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New high-speed inks are on their way to Oz

Thursday, 08 February 2007
By Print 21 Online Article

Sun Chemical is a subsidiary company of DIC, which has a branch in Australia. “DIC Australia works closely with Sun Chemical in regard to new products and their introduction to the Australian market,” said Ian Johns, web director of DIC Australia. He said that the company was currently waiting to hear back on a final Australian release date for the EOS inks, which he hoped would be confirmed very soon.

“Our aim is to deliver products which allow printers to produce at the lowest applied cost, encompassing applied film weights for set density, printed waste and waste from post-print operations,” said Johns.

The new four-colour offset sheetfed EOS inks are designed for printing on the fastest presses and offer high resistance to print scratching and to on-press marking. To coincide with the launch of EOS inks, Sun Chemical has also produced a best practice guide for fast work and turn on high-speed presses.

The guide covers issues such as set-off and marking in the stack, marking on the press, problems with fast finishing and reduced spray powder operation and can be obtained through contacting
The new inks face an uphill battle when competing against low-cost Asian imports. Many in the industry regard ink in terms of commodity and always buy on the lowest price. While the benefits of high-tech inks on super-fast presses are obvious, their wide-spread adoption has still a way to go.

John Adkin, European product director of Sun Chemical, Europe believes that these inks will provide printers with high-strength printing on fast presses. “The commercial and publication sheetfed offset market requires modern printing inks to provide high-intensity printing, fast work and turn and rapid finishing,” he said. “EOS inks have the key attributes required to achieve this.”

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