28 July 2020

Sakata Inx develops sustainable UV inkjet ink for corrugated applications

  • Sakata Inx employs its own certification process called Botanical Ink in its gravure, offset and flexo ink product lines. BSR-Bio has just passed Botanical Ink certification and will be added to the Sakata Inx environmentally friendly product line.

Sakata Inx, a manufacturer of printing inks and coatings for commercial, packaging and digital print applications based in Japan, introduced BSR-Bio, a new environmentally-friendly UV inkjet ink for printing on corrugated. The new sustainable ink option is formulated with 20-30 percent plant-derived materials, allowing brand owners and printers to benefit from reduced regulatory risk and measurable, reportable CO2 emissions.

BSR-Bio is an advancement of the original BSR formulation that has enjoyed much success in North America on Barberán Jetmaster digital printers as reported by the company. The Jetmaster, manufactured by Barberán SA - a manufacturer of finishing machines for packaging, furniture, construction and decoration industries, was developed to bring inkjet advantages to the market for not only corrugated boxes but point-of-purchase display as well. It is available together with Sakata Inx BSR and BSR-Bio digital ink solutions globally.  
 
Sakata’s proprietary technology for nano-pigment dispersion enables its inkjet inks to offer high performance jetting properties at high print speed, with high reliability for inkjet print heads. BSR-Bio consists of standard CMYK colors with orange + green or orange + violet as an option when a wider color gamut is required. The ink is said to emit low odor and offer high durability and flexibility to reduce cracking problems.  
 
Barberán SA manufactures several types of inkjet printers for short-run, on-demand printing applications. The company is now expanding its digital printing possibility with the environment-friendly BSR-Bio UV ink.  
 
Eladio Lerga, responsible for the Jetmaster, commented, ‘We have been a good partner with Sakata Inx for years and have made successful projects together. Corrugated packaging is one of the most suitable applications for the circular economy concept, and I am excited about the environmental impact BSR-Bio brings to the market.’  
 
Yoshiaki Ueno, director - CTO, Sakata Inx, said, ‘BSR-Bio is a marketable product formulated based on Sakata Inx core technologies and long-term experience with a wide variety of materials. The market needs for sustainable product solutions will continue to grow based on societal needs to protect the planet and develop a circular economy. BSR-Bio is a strategic product for a circular economy as is part of our Botanical ink product line. It meets many environmental requirements including waste and greenhouse gas reductions.’ 

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