VPF presents new portfolio of seawater-resistant inkjet adhesive materials
The VPF GmbH & Co. KG (Sprockhövel, Germany) has managed to bring to market an inkjet PP film that can be printed with water-based inks, which is seawater-resistant according to the internationally recognised norm BS 5609 and suited for all conventional pigment printing systems. Together with its seawater-resistant adhesives on dispersion, hotmelt and UV-acrylate basis, the manufacturer of specialty adhesive laminates now offers a comprehensive programme of innovative materials for the printing of extremely water and abrasion-resistant hazardous materials labels, as they are used in the international transfer of chemicals. Especially for small and medium fillings in oftentimes changing language variants, completely new possibilities arise here for the inhouse printing of coloured markings. The new inkjet solutions from VPF are, due to their economic sustainability and flexibility, outstanding alternatives for the subsequent printing by means of thermal transfer systems or laser print.
After the new international guidelines for the marking of chemicals in the summer of 2015 (the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals), the conditions for hazardous materials labels have changed significantly. New hazard pictograms with red-framed diamonds replace the former warning symbols on orange ground. The conventional, multi-stage production chain with pre-printed coloured labels and subsequent individualisation is only possible in a limited way, as the number of GHS pictograms on the label has to match the number of hazards. There must not be additional, non-correct pictograms or still unprinted areas on the label. Due to this, the coloured inhouse printing of GHS labels with the water-based inkjet process is from now on the ideal solution, especially for small and medium runs.