Safe food-grade inks are the need of the day

Micro-Huber stresses it with the launch of Gecko inks in India

At twin events held in Mumbai and Delhi NCR recently, Micro Inks- Huber Group launched the Gecko line of flexible packaging inks in India.

Gecko (already well accepted products in Europe) is a unique modular ink system allowing to cover a multitude of applications with minimum of products and components. It is specifically designed to comply with today’s high demands for food packaging safety. `The core of the Gecko product range is the easy-to-use modular mixing system allowing to formulate the various inks series from the Gecko Base concentrate range. RY Kamat, director - sales & marketing, Micro Inks, welcomed the senior management team from the Huber Group, Germany who came all the way to share their European opinion on the inks used in food packaging (gravure/flexo). He went to say that Huber Group has completed 250 years of existence and is one of the top six global companies.

“Micro Inks has been in the ink business for the past three decades and started their liquid ink division in 1996. Packaging is a strong link between the consumer and brand. We are launching Gecko range of inks for safe food packaging, which are free from hazardous and toxic chemicals like toluene and ketone. These are low migration inks and converters as well as print buyers in India have been looking for such solutions,” he stated.

Amit Ray, CEO, Uflex; Ashwani Bhardwaj, managing director, Micro Inks & member of the management board, Huber Group with Ursula Borgmann, global CEO, Huber Group; Heiner Ringer, chairman, Micro Inks and Heiner Klokkers, member of the management board, Huber Group.While, Ashwani Bhardwaj, managing director at Micro Inks, stressed on the importance of packaging solutions that are safe for the consumers. “In the last 15-20 years, there has been a much greater awareness to food safety worldwide. As ink manufacturers, we fully understand our responsibility to deliver safe solutions,” he said. Ashwani also outlined the heart of Gecko solutions, which included critical raw material selection process, stringent good manufacturing practices (GMP) measures, and full compliance to well laid down regulatory framework.

Heiner Klokkers, member of the management board of Huber Group shared the packaging trends in Europe, where flexible packaging accounts for more than 20 percent share. While, Dr Lutz, director of technology - Liquid Inks, Huber Deutschland and Paul Dunmore from Huber Italia shared views on food safety, regulations and quality parameters. He shared that Huber believes that consumer protection is prime, and there has to be no change in taste, smell or visual properties. Also, there should be no change to composition of food and no contamination from package.

At the occasion, key converter Amit Ray, CEO, UFLEX and key print buyer Varun Bannerjee, head of packaging – Nestle, shared the importance and need of safe food-grade packaging solutions. The event was attended by top notch officials from Huber, packaging printers and the local print buyers.

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