Chromatic Technologies Inc.’s (CTI’s) new water-based glow-in-the-dark (GID) inks offer an alternative that is as easy to print and that glows as strongly as UV or solvent ink systems. There has been growing interest from the world’s largest consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands for customer-engaging GID inks on food and beverage packaging.
‘It is a real breakthrough that converters have desired for years,’ said CTI Chief Technology Officer and Founder Lyle Small. ‘Conventional wisdom says that phosphorescent pigments and water-based vehicles don’t go together very well. We are pleased to offer a product that goes against the conventional wisdom and performs so well.’
CTI’s R&D team developed two formulas: one for paper substrates such as QSR cups and secondary packaging, and another for film substrates typically used in food package laminated structures. Both have great laydown and no ‘hard settling’ in the container when handling guidelines are followed.