Gravure and flexo printing

Both the gravure and flexo printing processes utilize low viscosity "liquid inks". The flexibility of this ink technology allows these print processes to cover a wide spectrum of applications for packaging materials (for food, tobacco products, cosmetics) on a variety of substrates (paper, cardboard, plastic, foils, labels and more).

The selection of suitable SCHLENK metal pigments depends on several factors. These include the desired effect, the required technical print characteristics, the machine configuration and the legal provisions and directives with regard to food (primarily in the area of food packaging and in the tobacco industry).

The technology of flexo and gravure printing allows coarser metal pigments to be used, so high quality print effects with outstanding metallic brilliance can be achieved. 

  • Aluminium pigments:  6 – 18 µm
  • Vacuum metallized pigments: 10 – 14 µm
  • Gold bronze pigments:  4 – 10 µm

Particularly high quality aluminium pigments "silver dollars" and, above all, VMPs produce metallic effects that correspond with those achieved by hot stamping. For this reason, they are perfectly suited for use in printing for packaging and labels.

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Methoxy propanol (PM) aluminium 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
PM/990 17 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/1190 13 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/1380 10 65 Methoxypropanol
PM/2140 13 65 Methoxypropanol

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/1180 13 100
PP/1380 10 100

Aquador®

The Aquador® series includes stabilized water-based pastes in a fineness range of 5–50 µm. They are successfully used in water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Water pastes

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquador 4030 8.5 70 water
Aquador 4117 9.5 70 water
Aquador 4120 8 70 water
Aquador 4160 5 70 water
Aquador 4220 9 70 water
Aquador 4310 10 70 water
Aquador 4320 9 70 water
Aquador 4330 8 70 water
Aquador 4350 6 70 water
Aquador 4360 5 70 water
Aquador 4270 4 70 water

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

Aquasilber®

Stabilized, leafing aluminium water pastes for water-based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks with gassing stability.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Aquasilber LPW/980 17 65 water
Aquasilber LPW/1180 13 65 water
Aquasilber LPW/1380 10 65 water
Aquasilber LPW/2140 13 65 water

Constant®

Inorganic coated gold bronze pigments that have a significantly higher resistance to temperature and chemicals than the basic pigments in the Luminor® series. They are primarily used in screen printing inks with aggressive formulation components and for high resistance requirements.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Powders

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Constant 2250/N 35 100

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 1008/10 12-15 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2008/10 12-15 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 2108/10 10-11 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3008/10 11-14 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3108/10 10-11 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3508/10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 4008/10 11-14 10 methoxypropyl acetate
Decomet 3109/10 10-11 10 n-Propylacetate
Decomet 2010/10 12-15 10 methoxy propanol
Decomet 3010/10 11-14 10 methoxy propanol
Decomet 4010/10 11-14 10 methoxy propanol
Decomet 1050/10 12-15 10 water
Decomet UV 2798/20 12 20 TMPEOTA + stabilizer

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/170 6 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/8500 15 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/2900 11 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/9600 13 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal W/8500 15 80 water
Grandal W/9600 13 80 water
Grandal W/9800 8.5 80 water

Grandal®

Grandal® products are aluminium pellets offered by SCHLENK and typically consist of approx. 95% pigment and 5% binder. They allow dust-free processing, are easy to dose and disperse, and can be used in a variety of formulations because unlike pastes they do not contain specific solvents.

Both leafing and non-leafing aluminium pigments are available in this delivery form, along with Grandal W versions for water-based printing inks and in the Grandal 170 for energy curable systems.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandal 140 13 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 170 6 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 1380 10 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 1800 14 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 2140 13 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 2900 11 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 6900 15 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 7600 13 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 7950 6 95 carrier resin
Grandal 8500 15 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 9600 14 80 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandal 9800-2G/80 8.5 80 carrier resin

Grandor®

The Grandor® types are pigment preparations in pellet form consisting of approx. 95% pigment and 5% binder for solvent based gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. The Grandor W series (with a water soluble carrier resin) are available for water-based systems.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Dust-free pellets that are easy to dose.

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
Grandor 4220 9 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor 4270 4 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor 4320 9 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor 4330 8 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor 4350 6 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor 4360 5 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor 426 n.l. 9 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor W/4220 9 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor W/4320 9 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor W/4330 8 95 urea-aldehyde resin
Grandor W/4350 6 95 urea-aldehyde resin

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 -
Metaface UV-TE/2140 13 65 Oligodiacrylat

Metaprint® FlexoBright aqua

Water-based flexo printing inks available in rich gold, rich pale gold, pale gold, silver and in Pantone colors.

Metaprint® FlexoBright aqua flexo printing inks utilise a selection of high quality pigments that produce excellent metallic effects. The Flexobright aqua series can be used with a large selection of applications and print designs on coated paper and board.

Shade Application
FlexoBright aqua 333-01 Rich Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-03 Pale Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-05 Copper
FlexoBright aqua 333-07 Silver
FlexoBright aqua 333-08 Silver n.l.
FlexoBright aqua 333-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoBright aqua 333-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoBright UV

The selection of high quality pigments allows Metaprint® FlexoBright UV flexo printing inks to achieve an excellent metallic appearance.

The FlexoBright UV series can be used with a large selection of applications and print designs on coated paper and board.

Shade Application
FlexoBright UV 383-01 Rich Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-03 Pale Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-07 Silver
FlexoBright UV 383-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoBright UV 383-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

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

Metaprint® FlexoFilm aqua

Metaprint® FlexoFilm aqua is a water-based flexo printing ink that is suitable for use on plastic film, e.g. PE or PP, and when good adhesion on a smooth substrate is required.

Shade Application
FlexoFilm aqua 353-01 Rich Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-03 Pale Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-05 Copper
FlexoFilm aqua 353-07 Silver
FlexoFilm aqua 353-08 Silver n.l.
FlexoFilm aqua 353-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoFilm aqua 353-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoGloss aqua

Water-based flexo printing inks available in rich gold, rich pale gold, pale gold, silver and in Pantone colors.

With a selection of fine pigments, Metaprint® FlexoGloss flexo printing inks are formulated with small particle size pigments, giving print results with high coverage and gloss. The Flexogloss aqua series can be used in a wide variety of applications and print designs.

Shade Application
FlexoGloss aqua 332-01 Rich Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-03 Pale Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-07 Silver
FlexoGloss aqua 332-08 Silver n.l.
FlexoGloss aqua 332-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoGloss aqua 332-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoGloss LED

Metaprint® FlexoGloss is a press ready one component LED UV-curing metallic ink for application in flexographic printing based on leafing metallic pigments.

The selection of high quality pigments allows Metaprint® FlexoGloss printing inks to achieve superior metallic brilliance. The FlexoGloss LED series is suitable for print applications on paper, paperboard and plastic.

Shade Application
FlexoGloss LED 362-01 rich gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-02 rich pale gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-03 pale gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-07 silver
FlexoGloss LED 362-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoGloss LED 362-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoGloss UV

Metaprint® FlexoGloss UV printing inks are formulated with small particle size pigments, giving print results with high coverage and gloss.

The FlexoGloss UV series can be used in a wide variety of applications and print designs, including fine print details.

Shade Application
FlexoGloss UV 382-01 Rich Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-02 Rich Pale Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-03 Pale Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-07 Silver
FlexoGloss UV 382-71 PANTONE® 871 Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-72 PANTONE® 872 Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-73 PANTONE® 873 Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-74 PANTONE® 874 Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-75 PANTONE® 875 Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-76 PANTONE® 876 Gold
FlexoGloss UV 382-77 PANTONE® 877 Silver

Metaprint® FlexoLux LED

Metaprint® FlexoLux is a press ready one component LED UV-curing metallic ink for application in flexographic printing based on leafing VMP pigments.

The selection of high quality pigments allows Metaprint® FlexoLux printing inks to achieve superior metallic brilliance. The FlexoLux LED series is suitable for print applications on paper, paperboard and plastic.

Shade Application
FlexoLux LED 365-09 silver

Metaprint® FlexoLux UV

Metaprint® FlexoLux UV is a UV-based flexo printing ink based on DECOMET®.

FlexoLux UV printing inks produce a highly reflective appearance. The best results can be achieved on high gloss paper.

Shade Application
FlexoLux UV 385-09 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 4117 9.5 100
Multiprint 4120 8 100
Multiprint 4160 5 100
Multiprint 4220 9 100
Multiprint 4270 4 100
Multiprint 4310 10 100
Multiprint 4320 9 100
Multiprint 4330 8 100
Multiprint 4350 6 100
Multiprint 4360 5 100

Unicoat®

The Unicoat® series a fineness range > 10 µm is primarily used in screen printing.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request). Form of delivery: Powder and water-based Aquador compositions in paste form (typical ink solvents by request).

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Application
Unicoat 3050 11.5 100

UV

VOC-free paste forms in oligoacrylates are available for use in UV curable offset, gravure, flexo and screen printing inks. These can be found under the ""UV"" product designation.

Colors: Rich gold, rich pale gold and pale gold (other colors by request) Form of delivery: Pastes

D 50 value [µm] Solid content Solvent Application
UV/4160 5 80 Oligodiacrylat
UV/4360 5 80 Oligodiacrylat

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