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Flint launches Hydrokett ZEN in North America

Flint Group has launched Hydrokett ZEN in North America, a new generation of water-based ink technology developed for narrow web label and packaging applications.

Hydrokett ZEN has been developed using the concepts and ideals of innovation and continuous improvement, also known as Kaizen. Flint Group said Hydrokett ZEN inks provide peace of mind and low stress when running in the pressroom, offering converters nearly zero maintenance, ease of use and a product that works for numerous applications.

These benefits ultimately provide consistent high print quality and improved profitability due to reduced waste and press downtime, and lower ink inventory levels, the ink supplier said, with printers using Hydrokett ZEN to see ‘the best print quality obtainable with water-based flexo and outstanding color strength’.

‘Hydrokett ZEN went through a very exhaustive and challenging beta testing process with some key high quality printers in our industry,’ said Tom Hammer, product manager for North America at Flint Group Narrow Web. ‘The collaboration and feedback we received during this process inspired our product development chemists to formulate a product that met and exceeded the high demands of these printers.’

Hydrokett ZEN is available in a 4-color process set and the full Pantone colour range. These inks can be provided in a finished ink system, or in a blend vehicle and color concentrates for dispensing.

Mike Buystedt, vice president of sales in North America at Flint Group Narrow Web, said: ‘Our beta test customers have been extremely pleased with the results of Hydrokett ZEN. Originally designed for paper applications, we quickly realised that these inks were also well suited for film, and customers running on both materials have been able to reduce their ink inventories.

‘The versatility and user-friendly nature of these products has these inks already labelled as a favourite among those running the press. And the benefits with lowered waste, ease of use, and its ability to be used on multiple substrates is an economic bonus.’