“An Explosion of Possibilities” is the overarching theme of this year’s Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich, Germany. Marabu will be channelling this spirit by showcasing its diverse inks for screen, digital, and pad printing for both graphical and industrial applications.
Marabu will be exhibiting at stand E28 in hall B5 at the Messe Munich and will be presenting its portfolio of proven inks and unveiling new solutions for specialised applications in screen, pad, and digital printing. These include inks for packaging, glass, plastics, and sensitive products e.g. that come into direct contact with skin. Marabu will spotlight several digital printing inks, particularly its UV-curable and solvent-based options for the latest generation of printers from multiple manufacturers plus its water-based liquid coatings.
Low-migration UV-curable screen-printing ink for PE/PP plastic food packaging
Food packaging must perform a variety of tasks: it should present the product to catch the eye and encourage consumers to make a purchase and above all, it must protect its contents. For this reason, inks for food packaging are subject to strict quality audits to verify that they are not susceptible to migration (i.e. the transfer of substances from the packaging material to the foodstuff). Marabu’s Ultra Pack UVFP range is the first and only officially approved (by Swiss Quality Testing Services, SQTS, a certified institute) for migration-sensitive PE/PP plastics – the materials most widely used for packaging foodstuffs. The very high reactiveness of Ultra Pack UVFP inks ensures rapid drying and printing speeds of up to 4,000 items per hour.
Versatile inks for container and flat glass
Marabu’s broad portfolio of inks for glass has been further strengthened by the addition of two ranges for diverse applications. The single-component Mara Tech MGO baking ink is suitable not only for glass, but also for screen and pad printing on metal where high resistance to chemicals is crucial. The ink contains silicone and is therefore suitable for both first and second surfaces particularly for container and flat glass. As a single-component product, it ensures highly reliable printing processes. This makes Mara Tech MGO a perfect choice for sensitive goods, such as baby bottles, drinking glasses and medical accessories.
Marabu will also spotlight its two-component Mara Glass MGLA. This was specially developed for second surfaces on flat glass items for example smartphones, input systems (touch panels) and outdoor user interfaces. This includes control units for ships and boats, and digital map terminals in Munich and other major cities.
New UV-curable solution for credit cards
ID and cashless payment cards are gaining ground in the global electronic user-authentication market. Personalised visuals on cards not only raise brand recognition but strengthen the user’s emotional connection to the card and in turn to the card issuer). Marabu’s new Ultra Card UVCC screen printing ink cures quickly and is suitable for lamination. It is suitable for printing on coated or uncoated PVC and PLA films (PLA = polylactide, a bioplastic i.e. bio- based polymer). The ink is exceptional for embossing and it can also be easily combined with other printing methods whilst offering all the advantages of UV-curable technology.
One-of-a-kind: the market’s first water-based pad printing ink
At the Global Print Expo 2019 Marabu will showcase the world’s first commercially available water-based pad printing ink. The new product has been evolved from the water-based Maqua Coat, Maqua Color spray and brush-on inks. It is suitable for adding decorative elements and for sensitive applications such as children’s toys. The ink produces outstanding results in terms of adhesion, opacity and resistance, on substrates including wood, ABS and pre-treated polypropylene (PP). The water-based formulation is odourless and eco-friendly and since it is a low-PAH and low-VOC pad printing ink it offers protection for both the manufacturer and the consumer.
Flexible pad printing inks for diverse applications
Marabu’s Tampa Tex TPX offers very high adhesion and high opacity in conjunction with a flexible ink film. The extremely carefully sourced, high-purity raw materials mean this line not only complies with the strict specifications of clothing manufacturers, such as Adidas A01 and Nike RSL, but also fulfils requirements for baby products, toys and packaging. As a result, Tampa Tex TPX is no longer restricted to prints on T-shirts, shoes and similar items. It is now suitable for other sensitive products, such as babies’ bottles, dummies (pacifiers), toys, and packaging for personal care products and foodstuffs.
Sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts continue to set ever higher goals and clothing and footwear need to keep pace. New high-tech materials must be extremely flexible and hard-wearing whilst looking good. Marabu’s Tampa Sport TPSP ink is ideal for decorating these fabrics. It results in a highly flexible film, making it perfect for sports apparel and shoes.
Switch It! – the alternative to OEM digital printing inks
At the Global Print Expo 2019, Marabu will also highlight its successful Switch It! Concept, a true alternative to OEM inks. Users can replace their printer’s original inks with a product from Marabu’s portfolio to benefit from several advantages.
Marabu inks are available in all common refill systems, such as cartridges, pouches, and bottles. Their high-quality increases throughput while simultaneously lowering production costs.
New solution for the Roland TrueVIS printer range
The new solvent-based Mara Jet DI-TV ink was specially developed to be used across all Roland TrueVIS Print & Cut devices and is suitable for all printers that can employ the TrueVIS ink configuration. Mara Jet DI-TV delivers vibrant hues, a broad colour gamut and exceptional durability. The ink is suitable for all popular substrates including adhesive PVC film, banners, backlit films, roll-ups and more. This enables easy printing with the original profiles. Users can be sure of maintenance-friendliness and seamless compatibility with printers and all components.
A broad spectrum of UV-curable digital inks
Marabu’s UV-curable inkjet products can be employed in various situations and are compatible with all common printer heads. The offering includes flexible Ultra Jet DUV-A inks for wide formats and the Ultra Jet DUV-C range for printing directly on flat glass and on containers made from glass or PET. There is also an alternative line of inks for Océ Arizona printers, Ultra Jet DUV-GR, as well as LED-curable Ultra Jet DLE-A products. Marabu’s UV-curable portfolio now features two new lines: Ultra Jet DUV-MF is extremely versatile and was developed specifically for wide-format graphical applications.
ClearShield liquid coatings – the cost-effective alternative to film lamination
Clear coatings also called liquid laminates are an inexpensive way to protect billboards, art prints, signs, banners, awnings, wall coverings, vehicle graphics and more. ClearShield water-based liquid laminates offer the same protection as film laminates. At its stand, Marabu will display its StarLam 1600R roll-to-roll liquid laminator. This applies a smooth, consistent coat of Marabu water-based liquid coating, safeguarding digital prints in a fast and simple process. StarLam is suitable for a variety of substrates and can be combined with one of Marabu’s ClearShield formulations to create the perfect solution for practically any need. The laminator is easy to operate and supports high production volumes.
Visit Marabu at stand E28 in hall B5. Please use promo code FESG902 to register for free for the Global Print Expo 2019. The Global Print Expo 2019 will showcase various features including Colour L*A*B*, FESPA Awards, Print Make Wear, Printeriors and the World Wrap Masters.
by FESPA Staff