Toray and Chemosvit form a partnership to promote Waterless EB offset as the sustainable solution for the future of flexible packaging

Mar 23, 2022 | News

The result of this cooperation will be a one-of-a-kind flexible film printed by waterless EB offset which could be used in different packaging solutions. As the first example, Chemosvit and Toray revealed a new mono-material pouch sample with a barrier function, which not only reduces CO2 emissions but also contributes to the circular economy.

Mono-material barrier pouch

Offset printing technology in flexible packaging is still not as widely used as gravure and flexographic printing, but is beneficial especially in short and medium runs as it has a shorter time to market and offers more flexibility for production, as ofset plate can be imaged within minutes. Recently these advantages have been getting more important as food and consumable products are shifting to a broader variety of goods in smaller quantities. Toray and Chemosvit believe waterless EB offset printing is the most environmentally sustainable solution. This technology is working without solvents. According to Toray’s estimation, its CO2 emissions are more than 80% below those from gravure printing. On top of it, it enables a 100% VOC free process. Furthermore, as offset plates are made of aluminum, they can be recycled. In the end, the total energy consumption is much less than in other printing technologies. Chemosvit believes waterless EB offset printing will provide insight into optimizing the film properties to achieve the best printing results. Through this cooperation both companies are working on fine-tuning the new printing technology.

A strong team, members of Chemosvit and Toray

For printing, a water-washable ink for which Toray has developed novel material will be used. Major ink manufacturers are currently working on its development and commercialization.

About Toray

Toray is a leading global company in innovative technologies and advanced materials. Since its foundation in 1926, the Company has contributed to society through the creation of new value and addressed global challenges by delivering high value-added products including fibers and textiles, resins and films, and carbon fiber composite materials. It operates in 29 countries and regions with about 46,000 employees worldwide.

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