, these Ultrastar Aqua inks are NMP free, stable one-component water-based inks for paper and carton. According to Eckart, they can reduce costs by printing only where the metallic effect is desired. From a technical point of view, Ultrastar Aqua inks provide high runnability and press stability, as well as clean printability to best produce high dot-definition and print density. The basis of Ultrastar Aqua inks is the Metalure pigment technology that stands for a very high gloss and brilliance, comparable to the effects of foil stamping.

The pearlescent pigments from Eckart's product categories Luxan and Symic boast excellent sparkle effects, as well. Both are designed to impress with their transparency and pure color shades when compared to conventional pearlescent pigments. Luxan is based on synthetically produced glass providing a maximum sparkle and nearly three dimensional effects for the printing industry. The Luxan product family is available in different particle sizes. The Luxan B series has now been complemented by a variety of earth tones, ranging from fire red and copper to bronze and champagne.

Symic pearlescent pigments consist of synthetic mica. This product series has been enlarged by a highly versatile gold color shade: Symic C393. This high chroma gold shade combines color purity with high gloss and sparkle. It can highlight prints in many applications: screen, tower coater and gravure.

Plainstar inks and Platinvario aluminum pigment dispersions, with their mirror-like effect, lend labels and packaging an elegant touch. These so-called “Platindollar” aluminum pigments are seen between Metalure mirror-like effects and the brilliant “Silverdollar” pigments, respectively between Ultrastar and Rotostar printing effects.

Finally, the digital drop on demand metallic product portfolio includes UV- and solvent-based inks for narrow web labels, flat bed and wide format printers. A wide range of metallic colors can be created by overprinting the metallic inks with low volume of the CMYK process colors.