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With ACTGreen® Sustainable Coatings we make a decisive contribution to more sustainability in printing.DR. LISA SCHÖNENBERG Global Portfolio Manager Paper & Board
Water-based coatings versus bio-based coatings
Water-based coatings have proven to be the leading technology in the graphic arts industry due to their many advantages. They are solvent-free – environmentally friendly, odorless and tasteless. However, water-based coatings are based on petroleum derivatives. These are processed in the large-scale chemical industry to produce appropriate raw materials. The disadvantage: oil is a limited resource - used here on consumables that are applied to products with a limited shelf life, i.e. printed products. To make water-based overprint varnishes more sustainable, raw materials of fossil origin can be replaced by alternative materials. Possible options are recycled fossil raw materials or bio-based products. These include renewable raw materials or raw materials whose origin can be found in biomass.
From standard and all-rounders to premium solutions
Currently available are three gloss coatings from Standard to Premium and a dull matt coating. Depending on the product, these coatings provide a fast drying, a very high wet block resistance and a good scuff resistance. Also available is a hot-foil stampable version as well as products for the two-sided varnishing. The percentage of sustainability varies depending on functionality and desired properties.
Please also refer to our white paper on sustainability here.