New simplified range of solvent-based inks and coatings
"Under the ONECode brand, we have built a new product hierarchy including six new brands," says Kim Melander, VP & general manager for Packaging Inks Europe. "These ink systems have been developed to unlock the complex landscape of flexible package printing, to connect, clarify, and bring transparency to the flexible packaging printing industry. Flint Group Packaging Inks’ ONECode range will guarantee printers and converters innovative, reliable, and sustainable ink solutions that deliver the highest performance possible from your most simple to your most demanding applications.”
ONECode portfolioThe ONECode portfolio incorporates VertixCode for flexo printing, MatrixCode for gravure, HelixCode for dual purpose inks (flexo and gravure), and ZenCode, a recently launched range of sustainable solutions. Enhancing and complementing the portfolio are overprint varnishes and primers under the NexisCode brand name, and additives under the AdmixCode brand.
“These products, designed for both current and new developments in printing processes and substrates, adhere to global regulatory compliance requirements and are suitable for all flexible packaging applications," explains Thomas Strohe, senior director product strategy & segmentation. "ONECode offers a flexible solution enabling printers and converters to expand and flex their operations as these inks will always deliver high quality and consistent results. Importantly, our development teams do not stand still – we are constantly innovating for our strategic segments and customers."
After a detailed review of its solvent-based portfolio and the raw materials used in manufacturing, Flint Group Packaging Inks combined its findings with customer insight to simplify and deliver a product offering that addresses printers’ current and future needs and their print aspirations. The ONECode brand encompasses a full range of innovation-driven printing inks, coatings, primers, and additives developed by a global group of technical specialists working together as one team.
Multiple benefitsStrohe continues: “Printers and converters will realise multiple benefits when using our ONECode products. With this simplified range of solvent-based inks, we have been able to optimise our customer support with shortened lab response times. Furthermore, customers can expect a reduction of inventories and lowered order quantities as we’ve been able to deliver less complexity with this ‘min-max’ system – a range that covers the maximum ground of applications with a minimum amount of products. With standardised manufacturing processes across all production sites, our teams are able to deliver consistent product quality time after time. And, finally, with globalised procurement, we are supported with a reliable supply chain with built-in contingency planning for raw materials and finished products.”
The rebranded solvent-based portfolio creates a new foundation for Flint Group Packaging Inks in Europe. Importantly, product codes will remain the same as the packaging industry starts switching over from Flint Group’s incumbent ink brands to the new ONECode portfolio. Key was connecting the products under one brand name – a simplified moniker that exhibits the company’s unified approach to packaging printers – standardising the product range and making it easy to do business.
While the launch of the ONECode range is rolling out now across Europe, further global regions supplied by Flint Group, including Latin America, North America and others will introduce the ONECode framework to their customers in 2022. Flint Group Packaging Inks is excited to deliver one innovative, yet simplified, global flexible packaging ink range to customers in all regions of the world.www.flintgrp.com