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DuPont Artistri inks - bringing global advantages to digital printing for packaging.

With a long history in technology and innovation, DuPont is the manufacturers and innovators for digital printing inks. The Artistri ink jet inks portfolio is printed worldwide in a variety of customer segments and applications ranging from textile printing (apparel, home furnishings, outdoor signage), commercial and packaging printing (such as books, corrugated board, and now packaging film) and, where the portfolio began, in home and office printers.

“The attractiveness of digital printing over analog print (offset, gravure and flexographic) is growing year after year with inks playing a strategic role in this process. Today digital printing is delivering unique benefits to brands and end consumers with customization, personalization, and, to converters with short runs (normally unachievable cost effectively with other printing processes), design flexibility, color brilliance, and doing it sustainably”, says Bernd Daiber, global business leader, commercial inks, DuPont Artistri.

Bernd explains that recently, DuPont has committed to bring the advantages of digital printing into package printing. With more than 45 years of experience in packaging through Cyrel solutions, DuPont is supporting customers in tag and label, corrugated board and flexible packaging on their transition from analog to digital printing. Above all, DuPont is committed to developing digital ink solutions to help the sustainable growth of packaging, including a full range of food compliant ink products for the various customer segments of packaging.

“Flexible packaging needs to deliver more short run orders with increasingly shorter production times, making the combination of digital printing with traditional systems an attractive solution”, Bernd adds. According to Bernd, bringing digital inkjet to this customer segment is not without major challenges. Converters look for high speed solutions on a wide range of substrates (PE, PET, OPP and other) with the appropriate drying rate critical to the quality and durability of the print. In addition, considerations of direct and reverse printing, the use of white ink, the application of very different finishing methods (lamination, cold seal and other methods), and primer considerations, all factor in to the challenges of a water-based ink jet solution.

DuPont’s belief is by combining its print technology experience (inks, dispersions, polymers, primers) with that of the other value chain participants, solutions will be developed and that the digital transition in flexible packaging will increase in the coming years.

Sustainability is a ‘must’

Another dimension that water-based inkjet inks brings to packaging printing is sustainability. Consumers, along with brand owners and retailers, are sensitive to the environmental impact of packaging. Brand owners and printers are focused on lowering the environmental footprint and improving the sustainability of their packaging solutions while keeping high level of printing quality and printing consistency. Aqueous pigment inks, such as the Artistri line of ink products, help provide a key component to address the sustainability demand of digital printing.

DuPont’s relationships along the value chain help with addressing the current and future customer demands and allows the application of product and process features developed from 30+ years of ink jet development. “We understand that success depends on the ability to work collaboratively across printing, including printing press manufacturers, drying technology manufacturers (hot air, IR, NIR), substrate producers, print head suppliers and pigment & chemical suppliers”, emphasizes Bernd.

DuPont Artistri inks are widely used in textiles today (home textile, apparel and garments) with a product range that includes both roll-to-roll and direct to garment (DTG) printing pigment inks. Aqueous pigment inks for textiles are delivering benefits to customers in terms of economics (no post process capital and investment/cost, reduced time to market), application (can be applied to all fabrics and have a better UV fastness than dye-based ink), and lower environmental impact (no or little water usage, lower power consumption and low chemical footprint).

DuPont is confident that working collaboratively with the different packaging value chain participants, inkjet solutions for packaging will yield great benefits, from the consumer to all along the value chain , delivering brilliant, durable colors and a sustainable solution to the toughest printing challenges.

DuPont Electronics & Industrial is a global supplier of new technologies and performance materials serving the semiconductor, circuit board, display, digital and flexographic printing, healthcare, aerospace, industrial and transportation industries. From advanced technology centers worldwide, teams of talented research scientists and application experts work closely with customers, providing solutions, products and technical service to enable next-generation technologies.

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The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are growing similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

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