Decorative and functional printing inks for plastics at K 2013

Liquid coatings - the smart alternative

Enhance quality, save time and cut costs - who would say no to that? With Marashield UV liquid coatings, it's possible. Visitors to K 2013 can discover diverse applications for these coatings, on substrates such as melamine, polypropylene and many more besides. Another new product set to draw the crowds is Marabu’s brand new water-based protective coating Marashield WA-FXG - the first ink to fully retain the metallic effect in digital prints, while ensuring excellent resistance to mechanical strain.

The Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone will spotlight new and exciting Marabu solutions - with displays such as "Digital Direct Printing: The Real No-Label-Look", which will demonstrate the new process of digital printing directly onto PET bottles.

Visitors can easily find the Innovation Zone by looking out for the Marabu IZ logo. The latest approaches in inmould decoration will be one of the topics under the microscope. At present, solvent-based screen printing inks are the standard in IMD. But after extensive research and development, Marabu is now able to present the first UV-curable ink range to offer a real alternative: Ultramold UVPC.

Moreover, the Innovation Zone will showcase two state-of-the-art ink ranges for pad printing. Tampatech TPT, for example, ensures high resistance to chemicals when used on substrates such as thermosetting plastics, polyethylene or polypropylene. Or take the halogen-free and odourless TampaRotaSpeed TPHF, perfect for printing on bottle caps. This is a fast-drying, highly resistant ink that is exceptionally easy to work - as has been demonstrated in multiple tests.

UV LED is already a key technology in digital printing - and is set to play an increasingly important role in screen printing, too. UV LEDs are already used for applications such as printing on labels or plastic containers. Two UV LED curable printing inks, Ultrapack LEDC and LEDX, have been developed for use on hybrid printers (which combine screen printing and flexography) for printing directly onto tubes. This means users benefit from the best of both worlds: the photorealistic images generated using flexography, and the high coverage delivered by screen printing for large blocks of colour and text.