Flint offers non-ketone, non-toluene inks

Flint Group has unveiled ArrowFlex and ArrowBond solvent-based gravure lamination printing which are free of toluene- and ketone-based solvent ahead of the new regulations to be implemented in 2019.

12 Oct 2018 | By Abhishek Muralidharan

Flint Group's manufacturing facility in Lamdapua, Vadodra

The two new line of products in India address the market requirement for safe inks for food packaging and labelling. It is known that inks produced using toluene and/or ketone can pose health risks. 
Upal Roy, managing director, Flint Group India, said, “At Flint Group, safety has always been our primary concern and that is why our development teams have now formulated a groundbreaking range of products which provide printers with the high-quality results and safety they expect from Flint Group.”

“Not only have we developed a safe alternative, but also, we have also been able to eliminate the need for printers to invest in new equipment. With our ArrowBond and ArrowFlex inks, printers can achieve quality lamination print using their existing cylinders and other press equipment. These inks are fully compliant as per BIS 15495 current guidelines and proposed guidelines for toluene-free products. They have been in the market in Sri Lanka and India for over a year and have yielded the desired outcomes.”

Flint Group produces ArrowBond and ArrowFlex inks at its India mother plant location in Lamdapura, Vadodara.  Anticipating the growing market in India, Flint Group invested a significant amount in 2017 to construct a modern manufacturing environment which includes equipment specifically designed to support the production of these, and other, products.

The facility in Lamdapura is a full-service facility with employees working in manufacturing, technical service, customer service and sales. The facility employs more than 120 people focused on the production, service, and delivery of inks and coatings to converters throughout India.