The INX International Ink Company (Schaumburg, IL) has released INXFlex Contour, a dynamic UV and LED dual-cure flexographic ink system designed to help produce distinctive shrink-sleeve label solutions for brand owners. INXFlex Contour follows the successful introduction of Genesis GS washable label inks, a recycle-friendly product that recently added a new flexo version and UV Curable primer that makes INXFlex Contour washable as well. With various market research reports projecting the Shrink Sleeve market to expand considerably by 2026, both ink systems offer significant advantages, said the company.
In addition to high performance capabilities, the inks were carefully formulated to address brand-owner issues, including efficiency and sustainability, said Renee Schouten, INX’s Vice President of Marketing. “INX shrink sleeves are formulated for optimal print and press performance, making the labels stand out on store shelves and attracting the attention of consumers. Our ink and coating systems are versatile, adaptive, and work on all common substrates such as PET, cPET, OPP, OPS and PVC. That’s a critical consideration since INXFlex Contour is designed for tamper-evident sleeve applications, an expectation most brand owners are seeking.”
One of the core benefits of INXFlex Contour is that it corrects label and packaging industry issues of post-shrink adhesion loss and ink cracking, and delivers superior flexibility “that far exceeds any other product available in the market.” Schouten explained that in addition to increased efficiencies, faster lead times and lower applied costs with a dual cure version, it also addresses sustainability concerns with patent-pending recycling capabilities. “It was essential for us to design INXFlex Contour to work with a wide array of substrates, while maximizing press speeds and ink strength. These inks give our customers flexibility in choosing the best substrate and the most cost-effective solution for their application,” she added.