Food packaging

Effect pigments, aluminium pigments, gold bronze pigments, vacuum metallized pigments, press ready inks, offset inks, flexo printing ink

For food packaging, the applicable legal provisions must be observed.

If there is a risk that components of the printing ink could be transferred into the food either by direct contact or migration, the printing inks and/or the components of their formulations must be low odor and completely safe with regard to migration. SCHLENK is happy to assist in the selection of suitable metallic pigments and provide special pigments and customized solutions for food packaging printing ink formulations.

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PP aluminium powders

PP aluminium powders are brilliant leafing aluminium powders for gravure, flexo and screen printing applications.

For improved processing safety, pastes that contain solvents or water-based pastes are also available.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
PP/1380 10 100

Aquamet®

Stabilized, non-leafing aluminium water pastes with various particle morphology (both "cornflakes" and "silver dollars") for water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquamet NPW/1700 18 60 water
Aquamet NPW/2900 11 60 water
Aquamet NPW/8500 15 65 water

Decomet®

Decomet® is the product name for vacuum metalized pigments (VMPs) by SCHLENK. The manufacturing process makes these pigments extremely thin, and in appearance they are extremely smooth and highly reflective when being applied on foils.

Decomet pigments can be used in sheetfed offset, gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. They can achieve effects similar to those produced with metalized substrates and foils, and because they are non-leafing, the effects can also be tinted with color pigments. Special compositions for water-based and UV curable inks complete the range of this highly attractive product range.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Decomet 1050/10 12-15 10 water

Ethyl acetate (ET) gold bronze paste

Special solvent pastes designed for use with specific formulations are available for use in gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. Selection is based on the printing process and drying speed requirements, as well as on the substrate limitations.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
ET/4117 9.5 88 ethylacetate
ET/4120 8 88 ethylacetate
ET/4160 5 88 ethylacetate
ET/4220 9 88 ethylacetate
ET/4320 9 88 ethylacetate
ET/4330 8 88 ethylacetate
ET/4350 6 88 ethylacetate

Grandal® W

Grandal® W are aluminium granules for water borne systems based on non-leafing aluminium pigments.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandal W/8500 15 80 water
Grandal W/9600 13 80 water
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 water

Metaface®

Metaface® aluminium powders that provide high brilliance, good coverage and excellent printability. They are available as powders, water-based pastes or UV pastes.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Metaface 2140 13 100 -

Metaprint® FlexoCare aqua

Metaprint® FlexoCare Aqua Gold & Silver is an innovative press ready metallic ink series that delivers state of the art printing performance. The new inks are suitable for low migration food packaging printing applications on paper and cardboard.

Shade Application
Metaprint® FlexoCare aqua 342-01 rich gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare aqua 342-02 rich pale gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare aqua 342-03 pale gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare aqua 342-07 silver
Metaprint® FlexoCare aqua 342-08 silver non-leafing

Metaprint® FlexoCare UV

Metaprint® FlexoCare UV is a low migration, UV-based flexo printing ink for printing high-quality food packaging. Verification of suitability has been provided in a variety of certificates from an independent testing institute.

FlexoCare UV printing inks offer a high degree of metallic brilliance and excellent printability. With its low migration properties, FlexoCare UV is the ideal choice for high quality food packaging.

Shade Application
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-01 rich gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-02 rich pale gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-03 pale gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-07 silver
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
Metaprint® FlexoCare UV 372-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Multiprint®

The pigments in the Multiprint® series are in a fineness range from 4 to 10 µm and correspond with the optical requirements, the desired coverage and the process parameters on the printing machine.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Powder, pastes in ethyl acetate (or other solvents), as water-based Aquador® pastes, as UV pastes and as Grandor® granules for solvent based printing inks and Grandor® W for water-based printing inks. Use in gravure and flexo printing inks and in screen printing.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Multiprint 4120 8 100

Offset®

The Offset® series includes aluminium pigments with an average particle size from 4 to 10 µm and gold bronze pigments with an average particle size from 2 to 3.5 µm.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Powder or paste in mineral oil for conventional offset printing or in polymerizable monomers for UV curable systems.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Offset 6229 2.7 100 -
Offset 6234 2.3 100 -
Offset 6327 3 100 -
Offset 6340 2 100 -

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