CTI introduces thermochromic packaging inks

CTI introduces thermochromic packaging inks

Chromatic Technologies Inc (CTI) has launched the packaging industry’s first thermochromic ink for use in solvent ink applications. CTI’s achievement represents a technological breakthrough, especially for the flexible packaging industry.

Solvent inks for printing are used by over 95% of flexible packaging suppliers. Prior to CTI’s development of Solvent Thermochromic Ink, printers had to run water-based specialty technology. Using water-based inks inside a solvent plant created challenges: affecting efficiency and economics for customers, increasing set-up times, cleaning and affecting solvent recapture.

CTI’s Solvent Thermochromic Ink deliver much stronger colours compared to water-based inks, which often required more than one printing station to achieve target colour density. Solvent Thermochromic Ink is delivered as a one-part, finished ink to customers.

“CTI had a technology breakthrough inventing solvent-thermochromic inks that can be delivered as a single, finished, print-ready ink which maintains a shelf-life of 90 days,” said Lyle Small, CTI’s founder and president.

“This new technology just made a lot of production and economic headaches disappear for our customers and creates a pipeline of innovation they can bring to market.”

In addition to thermochromic, CTI now offers a suite of solvent-ready specialty ink technologies including glow-in-dark, photochromic, hydrochromic, pressure-activated and reveal inks.

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