At the recently concluded Labelexpo India 2018 exhibition, Uflex’s Chemical Business displayed its Flexgreen series product range (dedicated UV LED inks and coatings for offset application) and Flexcure series product range (UV inks and coatings for sheetfed, letterpress and narrow web application for various kinds of paper/paperboard and plastic substrates). The Chemicals Business of Uflex, a leading supplier of inks, adhesives and specialty coatings, is among the first few ink producers globally to offer complete solutions to UV LED sheetfed printers with its inks, coatings and texture systems. “We have set up a huge R&D center at our Noida plant which has 45 scientists,” said Rajesh Srivastava, vice president, Chemical Business, Uflex.
“We are the first company in India to manufacture UV LED ink. Currently we have started with CYMK + white and coatings. Very soon, spot colors and special colors will be available as well. In India the market is changing very fast – the demand for LED and UV LED inks will grow much faster than conventional inks. Today a customer doesn’t just buy a product, he also wants to experience the packaging and that is where our inks help,” said Srivastava.
Speaking about the reason for participating at Labelexpo India, Srivastava said, “Our objective of participating at this exhibition is to demonstrate our range of products for the offset and the label segments. We have recently ventured into the offset segment, featuring solutions under the Flexgreen and Flexcure series – we want to promote it aggressively.”
Meanwhile, Uflex’s Cylinder Business launched glitter printing cylinder, elastomer sleeves and elastomer plates at the event. “The advantage of elastomer sleeve is that the sleeve works as a joint-less printing – similar to gravure printing – which otherwise is not possible in flexo,” said Sachin Dahake, DGM, Cylinder Business, Uflex.
— Mahan Hazarika