Printing ink recommendations

We conduct regular print tests for our papers under realistic conditions in order to improve our knowledge of the requirements for best possible printability. Not every ink is suitable for thermal paper. For this reason we have collaborated with the ink industry to compile a list of recommended inks.

Type of ink
KP/KPR grades
KPO/KPW/KPD grades
All Topcoated grades
SIEGWERK
Water-based Flexo      
53-20 (Unilabel T)
+
+
+
Aqualabel HK (with cross-linker)
+
+
+
LWB LM 2
+
+
+
UV-Letterpress      
SICURA Typo 41-2  
+³
+
UV-Offset      
SICURA Litho Web (456)  
+³
+
SICURA Litho Board (900)  
+³
+
SICURA Litho Nutriboard 2 (LM) (100/361)  
+³
+
SICURA Litho NUTRIPLAST 2 (LM)  
+³
+
UV-Flexo      
SICURA Flex 39-8
+¹
+¹
+
SICURA Nutriflex (LM)
+¹
+¹
+
SICURA Nutriflex 10 (LM)
+¹
+¹
+
SICURA Nutriflex 20 (LM)
+¹
+¹
+
SICURA Nutriflex LEDTec (LM-LED)
+¹
+¹
+
       
FLINT GROUP
Waterbased Flexo      
Thermokett TC
+
+¹
+
UV-Letterpress      
Lithocure ANCORA LP (LM)  
+¹
+
UVONOVA  
+¹
+
UV-Offset      
Lithocure Premium  
+¹
+
Lithocure ANCORA (LM)  
+¹
+
UV-Flexo      
Flexocure FORCE
+¹
+¹
+²
Flexocure GEMINI
+¹
+¹
+²
Flexocure ANCORA 50 (LM)
+¹
+¹
+²
Flexocure ANCORA (LM)
+¹
+¹
+²
       
ZELLER+GMELIN
UV-Offset, UV-Letterpress      
UVALUX U40  
+³
+
UV-Flexo      
UVAFLEX Y71, UVAFLEX Y81
+¹
+¹
+
UVAFLEX Y77
+¹
+¹
+
       
GSB-WAHL
UV-Letterpress      
Series 6400 MA  
+³
+
UV-Flexo      
UV-Labelflex series 70 MA
+¹
+¹
+
UV-Labelflex series UFP 80 MA
+¹
+¹
+
UV-Labelflex series UFP 80
+¹
+¹
+
       
HUBERGROUP
UV-Offset      
NewV set UE 5000  
+³
+
NewV set UE 4500 (low tack)  
+³
+
UV-Flexo      
NewV flex UF 4000
+¹
+¹
+
       
JÄNECKE+SCHNEEMANN
UV-Offset      
Supra UV series 569920-923  
+³
+
Supra UV series 570160-163  
+³
+
       
VAN SON
Waterbased Flexo      
ET-Aquabase+
+
+
+
       
DR. RODATZ NACHF.
Waterbased Flexo      
Inkseries 4 WT (with cross-linker 21010 WT)
+
+
+

These specifications are recommendations by the ink manufacturers. We can assume no liability for their accuracy.

1 With UV-flexo ink on Non-Topcoated materials (KP, KPR, KPO, KPW, and KPD grades), discolouration may occur, appearing even weeks or months after printing. Here we strongly recommend pretests. Complete drying, means cross-linking of the ink, must be guaranteed in the printing process. 

2 Through addition of the additive FLINT GROUP UAA00117, ink adhesion can be improved. Please consult the manufacturer's specification.

3 The UV-offset printability of KPW and KPD grades is limited. The result depends essentially on the layout, the machine settings and conditions. Printing tests are always necessary. Low-tack inks are recommended.

For product analyses and comparisons or detailed information on the processing of thermal papers, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to be of service.