Metallic Ink Handling Guide Download

Metallic Ink - Introduction

Metallic effects on printed goods are becoming increasingly important as their use becomes more prevalent in the packaging and label industry in an effort to improve brand identification and brand recognition for products in the supermarket. The human eye has always been attracted by shiny silver and golden effects, which is why these colours are so appealing. Today, there are many technologies on the market that can be used to achieve metallic effects on film, paper and carton-based packaging. These technologies come with certain benefits and drawbacks.

This paper focuses on metallic effect pigments incorporated in inks.

Metallic effect pigments in inks are used in all market segments of the packaging and printing industry and involve different binder chemistries and curing mechanisms for all printing applications. While all solutions are available on the market in theory, it can be a challenge to find the best match when chemistry and market segment regulations (e.g. tobacco and food packaging), governmental regulations (e.g. VOC regulations, dangerous goods regulations, low migration) and brand owner regulations (e.g. NESTLÉ) are taken into account.

To understand the characteristics and usage of these pigments, this paper covers most
of the important facts concerning handling.