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Marabu at K-Fair 2013: Decorative and Functional Printing Inks for Plastics

From October 16 to 23, Marabu will be showcasing its extensive portfolio of printing inks at K 2013 in Düsseldorf, Germany – the world’s largest trade fair for plastics. Marabu will present a wide variety of applications, both decorative and functional, for its range of screen, digital and pad inks, and liquid coatings in hall 4, booth B58. What’s more, visitors can expect some exciting live demonstrations and discover the latest developments in the Innovation Zone.

Committed to advancing inks and coatings

This slogan underlines Marabu’s commitment to producing exceptionally high-quality inks. And at K 2013, the focus will be on innovative industrial and graphical applications in screen, digital and pad printing. For over six decades, Marabu “Made in Germany” products have led the way in the industry. Drawing on its expertise and experience, Marabu creates pioneering innovations that give customers a real competitive edge. At K 2013, visitors can find out more about Marabu’s proven portfolio and all the latest additions.

Pad printing

Marabu’s pad printing inks meet the highest standards in terms of product safety and environmental friendliness – making them the perfect choice for printing on toys, packaging and medical products, for example.

A highlight at K 2013 will be the Tampaplus TPL line. This very fast-drying and highly resistant ink has been specially designed for use with a closed ink cup system. It is Marabu’s top priority to make sure that our products comply with the latest safety regulations. Therefore, we have revised the formulation of Tampaplus TPL. It now contains neither aromatic solvents, nor PAA, and features lowest PAH values – and thus follows the newest requirements. The ink is an excellent choice for industrial pad printing on operating elements, switches and casings – but also for items such as toys and promotional materials.

Why not come and experience the benefits for yourself? TPL will be demonstrated live on a TTN printer every day at the Marabu stand.

Container printing

For containers, Marabu helps create an eye-catching impact with its Ultrapack UVC UV range, suitable for a variety of plastics. This ink is perfect for printing directly on containers of all shapes and sizes, whether for cosmetics, household cleaning products or pharmaceuticals.

Ultrapack UVK+ is the right choice for manufacturers looking for a high-gloss finish. In addition to a high-gloss ink film, its standout features include excellent adhesion and outstanding resistance to heat and high humidity.

Ultrapack UVFP low-migration UV screen printing ink is ideal for printing on the exterior of food packaging. Its contents fully comply with the EuPIA Photoinitiator Suitability List 1A as well as the Swiss Ordinance on Material and Articles in Contact with Food (SR 817.023.21.).

Automotive Printing and IMD

Eye-catching and colourful injection mouldings have become part and parcel of modern life. And inmould decoration (IMD) is the technique of choice for automotive components and plastic mouldings like housing parts. The finished product must be resistant to scratching and abrasion – and this is where screen printing comes into its own. Maramold MPC, for example, is ideal for IMD products, displaying high resistance to heat, and high elasticity.

Membrane Switches

The solvent-based Maraswitch MSW range is the perfect solution for printing on front panels, key pads and membrane switches. MSW makes it simple to apply multiple layers of ink before the stamping, forming, and die-cutting process. The ink adheres exceptionally well to foil and adhesives like PC and PET films.

Ultraswitch UVSW ensures rapid UV curing for membrane keyboards. With UVSW, users enjoy all the benefits of the UV process: the ink guarantees an unlimited mash opening, it makes it possible to consistently achieve precisely the required colour, ensures high production speeds and meets the stringent technical requirements of membrane switch manufacturers. UVSW is the ideal choice for use with solvent-based MSW ink.

Digital printing inks from Marabu – the right solution for every application

When it comes to UV curable inkjet inks, Marabu is this year focusing on the UV LED curable UltraJet DLE-A range and the conventionally cured UltraJet DUV-A line. Both are available in one-litre containers and cartridges for Mimaki, and are suitable for use with rigid materials such as acrylic glass, hard PVC, aluminium sandwich panels (e.g. Dibond®), polycarbonate or polypropylene, as well as flexible substrates such as self-adhesive film or sheeting made from soft PVC. Because UV LEDs do not emit infra-red light, practically no heat is generated – making UltraJet DLE-A an excellent choice for sensitive substrates.

Every day at K 2013, Marabu will be showcasing the benefits of DLE-A on a Mimaki UJF-3042. Come and experience the benefits for yourself.

Hybrid inkjet ink DUV-H is perfect for rigid substrates such as PVC, PS and PC – but also creates impressive results on flexible media such as self-adhesive film and plastic sheeting. A further innovation on show at K 2013 will be the water-based MaquaJet DA-E ink. This eco-friendly, easy-to-use ink is the ideal match for thin, sensitive plastic substrates. Further features include a very mild formulation, high colour density and first-rate consistency of final printing results.

Liquid coatings – the smart alternative

Enhance quality, save time and cut costs – who would say no to that? With Marashield UV liquid coatings, it’s possible. Visitors to K 2013 can discover diverse applications for these coatings, on substrates such as melamine, polypropylene and many more besides. Another new product set to draw the crowds is Marabu’s brand new water-based protective coating Marashield WA-FXG – the first ink to fully retain the metallic effect in digital prints, while ensuring excellent resistance to mechanical strain.

The Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone will spotlight new and exciting Marabu solutions – with displays such as “Digital Direct Printing: The Real No-Label-Look”, which will demonstrate the new process of digital printing directly onto PET bottles.

Visitors can easily find the Innovation Zone by looking out for the Marabu IZ logo. The latest approaches in inmould decoration will be one of the topics under the microscope. At present, solvent-based screen printing inks are the standard in IMD. But after extensive research and development, Marabu is now able to present the first UV-curable ink range to offer a real alternative: Ultramold UVPC.

Moreover, the Innovation Zone will showcase two state-of-the-art ink ranges for pad printing. Tampatech TPT, for example, ensures high resistance to chemicals when used on substrates such as thermosetting plastics, polyethylene or polypropylene. Or take the halogen-free and odourless TampaRotaSpeed TPHF, perfect for printing on bottle caps. This is a fast-drying, highly resistant ink that is exceptionally easy to work – as has been demonstrated in multiple tests.

UV LED is already a key technology in digital printing – and is set to play an increasingly important role in screen printing, too. UV LEDs are already used for applications such as printing on labels or plastic containers. Two UV LED curable printing inks, Ultrapack LEDC and LEDX, have been developed for use on hybrid printers (which combine screen printing and flexography) for printing directly onto tubes. This means users benefit from the best of both worlds: the photorealistic images generated using flexography, and the high coverage delivered by screen printing for large blocks of colour and text.

Marabu’s recipe for success

Marabu not only offers high-quality products, it also provides excellent customer service. A dedicated and enthusiastic team of R&D specialists and product managers is always on hand to offer advice and assistance, and can create tailor-made solutions for customer-specific needs. The unique combination of first-rate inks and top-notch service means that customers are in safe hands with Marabu. At the live demonstrations of UltraJet DLE-A and Tampaplus TPL at K 2013, visitors can experience first-hand the benefits delivered by Marabu products.

Visit us at the K-Fair 2013 in hall 4, booth B58, and talk to our team of experts.