Meeting a pressing need in paper & board

Whether in flexo, gravure or the latest digital printing – when it comes to resins for coatings and inks, our resins make an indelible impression. Quality, adhesion and safety are the principles that guide us, while our solutions are driven by our intricate knowledge of the processes and technologies used by our customers, and their customers. 

The bottom line: the resin is the backbone of any ink. Our job? To drive efficiency through reliable, dependable solutions that enable high line speeds and no nasty surprises. But it’s not just about ink. The one surprise we are hoping for is the delight that a consumer feels when they see or touch a packaging application that stirs the senses – for example through our Skins® range of haptic effect coatings. It’s why our technology toolbox, and the people behind it, really are the full package.

Our expertise in printing ink resins

We supply in all three layers of primer, ink, and overprint varnish resins. We produce ink resins via our highly advanced R&D activities to intensify colors, sharpen details, and create higher contrast without compromising the printing speed. Learn more about our legacy in printing inks.

Success? It’s in the blood

"If the inkjet printhead is the 'heart' then the ink is its blood. And just like blood, it's complex. It can coagulate, disrupting the flow – and that's the biggest challenge we face in single-pass inkjet printing machines. In paper and board applications, as well as in textiles and plastics, nozzle failure can be catastrophic for the printer.

It's why we work with leading inkjet ink producers and OEMs to create tailored solutions of really well-balanced and more sustainable waterborne resins that deliver the reliable, consistent flow and performance that is so critical for high-speed lines where every minute counts. The resin technologies can be tailored to various brands and applications. Food contact applications is a very promising area."

Paul Honen, Global Industry Manager Printing & Packaging

Skins®: Designing packaging for all the senses

Did you know that customer loyalty doubles when a brand is recognized by multiple senses? This may sound like an astonishing statement, but when you think about it, we experience life in all senses… so why not packaging? Welcome to the world of ‘haptonomics’ – and say hello to the Skins®.

The sense of touch, and how a brand feels against skin, is emerging as a game-changing way for retailers to convey the true personality of a brand. If you want the user to experience warmth, you need a velvety touch; for elegance, it’s a silky touch; while, for efficiency, a velvet feel does the job. Meanwhile, you need to ensure that the packaging looks right, with bright, clear colors that jump off the shelf. 

Today, our Skins® family of haptic-effect coating resins is achieving all these things and more for brands, providing well-balanced scratch- and abrasion-resistant coatings that are suitable for applications as diverse as plastic or paper labels, laminated posters, flyers or greeting cards, special or unique luxury gift boxes, matte laminated pouches, flow pack packaging and many other products besides.

And, as you’d expect from Covestro, we draw on the broadest technology toolbox in the industry. Our Skins® resins – Rubbert, Silky and Vel-Veeto – are available in waterborne, waterborne UV and 100% UV, as well as solventborne for specialty applications.

Why not get in touch with us and feel for yourself?

Reduce & eliminate non-reworkable packaging waste

Sustainability is becoming a clear influence in the packaging industry. When using paper in food packaging you must protect the paper carton from components such as oil, grease and moisture coming from food. However, the currently used barrier on paper is generated via polyethylene (PE), which when re-pulping the PE goes into waste to landfill or incineration. 

We offer a family of resin solutions for packaging that meet the sustainability challenge while delivering durable, high-functioning and reliable primer, inks or top coatings.

Through our portfolio of barrier coating resins you can replace PE with a coating resins solutions. As one single polymer cannot fulfill all requirements of PE, we have a selection of resins that can be used separately or combined so you will keep the right barrier for your packaging. 

Our portfolio exists of multiple resins with its own specific barrier, check out the barrier resins portfolio: NeoCryl® A-2092, NeoCryl® A-2095 and NeoCryl® BT-62.

Liquid food packaging in China

“Because of the stricter VOC emission control here in China, the coatings and ink industries are increasingly looking to switch from solventborne to waterborne systems whenever it’s viable. In the case of a particular cardboard-based application, we were invited to create a resin to solve this challenge – which, of course, meant not compromising on productivity (printing speed), print quality (ink reversibility and printability), or cost (not higher than existing solventborne systems)."

"We used multi-disciplinary teams and applied scientific knowledge and models to solve a complex problem in just 12 months. By contrast, according to some key customers in this niche segment, other players had spent more than three years on a similar project without much progress.

We are now exploring this new product in another application for beverage aseptic packaging. Our initial test results have been positive. We’re now embarking on a line trial and, hopefully, a wider marketing trial in China. I guess it proves that, when it comes to developing resins for packaging solutions, it pays to be flexible.”  

Chin Chee-Kong, Business Director

Could we help you solve your coating challenge?

No matter what the application, substrate or technology, there’s a good chance our team can help you.