August 2016

Metallic and Pearlescent Brilliance for Labels and Packaging Labelexpo Americas 2016

ECKART presents the latest of its metallic and pearlescent pigment and ink portfolio for the printing of labels and packaging at the Labelexpo Americas 2016 in Rosemont / Chicago (September 13 – 15, 2016, booth # 5703).

For flexo printed shrink sleeve applications, the new UV curable metallic ink system ROTOSTAR UV SHRINK FX 68 Series, now available in gold, offers a brilliant metallic effect without losing film integrity during high percentage shrinkage. Further advantages are a fast cure rate and a high rub resistance. It will print on PETG and PVC films.

The ROTOSTAR LED FP 71 series is based on the latest innovations for LED curing providing a stable one-component, press-ready ink to today’s equipment. This ink series with its highly brilliant gold and bright silver shades are suitable for flexo printing on labels, cartons and shrink sleeves. ROTOSTAR LED FP 71 shows high stability, good rub resistance and a fast cure rate at high press speeds.

ECKART showcases its new ULTRASTAR UV curable metallic ink system based on METALURE® pigments for flexo printing on paper and films: the ULTRASTAR UV FP-8254. It offers an outstanding metallic gloss and foil-like brilliance in combination with good overlacquer abilities and trapping. ULTRASTAR UV inks are suitable to be overprinted in-line. This new product is one step closer to rivaling the brilliance of foil stamping while providing superior printability and potential economic savings.

Compared to printing on metalized paper, these NMP free, stable one-component water based inks for paper and carton can reduce costs by printing only where the metallic effect is desired. From a technical point of view, ULTRASTAR Aqua inks provide high runnability and press stability as well as clean printability to best produce high dot-definition and print density. The basis of ULTRASTAR Aqua inks is the METALURE® pigment technology that stands for a very high gloss and brilliance - comparable to the effects of foil stamping.

Pearlescent shine with LUXAN and SYMIC synthetic mica
The pearlescent pigments from our product categories LUXAN and SYMIC boast outstanding sparkle effects. Both impress with their transparency and pure color shades when compared to conventional pearlescent pigments.

LUXAN is based on synthetically produced glass providing a maximum sparkle and nearly three dimensional effects for the printing industry. The LUXAN product family is available in different particle sizes. The LUXAN B series has now been complemented by a variety of earth tones, ranging from fire red and copper to bronze and champagne.

SYMIC pearlescent pigments consist of synthetic mica. This product series has been enlarged by a highly versatile gold color shade: SYMIC C393. This high chroma gold shade combines color purity with high gloss and sparkle. It can highlight prints in many applications: screen, tower coater and gravure.

PLATINSTAR inks and PLATINVARIO aluminum pigment dispersions with their mirror-like effect lend labels and packaging an elegant touch. These so-called “Platindollar” aluminum pigments are seen between METALURE® mirror-like effects and the brilliant “Silverdollar” pigments, respectively between ULTRASTAR and ROTOSTAR printing effects.

ECKART’s digital drop on demand metallic product portfolio includes UV and solvent based inks for narrow web labels, flat bed and wide format printers. A wide range of metallic colors can be created by overprinting the metallic inks with low volume of the CMYK process colors.

The ECKART Group is one of the worldwide leading manufacturers of metallic effect and pearlescent pigments and metallic printing inks. The group of companies with today globally around 1,800 employees develops, produces and distributes metallic effect and pearlescent pigments in powder, paste and pellet form and also in concentrates, dispersions and print inks. ECKART products are used in printing, coatings, plastics and lightweight concrete industries, as well as in cosmetics and personal care products. ECKART is represented in more than 70 countries as of the present day. The company is a member of ALTANA AG. ALTANA develops and produces high quality, innovative products in the sector of specialty chemicals. Please find more information on the company and its products on our website:

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