Flint Group Narrow Web has received the Flexographic Technical Association’s Technical Innovation Award in the category of Prepress-Graphics for its EkoAncora solution.
Guillaume Clement, global vice president for Flint Group Narrow Web, says, “We are deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award. This is a result of the innovative journey in developing UV LED curing products that we started five years ago.”
The company says the new low migration technology made available in EkoCure Ancora delivers low migration properties, suitable for the most stringent food label and packaging applications, at print speeds in excess of 150mpm.
Kelly Kolliopoulos, global marketing director for Flint Group Narrow Web, says, “We believe that low migration ink combined with UV LED flexographic printing technology is a revolution for the flexible food packaging industry. We know from several converters involved in our beta tests that Low Migration, UV LED technologies are a fundamental process to produce short run flexible food packaging cost effectively. The revolution means that printers are able to address brand owners’ growing demands for shorter and shorter runs with as quick as 24 hour turnaround. This innovation from Flint Group opens up a new market for narrow web converters, with a very compelling business value proposition.”
Flint Group claims an additional benefit is the ensured cure aspect over the lifetime of LED lamps. Mike Buystedt, vice president Narrow Web North America, says, “EkoCure Ancora is the newest innovation in our industry, combining technology of UV LED curing along with low migration food compliant chemistry. technology offers lower energy consumption with greatly improved productivity. Providing overall energy savings. From a business standpoint, it is a well-documented fact that UV LED curing improves pressroom uptime and offers lower total applied cost in UV flexo printing.”

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